As mentioned in an earlier zombietime report, a ragtag group of protesters have for the last year and a half been “occupying” a small grove of oak trees near the U.C. Berkeley campus, in an attempt to prevent the university from building a new student athletic facility on the site. For unknown reasons, the university never evicted the protesters, who had taken to living in the trees themselves. That is, until today, June 17, 2008, when without warning the university began to dismantle the illegal “tree-sit.”


The eviction of the protesters and the dismantling of their treehouses and rope network began at 6:30 in the morning. This short photo essay is in no way intended to be a comprehensive document of what happened on June 17 — just one person’s perspective of a few minutes in the day-long incident, much later in the afternoon. Here, one of the tree-sit supporters expresses her opinion of either Berkeley, or (more likely, considering the red-white-and-blue color scheme) the United States.


The police had previously enclosed the oak grove in two layers of fencing, in a futile attempt to prevent supporters from delivering food to the tree-sitters. On this day, they erected a third barrier, and kept the growing crowd (estimated at about 100 people) far back from the action in the arboreal canopy above. The crowd grew hostile and began shouting insults at the police, and encouragements to the beleaguered tree-sitters.


The university brought in cherry-picker cranes, which police and arborists used to ascend to the treetops where they tore down the treehouses and, whenever possible, performed mid-air arrests of trapped tree-sitters. The crowd was kept so far back that we were not really able to get a good view of the action.


Predictably, some communists showed up and stationed themselves at the front, occasionally taunting the police in Spanish. Note the hard-hats the cops are wearing — they were forced to put them on because earlier in the day the tree-sitters were pelting the police with human feces and bits of garbage. Luckily, I missed that part.


The communists eventually gave up displaying their banner to the police, and laid it on the ground.


The crowd was frustrated but powerless. Mostly people just milled around, occasionally crying or sobbing, and then suddenly shouting in outrage when one of the tree-sitters in the distance let out a scream or a howl for some reason, which they did every few minutes or so.

Living in the trees, throwing feces at predators, howling in fear — was I witnessing de-evolution in action? Could humankind return to the trees?


But not everyone was in tears over the day’s events. A group of student athletes and other tree-sit opponents watched the action from a much better vantage point in Memorial Stadium, and cheered wildly whenever a part of a treehouse tumbled to the ground.


The police at ground level just stood there impassively.


The protesters had chalked on the ground their opinion of the police and other evil University of California authority figures: “Beyond Satan.”


This interesting sigil caught my eye: a combination of the peace symbol and the anarchism symbol — along with three mysterious short lines (which, in hobo code, mean “This is not a safe place”).


At one point, a college-age girl decided to lie down in the street. I thought — Oooh, a die-in is brewing, this could get interesting.


But after several minutes no one had joined her. So I went over and asked her, “Are you trying to start a die-in, or just sunbathing in the street?” She replied, “I feel it’s important to be in touch with the ground at this time. Perhaps someone will bring me some food.”

And on that disorienting note, I went on my merry way.

62 Responses to “U.C. Berkeley Dismantles Oak Grove “Tree-Sit””

  1. 1citruscanker on Jun 18, 2008 at 12:29 am:

    Out of all of your reports, The Berkeley Oak Grove Tree Saga is one of my favorites, just because of the surreal absurdity of it all.
    It would make a great movie…or an awful one.

  2. 2redc1c4 on Jun 18, 2008 at 1:26 am:

    “food” girl seems cute enough, in a moon bat way…. you need to consider your alpha male audience when you get the rare opportunity to shoot someone who *isn’t* a hairy arm pitted rock lobster bat area denizen.

    /say what you want about LA, we can produce better looking protesters.

    (still just as crazy though. %-)

  3. 3Luna on Jun 18, 2008 at 1:45 am:

    Will we ever be rid of Bu$Hitler Chimpy McHaliburton?

    How long, how long must we put up with this?

    5 million dead Irakis and 10 thousand dead troops and god knows how many war criminals we’ve created, a thousand Hadithas and Abo Ghraibs and My Lies…

    And still this wasn’t enough blood for him? He had to kill these trees too?

    I weep for our sins… sins committed by right wing faschists. Who hate our universities. And our trees

  4. 4yochanan on Jun 18, 2008 at 2:02 am:

    almost wish there had been a accident in the trees, anarchist/commies discovering gravity. Usually I refrain from using the term commie but in this case they are batshit crazy.

    it would almost be nice if mother earth would have a nice earth quake and level the place.

  5. 5N. O'Brain on Jun 18, 2008 at 5:21 am:

    The Brachiation 201 class has been canceled.

    Dr. Zaius will reschedule to a later date.

