#OCCUPYTACOMA is an Alternative Weekly Newspaper Litmus Test

Beware False Prophets! A Tacomic Guide to the #Occupy INFOWARZ!
posted Nov 22, 2011
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Greetings true believers, behold the first official #OCCUPIEDTACOMIC political cartoon!  We may seem like a bunch of Johnny-come-latelys given the ample ink our gentle friends the crows have spilled over this topic, but lo, one can never talk enough about this movement burning across the minds of young people around the planet. REVOLUTION is in the Aroma of Tacoma! 

While the Weakly Volcano writes about cheese (which young hipsters are totally interested in), The Snooze Buffoon takes a brave stance highlighting the plight of the demonized pepper-spraying, club-hitting, tear-gas-canister-in-the-face launching peace officer... yet the pro-anarchist agitator Tacoma Weekly has no problem degrading itself with actual field reporting inside the #OccupyTacoma event/actions or whatever. I mean look, Steve Dunkleburger is out talking to these people! This I believe is what an alternative weekly SHOULD be doing!  Heck here is the editor pretending to be one of the down and out 99%. You just don't get that kind of creative reporting from the corporate lumpsuckers in Lakewood... (also, extra credit thought experiment--can you imagine TNT's Peter Callaghan sleeping under a bridge?)

INSIDE COMPLETE UW TACOMA #OCCUPY Forum (courtesy Adam the Alien):

  2. #occupytacoma on Twitter
  3. #occupyTacoma on Facebook!
  4. Direct Action work group every Tuesday at 7pm at Dorky's Arcade (plot mad civil disobedience media stunts! how cool is that?)
Previously on the Tacomic
I always wanted to do a parody of the famous Mark Lindquist mask volcano cover after doing this cartoon. I got as far as a parody of their old cover design making fun of their horrible Clear Channel billboards.  

Also, should check out the Volcano Podcast if you're a morbidly curious person like myself.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 2:50am
More HYPER-LOCAL counter-culture resources YOU might not be aware of! 

by captiveyak on 11/22/2011 @ 6:36am
Thanks for the mention of Post Defiance, sir! The PD crew has had our eye on Occupy Tacoma and Occupy Wall Street, and we're looking for a way to add our amateur voices to the conversation - as soon as we have something succinct and helpful to say.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 7:58am
I look forward to that glorious day comrade.

also I was sad to see no post defiance coverage of the Joan Rivers show... why must you let the Volcano get all the scoops?

by captiveyak on 11/22/2011 @ 8:18am
Joan took us completely by surprise. Never saw her coming. Believe me, our guard is up now. Fool me once: Shame on me. Fool me twice: i pick up my guitar and play just like yesterday, and get on my knees and pray. I don't know why. It's just what i do when i get fooled twice.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 9:26am
bonus points for anyone who cuts this mask out for real! 
also... it's a kind of magic!

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 10:21am
The Swarners also really like it when you print out the parody volcano cover tacomics and stuff them in the windows of their newspaper boxes! 

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 11:06am
I love it! 

Paul Schrag commented on your link.
Paul wrote: "I have to say, honestly, the Volcano has taken more risks and run more substantive articles than they ever get credit for. I know, because I wrote a good number of them. Frankly, it's the only newspaper in the region that has ever taken the kind of risks that are typical of alternative newsweeklies. They've taken risks that no newspaper in the entire state has taken. So forgive them for not being Occupy Lite dick riders."

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 11:10am
Paul Schrag did write some cool things. . . 

m - e - m - o - r - i - e - s 

by jenyum on 11/22/2011 @ 11:50am
I don't know why you were offended by that TNT editorial.  I mean, pepper spray is a food product, essentially.  I don’t think we have the right to Monday morning quarterback the police, especially at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 12:06pm
pepper spray is the new congressional vegetable like pizza and ketchup ! 

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 12:29pm
also, over at Post Defiance I think the cultural starvation theme fits well with the sad state of alternative publications in T-Town...

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 12:33pm
ha! now boing boing is following the Tacomic's leadership!

