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#OWS Occupy London Stock Exchange not showing up on standard thermal scans.
It’s the funniest thing. You know Western civilization? That patriarchal, logocentric, heteronormative collection of imperial hubris, Gaeacidal ideology, facist-capitalist-authoritarian economics, and war-worshipping mindset that continually oppresses the organizationally challenged and seeks to dismiss the concerns of the differently-paradigmed? Yeah, those folks. You know what their phallocentric engineer-destroyers have been doing while more enlightened people have been conducting on-street seminars on the inherent privilege found in semiotic analysis of protest communication – at least, said analysis that is insufficiently diverse so as to accept the profound meaning implied by unconstrained grammar and nonrestricted spelling*? Can you guess?
Well, I’ll tell you: they went out and invented thermal imaging. Which is, of course, something that lets you look at a bunch of tents and determine whether they’ve got people in them or not. In fact, London’s Daily Mail sent out a person with a thermal imaging camera to Occupy London Stock Exchange late one night and discovered that the answer was mostly not:
These are the damning images that prove the anti-capitalist protest that has closed St Paul’s Cathedral is all but deserted at night.
Footage from a thermal imaging camera taken late at night reveals just a fraction of the makeshift camp was occupied.
An independent thermal imaging company, commissioned by the Daily Mail, captured these pictures after similar footage from a police helicopter found only one in ten tents were occupied after dark.
(Photos at the link; via Instapundit)
Now, I’d love to be able to tell you that you can pick up a thermal imaging camera from Radio Shack: alas, they’re going for a couple of grand, retail. On the other hand, night scopes in general look like they go for a couple of hundred bucks; and it’s the principle of the thing, right? Which is: this is the twenty-first century. Masking one’s numbers by putting up extra tents and suchlike is a trick that the Ancient Romans knew. Which is why we actually have thermal imagers, in fact: people got tired of having that trick work.
So, it makes you wonder: how many other Potemkin tent villages are there in this Potemkin movement?
Moe Lane (crosspost)