  6. 6Jason on Jun 18, 2008 at 6:54 am:

    “I feel it’s important to be in touch with the ground at this time.”

    I would’ve followed up that bit of moonbattery with, “So then why are you lying on the ASPHALT?”

  7. 7ProtestShooter on Jun 18, 2008 at 7:44 am:

    Cool – I was there a little earlier than you – the street was still open and the chalk wasn’t there yet. Different communists. Pretty much no changes though. Pictures: http://www.protestshooter.com/20080617Oaks/

  8. 8Just Another Four-Letter Word on Jun 18, 2008 at 9:38 am:

    Zombie, you are correct about de-evolution. All the facts you noted pointed to it.

    Those cops don’t get paid enough…

    JAFLW

  9. 9devious soybeans on Jun 18, 2008 at 11:34 am:

    Don’t forget boys and girls…… BDS Doctrine stipulates that Bu$Hitler Chimpy McHaliburton not only hates Bezerkerley’s trees, he also hates Iowa’s corn. You know he and Karl Rove personally caused the flooding there….. those bastards.

  10. 10Marc on Jun 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm:

    what was up with the mexican guy?

  11. 11AntiCair on Jun 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm:

    Paul Bunyon..where are you when we need you.

  12. 12NeoCon on Jun 18, 2008 at 11:37 pm:

    Looks like the crazies found a judge dumb enough to back them up and extend this circus a few weeks more

    Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller ruled late Wednesday to continue a temporary injunction that is preventing the university’s administration from cutting down 44 oak trees near Memorial Stadium to make room for a $125 million athletic facility, KCBS-TV reported.

    Linky

  13. 13devious soybeans on Jun 19, 2008 at 6:14 am:

    Asphalt Girl has a nice rack

  14. 14JDW on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:21 am:

    The obvious question I have is “what do these people smell like?” That is to say – The Moonbat – is it a distinct fecal / dirty-ass smell as one might expect? Or is there a more acrid, underarm, ball-sweat, thigh-stink thing going on? Looking at these particular tree-sitting, howling-hippy evolutions of the species – I can only guess at the reasty funk coming from them.

  15. 15JDW on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:25 am:

    Oh, and concerning the whole “die-in” thing…has anyone considered just kinda’ just, you know, walkin’ over and whizzin’ on ‘em? You know, hands free style whizzin’? That’d be kinda’ funny.

  16. 16That Freakin' Cat on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:30 am:

    Asphalt girl needs to buy a bra.

  17. 17Ward Cleaver on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:06 am:

    “Will we ever be rid of Bu$Hitler Chimpy McHaliburton?

    How long, how long must we put up with this?

    5 million dead Irakis and 10 thousand dead troops and god knows how many war criminals we’ve created, a thousand Hadithas and Abo Ghraibs and My Lies…

    And still this wasn’t enough blood for him? He had to kill these trees too?

    I weep for our sins… sins committed by right wing faschists. Who hate our universities. And our trees”

    Shouldn’t your nic be “Luna-tic”?

    And no, Asphalt Girl doesn’t need a bra. Just some serious deprogramming.

  18. 18Mustafa on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:07 am:

    I tried that “I feel it’s important to be in touch with the ground at this time. Perhaps someone will bring me some food.” line on my wife as I positioned myself in my Laz-e-boy in a gesture of solidarity with Wacky Ground Grrrrl.

    Republican Wife suggested “Perhaps someone will get off his lazy ass and finish installing the air conditioner in my office window.”

    Damn. Stymied again in my reaching out to my Berkeley bretheren/sisteren by her loquacious perspicacity.

  19. 19Mike on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:11 am:

    Nice one Luna, at least the name fits.

  20. 20Asphalt Girl on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:21 am:

    Don’t talk about my boobies that way!

    Liberalism is like an alien parasite that needs a host organism to survive (think Aliens). It sucks out the nourishment of the host as it cannot provide food or shelter for itself. Berkeley is what happens when the host organism has been devoured and nothing but the parasite remains.

  21. 21Boleslaus Sabakovic on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:21 am:

    Asphalt girl needs to buy a bra.>>

    No she doesn’t. She just needs to wear thin white tops more often.

    (I wore a black armband for a month when I noticed in 1983 that the bra-less look was ‘out’.)

  22. 22Seraphym on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:35 am:

    You know, it’s funny how having a nice rack and a decent figure, like bat-sh*t crazy asphalt girl seems to, gets a female near clemency for said batsh*t craziness by male commentors, and perhaps female ones too.

