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.
Friday, February 21, 2003
In all the breathless administration and media to-do last week about the discovery of Iraqi missiles that have a range greater than permitted under international agreements, CBS News reports this little tidbit of information was lost:
The permitted range is 93 miles.
The observed range in tests: 108 miles.
And that's before you put the guidance system in the rocket, which, um, has mass.
You heard the staggered reaction to the beyond acceptable range "news flash" on CNN (everything's a news flash on CNN lately, isn't it?). You heard the bellicose "smoking gun" rhetoric from Fox News anchors. You heard Bush and Powell speak as if this meant our babies were at risk in their eensy little cradles. The wee matter of numbers was shoved conveniently to the side.
Just one more indication that you can't trust the Bush administration's bizarrely trigger-happy "revelations" any more than you can toss 'em -- with or without a guidance system.
Monday, February 17, 2003
Mother Davis smiles as she heats up a saucepan of Rice-a-roni, and reads,
The worldwide anti-war protests by millions of people continued yesterday. After many millions of protesters came together in thousands of protests across the world and 150,000 protesters gathered in Los Angeles just the day before, 200,000 people assembled in San Francisco to express their opposition to George W. Bush's rush to war.
The people who occupy the White House have told reporters that opposition to Bush's invasion of Iraq will fade away to nothing once the war actually begins.
Hey, we're not so irregular as to be able to predict the future or anything, but this weekend's protests were the largest anti-war protests ever, not just since the days of Vietnam. Here in the United States, the opposition also differs from that of the Vietnam era in that it represents a cross-section of society. It's not just young college-aged kids afraid of the draft. Au-contraire mon ditto head, grandmothers are marching against along side their children and grandchildren.
The protests wouldn't be so strong if W.'s policies weren't so out of hand. We've had enough of W.'s bullying! We've had enough of W.'s spies! We've had enough of W.'s dismissive attitude toward the fundamental freedoms that make the United States such a special place to live! We're tired of his indifference to the suffering of people who earn less than $100,000 a year!
Even Republicans are starting to protest the policies of W.'s White House. We're witnessing an historical time of change, folks! It took the outrageous actions of W. to bring reasonable Americans out onto the streets in protest.
Which way will we go - towards a return to freedom, or down W.'s path of fear? The answer, of course, is up to us. If we keep up the good protests, we can stop the war, even after it starts.
Feeling uncharacteristically optimistic,
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