You have a right to protest. The residents of DC (hell, every damned American) has a right to use the roads of DC for their intended purpose: driving. Permits and schedules keep these two rights from interfering. I don't understand where the right to disrupt my life follows from your right to protest.
Using a key to gouge expletives on another's vehicle is a sign of trust and friendship.
Protesters now a days are damned if they do damned if they don't. I know a peaceful protest a few years ago where I live happened. I was at a subway station and saw a couple of suits talking about how they could see the protest. Gray suit asked "Anything happened" brown suit replied kinda laughing "Nothing happened just a bunch of kids with signs and chants". Media reaction was a mini story 7 minutes in the newscast, talk radio ignored it, and the paper had a little blurb on page 8.
But a few weeks later when the protesters got more aggressive all of a sudden it's lead story, cover page and talk talk talk about it on the radio. Unfortunately the causes of the protesters were ignored (homeless problem in the city) and all that was talked about was "punk kids" and my favourite "They shouldn't protest in the first place" by some upper-class closeminded host on the radio. Overall the coverage had a negative spin on the "thugury" and not on the issues that brought the protest in the first place... Actually if I was protesting peacefully I'd be prepared. Recent protests I've seem in N.America we have the cops shooting tear gas and rubber bullets immediately
I do think one of the problems with protesting is no focus, too many people with too many causes at once... But the World Bank and the WTO is a big problem. With there unfair trade practices that keep a lot of developing nations down so it could be easier to force the locals to work in sweatshops for American Companies. And the ability for America (on the most part) sell there goods to that nation for a smaller price then the locals can produce there own food which of course leaves the local farmers screwed. Then when other nations seem slighted by the United States and have an upraise, we all stand here in shock and ask "How did This happen?, why are they mad?".
I really strongly suggest you all see a documentary called "Life & debt" if you ever get a chance to see it at an art house. It will be difficult because of it's limited distribution. It really tells how the IMF and WTO effected Jamaica. (checking website) It's playing in Vancouver Oct2&3 and NYC Oct8
Side note: I love the media, picks out a few flakes and portraying the whole as that. And saying well look at these people, they are lost... We as wrestling fans should be able to relate on this sort of reporting. Hell whenever the rasslin show comes to town and they interview fans they ususally find and put on the biggest dumbest phuck they could find and ask him "Are you excited?" and his response is "whoooo whooo, If you smellllla what I'm cookin' I love WWE! whooo whoooo oh yeaaah" and of course his buddy is behind him yelling "what? What? WHAT?".
ok, cool, thanks for the report. one of these days my "sister" is going take me up there for a Dream Theatre performance, and she's told me all about the NYC subway, but she lives down the road from me and has never taken the subway here.
i wish we had a 24 hour system like NYC, but this is the city that sleeps deeply...when i'm out drinking on the weekend, i'd love to be able to stay out longer than 2am for fear of losing my ride home...
Currently suffering from Pink Eye. First, chicken pox at 20, now pink eye. What's next, the mumps? That's just my 2.461 Yen.
WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! PSU lost and Steelers beat Cleveland all is right with the world. Ok, now back to this protestors thing.
If I remember correctly there is nowhwere in the Constitution that says that protestors must be protesting on the lawn of the White House or any other part of the country. So, I have no problem of them blocking traffic, its not like the D.C. hasn't had enough warning about this. The media has been playing up for the last two weeks, if you work last weekend was time to use a sick day.
I also find it funny that the story was hot on Friday, but dead on Saturday. Wasn't Saturday or Sunday the WTO's big day? If so, did the media not report anything about the story or did the protestors blow their wad a day early. Either way, it seems odd.
To the D.C. subway system thing, I've been there a few times and its not that bad. Granted I've traveled Paris and London, but never New York, so please take it with a grain of salt. The system doesn't look bad, but I did get a weird vibe from it like the station was leading you in the wrong direction at times. Weird, I know, but I just got that feeling.
A Fan- I wonder if anyone has actually won a protesting case in the Supreme Court
If anyone with a working brain thinks the apparatus needed to ensure that every single purchase in the country is adequately tracked to make sure that the appropriate tax is paid and that every single merchant in the country pays the appropriate amount ...