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Old 05-11-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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This is the USA and as citizens, we have the right to assemble, free speech, etc but I'm getting a little tired all this protesting crap relating to occupy, NATO, and G8.

I think what's getting on my nerves is the fact that these people's goals is trying to get their point across while preventing other people from going about their productive day.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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This is the USA and as citizens, we have the right to assemble, free speech, etc but I'm getting a little tired all this protesting crap relating to occupy, NATO, and G8.

I think what's getting on my nerves is the fact that these people's goals is trying to get their point across while preventing other people from going about their productive day.
i haven't seen a single protester and I work right by Boeing. Stop being a complainer
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: NYC and Chicago
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i haven't seen a single protester and I work right by Boeing. Stop being a complainer
I have seen them, but not too much. Go more towards the Board of Trade and you'd see them. I have friends too elsewhere in the loop who say on a few occasions it's happened around their building.

It's nothing in Chicago though and has rarely occured.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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i haven't seen a single protester and I work right by Boeing. Stop being a complainer
Yeah, I have to agree. I've seen some small scattered Occupy protests, but it hasn't been a hassle for me in the least. There were larger groups of Falun Gong protestors at the Chinese Embassy for about a decade and no one made a peep about them. There are larger protests held at a clinic that performs abortions on Western Ave. every week. I've seen them shut down Southbound traffic on Western a couple times.

I'm sure there will be some traffic hassles next weekend, and maybe some police/protestor showdowns, but it will most likely be on the same scale as the Democratic convention in 1996 (i.e. - no big deal). I doubt it will even approach the level of "riots" in Lexington KY after their recent NCAA Basketball Championship, and it certainly won't be as bad as those maniacal Canadians when they lose the Stanley Cup.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:48 AM
 
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More specifcally, I didn't mean that they are causing me aggravation due to delaying traffic, causing me daily inconveniences, etc. It's more the mental aggravation they're causing me when I read articles about some of their reasoning and thought processes.

I'm sure there are some smart people among them, but for the most part, a high percentage seem like young people who have no clue about how the world works but have too much time on their hands.

If they spent half the time actually trying to get a job as they do hitchhiking to the next protest, growing dreadlocks and eating granola, they might actually learn that they can improve their socio-economic position.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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More specifcally, I didn't mean that they are causing me aggravation due to delaying traffic, causing me daily inconveniences, etc. It's more the mental aggravation they're causing me when I read articles about some of their reasoning and thought processes.

I'm sure there are some smart people among them, but for the most part, a high percentage seem like young people who have no clue about how the world works but have too much time on their hands.

If they spent half the time actually trying to get a job as they do hitchhiking to the next protest, growing dreadlocks and eating granola, they might actually learn that they can improve their socio-economic position.

so when you said this

"preventing other people from going about their productive day."

you really just wanted to go on a political rant. Got it.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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I'm fine with people who have a point and are being at least a little respectful, but I can't stand those stupid "anarchists" or whatever you want to call them that are planning on showing up. They don't really care, they just want to cause as much destruction and chaos as possible. I was talking with a friend who does property management of office buildings in the loop, and she said that was the biggest concern from all the meetings. They're removing trash cans and anything that can be thrown through windows, and the buildings have been asked to remove things from open access lobbies that can be easily hurled around (she has a bed of rocks in her lobby she wants to move for a few days). I guess the police already found 200 glass bottles full of human feces hidden away in the middle of the loop. That's one of their favorite "toys". Running in, grabbing them all and then throwing them so they shatter all over the cops.

I'm hoping it's ok, as long as they can track the troublemakers and pen them in.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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This is the USA and as citizens, we have the right to assemble, free speech, etc but I'm getting a little tired all this protesting crap relating to occupy, NATO, and G8.

I think what's getting on my nerves is the fact that these people's goals is trying to get their point across while preventing other people from going about their productive day.
You support freedom of speech, you just don't want to see or hear it in public.

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Chicago - near NW
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More specifcally, I didn't mean that they are causing me aggravation due to delaying traffic, causing me daily inconveniences, etc. It's more the mental aggravation they're causing me when I read articles about some of their reasoning and thought processes.

I'm sure there are some smart people among them, but for the most part, a high percentage seem like young people who have no clue about how the world works but have too much time on their hands.

If they spent half the time actually trying to get a job as they do hitchhiking to the next protest, growing dreadlocks and eating granola, they might actually learn that they can improve their socio-economic position.

So if you agreed with what they were saying, you'd be okay with the protest?

I don't think that protests are the best use of one's time, but they work. There is a serious and growing problem regarding social mobility and inequality in this country, and now it is well-known thanks to the wave of protests in the last year. To say that poor people should just "get a job" is to completely disregard the underlying issues.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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You support freedom of speech, you just don't want to see or hear it in public.

No, I support freedom of speech, but I also support hard working people trying to go about their day without being inconvenienced by those hiding behind the veil of freedom of speech.
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