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Biotic Baking Brigade on Tue, 2 Sep 2003 01:40:04 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Pastry (and mayonnaise) Attacks in Brazil, USA, Canada, and Russia

   On August 28, an anti-FTAA activist pied American Embassador Peter
   Allgeier, co-president of the FTAA, during a press conference in Rio
   de Janeiro, Brazil. The activist, a member of Bakers Without Borders,
   released a note protesting the negotiations of the FTAA. The FTAA will
   concentrate wealth, increase poverty, and destroy labor, consumer and
   enviromental rights, said the note.
   The protest also focused attention on the disregard Brazil's
   government has
   shown for a September 2002 unofficial plebiscite in which over 10
   people voted "No" to the FTAA. Last month, President Inacio Lula da
   said at a meeting with George Bush that negotiations will proceed and
   should finish by 2005. Brazilian social movements and NGOs protest the
   continuation of negotiations. The pieing comes just two weeks ahead of
   a WTO meeting in Cancun, which will be met with massive protest.
   Editor's note: check out the incredible pie action photos at:
   Former Presidential Candidate Gets 'Pied' At Event
   3:16 p.m. PDT August 12, 2003 [AP]
   LOS ANGELES -- Ralph Nader got a pie in the face at an event Tuesday
   with one of the people running for California governor.
   The former Green Party presidential candidate was in San Francisco
   to endorse Peter Camejo, who's one of six declared Greens running in
   the recall election.
   At the end of a news conference, a man ran into the room, shoved a
   pie in Nader's face, and ran out. Nader threw some of the pie at the
   unidentified man as he took off -- but the police didn't catch him.
   Later, Camejo said he thought the Democrats were behind the pie
   throwing. The Green Party will announce on Thursday which candidate it
   will endorse.
   Monday morning, in the beautiful (yet corporate headquarter ridden)
   city of Calgary, Alberta's premier was busy flipping flapjacks and
   beef sausages (because he can't sell them to his friends in the USA
   anymore) when a team of dedicated pie-throwers delivered him the long
   awaited dessert that he deserved!
   Monday morning, in the beautiful (yet corporate headquarter ridden)
   city of Calgary, Alberta's premier was busy flipping flapjacks and
   beef sausages (because he can't sell them to his friends in the USA
   anymore) when a team of dedicated pie-throwers delivered him the long
   awaited dessert that he deserved: a succulent banana-cream pie, that
   Ralph Klein himself qualified as "good tasting", unlike his politics
   (which leave a bad taste too often in many people's mouths).
   Obviously, the Banana-Cream three, who were from Calgary, did not
   include a married gay couple. Ralph would not permit that in his
   province, even though the rest of Canada's governments will stop
   harassing gay citizens and finally treat same-sex couples equally by
   letting them marry. They find it utterly funny that Mister Klein would
   try to give the pie-throwers lessons in democracy. They suggest he
   opens a dictionary, looks up the word "plutocracy", and then tells
   them how much it costs to become Premier of a province like Alberta.
   Is it surprising to see Ralph Klein opposing the Kyoto Accord for the
   right of big corporations to pollute, the same corporations that
   finance his campaigns? Talk about democracy in action! He even
   threatened to separate from Canada for his friends' right to pollute.
   Even if you do separate, Mister Klein, your pollution will not stay
   over Alberta, and all the provinces are concerned. This pie will not
   fill the hole in the ozone layer, but it feels good to our
   environment, because, for once, the joke is not at our expense.
   Remember when King Ralph went in a homeless shelter on a winter night,
   completely drunk, to yell at the people there and throw money in their
   faces before leaving in a rage? Afterwards, he confessed he had an
   alcohol problem; the three were happy to hear it, because, for a
   while, they thought he had a problem with the poor The stampede
   breakfast marked the first time that Ralph Klein's face was red in
   public and it was not due to drinking. They hope the pie have finally
   cured him.
   Pie High!
   P.S. Now, Mister Klein does not only have the threat of separation in
   common with Quebec, both provinces have pied their Premier. There are
   only 8 more to go!
   Dressing down for election chief
   text: Artyom Vernidoub  Photo by I. Ponomaryov
   The campaign to clean up electioneering by Russia's top electoral
   official, Alexander Veshnyakov, has got off to a bad start. As he
   closed a five-day conference involving 27 political parties at the
   Manezh exhibition centre in Moscow, the mud-slinging, or rather the
   mayonnaise-slinging, began.
   A radical activist from the National Bolshevik Party was detained
   after squirting a packet of salad dressing at the Electoral
   Commission's chief and shouting: ''Maniac Veshnyakov! Stop enacting
   this farce!'' Veshnyako, his suit splattered with mayonnaise, retorted
   by calling the young activists ''Scumbags''.
   Taking part in the closing ceremony of the Elections-2003 forum held
   at the Manezh exhibition centre in Moscow were the Communist leader
   Gennady Zyuganov, the LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and secretary
   of the general council of United Russia among others. They were
   listening to a keynote speech by Chairman of the Central Election
   Commission Alexander Veshnaykov when the attack took place.
   It was at his initiative that the party leaders had got together and
   signed a joint declaration pledging to behave ethically during the
   election campaign, to refrain from using false information to
   discredit opponents and insulting each other. Ironically, as
   Veshnyakov was speaking of the importance of honesty in the processing
   of results, he himself came under attack.
   ''For no-one to doubt the outcome of the voting, and for the voters to
   conceive a desire to take part in elections'' the CEC chief was
   saying, when a young man holding a small plastic bag ran up to him and
   squirted mayonnaise over his suit jacket while his comrades began
   scattering leaflets and reciting: ''There will be no honest
   elections!'' and ''Maniac Veshnyakov, stop enacting this farce, this
   is no theatre.''
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   "O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
   That I am meek and gentle with these butchers.
   Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the pies of war."
   -William Shakespeare
   The Biotic Baking Brigade.....coming soon to a pie-o-region near you.
   Look for "Let Slip the Pies of War: The BBB Cookbook," to be published by
   AK Press <akpress.org > in early 2004.
   PLEASE NOTE: the BBB has a new email address and website...
   bbb {AT} bioticbakingbrigade.org
   Friends of the BBB: c/o POB 40130, San Francisco, CA 94140, Amerika
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   1. http://www.gazeta.ru/2003/08/28/Dressingdown.shtml

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