It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.

These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.

Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.



Saturday, January 04, 2003
 
from the New York Times:

White House mouthpiece Ari Fleischer has defended the Bush Administration's record of unprecidented secrecy by telling reporters that George W. Bush himself has staunchly protected the openness of government by restraining his urges to prosecute disloyal American citizens through military tribunals.

I guess the message is that Americans need to learn to be thankful for the little things...
...or else.

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 2:45 PM. # (permalink)



Monday, December 30, 2002
 
George W. Bush: Watch what I say, not what I do

George W. Bush has built his popularity by keeping America focused on the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. Whenever he has the opportunity, Bush reminds Americans that another attack could happen at any time, anywhere. Bush thrives on provoking Americans' fears, then coming to the rescue.

At least, Bush would like us to think that he's coming to our rescue. Is he really?

After September 11, 2001, Bush promised that he would help New York City rebuild. He said that he would personally ensure that the 21 billion dollars would be sent to the city government so that it could recover from the devastating effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center.

After lots of talking and promising, making himself appear to be in charge of a great national crusade against terrorism, has Bush followed through on his promise?

Nope.

Of the 21 billion dollars he promised, Bush has sent only between 4 and 5 billion dollars, so New York City continues to foot the bill for its own disaster relief. Just another broken Bush promise: asking Americans to watch what he says, not what he does.

Bush withholds this September 11 disaster relief money at the same time that he offers a super-huge tax break to the wealthiest one percent of Americans.

What what Bush does, folks, not what he promises he's going to do.

Posted by Katherine Davis at 8:30 AM. # (permalink)




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