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(Washington Post)   Hey, Occupy Wall Street, call me when you've spent 32 straight years sitting outside protesting, like this old lady   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 29
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2013-05-05 09:53:28 PM
6 votes:
Laudable determination.  Completely ineffective, but laudable.
2013-05-06 12:48:59 AM
4 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: And this protest has accomplished what exactly? (rhetorical since the answer is obviously nothing)


...and what have you done, exactly?  If you have done anything, please let us know.  Peace takes us all to stand together, encompassing truth and love.  I doubt anyone here actually enjoys war and dying (unless you are a government official war profiteering asshole with no sort of empathy or soul)
2013-05-06 12:32:40 AM
4 votes:
And this protest has accomplished what exactly? (rhetorical since the answer is obviously nothing)
2013-05-06 02:15:56 AM
3 votes:

BullBearMS: SpiderQueenDemon: Poor crazy lady. It is nice that she is determined, but with about the same effort and rather less...well...being bughouse-nuts, she could really achieve great things.

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Did Mother Teresa waste her life, or did she spend it trying to teach the world a lesson it needed to learn?


That lesson was "suffering will bring you closer to Jesus, so suffer". The woman was a deluded biatch who would rather see someone in agony than give them painkillers. Because, you know, Jesus.

She openly praised the Duvaliers.

She offered no defense when accused of spending donations to further missionary work instead of improving the care currently being offered in her so-called hospices (see above).

If there is a Hell, the biatch is in it.
2013-05-06 01:06:21 AM
3 votes:
32 straight years of FAIL.
2013-05-06 12:46:47 AM
3 votes:
'round these parts we call that "being homeless", not "protesting"
2013-05-06 12:45:49 AM
3 votes:

RembrandtQEinstein: And this protest has accomplished what exactly? (rhetorical since the answer is obviously nothing)


Protesters weren't able to stop the Iraq war, either. Does that mean they shouldn't have bothered?
2013-05-06 02:30:12 AM
2 votes:
BullBearMS:
Did Mother Teresa waste her life, or did she spend it trying to teach the world a lesson it needed to learn?

God forbid the world learns from her lesson.
No more hospitals, just little covenants where people suffer with painful drawn-out deaths to give Jesus Points to the residing nuns.
Can you beat Teresa's top score?
2013-05-06 02:22:35 AM
2 votes:
The problem with nuclear disarmament is it only ever applies to certain nations.
2013-05-06 01:34:59 AM
2 votes:

BullBearMS: SpiderQueenDemon: Poor crazy lady. It is nice that she is determined, but with about the same effort and rather less...well...being bughouse-nuts, she could really achieve great things.

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Did Mother Teresa waste her life, or did she spend it trying to teach the world a lesson it needed to learn?


Mother Teresa spent time actually helping to heal people, not camping on the sidewalk.
2013-05-06 01:32:48 AM
2 votes:

SpiderQueenDemon: Poor crazy lady. It is nice that she is determined, but with about the same effort and rather less...well...being bughouse-nuts, she could really achieve great things.


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Did Mother Teresa waste her life, or did she spend it trying to teach the world a lesson it needed to learn?
2013-05-06 01:25:14 AM
2 votes:
Poor crazy lady. It is nice that she is determined, but with about the same effort and rather less...well...being bughouse-nuts, she could really achieve great things. I find it sad that she has what looks like paranoia and a persecution complex.

Crazy, Determined, Intelligent: pick any two. It's like the Mechanic's Rule of fast-cheap-good, but with non-average human beings. Determined and Intelligent gets you Gandhi. Intelligent and Crazy gets you Tesla. Crazy and Determined gets you this lady.

And that is sad, considering with some medication and therapy to fix the Crazy, there might be Intelligent hiding under there somewhere.
2013-05-06 12:48:48 AM
2 votes:
Long story short: it's not really a political story.  It's about homeless people setting up camp and shouting crazy jibberish at passersby.

Because this particular camp is in front of the White House, and because their particular conspiracy involves nuclear weapons, these mentally ill hobos are inexplicably given more respect than if they were at a bus stop shouting anti-fluoride conspiracies.
2013-05-06 04:58:54 AM
1 votes:

fusillade762: RembrandtQEinstein: And this protest has accomplished what exactly? (rhetorical since the answer is obviously nothing)

Protesters weren't able to stop the Iraq war, either. Does that mean they shouldn't have bothered?


It means they should seek a more effective method...

People appear to go to protests to say they went to protest, instead of actually protesting.  Or, in the case of PacWest  protests, to burn shiat.
2013-05-06 04:33:52 AM
1 votes:
The crazy lady outside of the White House got a Hero tag?  WTF?
I live and work in DC most days (when I'm not PCS), and this lady is just plain crazy.  Not Hero.

"That's why she wears her helmet; the government, she says gravely, is aiming electromagnetic waves at her head."

Full blown crazy.
2013-05-06 02:19:06 AM
1 votes:

Daedalus27: Here is the thing, this protestor is against nuclear weapons.  It is quite arguable that nuclear weapons have prevented widespread world war thanks to their existence and that a world without nuclear weapons may be much more violent and worse off. Some have suggested that nuclear weapons are a stablizing force and their world destroying capability is the only thing that has spared us from world war three by making larger conflicts undesireable leading to reluctance to engage directly in war between major powers. That being said, we don't know for certain that without them the alternative history would have evolved much differently, but you can easily see several points where, without nuclear weapons, a global war may errupted.  If your going to protest against something, say poverty or hunger or something with no redeeming aspects.  Nuclear weapons, for all their destructive nature, may be a postive force.



but bombs are scary and killing people is bad! obviously you are wrong because a woman's emotional response to weapons is more important than reason!