    Do crazy men who look decent or “hawt” get the same “reduced sentence” from females? Many studies show that women are just as turned-on by visual stimulus as men… so does that affect women’s reasoning as well when observing the nonsensical antics of some commie/hippie/druggie/jihadi/fascist/racist/idiot?

    I see this reaction by myself, and other men, as just more proof that, while we all may be born equal, our reception by others is very much subject to the culture we are in, and in America, simply taking care of oneself and having a nice appearance can, and will, start one at a higher position in people’s favor than looking like trash.

    Not saying it’s right or wrong, but just an observation… kinda like wearing a suit to an interview, and overdressing for the first month at a new job.

    Oh, and if asphalt girl didn’t smell like 5-day-stale armpits, she’d be welcome to get in contact with my lovely lakeside back lawn, au natural, anytime. She still wouldn’t be allowed inside, though… batsh*t crazy takes forever to wash out.

  23. 23John Lee Pedimore on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:41 am:

    Mother Nature burns thousands of acres of trees every year in forest fires and has since the beginning of time.Mother nature has destroyed more wildlife habitat than any humans ever have.But you’ll never see a shirt that says “F*** Mother Nature”.

    The sign is interesting,the “A” means anarchy but the 3 slashes may actually mean Hank Williams III,he’s a big hit with the punk scene.

    JLP

  24. 24experiencedtraveller on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:46 am:

    Anarchists, communists and Asphalt Girl all before lunch! Thanks Zombie!

  25. 25Paul Atreides on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:52 am:

    Will we ever be rid of Bu$Hitler Chimpy McHaliburton?

    How long, how long must we put up with this?

    5 million dead Irakis and 10 thousand dead troops and god knows how many war criminals we’ve created, a thousand Hadithas and Abo Ghraibs and My Lies…

    And still this wasn’t enough blood for him? He had to kill these trees too?

    I weep for our sins… sins committed by right wing faschists. Who hate our universities. And our trees

    ——————————————————–

    I cannot decide whether this is a dead-on parody or real; if it is a parody, it is, truly, dead-on and if it is for real, you need to come down out of the trees and invest in a dictionary.

  26. 26Capitalist Infidel on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:41 am:

    I’m pretty confident it was a parody

  27. 27RH Potfry on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:45 am:

    were you able to get Ground Girl’s phone number?

  28. 28Takekaze on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:45 am:

    Asphalt Girl needs some serious spanking. I have a paddle. Anyone wanna join in?

    Hey, here’s an idea. Instead of those “die-in” things that nobody gives a damn about… how’s about a “spank in”?

    And Luna, please… At D-Day more American soldiers died in some 8 hours than in 5 years Iraq. I guess with today’s media and moonbats, D-Day would have been a bad idea as well. They would surrender to Hitler, just like they want to surrender to Osama and Al Quaeda now. Fools. I think it was in Babylon 5 where Marcus (the human Ranger) once said “Always bet on stupidity”.

  29. 29Cousin Dave on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:53 am:

    So what exactly is Asphalt Girl doing in that first photo? Looks to me like she’s getting in touch with something other than the ground…

  30. 30Spiny Norman on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:06 am:

    I’m kinda curious about that myself, Cousin Dave.

  31. 31Ward Cleaver on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:13 am:

    “I’m kinda curious about that myself, Cousin Dave.”

    She’s having a dialogue with her monologue.

  32. 32Josh on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:50 am:

    “Perhaps someone will bring me some food.”

    No, she doesn’t need it.

  33. 33Kevin on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:57 am:

    The communists spelled “comunista” wrong.

  34. 34FCD on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm:

    Just to be a nitpicker… there is no such thing as ‘de-evolution’. Evolution is not a directed process; even if humans returned to a life in the trees and re-adapted to that existence, it would just be ‘evolution’.

    :)

  35. 35devious soybeans on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:19 pm:

    Seraphym, I simply admire the attributes of the female form. A nice rack is a nice rack whether or not they’re attached to a “batsh*t crazy” coed. If a guy hasn’t be laid in a while, yeah, he may be more willing to give a chick like Asphalt Girl a pass, but I think most normal (i.e., center-right) guys can see/smell a moonbat like her for what she is.

    And, my dear Asphalt Girl, it’s truly sad that the alien liberal parasites have sucked out your brains, but I just wanted you to know the compliment of your “boobies” was indeed sincere. They look like two puppies in a pillowcase, and though That Freakin’ Cat sez you should buy a bra…. I say, let those puppies be free….. but at least, please wash them….. someone may bring you some food.

  36. 36Paul Atreides on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm:

    “Perhaps someone will bring me some food.”

    No, she doesn’t need it.

    ———————————–

    Typical liberal: she won’t go get the food for herself.

