"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 28, 2011

Without simplifying or obscuring the local concerns and regional causes of "unrest",* I think it's worth noting that a single act of desperation has triggered the uprising of oppressed people in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and now Jordan and Albania. A single human choice. Heartening.

* - a term which suits the needs of power, as if the proper place of people is rest...

UPDATE - Egyptian protesters making inroads among conscripted riot police:


UPDATE TWO - according to Al Jazeera live feed:

Mubarak's government has ordered the Egyptian military onto the streets in Cairo, Alexandria and perhaps Suez, to enforce a curfew now that the police have lost control of major areas of the country.