/Si vis pacem, para bellum
2013-05-06 02:13:20 AM
1 votes:
Here is the thing, this protestor is against nuclear weapons.  It is quite arguable that nuclear weapons have prevented widespread world war thanks to their existence and that a world without nuclear weapons may be much more violent and worse off. Some have suggested that nuclear weapons are a stablizing force and their world destroying capability is the only thing that has spared us from world war three by making larger conflicts undesireable leading to reluctance to engage directly in war between major powers. That being said, we don't know for certain that without them the alternative history would have evolved much differently, but you can easily see several points where, without nuclear weapons, a global war may errupted.  If your going to protest against something, say poverty or hunger or something with no redeeming aspects.  Nuclear weapons, for all their destructive nature, may be a postive force.
2013-05-06 02:03:50 AM
1 votes:

xen0blue: "stop ISRAELI terrorism"? seriously?

fark that anti-semite


You missed this one.

www.washingtonpost.com

To be fair, it does have a whole lot of nukes and is strongly against nuclear disarmament. Might not be a Jew thing.
2013-05-06 01:38:53 AM
1 votes:
I have pictures with this woman from when I went to Washington D.C. with a government class in 2002 (I was 16).  She was quite a character.  I remember sitting and bullshiating with her for about a half hour because she amused me with all her 'rabble rabble' and I was subtly being an ass by acting like I cared what she was saying and feigning interest in her plight. I don't know if the article mentions it (tl:dr) but she has a wig glued to her helmet she told us because back the in the day (can't remember if it was when she first got there or if it was around 10 years before I spoke to her) she got waffled stomped by the Feds...  I would have figured she'd be long gone or 'they' would have gotten rid of her by now.  I bet it was CIA driving the cab haha not really...

/glad she's still alive
//D.C. is humid as s**t
2013-05-06 01:38:11 AM
1 votes:
CSS: 25 years ago, I went to DC on a school trip. When we went to the White House, our teacher warned us about her. I don't remember the teacher explaining how this is a form of free speech, protesting, or civil disobedience, I think the message was more "crazy woman hasn't left that spot in years, be careful kids." We listened to her and gave her a dollar.

WOW! I can't believe she's still there.
2013-05-06 01:37:34 AM
1 votes:
Lisa: They call her the cat lady, people say she's crazy just because she has a few-dozen cats. But can anyone who loves animals that much really be crazy?

Just another human interest story that tries to paint someone who's probably mentally ill as a somewhat quirky crusader that has sacrificed a normal life for her message.
2013-05-06 01:34:07 AM
1 votes:

SpiderQueenDemon: Poor crazy lady. It is nice that she is determined, but with about the same effort and rather less...well...being bughouse-nuts, she could really achieve great things. I find it sad that she has what looks like paranoia and a persecution complex.

Crazy, Determined, Intelligent: pick any two. It's like the Mechanic's Rule of fast-cheap-good, but with non-average human beings. Determined and Intelligent gets you Gandhi. Intelligent and Crazy gets you Tesla. Crazy and Determined gets you this lady.

And that is sad, considering with some medication and therapy to fix the Crazy, there might be Intelligent hiding under there somewhere.


It's just paranoid schizophrenia mixed with a heavy dose of insanity.
2013-05-06 01:28:29 AM
1 votes:
People do some amazing things in the name of peace. There are much worse causes to dedicate your life to.

Think of the Buddhist monks who have set themselves on fire and burned to death just to make sure their protest is taken seriously. It's hard to imagine that level of dedication.
2013-05-06 01:15:26 AM
1 votes:
50 years ago, protestors took to the street to make it clear how much they disagreed with the government.

These days, protestors write a really scathing blog post.
2013-05-06 01:00:27 AM
1 votes:

The One True TheDavid: Skyday:

Peace takes us all to stand together, encompassing truth and love.

Dream on.


I shall :)  <3
2013-05-06 12:57:35 AM
1 votes:

Alonjar: RembrandtQEinstein: And this protest has accomplished what exactly? (rhetorical since the answer is obviously nothing)

Maybe. After 32 years... you have to wonder how many times a president has stared out his window contemplating world issues, and drifted his gaze around this lady's protest.

For the amount of people she has likely spoken to and impacted even in the smallest way.. i find it very difficult to believe that she incited absolutely nothing in the populace anywhere.

Also, my first reaction to the headline was "32 years? fark id have upgraded to blowing shiat up by then....". until i realized shes protesting nukes. Cant really win that argument through violence, eh?


32 years of a bad idea doesn't suddenly make it good.
2013-05-06 12:50:38 AM
1 votes:
No Jules, you're gonna be like those pieces of shiat out there who beg for change. They walk around like a bunch of farkin' zombies, they sleep in garbage bins, they eat what I throw away, and dogs piss on 'em. They got a word for 'em, they're called bums. And without a job, residence, or legal tender, that's what you're gonna be - a farkin' bum!
2013-05-06 12:48:12 AM
1 votes:
Pfft. This is America. Start a non-profit and start embezzling already.
2013-05-05 09:40:08 PM
1 votes:
I got married in DC in 1992, and we have wedding photos with this woman.  The guy was still around, too, but he didn't want to take pictures that day.  He was working on writing something and didn't want to be interrupted.
 
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