Ridiculous and Effective Ways to Occupy Spaces

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In Oregon, self-designated militiamen have been occupying a federal nature center that had been closed for the winter. This act of civil disobedience is being led by two of Cliven Bundy’s sons, who are singularly inept and inarticulate. The Bundys are not from Oregon. They are acting on behalf of two ranchers who don’t know them and, because they are already facing jail time, don’t want the Bundys or anyone else to commit acts of civil disobedience on their behalf. Moreover, the Bundys and their supporters have picked a site so remote that reporters have had a hard time reaching it and an even harder time maintaining even basic cell-phone service from it. In essence, no one really cares that they are staging a protest in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of the winter. And no one, least of all the residents of the communities near the…

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