The moronic “tree-sit” at the Memorial Oak Grove above the U.C. Berkeley campus (in which a group of protesters are trying to stop the construction of a new sports training facility by “occupying” the trees on the site) gained notoriety last year when the the tree-sitters threw their urine and feces on police officers trying to remove them.

Well, I was combing through some old photos and found this short series of photos I took at the oak grove on September 22, 2007. Nothing special about that day — just a random day that I happened to find myself passing by the ongoing (and interminable) protest. I never used the photos, and was about to throw them away, when I noticed a couple of details about the photo above. For all the media mentions about the urine-throwing, I’d never seen an actual photograph of the urine in question. Until now, that is.

Here are some close-ups from the same photo. Notice the jugs of piss dangling from the tree.
The weaponized urine — revealed at last!

This “Wishist” (with some futile attempts at orthography: “carribeaners,” “solar pannels,” “spiget,” “penut butter”) ominously contains a request for “funnels.” You can just imagine what they’re for.

Here’s what the tree-sitters’ info table used to look like. A complete mess. (Now, nearly a year later, this part of the sidewalk has been cleared away and permanently blocked off by the police in an attempt to isolate the sitters.)


A parting message.

10 Responses to “Last year’s urine: A tree-sitters’ Golden Oldie”

  1. 1MikalM on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:25 am:

    Note the request for “healing herb” on the Wish List. Must be a nice life — sitting up in a tree all day, smoking weed and tossing bags of p!ss at cops and maintenance workers…

  2. 2Sarge on Jul 25, 2008 at 11:06 am:

    Zombie, I could have had the whole mess sorted out in about one half-hour. Without firing a shot: Flat-bed truck. Compressor. Retired locomotive horn. Patience while the stunned and deafened hippies flee. Then send in the chain saw crew to drop the trees.
    Problem solved. UC Football 1, dirty stinking hippies 0.

  3. 3CAL BEAR on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:11 pm:

    Memorial Grove is a beautiful part of Cal’s history, but it’s time for Joe Roth Memorial Stadium to get a face-lift.
    These simpleton protesters are delaying the inevitable and turning the whole area into a cesspool.
    They should be forceably removed and given jail sentences plus fines.
    Of course, the People’s Republic of Berkeley will probably give them medals instead.

  4. 4ProtestShooter on Jul 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm:

    At that other Berkeley tree sit (the one on campus back in March) they had a poo bucket that wasn’t really opaque. Ew.

    Imagine having that dumped over your head.

    I have this whole theory that you can measure the success of a tree sit by the amount of human waste it generates. Since they never seem to achieve any outside goals, it’s basically a measure of number of people x amount of food their supporters can provide x time.

  5. 5gus3 on Jul 25, 2008 at 9:28 pm:

    The people may be gone, but the message remains:

    Down with college and pro sports!

  6. 6Fenris on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:18 pm:

    On the last photo:

    Wait, didn’t the new building plan call for two trees for every one tree felled? The sidewalk writer contributed to global warming!

  7. 7Joe on Aug 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm:

    Two words: Live ammo

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