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.

Bikes Against Bush hits the streets of NYC!
Saturday, August 21, 2004
This is one of the most truly irregular activist actions we've seen in a long while: Bikes Against Bush.

The people behind Bikes Against Bush have outfitted bicycles with a special device that lays chalk down on a sidewalk as the bicycle peddles forward. Any anti-Bush message can go through, and so these folks are planning to pedal the message of defeating Bush across New York City during the Republican National Convention.

You can even send your own message for them to print out, using their web site.

Non-violent, non-destructive, and funny as hell - we're sending them a donation to help with the cause. Will you?

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Military Doctors engaged in systematic assistance to torturers
Friday, August 20, 2004
We'll be bringing you more on this developing story, which promises to expand significantly in the days to come, but for now we're providing you with a link to an article by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The story: Medical Doctors and medics employed by the United States military assisted in and helped to cover up the torture of Iraqi civilians held at the Abu Ghraib prison.

A few bad apples with poor training, my foot - these physicians had excellent education, and they would not be breaking their Hippocratic Oaths unless they were under order from higher up in the chain of command. Medical doctors are officers themselves, so we know by the very fact that these doctors were participating in the torture that there was a plan to torture Iraqis, a plan concocted in the very high leadership of the American military, and therefore the Bush Administration itself.

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Political Protest and the Bulk Discount?
Thursday, August 19, 2004
The International Herald Tribune reports that anti-Bush protesters visiting New York City to protest at the Republican National Convention can get discounts at restaurants like Applebee's -- so long as they wear a powder-blue Bloomberg-designed button identifying themselves as "Peaceful Political Activists."

Well, of course we're going to be peaceful political activists, and of course we don't have to be identified with a government-issued badge in order to exercise our first-amendment rights to assembly and speech. We'll be assembling for a number of reasons in a number of ways.

If you're looking for a non-government-issue protest button to wear, we'd love to be of help. As a way of drowning out the field of powder blue, we're declaring a Republican National Convention special: From now through the end of the month of August, you can get yourself a pack of 50 of either of the two buttons below for just $50. Order 'em now and you can still get 'em in time for the convention protests. Just click on the image of the button you want, and you're off!

Re-Defeat Bush in 2004 -- pack of 50 buttons for $50 (+$5 shipping)

"Not W" -- pack of 50 buttons for $50.00 (+$5 shipping)

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Alert: Christian Exodus NOT Seceeding - Yet!
Mother Davis prostrates herself on the ground and begs for divine forgiveness as she notes,

There is a movement afoot to break the United States apart. It is a movement from within, small now, but with the potential to grow. Luckily, for now it appears that potential is just about all this movement has.

A group calling itself Christian Exodus is calling upon all super-conservative Christians to move to South Carolina, and then force South Carolina to secede from the United States of America. South Carolina would become, according to their plan, a fundamentalist theocracy, with priests as its rulers, and a strict set of laws to compel citizens to follow harsh Christian standards.

The powerful message of Christian Exodus has so far attracted a few hundred members, most of whom, um, already live in South Carolina.

There are other problems. For example, Christian Exodus can't seem to get anyone to ask them questions about their plan. This is evidenced by the dearth of questions on the organizations FAQ page.

Memo to Christian Exodus: First, complete web page. Then, seceed from union.

Not rushing to design a flag with 49 stars,
Mother Davis

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Been Visited by the FBI?
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Irregular Times readers:

So far, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is refusing to say how many peaceful, law-abiding anti-Bush progressive activists it has interviewed, watched, or tracked online. John Ashcroft has long since declared that he won't expect anyone in Bush's government to cooperate with Freedom of Information Act requests for such data.

That means we're left with you. If you have been approached by FBI agents as a result of your progressive activism, or if you know somebody who has,get in touch with us - we'd like to know and tell your story.

Just send us an email, and we'll be in touch.

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FBI Harasses "Terrorist" Peace Activists
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
As this year's Republican National Convention approaches, and Americans are being killed in Iraq almost every day, John Ashcroft has sent his FBI goons... to Missouri. Actually, FBI agents have been sent all over the country to intimidate anti-war protesters. Ashcroft won't speak on the subject himself, but he says that these people may be terrorists.