  37. 37Emerson on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm:

    I love when spoiled rich white kids have their hats handed to them by otherwise bored civil servants who hate them for being spoiled rich white kids. Owning useless degrees must make them fall back on Plan B: In the coming American Socialist Revolution they’ll be royalty who won’t have to work because work is only for capitalists.

    The opposite of douchebag communism isn’t the cartoon caracterizations of it painted by Gnome Crapsky and Howie Zilch. It’s not being a nihilistic, genocidal scumbag who wuvs the self-destructive irony of saying that Islam means Peace when they know it really means Submission.

  38. 38Emerson on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:49 pm:

    FCD:

    Oh yeah, there really is something called De-Evolution. Devo based half their shtick on it. I’ve seen pictures of the original De-Evolution text in the Devo book “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo”. I thought it was a joke for years but Jerry Casale keeps bringing it up like it’s his paid sponsor.

  39. 39thenakedemperor on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm:

    Apparently, my esteemed California countrymen have evolved too much. Here in Louisiana, we have a phenomenon called “rednecks”. Some are even Doctors, like me. And rednecks tend to have things like pickups and chainsaws. We would have changed this from a “tree-in” to a “brush pile ready to be burned-in long before 18 months.

  40. 40Paul Atreides on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:55 pm:

    And rednecks tend to have things like pickups and chainsaws. We would have changed this from a “tree-in” to a “brush pile ready to be burned-in long before 18 months.

    —————————-

    “Step right up, folks, step right up! One dollah to knock the hippy outta the tree. Don’t crowd, folks, everyone gets a chance.”

  41. 41Clutch on Jun 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm:

    Did my naughty comment get deleted? :-( I was having some network problems and wasn’t sure if it posted, but if I was bad and got deleted, me so sorry zombie, I didn’t think it was delete-able bad. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa (and I ain’t even Catholic…)

  42. 42Ringo the Gringo on Jun 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm:

    I haen’t read all the posts here but the girl getting in touch with the ground was actually one of the tree-sitters. She probably just came down from a long time up in the trees and she probably was hungry, hence her odd comments.

    Her name is “dumpster Muffin”.

    Here she is: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2008/06/18/MNH111BB50.DTL&o=0

  43. 43Red Ruffansore on Jun 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm:

    They should have sawed the trees down with the idiots in them. If ignorance is no excuse for the law, stupidity should not get a pass. All these idiots pissing away Daddy’s money on an edumacation and they live in trees.

  44. 44Ringo the Gringo on Jun 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm:

    Here is video of Dumpster Muffin going baslitic: http://video.nbc11.com/player/?id=266753

    She was in the tree for 7 months!

    Damn, she must have stunk!

  45. 45Seraphym on Jun 19, 2008 at 2:27 pm:

    Ringo, nice video link…

    There is a moment in the commentary for the video where the reporter states, starting at 3:55 remaining in the run (the video clock counts down), that one of Dumpster Muffin’s comrades claimed that, as he didn’t know if she was tethered in or not, if anything happened to her, it would be the UNIVERSITY’s FAULT.

    If that doesn’t define the modern Leftist, I don’t know what does.

    Lightning turns Dumpster Muffin into a Toasted Bun? University’s Fault.

    The tower collapses from poor workmanship/materials and turns Dumpster Muffin into a Tortilla? University’s Fault.

    Dumpster Muffin starves herself into Dumpster Wafer, and falls out while sleeping? University’s Fault.

    Unreal… and the fact that she spent 7 MONTHS up in the tree (?!?!?!) means that she’s missed TWO semesters without being enrolled in a class… which means she’s no longer a degree-seeking student as I understand the rules, which I am sure is somehow the University’s Fault, too.

  46. 46JarvisW on Jun 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm:

    Dumpster Muffin does not look like Asphalt Girl. Her hair is much more wirey, and looks like she was up there for 7 mo. Dumpster is also wearing different cloths. Black Shirt and purple pants, vs Olive shirt and grey pants.

  47. 47devious soybeans on Jun 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm:

    I have to agree w/ JarvisW….. the undoubtedly moldy Dumpster Muffin looks very different from Asphalt Girl. The nbc news story shows a closeup of her and the clothes and hair are different.

  48. 48Tomare Utsu Zo on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm:

    “Perhaps someone will bring me some food.”

    That sums it up perfectly, I am special, feed me.

  49. 49XPLODEIT on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:36 pm:

    Give them an hour to get down, then cut the trees down. If they are still in the trees, oh well broken hippies. No big loss.

  50. 50jack on Jun 20, 2008 at 2:05 am:

    Flinging oneself to the ground is an effective negotiating tactic. Just ask my 2 year old.

