Friday, September 14, 2001  [!]

It's nearly noon. A time for national prayer.

Give us strength, O God, that our hearts be big enough, in the midst of all this pain, to hear the ventings and opinions of all sorts of those around us. May we be quick to hear and slow to react. Give us strength to be with those whose opinions aren't the same as our own, without our shutting down or shutting them down. Amen.

Garret pointed to it before, but it bears repeating: The Five Stages of Grief:

  1. Denial, isolation
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

A friend, in email, said:

It takes time. Remind everyone you know that they need to let themselves go through the experience- which takes time, patience and an understanding that things may get worse before they get better.

I went to the local diner late this morning. Sat at the counter. When the waitress came up to me, pad in hand, and asked, "What do you want, babe?" I paused for a moment, and said, "peace."

What You Can Do Dan Gillmor posts a note he got: An Idea to Support the U.S. Economy

On Monday, when the stock markets reopen, every American should buy five or ten or twenty shares of their favorite stock. It doesn't matter what, and it doesn't have to involve spending a fortune. But if enough people did this, it could well serve to not only jump-start the markets, but boost consumer confidence and perhaps prevent the supposed psychological recession that some economists are sure will follow Tuesday's tragedy.

Just 50 million Americans, one-fifth of the population, buying 20 shares each on Monday adds up to one billion shares on the "plus" side, firmly demonstrating faith in our institutions, the very ones that were attacked on Tuesday. [ read more]

The Afghan News Network site reports getting lots of hate mail and DOS attacks

This website was down yesterday for about 15 hours due to a denial of server attack caused by hackers. Many other Afghan News site were down also. We have been up again since Wednesday night.

...We have receive numerous amounts of email and feedback from users. Most of them are hate mail. We would like to let you know that We are US citizens running this website. These cowardly acts of terrorism will be dealt with severely by the US Government.

AFP: Even Bombing Can't Make Things Worse for War-Weary Afghans
Growing signs that the United States is gearing up for a military attack on Afghanistan were greeted with weary resignation by the residents of Kabul on Friday. After more than two decades of war, even the prospect of an onslaught by the world's most powerful military machine left many of the shattered capital's inhabitants unfazed.

"I am not worried at all, now we are used to it," said Faiz, a 33-year-old butcher in the Shari-Nau market district of the Afghan capital. "Since I was 12 all I have known is fighting and more fighting. "So once again innocent people will be killed and nobody will care about it," he added with a shrug.

Mirza Jan, who was selling fruit in the market, admitted to being fearful of the possible US attack. "That will add to our pains," he said. "We have already suffered enough."
Jan said he did not see why ordinary Afghans should not have to pay for the Taliban's decision to offer bin Laden shelter, especially given the role of America in helping to create the Taliban in the first place. "I have not told Osama to come to Afghanistan. I have not chosen the Taliban to reign over us. If they do something wrong, why should I pay for that? Both Osama and the Taliban were imposed on us by America," he said. [read more]

New York Post: Stories about Cantor Fitzgerald and others missing at the WTC

New York Post's Regional News Page many stories here.

A story I got in email.. on the observations of a man who managed to escape the WTC, on the streets of NY:

He saw a couple of high school kids run up to a bunch of cops, in the midst of the fog of debris, and ask what they could do. The cops said, "You could get us some water - it's hard to breathe." The kids ran into a deli, and came running out with a case of bottled water. The Korean deli owner was running right behind them. The kid got to the cops, handed them the water, and said sheepishly, "We didn't have any money to pay for it." [The man] said the looks on all three faces were priceless - the cops looked at the deli owner, everyone shrugged, and they went back to their positions.

Flags: The U.S. Flag I have is a little one. I got it when I attended a fireworks show on the White House lawn on the 4th of July some time back. (The person who arranged the event was the one who called my friend and broke the World Trade Center news to her.) The flag is flying here in my studio.

don't tread on me: this is the flag called The First Navy Jack, according to <a href="">this description of historical flags</a>.

My parents have one of the historical red-striped flags with a snake on it, that says, "Don't tread on me." According to this description of historical U.S. flags, this one is called the "First Navy Jack" flag. I've called to see if they happen to have two flags; that's the one I'd like to fly. Hm! Turns out that this flag is flown on the active naval ship with the longest period of active duty. (More info on First Navy Jack) Well, it figures. We've flown this on our boat, and my Dad was in the Navy.