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The scene is K Street, NW Washington DC around 11 a.m. Friday by McPherson Square. This massive protest by Extinction Rebellion was staged to bring the World Bank to its knees and stop the financing of the ongoing capitalist plot to kill the earth.

As you can see, the march occupies almost an entire city block (mostly because the marchers are kind of spread out). The DC policeman on the bicycle is at the head of the march and the big blue ball visible in the back is the end. (The additional three photos below capture the march in its entirety.)

Keep an eye on international stock exchanges today to see if the shock to the global banking system reverberates as a result of the blow struck by XR.

Fortunately for the global economy, none of the high-end restaurants favored by World Bank professional staff were affected by the march.

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There are 23 comments.

  1. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Poor McPhearson Square — it seems to the favorite gathering spot for all the angry progressives in Washington who haven’t been elected to office and are hanging out down at the Capitol. But at least they’re not going to camp out there, like eight years ago with the Occupy Wall Street protests — then the place looked like something in 2019 out of Seattle or Los Angeles…

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:01 AM PST
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  2. Retail Lawyer Member

    Small turnout there but I honestly do think this climate change end-of-times things is an actual mass delusion. 

    • #2
    • December 6, 2019, at 9:03 AM PST
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  3. Hoyacon Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Poor McPhearson Square — it seems to the favorite gathering spot for all the angry progressives in Washington who haven’t been elected to office and are hanging out down at the Capitol. But at least they’re not going to camp out there, like eight years ago with the Occupy Wall Street protests — then the place looked like something in 2019 out of Seattle or Los Angeles…

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    Note the condition of the ground. A massive amount of time–and, no doubt, expense–went into resodding/restoring the park. I never saw a single article in the local press about the cost after OWS moved on. Go figure.

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:14 AM PST
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  4. Hoyacon Member

    Fortunately for the global economy, none of the high-end restaurants favored by World Bank professional staff were affected by the march.

    Fortunately for yours truly, a really good mid-end restaurant–Siroc (pictured at a distance)–was also unaffected. My regret is that I wasn’t sitting at a window table to toast the “Save Our Food” sign guy and reassure him everything was OK (inside). 

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:18 AM PST
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  5. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos

    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

    Small turnout there but I honestly do think this climate change end-of-times things is an actual mass delusion.

    Could be. But it does not show up as significant in opinion polling of adults. Those who show up for these protest things look like the usual suspects for any lefty issue du jour so it is hard to separate kneejerk follower types from the fully whacked-out true-believers.

    Sad that so many young people attach to this nonsense. What a waste.

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:23 AM PST
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  6. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

    Small turnout there but I honestly do think this climate change end-of-times things is an actual mass delusion.

    Yes it really seems to be. I had a colleague (STEM academic) who says that climate change scares him more than anything. What a terrible way to live life. I think we need to set a hard date 12 years from now and then hold them to it, much as those who thought the world would end on a specific time and date had to wake up the day after and say: “well, I guess we were wrong”. May not convince the true believers but those who are looking on tend to develop a fair amount of skepticism regarding these types of predictions.

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:31 AM PST
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  7. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

    Small turnout there but I honestly do think this climate change end-of-times things is an actual mass delusion.

    Could be. But it does not show up as significant in opinion polling of adults. Those who show up for these protest things look like the usual suspects for any lefty issue du jour so it is hard to separate kneejerk follower types from the fully whacked-out true-believers.

    Sad that so many young people attach to this nonsense. What a waste.

    OldB,

    The climate change end of times thing always sounds like this to me. Imagine a six-year-old who has just had a nightmare. In this case a Malthusian nightmare. Mom and Dad run into the bedroom and calm the child. They tell the child that they will do special things so that the Malthusian monster won’t get them. Appeased, the frightened child goes back to sleep.

    All of this would be just fine if the two words “public policy” were not involved at all. As long as the enviro craze only involves a bedtime story, no harm done. The Green New Deal would destroy Western Civilization in short order.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:48 AM PST
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  8. Fritz Member

    Oh my, how pathetic.

    Seems as if the Unibomber’s anti-technological/industrial civilization manifesto is accepted as gospel by these poor deluded people.

    Well, IMHO, they are most welcome to go live in some woods far, far away, but they must not use any modern equipment, gear or tools. See how well that goes, and then they can report back.

     

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    • December 6, 2019, at 3:54 PM PST
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  9. Concretevol Thatcher

    The best reaction to those people is to point and laugh. hehe Maaaan that pisses them off

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    • December 6, 2019, at 7:04 PM PST
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  10. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Saved by the indolence and inertia of Generation Whatevs. 