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 12:45pm
sometimes I imagine Matt Driscoll ranting about society in the same voice he uses to rant about intensely meaningless sports trivia. But then would he be Matt Taibbi?

by low bar on 11/22/2011 @ 12:56pm
POOT would be a great abbreviated name for a Tacoma specific anti bullshit status quo movement. POOT (People Occupying Outdoor Toilets) It's cool because it has two o's like COOP and it's got strong connotative connections to the Tacoma aroma, so it's guaranteed to fall into stuff white people like about Tacoma. And it's been spotted in RR's Weakly Volcano headings. POOT will at least give the leaderless a label to organize around, just like the competition! POOT could have a weekly periodical, and join the ranks of alternative alternative. (Hopefully with first edition article for all the fucking foodies out there on how to flavor pizza with pepperspray.) 

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 3:16pm
My friend Paul Shrag makes the point that the Volcano isn't all just astrology/happyhours/joanrivers/cheese that they, when the opportunity presents itself, are capable of writing to the social issues...

This is Action Figure worthy!

by low bar on 11/22/2011 @ 3:32pm
front page of the volcano:

-titus will chevrolet
-gilchrist auto
-mattress makers outlet
-park 52 real estate
-laketown center shopping

front page of the stranger:

-hard rock after dark
-green ambrosia
-the white rabbit
-george nelson exhibit

you can't have an alternative weekly when most of your invented readers buy shit instead of do cool things. and a fucking reader who is a fucking consumer isn't going to understand where Paul is coming from. He's better off writing for a different community. until you get some sort of cultural flow in tacoma, there just aren't going to be volcano readers who go beyond trying to figure out the next place they are going to eat melted cheese on the fucking weekends. i mean at this point I don't think it's a bad idea to start bagging hipsters in brooklyn and releasing them into the Tacoma social scene. It'll be a tad bit artificial but anything is better then what we are looking at now.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 4:12pm

Man, I miss Paul Shrag.

Paul Schrag commented on your link.
Paul wrote: "@RR -

There are a lot of reasons that community newspapers are sparse on revolutionary content these days. Here, at least in part, I have to take some of the blame. I have been taking a break from journalism to focus on my health and other work. There's a deart of talent in this town. There aren't a lot of classically-trained journalists here that are willing to or capable of writing this kind of thing. Meanwhile, lack of advertising revenue means lack of space, which means newspapers across the country are forced to go back to basics, focus on their core audience, and generate material that supports their core mission - all in order to survive. The Volcano has always been an entertainment paper, and took a giant leap with its foray into alternative community news. Small newspapers risk a great deal in running this kind of material - people don't like it, and advertisers pull accounts over articles all the time.

That said, I have never seen Matt or Ron squelch a good story for fear of reprisal. That's huge in a community like ours - admirable even. I consider it a miracle that they had the courage to run any of these stories. But now, like most of us, they're struggling to survive. They have families to feed, and a lot of employees they are responsible to. No one should condemn them for doing what it takes to survive.

That said, speaking from a relatively informed position, the value of another story about Occupy Tacoma is marginal. It might make a few campers excited to see their names in the paper, but this thing is rolling, and it doesn't need the Volcano to maintain its momentum. I mean, yeah, the Cheese Report isn't groundbreaking. But let's be honest, neither is a story about another Occupy encampment in a small-to-mid-sized city. It's wonderful that we've joined the effort, but I really hope that people don't think the value of the Occupy movement will somehow be enhanced by one more contribution to what is becoming a glut of undifferentiated media attention."

by low bar on 11/22/2011 @ 6:30pm
i think stories about the tacoma occupy movement can indeed be made popular via publishing much the same way the thong is made popular in fredericks of hollywood. just fucking run the shit, show the shit, and people will buy the shit. it's sad to say but whatever is wrong and cramping tacoma's style is there to stay for a long time, because it's what's wrong with the rest of the country. but somedays i feel that what's wrong with the country is somehow right, like when I travel to Canada and watch a Canadian TV show.

by NineInchNachos on 11/22/2011 @ 6:55pm
Agreed!   I look forward to Post Defiance with hope and change. 

by low bar on 11/22/2011 @ 7:53pm
i keep refreshing the home page at the stranger waiting for a jiffy lube, or some car related volcano type ad to pop up but all i see is a muckrake feature about jiffy lube employees misleading customers into thinking they need to change their oil more often then necessary. one stranger writer by way of this one story was able to shed light on two major issues in american society: consumer deception and energy conservation. THAT MAKES ME WANT TO READ THREE DIFFERENT VOLCANO WRITERS WRITE ABOUT PEOPLE EATING MELTED CHEESE AND THE MUSEUM OF FUCKING GLASS FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME

i don't see any diff between the volcano peddling pandering BS and some pandering piece of shit politician screwball flip flopping their way to the front runner campaign position. politicians have that families too that they are just trying to feed excuse. you reap what you sow in this country. you start out shitty you are going to end shitty. in a lot of ways the volcano just set itself up and thought no one would notice.

