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Cat Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:34 PM
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What do you suppose popular unrest would look like today?
I've heard talk here and other places about a return of what happened in 60's, with a widespread youth movement- particularly if the Draft is reinstated. I don't think that sort of thing is possible anymore. The culture has just become to cynical and angry. People seem to feel powerless now. It's like they don't believe things could be any better, that everything is just corrupt, and that there's nothing they can do about it.

For instance, we've all heard about the Woodstock of the 60's... a peaceful, unifying sort of thing. Anyone else remember Woodstock 2000? With the bonfire and mini-riot?
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:37 PM
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1. I think there are probably plans somewhere in Homeland
Security to squash any civil unrest and it wouldn't be pretty. Think Kent State all over the place. As soon as Americans accept the fact that our country isn't free anymore, that laws will apply to some for the convenience of others, then we are in a place to actually do something effective.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:40 PM
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2. Look around and start paying attention
here is one way that was passed to me over email

This person tried to buy smokes and other small items, merchants had no change for his 20 dollar bill

Other ways, people are talking of boycotting the economy

We have also had marches on the State House at Columbus (the news did not cover it)

We also had tanks come out to play on the streets of LA

If you look for it, you will see signs that something is going on, as the old music used to say, change is in the wind... but you have to be very, very quiet and listen.

Because popular unrest my friend has started, like all movements, it starst under the surface. When you finally see it in masive marches (assuming the teeevee will show them), or in things like Woodstock, well it is when it is already so obvious you cannot deny its existence

But public unrest is right now under the surface, in individual acts of defiance. I know every time I make a decision to buy I defy, for example.

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teach1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:50 PM
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3. Who in 1963 could have pictured what the youth movement...
..would have looked like? Using historical hindsight, we can see its genesis in the early sixties - the beat movement, the civil rights movement, the Beatles, the death of the JFK dream -- but the whole thing exploded so quickly and in so many directions that it wasn't even knowable in real time.

Monterrey and Woodstock (1969), for example, were epiphanies for many: "Wow, there really are a lot of people doing whatever thing it is I'm doing!"

I can't imagine knowing what will blossom in two or three years from now.
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:52 PM
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4. memory bank
just us kids back then driven by fear of death and killing.
today's movement involves all generations. the numbness of 911 has worn off, the roots of terrorism are being explored, the psyop matrix is falling off its axis, the administration is experiencing a mutiny, the press is in the biggest pickle of our history.soon amerikans will know this is government without representation with the exposure of election fraud. what will follow, we have no protocol. im thinking it will be a gigantic movement, but they have everything in place to respond to civil unrest.
let the constitution be our guide
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JudyM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:53 PM
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5. I would advocate this if the vote count is not permitted to be completed
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:08 PM
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6. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
bbout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

Gil Scott-Heron
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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:09 PM
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7. Not sure what the unrest will look like, but I do know...
... what the oppression will resemble.

Armored bulldozers pushing over poor housing, crushing people alive. Automatic weapons issued as standard firearms for police patrolling the streets who will gun people down for protest. Small minority, liberal & separatist communities surrounded by armored vehicles arresting people on trumped up charges of sex or drug crimes and leading them out with bags over their heads or, if resisted, killing everyone inside and torching the place, claiming arson. Pepper spray and stun guns used to gain confessions. Suspension of Miranda and Habeas Corpus. Curfews, papers needed to travel, neighbors turning in neighbors. Listening and recording devices everywhere, roving eyes in the sky and on the ground. That sort of thing.

Think Israel/Palestine, Czechoslovakia & Waco rolled up into one.

RTP
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