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“Google bus” protests spread to Seattle
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander

Posted on 02/11/2014 2:52:45 PM PST by artichokegrower

The tech-bus protest isn’t just a San Francisco thing anymore.

This week, the anti-gentrification act of blocking a private shuttle full of high-paid tech workers spread to Seattle, where a handful of buses carrying Microsoft employees were stopped by demonstrators. The protest was chronicled by local Tweeps and community websites.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: anarchists; astroturf; civilwar2; civilwarii; googlebias; googlebus; hipsters; liberalbigots; racism; rentamob; seattle; techindustry; xenophobia
In that this is group of liberals attacking what is more than likely another group of liberals it's kind of amusing.
1 posted on 02/11/2014 2:52:45 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

But...mass transit is cool, right?


2 posted on 02/11/2014 2:54:38 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: artichokegrower

What’s a “Tweep”?


3 posted on 02/11/2014 2:54:52 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: artichokegrower

Do they not want them to have transportation so they’ll be easier to pick off as they go to and fro from work alone? /S

Or is it just jealousy?


4 posted on 02/11/2014 2:55:22 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: artichokegrower

It’s downright hilarious...Plus, for the global warming liberal idiots (both sides of this protest, I am sure), bussing is a “lower carbon” activity than everyone individually driving into work...ahhhh...I love the smell of irony at the end of the work day.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 2:55:41 PM PST by Tulane
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To: artichokegrower

And the stupid thing is that the company is run by batty libs, and most of the staff are left-wing kooks too!

This wont even begin to open their eyes of the psychotic nature of their kind.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 2:55:57 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Nonsense Unlimited
What’s a “Tweep”?

a Tweenie Twerp?

7 posted on 02/11/2014 2:56:17 PM PST by digger48
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To: artichokegrower; Anoreth
tech-workers moving to the city ... were infusing Seattle with their bland, one-dimensional lifestyle and “sucking out what’s left of Seattle’s soul"

Uh-huh.

8 posted on 02/11/2014 2:59:40 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: artichokegrower

Yes, quite amusing. So these big corporations are not doing anything to better the cities, sucking the life blood from them.

I love it!! I really do. These companies do all the opposite. Remove Google, Microsoft, and Boeing from WA, and watch those areas dry up and blow away. Of course, these high paid techies do drive up prices, but too dam bad. Seattle is a fun city to visit. Just don’t live there. :-)


9 posted on 02/11/2014 2:59:55 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: VanDeKoik
The demonstrators passed out a flyer suggesting that tech-workers moving to the city — and commuting elsewhere — were infusing Seattle with their bland, one-dimensional lifestyle
If you don't like the bland, one-dimensional lifestyle I'm sure there are certain areas of Seattle that offer more excitement. In most cities if you are looking for excitement go find any street named Martin Luther King Blvd.
10 posted on 02/11/2014 3:01:42 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: Tulane

Read the comments they’re hilarious. “We don’t want those East coast people bringing their attitudes and BS out here” WTF? Apparently hipsters hate east coast liberals?


11 posted on 02/11/2014 3:01:46 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: artichokegrower

Instead of “anti-gentrification”, maybe they can call themselves “pro-slum”.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 3:02:14 PM PST by magellan
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To: artichokegrower

Liberalism mandates that its’ cult followers hate everything.


13 posted on 02/11/2014 3:03:21 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: artichokegrower

OMG! I was reading comments at the article and envy is surely the hallmark of leftist ideology.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 3:13:23 PM PST by formosa
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To: digger48

I had to look it up.
It’s a combinations of Twitter and Peeps (People).

In another few years I’m not going to understand the language at all. Although, maybe it won’t matter by then.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 3:14:36 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: Nonsense Unlimited

IKWYM


16 posted on 02/11/2014 3:15:54 PM PST by digger48
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To: SgtHooper
Here are some videos of "anti-Google-bus" protests in San Francisco:

  1. One
  2. Two. This one is interesting because it features a person who appears to be a Google employee, demanding that the protestors leave his fellow Googlers alone, and criticizing them because they can't afford to pay increased rents. He turns out to be a union organizer named Max Bell Alper, about whom much can be learned by Googling. An obvious follower of Saul Alinsky.
  3. Three

Many others can be found by typing Google Bus Protests into your favorite search engine.

