If you aren’t familiar with the hand signals used by Occupy organizers in their assemblies, check out the video below which was widely mocked last week. It’s from Portland, of course.
I’ve been down to Occupy Portland, which has now filled a downtown park with tents that don’t seem to be leaving any time soon. Frankly, there were a lot of hippies, crust punks, and body odor down there. There’s plenty to mock and complain about, but the top 1%, the media, and apathetic Americans who do nothing but bitch are the ones who really need ridiculed. Some of my colleagues don’t seem to think that’s the case.
For now, I remain optimistic (a rare state of being). I’m counting on the rest of Occupy America to get the people with nice clothes and haircuts in front of the cameras in order to attract mainstream Americans. Portland is going to remain Portland. Yesterday, I saw the March Fourth Marching Band show up and funkify the crowd. They’re a radical marching band where everyone is tattoed and has an asymmetrical haircut. Every town has one of those, right?”