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Tension in Berkeley

I have pictures of shenanigans in Berkeley, taken from a safe distance (I'm not stupid and stay very close to law enforcement at these things) today - April 14, 2014. The protest was not the 1960s or 70s again. Right wingers were chanting statements against Jared Kushner and left wingers were throwing garbage and yelling stuff like "sacrifice your body, bitch!"

The Trump crowd in Berkeley was crass, cringe inducing, blatantly anti-Semitic (one sign by a guy chanting "Fire Kushner!" said "Da Goys Knows" next to a cross) and on par with the crowd at a smaller comic book convention in presentation. Some who tried to look intimidating looked more like the professional wrestler Big Boss Man. These types might be good for occupying a wildlife reserve or attacking random minorities they're ignorant about but they only succeed in getting used by a guy like Donald Trump - there's no coordinated political movement to them.

The black bloc anarchists types, however, with masks, coordination and even marching going on were the closest I have ever seen in the US to totalitarians. "Protect Trans Youth" shirts alongside full black garb and skinhead style boots showed that SJW ideology has, at least for that crowd, morphed in to some sort of authoritarian ideology. Communists in the developing world were never really on the LGBT bandwagon so who knows how that would translate in to a serious militant cause.
There is still great inspiration in this troubled world - just not from either of those crowds in my opinion. A big purpose of this blog is to highlight constructive ideologies and social movements in the world.

America is in a very, very, very dark place with all the dynamics of the Great Patriotic War. I suggest people who want to make it through and in to something else face what that reality means for them.  I also suggest people here who have someplace better they are from leave. If you are here, I suggest disengaging as much as is possible - these pictures I take are for posterity and don't reflect a stake in either side.


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