17 posted on 02/11/2014 3:15:54 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: miliantnutcase

Sitting at my computer at the office (I am in Virginia)...literally laughing out loud as I read some of the comments...Good lord, Seattle is in deep, deep trouble if that is an accurate representation of the voting populace...


18 posted on 02/11/2014 3:24:41 PM PST by Tulane
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To: artichokegrower

Why are they protesting a Google bus? Are they against Google or the bus? Is the bus emitting too much CO2? Is it burning fossil fuel? Not enough accommodations on the bus for GLBT? Did google not give them a proper “shout out” on one of their many “in recognition of” days? Turn too much of profit maybe?


19 posted on 02/11/2014 3:29:26 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: artichokegrower

The Democrat Flash Mob, more training to stop commerce in any and every city.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 3:29:38 PM PST by Son House (Democrats want you to use 'Great Recession' instead of 'Jobless Recovery', recession ended June 2009)
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To: Steely Tom

I noted a lot of mental illness in that video.


21 posted on 02/11/2014 3:32:42 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Tax-chick

“tech-workers moving to the city ... were infusing Seattle with their bland, one-dimensional lifestyle and “sucking out what’s left of Seattle’s soul”

Uh-huh.”

In other words they they made it to expensive to be a no-good-lay-about-welfare-prince


22 posted on 02/11/2014 3:36:18 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: 1010RD
I noted a lot of mental illness in that video.

Yes, they seemed to be very unhappy, very alienated people, many young.

They are the people that are being left behind by the information age.

Fifty or sixty years ago, they could have gotten manufacturing jobs that would have been boring at first, but which would have led to better things later. Unfortunately, those jobs sometimes create bad smells or big factories that are un-pretty when viewed against the backdrop of the untouched countryside. The political leaders of those very protestors have decided that jobs like that should be done by people in other countries, and factories like that should be built elsewhere.

It's a riot of perverse incentives.

23 posted on 02/11/2014 3:40:58 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Fai Mao
In other words they made it to expensive to be a no-good-lay-about-welfare-prince

Or a basement-dwelling "musician" who's a part-time barista.

24 posted on 02/11/2014 3:42:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: Nonsense Unlimited

Probably a Twitter poster.
You know, I used to live in the cap Hill neighborhood, one of those where the Microsoft buses went. I thought”how nice that a company is helping employees save on transportation and help relieve traffic. It seemed so nice. How could anybody object to this?” Remind me not to move back to that rathole again.


25 posted on 02/11/2014 3:47:30 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Tax-chick

Seattle already lost its soul if they want these Occu-pigs to run things.


26 posted on 02/11/2014 3:49:27 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: artichokegrower

Yep, and it’s one neighborhood over from the one I was talking about.


27 posted on 02/11/2014 3:50:52 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Tulane

80% Kerry in the precinct I was in in 2004. 86% Obama in2008.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 3:52:49 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Tulane

It’s downright hilarious...Plus, for the global warming liberal idiots (both sides of this protest, I am sure), bussing is a “lower carbon” activity than everyone individually driving into work...ahhhh...I love the smell of irony at the end of the work day.


Not exactly. Most of those people would never be living in SF and commuting almost an hour to near San Jose without the buses.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 3:55:54 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Tax-chick

They are just using class envy in the warfare on
capitalist business. How dare a company treat it’s
workers better than another company or even better
than the unemployed!


30 posted on 02/11/2014 3:57:23 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: crazycatlady

“Soul” is not a concept I associated with Seattle. My former employer used to run buses (well, minivans) for employees in far-flung areas. The employees paid a monthly fee. It was environmentally conscious and reduced traffic congestion and all that.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 4:01:58 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: tet68

Class envy - even if “class” is largely fictional these days - is always useful.


