January 28th, 2003


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"The word at the top of the ladder should always say yes! There is nothing after no. No is death. No kills"

"...All of us are individuals, poems of purity. We need to understand one another in order to be."

"We are all hungry. I do not express art through hunger. We have a hunger for perfection and beauty and keep creating that, which is beautiful. The perfect world is a world of peace and love."

a small sample of muse's interview with yoko ono in the latest issue of numb magazine

buy it if you can (canadians only) subscribe to it if it isn't on your newsstand. this is an important publication.

my answers to last week's friday five

"on september 11th, everything changed"

did it?

i'd love to see your answers to the following questions in comments:

1 - what long term changes have you seen in your everyday life, at work, at play, at home, on the street?
i see a much sharper division between those who support war and those who oppose it, and a much greater conflict within those who are unsure. i see alternately an avoidance of the issue altogether and animated debate about it, sometimes by the same people.

2 - what long term changes do you see in the political landscape of the country and the world?
i see an opportunistic group who are in power taking advantage of the omnipresent talk of war and fearmongering in the press to push a domestic agenda which is anaethema to the public at large. i see a squandering of the worldwide goodwill we experienced after 9-11 by our leaders, and also an all too quick denial of kinship by the world's people based on a myopic notion that the bush administration represents the american people.

3 - what has changed in the way you feel about life, work, play, other people?
life is more precious than ever to me. work is much less central to my life, more about being in a comfortable place and less about money. i play harder and more often. people are to be appreciated and respected. their stories are to be listened to. the lives of strangers seem much easier to identify with.

4 - what have you deliberately changed about the way you interact with other people and the earth?
i have put my money where my conscience is, lessening my ties to the oil economy, changing the way and the quantity that i consume. i go out of my way to express goodwill to people of other cultures and to try to learn about them. i have rediscovered some of my lost activism, proclaiming my views loudly, speaking up to ignorance and hate. i am doing as much as i can to reduce my footprint on the planet as a whole and my immediate environment in particular.

5 - how have your goals and dreams changed?
many places on earth that i would love to visit are now unsafe for americans. i may never get to the cradle of civilization in the middle east, i may not make it to southeast asia. i no longer make long term plans as concretely as i used to. i live much more in the moment, from day to day.

thank you to everyone who responded last friday.

did you know? i knew some but not all.

from artvamp via ana

* We supported Bin Laden and the Talibans for years, and viewed them as freedom fighters against the Russians.

* As late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taliban's official in Afghanistan.

* There is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than in Saudi Arabia, but you need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil out.

* UNOCAL, a giant American Oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1,000 mile long pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea.

* UNOCAL spent $10,000,000,000 on
geological surveys for pipeline construction, and very nicely courted the Talibans for their support in allowing the construction to begin.

* All of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with UNOCAL in 1998.

* 1998-1999 the Talibans changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of the country and awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina.

* John Maresca, VP of UNOCAL testified before Congress and said no pipeline until the Talibans was gone and a more friendly government was established.

* 1999-2000 The Talibans became the most evil people in the world.

* Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July (2000) that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October (2000).

** 9/11 WTC disaster.

** Bush goes to war against Afghanistan even though none of the hijackers came from Afghanistan.

* Bush blamed Bin Laden but has never offered any proof saying it's a "secret".

.* Talibans offered to negotiate to turn over Bin Laden if we showed them some proof. We refused; we bombed.

* Bush said: "This is not about nation building. It's about getting the terrorists."

* We have a new government in Afghanistan.

* The leader of that government formerly
worked for UNOCAL (Hamid Karrzai).

* Bush appoints a special envoy to represent the US to deal with that new government, who formerly was the "chief consultant to UNOCAL" (Lakhdar Ibrahimi).

* The Bush family acquired their wealth through oil?

* Bush's Secretary of Interior was the President of an oil company before going to Washington.

* George Bush Sr. (Father) now works with the "Carlysle Group" specializing in huge oil investments around the world.

* Condoleezza Rice worked for Chevron before gong to Washington.

* Chevron named one of its newest "supertankers" after Condoleezza.

* Dick Cheney worked for the giant oil conglomerate Haliburton before becoming VP of USA.

* Haliburton gave Cheney $34,000,000,000 as a farewell gift when he left Haliburton.

* Haliburton is in the pipeline construction business.

* There is $6 Trillion dollars worth of oil in the Caspian Sea area.

* The US government quietly announces Jan 31, 2002 we will support the construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline.

* President Musharref (Pakistan), and Karrzai, (Afghanistan - Unocal) announce agreement to build proposed gas pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan via Afghanistan. (Irish Times 02/10/02)

racial stereotyping?

when i met the guy who lives across the street, he introduced himself as tim. it seemed odd to me. for some reason, i would expect a black man to call himself timothy instead of tim. i have no idea why.