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In every direction, Jersey barriers: heavy concrete walls used for deflecting cars and, in this case, slowing down human mobs. Just shy of three feet tall and chipped uneven from having been hauled back and forth to various worksites over the years, they’re now being used to establish a perimeter, within which one might choose to legally go and protest the Republican National Convention. In contrast to the rest of the city, which has been swept clean and done up in red, white, and blue in anticipation of the cash influx this event is supposed to provide, the lot we’re in now is a dusty, hot, and muggy mess, a good twenty minutes’ march from anyone of importance. There is no shade, and we’re feeling it — but not nearly as much as the sixty cops in riot gear who just marched into the box. There are also a half dozen protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church. Their signs bear legends like: “Too Late To Pray,” “Ye are of your father the devil,” and of course “God Hates Fags.” One sign features a picture of an Anonymous / Guy Fawkes mask in crosshairs.
We are in a tucked-away industrial expanse, sweating our asses off, while a couple hundred Anarchist and Occupy protesters dance provocatively and scream at the “God Hates Fags” creeps, to no real effect. This is definitely not the tightly scripted and “on message” Republican National Convention that we expected when we flew to Tampa.
Random live broadcasts from the NOmadjik Media Bus. Could be an interview when someone of interest comes on the bus or day in the life of a veggie bus or it could be security back up for monitoring the activities at the bus or it could be something else. "~) Archived Videos Here
over 30,00 people with several labor unions represented marched through
the streets peacefully. Afterward several hundred took there voices
down to Wall St.
Another long video...I tried to make it flow to keep your attention for the whole 15 minutes. Most of the people that are in this video have been at the Wall Street movement since day uno!! CRAZY!! That's heart!! BUT, it has died down a ton. We need more people to show up. Hopefully this will happen...I don't want this to end yet. I've become attached which is never a good thing but it happens I suppose. Enjoy :)
Recession is hitting us all these days and even though I have established web consulting clients that have afforded me the luxury of spending the bulk of my time shooting an editing these under reported news stories, it seems the reccession has finally caught up with me. The work load I'm recieveing from my clients is down to a trickle. If I'm to continue throwing my body & equipment into the gears of fascism, I'm going to need a little more on going support.
So, in the spirit of our mutual poverty,
I'm now offering 3 levels of DVD club membership.
Upcoming event coverage of 9-11, Occupations on Wall Street & DC
and in 2012 your on going support will help fund coverage of
the New Hampshire Primaries, G8, RNC, DNC, Rainbow Gathering and Much More!
Pledge now to directly fund this work!
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you'll get a monthly DVD that includes the work of FluxRostrum for the previous month
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If you are subscribed at the 20 dollar level and would like to resubscribe at the 10 dollar level... I totally understand.
If 20/month is totally out of the question for you, there is now the option to sponsor 10.
If you're Warren Buffet there is a 30/month level now too.
Each of these subscriptions gets you exactly the same thing.
A handmade DVD of all my work from the previous month. You could use these DVDs to program your public access station, copy for friends without internet, or have house parties / screenings.
Cash Poor? Pass this on to all your friends. One of them probably has a job. '~)
MBN Independent Media Saboteur
It was NOT actually Bug Spray. A counter protester tries to sabotage the generator being used by independent media at the first campsite of the march. Several independent reports from those on the scene said it smelled like Starter Fluid. Irregardless, the best thing that could have happened if I had allowed this man to continue would have been the destruction of the generator. The worst thing that could have happened is that he blew up himself, the generator, gas can, and potentially the Media Bus full of people and equipment. mo'fo' marchonblairmountain.org sorrow, sorry, let's stop this shit together http From: FluxRostrum Views: 16590 60 ratings Time: 02:52 More in News & Politics
On Saturday, June 4 from 7-10 pm a panel of storytellers and
documentarians will be talking about their work at the march
headquarters in Marmet, WV. Join us for this lively presentation and
This June, hundreds of people from all across the country will come
together to preserve Blair Mountain, abolish mountaintop removal,
strengthen labor rights and invest in sustainable job creation for
Appalachian communities. This event will undoubtedly be historic, but
the struggle for the land and people of Appalachia is ongoing. We hope
that by recording this march and telling stories from it, we can inspire
people in Appalachia and across the nation to continue the struggle.
mo'fo' on panel and the Blair Mountain March @
Later that night there was an awesome concert honoring Hazel Dickens
in New York City aren't known for their respect of civil and
constitutional rights. You can be arrested now for the made up crime of filming cop. Well, cops are also taking cameras. Flux Rostrum is a who was filming a protest against the Mexican consulate in NYC, over a murder in a Mexican city. Rostrum was jumped by police and indeed, a NYPC captain who shouted "I want that camera."
Did the captain try to get a warrant to search or seize the camera?
