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No, not the human classification kind, but the Formula One Grand Prix (GP) Automobile kind. But I did capture your interest, didn’t I? The Canadian GP is scheduled for June 8, 9, and 10. The race, held on Montreal’s Isle Notre Dame, is supposed to have an economic impact of an estimated 1.6 million Canadian dollars in revenue to Montreal, and attracts more than 100,000 people.
Montreal city officials say that measures to ensure the race weekend will be peaceful, but students at the city’s four main universities earlier this month passed a resolution which promised to “organise a weekend of disruptions in order to cancel the Formula 1 Grand Prix and its jet-set events which represent sexist, anti-environmental, elitist and economic values that must be abolished”.
CLASSÉ is the motivating force behind the resolution. ASSÉ (pronounced ah-say, a play on “assez,” the French word for “enough”) is a very anti-capitalist organization. CLASSÉ is the “coalition large” of ASSÉ. CLASSÉ allows the members of the other organizations, such as Canadian student organizations, to affiliate with it as a way of strengthening student numbers and improving coordination of the strike that college students have called to protest tuition hikes. This allows ASSÉ to influence student politics, while at the same time keeping their separate organizational identity. CLASSÉ spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said the group would use the GP as a forum to raise its grievances with Quebec, but it would not prevent people from going to the race.
Why is Montreal in such an uproar? First, college students are protesting a 10% increase in tuition, or about €2500 per year. In response to that proposal by Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s Liberal government, students went on strike. They have been on strike for at least 17 weeks, and for the last month, nightly marches of thousands of students (and others) have taken place on Montreal’s main boulevards. The strike celebrated 100 days on May 22, 2012, with some 400,000 people marching through Montreal. Negotiations between student groups and the Charest government have broken down.
In response to student actions, the Charest government passed Law 78 which criminalizes the student strike by placing restrictions on the right to demonstrate over any issue, anywhere in the province of Quebec. Law 78 calls for fines of up to 35,000 Canadian dollars for individuals and up to 125,000 Canadian dollars for organizations. Law 78 outlines regulations governing demonstrations of over 50 people, including having to give eight hours’ notice for details such as the protest route, the duration and the time at which they are being held.
And the strike actions are now not limited to students. Mehmet Yayla, 40, an unemployed oceanographer (not a student), said, “I’m planning to go there [downtown Montreal] because I think the only strong opposition right now in Quebec is the students.” Regarding Law 78, Matthew Larose, a 32-year-old construction foreman (also not a student), said, “If they can do it in Quebec, they can do it everywhere else. It sets a bad precedent for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of everything … and it’s disgraceful.”
How has/will CLASSÉ actions affect the Canadian Grand Prix? Organisers have canceled the “Open Doors” event before the GP because it may be disrupted by student protests. Fans will not be able to walk around the pitlane or see how the cars are assembled. Believe me, that is a big deal. Canada GP President François Dumontier said, “Our ticket sales are down over the last month or so. People didn’t buy the ticket saying they are afraid to come to Montreal.” Hacktivist group Anonymous has called for a boycott of the Canadian GP. Anonymous released a statement warning people not to buy GP tickets or merchandise. The call for a boycott is working so far. The Canadian GP is not expected to be a sell out this year; several thousand tickets remain unsold ahead of the race as fans coming from abroad have decided to pass on this year’s event. A student protest is scheduled to take place in Montreal’s subway system on race day, as fans head towards the circuit. Presenting itself as an experiment “to see how many people can get on the metro”, a Facebook page has been set up to encourage students to take a trip on the Montreal subway system’s yellow line, the only one with a station on Isle Notre Dame, where the Canadian GP is located. And guess the time of the “experiment.” It is scheduled for 10:30 A.M., when tens of thousands of fans are heading for the race. CLASSÉ says it will not bother or try to stop race fans, but said that it intended to disrupt the Canadian GP.
So what? Well, there are three reasons. First, the actions of ASSÉ sound quite a bit like a certain US anti-capitalist political party of late. Second, how many events such as the Canadian GP does the US have? The MLB All-Star game (July 10) and many college and professional football games come to mind. Third, who do you think the MSM will sympathize with and give coverage to if similar demonstrations occur in this country? Does OWS ring a bell? And who do you think the MSM will feature as we get nearer to November?
But that’s just my opinion.
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Perhaps he was for it before he was .. well you get the point. Back in June, Mitt was in New Hampshire on a campaign stop and told the group that clearly global warming was at least in part due to human causes.
I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.
It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.
In this video of a campaign stop at Consol Energy in Virginia Mr. Romney had a different view.
