Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day Protests and Escalators

      verb /ˈeskəˌlāt/ 
      escalated, past participle; escalated, past tense; escalates, 3rd person singular present; escalating, present participle
      1. Increase rapidly
        • - the price of tickets escalated
        • - the escalating cost of health care
      2. Become or cause to become more intense or serious
        • - the disturbance escalated into a full-scale riot
        • - we do not want to escalate the war

    Do you have ANY IDEA how annoying it is to be stuck behind people who get on an escalator and then just stand there?!? I don't recall seeing a sign that says, "Please, rest here. You look winded." The whole point of an escalator is to get somewhere faster...not hold up everyone behind you who is obviously more capable of critical thought than yourself.

    There are exceptions, for sure. But those exceptions typically take the elevator or at least stand to the side so those behind them can pass.

    Henry Rollins said in his spoken word that airports make him insane because of the human sidewalks. "It's like humans...on display."

    This video sums it up very well:

    ::expression of disapproval::

    In other news, there's a riot outside my office. Again. Damn protesters. As if the Occupy movement didn't create enough of a shit-show downtown. Now there are May Day protesters outside. Hundreds of them. And police force. And apparently the protesters bashed in the windows of the Federal Courthouse.

    So. Annoying.

    Update: Buildings on our block are being vandalized.  The BoA building, Federal Courthouse and Chase Bank are going into lockdown. Westlake seems to be demonstrating peacefully so hopefully it's all under control by the time I leave.

    I should be used to this stuff by now, for sure. But I can't help my heart from palpitating a little when I look out my office window and see that kind of stuff.

    **I should mention that, while Occupy Seattle provided the peaceful protests, they did not provide the anarchists and violence. Their invitations did not say BYOA. That was all Black Bloc.**


    1. True anarchists wouldn't have participated in an organized protest. They would do it all the time. What a bunch of pussies.

      1. Agreed. That's why I can't help but be anything but pissed off that they would scare so many people and vandalize so much shit.

    2. Guess no one told them that anarchy cannot ever exist how they want it. In the absence of government, law, and order, then might is what makes right. Which usually means people with firearms... and numbers. Just ask Somalia.