As I deal with the travel / family consequences of an ER visit in St. Louis, a story is breaking about a plane crash in Austin. On twitter my web host is asking how to get her child to school. In between calling Frontier Airlines, calling Sara, and checking web sites, I see:
Then I read this:
If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
It appears (as of now -- obviously in any breaking story information is changing rapidly) that Joe Stack took his plane and attacked (link offline at federal request 20100218 1148PST) the IRS with it at 10am local time (8am Pacific).
[20100218 1149PST Update: embeddedart.com link offline -- text of manifesto is still online at news story above, linked just before quote block]