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, June 18, 2003
Mother Davis gazes with fascination at the little pieces of paper in her hand as she observes,
Some people criticize the way that George W. Bush has handled the American economy, but in his defense, I say this:
George W. Bush has boldly shredded conventional wisdom about how the President should manage the U.S. economy, and then torn it all back together again. Never before has an American President shown such initiative in lowering expectations and redefining success. We can only hope that his re-(s)election campaign will be run in the same manner.
Wondering how Georgie W. would redesign a recipe for egglant parmiagiana,
Bush Lied, People Died
You've the ever more common description of the current White House follies - Bush lied, people died. Let's not keep that in the past tense, though. The fact is, people are still dying - Americans and Iraqis both.
Yesterday, in Iraq, an American soldier was shot dead. Also, American soldiers fired their assault guns into a crowd of protesters, causing many serious injuries and killing two people in the crowd. Now, some news agencies are reporting this atrocity in full, but others are trying to cover up the details. MSNBC, the CBC, the Boston Globe, Reuters, the Daily Telegraph reported the incident in full, but Fox News only said that there were reports of casualties that could not be confirmed, and has written nothing since of the deaths, which have been confirmed. Still think Fox News is the No Spin Zone?
Let's be fair, though. Not all of Bush's lies result in death. No, sometimes, Bush's lies just leave the working people of America high and dry. Take a fine piece of reporting that comes out today revealing that George W. Bush's promises to expand the Americorps program were lies. Bush made these promises during the State of the Union Address in 2002, saying that he'd increase the funding for Americorps and expand the civilian volunteer program by 50%. What has he actually done? Bush cut spending for Americorps soon after making the promise, and put a cap on the number of Americorps volunteers, making sure that the program could not bring opportunity to service-minded young people and their communities. This, as he lobbied for yet another huge giveaway to his super-rich contributors!
Monday, June 16, 2003
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