  51. 51Tamerlane on Jun 20, 2008 at 3:47 am:

    Didn’t they use to use pintle-mounted, watercolled .30 Brownings to deal with this kind of sierra?

  52. 52Beppo on Jun 20, 2008 at 6:14 am:

    Asphalt Girl probably hasn’t washed her pupik in six months, so I’ll take a pass on that one.

  53. 53Right-winger on Jun 20, 2008 at 6:27 am:

    What an absolutely disgusting group of people! Didn’t their parents teach them that throwing feces is an utterly un-human thing. Oh, wait, probably not since their parents are probably also batshiat crazy hippies that wallowed in their own filth at Woodstock or some other lame excuse to get dirty people together.

    Uh, I hate liberals. Cut the trees down with them still in them if they won’t obey police orders.

  54. 54John B on Jun 20, 2008 at 7:56 am:

    The photograph (fifth from the bottom) – is that two police officers or an audition for the Village People?

    As for asphalt girl, give her a good bath and I’ld do her.

  55. 55L E F on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:18 am:

    I can’t wait for the day when all the dirty hippies (big and small racks alike) finally reach that last straw from all the tired, repetitive banal abuse (did you folks read Mad magazine in 1967 or did you actually think you were being witty and original?). Maybe they’ll finally lose it enough to start spraying hot machine-gun death around them like so many bullied heroes have done before. All of your families will weep and say “why, why?” and I’ll point them to the comments on this page, and smear my face with your entrails while laughing. No rack in the world will be enough to get you up when your reproductive organs hang from my carbine strap. You’ll be longing for those old placid hippies soon enough when it’s your feces stuffing your mouth as my pack of bloodthirsty canines repeatedly impregnate and devour your mothers, sisters, and especially those yummy baby daughters.

  56. 56Mamba1-0 on Jun 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm:

    And filthy little hippies like lef wonder why normal people don’t take them seriously. What are we supposed to think about a rant like that from someone who, obviously, hasn’t benn out of his mama’s basement for months; and, just as obviously, plays entirely too many games of violence on his computer. Luckily – for him – that is as close to actual revolution and/or violence that he/she/it will ever get. Well, he/she/it has had its rant and will now return to the important things in its life: masturbation.

  57. 57Amused on Jun 20, 2008 at 8:43 pm:

    I do find it interesting that any amount of abusive and derogatory comment is permitted as long as the abuse is leveled at the so-called ‘hippies;’ but the muck rakers are remarkably reactive when the dirty ol’ hippies shoot back, verbally or otherwise. Y’all are so very, very special throwing verbal feces whilst pretending to be horrified by the tree people’s antics. Sure, bullets and napalm are so much more civilized in a dispute than poop-throwing, not to mention the oddly inappropriate commentary on who would ‘do’ the so-called Asphalt Girl…. And you wonder why no one with more than two brain cells to rub together takes right wing moonbats seriously. Talk about out of control narcissism. Get a freaking mirror, wouldja?

  58. 58Brian Tiemann on Jun 21, 2008 at 7:23 am:

    Funny, I thought the idea was that “Taking your complaints up with the university board of trustees, and if you can’t convince them, abiding by the decisions of those who permit you to be on their campus in the first place” was the “civilized” way to handle a dispute. You know, negotiation. Discussion. Compromise. The rule of law.

    Throwing tantrums like three-year-olds and refusing to accept the rule of the society in which you live? That’s a paddlin’.

  59. 59fred suggs on Jun 21, 2008 at 9:59 am:

    “I feel it’s important to be in touch with the ground at this time.”

    In the first pic it looks like shes touching more than just the ground. The second gives us a shot of moonbat cameltoe.

  60. 60Joltin' Django on Jul 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm:

    “The sign is interesting,the ‘A’ means anarchy but the 3 slashes may actually mean Hank Williams III,he’s a big hit with the punk scene.”

    I know Hank III. Hell, I knew him when he went by “Shelton.” He ain’t popular enough in any part of the country to be known and/or identified by three slashes on a piece of pavement. Indeed.

  61. 61wilson on Jul 3, 2008 at 8:36 pm:

    This is the most incredibly STUPID thing I really think I have ever seen. Do we not have better things to think about than a bunch of hairy armpit and hairy leg chicks that are sitting in a tree. Also, how about the fact that if anything happens to us – WE CALL THE POLICE – but the rest of the time they are bad guys. Hey, how about you get robbed or raped – if the police aren’t there then they are not responding right. All the rest of the time they are put down. SORRY GUYS – BUT THIS IS PLAIN STUPID!!

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