Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day

I would like to formally announce to Ticketmaster and any other services that charge a “convenience fee” that nothing you do is convenient. It is completely misleading and you all suck. In the process of purchasing tickets I was never clearly informed that there would be a fee for using your services. The tickets cost one amount but I paid $40 dollars to have them for “convenience.” This unexplained charge I can only imagine to mean that they find it convenient to take an extra bit of cash from me.

In other news today was May Day; international workers day. Four anarchists were arrested for trying to blow up a bridge in Ohio. Anarchists started breaking into buildings downtown in Seattle today. The coordination and matching black outfits leads me to believe that they are pretty half-assed anarchists.

Downtown was crazy today. But not in the transformative way that I thought the Occupy Movement could beI would like to formally announce to Ticketmaster and any other services that charge a “convenience fee” that nothing you do is convenient. It is completely misleading and you all suck. In the process of purchasing tickets I was never clearly informed that there would be a fee for using your services. The tickets cost one amount but I paid $40 dollars to have them for “convenience.” This unexplained charge I can only imagine to mean that they find it convenient to take an extra bit of cash from me.

In other news today was May Day; international workers day. Four anarchists were arrested for trying to blow up a bridge in Ohio. Anarchists started breaking into buildings downtown in Seattle today. The coordination and matching black outfits leads me to believe that they are pretty half-assed anarchists.

Downtown was crazy today. But not in the transformative way that I thought the Occupy Movement could be. Instead, it felt like people waiting for a riot. The police in riot gear didn’t help. Everyone hid their faces. Why can’t we have public gatherings anymore where people don’t have to protect themselves? Why do the protesters put bandanas on and write inflammatory “Fuck You”s on cardboard signs? Why do the police wear riot gear and stand ready with crowd suppression tactics?

What the hell happened to our right to peaceably assemble? A right that must be upheld by both sides.

It was disappointing to see that downtown today. It was less a show of solidarity or a cry for change and more a desire for conflict and tension. It’s easy to demonize the man without a face. It is far harder to craft a future with people of differing views. International workers day should have been a celebration not an excuse to inflict pain.

It is laughable to think that we will get what we want by wrenching it from our allies. As Americans it should be our duty to find common cause with each other. We should acknowledge that we are far stronger not as protesters smashing windows and cops wielding batons but as a citizenry dedicated to better public discourse and the empowerment of everyone in this nation.

Also, I just got promoted yesterday, and it is effective today. That was exciting.. Instead, it felt like people waiting for a riot. The police in riot gear didn’t help. Everyone hid their faces. Why can’t we have public gatherings anymore where people don’t have to protect themselves? Why do the protesters put bandanas on and write inflammatory “Fuck You”s on cardboard signs? Why do the police wear riot gear and stand ready with crowd suppression tactics?

What the hell happened to our right to peaceably assemble? A right that must be upheld by both sides.

It was disappointing to see that downtown today. It was less a show of solidarity or a cry for change and more a desire for conflict and tension. It’s easy to demonize the man without a face. It is far harder to craft a future with people of differing views. International workers day should have been a celebration not an excuse to inflict pain.

It is laughable to think that we will get what we want by wrenching it from our allies. As Americans it should be our duty to find common cause with each other. We should acknowledge that we are far stronger not as protesters smashing windows and cops wielding batons but as a citizenry dedicated to better public discourse and the empowerment of everyone in this nation.

Also, I just got promoted yesterday, and it is effective today. That was exciting.

Also,Read this for a perspective on the military industrial complex and the need for police forces. I may comment on it later; suffice it to say that the metaphor is a bit overwrought, the writing is so-so, but the content is compelling and illustrates an intriguing (if a bit simplistic) world-view. Thanks to Roger for finding it.