Msllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
This was forwarded to me this morning by a friend of mine. An interesting and, I think, a real American kind of thing to do. I felt that the A.net community would be the perfect place to post it. What do you think?
"Subject: silent protest
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 17:31:31 -0500
Inauguration Day, Silent Protest
Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in
Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to
oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not
One Damn Dime Day" in America.
On "Not One Damn Dime Day", those who oppose what is happening in
our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all
forms of consumer spending.
During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one
damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for
impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.
For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy
The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in
Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting
it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.
"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for
the people of the United States of America, not for the
international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the
corporations and funnel cash into American politics.
There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing
agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by
doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.
For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our
religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility
to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.
Please share this email with as many people as possible. -- "
May every one have a happy and healthy New Year in 2005
There's nothing more beautiful than flying into the dawn.
ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3435 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1043 times:
Of course nobody will do it. Even if they did it wouldn't make any difference. What they needed that day, they would buy the next. Businesses would suffer minimal spoilage.
This thing is just like all the other gags people try and put on. You remember how successful all those "Don't by gas on August 22" were.
You can't change anything by not buying your milk or shaving creme for one day. You people that disliked Bush so much should have gone out and convinced others to believe like you and CHANGED THE VOTE. That's the only way to get something done- don't reelect the ones you don't like.
Blackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1892 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
Too late. Your big chance was in November. If they did not hear you then, they will not hear you now. If it makes you happy, then do it, but please do not get pissed if your idea falls on deaf ears. I guess the only solace is in the fact that the man cannot be elected again.
Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 960 times:
Upon reflection I find that this idea is growing on me!
It will mean less morons on the roads, in the stores, in the club! Hey, I could get used to it!
You nut cases go ahead, play your "Not One Damned Dime Day"! Maybe we can turn it into a national holiday. All us normal folk with a bit of intelligence can get a lot done that day if we keep the nut jobs off the street, out of the stores, etc.
Hey, I have a question . . . Not One Damned Dime Day . . . that means no lights, (they cost $$$), no cooking (that costs $$$ too), no TV, no zippo. Don't drive anywhere either, fuel costs $$$ too!
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 925 times:
Pilotaydin - my friend, I think it will take a few more folks than the nut jobs above to impact the economy . . . a few thousand out of the entire population in the USA? Not likely even raise an eyebrow . . . won't even be noticed.
N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 914 times:
Thanks Pilotaydin. I was going to say other than killing all the infidels, isn't that what Osama wants, is to shut down the US economy? The only ones you will hurt is the business people. Some who may deserve it. But it won't teach the politicians anything. Nice try though.
Yhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 904 times:
You can't change anything by not buying your milk or shaving creme for one day
Well at first, I thought the same as ArmitageShanks but, come to think of it, in the specific case of shaving creme if you don't shave today you are not going to shave tomorrow which, technically speaking, means that shaving creme consumption would be down bu about 0.3% for the year!!!
As I was scratching my unshaven chin thinking about this I thought "Hey, how about a national "NO Shave" week as a way of protest? Think about all those unshaven guys going about their business (Ladies can participate too... think hairy legs!!)
Imagine at your average airport security check how many guys looking like recently recruited fanatics going through.....
[Edited 2005-01-01 23:29:29]
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you
Msllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9 Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 848 times:
You guys are a howl. Back from the movies.
ANCflyer.... Please feel free to take this the wrong way ( ). I know it's wildly dark this time of year in your hometown, and frequently chilly, so you have more time on your hands to fume over trivial stuff, so go at it. BTW... Do you really pay for your gym by the day? Personally, I think it's not cost effective.
Pitlotayden....it's seriously unlikely that "the US economy will take a hit"... so Osama will be foiled again.
You will all perhaps notice that in my original post, I didn't give any opinion one way or the other. One thing that came through loud and clear is that occasionally, the teenagers on this site get it right (It may be another example of give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters.... ect., but? ).
Bravo! Bravo7e7, you got it. Yes, the things you need for that day you will purchase the day before or wait and purchase it the day afterward. This is obviously designed to NOT put a hit on the American economy, but rather to be something curious, called a "PROTEST".
(The movie was pretty good.....House of Flying Daggers....wickedly good fight scenes)
There's nothing more beautiful than flying into the dawn.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12670 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 823 times:
Unfortunatly, due to security fears as to the President after 9/11 (some self-inflicted due to his policies in Iraq and in the USA) and the Bushies' paranoia (beginning to look like Nixon, which lead to his being forced out of office) open street protesting has become futile. The President and his handlers out of their blind loyalty, have isolated well away from Bush anybody with a negative message. This is further compounded by that even in his car in DC, and elsewhere, the windows are so tinted, he cannot see out anyway to notice protestors. Even then, protestors are so feared of containing terrorists among them, that they are kept far away from any chance of being seen. Only those whom are loyal and supportive of him catches his eye. I don't think this 'not a damm dime day' is the answer, but in today's futility to try to bypass the coroprate/rich control of our politicans (both Democrats and Republicans) some people want to do something symboic.
To me it would be better to go after the big bucks donators to all of the major party canidates. Maybe some individuals could go after those who buy the 'golden table' tickets at fundraisers for all major party canidates, shaming them into giving that money toward real charity. Publicity of big donators that get the ear of the policicans may shame them into reducing their future donations. We need to make politicans know that ALL voices need to be heard, not just the richest. We need to make sure that those whom are concerned about the enviorment, labor, trade and the poor who make up 90% of the voters get 90% of the attention of our politicans.
In the recent Presidential Campaign, over $500 MILLION was spent in the name of the canidates, and we want to only spend aobut $350 Million of government money to help the vicitms of the recent Tusiami. Something is badly out of balance.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 822 times:
Msllsmith: Do you really pay for your gym by the day
Nope, free, provided by my employer
This is obviously designed to NOT put a hit on the American economy, but rather to be something curious, called a "PROTEST"
I'm okay with this explanation . . . but, I'm not quite sure the fact that a paltry number of nut jobs is realllly gonna be missed out there . . .so my question is, what good is a protest if no one know's you're doing it!?
Glad you enjoyed the movie. Happy New Year! And the sun comes up here on the Arctic Ocean sometime late January again!
25 StowAway: Ltbwer, wrong. The President and his handlers out of their blind loyalty, have isolated well away from Bush anybody with a negative message. It has ne
26 ZKSUJ: What about if someone needs a bus to get to work (car pool is not an option)? It is a nice idea of protest, but I don't think it is practical.
27 Pilotaydin: well i hope your teenager reference wasn't to me, but anyways, i never said that the us would take a hit...and that's it for them... considering that
28 Msllsmith: Well, thank you all for your responses. I'm going to try to do a "SlamClick" here and kind of spill my guts. In advance I'm an admirer of Mr. "Click".
29 ANCFlyer: Msllsmith: Merryl (spelling is wrong) Field = Merrill http://www.airnav.com/airport/PAMR . . . . and yes, Peggy's restaurant does suck, except for the
30 Msllsmith: Well, thank you, honest to god, ANCFlyer for serving. I'll bet you WOULD do it again. And thanks for the uplink to Merrill field..... it's such an ama