by marumaruyopparai on 11/23/2011 @ 12:54am
First off, great artwork and appropriately incisive message as always RR. Second, I agree that the majority of this movement are "occupy-light dick riders". We need more spirited educated malcontents like these people writing their legislators, or working with their legislators and trying to create real change from the inside instead of standing outside holding signs and taking up space. I know that awareness is important but I don't think people outside the movement know what it is we're supposed to be made aware of and I think that goes for alot of people in the movement.

More importantly, props to Kevin Freitas who I'm assuming is responsible for this Tacomic and comment thread looking so stellar on my mobile, great makeover for mobile users.

by NineInchNachos on 11/23/2011 @ 8:37am
it's like Matt Bors read the editorial in the News Tribune!

by NineInchNachos on 11/23/2011 @ 8:46am
same deal?

by NineInchNachos on 11/23/2011 @ 9:28am
hey, marriage equality!  that's something.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:22am

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 8:40am

you could always publish your own newspaper. just an idea.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 9:04am
she is under construction!

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 9:14am

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 10:09am
About two dozen Occupy Tacoma protesters, dressed as zombies, lurched
and staggered through crowds of Black Friday shoppers, shouting slogans
and handing out fake dollar bills printed with the words: “Keep
shopping. Everything is fine.”
Read more:

(this is wonderful)

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 10:52am

It may be wonderful, but this sort of thing is really marginalizing the Occupy movement. Shoppers and their spending habit is what generates sales tax revenue and in turn underwrites many social programs like grants to "artists." Maybe the dwindling occupiers are trying to fashion a utopian world of granola and walmart tents.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 11:03am
blah blah.  It is REAL LIFE as art!
Release the zombies!

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 11:09am

Ironic that the occupy movement declares that it represents the 99% but can only attract two dozen to stage an anti-Black Friday protest. Something doesn't add up. 

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 11:13am
We're all with them in spirit.

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 11:19am
It may be wonderful, but this sort of thing is really marginalizing the Occupy movement. Shoppers and their spending habit is what generates sales tax revenue and in turn underwrites many social programs like grants to "artists." Maybe the dwindling occupiers are trying to fashion a utopian world of granola and walmart tents.

If consumers like us didn't behave like mindless deal seeking drones, assembling en masse to buy whatever widget is currently in fashion or on sale RR wouldn't need tax subsidy to write books describing what sheep people are.

About two dozen Occupy Tacoma protesters, dressed as zombies, lurched and staggered through crowds of Black Friday shoppers, shouting slogans and handing out fake dollar bills printed with the words: “Keep shopping. Everything is fine.”

This is a much better example of activism as opposed to standing around in one place like a bunch of a-holes. Maybe the reason so few showed up to this protest Fredo is because most of the "occupy" movement are shiftless layabouts, unlike this intrepid group who are trying to cause people to question the behaviors of everyday people that subsidize the corruption on Wall St.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 11:22am
reminder that the Occupy Action group meets every week at Dorky's Arcade Tuesday at 7 pm!    Let's get outrageous! 

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 11:25am
  "Maybe the reason so few showed up to this protest Fredo is because most of the "occupy" movement are shiftless layabouts, unlike this intrepid group who are trying to cause people to question the behaviors of everyday people that subsidize the corruption on Wall St." 

Yes, or maybe most of the occupy movement people thought dressing up like Zombies and hassling shoppers was counterproductive and off topic. Doubt if many people shopping at the Tacoma Mall were seeking out Tax sheltered Real Estate Investments or complex derivitives. Maybe they were just trying to buy some Candy Cane Roca for grandpa.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 11:40am
exactly, you gotta go where the people are.  and if it takes dressing up like a zombie shopper to get folks attention, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  And if something goes wrong and makes the movement look bad, just dismiss the zombies as anarchist infiltrators.  WIN WIN WIN!

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 11:45am

When you are approached by someone who appears to be a zombie should you exchange comments and behave socially or should you whack them in the head two times with a bat like it showed in Zombieland? What distinguishes an occupier with zombie makeup from a real zombie trying to infiltrate the occupy movement? 

