I visited the squalid tent city in downtown Portland yesterday hoping to gain some insight into the “Occupy Wall Street” movement here in Portland. It’s cheaper than a trip to the zoo. What I found seemed to be a concentration of down and out, homeless, drug-addicted wannabe hippies mixed with quite a few mentally ill people and some normal people. I wanted to tell some of them that if they stayed away from drugs, they might be successful in the same corporate America they now hate and envy. I brought my camera but, to my regret, I forgot to bring my sterilization gun.
While taking a video of some guy ranting, he stopped and shrieked at me to stop filming him, that he has freedom of speech and that I’d better not put his image up online. I walked up and started to talk to him, but he retreated back to his tent. I never considered that short clip worthy of posting anyway. I saw a tall fellow with the largest brow-ridges I had ever seen. As I approached him, I could hear him say, “I was talking to my P.O. (parole officer)…”. I felt it appropriate to block out some of his face as it is not my intention to expose him to public ridicule. He might very intelligent – but he’s still a curiosity, just from an anthropological point of view. A throwback if there ever was one.
It is ironic that the Occupy Portland people put a lot of emphasis on diversity (as can be seen in some of the photos), yet they do not seem to notice that the cult of diversity is the biggest piece of propaganda being thrown at them by the same government-military-industrial-corporate complex they so despise.
Here are some photos:
The above photos have been reduced in size. If anybody wants a large-format version, just let me know.