22 February 2014
I happened to be at the corner of Hayes and Franklin in San Francisco, when the Dalai Lama arrived at Daves Symphony Hall. He had a large police escort, a swarm of motorcycles, a herd of black SUVs (such as one sees for the President), lots of blue and red flashing lights, and so on. The event even had a complement of protesters (de rigueur nowadays for a world figure). I was bemused; the Dalai Lama is not the sort of person one places in the same category as the ex-ruler of the Ukraine.