May 30th, 2007

"Understanding where you live is first of all / knowing its noises which are memorized / without yo

u knowing that they are"

I just ran away from someone I didn't know I cared for. Sometimes that is how I learn: by being seized by an absurdly counterproductive impulse.

A lot is going on all around. Some class, "Communication and Peace", tried throwing a "Peace Fest" which consisted of a circle of tables on a lawn and was sad, sad. For one thing, they seem to have stereotyped peace activists as tie-dyed hippies who value tarot card readings and pet rocks. I say this because one student decided to contribute by giving tarot card readings, and two set up a table for painting rocks. I have never seen most of those people in my life; instead of actually organizing, or showing solidarity with people who are, they have put on this pathetic attraction to promote the hippie image that is, let's face it, hard to take seriously.

Why do I care. good question. Maybe because the people I tried to talk to, from the class, were a little bit rude and stupid.

Haha! Everything comes down to that, right? "genuine" smiles vs. getting one's feelings hurt. Who, instead of what, one connects with. Yesterday I took one of those online social science surveys and it was about choosing political candidates based on how much you identify with them. Not with their values, with them. "Rate on this scale how important it is to you that a candidate share your gender/age/ethnicity..."

Contrasting with the "Peace Fest", which made me feel better, was the Katrina Relief Group [not mine] tabling in the Arbor and giving out buttons. "Rebuild New Orleans". "Peace and Levees". Yes.

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Oh. So yeah I haven't checked any real news yet but the top A.P. story in the Nexus is that Bush has ordered economic sanctions on Sudan's government. He is quoted as saying:
"I promise this to the people of Darfur: The United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world."
and
"For too long the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder and rape of innocent civilians. My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide."
Fucking hell, Bush. this has been going on for four years.