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Occupy Lawrence protester arrested after climbing onto Weaver’s roof

An Occupy Lawrence protester was taken into custody by the Lawrence police after being on top of Weaver’s Department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

November 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m. Updated November 5, 2011, 7:15 p.m.

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A protester affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group is taken from a crane into police custody at Ninth and Massachusetts streets on Nov. 5, 2011. The man, who has not yet been identified but whom protesters say is Shaun Maupin, was arrested after spending nearly an hour shouting from the roof of Weaver's in a mask.

A protester affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group is taken from a crane into police custody at Ninth and Massachusetts streets on Nov. 5, 2011. The man, who has not yet been identified but whom protesters say is Shaun Maupin, was arrested after spending nearly an hour shouting from the roof of Weaver's in a mask.

An Occupy Lawrence protester signals a peace sign to the crowd while being taken away by Lawrence Police after he was removed from the roof of Weaver's department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

An Occupy Lawrence protester signals a peace sign to the crowd while being taken away by Lawrence Police after he was removed from the roof of Weaver's department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

A man, identified by police as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, shouts at passersby and protesters from the roof of Weaver's, 901 Massachusetts St., Nov. 5, 2011. Maupin was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage to stolen property and theft.

A man, identified by police as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, shouts at passersby and protesters from the roof of Weaver's, 901 Massachusetts St., Nov. 5, 2011. Maupin was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage to stolen property and theft.

A man affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group was arrested Saturday afternoon from atop the roof of Weaver’s Department Store, 901 Mass.

The man, whom police identified as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, spent somewhere between a half-hour and an hour chanting slogans while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

Police blocked traffic on Massachusetts Street from 10th to Ninth streets before officers in a ladder vehicle arrested the man on the roof and brought him down and into custody.

Maupin was booked into the Douglas County Jail shortly after 1 p.m. on charges of criminal trespassing.

Sgt. Ted Bordman later said that Maupin would also be charged with misdemeanor theft and criminal damage of property. Bordman said that police had found a large vinyl banner belonging to a local apartment complex on the Weaver’s roof that police believed Maupin stole and spray-painted with a political slogan.

A large crowd of downtown passersby gathered at the intersection during the time Maupin was on the roof to “watch the spectacle,” as one man said to his young son.

Maupin was no longer in custody as of late Saturday afternoon, according to online records. Occupy Lawrence members said at their daily meeting in South Park that a representative paid Maupin’s $100 bail.

Present at the meeting, Maupin said that he did not want to be interviewed but read the assembly a draft of a statement that he said he would later send to the Lawrence Journal-World. When asked if he felt using public resources was effective for his cause, he said, “that’s what protesting is — civil disobedience.”

Jason Phoenix, who has served as a media representative for the group for several weeks, said that many, if not all, of those affiliated did not know of Maupin’s plans to scale the building ahead of time.

“Sean was making an action on his own,” he said.

Maupin said his arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 22.

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somedude20 2 years, 5 months ago

Look at this bright side: all the problems in America and the world are making death look much better than it did just 11 years ago. I have a strong feeling that the word "retire" will not mean quitting work but rather quitting life...hey, only 42 years until I retire

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

I am glad the person did not get harmed in his escapade, and even more glad the responders were not harmed. One should not endanger others. I also did not mean, by my remarks, that Weavers should not be regarded as a respected local store. I do wish they had retained the older more conservative women's wear. They now market to the younger, casual crowd. It use to be a sure bet to find a nice dress there for the more formal events. But that is their business. Good luck and continued commerce to Weavers. Do it Peaceful Occupy Stand in Unity

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lunacydetector 2 years, 5 months ago

is this guy any relation to the late maupin, as in 'maupintour' corporate travel industry, or just same last names?.......bet they're related

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cozborn 2 years, 5 months ago

every time they buy one of those masks the money goes to time warner... just saying

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps these miscreants should reflect on Guy Fawkes actual fate.

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woodscolt 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr maupin, your behavior needs to further the cause, not stand in the way of it. Pretty pathetic.

