May 16th, 2003

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Moore was right, it's all about Fear.

I had a dream last night that an older Bobby Hill (from King of the Hill, but not animated) was my roomate and the FBI and DEA came with dogs and searched our house for drugs. They found a bong and some other stuff in Bobby's room but since it was a first offense he talked them into just giving him a warning. I had a few roaches that someone else left in my room in an ashtray (my real room doesn't even have an ashtray) that I quickly hid in my closet and I was so worried throughout the whole dream that the dogs would surely be able to smell them out but somehow they didn't.

Maybe the images of cops en masse swarming down on a house was a premonition of today's events in St. Louis.

First Hothouse in Chicago, then IMC in Urbana, now Bolozone in St. Louis. All in one week. I keep telling myself over and over again that this is all legitimate coincidence and not conspiracy but if this happens again I'm gonna start to freak.

So here's the thing. I don't think this is a conspiracy of the political sort. I think this is a non-conspiracy of fear.

I think that local policies everywhere are being driven by fear and to appease fear. If a government invents a good story about how dangerous a place is and how the government valiantly stepped in to protect the populace from this imminent threat is a great way to appease people. Sure we aren't building bike lanes to protect cyclists from insane drivers, sure we aren't shutting down the real death trap bars like Kams, sure we aren't addressing vital health care, environmental, public education, and public housing issues but those things are HARD! But look look, your kids were going to DIE at the IMC and besides they don't have enough bathrooms!!! Look what we did for the community, we shut those miscreants down! Aren't we fine! Vote for us please. And don't forget you need to ALWAYS be afraid because next month we'll think of some new potential disaster that you never thought of and we'll save you from it. We promise.

It's the war on terrorism writ small. It's a preemptive strike against an invented foe justified by an actual tragedy. Lots of people died in Rhode Island. What was the lesson there? Don't let Great White have pyrotechnics on your stage! The lesson was not "we'd better shut down all the all ages venues in our towns so that kids have to go to unsupervised keggers to get their music fix."

Safety is extremely important and I want nothing more than to know that the venues I help operate are safe. But when the enforcement of safety standards are so completely arbitrary I have to wonder how safe I ever really am. How much does my local government really care about me and my community?

What the fuck do they think they are doing?

Do you know how one of the side effects of marijuana is supposed to be paranoia? Did you know that in countries that don't massively criminalize marijuana use (e.g. Holland) this side effect does not exist. Pot induced paranoia is an entirely psychological manifestation of the state-created fear of getting caught and busted. It isn't a drug effect. It is an association.
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Channel 15 News

So why did the piece on Channel 15 news tonight about the IMC suck so much? I don't think this is conspiracy either. I think it really is because news people are Completely Fucking Clueless.

These people came in and interviewed us and we talked about the importance of all ages community centers for educating and empowering kids and giving them a safe space to hang out with their friends and they focus on how dangerous our space was. They got great interview material from a 14 year old girl (lost_not_forgot) who books shows at our center, and a community organizer who pours her heart out working to make the lives of girls more empowering and a parent who is totally supportive of our space. They had all this great footage and they spend the whole piece showing my ugly ass summarizing the shutdown. BORING.

The newscrew didn't know we existed before this, they didn't know what we did when they got here, it was clear that the reporter didn't know anything about the internet. They wasted such an opportunity to report about something really INTERESTING but they didn't know what they had because they were just TOO STUPID. So they did the easy story.

Now I'm sure there's a profit driven corporate conspiracy to hire stupid people to report the news so in the end it's all about the profitability of the culture of fear but in the beginning it's all about COMPLETELY CLUELESS news anchors.
Now, more than ever, I'm convinced of the importance of Indymedia. Regular people know more about what is important than the professionals. Karen Moe goes to work at 2pm, spends her whole day making boring stories about mundane topics, and goes home at 11pm. How could she know anything about the world in which we live when she's not living in it?

BUT all ranting aside. They mentioned our capital campaign. That was cool. They were positive about our quest to buy a new building. That was cool. They didn't mention our URL, that sucked.
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