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A little more important aspect to the Super Bowl
03 Feb 2002
Modified: 04 Feb 2002
Regardless of your feelings towards the Super Bowl, the anti-drug advertising during the commercial breaks deserves a looking at.
Living in Boston, and being a football fan (though I would be hard pressed to consider myself a New England fan, being from Colorado...), the Patriots' win is an exciting win, providing relief from the seemingly unshakeable shadow of major league sports defeat.

Though I love the game, something far more important than the outcome occurred during its run. A new advertising campaign began, with serious implications - and I'm not talking about Britney Spears.

During the commercial breaks, two separate segments aired, depicting the use of illicit drugs as not only aiding the terrorist acts that occurred on September 11th in New York City, but going as far as to implicate those who use these drugs of being guilty of the acts themselves.

To say the least, it was shocking - in reality, it was a demonstration of the new tactics being developed between the government and the media to direct the American consciousness against what is being pushed as ‘un-American’ activities – and the implications are terrifying.

As we approach the new era of the Terrorist Witch Hunts – an era defined by regression into constrictive social and political policies reminiscent of the McCarthy years in the ‘50s – persons and groups working towards social, political, and economic world and local development concentrated on sustainability and personal and community responsibility must begin to watch their backs: we live in a police state.

Our government, who have abandoned apparently abandoned their search for ‘the Evil One’ (as our thoughtful and articulate leader has deemed him), Osama bin Laden, has turned its eye on imposing American homogeny on the rest of the world, all in the name of fighting terror. The logic behind the only state to ever use nuclear weapons against a (primarily civilian) target denouncing ‘rogue’ states’ possession of these same weapons is befuddling, but to see the bigger picture – a picture that only has room for the Red White and Blue – one understands that ‘justice’, ‘freedom’, and ‘peace’ are only acceptable on US terms – politically, militarily and economically.

The fight, as always, for a world that allows for these intangible but somehow intrinsic and beautiful goals starts with individuals – individuals who do not fall under the enchantment of nationalistic rhetoric or empty patriotic fervor, but instead work towards the real nature of these goals: a world where we put people – not money, not brand names, not our jobs, not even the Patriots – as a first priority.

This world will continue long after we have destroyed all the rainforests, cities and civilizations. The battle is not for this planet; the battle is to save ourselves.

To those fighting for a better world: be vigilant. We have to watch and respond to attacks, such as these shameless fear-mercials that aired to millions world-wide, with hope and truth. We’re all in this together.

B. Colby Hamilton
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super bowl ends prematurely
04 Feb 2002
those useless rules of football

it's true, it's true
the super bowl ended prematurely.

with 7 seconds left to play in the game
the New England patriots kicked a field goal.
the ball sailed through the uprights with 3
seconds to go, landing with maybe at least two
seconds to go.

according to the rules the clock should then stop.
an ensuing kick-off with at least two seconds should have taken place.
but the clock continued to tick and time expired.
they showed the replay and it was the same times on the clocks.

so the patriots beat the heavily favored rams by a score of 20-17 with george hw bush, one of the honorary coin-tossers, former president (now ordinary citizen), former head of the secret police of the untied states of North america, watching the game.

mean while thousands of non-violent protestors get their heads beat in by angry NY police officers who can't be home wathing the game because of the World Economic Forum was making them and their city and numerous other cities though out the world poorer.