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Featured have you ever attended a protest?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Aspergers_Aspie, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    Yes. 3 for BLM. They had my adrenaline going.
     
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    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    I clicked that link and came upon this line: "At least we know where all the idiots will be that day so can avoid the area."

    I dont even need to say anything else. That'll do.
     
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  4. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    Where do people get these
    controversial ideas, beliefs?
    It's like some people who say 5g causes virus
     
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  5. Mia

    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Yes I have, several. Not in recent years though.
     
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  6. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    Couple of years ago there was a demonstration in support of free and open science I was in. Not a lot of police action and no counterprotesters.

    Every year there is there is the World Naked Bike Ride. Its original purpose was to protest our dependency on fossil fuels for energy. It has expanded to additionally promote bicycle safety and body acceptance. I do that every year. The police did nothing but traffic control, no counter-protests, and zero violence.
     
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    I’ve attended a few Pride rallies but since my social anxiety got worse in recent years I stopped.
     
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    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    Pride parades generally aren't protests. Pride parades just have people walking in streets.
     
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    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    No - and I never will.

    Ed
     
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  10. Ezra

    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    No. As an autistic person I don't like being packed in with a crowd.

    The closest I have come to one was at an intersection a couple of days ago, where the old city hall turned into a police station is located. There were a bunch of people laying down in the middle of the street.
     
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  11. Ezra

    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    You mean like these protestors?

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    FreeDiver How long can you hold your breath? V.I.P Member

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    Now's not a good time, anywhere to be in a protest. The whole world is going mad right now.
     
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    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Two reasons:

    1. Internet. People often think that 20 minutes of browsing while on the toilet is better than 100+ years of collective research by actual scientists.

    2. Hivemind. If others are doing it, and you join those others, OMG TEY MITE LIEK U!!!1111one
    So those ideas gotten from the bastion of lies known as the internet spreads like wildfire.

    This all sounds like a joke, but no, people really are like that.

    Heck, I'm going to take a guess that some people join the protests and then dedicate themselves to the "cause" afterwards, despite KNOWING NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT IT BEFOREHAND. They see it, they jump in, THEN they stick to it because those around them are doing so. People are often that desperate to feel included.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: with the whole autism thing, I feel like I dodged a bullet. To think that I could have been.... like that.... *shudder*
     
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    Stardust Parade Well-Known Member

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    No, I think they’re stupid and a waste of time.
     
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    I've been to a few protests in my life, mostly as a photographer to document them, as part of my urban photography... I did attend two BLM rallies earlier this year, keeping my distance as much as possible and wearing a mask when necessary, and only using the long zoom lens for my camera...

    My tendency (even pre-Covid) is to be observational anyway, often I wander by (or attend specifically) just out of curiosity, I don't always agree, or even dis-agree with the cause, it's just looking for photography moments

    But I don't go to very many protests, and I have rarely gone to the front line of any protest, watching and photographing far more from the edges of a crowd, actually most of my favourite protest photos come from the edges of a big crowd, or even after... Here is one example taken long after a rally that had a counter-protest, almost like a comparison between two messages perhaps...

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    Oh... you mean like all the thimerisol nuts...
     
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    Me too...strictly to photograph this event. People protesting US intervention in Nicaragua and El Salvador supporting the "Contras" 1987. At the Naval Weapons Station, Concord Calif.

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    Here's where a protester lost both his legs being too close to incoming/outgoing trains. Near that flag was actor Martin Sheen who frequently protests various events. Didn't know until later...or I would have tried to photograph him too.

    Veteran, Activist Recalls Losing Legs To Train In Concord Protest

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    Apparently I wasn't the only person photographing people either.

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    No riot police there. Just the Marines on government property. No one dared to try to gain entrance into the base. Not this one. Always made me nervous to live so close to this place. A definite nuclear target.

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    So a bunch of people bunched together without masks to protect from a virus that can lay dormant in the body and be easily spread from person to person causing serious illness? Not only that, but you don't know who has it and it's not like they have to tell you anyways, right? No.

    Wait, let me think about it again...nope.
     
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  19. Joshua Aaron

    Joshua Aaron ️Autistic Pansexual ️, Chaotic Good

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    Where are those located?
     
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    That's what a zoom lens is for... :) But the rallies here are fairly small, compared to much larger ones in other cities... No I don't support them...

    Anti-Mask 01.jpg
     
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