In true Liberal parroting fashion, we see that there is now a very small group titled Occupy Chicago, to go with the misguided misfits and hippies at the OccupyWallStreet group, along with the totally disorganized and pathetically undefined Occupying Los Angeles so-called movements. People sleeping in the streets, urinating in public, and begging for handouts while interfering with the working people’s ability to get to and from actually working for a living appears to be a recurring theme of these “protests.” Another recurring theme coming out of these protests is their whining about the lack of media coverage. I,m going to help them out there, yet I don’t believe they will like some of the truths I will bring out here in giving them some exposure in this article, but since you asked for it, here goes.
Let’s start with checking out the head of the snake, so-to-speak, the original community-organizing [group] that started it all, the Occupy Wall Street crowd shall we? Both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity sent reporters down to check out the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Red Eye’s Bill Shultz and Jesse Waters both reported that most of the protesters had no real definition of just what exactly they were protesting, or even what they expected to accomplish with these protests. No revelation there, as this is a movement based on Marxist anti-capitalism rhetoric, and the general Liberal ideology that the successful working class people somehow owe these people a good portion of their hard-earned wealth. The problem is that these people are trying to play the victim card , yet they just can not come out and say we don’t want to work for a living like everyone else does, we want Congress to give us their money. That is right out of Barack Obama’s wealth redistribution agenda that he was caught red-handed stating to Joe the Plumber.
Bill Shulz sloshed right into the mosh-pit at Occupy Wall Street and came back with some very hard-hitting truths about just who these people are and what they are [ trying ] to accomplish there. Shulz described them as ” people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life,” while adding that the smell of the place was equal parts patchouli, body odor, and urine.” The Occupy Wall Street folks wanted some media exposure so check it out, thanks to OnyxBook.com:
Now let’s take a look at the “sister protests” out in Los Angeles. Excerpts from their supposed community organizing homepage:
If this is an ongoing event, I do not think this is clear in the promotional materials you are using.
Occupy Demands And Civil Disobedience Guidelines
Proposed By Lloyd Hart – Demands: Free college education. Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment .Open borders migration, anyone can travel anywhere to work and live. Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Outlaw all credit reporting agencies. These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy. ( tell me this guys isn’t a lunatic)
I also saw on TV yesterday that at the Los Angeles protest had 6 people who were inside of a bank and going to stay there 24/7, hoping to be arrested, because the bank had the nerve to foreclose on their houses … for not paying their mortgages.
Now for some of the info right out of the Occupy Chicago folks page;
Supplies needed: Current Top Needs
Do you people go to week long protests without your socks? Really!
Posts from their homepage:
Please fix the NBC photo link — it goes to swimsuit models and celebrities instead of photos of the occupation.
Where are you demonstrating at? Like precise location? I would like to join tomorrow.
We’re not going to get long-term change unless we dig up a ton of dirt on GOP Senators and Congressmen (Their Presidential candidates are doing each other win quite well). We’ll need 70 liberal Senators and a liberal House to: (SIC)
1.) Enact socialized campaign financing. 2.) Impeachment of the SCOTUS 5 who brought this mess on when they selected W in 2000, and exacerbated this wiht their Citizens United decision. (sic)
its all going down at the corner of jackson and lasalle in chicago’s financial district. I’m sure the over nighters would appreciate tarps, toothbrushes, toothpaste.
If you don’t have a proper mission statement on your webpage, people will form their own (many a times, incorrect) opinion about this movement, which might be detrimental to the movement. An organic movement is great, but any movement has to have a mission. Without a mission, quoting George Bernard Shaw again, is like a “blind leading a blind, and both will fall into a ditch”.
No mission, no clue, just a bunch of non-working 60’s hippies, radicals, and uniformed youth gathered together calling for the over-throw of the government and the financial system, while demanding that everyone else support them, instead of actually working for a living. Community (Dis) organizers in the mold of another long-time Marxist student, Mr. Barack Obama. Remember folks, they need toothpaste, toothbrushes, food, tarps, mattresses, tents, and SOCKS ! LOTS of SOCKS!
Update1: Across the land the “We deserve other people’s money” protesters are actually bragging about shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday.
One irate driver, a Ground Zero construction worker, blasted the pedestrians. “I work my ass off all day, and these goddamned hippies close down the Brooklyn Bridge so I can’t get home?” he said. “This ain’t right!”
Power to the people! You sure showed that bridge that you mean business! Last count was 700 in jail, and again, these lunatics are bragging about being arrested in New York, just like the people who didn’t pay for their houses and were infuriated that the bank was foreclosing on them in the Occupy L. A. debacle. As noted above from their very own website in the “Occupy L..A” protest, they are calling for a “guaranteed living wage, employment optional.” That says it all right there.
UPDATE on the Parrots of the Occupy crowd: http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/03/limbaugh-on-occupy-wall-street-demonstrators-these-people-are-tools/