Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009


so there is a YBC race in the works right now.
got some fun stuff planned just need to set a date.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A CALL TO CAMERAS///カメラへの呼出し

this is sarah. i'm posting under jon's name because i am not a contributor to the yabai blog, but we both felt this was very important to share with as many people as possible. jon is having issues uploading video of the following, but it will definitely be available as soon as possible and should be viewed by you and everyone you can show it to.

i was deeply shocked, as were many others, by events that took place tonight downtown. i could not believe what i was seeing. i was scared...and enraged. not having been downtown, save hoops, in a very long time, we were surprised to see mounted police. for the first few seconds it was kind of like a novelty to me, but it soon became disturbing when police started side stepping their horses directly into people--actually coming into contact with people who were just standing on the sidewalk on the west side of the street or even standing in line to purchase vegan hot dogs, where we were.

we got our phones ready to take still images and video as they began to literally herd people south on orange avenue. we decided to follow in order to record anything inappropriate that might happen, and, while walking in that direction, we heard and saw someone climb a tree in order to avoid being trampled. at that point we knew that it was important for us to witness what was occurring, so we crossed to the west side of the street and stood calmly and silently with our phones pointed at the police, who were arresting a few people. a group of people walked by and asked what i was doing. i told them that i was just standing there, ready to take pictures if something out of line should take place, and they shook my hand as if we were friends. its funny how people bond in such circumstances.

it is unclear to me exactly what had taken place right there, but i do know that there was one person with a brace on his leg who received additional injury from the commotion. he was clearly asking for help and jon, derek and i were asking him within earshot of multiple officers if he was okay (he said no) and asking the police to please help him. he exchanged numbers with derek.

while stooping down to talk to this person i was nearly trampled by a horse once. i pulled my phone back up between myself and the horse to try and photograph the face of the officer on that horse, which caused him to intentionally try to trample me again. i had to jump over one of those concrete planters to get out of the way.

at that point i realized that i wasn't just obligated to watch for misconduct, but i should also be recording badge numbers. poor, naive sarah thought that she could just ask and receive. i tried to approach the police officer who had nearly trampled my twice, but he refused to acknowledge me, so i approached the ones who were walking their bikes. ALL of them also refused to acknowledge me even though i was calmly, politely and continuously saying, "sir, excuse me sir, please sir, excuse me, sir, sir...." i was right next to them, but they just kept walking, refusing eye contact and any form of sympathy or SERVING and PROTECTING. finally, one said, "i don't know his number," so i asked him if he could please get it for me. he refused and basically blew me off. i asked for his, which he gave--although who knows if it is fake or not, but i will follow up.

i tried again to approach the one who had tried to trample me. he made eye contact with me and verbally refused to supply his badge number. he chased me in circles while jon and derek were yelling at him. a few times i put my hands in front of me even though i knew they wouldn't do any good against a horse, so he yelled at me not to touch the horse, to which i replied that he shouldn't touch me with his horse then. all this time i had been yelling, "please, please stop! please! may i have your badge number? badge number...badge number! stop! please!" derek and jon were both also asking for badge numbers and trying to communicate with them, and the mounted police also went after both of them with their horses.

the police were apparently distracted by someone else or something because they started moving away from us, all the while yelling at people, blowing their whistles and running their out of control horses through a parking lot. we saw that, hopefully, nothing further was going to happen because all the people left seemed to be thinning out and moving towards their cars, so we decided to go back to ours.

we couldn't believe this was happening. apparently it happens every weekend?! i'm not clear on how extreme it usually is, but jon and i would like to call for a COP WATCH every friday night until people can feel safe walking on the sidewalks of orlando. we have enough to worry about with crime rates. police should not be focusing on harassing and endangering innocent, law abiding people--they are supposed to make sure WE are safe.

so, every friday night i was thinking that it might be good to have some form of symbol representing anti fascism (jon and i were thinking an arm band or something) so that we can visually show solidarity. also a chant of some kind might be good because it would encourage anyone and everyone standing around to join in, so if anyone comes up with anything...share it!

most importantly, i think it is of high importance to keep constantly in our minds that horses are DANGEROUS. they spook easily and all efforts should be made to avoid injuring or harassing them. just because some fascists think its okay to use them to herd humans like livestock doesn't mean that we should view them as their accomplices. they are victims, too!

as i said, we have video that we will be posting--so check back. please do not sit back and think this will go away or that it is just one of those things. its not! our lives should not be endangered just because we decide to go out on the weekend or buy a hot dog. this won't go away unless we force it to. the police have been getting away with too much for too long!

