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As I write I am on a plane heading back from Montreal to Cabo San Lucas. While I managed to stay out of jail in Montreal I did get thrown out of two taxis - again for the heinous crime of having an electronic cigarette - and, as always in Canada, I had a few guys want to fight me. A fellow conference attendee was jumped in downtown Montreal and beat up fairly badly and robbed as well. That's fairly par for the course in Canada. The funny part is that the Canadian school and media propaganda keeps telling Canadians they are the nicest and friendliest people on Earth and, by rote, any Canadian will tell you that. But, my experience is mostly of being bossed around by the other slaves and regularly threatened with physical violence and constantly being the victim of numerous petty crimes such as car break-ins, home break-ins and the like.
But, having not been in the US or Canada since the iniciation of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), I was very happy to finally get my opportunity to go and check it out with my own eyes. I happened across Occupy Montreal, in a park across the street from the W hotel at about 11pm on Friday night. Thrilled, I rushed over. There were about 50 tents pitched... and not one person to be found.
By 11pm they had all retired to their tents. I can't blame them too much, really, it was freezing cold. But, it was certainly a let-down from my viewpoint. Really, all that it looked like to me was a public campground. And, that appears to be mostly the case across Canada. In fact, from what I am told, it's mostly just homeless people (Canada probably has more homeless people per capita than almost anywhere in the world).
The funny part of that is, as David Galland of the Casey Daily Dispatch pointed out, that the OWS crowd has begun to get angry about the homeless moving in on the occupation. Here was David's comments on it:
Personally, I am appalled that the Occupiers would even consider not welcoming the homeless into their collectivist arms. After all, those poor unfortunates...
1) Are part of the 99%.
2) Have been cast aside by the capitalist society.
3) Often have health problems and no money to afford a good doctor.
4) Are unable, or unwilling, to work to support themselves.
5) Are human beings, and as such have inalienable rights to wholesome food and non-cardboard shelters.
Yet, when the poor downtrodden tried to get a break by joining in the society of the Occupy crowd, those heartless bastards tried to make them work or even tried to throw them out on the streets!
I think it is time, therefore, to Occupy the Occupiers, demanding that they stop their callous mistreatment of the 0.09% of the 99% and instead uncomplainingly give half of their daily food rations to the homeless, and open their tents to these most unfortunate of unfortunates.
I'll be in San Francisco later this week and am expecting to see quite a bit more action at Occupy San Francisco. And we'll have more on OWS mañana. In the meantime, I did an interview with Al Korelin on the Korelin Economic Report recently that you may find of interest: