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Red Ribbon Grand Jury ~ Chadron, NE ~ June 24th 2008
Testimony regarding specific crimes and specific injustices which exemplify the atmosphere of fascism in Dawes county Nebraska.
While covering the plight of the Lakota in Chadron the NOmadjik Media bus was sabatoged with deep red clay in the fuel lines. We were immobilized and all mechanics who responded to fix it changed their minds a day after agreeing to do the job. During this period a little research showed that a month earlier a journalist who had been studying racism in Chadron and had dissappeared several years before had just been unearthed in a local park... not all that well hidden in a relatively populated area. The public was to believe the body had been there for several years without being detected in the numerous man hunts that had combed the area after he went missing. We were lucky enough to be a AAA member with towing privledges; so after a week or more of being harassed by local police & kindly not helped by local businesses, we were able to be towed 100 miles to the safety of a real international truck shop. At this point we had not yet published anything about the issues in Chadron. Along the way our tow truck driver confided to us that he used to work as a guard at the local prison (where the current police chief had been warden). We were a little concerned about that since he was taking us "somewhere".
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
Frenchmen to French Broad
This starts off with a bike ride through the French Quarter. Then NOmadjik Media Bus travels from Frenchmen st. New Orleans to the French Broad river Hot Springs North Carolina. In route I stop off in Tuscaloosa Alabama with donated supplies for the tornado disaster zone. I hook up with John Wathen who gives the run down on the enviro-friendly tactics he's pushing to use in Hurricane Creek, which happens to have been 1 of the most bio diverse areas on the planet. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity why not help him ensure that it remains 1 of the most bio diverse areas on the planet? There are photos of what this area USE TO LOOK LIKE & Mo'Fo' @ www.hurricane-creek.org From: FluxRostrum Views: 501 11 ratings Time: 14:20 More in Travel & Events
Time lapse photos of 2 afternoons worth of heating, filtering and pumping about a 100 gallons of waste veggie oil. The Bus leaves for Alabama's Tornado Zone on Wed. the 18th. Then on to the March on Blair Mountain in WV. ~ download
Thanks to the Frenchmen St Deli & Mardi Gras Zone for their lovely fuel.
Filtering Waste Veggie Oil in NOLA
Time lapse photos of 2 afternoons worth of heating, filtering and pumping about a 100 gallons of waste veggie oil. I'm fueling up to head into the Alabama Tornado Zone in a couple days and then on to the March on Blair Mountain. marchonblairmountain.org Thanks to the Frenchmen St Deli & Mardi Gras Zone for their lovely fuel. There are plenty of detailed guides available on line that will tell you exactly how to run WVO in your diesel engine. This is video is a reminder for you to look at them. From: FluxRostrum Views: 1072 11 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Film & Animation
on the road with a fucked bus ... stillwanna buy me a beer?
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
The bus that limped into Austin a couple months ago is now embarking on the the long limp ... for lack of a better word... home. Seems like every destination becomes the symbolic "home" that I never really reach.
I fixed the leak with a combination of patching material and have a back up plan if the patches break. I also did a 2 hour local test drive to make sure everything was working. I'll be stoopping frequently to check for leaks and let my baby rest.
Anyone in the Waco, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville areas that want to hook up let me know. This will be a fairly slow drive... I'm pushing my luck enough just pulling out of the driveway.
wish me luck.
There's a hole in the coolant hose that heats the the veggie oil. It is in that impossible place to get at where the hose in hose (oil line running inside the coolant line) goes through the firewall (not a computer term). I'm surprised that the unprotected sharp piece of metal pressed tightly up against it had not cut a hole in it sooner.
This morning I was awoken by the police (again) while parked in the RV side of a Flying J parking lot. They "mildly" threatened to arrest me or fine me 1,000 dollars an ounce for the coolant that leaked out over night. I was able to convince them to give me an hour to fix it and leave... that i knew where the hole was and was capable of fixing it ( I did know, but I am not capable of fixing it in an hour ) I've blown about 80 unexpected bucks on coolant, stop leak and "special" rescue tape. There is no way to fix the hole without removing the entire veggie fuel line and coolant heat system. It will take a lot of time.
I was told by a flying J employee to just move it back to the big rig lot and work on it there, that way when the cops came back I'd be gone. I did that but within an hour an unmarked car with a uniformed cop cruised by.
As I rolled around under the bus frantically trying to put tape on wet hose with one hand (because that's all that would fit it the space) a trucker pulls up next to me hops out and leans down to warn me of the swarm of bees he saw behind my bus... I thanked him even though those bees and the ones I was laying on were all dead from the coolant that covered my entire body as well.
I cut an extra piece of hose and tried to cover the hole and protect the hose from the sharp metal it had been rubbing against for 25,000 miles. I called in for reinforcements from my Texas comrades, ideas for where i could limp the bus to for safety.. Thank you all, just knowing someone was helping me think it through was quite comforting. Also, Much thanks to Topher who I bugged 'til the wee hours last night trying to find a solution. You Topher, are my "real" favorite veggie mechanic; the title of this post however is a reference that that other guy will only get.
Long story long... Bus not fixed. bus not in Austin. maybe bus in Austin tonight. Bus limping into Austin for the 3rd fucking time. I'm able to drive about 10-15 miles on each radiator fill up of water. Must drive real slow on the highway while assholes honk angerly at me every minute or 2. I'm almost within range of a AAA tow job but those of you who have followed my saga will know that I can probably drive there in 10 mile spurts faster than they will come tow me.
I don't know what "normal life" is; but I know that this is NOT normal or joyous and that has become the norm for bus travel and I'm sick-n-fuckin' tired of it.
90% home . . . 90% over it.