Video from America : Street protest —Washington DC #inauguration

Footage direct from a reader on site today….


Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.


Filed under Democracy, Events, Geography, Hot air, People, Police, Politics, Public interest

13 responses to “Video from America : Street protest —Washington DC #inauguration

  1. Elizabeth

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    2017/01/19 at 6:25 pm

    This may not be the right thread the right forum and no one may read it, but Barack Obama made one fundamentally important statement in his closing address to the press (amongst a lot of good sense).

    He stated that the amount of money spent on election in democracy should be monitored and controlled.

    In a very small way Dunedin is a fine example of that – messages on the back of buses by incumbents is a great example, PR companies providing free advice to the Mayor and others, if you are not concerned about this you should be. The Greens’ national body supporting financially their nominees is in fact a major indictment on our method of management, it provides bias, stupidity, collusion and a number of other problems too numerous to mention. The only answer is no spending, no advertising, one term election, and ideally no payment to councillors and mayor.

    Contracts should then be scrutinised by outside groups with no connection to Dunedin.

    Only in this way we will eliminate corruption, advance the interests of the populace instead of the elected and local government employees.

  2. Gurglars

    Far better to rail against Trump- Pence when you could have promoted

    Clinton- Dollars

    Who lost and if you don’t get it remember that history repeats itself.

    Tulips- Are the Dutch so smart
    The Pacific Bubble- Are the British so Smart
    Re-election of Cull- We know you’re all dills.

    Basically, if the general populace believe it then there’s a bloody big chance you will get robbed.

    See speeding fines, parking fines, traffic lights, booze buses and yet the greatest problem on our roads is foreigners driving on the wrong side of the road.
    So you can be assured that those drivers will be prosecuted for scratching an eyelid, talking to others in the car, farting in bed and any other amelioration which will appease the dumb masses who invested in Tulips, the Pacific and voted for Cull de Mayor.

  3. Peter

    God Bless America. They need all the blessings they can get.
    Thank God you and l don’t live there.

  4. Elizabeth


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017
    ODT Editorial: The Trump presidency
    OPINION Donald Trump is soon to become the 45th president of the United States, a political outcome which has divided not only America but also many parts of the world. Mr Trump won the presidential election last year, seeing off Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, who was expected to become the first female president of the US. Many people wrote off Mr Trump’s chances, calling him all sorts of names. But the underbelly of American politics had become too much for some voters to take. Those voters were angry enough at the perceived anointment of Democratic royalty to the presidency and took action accordingly.

    ….reports from the US say tens of thousands of people are preparing to protest on the streets of Washington DC during inauguration week. While some will march in support of the president or various causes, a growing number will be show their opposition to the newly-elected president and his administration. Cont/

  5. Simon

    Why aren’t the people of Dunedin marching in protest at a predicated 3% rate increase, plus all the other council increased charges to cover up a weak council governance ?

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    It would be like marching against earthquakes.
    Once certain conditions have been reached, whether tectonic plates far underground or financial stresses, what happens next is inevitable.
    We have had decades of debt, decades of basic tasks not done.
    We have had decades of a small number of well-meaning incompetents who enabled mismanagers to thrive. There was dishonesty, there was wilful determination to rampage ahead on mismanagers’ pet projects instead of their real jobs, there were fairly competent people who went along with mismanagement because boat-rockers get such a hard time….
    ….even though they are nearly always proven right, with time.
    By that time it’s too late, the mismanagers have done us over and all but the most monstrously arrogant have departed to the Lakes District, or other “Roads”.

  7. Elizabeth

    Through allegiance to the United States, “we will rediscover our loyalty to each other”. –Donald Trump

    Sat, 21 Jan 2017
    ODT: Trump sworn in as US President
    Donald Trump [70] has taken power as the 45th president of the United States, pledging to pursue “America First” policies in an inaugural address that was a populist, anti-Washington rallying cry. Sketching a bleak vision of a country he said was ravaged by rusted-out factories, crime, gangs and drugs, Trump indirectly blamed his predecessors in the White House for policies that helped the establishment at the expense of struggling families. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” the Republican told hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the National Mall after taking the oath of office on the West Front of the US Capitol. Cont/

    “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” Trump said, describing the country’s social and economic ills as “American carnage.”

    NBC News Streamed live 12 hours ago
    The 58th Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump (Full Video) | NBC News
    Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, outlining his forceful vision of a new national populism and echoing the same “America first” mantra that swept him to victory last November.
    NBC News is a leading source of global news and information.

  8. pb

    Seems that advancing an opinion in support of Trump risks faux social media outrage. Nice to see a neutral perspective at least.

    The marching reminds me of the reverse adulation when Obama was elected.

    If you see a fraud, and don’t call fraud, you are a fraud. This vitriol is fraud. The American political system is badly inbred, and needed new blood. What the marchers and commentators fear most, around the world, is that he might just succeed.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Pb, get off the grass, “he might just succeed”! OTOH I’m somewhat with you. A different shape of fail could be a blessing for some in the US, a different group from those who benefited from previous “successes”.
      New blood would be good. Less interference overseas could mean less bloodshed overseas in the name of “democracy” and “protection”. More bloodshed at home?
      ?, ? and ?.

  9. Gurglars

    What is so wearing is that the now certain left wing bias by New Zealand journalists continually highlighting the opposition to Trump. We know that half of the US citizens that can or did vote are anti Trump and pro a woman Hillary Clinton.

    But Umpires call! Get over it and find something to do except robbing the public which has been the main mantra of public servants and therefore Washington insiders for decades. Get a real job, or go knitting, macrame, sweeping, vacuuming, growing vegetables etc.

    Just get off the TV so we can cut down the news to half an hour and the weather reports to 1 per night.

    • Pb

      Yes let’s hat tip the practical person. I recently dug a stormwater drain in the yard. 10m long, 1 foot deep, lots of pick axe work. PVC glue. Drainpipes. 1:100 fall. What a rush!

      Experts are a busted flush. Have you heard in the news about the scientific replication crisis. Vast majority of scientific journals out of academia, fail to replicate!!! They are clueless, educated idiots. Rushing papers out that have a less than coin toss chance of repeating.

      Half an hour once a week is enough. We are so thoroughly connected, why bother rehashing through the “news” ritual. Disconnect. The soviet-university experts have failed.

  10. Elizabeth

    The start of the revolution *gulp

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