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, March 22, 2003
Parse This!

About the anti-war protesters: "I think they should be put in jail for aiding and abetting the enemy. We are fighting for their protection. We're fighting today to see that the world is free."

- George Messner
Amherst, New York

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 7:05 AM. # (permalink)

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Kudos to Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina. Fifty people put on T-shirts saying "No War" and went shopping, and...the officials at the mall let them. It's a pity in this day and age that this should be a surprise, but it was, and a pleasant surprise to boot. After all, if in "liberal" New York they'd arrest a guy for wearing a shirt in a mall, you'd think they'd arrest a crowd of shirt-wearers in "conservative" North Carolina, right? Well, I was wrong, and in this instance it was nice to be wrong.

Even in the land of corporate consumerism, civic democracy isn't dead yet. Well done, Southpoint Mall.

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 9:12 PM. # (permalink)

Monday, March 17, 2003

North Carolina Says No to War

The following is a list of communities in "conservative" North Carolina alone that held candlelight vigils against last night. You'll never see this list in the media, so you'll have to read it here. Kudos to Move On for the information.

  • Albertson
  • Asheville
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Black Mountain
  • Boone
  • Brevard
  • Buies Creek
  • Burlington
  • Burnsville
  • Butner
  • Carrboro
  • Chapel Hill
  • Charlotte
  • Columbus
  • Cullowhee
  • Davidson
  • Durham
  • Elon
  • Fairview
  • Greensboro
  • Greenville
  • Hayesville
  • Hendersonville
  • Hickory
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Jamestown
  • Laurinburg
  • Mebane
  • Morganton
  • Orange County
  • Oriental
  • Pittsboro
  • Raleigh
  • Wilmington
  • Winston-Salem

Posted by Matthew Cook at 11:26 AM. # (permalink)

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