Violent suppression of protest at Toronto's G20 - CBC documentary

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's report on the chaos, violence and mass-scale civil rights abuses at the Toronto G20 summit last year paints a damning picture of a police force out of control, using violence and intimidation to shut down peaceful protest.
It's been eight months since the G20 and the iconic images are still with us -- burning police cars, rampaging mobs, the massive security presence that according to the official story is all that stood between Canada's largest city and chaos. But that's not the whole story of Toronto's G20. Astonishing new images caught on camera are now emerging and they expose a troubling new picture of what happened to hundreds of ordinary citizens caught in the huge police dragnet during those three highly-charged days last June.

Gillian Findlay presents a revealing new street-level perspective of what happened when thousands of police were deployed in downtown Toronto and instructed to do what was necessary to ensure the wall around the G20 Conference Centre was never breached. Exclusive eyewitness video obtained by the fifth estate brings to light startling images captured on cellphones and minicams by the innocent bystanders who found themselves on the wrong side of all that G20 "order." In a rare television interview, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair explains why police took the actions they did.

The whole 45-minute streaming mini-doc is available at the link below. It's strong stuff.

Updated to add: This video makes me ashamed to be a Canadian. Our national identity is so bound up in being "good" -- respecting civil rights, being reasonable. Canada's bad moments are supposed to be isolated incidents or distant history. But this looks like footage from Tunis, not Toronto. The idea that Toronto's police chief doesn't know about this and that he'll somehow now hold the police to account now that someone's told him that it happened is just so ridiculous on its face. If the Chief couldn't even get his officers to wear their badges and nametags as they used extreme force against peaceful protesters, conducted warrantless raids, and made Auschwitz jokes as they jammed more prisoners into their detention cells, how can we expect him to hold them to account now?

You Should Have Stayed at Home (Thanks, Bzilla, via Submitterator!)

(Image: G20 == Tense, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from salty_soul's photostream)


  1. I feel like if Tunisia, Egypt and Madison had happened before the G20 things would have been different. Or, if they’d been the same, then the protests after the G20 would have been stronger.

    I’m looking forward to a real documentary about the whole weekend though. Something that goes into why people were protesting, what were the G20 leaders even talking about, and the long-term effects of the meeting. Effects on the world economy, and on individuals in Toronto.

  2. i remember the protests after the toronto police raided a gay bath house in…was it 78? back then most gay men sported policeman moustaches which gave the police the idea to infiltrate the march and start trouble. they were very soon found out by some keen protesters and everybody kept a wide berth of them. they were found out. it made the press i think. i don’t remember what happened after that.

  3. Just remember, Cory, the bad cops (including Bill Blair or Fantino) are a small subset of the Canadian population. Even CTV was brutal and repeated the ‘planted’ accusations of the police car.

    Even the cop standing beside Officer Bubbles thought he might be taking it a little too far.

    Most Canadians, even most cops, are still ‘good’.

    PS. Never underestimate human nature as exhibited in the Stanford Prison Experiment, or Milgram for that matter.

    PPS. Also never underestimate gallows humour.

    1. “Even the cop standing beside Officer Bubbles thought he might be taking it a little too far.”

      But the officer did nothing to stop Bubbles, did they?

  4. The notion that TO’s police chief had no idea what going on is indeed risible – he obviously had a hand in the planning, execution and coverup – but I have no doubt at all he was taking his orders from Ol’ Shark Eyes himself – the PM. This is the kind of strongarm, thuggish tactic that Stephen Harper excels at, be it against Opposition MPs, members of his own Caucus or the Canadian people. He’s doing his damnedest to turn Canada into a police state – all in the name of “law and order” – and to hell with human rights in the process.

    On a lighter note, cartoonists have been having a field day w. Harper’s usual hypocrisy:

  5. Pretty shocking footage. Even though there were a few rioters, the police response seemed to be disproportianate. Seems like they were waiting for an excuse and even provoking trouble in places.
    Police are like McDonald’s – same sloppy shit no matter what country you’re in.

  6. I’m glad I watched this. I’m about one thousand kilometres from Toronto, and the separation is more than physical, it’s almost emotional; this didn’t happen in my backyard, and while I read the news and felt some outrage, I haven’t done anything to express my disapproval. Taylor’s right: that has to change.

