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.


New on Irregular Times: The Irregular Forum
Saturday, February 28, 2004
 
Here at Irregular Times we're big believers in free speech, but unfortunately not all speech is free. We used to have a message board on which everyone was free to hold forth on issues of the day (with the understanding that others had the freedom to tell them why their point of view was full of crap). But we ran out of disk space. Alas, alack. Out to the dustbin went the board.

Now, however, we're happy to report that we've purchased a big honking gob of disk space, with bandwidth to boot. And so, without further ado, I'm happy to introduce The Irregular Forum.

We're irregular, but not that irregular, so some basic rules apply: no spamming, no flooding the board with cut-and-pasted dreck you didn't write, no death threats, and please don't leave any bodily fluids. Otherwise, have at it: express yourself!

Posted by Matthew Cook at 6:57 PM# (permalink)



 
George W. Bush created the President's Council on Bioethics in 2001 to address issues such as therapeutic stem cell research and treatment and suggest policy remediation, appointing various experts from the field. Now, according to Reuters, Bush has removed two members of the council whose conclusions do not match with his own.

Hey, what are experts for, anyway, if they aren't going to agree with you and stuff?

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Powell Refuses to Deny American Involvement in Espionage Against United Nations Secretary General
Friday, February 27, 2004
 
Here's a howdy-do. When confronted about the British government's spying on Kofi Annan at the United Nations in the months leading up to the war against Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell has refused to deny that the Bush Administration was involved in the illegal activity.

"We never talk about intelligence matters of that nature in public," Powell said.

Oh, really? How do you explain, Secretary Powell, that big presentation you gave about a year ago, revealing all kinds of "intelligence matters" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Is it that the Bush Administration has a policy of only discussing fake intelligence information in public?

And, are you actually meaning to state, Secretary Powell, that the Bush Administration has actually gone through the trouble to devise a policy of not discussing its efforts to spy on the private conversations of the Secretary General of the United Nations? What else could you mean when you say that you "never talk about intelligence matters of that nature"?

Don't we deserve better than this? American security is NOT at stake, unless we are to believe that the United Nations is planning an invasion... with black helicopters... and space aliens... with the Queen of England... and the Illuminati...

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Did Bush Order British Spying on Kofi Annan?
Thursday, February 26, 2004
 
Fresh news this morning of the Bush-Blair Axis of Blunder: It appears that, before the war against Iraq, as Bush and Blair were trying to get a United Nations resolution in favor of war passed, British agents were engaged in a prolonged mission to spy on United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, recording all his private conversations.

It has been known for some months that the Bush Administration requested the British government to spy on delegations to the United Nations Security Council, including Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea, Mexico and Pakistan. A memo acknowledging this American request for espionage at the UN Headquarters in New York City was leaked to the press by a translator who felt ethically unable to be complicit in the spy mission.

Now, Clare Short, who was the Secretary of International Development in UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's government at the time of the buildup to war in Iraq, has revealed that the British spy mission included not just espionage against Security Council delegations, but also the break-in and bugging of the office of the Secretary General himself. Short reports having read transcripts of Kofi Annan's private, confidential conversations herself.

If, as it appears, this espionage was done at the request and with the knowledge of the Bush Administration, then President George W. Bush has committed a crime quite similar to the one at the center of the Watergate scandal that led Richard M. Nixon to resign: A break-in and spying effort in order to gain political advantage. It's important to keep in mind that the United Nations Headquarters is on American soil, in downtown Manhattan. There are no overseas exemptions to U.S. law there.

This would certainly be an impeachable offense, but let us not drag America through another impeachment. Instead, we need an independent investigation of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the leaders of the American intelligence community. If a crime has been committed, the responsible parties in the Bush Administration, including the President, should resign.

You can help this take place by calling your Congressional representatives and demanding that an independent investigation of the American role in espionage at the United Nations. Visit Congress.org, where you can find the contact information for your senators and representative. Call today!

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I am a former terrorist! So says Bush's Education Secretary!
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
 
Mother Davis rubs her chin and snickers as she reveals,

I am a former terrorist. Irregular Times has ties to a known terrorist organization.

So says Bush's Secretary of Education Rod Paige as he announces, "The NEA is a terrorist organization". (The NEA is the National Education Association, the nation's largest teacher's union)

Wish I were making this up, but Secretary Paige made this pronouncement in front of a meeting of the U.S. governors. These governors have confirmed the statement - reliable sources.

I'm a former classroom teacher, and a former member of the NEA. I guess that makes me a suspect for the Department of Homeland Security. Should I prepare myself to be prosecuted by a military tribunal?

Teachers. Yeah, Mr. Bush, Teachers are the most serious terrorist threat to America. That's the ticket.

Plotting evil terrorist attacks, like teaching about evolution,
Mother Davis

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How would you best sum up Bush's gay problem?
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
 
If you had to sum it up in just one sentence, what would you say is the core problem with George W. Bush's plan to ban gay marriage using a constitutional amendment?

Here's my first go: George W. Bush can't handle freedom.

How would you sum it all up?

Posted by Matthew Cook at 7:30 PM. # (permalink)


Nader Voters Elevate Political Discourse
Monday, February 23, 2004
 
The anonymous DrinkToMe elevates the political discourse with this reason to vote for Nader:

"You suck!

As MR. Ralph Nader states, there isn't any difference between either major party and me personally, I will NOT vote for a 'lessor of two
evils' [Kerry or Edwards]. PRESIDENT Bush, even with his faults, is a far cry better MAN than any demoCRAP.

You suck!"

Well, that'll win 'em over.


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