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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 02:28 PM

Marketwatch reports that the Occupy Wall Street protests will be re-launched in Vancouver this weekend. It's fitting, since the anti-capitalist rioting of a few months ago has been credited with stirring much of the current sentiment. If you have dinner plans in Vancouver, you may want to consider how they could be affected. This writer believes the protests will be civil and peaceful, very Canadian.

Blame Canada — for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have spread to numerous U.S. cities.

But now this verdant city’s chickens (so to speak), those that hatched the anti-corporate, anti-bank demonstrations a month ago in U.S. cities, are coming home to roost: Occupy Vancouver is due to kick off here Saturday with a big rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the city’s financial district.

Vancouver is the home of Adbusters, the anti-corporate, anti-consumerist non-profit organization and magazine that first suggested the Occupy Wall Street demonstration during the summer. This fact isn’t that well-known in the U.S. (much like the bimonthly magazine), but Canadian media have been pointing out lately with some pride — even the more conservative ones — that the movement started in usually-peaceful Vancouver. The left-leaning nonprofit’s headquarters are located not far from trendy shopping destination Granville Island.

As a rule, Canadians tend to be a bit more cautious than Americans in many matters, including political ones. So, in the unlikely event there are ever any riots connected with Occupy rallies, they probably won’t be in Canada.

Why not? Because this kind of incivil civic unpleasantness in Canada invariably occurs during and after important hockey games. The Occupy Vancouver rally and takeover will take place in the very same Vancouver downtown financial-district area where, last June 15, scores of young, non-political knuckleheads torched police cars and broke store windows after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup final. Over 60 of those rioters have dutifully turned themselves in, and charges will be laid against at least 40 others.

But this is what happens, fellow Americans, when you have a nation of socialists on your doorstep! Many Yanks are learning they have lefty upstairs neighbors (the horror!).

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 02:50 PM

Civil, peaceful Vancouver crowds.

I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:48 PM

Civil, peaceful Vancouver crowds.

Yeah, but that time was all about something REALLY important like hockey, not just global economic justice....
It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
But on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying
Over luxury's dissapointment
So he walks over and he's trying
To sympathize with her, but thinks that he should warn her
That the Thirld World is just around the corner