Is there any actualy evidence that they're terrorists? Well, no, other than the fact that they plan to take part in protests outside the Republican National Convention in New York City last week.

The FBI has sent its agents to follow anti-war activists for days. These FBI agents are then sent to the homes of peaceful anti-war, anti-Bush protesters and asked whether they intend to take part in violent acts against the Republicans. Then they're asked if they know of any peaceniks who are planning to commit violent acts against the Republicans. Then they're warned that lying to an FBI agent is against the law. Then the FBI agents leave.

Now see, if I were a terrorist, and an FBI agent asked me if I was planning an attack, I would say "NO!" John Ashcroft and his FBI henchmen know that this is the case too, of course. These kinds of questionings are used as a warning, not as a tool of true interrogation of suspects.

It sure looks like the FBI being used by the Bush Administration to stifle people who oppose the re-election of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. FBI spokesman Joe Parris denies that's what's happening, though, and justifies the harassment of anti-bush, anti-war activists by saying that, "Criminal behavior isn't covered by the First Amendment."

Criminal behavior? What criminal behavior has taken place? Well, none.

However, with the Patriot Act, John Askicroft and George W. Bush have taken the power to treat non-criminals as if they had committed a crime - based on the claim that even law-abiding citizens could commit serious crimes some time in the future. So, according to the Bush Administration, because everybody is a potential criminal, everybody can be treated like a criminal, and they're constitutional rights don't apply.

So, the very people who are planning protests against Bush's violence are identified by the FBI as potential terrorists who must bear the brunt of an official FBI investigation. So far, the FBI investigation includes infiltration of anti-Bush activist networks to find out private details about online organizing and fundraising.

Anti-Bush online organizing and fundraising are now signs of terrorist plots?

Heck, I've got a warning for the FBI! Interview me! You never know - I might lead a Martian invasion of New Mexico someday!

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Lying Through Your Teeth: A Traditional Value?
Monday, August 16, 2004
American conservatives like to say that they stand for "traditional values". This whole "traditional values" argument confuses us, given the intense attacks of conservatives against American traditions such as freedom, fairness, and equality under the law. So, just what are the "traditional values" that conservatives are really fighting for?

Well, we can take a look at the actualy behavior of conservative politicians for a clue. Let's take Republican Vernon Robinson for one example. Mr. Robinson is running for Congress in North Carolina and likes to call himself "the black Jesse Helms". This position is certainly intriguing, and leaves us looking around for the gay Jerry Falwell. So, what does Mr. Robinson do in his campaign? He smears his opponents by making up claims about them out of thin air, and then writing fake news articles in order to cover his slander.

Then there's the Libertarian Party's candidate for Vice President:"Doctor" Rich Campagna. Mr. Campagna claims to be a Doctor because of a PhD that he obtained from the American College of Metaphysical Theology, by writing the American College of Metaphysical Theology a check for $249.00. Of course, the American College of Metaphysical Theology is not an accredited college. It is what is commonly called a "diploma mill".

It seems that one of the traditional values that these conservatives are fighting for is the tradition of politicians lying through their teeth.

Perhaps you feel sorry for Vernon Robinson and Rich Campagna. Never fear. As of this minute, we at Irregular Times are issuing official honorary doctoral degrees in Truth Management Sciences. Congratulations, Doctor Robinson and Doctor Campagna!

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George W. Bush: The Weakness President
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Holy Schmoly! In yet another move to weaken our defenses, George W. Bush is set to announce a plan to move 70,000 soldiers defensively stationed in Europe and Asia so that escapades in the Middle East and Central Asia may continue apace. This is just another indication that Bush's Iraq quagmire is really a sinkhole, sucking up huge amounts of money, time, attention, resources and lives while making us weaker elsewhere.

George W. Bush doesn't read history books. But if he did, he'd know that this is how major world powers begin their decline. Great job, Mr. Bush. (Source: New York Times August 15, 2004

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