*edit here are the vids.  

Friday, March 13, 2009



found at - thanks for the hello, peter!


NEW Cutthroats Blog


Earth First Roadshow! (Repost this, PLEASE)

Monday, March 16th - 7PM at The Black Box
Bring a donation if you can

From the Earth First! Organizers’ Conference & Winter Rendezvous in the Sonoran desert this February to the Round River Rendezvous in Cascadia this summer, a band of eco-rebels will be crossing the US Empire to renew a fighting movement that can stop this industrial nightmare from choking the life out of the earth.

The need for resistance in solidarity with the wild has never been louder or clearer than it is today; the roadshow is a great tool for growing that resistance. There are countless examples to draw from in the story of radical movements before us: militant labor organizing tours, anti-fascist resistance recruitment and international speaking tours to build cross-border solidarity. The origin of Earth First! itself is credited to a few roadshows that kicked it all off in the early 1980s. We are building on this tradition; akin to a fellowship crossing Middle Earth to amass insurgents to face Mordor head-on.

List-serves and websites aren’t enough
This Roadshow’s primary intention is to strengthen our radical grassroots ecological network. For almost 30 years, we have been an organized voice bridging conservation biology with grassroots community organizing, road blockading and eco-sabotage. In the past 5 years we have seen numbers and experience-level in the EF! movement decline drastically. Yet, our place has never been more urgent. New groups are popping up across the country, but they are detached from many of the groups, history, and skills that came before them. We can’t afford to stumble and make the same mistakes over again.
We are at the tail end of a decade where corporate globalization rooted itself in the US and spread across the planet like a plague. And now that the reality of climate change is finally sinking into the mainstream consciousness, the same superpowers that pushed so-called ‘free trade’ policies to exploit wild nature more efficiently are promoting carbon trading in attempt to make a profitable industry out of the disasters they’ve created. The spineless Big Green environmental NGOs are scrambling for crumbs and cutting deals with the industry for shallow public relations victories. Earth First! must rise and recognize that it’s presence is a strong component of making the broader environmental movement truly effective. We are its spine, or as an EF! co-founder, Howie Wolke, has put it, we are the lions of a movement ‘ecosystem’. Our niche is critical, and its presence (or absence) is felt deeply by our surroundings.

We need to reconnect the multi-generational aspect of Earth First! that has fallen by the wayside in recent years. We need to broaden our network’s base—from radical rural grandparents to revolutionary urban youth. We need re-establish lost relationships with scholars and scientists who resonate with us. We need to re-inspire musicians and artists to contribute their passion to our battles.

When it comes down to it, solid movements are based on strong personal relationships; and real relationships don’t go very far over the internet. We need face-to-face interaction to build trust with—and support for—each other.

For the life of the Earth First! Journal
In a time where internet communication is facilitating the end of print media, including many mainstream news outlets, we are challenged to sustain our movement’s basic, primary medium of communication: the printed Earth First! Journal. Doing this means boosting the subscription/distribution base, plain and simple. And the roadshow is a chance to do that across the country.

If, or when, the lights go out, we will have the inspiration of photos and stories spanning 3 decades that we can hold in our hands and read out loud to each other by fire light, and pass on to the next generations. We shouldn’t let go of that (at least not until the lights go out!), no matter how tempting the allure of free online publishing might get.

The EF! Journal has survived where other activist publications have faded, because there is a base of community support and movement input that is rare in other print media projects. If this publication is lost, it will be a blow to all of our efforts in defense our land, our water, our neighborhoods, our animal-relations and the entire amazing wild process of life’s evolution on this planet.

Where are we going?
If you live in the US, there is a good chance that we will be coming close enough to your home for you to get involved. The roadshow will be starting at the Organizers’ Conference in Arizona and ending at the Round River Rendezvous in Cascadia. The schedule so far looks roughly like this:

March- from the Deserts in to the Swamps
April- through the Foothills up to the Northwoods
May- across the Great Lakes and the Great Plains
June- around the Wild Rockies out to the Pacific Coast

Do you want to set up a quick stop at the local community center of college campus? Does your community want to plan a 3-day regional weekend gathering with direct action trainings and sessions on Earth First! history, vision and strategy? Or maybe something in between? Is there pending action plans that we could lend support to en route?