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camper 2 years, 5 months ago

OWS is relevant, local and global. I hope that they continue to peacefully voice reason in a sea of hypocrisy and ideology. We need to be listening to what they say.

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aria92 2 years, 5 months ago

My generation will be associated with this. I am so humiliated.

It's one thing to invoke change. This...this is beyond that. So far beyond that.

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Lumpdog 2 years, 5 months ago

Also, try to remember that it is much easier to criticize someone else who undertakes a great task than it is to undertake one yourself. It's not difficult to sit comfortably at home in front of your computer screen and snipe at the protesters and the movement. These people's convictions are so strong that their willing to endure the freezing cold to make their point. Ask yourself: how much have you done to change things for the better? As foolish as they might seem, they're actually trying to build something together, rather than just sitting around complaining in the comfort of our living rooms.

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Lumpdog 2 years, 5 months ago

By way of preface, I think that climbing on top of Weavers was rather stupid, if only because it brings the wrong kind of publicity to the movement. Weavers is a mainstay of Lawrence's downtown, and is precisely the kind of business that is under threat from multi-national corporations such as Wall Mart and the Gap.

Nonetheless, in response to those who disparage the movement for a lack of aim, they have already succeeded in changing the discourse rather dramatically. You call for them to provide answers and specific demands, but this is impossible so long as we are not asking the right questions as a country. They have brought us closer to the kinds of questions that we'll need to ask if we want to save our country, and the earth itself.

Furthermore, it's important for politicians to see that we're fed up. Unless their totally oblivious, the trust that they had just 6 weeks ago that the people are so compliant and weak that they won't stand up has been dashed away. Any honest student of history will tell you that the anti-war protests of the 60s began in just such an inauspicious way and endured the same kinds of attacks from the media as OWS, and within a year it was so powerful that it forced the president to withdraw his candidacy for president. We need the powerful to be afraid of us, so that they will act in a way that begins to really adress the problems that we're confronting as a country.

We no longer accept that certain things are impossible because of the current political environment. Rather, we begin with what is necessary and measure the current system against these necessities. If the current system is not equal to the task, then it will have to be dismantled. This is the most practical thing that we could do right now--both to slow down the destructive advance of the current system and create a space in which a new system could be constructed.

I also don't think you should underestimate the movement in terms of their practical impact. They are not only experimenting with direct democracy and peaceful resistance, they are also building community and finding new ways to create localized economies.

At this point, the movement is still just a fuse group. It is an amorphous gathering of people who are ready to have done with the old system (some of whom use questionable judgment to get their message out). Give them time to find a way to live their alternatives. Articulating these alternatives too clearly would make them susceptible to assimilation by the old system, which is still too strong to allow them to become widely accepted or exert too much influence. This is why these two movements of finding real alternatives and weakening the current system through non-violent resistance must go hand in hand. Because of the lack of hierarchy, it will be a slow process, but the slowness the opacity of this process are precisely a strength for the movement--it is exactly what the current system cannot handle.

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tanaumaga 2 years, 5 months ago

Why give this man the publicity that he wants. Good practice for the fire department though.

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waka3 2 years, 5 months ago

dude i know that guy see you soone man

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camper 2 years, 5 months ago

and last but not least stupid posts like the above. Sorry for the rant everyone.

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camper 2 years, 5 months ago

I wish they could find a clear message, but it is pretty hard when there are so many things screwed up about our system. Financial derivatives, stupid and pointless and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, job outsourcing, tax structure inequities, unfair (to the US worker) free trade, greed, fear mongering politicians, politicians willing to sabatoge the other side for the sake of winning the next election, politicians bought, pollution, speculation, bundled securities, SEC asleep at the wheel, drugs, alcohol, terrible food that is un-natural, trans-fat, processed flour, religious hypocrites, stupid commercials, stupid advertising tellin you can't be a man cause you doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me.....did I miss anything?

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 5 months ago

Take your money out of the bank and put it in a credit union. That's a start. I did it. Well, actually right now I'm overdrawn........

