Protestors claiming to part of an anarchist collective called the Counterforce say that they vandalized Google's office in Venice, California, which is located inside the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building. "On the full moon of May, 14, 2014, during an unusual heat spell, a Counterforce group threw paint at the entrance," according to a post on IndyBay.
The anti-capitalist activists behind the Counterforce finally released footage of the protest they staged outside the San Francisco home of Google Ventures investor Kevin Rose. The video confirms that the anonymous people I interviewed were part of the protest, but it's hard to muster much empathy for either side.
After slogging through their 2,000-word anti-Google ransom note, I did not expect to engage in a remotely reasonable discussion with the Counterforce. Not when the anti-capitalist protestors distributed fliers to Kevin Rose's neighbors in San Francisco demanding that Google pay them $3 billion—and especially not when the group "stalked" Google X engineer Anthony Levandowski.
Yesterday was not an insanely awesome #sundayfunday for Google Ventures general partner Kevin Rose. Protestors gathered outside the Digg founder's San Francisco home in Potrero Hill with banners calling him "a parasite," threatening to "snip snip" his "ballz" (a reference to a joke Rose made in 2008 about cutting a woman's breasts with a pair of scissors), and demanding a $3 billion ransom.