The Roadshow will be traveling with a variety of skills, topics and resources, including: forming affinity groups and planning direct action; blockading, climbing and occupations; bioregional news from campaigns and projects around the country; tools for challenging oppression; up-to-date news on resisting the Greenscare; independent and corporate media work; community organizing strategies; and more. A primary goal of the tour is to build the skill-base of our network. If you are looking to have specific areas of interests covered, let us know and we can tailor the stops to meet local/regional desires.

We are also looking to travel with an array of art and culture, including musicians, puppet shows, and merchandise (stickers, books, shirts, etc.), to promote the vibrancy and visibility of radical ecological resistance.

Get involved, get more info, get in touch

Sooooo the more I ask the less it looks like people from the club are going to be able to make the potluck, and being erics deal is the same night, i propose that we postpone the potluck - I'd feel bad, cos the RRBC kids would be coming a long way but it would be better to postpone it and make sure a bunch of people coould come...

hey lets do the freaky friday ride tonight!!! dont get drunk till after!! me and sarah are in!!! we are not a WE ARE NOT A BAR-COMMUTING HIPSTER TROLL BRIGADE!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Spotted dick

So the potluck with Risk and Reward is already the day after tomorrow. Who'll be there? I'm worried everyone's working or busy, or will just go straight to the housewarming of friend, Eric Montañez.

Saturday March 14th, 6:00 // Ritz-Carlton Squatted Inne (2139 Carlton Dr.) // Bring a dish, or don't - many of us are vegan, label shite that's not.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


So the word now is that Slaughterama is april 3-5 - mark yr calendars!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

No Olvides

saturday the 14th // 630pm ritz-carlton house


new colors getting printed up tomorrow, i promise

Saturday, March 7, 2009



Sexy Punk Playing Pool - 21 (Hoops )

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Date: 2009-03-07, 11:22AM EST

We made quite a bit of eye contact the entire night as you played pool. It seems like you go there a lot I was to embarrassed to go up to you with all of your friends around. You are 20 something hardcore guy in sexy skin tight black jeans and a white tee with sleeves cut off. I went up to sing and you were singing right along with me, you seemed like a cool guy. If so tell me what song I sang last night. If not I hope to see you again.


hahahahahahaha who was wearing a white shirt?
also i added the video's to the website and added some freaky friday pics to the freakyfriday page

beard' sの病気の冒険談のパート1

so since tuesday night i have been really really sick.  fever of a 102.5 for a day then slowly coming down.  really weak and tired all the time, and to top it of an outbreak of a really contagious situation that hasnt shown itself since i was a kid. anyway, i am being held prisoner by my own body. i cant even go to work. really sucks. money is tight.  no beers, and no company {except  forever faithful and awesome sarah}.  however i guess its my due for the awesome time that was had by everyone on monday.  any way here is one of the videos.  more to come.  hopefully we'll have some sweet pictures too.

Friday, March 6, 2009


FREAKKKY flaky fantastic fabulous funny fandango fissure FRIDAY!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


yesterday was awesome.  
here is a list of things we turned into a swing yesterday
a tire
a skateboard

also there were flaming spear battles, fruitball, coconut soccer {sorry again fromdeland!}, ferrets, and grinding. all told a pretty monsterous monday.  videos and pictures soon!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


tomorrow is gonna be awesomw. havent been to a malevolent monday in a while.  hopefully lots of people will come.  i think trent/vegantnt is going to stop by to learn a lil something about making bikes.  i think the project for the day is a mini chopper for the risk&reward//yabai potluck that is in the pipes.  im gonna try to get the day started as early as possible, so maybe we can get some supplies.  workin on a new batch of colors is something we should get workin on.  steve we need your help getting them supplies since you have the magic.  got access to some metal tubing at my friends house so hopefully ill be able to get a ride{also got some saddle chafe goin on}. 

should be a productive day and i cant freakin wait.

also i have a frame to bring over.

fromdeland//anyone with a truck// if you wanna pick me up in the truck that would be sweet
just give me a call when you get up. coffee is on me


found these randomly on flickr. - look its mee!