Been a while since I posted, though I read advogato regularly. Still working on why that is. My life is a mess in some ways, not bad in others... and maybe I'm just not the journaling type.
Simply put, while the event is shocking, my opinion of the media and the masses are confirmed sadly. I am more saddened by the rampant patriotic bullshit and lack of awareness than anything else, even the deaths themselves.
I have relatives in NY, and yes, thankfully none of them were hurt. Yes, I was scared, and if one of them had been hurt, I'd be a mess right now. No argument there.
And yes, the pain and grief and terror and rage are driving people right now. Feeling all of that is good. Acting from that is not. There is a difference.
I had no hope for this country, even before this mess happened, and I see nothing to change my mind: The US is screwed up in so many many ways and it's unlikely to change.
ESR voices a valid if unpopular opinion, and he's personally attacked for it. Fuck all of you who did so.
Bush and others are willing and wanting to go to war, regardless of the realities or even the logic of such. Fuck that.
Flag waving patriots who think that "America" really means something good and true these days: Wake up, or you continue to earn the stupid American image. Fuck the flag and learn the truth about what the rest of the world thinks about ugly American involvements. We are not innocents.
CNN, and the rest of the media (with the exception of BBC for some odd reason): plastic propaganda machines, all of you.
Heroes? Yes, there are heroes. Flight 93's brave passengers who probably saved many lives, even while losing their own in the process. Firefighters and policemen who rushed into burning buildings to rescue people, buildings whose exits should have be fixed the first time a tragedy happened there and weren't. All of the people who are giving time and energy to pick up the pieces and breathe smoke and sweat for hours. Those are the heroes, and nobody will argue that, will they?
Anyone who picks up a gun or a bomb and goes to kill someone 'responsible'? Not a hero. Not in my book, and shouldn't be in anyone else's either. Feel free to disagree. Many do. But if you so value the 'freedoms' we have, you cannot argue that my voice isn't as valid as yours. Freedom to voice the unpopular view is one of the most important of freedoms.
Now, watch the powersthatbe shut down encryption, privacy, and myriad other freedoms, all in the name of 'peace' and 'justice'. I won't join conspriracy theorists who wonder if the US had a part in the attacks, but it wouldn't surprise me to one day learn that someone knew something was going to happen, decided there was no point in warning people because they couldn't stop it happening eventually, and decided that a huge horrible event was just what they needed to let them take charge the way they wanted to all along.
To end this, I'll quote Niven's law:
F x S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you must give up some security, and vice versa. These remarks apply to individuals, nations, and civilizations. Notice that the constant k is different for every civilization and different for every individual.
We have people in charge who don't care about F at all. F them.