An Interesting Day:

President Bush’s Movements and Actions on 9/11

“Bush’s actions on September 11 have been the subject of lively debate, mostly on the internet. Details reported that day and in the week after the attacks – both the media reports and accounts given by Bush himself – have changed radically over the past 18 months. Culling hundreds of reports from newspapers, magazines, and the internet has only made finding the “truth” of what happened and when it happened more confusing. In the changed political climate after 9/11, few have dared raise challenging questions about Bush’s actions. A journalist who said Bush was “flying around the country like a scared child, seeking refuge in his mother’s bed after having a nightmare” and another who said Bush “skedaddled” were fired. We should have a concise record of where President Bush was throughout the day the US was attacked, but we do not.

What follows is an attempt to give the most complete account of Bush’s actions – from Florida to Louisiana to Nebraska to Washington, DC.” Center for Cooperative Research [via Booknotes]


the meaning of living in a city

Psy-Geo-Conflux 2003 marks the inauguration of an annual event dedicated to current artistic and social investigations in psychogeography. Part festival and part conference, it brings together visual and sound artists, writers, and urban adventurers to explore the physical and psychological landscape of the city.

In 1955, Guy Debord defined psychogeography as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.” (An Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography). It has also been summarized as “the active search for, and celebration of, chance and coincidence, concurrently with the divination of patterns and repetitions thrown up by the [meeting/collision] of the chaos and structures of cities, personal histories and interpretations. It is based on the technique of the “derive,”an informed and aware wandering, with continuous observation, through varied environments. It can be sought and can lead anywhere.” (Psychogeography: a working definition) context

FCC Giveaway to Media Oligarchs in Impending Broadcast Overhaul:

F.C.C. Prepares to Loosen Rules on Media Ownership: “The government proposed the most significant overhaul of its media ownership rules in a generation today, including a change that would allow television networks to own enough local stations to reach 90 percent of the nation’s viewers.

That change— a result of increasing the cap on ownership and simultaneously preserving a 1980’s formula that discounts the reach of UHF stations — is part of the package of proposals that officials said appeared to have the support of the Republican majority of the Federal Communications Commission.” NY Times The vote will be along strict party lines, it seems, and in the same kind of doublespeak we’re getting used to in the foreign policy arena, is promoted as encouraging free airwaves. Is Colin Powell proud of son Michael? [thanks, Abby, who suggested I put this blink in the “It Can’t Happen Here” Dept. of FmH]

Secret Service Questions Students

“For years the classroom has been the setting for the free expression of ideas, but two weeks ago certain ideas led to two students being taken out of class and grilled by the United States Secret Service.

…When one of the students asked, ‘Do we have to talk now? Can we be silent? Can we get legal counsel?’ they were told, ‘We own you, you don’t have any legal rights’…” KRON-TV

Also: Vt. Cop Photographed Class Projects: “A uniformed police officer persuaded a custodian to open a school in the middle of the night so he could photograph class projects he found objectionable as an American and as a military veteran.” Lycos News [thanks, walker]