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  •  violent protests over sporting events costs? (3+ / 0-)
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    And in Turkey there were violent protests (with multiple people killed) over a shopping mall.

    Is it just me, or are the causes of big protests this year rather mundane compared with the causes of protests in previous years?

    I'm sorry, I know that lots of progressives like to support any big protest anywhere around the world as a monumental "speak truth to power" event, but neither this protest in Brazil nor that in Turkey hit me in the gut with an emotional chord.  

    •  Is that a serious question? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  you're not very perceptive, are you (3+ / 0-)

      The American Revolution started because of a tax on tea.  Remember?

      •  Anything to minimize any challenge to the (1+ / 0-)
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        status quo.

         It apparently doesn't matter the content, anything resembling populism around here requires a swift defense of whatever the current purveyor of the status quo is. Especially if that purveyor of the status quo has money.

        I had a bunch of people in my diary defending Time magazine, the other day.

        Also it's important to find ways to defame or diminish the people mounting a resistance to the status quo.

        Like, I bet those people in Brazil only have a GED.

        Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:44:45 PM PDT

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        •  My, you do love the sound of your own voice. lol (0+ / 0-)

          Just because I don't consider cost of sporting events and the building of a shopping mall to be monumental issues worth violent protests and multiple deaths, I'm protecting the status quo?  I don't even live in Turkey or Brazil.  How am I protecting the status quo?  Get over yourself.

          I've been in multiple protests and demonstrations in my day, against the status quo.  But they were concerning issues more profound, IMO, than a shopping mall or sporting event costs.  Now, if others consider shopping malls and sporting events costs to be earth shaking issues, more power to them.  I'm just saying, for ME, those issues do not strike an emotional chord.  How dare you write the above insults in response.

          •  Not anymore than the average bear. (0+ / 0-)

            It would be great if some other voice would come up with some ideas for how to save our bacon globally, because I feel like I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here. But it's hard to get to that point when all you get is pie fights and talking points that support the status quo and cast doubt on the characters of the people fighting for change and doubt on the value or validity of the fight.

            Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 10:59:23 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, it is a big deal (1+ / 0-)
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      And if you think that tearing down the last bit of green in a city district is no big deal, and that those were the only reasons these things are happening, then you clearly haven't been paying much attention.

      This is about gentrification as much as anything else. Or at least the international version of it.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:33:36 AM PDT

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    •  You really believe that protests would be only (2+ / 0-)

      over sporting events or a mall?

      Try thinking deeper.

      Who would benefit from minimizing these  protests by misrepresenting their focus?

      What might a mall represent or a sporting event--beyond the surface?

    •  You're focused on the spark not the tinder (0+ / 0-)

      To offer another metaphor, the catalyst is not as significant as the reaction.

    •  Probably because you don't understand (1+ / 0-)
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      that not having a say in one's local affairs is a problem.
      Including not having a say in how one's tax money is spent.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:41:19 PM PDT

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