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 25, 2003
Remixed Propaganda is a great project that has taken some old propaganda images from the 20th Century and reworked them into items (bumperstickers, posters, postcards, mugs, shirts, calendars) with current political content.
I'm not making any money referring you to these items -- they just impress me artistically and politically. If you're tired of wearing a simple "No Blood For Oil" T-shirt, try these folks out.
Friday, January 24, 2003
Bush's "Evidence" Falls Apart
You may remember that last autumn, before George W. Bush went to give a speech to the United Nations, how his aides promised that he would reveal startling evidence to prove that Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program. You might also remember what that supposed evidence was: thousands of aluminum tubes that Condoleezza Rice said were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs".
Now, it turns out, that evidence looks more and more like hot air. This coming Monday, the United Nations weapons inspectors are scheduled to release a report which includes the conclusion that those aluminum tubes were almost certainly just what the Iraqis declared them to be: the raw material for artillery rockets - not anything related to weapons of mass destruction at all.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has already reported that the tubes were "not directly suitable" for uranium enrichment for a nuclear weapons program.
This incident undermines the credibility of the Bush Administration even as it attempts to rush hundreds of thousands of young American soldiers into a war with Iraq. Bush keeps insisting that he has secret evidence to prove that Iraq is evil, but each time he releases some of this so-called evidence, it turns out to be phony. You may remember last year's hub-bub from the White House about a taxi in Turkey headed in the direction of Iraq that was found to contain a tube with enriched uranium in it? Well, the tube was actually found to have nothing more than a little bit of dark-colored dust in it, not uranium at all. Also, at any given time, half of the taxi-cabs in Turkey are headed in the direction of Iraq.
The American people need more than smoke and mirrors to convince them that they ought to sacrifice their sons and daughters for a new war against Iraq. More and more, the administration of George W. Bush is reminding us of another Republican presidency: that of Richard M. Nixon. Under Bush's authority, lies and deception are the soup of the day.
You don't believe what I'm telling you about the aluminum tube exaggeration? Good for you - the American public needs to be a bit skeptical with a man like George W. Bush occupying the White House. Check out a fantastic story on Bush's weak "evidence" at The Washington Post.
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Talking About Our Generations
Mother Davis caresses a wrinkle as she writes:
Thankfully, there's been great media coverage of the historic anti-war march in Washington last week (January 18, 2003). It's been noted that the march was even larger than the national anti-war march held last October. It's also been noted that another simultaneous anti-war protest in San Fransisco involved at least 100,000 protesters, according to official police estimates. These marches are similar in proportion to the anti-war marches during the Vietnam War, and the war against Iraq has not yet even begun!
What's not been noted so clearly is that the anti-war march held last week is the most diverse such demonstration to be held in anyone's memory. It was ethnically diverse, geographically diverse, and politically diverse. All elements of American society were represented, from military veterans to gay unitarians, all marching for peace. I was present, not just as a member of the boomer generation, but with my son and my grandson. There were people of all ages, together demanding that the Bush Administration stop its reckless rush to war.
The anti-war movement is stronger than it was during Vietnam because it represents all of America, standing united together against Bush's ever more inexplicable plans for military conquest.
Watching the tide turn,
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