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    • December 6, 2019, at 7:42 PM PST
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  11. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Buncha privileged, bored, white people…

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    • December 6, 2019, at 8:37 PM PST
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  12. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    What kind of revolutionary saying is, “World Bank, try harder” ? Their sayings are pathetic. That is weak sauce for a rallying cry.

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    • December 6, 2019, at 9:11 PM PST
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  13. Dave of Barsham Member

    They’ve taken it on as a replacement religion with all of the fervor of new converts. Unfortunately it’s become the default liberal position on climate so now it’s being widely taught to school children (and has since Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth) so at least one generation now has a significant portion of “believers” who are scared to death of it. Either they’ll learn they were wrong or after a while enough of them will accumulate in positions of power/voting blocks and we’ll get to see it play out for real policy wise. That should be fun, /sarc.

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    • December 7, 2019, at 10:42 AM PST
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  14. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Buncha privileged, bored, white people…

    Yes, that is what I call white privilege. To have enough time and money that you can bite the hand that fed you.

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    • December 7, 2019, at 2:35 PM PST
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  15. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Buncha privileged, bored, white people…

    Yes, that is what I call white privilege. To have enough time and money that you can bite the hand that fed you.

    The noble virtue of savage children. 

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    • December 7, 2019, at 4:06 PM PST
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  16. I Walton Member

    Silly yes, but then listen to almost all of the Democrats running for President. They are closer to these clowns than to anybody at the political center. I remember coming back to the States for home leave in the mid 70s or 80s, I don’t remember and seeing political correctness impacting our media for the first time. I complained to my liberal brother and was told to not worry, that they were just silly kids and would grow out of it. Next time I came back he was with them 100%.

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    • December 8, 2019, at 7:31 AM PST
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  17. tigerlily Member

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

     I think we need to set a hard date 12 years from now and then hold them to it, much as those who thought the world would end on a specific time and date had to wake up the day after and say: “well, I guess we were wrong”. May not convince the true believers but those who are looking on tend to develop a fair amount of skepticism regarding these types of predictions.

    This something they’ll never agree to because it defeats the greatest asset of the whole global warming/climate change power grab sham – namely it’s non-falsibity. 

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    • December 8, 2019, at 9:19 AM PST
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  18. Charles Mark Member
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    Pathetic where I live too (in Ireland). On previous occasions there were large crowds of teenagers at similar protests- maybe, just maybe, because our Government encouraged schoolkids to go to the protests during schooltime and the schools either encouraged them or stepped out of the way. But last week there was neither encouragement nor dispensation and ,Hey Presto!, the crowd shrank to dozens. 

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    • December 8, 2019, at 11:00 AM PST
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  19. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    I Walton (View Comment):

    Silly yes, but then listen to almost all of the Democrats running for President. They are closer to these clowns than to anybody at the political center. I remember coming back to the States for home leave in the mid 70s or 80s, I don’t remember and seeing political correctness impacting our media for the first time. I complained to my liberal brother and was told to not worry, that they were just silly kids and would grow out of it. Next time I came back he was with them 100%.

    The military goes to considerable effort and some expense to send their soldiers and soldiers’ families back to the states throughout an overseas tour – morale leave, they call it. 

    The purpose is to keep them connected to their American roots, but perhaps it is to prevent that time-traveler feeling one gets when one returns to a place and finds that the ground has shifted and the ethos is altered. 

    But then again, military people diverge from the population at large pretty much the moment they swear in. 

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    • December 8, 2019, at 11:40 AM PST
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  20. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Pathetic where I live too (in Ireland). On previous occasions there were large crowds of teenagers at similar protests- maybe, just maybe, because our Government encouraged schoolkids to go to the protests during schooltime and the schools either encouraged them or stepped out of the way. But last week there was neither encouragement nor dispensation and ,Hey Presto!, the crowd shrank to dozens.

    I’d really like the rest of the government (in the US as I try not to over-opine on Other People’s Countries) to start cracking down on teachers, admin, and students who leave campus during school hours for ‘protests’. It’s artificial, hysterical, and even if they really were trying to save the world from itself, it is mostly an excuse to take a day off and maybe disappear elsewhere unsupervised. 

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    • December 8, 2019, at 11:45 AM PST
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  21. Hoyacon Member

    Boomer pride compels me to proclaim: At least we knew how to protest.

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    • December 8, 2019, at 1:27 PM PST
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  22. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Boomer pride compels me to proclaim: At least we knew how to protest.

    I feel that way too, but I have to keep reminding myself to be careful what I wish for. 

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    • December 8, 2019, at 2:27 PM PST
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  23. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Boomer pride compels me to proclaim: At least we knew how to protest.

    Protests often meant greater availability of wine, weed, and women with poor judgement and low standards. Almost made you wish that the Vietnam War would go on forever.

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    • December 8, 2019, at 2:34 PM PST
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