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Posted on 2003.03.19 at 10:59
Music: c-tec - gesellschaft
we are one hue away from martial law.

if talking about the war was good enough for yellow -> orange, somehow i don't think red's far off.

i pledge to go out and fucking party anyway.


super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis
skrape at 2003-03-19 11:14 (UTC) (Link)
I thought I had read somewhere that as soon as we go to war the Homeland Security Bullshit-O-Meter will be upped to red. Do you think Starbucks counts as non-critical? :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2003-03-19 11:20 (UTC) (Link)
Do you think Starbucks counts as non-critical? :)

in seattle? i doubt it :P
Ass McTavish and the land behind the Tavern
orbasm at 2003-03-19 11:22 (UTC) (Link)
i'm with ya. let's be cell-mates when we get arrested and detained by the feds.
betternewthings at 2003-03-19 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
It's a sad world when the response to a government creeping upon totalitarianism is the self-centered "partying". Makes me ashamed to be against the war, just like this rather funny audio clip.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2003-03-19 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, well, no apologies here.

partying isn't necessarily self-centered for everyone.

of course there's a hedonism element to it; but every time i'm at a gathering and i bust a move or play a record or light a bowl it's *also* a celebration that i'm free to do so, or a flaunt of how i do it even though i'm not supposed to.

(laugh at this if you want, but for me it's true. when you move from liberal cities to a conservative town, and your circle of friends is no longer available to you, and your party life goes from "twice a weekend" to "every two months", you fucking _appreciate_ it when you get to do it.)

*not* continuing to exercise the freedoms i either have, or take for myself, would be submitting to totalitarianism.

whether we are for or against the war is irrelevant; it's happening. if you're mad at me for being dissociative, perhaps that's valid; but nothing i can do will change the situation in iraq, and so far as i can tell, what happens in iraq is unlikely to affect me in any way other than the price i pay at the pump.

so, i will first do what i have to to survive, and then do what i can to steer the _realm of my existence_ in a direction that's to my liking. if that's egocentric, i don't care. i don't have the fucking energy to care about each of the 7 billion people (or every last cause) on the planet, so what i *can* do is staunchly defend the freedoms i have/want/believe_in, and hope that someone else benefits or at least appreciates it.
betternewthings at 2003-03-20 14:49 (UTC) (Link)


Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2003-03-20 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
decent article, makes valid points... but you're right, it wasn't about me.

i'm not garnering negative attention by causing traffic jams or smashing windows in SF, or planning an ill-advised "raid" on vandenburg; nor am i using this event to garner personal attention of any kind... in short, i'm not a "direct actionist".

am i missing something?
Atmospheric Skull
kabuki33 at 2003-03-19 15:20 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, come party!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2003-03-19 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
looking forward to it :)
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