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Bob Forer 2 years, 5 months ago

To all critics of the young man, I say this. Many of you agree that that system stinks, and stand behind the sentiment of those of us who are sick and tired of the greed, selfishness, and corruption of big business. But, you offer a caveat and condemn the young man's actions as empty and superfacial. I might not have done the same thing, but until the rest of you get off your butts and do something, anything, to change the direction this world is headed , I say leave the guy alone.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Thwow the wascle to the gwound, woughly!

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wtchdr46 2 years, 5 months ago

awful lot of words for a "Hey, watch this moment".

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 5 months ago

Civil disobedience and nonviolent protest have often changed the world.

And made those who fear change very upset.

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skinny 2 years, 5 months ago

Looks like a bunch of Lawrence's homeless protesting to me! Nothing better else to do? Like get a job!

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Hudson Luce 2 years, 5 months ago

He chose the wrong building - the locally-owned department store instead of the national chain Too-Big-To-Fail bank across the street - and with the money his family has, he could have afforded the money to buy his own banner rather than stealing one. Badly thought out actions like this reflect poorly on Occupy Lawrence.

It's interesting that he got taken off to jail sitting in the front seat of the police car rather than the customary bench in the back seat, behind the steel grating which is customary for most arrestees, and somehow a window was opened for him to shout out of as he was driven away. I'd have to wonder whose photo op this really was...

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 5 months ago

I guess he is frustrated with his lucrative career at Starving Artist Movers. He spammed this all over facebook today and it is such a fail:

"Alright children today is the day. November 5th. Today the world will march in solidarity 100 country's, 1,000's of city's, millions of people. Marching as one a generation standing as one. Expressing the frustrations in a world of lawless immorality. Our generation can no longer stand by idle waiting for our predecessors to right the wrongs in which their hand enforces. It is time for our generation to grow, develop, and apply. To scream at the top of our lungs as one "We are not asking for power, we our taking power." Our government has failed us, our teachers have failed us, our parents have failed us. They have left us a world in peril worse off than when it was handed to them. But for the first time in history our generation can connect around the world share knowledge and idea's instantly. For this fact we our a new breed of generation. With our cry for unity, equality, and humanity globally we shall do what other generations could only dream of. Unite as one. EXPECT US."

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months ago

He obviously wasn't very aware. Why didn't he jump on one of the big corporate stores? Weavers is local. We should support them.

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Christine Anderson 2 years, 5 months ago

Just wondering, if Santa can land on Weaver's roof, why not a protester? (LOL)

Also curious-is this kid who lacks critical thinking skills related to the family that built Maupintour travel?

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

Why do the teas cry and beg for a single leader with a clear slogan? There are a lot of issues involved and I for one like the 99% more than I am looking for a daddy.

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thebcman 2 years, 5 months ago

they should've pushed him off and saved us from the chance of him reproducing.

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guess_again 2 years, 5 months ago

ha ha ha.

A locally owned independent department store,........ instead of any of the many nationally owned corporate owned chains.

Did this guy even think it through?

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camper 2 years, 5 months ago

I think the OWS group needs a spokesperson in order to present a clear message and perhaps some solution. It could also be helpful in order to register a "do not condone" message when things like this happen here and Oakland for instance. This movement must remain peaceful and non-violent if the progress sought is to be achieved. So far this has been kept to a minimum. This is a shame to the OWS folks who are doing things the right way.

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camper 2 years, 5 months ago

I think the OWS group needs a spokesperson in order to present a clear message and perhaps some solution. It could also be helpful in order to register a "do not condone" message when things like this happen here and Oakland for instance. This movement must remain peaceful and non-violent if the progress sought is to be achieved. So far this has been kept to a minimum. This is a shame to the OWS folks who are doing things the right way.

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monkfellow 2 years, 5 months ago

And if this MENSA specialist had fallen off the roof, it would be "Occupy Douglas County Court" for a nice fat lawsuit, to get that pay out of filthy lucre. What a waste of time by such a large gathering of aimless nobodies.

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

You are paying attention to the one guy , does he stand for the thousands who peacefully protest? Don't ignore the protest crowds, join them. . Stand up your self. I am oddly disappointed the conservatives are so against jailing the crooks and for bailing the wall street boys. This bail is meaningless compared to what the $ongress is setting to do. End the tax cuts to the wealthiest. Do you think they have created jobs or portfolios?

