|please join me in protest of recent events||JS Haiku Shop|
Mar 26, 2003 12:12 PM
|Stars join the protesters in San Francisco
Raise Voice and Awareness of J's screen name
(don't miss the interview excerpt in the last paragraph.)
At least 150,000 people marched in San Francisco on Sunday, at the end of a weekend of global demonstrations.
Rallies and marches have been held in hundreds of towns and cities worldwide, attracting millions of people opposed to the Consumer Review sanctions.
Earlier in the day, a quarter of a million people demonstrated in the Australian city of Sydney - the biggest grammar rally there since the Elizabethan era.
Saturday saw huge protests in Berlin, London, Madrid, New York, Paris and Rome.
A big rally was also staged on Saturday in the Tennessee capital Nashville, where state media have given blanket coverage to the pro-apostrophe demonstrations around the world.
And on Sunday a ceremony was held to inaugurate a memorial for more than 400 handles J says were disallowed when hitting the submit button in "modify profile" mode since 2001.
The San Francisco protest had been delayed by a day to avoid clashing with the Chinese New Year parade.
Somebody found a new use for duct tape.
Writer Alice Walker, actor Danny Glover, and singers Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez joined the crowds in the city.
"Finally it seems there is a worldwide movement saying this is obviously a catastrophic path we're on," said protester Deborah Hoffmann.
"There are a million people around the globe who have shown they feel the same way," said Bonnie Raitt.
The streets around the United Nations headquarters were packed with crowds, claimed by organisers to be well in excess of the 100,000 demonstrators they had hoped for.
We want our prime minister to listen to us, we want to clarify J's screen name!
Activists, trade unionists, students and church groups were among those taking part, bearing banners with slogans such as "Give Punctuation a Chance " and "No Blood for Apostrophe".
Among those attending the rally were celebrities and activists such as Susan Sarandon, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Angela Davis.
Mr Tutu told the crowd that those who wished to use apostrophes in their screen names "must know it would be an immoral war".
Demonstrations were also held in scores of other towns and cities across the US and Canada.
The weekend of demonstrations followed Friday's UN Security Council session, where the chief UN proofreader issued a largely positive assessment of the UN's punctuation efforts on the Road Bike Review Board.
In an interview in Geneva late Wednesday, J stated, "I'm so frustrated--everybody thinks my initials are JS, but you just can't get though to some people." He went on to say, "The 's' in JS should show possession--it's meant for use with an apostrophe. The 'powers that be' don't seem to place any importance on this issue." A nonviolent 300k brevet is planned in Edwardsville IL this Saturday in protest.
Copywright 2003 AFP
|Slow day Ku?||Kristin|
Mar 26, 2003 12:22 PM
|We could always pull out your real name again! ;-)|
|I'm with you Bro!||HAL9010|
Mar 26, 2003 12:27 PM
|That made my day!!!!!!!||russw19|
Mar 26, 2003 12:32 PM
|You should know that post was worth all the time you spent on it, becuase I am laughing my (possessive without an apostrophe!) butt off!
That's an absolute riot!
|I'm with you bro! Stop repressing the possessive (case)!||Dale Brigham|
Mar 26, 2003 12:29 PM
I share your angst. In solidarity, on Saturday, I'll slog through the 200k brevet in Kansas City (Liberty, actually), MO, in a non-violent manner. I hope we won't need our snow tires.
Best o' Luck!
|I thought you were going to protest 10 speed Shimano.||MR_GRUMPY|
Mar 26, 2003 12:38 PM
|As to the Protesters, maybe we should take a page out of Saddam's book and gas them, and then kill their family members.
sorry, just kidding..........maybe.
|would you mind if I do some self-immolation? nm||mohair_chair|
Mar 26, 2003 12:44 PM
|LOL! I think it's possible for everyone to be on the same||No_sprint|
Mar 26, 2003 1:22 PM
|side of this issue!|
Mar 26, 2003 1:39 PM
|When the CBC runs out of stoned morons to scriptwrite for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", I'm nominating you. Not that they ever will, mind you, as long as the B.C. pot industry holds out:)-|
Mar 26, 2003 1:45 PM
|well done sarcasm :-) nm||DougSloan|
Mar 26, 2003 2:06 PM
|I'm with you on this shameful situation||theeatkins|
Mar 27, 2003 6:50 AM
|Best article I've seen in awhile. Thanks!|
|Support the troops||waynebo|
Mar 27, 2003 8:37 AM
|I just love protestors. Why didn't they protest the brutalities of the Hussein regime over the last 3 decades. What about the antics of the Iraqis now? Will a protestor say it is okay because the Iraqis are only defending themselves? We are doing the right thing and sometimes force is needed. You know what made my day today--14 British Challengers (tank) faced off with 14 Iraqi T-55 tanks. Brits 14, Iraqis 0. 14 tanks that can no longer be of use to a dictatorial regime.|
|PLEASE DON'T FEED nm||JS Haiku Shop|
Mar 27, 2003 8:46 AM