With all the hoopla surrounding the G20 meeting in Toronto this weekend, I've been trying to get a handle on the exact nature of the planned and ongoing protests and marches. What exactly are they protesting? I mean, there's no lack of horseshit that needs to be protested against, but protesting that “inequality” exists is a little like marching against sunburns or dumb blonde people. Understandable but ultimately pointless. The funniest thing I heard was a commentary that Zoltan McFlinty & Lindabill Blair's expansion of police powers was the“galvanizing issue” onto which all manner of pissy protestor from anti-goat-farming activists to flat earth proponents to natives complaining that we stole their land could mutually glom on to. Jesus Christ, you can't be serious. Protesting the need for all this security is the justification for the marches that the security is apparently there in the first place for? Talk about flying up your own ass and billing me while you do it.
How is it that we allowed the politico/corporate/industry clowns to spend all this money protecting themselves from a bunch of anti-everything wahoos in the centre of the biggest city in Canada on the first full weekend of the summer? Why aren't they holding this giant circle jerk in an empty field in Saskatchewan or in downtown Detroit where nobody lives? It just boggles the mind and drains the spirit.
The most dramatic emotion I can conjure up for this circus of banality is apathy. Is it any wonder regular people feel so helpless when it comes to effecting real change in the world. It's pointless when leaders feel it necessary to isolate themselves from their constituents behind 3 metre fences and 20,000 rented cops and demonstrator yobs smash windows at Swiss Chalets and downtown coffee shops. Gut instinct – fuck them all. Quite frankly I'm sick to death of Syd Ryan, David Miller, Bill Blair, Stephen Harper and anarchists dressed in black. What we need is an international law that forbids gatherings of more than 3 world leaders in any one place at any one time. There should be 6 or 7 separate and smaller G3 meetings and a memo with the results forwarded to Goldman Sachs for approval and implementation.
And seriously 19,000 cops couldn't stop 30 thugs from breaking a bunch of store windows. What the fuck are they there for then? Lindabill.... you've got some 'splain'n to do. Miller is angry again - well, what did you expect, ya fuckin' idiot? It's beyond me how anyone could listen to Miller talk and fight the urge to just wander over a slap him every time he opens his whining craw.
Of the interesting bits and bites written about this G20, the fact that security at the 2009 U.S. G20 meeting cost $18 million while ours cost in excess of $1 billion, give or take $100 million, proves what exactly? That we're idiots perhaps? Christopher Hume wrote a breathtakingly original and well-considered piece in the Star today about the message all those fences and locked-down security sends. It's worth a read. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/827478--hume-seeing-the-world-through-dark-coloured-glasses
At least the Conservatives have kiboshed any chance of electing one of their own in the GTA as a result of this ill-planned fiasco.
But seriously..... fuck them. They should elect a representative from each side, plunk them down on an island and have them fight it out to the death a la John Boorman's 1968 Hell in the Pacific. Syd Ryan versus German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a pantsuit deathmatch would be particularly interesting.