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beatrice 2 years, 5 months ago

He obviously doesn't realize that if you are going to shout "Peace!", he needed to climb to the top of the Oread Hotel.

So Weaver's doesn't have a staircase leading to the roof?

This guy represents the entire OWS movement as much as the guy holding the "Keep your government hands off my Medicaid" sign represents the Tea Party. One bad apple does not define the entire crop. Time people stop pretending it does.

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Edward Coan 2 years, 5 months ago

Only the tip of the iceberg. People are fed up with the rich getting richer and the low and middle income people getting poorer. Right wing republicans want to make the US a two class system, resulting in a 3rd world country like Latin America.

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parco814 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree fervently with some aims of the Occupy Wall Street activists, but this person is a damned fool. He doesn't deserve one penny for bail money. Let him do his time--pinhead.

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

Interesting. I don't care anymore. Take all my money. Let me work for free. And kill all the lawyers. It should be a state of nature. But naturally don't be creeping around down here.

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh, oh, nothing you can do will change anything. We are just sheep and should just sit back and watch tv, hey honey the game is on. Oh I really care about the game, oh boy. Nothing I can do. I will just sit and watch tv. maybe nap. What is the point, who cares where this country is going, how its' polcies effect the families, the education, the economy, who cares? There is nothing anyone can do. I don't care that my folks worked hard all their life to give their family a life. What if I spit on the ones that fought and died in wars for us. I am happy to watch tv. Nothing I can do. that I can think of or that doesn't interrupt my tv. Why should I bother to stand up, say what is wrong is wrong, or that we need to take care of our own country, the game is on. I am scared of standing up, of peaceful assembly, they might bust my chops.

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 5 months ago

Agree with eye rolling majority on this one. Seems that the local Occpyy group is drifting from lack of direction. When I wandered down one day early on in the group's existence, there seems to have been a real interest in local coalition building, trying to do significant community service activities. Seems that those folks must have moved along or been replaced with attention-getting-for-its-own-sake folks. Too bad.

It's not too late for them to contribute positively toward creating a real community dialogue on any number of issues, but this kind of stuff rapidly destroys any kind of credibility. From what it looks like, the process for setting goals, developing real projects, building coalitions, networking etc. has collapsed with these folks. Without that, this movement is not going to get any support from their natural allies and is pretty much history.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 5 months ago

And with a bit of luck, Mr Maupin might have been so lucky to get "fried" as have others who were on the very roof.

He was trespassing!

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hedshrinker 2 years, 5 months ago

First of all "liberal, pot smokin, anarchistic flower children" do not necessarily go together, ie, it's possible to be a political progressive without any of the other characteristics. Most of the people you think belong in those categories grew up to be normal people with jobs, even professions, partnered, raised families, pay their taxes, follow some kind of spiritual path, vote, may be political activists or not, may have a drink occasionally, ....probably folks just like you or me.....regular folks who don't stand out much in a crowded room. Also remember MANY of the protesters are working people, older folks, they're all just fed up with the current unresponsive system. This young man on the roof is ONE person....the whole Occupy Lawrence crowd wasn't up there with him and are probably totally pissed at him b/c his ill-advised action is going to be the image that many people will have when anything comes up about these issues. I agree Weaver's is a bad target....locally owned forever, Joe Flannery is committed to good works in the community, he's apparently a good employer b/c many of his loyal staff have worked for him for decades. If you want a target, go shut down Bank of America; they are the cause of many of the financial system problems we're going to be dealing with for another decade at least. There are many ways to work for whatever kind of political change you desire; certainly voting and any way you can participate in the election process is encouraged. However, surely you can see how some people who truely care to do so are furious b/c the political process in this country is SO corrupted with corporate money, elected position/lobbying revolving door and lack of real options (think Tweedle Dum vs. Tweedle Dee), that they are pushing for completely rethinking the current political system. I personally think the model of many other countries who have multiple parties and elect representatives who must form coalition governments and work together is a much better system that reflects the broad spectrum of diversity in our rainbow country. Right now huge blocks of people are forced to vote for 1 of 2 people neither of which come close to representing their values. Think about the scarey possibilities of the next gubernatorial election with Koch bros funneling endless amts of $$$ to Gov Brownback for his re-election campaign. Last, I don't agree with this kid's stunt, but I see young people do really stupid, and often much more dangerous behaviors with irrevocable consequences every day. Let him deal with the consequences of his actions, but please don't portray everyone who has a beef with our non-representative political system and the shocking widening gap between those who work and the few robber barons who sit atop the corporate ladder with the same brush as this young man.