    As much as I hate Harper (and I do), this didn’t start with the G20 summit. The earliest I remember was APEC, in ’97, where police pepper-sprayed peaceful protestors and made extensive use of laws that allowed them to pre-emtively detain people for a period of time (24 hrs?) without laying any charges. Why we have these rights-violating laws is beyond me.

    That’s not even bringing up Blair and the fact that he made up a law. He’s either a liar or a strikingly ill-informed, ignorant man. Either way, he shouldn’t still be working.

    (P.S. CBC, I love you, but if you want people to watch your shows online, they shouldn’t have to fight with the media player. Upwards of eight times the video self-advanced to the next commercial break/chapter mark. Very irritating.)

  7. Follow the money. Where did the $2 billion go? That’s right $2 billion on a event that lasted a few days. Street improvements finished months after and in towns not even involved with any of the G20 goings on.

    Prove political graft, demand financial accountability.

  8. The whole reprehensible fiasco was pure bloody-minded theatre orchestrated with the intent to show G20 leaders that Dead-Eye Dickless Harper is “on side” with exercising a forceful fascist agenda. That our own police were used in such a contemptible manner – bolstered by “reinforcements” of out of town yahoos eager to crack skulls – makes it all the more heinous. This kind of nonsense cannot be allowed to continue nor escalate – it has to stop now – and those responsible, all the way to the top, must be held accountable. No more!

    1. Unfortunately, Robbo, this kind of ‘nonsense’ has been going on for a long time here in good ol’ Canada. My own first experience with it occured in the early 90s in Montréal at a street-blocking protest organized to draw attention to the shameful tactics of Montréal’s police, who had violently broken up a peaceful, legal warehouse party in the city’s “gay neighbourhood” the night before. The first thing most of the cops did upon confronting us was to remove their name badges – closely followed by pulling on rubber gloves. You know – can’t be too careful when dealing with “tappettes”.

  9. In my experience, the people who most want to be a cop, are the people least suited for the job.

  10. Cory: Don’t be ashamed to be Canadian. The same thing happened in the UK the year before, and we didn’t get a documentary like this…

  11. As a lifetime resident of Toronto, I was shocked to witness this type of over the top state violence on my city streets, not really surprised by the police conduct but truly amazed that it was happening in sleepy apathetic Toronto.

    Rational: Political Theatre, police training and the suppression of future political dissent.

    Result: Future payouts of millions in compensation and (optimistically) the radicalization of a previously apolitical youth.

    I went out as an artist and became a protester as a result.

    Blog posts:

    flickr set:

  12. I’m amazed as a Canadian to see the schism between those who can see the obvious injustice at work here, and those who even now continue to say things like: you should have stayed home. There is a dark undercurrent in this country of seriously regressive, uneducated people.

    If this continues to happen, it won’t be long before citizen Makers show up on the street with nameless, badgeless riot suits and shields indistinguishable from police. Imagine a line of riot cops advancing on protestors that suddenly dissolves into its own miniature riot…

    Away run the fake cops around a corner – rinse and repeat.

  13. You may also be interested to know that the 15th of March is a special holiday for senators: Bring Your Knife to Work Day!

    In all seriousness though, I’m very glad to hear about this Documentary. I hope lots of people can see it.

  14. The day before the G20 started police were literally swarming the streets. I never felt so unsafe and fearful in my entire life.

    I saw a group of 12 or so officers isolate two young men just walking down the street. The young guys were ordinary looking and doing nothing to warrant the intimidation. They looked scared. I was walking towards them and decided to turn back and walk in another direction. I was scared and intimidated just by the police presence. After all they carry guns!

    I was so angry that the police who are there to ‘serve and protect’ frightened me…..and I still am. Toronto’s chief of police is a despicable man concerned with propping up shameful practices amongst his own officers and less interested in serving and protecting the people.

    I’m not ashamed of being Canadian or Torontonian but I’m thoroughly ashamed of the police perpetrators and the governments who sanctioned the practice.

  15. I’d like to recommend you read, But Not in Canada! Smug Canadian Myths Shattered by Harsh Reality by Walter Stewart if you’d like to have your eyes opened about our history of “politeness”.

    Power and money, even a mild amount of it, turns any human being into a complete piece of shit.


  16. This essay “Arseholes considered as a strategic resource” is unpleasantly enlightening in explaining a fair amount of police behavior, and public acceptance thereof.

