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Old 10-09-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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Is it me, or does protesting seem so pointless. It seems like it does nothing.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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Is it me, or does protesting seem so pointless. It seems like it does nothing.
Tell that to the Tea Party, look what they got done
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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No, I tended to think that too about protesters. The Iraq and Vietnam Wars lasted many many years after protesting started. An exception I'd make is when your cause is so ignored or "off the radar screen" that publicity is the main thing it needs.

Still even then I might say what matters more is boycotts, lawyers, and lobbying. The Tea Party pretty quickly had fund-raisers or endorsed candidates. If this "Occupy Wall Street" movement is to be more than street-theater it's likely going to need manifestos, fund-raisers, programs for its agenda, and things like that. Become something like a real pressure group.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: So California
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Problem is theres not much of an agenda, except; "things suck for us", "masters degree and Im living in my parents basement"...... "wheres my stuff".... "College?? I didnt think I was actually going to have to pay for that!"
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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Problem is theres not much of an agenda, except; "things suck for us", "masters degree and Im living in my parents basement"...... "wheres my stuff".... "College?? I didnt think I was actually going to have to pay for that!"
I agree, very whiny. I'm very cynical about protest. Having said that, we've been lied to our whole lives. Having an education and "believing in yourself" isn't enough today.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: So California
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I agree. There are absolutely no guarantees. The days of being careless with money and not planning for retirement until we're 45 or 50 are over......at least for most of us (the 99%). Youve got to be careful, self reliant, and restrained.....
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Is it me, or does protesting seem so pointless. It seems like it does nothing.
Well, I think there's a widespread sentiment across the political spectrum that the billions of dollars of federal government bailout money went straight to the hands of those on Wall Street and ignored the rest of ordinary Americans.

That's why a movement like this could potentially gain a lot of traction.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I hope so, I want the helicopter commuters of NYC to know that their ivory tower is about to be toppled.

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Well, I think there's a widespread sentiment across the political spectrum that the billions of dollars of federal government bailout money went straight to the hands of those on Wall Street and ignored the rest of ordinary Americans.

That's why a movement like this could potentially gain a lot of traction.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I haven't heard a ton about Occupy Chicago, but I know there is anywhere from a dozen to a few hundred people camped outside the Federal Reserve Bank from one day to the next. I think two weeks ago it was a very small group, but it has been growing lately.

I was laughing at the Occupy Iowa City going on in my hometown. The group said they were going to take over a park, and that they'd get in the police's face and wouldn't stand down if asked to move their things at night and leave the area. The police just responded "No, that's fine - go for it". I guess that's what you get in a hippyish college town.

There are about 200 people involved in the Iowa City protests.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: MIA/DC
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The Occupy scene has swept this country in the last couple of weeks. Some cities have been more vibrant than others.

Which city has the most active and loudest protesters?


I heard Portland is having a very massive scene. It comes second to NYC according to reports.

DC is actually making its way.
I don't get the point of your threads nor do I understand you. Your track record is haunting.

DC vs Orlando
New York vs Orlando
Center City vs Downtown Cleveland
Cleveland vs Boston
SF vs NY
Charlotte vs Atlanta
...... etc

Of course New York has "the most vibrant" occupy scene. Don't see Portland or any other city being featured for hours/days/weeks on CNN.
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