From Day One of #OccupyPortland there was little sense arguing if police were infiltrating #OccupyPortland or not — unless only to argue whether this time they painted the roses red or black. This week, The Mercury (local Portland art magazine) unmasked two plainclothes officers out of curiosity. It isn’t everyday a local alt-magazine goes out of its way to investigate the lies of the police. It’s never the day local corporate media pursue anything like that. The post in the Mercury shows police were leading on writer/blogger Dennis Theriault about Portland Police Bureau infiltrations until the evidence was mildly irrefutable, at which point they simply provided him with a different line of rhetoric, as always.

Corporate and legal “discoveries” are like this. At first the pigs deny accusations of brutality or spying or secret operations. It’s a secret, duh, they’re not going to tell you about it. But once evidence is stacked against them they won’t say they lied to you in the first place either. Pigs are tricksters of public relations, but pigs are also pretty dumb and get caught up in their lies easily. They sweat (like pigs) at press conferences if you smell them out and call their shit. It takes a spell-broken trickster to catch them off guard. At that point, they’ll take off the mask and say they did this, or say they still do this, for your own good — and it’s more “standard” and “acceptable” and truly more banal that you really think. So don’t be naive, say the pigs. There’s no need to worry. Cops are low-level guardians of capital, and masking the reality of capitalism is part of the noble lie. This is how the NDAA bill (indefinite detention without a trial act) is playing out, too. Everything in that bill the pigs have been doing for a long, long time. Only now they’re trying to find out how much they can unmask by passing a new law. They’ve always been able to do those things. How many scandals and unsolved mysteries would have to happen before they took off the masks and admit it was already the law.


– How deep does the rabbit hole go?

– How many rabbits go into the deep hole?




– Stars are tricks playing minds on you.

– Tricks are minds playing stars on you.

– Minds are stars playing tricks on you.







– Always stars play tricks.

– Sometimes minds play stars.

– Whenever tricks play minds.

Minds play the tricks.

– tricks play the minds.

A star, a star

glimmers in the night

Let us bring them

Mindlessness and light!