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.



Wednesday, April 02, 2003
 
mother davisMother Davis pulls on her earlobe in concentration as she contemplates:

I've been thinking about two news items I've read today, and about how they represent the quality of suffering in America in comparison to the quality of suffering in Iraq that results from the current American invasion of the Middle East.

In one story, I find out from the BBC that a missile fired by the United States military invaders has struck a maternity hospital run by the Red Crescent (the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross) in Baghdad. American anti-war activists who support the invasion of Iraq are still figuring out how they feel about this latest attack on civilians, given that it included an attack on unborn Iraqis. This attack came just hours after American helicopter gunships fired their weapons into a residential neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Hilla, killing at least 33 civilians, and wounding scores of others.

In the other story, I read that a mother in Iowa misses her son very much now that he has gone to war. Her life continues as normal, but sometimes she feels very anxious, and is worried that her son may suffer emotional harm if he is led to believe that some Americans oppose the war.

Wondering why the second new story gets more air time,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 7:01 PM# (permalink)



 

Check out www.protest-records.com. We know Clear Channel, MTV and
VH-1 are censoring music perceived to have an anti-war message (including
music by the "B-52s." For goodness sake, the band's name is a
reference to a hairdo, not a plane. Perhaps they thought the song's name
was "Iraq Lobster"?).

In an effort to make an end run around the corporate music blacklist,
Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) has set up www.protest-records.com to
distribute FREE mp3s of contemporary anti-war songs. No
charge -- the only restriction is that nobody tries to sell them in
turn. Last time I checked, there were over thirty, organized by volume.

Listening to these songs won't do anything to halt the snuffing of military
(scores of Americans, uncounted thousands of Iraqis) or civilian
(anywhere from 560-720, as compiled at www.iraqbodycount.net) lives,
but if we listen and spread the word at least the veneer of stifling unanimity
about this all might be punctured just a bit.

As the old song said, Die Gedanken sind Frei!

Posted by Matthew Cook at 10:38 AM. # (permalink)




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