Apr

24

It’s a Walk Out

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Demonstrations against the war in Iraq continue today with a walk-out happening right now at the sundial, in the middle of a sea of sunbathers, who have splayed themselves out on South Lawn and and on the Low Steps. Check back for continuing coverage of the walkout plus the rumored “dramatic political statement” occurring at 2 PM by Alma Mater. 

 

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13 Comments

  1. ..d.  

    Are you thinking what I'm thinking? HUNGER STRIKE!!!111!LL

  2. hah

    obvi its not even gramatically ambiguous, but for a second I thought this meant that alma mater was going to make the statement

  3. anonymous

    What a lame event.

  4. OMG

    The Bush administration must be in an emergency Cabinet meeting RIGHT NOW to pull out of Iraq because some COLUMBIA STUDENTS decided to WALK OUT.

  5. wait  

    i'm sorry what is the point then? just to increase awareness? I am pretty sure that everyone knows by now that there is a war going on. Are you really stating that the goal of this rally is not to try to in some way stop the war?

  6. no one  

    except you thinks there's any *one* event that can stop the war. presumably the rally organizers, having spent more than 5 seconds thinking about it, hope to contribute towards ending the war, but don't expect this event to convince Bush either by force of persuasion or by force. i understand that the idea of a long-term project involving more than one person attempting to better their career may be alien to some at columbia, but really, its not so hard to grasp...

    • hahaha

      Every except you (and most Democrats) seems to have some grasp of economics, especially when it comes to cost-benefit trade-offs. Like when you were planning this cute little rally, did anyone stop to think "Duhh.. does the marginal cost of time, effort, energy, and fund for this thing lead to a positive return in the form of a marginal benefit in getting troops out of Iraq?" My guess is no.

      That kind of economic irrationality is what led those comic geniuses who are miserable excuses for Presidential candidates to propose repealing NAFTA, having the federal government directly buy up mortgages, and inflating the money supply back to the 70s.

      • i find  

        your post totally incoherent, and i dont think that's because i lack a grasp of economics. tip: if you're having trouble writing legibly, try reading your draft out loud to yourself. it will help you fix sentences that don't make sense.

        • anonymous

          #7 was pretty clear. They forgot to add "one" after "Every" - as people sometimes do when typing.

          Maybe you lack a grasp of basic reading comprehension? Or you're just dishonest and trying to de-legitimize what the commenter wrote without actually addressing it..

          • ok, well  

            lets try to parse this.

            'Like when you were planning this cute little rally, did anyone stop to think "Duhh.. does the marginal cost of time, effort, energy, and fund for this thing lead to a positive return in the form of a marginal benefit in getting troops out of Iraq?" My guess is no.'

            so the question is, did anyone planning the rally ever ask themselves, does the "marginal cost" lead to a "positive return" in the form of a "marginal benefit"? although the use of "marginal" here seems kinda sloppy, this appears to be an attempt at using econo-speak to ask, 'did anyone ever ask themselves whether the protest was worth the effort?' pretty obviously, the protesters did decide it was worth the effort. this is a dumb question, even if purely rhetorical, which is not improved by an incoherent attempt to make it sound scientific by using words like "marginal" and "cost-benefit trade-offs".

  7. Derps  

    Yeah... Obama and Clinton's saber-rattling about repealing NAFTA makes me nervous. I've always been a staunch Democrat, but that sort of dense protectionism makes me want to cast my vote for McCain.

    • anonymous

      Don't worry - both Clinton and Obama told Canadians they were lying about the repealing NAFTA shit because they wanted to appeal to stupid, working-class people who think repealing it is a good idea.

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