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Happy Halloween – Anti-Capitalism Protest at Lehman Brothers

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Protesters gather outside of Lehman Brothers on 25 Bank Street in Canary Wharf, London this evening donning their Halloween Garb…. to “dance on the grave of capitalism” according to this article on Wharf.

The Anti-capitalist protest event has put the employees of 25 Bank Street on guard, being warned to “dress down” for the day or leave early to avoid the festivities.  Just show up.  Nobody will know the difference.  “Frustrated Banker”, “Suicidal Stock Broker”, “Jailed CEO”, and “Greedy Finger-Pointing Bastard in a Suit” are going to be popular costumes this year.  It can’t be too hard to blend in.


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October 31st, 2008 at 2:43 pm

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The Best Protest Halloween Costume or Public Masochism?

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Alice Newstead doesn’t like that sharks get hung on hooks before their fins are cut off to make soup.  So, the fin-less masochistic artist gets her kicks by hanging by fishhooks in costume while onlookers watch through the window of a London cosmetics store.

Alice has accomplished the incredible.  What she’s done this Halloween is invent an entire new “fusion” Halloween costume style and peppered it with elements of public S&M.  Check out this photo from the source where Alice has made herself into a perfect cross of the Tin Man and the Chicken of the Sea girl:


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October 31st, 2008 at 11:36 am

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Protest by Lighting Yourself on FIRE!

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It’s important when discussing protest to mention the effectiveness of self-immolation.  This technique of protest was made popular in modern times by Thich Quang Duc, in protest of the Vietnam war.

This is the most extreme form of protest around.  The impact of it is probably the fact you can only do it once, so you must pick a worthy cause.

I have noticed lately that the “Lighting Yourself on Fire” technique has popped up again in the news recently.  And the elderly appear to be leading the efforts.

Possibly a protest, probably not, but a former staff member of the University of Washington in Seattle, a 61 year old man died after lighting himself on fire on campus.

Come on, really? Get lessons from Thich, sir, and make it clear what you’re doing it for.  Rule number 1 of protest.

And this article about a 60 year old French woman who burned herself after her 31 year old boyfriend was deported for various crimes.

Mayor Jean-Claude Boulard ordered an investigation to be opened and said it must provide answers on “how a woman was led to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her companion”.

But I’m not sure if she planned ahead for the problems she may have caused.  One must remember, when your lover is half your age that’s all the most Global Warming they’re going to see in our lifetime.  It’s best to remain carbon neutral when making the ultimate sacrifice or you will burn us all.

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October 31st, 2008 at 10:12 am

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Regis Philbin Calls Dominicans Asses?

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Protests against Regis Philbin by the Dominican communities are up in arms against Regis today after Kelly Ripa told a story about a student of hers saying elephants represented Republicans and donkies represented Dominicans.

Regis responds: “She’s pretty close.”

A Dominican-American group is demanding an apology from the show, claiming “host Regis Philbin practically agreed with laughter over what the two thought was a joke.”

Um.  It was a joke. It was a slightly clever morning baner about children using the wrong words.  Game shows have been made from this amusing phenomenon.

regisSo listen up, because this is pure semantics, people.  He was not calling you an ass.  Regis is aware of your activist nature and he was defending you and in fact threatening the perputrator of such ignorant comments on the behalf of children worldwide.  What he was really doing was giving a warning to all little girls about the sensitivity of Dominicans: “She’s pretty close to getting her ass kicked by a large group of pissed-off Dominicans who do NOT like to be mistakenly compared to donkies by children.”

So Dominicans, throw Regis a Lifeline this time. We must STOP THE CHILDREN.

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October 31st, 2008 at 9:42 am

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Dr. James Dobson Gets a Hate Site Named After Himself

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James DobsonControversial Christian broadcaster Dr. James Dobson’s nomination for the National Radio Hall of Fame is being challenged by gay segmentation groups like “Truth Wins Out” and the “Gay Liberation Network” who have decided to form yet ANOTHER organization called the “Dump Dobson Coalition”.

I must say, good job Dr. Dobson!  Starting a radio show that gets the support of hundreds of thousands is a great accomplishment.  Getting a spot in the National Radio Hall of Fame is a great accomplishment.  But you’ve reached the pinnacle of controversy when you have a hate coalition named in your honor.

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October 22nd, 2008 at 8:36 am

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