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  •  I wasn't referring to this thread alone (0+ / 0-)

    In fact nowhere did I say such comments are in this thread (though some may appear in never know).  The problem is that you made a bad assumption and, based on that error, evidently got your back up. I would suggest that's your problem; not mine.

    I can assure you the idea that property destruction is "not violence" has been put forth in other comments, as noted below.

    I wasn't trying to make a "cheap shot."  I was merely highlighting that there are those on both sides of the issue who are torturing the word "violence" to mean what they want it to; no matter what the word actually means.

    As far as what I think, I believe the Occupy movement accomplished much in the first few weeks but is now overstaying its welcome like a weeks-old catfish.  I've been encouraging people to move on to other tactics, but without much traction. I believe the movement is on a trajectory that is not encouraging.

    On to the examples:

    Publius2008 had this to say:

    Just to say (6+ / 0-)

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        LaughingPlanet, averageyoungman, elwior, wu ming, Little, Knarfc

    property damage is not violence.

    And, just to be clear, when I called him or her on it, saying that would be true only if you want to redefine "violence," hy/she responded:  

    I do.

    Then there's this succinct statement by RanDomino:

    Vandalism is not violence (2+ / 0-)

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        ohmproject, Brown Thrasher

    by RanDomino on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 05:28:48 PM PDT

    I believe there was a diary with that as its subject but I can't find it so it may have been removed.

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