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October 6, 2002

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10,000 gathered today in Seattle to protest "President" Bush's war doctrine. While this analysis might cause some USA-firsters to cheer, such "patriots" should look more closely at real conditions in the US, especially in regard to education, healthcare, labor, and civil liberties. If the new world order is to mimic the corporate model, life worldwide will indeed become very bleak for all but a handful of the economic elite. Small acts matter. Do something today.

...& Hard Facts

this is what democracy looks like...

General Dismay
photo of General Dismay by F Lord
+ some nice shots by dixon hamby

Signs of Life...
NION rallies across the nation

Relatively evenhanded coverage of the Seattle protest

Washington State Congressman speaks his mind... in Iraq

Like Nelson Mandela, the Czech playright Vaclav Havel was a political prisoner who went on to lead his people. Here are his thoughts on hope: "[Hope is] a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation.... Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." ~Disturbing the Peace, 1987

The first step towards overcoming apathy is awareness... Do not dwell in denial...

"Where are the voices of outrage over what amounts to a frontal assault on the constitution of the United States? Democracy silenced is awful."
~Scott Ritter

Imperial States of America? Remember, Darth Vader is on The Empire's side...

America's Covert Nuclear War

Generally Useful

Why do I give a shit? Blame my upbringing--my parents came to this country as political refugees in 1968. Maybe they had other, more personal reasons as well, but throughout my childhood I was reminded that America was so much freer than their native Czechoslovakia. But freedom is a practice, not a guarantee. So, following the advice of Michael Moore, I'm doing what I can by spreading the word and being there...