  17. While not so populated, Pittsburgh’s G20 police detail also provoked people, did the kettling thing, and used tear gas and sonic weapons on the local populace. They parked their sonic weapons truck a couple hundred feet from Pitt’s dorms, and let ‘er rip. My mom was gassed going out for coffee. G20 is supposed to be something about global financial stuff? It seems to just fuck up the local cities, wtf.

  18. So what would happen if protestors had a front line of protection consisting of people that are trained and riot geared equally as the cops, because they are protecting the protestors, would that be illegal??

  19. I’ve seen this posted several places in the last couple of days, and although I haven’t watched it, I probably will have to now. I’m still so god damn angry about the whole situation, even eight months later. It reminds me of protests in Chicago in 2003, and even there the situation wasn’t as fucked up as this was. This was literally a situation where cops were brought in from other parts of the country to bust heads and laugh about it. And because every one else in Canada likes to shit on Toronto, nothing will be done. Now McGuinty has said there won’t even be a provincial inquiry? He should be the first person asking questions- this was the Feds coming on to his manor and fucking things up! Blair and Fantino both need to answer for this, as well as the individual cops on the line!

    I feel like Harper is fucking laughing at us!

    1. Harper IS laughing at us. Read “Harperland” to see just how hard, and how we let it happen.

      1. I know, I wasn’t in the country for a lot of the time during his rise. I probably should have been.

  20. This whole incident has really removed the mask of what Canada claims to be and what Canada really is, to me. Those that I’ve talked to on the conservative end of the political spectrum immediately blame Miller (Toronto’s then leftist mayor) and McGuinty (the Premier and leader of the Ontario Liberal Party) or claim “you should have stayed at home” and those on the left end of the political spectrum blame Conservative Prime Minister Harper and the police chief or RCMP. It’s really disturbing how polarizing this country is becoming, and how powerless it feels we are to correct even glaring abuses of power like what happened at the G20. And the overall passivity of Canadian citizens regarding an issue like this is depressing. Canada is not the country we thought it was, and I worry about where this is going.

  21. I’m glad people are finally paying attention to the police, but this behaviour is nothing new, these attitudes, the bad “jokes”, the extreme violence, and the “we’re the good guys and can’t do wrong” machismo; is nothing new. What is new is that it was all directed at peaceful white middle class kids.

    Ask someone living in assisted housing if this is new. Ask a visible minority if this is new. Ask someone living on the street if this is new. Ask a sex worker if this is new. None of this new.

    The only thing new is that it was caught on camera. Think about it. If this is how they act when they know cameras are on them, how do they act when they are no cameras on them? Don’t trust the police.

  22. Don’t forget to also check out the FULL Interview with Chief Bill Blair on the CBC website as well. It’s a very telling interview. You can easily tell when he is lying. He rarely blinks, he looks around for answers, and generally doesn’t get the questions.
    What you see in the show is only a snippet of the actual interview.

  23. Its the american influence of depressing democratic rights at all costs. Did´nt those copy arrest a protester for blowing soab bubbles?

    Freedom of speech and expression is a crime!

  24. Yeah, I really still don’t get how the following pans out in a constitutional democracy:

    (i) Declare the existence of a fake law
    (ii) Enforce that fake repressively
    (iii) Nonchalantly admit that just made that shit up
    (iv) ???
    (v) Business as usual

    I mean, isn’t this precisely what the Charter is supposed to protect us from?

    1. You’re forgetting Article 34 of the Charter: “Except for Dirty Fucking Hippies.”

      As for the claim that “you should have stayed home” – aside from the disgustingly undemocratic nature of the sentiment, it was entirely possible to get picked up even if you basically DID stay home. I stayed far away from downtown and still ended up in the middle of a police raid. Hundreds of riot cops descended on my neighbourhood (Parkdale) when I just happened to be walking home from buying quilting pins. If I’d been 2 minutes earlier, I would have been rounded up – as it was, I took notes and pictures for the CCLA. This was 5km from downtown and nowhere near any other protest. There was just a convergence centre where people could get food and rest in the basement of the neighbourhood legal clinic. This was where the Officer Bubbles incident happened – and there were absolutely people there who got picked up who had nothing to do with any protest and were walking in their own neighbourhood.

      The fact that Harper and McGuinty are still refusing to hold a public inquiry is a complete disgrace.

