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, July 19, 2003
They like us! They really like us!
Our anti-Bush bumper sticker site has received 1660 hits from inside the U.S. Government over the past 6 days. 185 of those are from the Defense Department's Arpanet. Hi, guys! You're welcome to a sticker, but don't be doing anything we wouldn't do! Semper Cri!
Friday, July 18, 2003
Another Day, Another Poll (CNN/Time)
"If George W. Bush runs for reelection, how likely are you to vote for him: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?"
Very Likely: 33%
Very Unlikely: 36%
Yeah, Bush is really unbeatable.
Looks like the old Donkey has finally awakened! With a new energy, the Democrats are inviting you to play the political game with a new set of rules.
New from the Donkey today: Play George W. Bush Credibility Twister! What did they know? When did they know it? How did they spin it?
[Oh my gosh, we never do that. I feel like a resident of Palo Alto!]
We have recently retrieved the archives of Spare the Child (sparethechild.com), a web site about issues relating to corporal punishment (physical punishment).
We've got a few of these articles up already on our own Spare the Child subsite, and will soon be uploading more.
Enjoy, or seethe if spanking is your thing.
Thursday, July 17, 2003
"Invincible" George W. Bush no longer has ANY war benefit to his popularity ratings, as shown by the latest Newsweek poll:
Q: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?"
7/10/03 Approve: 55% Disapprove: 37%
1/23/03 Approve: 55% Disapprove: 38%
Didn't Dubya watch any Disney movies? The villains always fall as a consequence of their own hubris.
Same survey, when respondents were asked who they'd vote for in a Bush-Kerry matchup...
Bush 50% Kerry 41%
A nine-point lead is NOTHING with over a year to go. Your activity will make the difference.
International ANSWER is calling for a national march on Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2003. What makes this march different from the previous year's marches, on a personal basis, is that I won't be going this time.
The catchphrase of this October's march is "End the Occupation! Bring The Troops Home Now! Money for jobs, education and health care -- not for War!" For an "international" group, that catchphrase strikes me as America-centered, selfish and lacking an understanding of our collective responsibility for the devastation we have wrought.
I attended all the anti-war marches in DC and remain convinced that the war was a horrendous act, but find myself hesitating here. Now that the United States has destroyed Iraq's government and civic infrastructure, I don't see how it is responsible to simply "Bring the Troops Home Now," because to do so would be to encourage more chaos and brutality in a land without any leadership structure altogether. can leave without inflicting more damage.
To simply "End the Occupation" without being in favor of something else on a positive basis is cheap. Something else needs to happen besides a simple withdrawal. A UN-administered zone, funded with American dollars, would be one way to go. Anyone else have any ideas? It certainly seems that the Bush administration is flying blind.
Whatever we do, we are now forced to pick up the tab -- in dollars and in blood. We -- meaning not only George W. Bush but all the members of the U.S. public who bought his obvious bullshit and told dissenters to shut the fuck up -- decided to break Iraq, so now it is our responsibility to fix it. I think we should be very grateful to the American troops in Iraq right now who are carrying out our dirty work, bloodying themselves, bloodying others and losing their innocence because we let Bush spook us into a killfest. They are carrying out the nasty business that the American public endorsed but didn't deign to do itself. We should also remember each and every Iraqi who has died for Bush's lies.
The worst way to remember those wasted lives is simply to pull out and disavow our collective responsibility for Iraq. The best way to remember the dead is to sincerely do our best to help the unfortunate living that remain. Call that "bourgeois," "imperialist," or "reactionary" if you will, but I'll call it paying the piper. We all owe, big time.
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