September 11: Primaries, Protests, Pontificating
In Minneapolis, there will be events at the University of Minnesota, in support of the striking AFSCME workers, who deserve a fair contract, now. See the letter to U of MN President Bruininks from State Representatives Mary Murphy and Tom Rukavina in this post from SkyBlueWaters.org for context.
I might end up pontificating about caucuses, impeachment and peace at the event tonight at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market - Glenwood and Lyndale - 7 PM.
Six years ago I woke up (in Saint Paul, MN) to radio reports that a small plane had struck one of the twin towers at the World Trade Center, and I thought - that does not make sense. When it was reported in an update that it was possibly a hijacked jetliner, that there was indications terrorism was involved, and reports of more airliners hitting other buildings, even a car bomb at the Treasury building in D.C., I was - strangely - more sure I knew what was going on, and what the warnings and higher state of alert had been about... and just the day before I had read media reports of the assassination of Ahmed Shah Massoud, and the North Texas Joint Terrorist Task Force raid on the ISP, InfoCom - which hosted the websites of al-Jazeera and other Arab language sites. I was like - here we go again and as soon as I could I found a TV and watched the rest of the days events unfold.
I was neither shocked or surprised. It is weird that most Americans were - as they had exactly the same opportunity to information and news that I did - they just chose to be more interested in ??? than foreign policy and small wars in far flung places, or more generally, history.
I had predicted - a few times since Bush's election - that we would get into some intractable war in Asia - but I hadn't quite pinned down whether the enemy would be, in Orwellian terms, Eastasia or Oceania.
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