  25. I got about 5 minutes in before I was shaking too much to click straight, spent the rest of the day watching Jpod as a Unicorn Chaser.
    The protesters SHOULD have stayed at home, peaceful protest pretty much only works when you can form a human wave. Protesters that are less well equipped, trained, disciplined and organized than a police force that ALSO outnumbers them is just a recipe for ineffectual disaster.
    So yeah… some of us that think the protesters should have stayed at home think so because we actually want to win this fight. Pick your battles and don’t attack where the enemy is STRONGEST!!!

    1. Wrong line of thinking.

      The problem is there is no “protest culture” in North America. When was the last time huge amounts of people went onto the streets? Back in the 60s in the US to protest against the Vietnma war?

      The reality is that North Americans by and large are too complacent and cops have no idea how to deal with protesters, so they overreact.

      I grew up during tumults times in Germany and although cops there lately started to get a bit more “trigger happy” as well.

      And no, staying home is not the answer. More people need to come out and it has to build, you don’t achieve that by sitting at home and thinking: “Geez, if only more people would be willing to go on the street.”

      1. Ahh… probably too late for this comment to mean much… oh well.
        I’m not suggesting that the protesters do nothing… I’m saying that the tactics currently being deployed are based on those events from the 60s when you could depend on both the novelty of the action and quite often overwhelming numerical superiority.
        For example… Toronto was heavily fortified, police resources were drawn from all over the country and concentrated in a very small region… so why not send the buses to Ottawa, where you KNOW the police presence has been weakened? Rather than confronting a shieldwall of armed, armoured and trained men and women who have, essentially, a prepared position to operate from… strike where their weakest. The same groups that tried to get into the G20 meeting itself could probably have occupied Parliament Hill without breaking a sweat.
        The G20 protests just played out as a half assed re-enactment of pretty much any barbarian tribe trying to stand up to a Roman Legion…

  26. Heck, I remember waiting in line to see Soundgarden in toronto ’91? ’92 after the Rodney King verdicts and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Anybody remember those riots? The police would just start swinging their truncheons on their mounts and you must be guilty cause you are running away from them. It’s the same with following through with a decapatation in hockey, I’m just following orders.

  27. Nice to see your Canadian calm can be ruffled by this. Now, please do handle this well, punish the guilty appropriately, and show us up again, already.

  28. I consider this event a litmus test for the public servants. Did they serve the public successfully? Or did they abuse the public and served someone else’s interests while oppressing and hurting the very people who pay their salaries? The ones they swore to serve and protect?

    I think it is clear that many of these public servants are unfit for their jobs and can not be trusted with the power and responsibilities they have been given.

    The only way to reinstall the trust in the institution of police is to see each and every individual who behaved against the law and police officer code of conduct and/or abused their power, be removed from its ranks. Anything else would only reinforce the issue of abusing power, abusing human rights, empowering a corrupt (as in lacking integrity) institution unfit to serve its purpose.

    tl;dr If you hire a bodyguard and your bodyguard assaults you, the only wise recourse is to fire them.

    Go Canadians, show us how it’s done!

    1. The only problem is, the political system in Canada is set up to minimize the influence that the largest population centers have on national politics. This has some advantages, but in this case there is no-one to hold accountable the people who made these decisions. Both the federal and provincial (Ontario) governments have said they will not investigate. This is like your neighbor who doesn’t like you hiring a bodyguard for you, and then having that bodyguard beat you up.

  29. Meanwhile Harper’s government is running increasingly strong attacks on the CBC, and trying to change content laws to make things easier for Sun Media to launch its far right-wing channel. That way, next time this happens we won’t have to get upset about the details.

    Dear Canadians, please stop voting for this party. All the corruption that made you justifiably abandon the Liberals has happened again at least twice as much.

  30. I was especially outraged by all this since my god daughter was ‘disappeared” with her friend “Bubble Girl” for over a day for no particular reason. Here’s my favourite points on all of this:

    1 – So-called “Chief” of Police Bill Blair never disciplines any member of his force unless Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star prints blindingly obvious evidence of their crimes on the front page for about a week. (Sample posting: 1/2 page clear blowup of the face of an officer beating someone for laffs. Blair had said he had no evidence to charge any particular officer. Headline “Hey Chief – is *this* enough ‘evidence’ for you?”). His salary should go to Rosie since she is the sole supervisor of the force at any level of government. The provincial Special Investigations Unit is a pathetic joke: police forces just dump official letters from them in the garbage, unopened, as there are no consequences for doing so.

