Really? That’s your best argument?

November 18, 2010

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Blog Guy, I’m guessing you lived through the 1960s, a decade known for political turmoil. What’s the most important weapon when the people want to protest against the establishment?

protest garbage 280Gosh, the ’60s were long ago, but I’d say the best weapon is cool logic. When the whole world is watching, argue your points eloquently and factually.

Like, you take this left-wing protester in the photo above, using her finger to enumerate the points she wishes to make to riot police, starting with number one.

That’s good advice, Blog Guy. How else can you punctuate your argument?

Build up to a dramatic closing statement. “Thus, sir, I submit that your deficit-cutting plan may bankrupt our great nation…”

protest pee 280I see. And that’s it?

Nah, then you go ahead and hurl a burning garbage can at motorcycle cops. It’s like saying, “I rest my case.”

Ah. But suppose I’ve made my case, and I still want to leave one final, indelible mark on the world’s psyche. What can I do?

Um, I call your attention to the creativity of the protester in the photo on the right.

Wow. That’s as dramatic as it gets, right?

No, I’d say the real drama is just about to begin.

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Top: A left-wing protester gestures in front of riot police during a rally by far-right supporters in Munich, November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Left: A protester throws a garbage can towards policemen during a rally against austerity in Athens, November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Right: A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandra Bartoliche

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Really? People riot against “austerity”? What ever did austerity do wrong?

The dude in the last picture reminds me of that “last great act of defiance” cartoon, with the mouse flipping off the hawk about to grab it.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

If ever there were a time for a well placed taser shot – that last photo would be the time!
Ouch, that’s a couple of hundred thousand volts on my junk!!!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

That garbage can looks wickeeed!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Austerity? Are those the little Austrian cookies with jam in the center to have with tea? Maybe they are hoping for medi-donoughts. Now those are a real riot!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

…or doughnuts. Donoughts would mean they wouldn’t have any…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

So, in that last photo: is that the same guy who said, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested”?

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

what is that bike model?

Posted by widyachacra | Report as abusive

Are policemen not equipped with wire cutters?

Posted by emu | Report as abusive

Wow the dude is making a wee on some cops. That is priceless! Now you know what happened right after the pic was taken right? One of the cops whips out his baton (NOT a euphemism)and says “Mine’s bigger.” Then the epic beatdown ensues.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Well, the riot Police in all three situations look calm and collected. Not becuase they are heavy armed, and are wearing helmets and carrying shields, but because they all remembered to put on their skivvies before heading out.
The protestors obviously did not remember to put on their skivvies and have to resort to things like setting garbage on fire in order to keep warm.
The lesson here is that when attending a riot, one should always ensure one is wearing one’s skivvy.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Emu, I think the propper tool is a long-handled loppers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loppers

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

You know Doc… I understand you are under a lot of pressure at work, but that is no excuse for TEACHING!!

This is a warning… no more teaching, ok?
In the meantime, no medidonuts for you…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra, aww ya gotta cut Doc some slack. Geddit? Cut? Long-handled loppers? Har har har

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I just wanted to show that one could whip out a loppers and nip something in the bud quicker than others could shake a stick at . . . or a finger. I believe in bud nipping.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

@Doc, oh wait, you were thinking about lopping of the womans finger? Silly me I was looking at the wrong picture.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Would commenting on the stitch in that woman’s kniited hat thing count as teaching?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

You could CG, I am trying to knit a scarf… I think it should be done by Christmas… next year…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I already have a scarf, Shra. I guess maybe it’s time to revisit the question of whether it’s proper to tip bloggers at Christmas…

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 08/12/15/a-tip-to-avoid-embarrassment/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Umm… ok BG!
As for tipping, am expecting a box of donuts from you!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive