In the last couple of weeks, John McCain and Condoleezza Rice experienced protest when they were heckled while delivering commencement speeches, and one man, Steve Almond, wrote a letter and quit his job at Boston College in protest of Rice's appearance. Our desire to be heard in order to influence policy is what motivates us.
That leads me to tell you about a new form of protest I heard about from Rory Shock. He calls it the "Million Moon mASS Action," which is a passive, nonviolent way of expressing our displeasure with the NSA, CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The NGA provides military intelligence and watches Americans from space. They deny spying on individuals, but I have to go along with Rory's opinion on that one: "don't frickin' believe them."
Anyway, to protest global surveillance, Rory came up with this protest:
mooning has a long and fine tradition as a way of showing defiance, disrespect, and a sense of humor in the face, literally sometimes, of frickin' adversity, absurdity, and assininnity. So let us light up the earth with mirth and buttocks. the next full moon is June 11, @ 1803 Universal Time, according to the u.s. naval gaze-uh-tory. rory calls on naked apes everywhere to moon the sky on june 11. concerted local action is encouraged."Light up the earth with mirth and buttocks." What a wonderful form of protest. The voyeurs in the sky should love it.
You can count me in Rory. In fact, since this is a holiday weekend, I think I'll pop my new Dixie Chicks and Neil Young CDs into my old boombox and listen to some protest music while I work on my tan! (Gotta look good for the government snoops.)
Now, if only I could get DirecTV to capture the moment and beam it back to me, life would be perfect.