    2 – Adjusted for inflation, the cost of a CN tower is about $250,000,000 in today’s dollars: probably less given the current exchange rates for US goods. For the $1,000,000,000 “security” budget I have proposed that we should have built 4 more of them and strung a nifty cable car network between them to help solve our gridlock problems. Hopefully they will the next time that the citizen’s of Canada decide to drop $1,000,000,000 dollars on the city with no strings attached and no oversight.

    3- The astro-turfing, knee-jerk apologists for the cops often come up with the lie that the innocent people who were arrested were either protesters who were unfortunately caught up in the violence at the event or that they were people who foolishly followed the mayor’s advice to “come on down and show the world that we’re not afraid of a few troublemakers” and were also caught up in said violence. Both statements are bald-faced lies with no merit of any kind. ALL of the arrests were miles distant and a day removed from any protester violence. No one was charged with rioting, few were charged with any violent act and none of the over 1,000 people arrested has yet been convicted of anything: over 900 charges have been dropped or dismissed as the police gathered no evidence to support them. Probably over half of those arrested were not protesters and had no interest in the G20 proceedings but were random residents of Toronto arrested as they did things like go out for a smoke or go grocery shopping.

    This last is especially galling. It seems like no one will admit that people actually live in Toronto!!!! No, honest, it’s true: I have consulted Top Scientists and Learned Scholars and they all (astoundingly) agree that about 200,000 people live within a mile of the G20 convention centre. It would seem that Toronto isn’t just a tourist attraction that closes down on the weekends. But the police are ignorant of this and just assumed that (although no evacuation orders were given) that anyone in the city must have been a protester.

    4- None of the revelations of an out-of-control police force are new. Anyone who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention (the members of the Toronto Police Services Board are not, by the way, in this group) knows that the force has been out of control for about a decade.

  31. Yes we’re shocked, ashamed, outraged – but how many people will do something besides comment here?

    1. Is there a Canadian counterpart to the ACLU? That’s who I send money to every time I see something like this happening in my country.

      1. Yes…the CCLA.

        They just released their 59 page report based on hearing held in Toronto and Montreal in November. I have yet to read it, but it’s not flattering. Neither was the report from the Ontario Ombudsman. I’m still waiting to hear back from the OIPRD. I’m assuming at this point my complaint is within the systemic review of policing at the summit. The downside to all of this is that it’s NOT JUST the 1100 that were arrested. Its ALSO the tens of thousands of people searched without justification. And people can’t seem to get over the fact that the “response was appropriate” given the broken windows, not realizing that the timeline is what is important. They STILL confuse VIOLENCE with VANDALISM, and think the 10,000 or more protesters were responsible for the ‘riot’… not the 100 that actually were. Not that a riot was actually declared as the law actually states MUST be done, and give people time to disperse. HELL, that was the justification used in the training manual for using the LRADS…due to a case in 2000 that resulted in no charges due to the Riot Act NOT being invoked (and REALLY bad paperwork…).

    2. You read my mind!

      I was just thinking, “Hey, this page seems to be lacking in fatalistic negativity.”

  32. This documentary leaves out an important aspect – the CBC’s own complicity in covering up what happened at the time

    This is the first real acknowledgement by the CBC of the cops letting the mini-riot happen on the first day, standing by a few tens of meters away – at the time the CBC filmed and reported on the vandalism, but “forgot” to show or mention the hundreds of nearby cops who didn’t stop it.

    It also gives the police administration a free pass, as odd as it may sound. The worst the CBC is willing to accuse them of is incompetence – they accept as honest, if misguided, the cops’ justification for breaking up the peaceful demos – that they were trying to catch the people from the day before (whom they had through no fault of their own let escape at the time, and enen though they had no plausible way of identifying them even if they did catch a few of them).

    Never once does the report even raise the possibility that the vandals were allowed to get away on first day specifically so there would be an excuse for the already pre-planned violence on the second day. If they’d stepped in and caught the vandals the first day, they couldn’t have pretended to be going after them on the second.

  33. Cory,

    What you probably ought to be ashamed of is the sense that Canadians are better (you used the word “good”) than anyone else in the first place.

