Al Jazeera's website has been under heavy Denial of Service attack since yesterday, when they launched their english-language version the AP is reporting. This is a deliberate attempt by someone to limit American access to information. If the NSA isn't involved, I'd be very surprised.
Another kind of info-war, the battle against apathy, is on as well. Many of my friends -- good friends, lovers -- are currently living in a kind of obstinant apathy/avoidance state. It a survival mode. If you really read the news, it's impossible not to be enraged. But what are you supposed to do when the blood boils? Our real chance to give these clowns the boot is 18 months away. What's the point of watching the news?
Well, if you mean the news like on TV, not much. But I think there is something to be said for staying informed. I'm going to start a running education file, something to turn people on to in the run up to the election, something that might help us with regime change here at home, which is really our only hope.
People cope in various ways. I asked my pal Dave the other day how his war has been going. His response was quite witty:
hollywood's producing some great interactive movies these days! every day around noon i grab some popcorn and beer, and cheer enthusiastically whenever i see something blow up. "Operation Iraqi Freedom" feels so *real*... with all the internet, television and radio saturation, it's 10 times more fun then that piddly "A.I." internet game a couple of years ago. hell, a whole bunch of "protesters" marched outside my window on saturday... those crazy kids are *really* getting into the fun. i think the plot's a tiny bit thin (there were some holes around that president's reasons for invasions... why'd the big country invade the little country, again?), but that's hollywood for you... putting up dozens of nifty explosions, gun fights and street riots in lieu of a decent script. ah well, it's all in good fun.