Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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New Paths in the Park

Today I went to a protest during my lunch hour, and was reminded again how the roads near the University of Pittsburgh recently had a small shift that makes it a lot easier to get around. Originally, between the public and Pitt libraries, there was a huge parking lot, and on one side of it was a one-way part of a road going from Pitt towards Squirrel Hill (going by the back of CMU). To go the other way, one took that road to the parking lot, turned right, and turned left on an access road and right at the end of that, to avoid that one-way section. Inconvenient, but navigable. Sometime earlier this year they closed the parking lot and closed off that service road, meaning that one had to drive about half a mile and cross a major (also one-way) street twice in order to get to the other side. Very recently, they turned the troublesome one-way segment two-way. Kind of handy...

The protest was fairly low-key -- there was no closing of access to the recruitment centre -- instead a bunch of people stood along the road with signs. I forgot my camera, and didn't think to bring a sign (an emergency at work caused me to need to come in without the prep I would've liked), so I borrowed one of their spare signs and joined them for about half an hour. One of the purposes of protests is to draw attention to the cause, but some of the other people there didn't seem to put as much thought into it as they should've -- Forbes is a one-way street, so it makes sense to angle one's signs to be readable by drivers passing-by -- most people there faced theirs right into the street, which is not helpful. A bit of hinting by me was helpful there.. Another thing that people should do is make eye contact with the drivers -- it helps draw attention to the sign and the cause. I was going to kavetch about some of the people next to me in the protest group talking instead of doing this, but on the way back, I reflected on the other important purpose of protest -- to build group feeling. That doesn't happen without socialisation, and so it's not a bad thing to have that happening.

My 50 Eurocent coin has made its way back to me from KGB. I would like to swap it with another foreign coin for circulation, but I don't think I'll have time to make it back home before KGB meets.

I think it would prevent a lot of complication if when people enter high politics, they be required to renounce all their real property (real estate), ownership in companies, other jobs and positions, and that they commit to being solely supported by a modest allowance for the rest of their life, at least in the capitalist system. This would nicely prevent conflicts of interest and business favouritism, as well as allegations of such, true or not.

The political fun begins again.

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