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.

Thursday, June 26, 2003
Our Irregular Trick Question of the Day:

If you want to protect Americans from attack from angry islamic militants in the Middle East, the best way to do so is:
(A) Put 300,000 Americans in a country in the Middle East that the American President has called "evil"
(B) Not put 300,000 Americans in a country in the Middle East that the American President has called "evil"

If you're George W. Bush, the answer is A. Now, within the last 24 hours, four Americans have been killed there, and 2 have been kidnapped. Does it sound like George W. Bush's answer was correct?

Bonus points if you can answer this one: How many American lives would have been saved if George W. Bush had not put 300,000 Americans in that country in the Middle East?

Study hard, kiddos!

Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 6:17 PM. # (permalink)

Tuesday, June 24, 2003
It's all over the papers: is running its own primary for Democratic presidential candidates. If over 50% of members vote for any one candidate, will give its early endorsement.

Some campaigns are complaining that they weren't involved in the process and that they weren't given the opportunity to lobby staff members. Well, that's kind of the point. The beauty of's idea is that it's pure democracy. All candidates were given the opportunity to answer the same questions, determined by member vote. Other than that involvement, it's the members who run the process. I can see how this may be upsetting to traditional politicians, but what an amazing thing for those who want to believe in a political process again. It's also a great public confirmation that rank-and-file Democrats are committed to rank-and-file democracy.

As part of the primary process, has published each candidate's answers to the questions voted most relevant by members. Click here for all the candidates' responses, side by side. It's a real eye opener. Sneak preview: we'll have an analysis of the candidates' statements up on Irregular Times this week.

Posted by Matthew Cook at 9:55 AM. # (permalink)

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