February 12th, 2003


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...is the name of a song on the newest Sigur Ros album. It's also the name of their newest video, which ifilm usually accompanies with an ad. Seems fair. I figured I would tweak the settings a bit and pick the ad that you'd see, however. It seemed appropriate, under the circumstances.

What kind of dangerous playground will our government create for the children of Iraq?!

Local human shields...

SF indymedia mentions that there are at least three Bay Area locals currently taking part in the Human Shield Mission in Iraq -- they are scheduled to arrive in Baghdad today, in fact. Like many of those participating in the Human Shields Mission, they are flying in seperate from the main London contingents that are arriving in busses.

There is a video of their arrival in Jordan. As of yet, there has been no mention of them in the local newspapers.

I don't know all of their full names, but you can email them in Iraq, and hopefully they will get back to you. Here are the respective email addresses for Samuel Nesbitt, Sean, and Kenneth Webb.

Good luck out there, guys...

Oh, and just as a note...

I don't really care much for most public protests, but Kirsten and I are planning on going up to the protest in San Francisco on Sunday the 16th. We can give a few people a lift, if anyone wants to carpool. Otherwise, if you are going yourself and have some room in the car, or you need a ride, reply to this post and I will see what I can arrange. We can and should all do what we can to have as many people there as possible, in the hope that we'll be noticed.

The last round of protests were big, and did make a significant difference in how the media covered the situation, but more - much more - needs to be done, and soon. On Sunday, about 10 million people are expected to take part worldwide in protests in over 400 cities in over 60 countries, on every continent... even Antarctica. That's a huge start, but more is needed.

The US going to war is hardly a trivial matter, and such protests shouldn't be just about the typical people who protest everything -- this war is just a bit more serious than that, given that over 50% of the country doesn't even want war under these circumstances.War is by far a certain thing, and there has been some serious talk in the financial world that our economy is on far shakier ground than most people suspect. Any serious unexpected consequence related to an invasion of Iraq could send our economy into a tailspin that could take years to recover from.

So, go to the protest, but don't go alone. Invite your family along. Invite your neighbor. Have a picnic. Go with others in your church or other groups you are a part of. The situation is too grave not to take a side on. In a world where the government has made it abundantly clear that they can do whatever the hell they want, there's safety in numbers and power in unity.

If they can protest in Antarctica, you can protest too. Get out there. Spread the word. Even though war seems inevitable, the tide is turning... don't just sit there, help it along a little bit!