    Canadians are exactly like everyone else. Don’t think so? Read Joy Kogawa’s *Obasan*

    Triva question: What was the difference between Canadian and American treatment of Japanese descended citizens in WWII?

    A: In the US, we let them go back ‘home’ (I use that term loosely ~ literally, they were allowed to return to the west coast). In Canada you didn’t. Nice. But I bet you guys didn’t talk about that in school, did you?


    1. Being Canadian should mean something good and something important.

      If we WANT it to mean we are level headed and treat each other with respect and compassion then that’s a high ideal we have to strive for!

      There will always be bad seeds that fuck things up for the better of our population but we shouldn’t lose sight of our ideals, always strive to be better and to fucking hell with anyone who thinks everything is relative!

    2. Yes, I’ve always wondered about this general smug assumption that we’re in morally superior to the Yanks in any way shape or form. Although I’d known the guy for years I hadn’t clued in to the fact that, since he was of Japanese descent and of a certain age, he’d of course spent WWII in one of the many concentration camps that dotted Ontario in those days. At the end of the war there was basically just an announcement that the place was closing down now and that the inhabitants should “be on your way now”. It’s also pretty well been proved that the people in charge of the west coast ethnic cleansing did so even though they knew that there was no danger from these people. As is the case with all ethnic cleansing the motive was cash: those in charge helped themselves to the property of the displaced citizens with both hands.

      And of course, we’ve never treated our Aboriginal population with anything approaching the (relatively) kind and loving manner that they’ve been treated in the States. The Third World infant mortality rates in our Autonomous Homelands (or “Reservations” as I think you call them) are much higher here. Probably because we’ve never gotten around to supplying them with reliable drinking water.

  34. For as much as I dislike yank politics I have to say this is a really disgusting turn in Canada to the far right.

    The fact that it happened is unforgivable, the fact that we aren’t rushing into the streets, burning buildings and demanding the heads of the police officers involved is really the most troubling.

    Have Canadians become as cynical, fascist, selfish and short sighted as our neighbours to the south that we cant understand when we should be outraged and act accordingly?

  35. The more I see this shit the more it seems like a good idea to go buy a high-powered sniper rifle.

  36. I know for a fact from friends’ accounts that there was sexual harrassment of woman protesters and special harrassment for Quebecois protesters: being pulled over for having Quebec plates well outside the area of the protests, then having their car searched and being brought in for having anarchist litterature in the car. Which is *political repression*.

  37. I always thought of Canada as one of the few ”functional” countries in the world. This is however disappointing.

    1. Additionally, they’re now also raping their lands for the tar sands.

      They’re importing the wrong kinds of ideas from the USA.

  38. @Anon in reply to Snowrunner
    It seems that you don’t really understand the democratic right to hold demonstrations and assemble in public. Which is kind of sad. Nobody wants to start a civil war here, we want to exercise hour rights without infringement.

  39. I watched it all because I care and don’t want to turn a blind eye on possible abuse, I was disappointed at the level of stupidity on display.

    This will be taken as offensive but needs saying so at least those who are truly sincere can have a chance of hearing it and thinking about it: people comparing the meager contents of the 45 minute program with real strife for freedom are completely out of their minds and possibly blessedly unaware of how much so and what an insult they represent to real sacrifice. There is nothing in common, misplaced tantrums completely ineffective against an insulated elite are not revolutions and have not one bit of lasting effect. What is worse is that such “protests” as the ones in Canada derails many uninvolved from even thinking about real attempts at betterment because “the opposition” gives the impression of being nothing but ill-intentioned manipulative troublemakers (that is why you don’t gain more support, it’s not at all hard to see from the outside).

    To anyone who is offended: please throw away counterproductive tactics created by communists and nazis in the 1930ies and do something truly constructive instead, just about anything is better than what you’re currently attempting and the only thing you’re succeeding in is making yourself your own enemy and ensuring your own continued defeat. When “we” finally defeat the elites you will have no part in it unless you’ve abandoned acting out as a freakish sideshow for the media and world at large.

    And please people: stop crying wolf. Every time you make something seem much worse than it really is people ignore “the usual suspects” a bit more. As do I, and it is a shame because perhaps you actually could have made a real difference? Or maybe that’s not really something these people will ever have to offer unless as perceived by others inside their own little bubble worlds? That would be called preaching to the choir.

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