On Wed, 20 Sep 2000 12:18:21 -0400, Ed <[email protected]> wrote:
> Very excellent report!
> I have two questions for the various "Gold" picketers: 1) do you ever
> observe anyone playing golf there? 2) do you ever speak to the various
> inmates you see hiding from the picket signs? What response if any?
The golf course seems to be fairly well-used. It's open to the public, in fact I have a nice "Golden Era" hat I bought at the pro shop once when I was there with Keith, Bob and Stacy. The inmates are generally too far away to talk to. When we show up, they pull anyone who might be nearby (like working on the landscaping) away. See the story about them fleeing, leaving a wheelbarrow full of concrete to harden when Bruce Pettycrew showed up for an example. If they ~did~ try to talk to us, they'd get in trouble. Richardson and Petty throw their videocams on the compound at times when we're walking, probably to identify anyone who looks our direction. It's eerie to watch them "not see us" when we're there, sometimes by hiding behind a building or vehicle, sometimes like in Deana's recent mention, holding something over their eyes while in sight of us, but mostly by working very hard not to look in our direction. You can see them working on say, cleaning up the area, and watch them look in every direction except towards us. Personally, I have trouble understanding this behavior. I realize that they are told not to look at our signs, and they will get into trouble if they are caught looking, but how do they manage to deal with it in their minds. They are taught that they are becoming powerful beings with the ability to control the universe, yet they can't ~look~ at signs. They ~know~<snicker> that there are powerful "OTs" there who can control matter, energy, space and time among them, yet they hide behind buildings to avoid words. How can they NOT cog to the fraud? How can they see such "powerful beings" cowering in fear of words, and not decide that "that's not what I want to grow up to be"? - Brent