Sep 23 2009, 04:48 PM
Yep, tomorrow and Friday.
All day we've been besieged by low flying military and other exotic looking helicopters. They seem very earnest in whatever they are doing. The house is about 1/2 mile from the Convention Center downtown, in the part of the City on top of the 450 foot high cliff that overlooks them, and on the direct flight line to the airport. There doesn't seem to be any way to avoid or stop it.
There's a replica of the battle ensign from Seven Samurai flying on the roof deck. I hope they like it even though it's been there a while and wasn't put there for them. If anyone doesn't recognize it and asks what it means, maybe they'll leave if I say it stands for Dope And Anarchy.
The World Leaders are likely to take the de rigour visitor's walk along Grandview. Maybe the Japanese guy will see it and remark that it's cool. The Korean and Chinese guys will say "We knew it, you b a s t a r d s never did mean to quit!" provoking an international incident. Another way to promote anarchy is to take my dog for a walk 1/2 hour before and forget to take the plastic bags.
Sep 25 2009, 12:50 PM
2/3 of downtown is surrounded by the three rivers, which provides a sort of natural moat for the Summit site. There's a little fleet of militarized speedboats on patrol. They above, their movements resemble a dog sniffing around. I didn't know Anarcho-Terroria had a Navy!
Sep 25 2009, 01:49 PM
The Forces Of Order seem to have committed a tactical blunder.
The Summit is Downtown. The Second Downtown is the Oakland section of the City, which is about two miles away and is where the big universities, hospitals and museums are located but also has a lot of forested parkland. Last night there was a reception for the World Leaders at the Phipps Conservatory, in the middle of Schenley Park in Oakland. For the motorcades to get there from downtown, they had to pass through Oakland Center and part of the Park.
The Man appears to have concentrated too many forces downtown and short changed Oakland because they did not understand its terrain. A lot of protesters achieved their goal of getting within sight of the motorcades. They were able to move through and hide in the wooded areas, which were to big to be covered. They had a lot of spontaneous recruits from the 50,000 or so students in Oakland. Nothing dramatic happened (except the cracked heads and arrests you would expect), but the protesters were able to thwart the First Amendment Zones which are intended to keep them out of sight.
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