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.

Sunday, January 12, 2003
20,000 March Against War in Los Angeles

Yesterday, 20,000 people marched through the streets of Los Angeles, protesting George W. Bush's plans to invade Iraq. Later this week, on Saturday the 18th, national marches are planned in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Every day, smaller protests against war are taking place all over the country.

This comes as America's allies warn Bush to slow down his rush to war. So, what does Bush do? Yesterday, he ordered 62,000 MORE soldiers to go wait at the borders of Iraq, ready to invade at his whim. This brings the total number of American troops waiting to invade Iraq to 120,000.

The American people are standing against war. The international community is standing against war. What is it about going to war that makes Bush so eager, even in such circumstances?

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