32 posted on 02/11/2014 4:03:02 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: Fai Mao
In other words they they made it to expensive to be a no-good-lay-about-welfare-prince

That indeed is what is happening in San Francisco. Now in Seattle. Rents are skyrocketing in SF. I went to middle school a block away from the heart of the Mission District, 24th & Mission. Used to be German/Irish/Italian until Mexicans turned it into a little Tijuana in the 1970s on. Lately, latinos were complaining about asian restaurants opening and "changing" the neighborhood, conveniently forgetting that latinos ruined the neighborhood when they immigrated in.

Just read some articles that white tech workers are changing the neighborhood around 24th & Mission for the better, latinos getting forced out due to high rents. Rents as high as $10G a month for apartments nearby. The welfare and handout types are griping. I'm laughing about it because they don't want the grime and crime changed for the better.

33 posted on 02/11/2014 4:05:48 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Tax-chick; Revolting cat!

I guess they are upset that even more H1B visa Indians are not taking American jobs.

Gentrification complaints aren’t strictly about “redevelopment”. It’s about too many white people “spoiling the neighborhood”.

Urban used to be a dense commercial real estate in town. Now music programmers use that to refer to black demographics.


34 posted on 02/11/2014 4:13:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: artichokegrower; GeronL
“These corporations are doing things to affect people in multiple cities and aren’t being accountable to those cities,” said Sarah Sherburn-Zimmer, with the nonprofit Housing Rights Committee in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Kind of like when homos from coast to coast donated to Parker's campaign and gave Houston it's first lesbian mayor. Those who got her elected don't have to live under her policies and she didn't feel accountable to the voters here, either. She just renegged on a promise to not push homosexual activism from her office (where she issued a post-election edict to give same sex roommates partner benefits, this state does not recognize same sex marriages, and then she got "married" in another state even though she promised to wait until it could be held in Texas).I

35 posted on 02/11/2014 4:15:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Steely Tom

Union goon rent a mob activity. Imagine that.

45 minutes they held a bus and the police did not act?

At what point are people being illegally detained?


36 posted on 02/11/2014 4:19:38 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: miliantnutcase

Xenophobia. But it’s okay to hate on white people who talk differently.


37 posted on 02/11/2014 4:20:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: miliantnutcase; GeronL; Revolting cat!

Since these are “brainy” tech workers being discriminated against, I’ll quote from an early 70s Australian film...

“the arrogance of the stupid who expect you to be as stupid as them.”” (Wake In Fright)


38 posted on 02/11/2014 4:23:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Interesting point.

I’ve never been any kind of urban.


39 posted on 02/11/2014 4:30:56 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: artichokegrower

Popcorn!


40 posted on 02/11/2014 4:35:31 PM PST by cqnc (Don't Blame ME, I voted for the American!)
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To: a fool in paradise

bump

good quote


41 posted on 02/11/2014 4:38:59 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: a fool in paradise
At what point are people being illegally detained?

I have the feeling that people who have lived for some time in SF know all too well that police action in cases like that leads to more trouble than it's worth.

I think this is because those with experience know that the protestors want a forceful police response. That's precisely what they are trying to incite.

A mini-riot would result in the word going out by internet to every pocket of losers in the country, and within two or three days there'd be 1500 people there.

Such a response would also result in lucrative on-line fundraising activities, and many hook-up opportunities that would result from outsiders having to crash with various members of the organizer cadre.

42 posted on 02/11/2014 4:47:49 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: artichokegrower

Yeah, who are we to stand in the way of competing liberal victim groups? Not me.


43 posted on 02/11/2014 5:11:45 PM PST by GOPJ ("Hillary Clinton says (the) press has big egos and no brains". - Tony Blair - May 19, 1993)
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To: formosa

“OMG! I was reading comments at the article and envy is surely the hallmark of leftist ideology.”

Class warfare at its finest; food stamps and welfare are the only thing preventing a rising along the lines of the Bolshevik revolution.


44 posted on 02/12/2014 3:52:07 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: lodi90

Not exactly. Most of those people would never be living in SF and commuting almost an hour to near San Jose without the buses.
_________

They clearly were doing just that, hence the need for the company to spend money on the buses to make sure everyone gets to work on time...


45 posted on 02/12/2014 8:11:04 AM PST by Tulane
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