Thursday, October 18, 2001

i'm leaving today for a weekend trip to a "peace farm" in luck, wisconsin. one of the things they do there is nukewatch, which seems increasingly related to current events. so hopefully i'll have a lot to talk about (and time to talk about it) when i get back.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

some people around here have been talking about fasting to protest the loss of innocent lives in Afghanistan and/or gain some discipline for future nonviolent protests. being diabetic, i thought i should look into the medical concerns associated with fasting as a diabetic.

Sunday, October 14, 2001

i got my first search referral. if you search google for "girls are smarter than boys", this site is at the top of the list. i am currently the primary internet source on a statement with which i disagree. be careful what you say (or in this case, what you rhetorically ask).
david sanger at the new york times reports: "Taliban leaders rejected today President Bush's offer of a second chance to surrender Osama bin Laden and stop the week-long bombing." while unfortunate, this shouldn't surprise anyone. we already know they don't care about their own citizens. so killing those citizens will do nothing to change their policies. "Officials said Mr. Bush has, somewhat reluctantly, come to accept the approach advocated by Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain of putting the United Nations at the center of efforts to form a new government." good. "But Mr. Bush is described by aides and Congressional leaders who have visited him as adamant that American troops should not get tied down in a peacekeeping role in Afghanistan." bad? "American military forces should be reserved for fighting wars, not helping governments, schools and justice systems to sprout." i agree the military shouldn't be doing this, but someone needs to. we have some responsiblity to repair the damage we've done to the innocent civilians of afghanistan. we also have some self-interested interest in doing so: to prevent the people we're supposedly trying to help from becoming the next generation of people who hate america for what we've done to them.
i added commenting via blogback from marcus campbell. very easy to use. thanks marcus.
this past wednesday, there was a large picture of me on the front page of both the paper and online versions of the local newspaper: the pantagraph. it's gone now, but i posted a mirror here.
from king's acceptance speech: "this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time -- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression...I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. "
today in 1964, martin luther king was awarded the nobel peace prize. the united nations won this year. that's the same united nations whose workers were killed by american bombs last week, and whose institutions of international justice america has largely bypassed in its "war on terrorism."