Chapter 7. ‘Only the Sufferers Know How their Bellies Ache.’ San Francisco 03.2017.
I had to wait a long time to finish filming this chapter of Drone Drama. Winter storms kept me from moving around beneath the San Francisco freeway ramps. By the time I got there the city was removing the north side of the freeway camps where the 'drug-users' lived. The south side, the 'non-drug-users-just-homeless' side, was visibly frantic about the possibility of losing their much cleaner camps. “…it's a game," another man said drinking beer, with his canoe and giant teddy bear, hanging back and waiting for the city workers and police to leave so they could return. The link between the homeless and drone drama, in the most expensive city in the USA, is interesting to examine: San Francisco Peninsula, Silicon Valley, once homebase to the Vietnam war defense contract industry, and previously greatest WWII ship builders in the world, is now the highly militarized bio-tech industry.