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The Real Number of Protesters - Zac Moilanen

The Real Number of Protesters - Zac Moilanen

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Because there is so much skepticism following the march on 12 September 2009, I created a 15-page unbiased research paper showing aerial footage, schematics, pictures and data comparing the Obama Inauguration, the March on Washington, the Promise Keepers Rally, and the 9-12 Project in terms of the amount of people who attended.

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As of 17 September 2009, 8:32 AM, I have updated this report. In this revised edition, I have settled the following discrepancies:
In Comparison #1, the inauguration photo taken from the podium was misrepresented as picturing the Obama Inauguration.
Updated previous Google Map graphics with new Google Earth ones.
The length of Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall were incorrect due to misreading a measurement. Both of them have been fixed with help of Google Earth.
The estimated numbers based on these lengths have been updated to coincide with the correct lengths.
A link showing protesters at the National Mall are behind the fountain has been posted so that skeptics can see that although the 9-12 Project did not have a permit for the area, people had to fill in there due to housekeeping issues.
Because there is so much skepticism following the march on 12 September 2009, I created a 15-page unbiased research paper showing aerial footage, schematics, pictures and data comparing the Obama Inauguration, the March on Washington, the Promise Keepers Rally, and the 9-12 Project in terms of the amount of people who attended.

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As of 17 September 2009, 8:32 AM, I have updated this report. In this revised edition, I have settled the following discrepancies:
In Comparison #1, the inauguration photo taken from the podium was misrepresented as picturing the Obama Inauguration.
Updated previous Google Map graphics with new Google Earth ones.
The length of Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall were incorrect due to misreading a measurement. Both of them have been fixed with help of Google Earth.
The estimated numbers based on these lengths have been updated to coincide with the correct lengths.
A link showing protesters at the National Mall are behind the fountain has been posted so that skeptics can see that although the 9-12 Project did not have a permit for the area, people had to fill in there due to housekeeping issues.

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The Real Number of Protesters at the 9/12Washington D.C. March
Because there is so much skepticism following the march on 12 September 2009, I decided todraw it out for you guys. Arriving to Washington, D.C. from the Indianapolis-D.C. flight on Friday,marching from 13
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and Pennsylvania at 9:00 in the morning, until finally leaving the Capitol Building at2:30 in the afternoon, I’m appalled at 1) the lack of coverage for this protest and 2) the amount of (taking Obama’s own words) “misinformation” being thrown out there about the march. Apparently,video, hundreds of pictures and eye-witness reports are not enough for the general public. You takeyour CNN report of 10,000 people and denounce any other number as conservative and Republicanslander. There is your first mistake.Before I get to numbers, this was not a Republican or conservative-only thing. Yes,Freedomworks and Glenn Beck did play a huge part, I, nor anyone else, is going to argue that becauseit’s true. I want to stick to facts here and make this as unbiased as possible.In the crowd there were independents, moderates, conservatives, democrats, former democrats,and even people who didn’t affiliate with a party. As the 9-12 Project mission statement reads:
The 9-12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States,Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together toprotect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.
 You can take that at face value. I’m not here to convince you who marched or not. As a witnessmyself, I saw posters and slogans depicting both Bush and Obama as the Joker, denouncing Congress,Pelosi, Liberals, big government, high taxes, the war in Afghanistan, gun control, abortion… the list goeson and on. From Florida to Alaska, all walks of life were here. But, once again, believe what you will. I’mhere to show you hard evidence about the
amount 
of people, not the kind of people.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison #1:
 
Obama’s Inauguration
For comparison, I will use an inauguration and a protest at D.C. so that you can get a feel of howmany people can actually fit into the North, West and South fields of the Capitol building, the
 
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surrounding areas (including the street, statue area, and everywhere around the water right in front of the National Mall) and other parts of D.C.
Obama Inauguration as seen from Google-Eye Fig.1a
Inauguration Crowd Estimate Schematic Fig.2a
With the 2009 Inauguration for President Obama, following this schematic we see that theNorth, West, and South seating areas are completely full. The standing area behind the reflecting pooland official mall standing area are not. Theoretically, this entire ticketed area would hold 240,000people. Judging that the field area is about half of that number, we can make a rough estimate thatprobably 170,000 were in this ticketed portion (120,000 coming out of the half that makes up the fieldticketing area, and the other 50,000 in the ticketed standing area). Like I said, I’m estimating here. If youhave an exact count, great, but I’m guessing this is a reasonable number judging by the picture.
 
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Obama Inauguration as seen by Google-Eye Fig.1b
Inauguration Crowd Estimate Schematic Fig.2a
Here is the mall and monument area. Comparing the Google image to the schematic, havingfilled the entire highlighted strip would complete more than three-quarters of the National Mall. It’sobvious that the highlighted area is not nearly as full as it would need to be to satisfy the theoreticalamount, but you have to take into account the huge crowd around the monument. With this, we cansafely say that there are at least 800,000 people there if you were to fill the monument crowd into thepublic access area highlighted above, leaving about one ‘block’ of the field empty. There may be plus orminus a few thousand, but that seems like a good estimate.

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