"Man oh man, 'Dr. Menlo.' Now there's an alternative blog. Kindness to animals, Seattle anarchists, nudism galore, SubGenius, anti-Bush black propaganda, jeez louise, Doc, that thing sure is happenin'." --Bruce Sterling, Schism Matrix
by kirsten anderson Kirsten invented and runs the best art galleries in Seattle: the Roq la Rue and BLVD Gallery. abuddhas memes by tony tross Tony chases Eris and his own personal Buddha-kin from the icy outer reaches of the Yukon.
"Ye fucking gods!! Are you nuts!? Those Jesuit bastards will eat you alive!" --Hunter S. Thompson, to me, circa '93
Bush's born-again Christianity cannot be questioned. Indeed, it dovetails with his widely attested lack of intellectual curiosity, his seemingly utter certainty of his convictions and with the difficulty of persuading him to change a mind already made up. Few mortals can compete with God for his ear.
Mr Bush's Christian fervour only confirms suspicions that the looming war with Iraq is indeed a "crusade" against Muslims, exactly as Osama bin Laden suggests. For world-weary Europe the presidential language evokes mirth and queasiness in equal measure. A European leader who spoke in such terms would be laughed off the stage. An American one who speaks this way only increases the fear that simplicities of faith, and a habit of seeing a hideously complicated world in a black-and-white, good or evil fashion, are a recipe for disaster. [more] [via]
Only the latest in a long string of recent nude protests . . . Needless to say, we like this trend . . . After all, what is more humanist than the human body itself? Unadorned with the corruptive influences of fundamentalist religion (i.e. Ashcroft, Bin Laden, et al.) and clothes gone bad (i.e. Hilfiger, Nike, et al.)?
Hey Kirsten, just got back--didn't see ya . . . but if the estimate of one hundred thousand on the streets of Seattle today protesting war on Iraq is correct (and I think it is--it looked like at least double the numbers of the '99 WTO protests, which was estimated to involve 50,000), then that explains it . . . I also liked the sign, "Bush couldn't run a laundromat," and countless more. I also enjoyed the short speech by Sherman Alexie, who recounted an incident that happened to him here in downtown Seattle a few days after 9-11: he had just come out of his health club and was standing on the corner of an intersection when a large truck flying a huge American flag stopped in front of him and the driver yelled, "Go back to where you came from!" He said the driver was halfway down the street before he recovered enough to yell: "You first!"
In case you're not lucky enough to know about Sherman Alexie, he is inarguably the most famous Native American author alive, if not ever. His eloquence today was as apparent as ever, and although I can't unfortunately recall all of his lines, I do distinctly remember him suggesting that instead of present war plans we should be sending bookmobiles to both Baghdad and the White House. The Americans all across the country who marched today in solidarity with like-minded beautiful people all over the world against Bush's plans for mass murder are the best of America.
The best of America hates and despises George Dubya Bush.
Big thanks and credit to Jason Lubyk of New World Disorder for the idea--who, by the way, will be announcing this very week the online launch of his New World Disorder magazine. You would be wise to be looking forward to it.