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friendlyjhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

HAHAHAHA, I am one of those "'60's" kids and my children are now 50-40'er solid citizens who are not climbing on roofs or claiming to protest just for the "Be" of it. Just another reason to not live in Lawrence when you retire.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 5 months ago

"Dude, I agree with about 75% of these people's point. And I can't freaking stand them." Werekoala

Agreed. I'd up it to 90%, though. Squatting in a park is useless. Standing on top of a building is just stupid. The Five Percenters on both sides are the problem. I am the 90%. There isn't much difference between the Tea Party and the Occupy Parks people. Just a bunch of bloviating nonsense with no direction.

/Goes back to watching football.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

I generally support the OWS movement, but I fail to see the point of climbing on top of Weaver's Dept. store.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 5 months ago

Freakin' idiot. Your mom called , kid. Late for dinner again.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 5 months ago

Whaddya bet wimpy Branson either chooses not to prosecute this, or allows it to be pled down to overtime parking?

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ksjayhawk74 2 years, 5 months ago

Yea, this was just ridiculous. The guy who got arrested and his supporters were chanting about shutting down Mass. St...

Why would they want to shut down MASS ST? This is the "Main St." in the Wall St. vs Main St. equation. Just about everything on Mass St. is locally owned and operated... Are they going to occupy the big scary corporate, Third Planet or Miltons or Kansas Sampler or Game Nut or that little tobacco shop?

I agree with the OWS movement but they really need to evaluate their actions.

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mustrun80 2 years, 5 months ago

What a pathetic joke these idiots are.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 5 months ago

Every idiotic and expensive move like this makes OWS a little more of a joke.

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werekoala 2 years, 5 months ago

Dude, I agree with about 75% of these people's point. And I can't freaking stand them.

No, democracy does not look like a bunch of grubby hippies climbing small businesses to chant and scream. (Really, Weavers? The small-town independently owned business that is pure Main Street? Why not Wal-Mart?)

Democracy looks like ceasing to be AWs and instead taking that energy and enthusiasm and directing it toward getting out the vote on election day.

I understand it's probably a lot more glamorous to make a spectacle of yourself like you see people doing in other countries. Kids want to be part of some giant movement. But you're missing the point: the reason that people are marching in the streets in the Middle East is that they CAN'T vote for change. Thank god, due to the sacrifices of our forefathers, we don't have to get clubbed on the streets to make the world a better place.

God, I wish the OWS folks would come out with some reasonable goals and plans to reach them. Throwing a tantrum can be good, for a short time. But if after a while, there's no sense of where to go from here, the movement fizzles and dies. Exactly like what happened to the flower children.

I'd rather see that not happen. I'd rather see the world improve. If these kids grew up and actually started trying to build something, they might be suprised at the support they get from us slightly older folks. But immature stunts like this don't help the cause. It's not about you, and how you can have a good story to impress your bros with. It's about all 99% of us, right?

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 5 months ago

What do you want to bet that Occupy Lawrence won't claim this guy?

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monkfellow 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh, but, wait..no, these kids are so...so, transformational. They want us to not do, not act, but be present, think, be real, just...BE. Wow, I never figured I'd have to live through a revival of the idiotic 60s stuff. These characters must have inherited something weird from their parents' DNA.

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Stacy Napier 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for wasting our Fireman's and Policeofficers time and the money spent on gas to get you down. He should have to pay resitiution.

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prospector 2 years, 5 months ago

Dude, Santa ain't coming for a couple more weeks.

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