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The storm of “stop the bombing” calls is increasing, even locally. Everyone from aid organizations (who point out that if they are not able to get food through, 100,000 Afghani children will die this year) to Farrakhan (who wants evidence supporting the attacks — The US government, he says, has “lied before, and there's no guarantee they are not lying now.”), the Archbishop of Canterbury (who warns that we not repeat the misery we inflicted on Iraq, and asks, “how to punish the guilty without hurting the innocent, uproot evil without eroding the common good?”), to the city of Berkeley (the first city in America to pass a war censure act). Objection to the extreme laws and security measures are coming from all over the place… from knitters who had their needles taken, and even from Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), who is concerned that the new laws may well much of his comedy routines illegal.

I keep hearing threats of more serious attacks. I don't really know if this is because they're stopping them and we don't know about it, or because they're just scare tactics. There have been tons of false scares… my favorite was the unlucky coincidence that right now Publisher's Clearinghouse is running a promotion where they are mailing out thousands of little packs of white powdered soap. Then of course there's assholes like the Army of God who have said that anthrax scares at abortion clinics “made their day“.

A bigger concern though may be the strain with “out Saudi allies“. It's pretty much clear to everyone that Saudi Arabia is the real source of the terrorism, but because we “need” them for their oil, they're somewhat untouchable. Of course, if they really do demand that the 13,000 US troops leave their soil, I'm sure that things will get very unpleasant very fast.

Well, at least somebody is doing well… drug companies are able to push way more pills, and, I guess now that they've been caught, maybe some CIA directors can collect their cash from the September 11th stock trading tricks. Not that I can believe anything the media says. Recent events here in Toronto certainly showed that — after all, if a relatively stupid couple of politicians here can fabricate stories about local protests, what can be fabricated when you have a trillion dollar budget?

Finally, if you're not already taking some GAP drug, this will help you get there.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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