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What would get you Rioting for real?

By johnboy - 17 June 2011 61

You might have been surprised by news that Vancouver had a pretty lively riot yesterday.

A prosperous anglo city with a population well under a million, generally considered nice but a little dull and there they are torching cars.

John Dolan in The Exiled has a good take on the culture of the thing which finishes like this:

So why should I mind if somebody else’s truck contributes a few minutes of black plastic smoke to the empty mirror HQ buildings downtown?

You’ll even see a shot of the black smoke rising from downtown Vancouver in this RT clip and you tell me if it doesn’t make the whole dull wealthy inhuman place look interesting and lively for a few minutes. There are very few cities in the world which would not be briefly enlivened by black smoke rising from the financial district.

Surely if Vancouver can riot we could too here in Canberra?

But what would it take to get you out in the streets setting fire to things and smashing windows?

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p1 11:25 am 20 Jun 11

damnintellectuals said :

Comparing Canberra to Vancouver? You have to be joking, right? ….. The numbers of homeless in Vancouver is astounding (Canberra has no East Hastings)…..

The main reason that Vancouver has so many homeless (tried sleeping outdoors in Calgary in winter?) as the effect of decreasing the homeless rate in Canberra (why be homeless here, when it is much warmer in Brisbane?).

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