Protest still doesn’t stop a military invasion

Here’s a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979 by a Penn State doctoral candidate, John Beieler.

A lot of people I know are sharing this around the facebook-net when not being outraged by Miley Cyrus. The above visual “is jaw-dropping, and I mean that in a real way, not in a BS blogger-overhyping-this-incredible-amazing-thing way,” says Ultraculture, the blog from where it’s mostly being shared. “No, this is truly amazing, because what you’ll see is tiny blips popping off here and there in the 1970s—a time we think of as highly politically charged—and nearly eclipsing the world starting with the late 90s anti-globalization protests and the second Iraq War up till our present moment.”

I’d be interested in knowing what Beieler was hoping to illustrate. It’s nice that this is coming out on the eve of war protests against the upcoming American-led invasion of Syria. I’ll take a stab at what might be jaw-dropping about it: None if it amounted to squat.

The above graphic, which has this sort of rain-drops-on-a-puddle kind of appearance, isn’t that inspiring when you look at the impact and outcome of each event that was being protested. And now, people get ready for another little dot in time to hit the map. It was most of the way through the Iraq war before a decent leak helped speed up the U.S. exit. It would be great if something emerged that stopped the next blunder from taking place. A data file has still accomplished more than millions of people marching in the above time span.