No, in today's world, warrants are an option for many police, not a
necessity. When Mr. Rostrum went to complain at a police station, he was threatened with arrest by a police lieutenant! So much for public service.
In classic Monty Python style, the bus just raised it's fist and cried "but I''m not dead yet!"
Shortly after being told the estimate was 5,768 dollars; which was a death blow to the bus, no brainer... I got another message from the shop but since I was downing beers I turned my phone off for awhile.
The NEW Message: They were real sorry, someone else's estimate had accidentally been stapled to my ticket.
The bus only needs a new oil cooler assembly, related items and services.
The Actual Estimate is $1,575.00
Now, while this estimate is at least feasable; it's not like I got an extra dime laying around.
I'll be focusing on paying jobs for awhile.
If you have a paying job for a webmaster or video producer, I'm all ears.
If you feel compelled to donate for the cause
I'd love you forever and will send you a DVD of anything I've produced, just name it.
However, I need to say that the bus will No Longer be traveling back an forth across the country All The F'n Time as it has been for the last 3 years. The remainder of it's life will consist mostly of regional use for off grid film screenings, music and guerilla 1st ammendment covered activist video projections (like this on a smaller scale).
The estimate mix up may have happened to me because I laughed too hard at this video
My experience going before Magistrate Byrnside in Boone County WV on the Oct. 30th for the events described here. I have put off writing about this for a few days because I'm still gathering advice and attempting to understand what actually happened myself. It's fuckin' weird.
I thought I was going to appear before the magistrate and be offered a plea bargain of some kind which I did not intend to accept. At which point I wanted to push for a complete dismissal and/or set a date for trial. ... I don't want to go into great detail about this... but, the bottom line is that "I" did not get to see the Magistrate. My lawyer brought back word that they would accept a guilty plea to trespassing OR they Would be dismissing my charges, then RECHARGING Me And REARRESTING ME.
Plead guilty to this or we will arrest you again.
So that's the current situation, My Charges from 9-9-09 of 1) Trespassing, asked to leave, 2) conspiracy, 3) disobeying a lawful order... have been dismissed ... as I wished....
BUT I'm told that within a couple weeks I might receive a summons to turn myself in on .. new charges ... get processed, go to jail and need to be bailed out again ... etc.
Accepting the plea would have cost a max fine of 500 bucks and it would have been over with... sometimes I wish I could have plead guilty; I just knew I would not be able to live with myself if I had plead guilty to this.
I'll be on the show for a 1/2 hour or longer tomorrow night.
We'll be talking about Freedom of the Press, Mountain Top Removal and Conspiracy.
You can listen LIVE OnLine HERE
You can also call in to the show if you'd like.
The show is now Archived HERE
Morgan Massey Dr. Julian, WV 6AM ish 9-9-09
I was filming a Chain & Tube Lock Down Blockade of the road which leads to Massey Energy Regional Headquarters as the first workers of the day arrived. I was wearing my Press Pass prominently around my neck. The road was an intersection off of a 4 lane road with a 65 mph speed limit and the blockade was about 30-40 yards from the intersection. The road appeared to continue for approximately a couple hundred yards. There is nothing at this intersection that marks it any differently than any other road intersecting this 4 lane roadway. This part of West Virginia often has severe fog problems, but not this morning. I interviewed the participants and waited for the cops to show up. The cops arrived quickly. I positioned myself about 30-40 feet from the lockdown and waited for the police interaction with the protesters. Deputy Eric Eversole appeared to be first on the scene. He briefly surveyed the situation at the lock down and then abruptly turned walking quickly toward me and said:
"Turn your camera off you're under arrest for trespassing."
I responded something to the effect that I was a Journalist and I was willing to leave and he responded that I could not, that I was under arrest. I'm not sure if I turned off the camera or not, I was experiencing a level of shock at the time.
Four people protesting Massey Energy's mountaintop removal mining practices were arrested Wednesday after linking their arms together with plastic pipe and duct tape, briefly blocking a private road to Massey's Boone County headquarters.The Boone County sheriff charged the four men, who range in age from 22 to 80, with trespassing, destruction of property, failure to obey lawful command, conspiracy and resisting arrest. The sheriff says the makeshift roadblock nearly caused an accident as cars backed up to nearby US 119 in heavy fog. Standup. One of those charged was 80-year-old Roland Micklem, 80, of Savannah, N.Y. Deputies also busted Joseph Hamsher; James McGuinness, and Fred Williamson.
A fifth person detained and charged after the protest was described by Climate Ground Zero as an independent videojournalist who goes by the name FluxRostrum. Cops called him Gianni Lapis and charged him with trespassing, conspiracy and failure to obey a lawful command. The latest protest comes just two days after a huge pro-coal rally that Massey helped sponsor.