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February 4, 2002

screw yr. car sanding drywall today reminded me of dust-covered people fleeing the collapsing towers. not a day goes by that i don't think about it--planes overhead, tall buildings are enough to trigger it. does anyone else find that happening or is it just me?

sep 11 was a wake-up call, but i wonder how many have fallen back to sleep? "war on terrorism" my ass--it's about money and power, in this case embodied by oil (and probably poppies). yet there goes another flag on an SUV. i think the only hope is to expand consciousness, get people taking responsibility for their actions, understanding that what they do makes an impact, both for local environment (smog) as well as validating US foreign policy (the false assumption that we need cheap gas). so i make signs to spread the conservation meme. try it. it's fun and will make you feel good as you watch people reacting--a smile, a frown, a shaking head, a laugh--as a glimmer of awareness breaks the roadworn stare.
Do we want to send the terrorists a message? Go for conservation. Go for clean, home-grown energy. And go for public health. If we reduce emissions from fossil fuel, we will cut the rate of asthma among children. Healthier children and a healthier economy-how about that as a response to terrorism?
~Bill Moyers, http://www.commondreams.org/views01/1030-07.htm

...In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. ...Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
~Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961, http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.

— Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, http://www.jimpoz.com/quotes/freedom.asp

The Internet was the greatest unanticipated transfer of technology to the lower classes in human history.

~Terence McKenna, quoted in Shaman's Drum #60, Fall 2001

We can all get more together than we can get apart and this is the way we gain power.

~from The Unfinished Agenda of Martin Luther King, Jr.