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Tonight, Tomorrow: Occupy your Bike!

Published: Nov 11, 2011 by admin Filed under: Wordpress News
I went General Assembly last night to hear what was going to happen now that Occupy Portland has been given it’s eviction notice and to announce today’s 11.11.11 Occupy your Bicycle and Ride to the General Assembly (followed by War Memorial ride).  http://shift2bikes.org/cal/#11-2673
Occupy Portland General Assembly 11.10.11

There were 500 very activated people.  It was very clear that tactical retreat, which would be my inclination, is not going to happen.


The general consensus is that there needs to be a party and potluck Saturday night and camp needs to be cleaned and cleared of much of the stuff (tents and other belongings) in advance.  Occupiers want as many supporters as possible to protect and hold the camp in a non-violent fashion.

Action committees were formed.  I joined with the folks who wanted to see bicyclists and pedestrians gather and circle the park.  It was decided that we call the action Swarm after a similar action from Copenhagen DenmarkSee videos below.

Protect the occupation!  Swarm this Saturday Night Nov 12, on foot or on bicycle.
Swarm The Occupation

11pm at Salmon St Fountain (SW Naito and Salmon in waterfront park) we meet to circle and rally around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares.  Also feel free to arrive in affinity groups on the hour at the site all night/morning long.  Bring good spirits, costumes, music, street theater!

Also bring rain gear (yellow/fluorescent), warm clothing, coffee, and a festive attitude.  Don't bring drugs, alcohol or violence. Be prepared to stay up late or be called back later since we won't know when the Swarm will be needed most.  Text PDXOccupy to 23559 to receive critical updates.

Tonight’s ride should be a good warm up for tomorrow’s.







Don't Tread on me, either!

Published: Jan 14, 2011 by admin Filed under: Wordpress News
Don't Tread on Me
I don't typically get on board with the Tea Party or Hoover institute thinkers but I agree with this sentiment quoted below. I think the hard push back by cyclists to Rep. Greenlicks child bike trailer/seat ban and our city's 2005 rejection of putting Portland Police in the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) are good examples from Portland aka little Beirut.

"The lesson of history is stark and simple. People who are easy to govern lose their freedom. People who are difficult to govern retain theirs. What makes the difference is not an ideology, but an attitude. Those people who embody the “Don’t tread on me!” attitude have kept their liberties simply because they are prepared to stand up against those who threaten to tread on them. To the pragmatist, it makes little difference what ideas free people use to justify and rationalize their rebellious attitude. The most important thing is simply to preserve this attitude among a sufficiently large number of people to make it a genuine deterrent against the power hungry. If the Tea Party can succeed in this all-important mission, then the pragmatist can forgive the movement for a host of silly ideas and absurd policy suggestions, because he knows what is really at stake. Once the “Don’t tread on me!” attitude has vanished from a people, it never returns. It is lost and gone forever — along with the liberty and freedom for which, ultimately, it is the only effective defense." from http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/5387

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When it comes to cycling it's time for us to take the patriotic high ground. What shows American independence, the don't tread on me attitude, and self reliance more than getting out on the road and riding your bike? Certainly not driving a motor carriage. So wave those flags, my bike riding and feet walking friends, you are the real patriots.  If you are a liberal then you can even ask nicely first -"Please Don't Tread on Me."

CMC Live - Naked Bike Ride Flaming Lips Video at Mt. Tabor

Published: Sep 28, 2009 by admin Filed under: Exclusives Music News
The Flaming lips are shooting a video up in Mt. Tabor park from 10am-10pm. It's a naked bike ride video. We're hauling up the disco trike and setting up the live feed. Let's hope we can get a good signal and not violate the terms of the Stickam service agreement to badly. Join in virtually and say hello.

VIDEO:
Recording from the webcast - It's very choppy because of our connection issues:

NOTES:

We had a blast up at Mt. Tabor park and it's still going on (as far as I know). The broadcast was a surprisingly a bit choppy due to the location and we almost got shut down on Stickam.com cause we showed butt cracks on the first take. I thought that would be okay.

The ranger didn't like the butt cracks either. He forcefully said, (and I'm paraphrasing), "put on bottoms or we'll put on handcuffs".

He felt that FL were pushing the limit of their permit with the park. Ya think?

I think if the city wants more Naked Bike Ride movies and the massive budget$ behind them they need to lighten up. Who hasn't seen genetalia in the Portland park before, anyway? ;) Eww, it sounds nasty that way. Well, it was actually quite beautiful today.

In the first scenes the band leader, Wayne Coyne, was carried around by (TEAM BEER) John Howe's trike in a in a big plastic ball (fully clothed) above the crowd of 120 or so naked (and later topless) riders. I was concerned that he was going to roll off the zip-tied milk crates that were holding him up and down the hill, but several strong Portland Cyclists prevented catastrophe during each take. By the look on his face I'm not so sure Wayne was convinced of the safety on his self-designed contraption.

Wayne says he'll get naked later in future scenes.

It was (and is) a perfect day for a naked bike ride video. You can still ride up and let the Flaming Lips exploit your body or catch the video at some later date.

crankmychain.com/cmc16/musicvideo.php?vid=eaa5bef67

Dinosaurs Bite People Ride - Wednesday CMC Nooner

Published: May 22, 2010 by admin Filed under: Artist Biographies Editorial Music
Are you as fed up with the Catastrophic Ridiculous Ongoing Oil
Disaster as I am?  Do you want to remind our brothers and sisters that
BP and the Federal govt are not going to fix this problem but WE ARE.

This coming Wednesday, rain or shine, we are taking the message to
streets, expressways and the information super highway.

***¿Do you have something you need to say, a song to sing, poem, a
bell to ring, flag to wave, banner to drop?***

Join CrankMyChain! TV for DINOSAURS BITE, PEOPLE RIDE, this Wednesday,
May 26th at PSU.  Show starts at noon, ride leaves at
12:11.

If you or your posse would like to be featured on the ride/live you just want details
webcast please contact me. 

It will be fun AND we will be confronting OUR petrochemical addiction.

Forever in your debt,

Dan Kaufman
http://CrankMyChain.tv
503 267 2862

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Dinosaurs Tussle
Dinosaurs Fight

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Some Dinosaurs eat plants The one over there eats Meat
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You'd better get running on your Dinosaur Feet

Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaur stuck in the ground
That's a Dinosaurs Plight

They used to roam the earth the Sky and the Sea
Now we dig 'em from the ground so we all can see That

Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaurs Bite
A dinosaurs might
Makes a dinosaur Right

The Earth got hit by a big Asteroid
There wasn't on damn thing they could do to avoid
The lakes got hot, they started to boil
Now we dig 'em from the ground to get our Crude Oil

Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaur Fuel
is our Dino Delight

When you're driving your car Drinking your gasoline
And you're choking on the fumes You'll know what I Mean
When the Glaciers all melt and the Oceans do Rise
I hope it don't come as a big fat surprise!
When our desire for fuel is the cause of a spill
Then it's time that we find new ways to fill, because

Dinosaurs Bite
Dinosaurs Bite

Dan Kaufman copyleft 2007-2010

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