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 11:54am
2 dollar bills. 

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 12:01pm

How do you examine what the "zombie" is trying to hand you and keep a safe distance from him at the same time?

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 12:10pm
Zombies are slow.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 12:37pm
You are an adult.  You can decide for yourself what a zombie is attempting to hand you... and what constitutes a safe distance.  Nanny state!  

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 1:28pm
Better assemble the zombies. I have heard that christmas shoppers are showing up at kings books, sanford and son, teaching toys and other locally owned businesses.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 1:35pm
oh here we go  (I'll play along with his dumb dumb act).OH FREDO, Locally owned businesses does not the TACOMA MAUL make!   Shop kings books, sanford and son, teaching toys and other locally owned businesses and you will be safe from the #Occupy Zombies! Promise!

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 1:45pm
Tacoma Mall businesses employ hundreds or thousands of Tacomans. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 1:58pm
is a great white shark good or evil? How about sabertooth tigers? Good? or Bad? Why must we project abstract human values onto things all the time?  

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 2:00pm
Lets ask those employees. when you spend all day at the Tacoma Maul, how do you feel when you get home?  Invigorated?   I know how I feel when I go into that place. YOU DECIDE!

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 2:11pm
"Why must we project abstract human values onto things all the time? " 
You mean like when the occupiers engage in a anti-shopping protest?
 I know how you could get your anti-shopping message out in a more meaningful way. Get all your unsold copies of "100 Tacomics Vol. 1" and remove them from the marketplace right away. This would show people that you are not going to be further involved in the retail sector which profits from low wage employees working in places they'd rather not be, selling stuff we don't need. You decide.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 2:19pm
speaking of which I only have 1/3 of a box left!   Amocat only has 2 copies!  If you havent purchased a Tacomic Book... you'll have to wait till they're available on Amazon!

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 2:20pm
I think people are working at the maul because they don't have a choice. social stratification means less choice, less freedom for the individual. defending the status quo does not solve the problem, it only explains it. so thanks for constantly explaining the status quo fredo, and having ZERO thoughts on how to change it. fredo, you do realize that the tacoma maul hasn't always been around and we've (humans) have survived without it? i mean, unless you think earth is 6k years old and cavemen used to survive by working at best buy, I really don't see how you are going to convince us that the tacoma maul is vital to staying alive in bumfucked tacoma. so if survival is a good thing, and you don't really need a mall to do it, then obviously opposable thumbs are a good thing for rolling joints and eating cereal.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 2:23pm
save the city, end the maul ! 

first as farce, then as tragedy

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 2:39pm
"I really don't see how you are going to convince us that the tacoma maul is vital to staying alive in bumfucked tacoma. so if survival is a good thing, and you don't really need a mall to do it"
So the people who work at the Mall so that they can pay for groceries, utilities, and rent should quit their jobs what? I'm guess I'm not following your point. 

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 2:50pm
Quit your Tacoma Maul job... go down to Olympia!

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 3:07pm
Let us know if anybody takes your advice and quits their Mall job so they can participate in some protesting. 

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 3:21pm
you, idle reader, will be the first to know

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 4:33pm
no one needs to quit a job to protest, just like no one needs a shill for the status quo mocking them for protesting. I mean, having a job at Tacoma mall where you get to keep a few bucks for iceberg lettuce while your taxes go to filling the deficit hole big Tacoma mall corps don't help to fill (bush tax cuts) sounds like a real reason to protest for me. We're coming for your bosses, Fredo. Tea party who? We got this.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 4:38pm

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 5:51pm
Interesting thread:
Some people don't like the big businesses located at the Mall,  therefore the workers at the mall don't like working there or are somehow enslaved.
 Hard to see how Tacoma is going to achieve it's goal of economic diversity with that negative attitude.

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 6:26pm
What is economically diverse about a mall? HAHAHAHAHAHA The fact that they put a jamba juice in every town and steal business from a local juice bar? Lets see, diversity to me means a bunch of different juice bars all with their own crowd. 

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 6:55pm
"diversity to me means a bunch of different juice bars all with their own crowd".

Jamba juice is a different juice bar with it's own crowd. Diversity means "an inclusion of various types or elements." Why wouldn't jamba juice be part of an economically diverse city? I'm not following you.

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 7:05pm
Not following? Well the jamba juice argument is a tough one, I agree. 

I personally had fun this black friday seeing the diverse methods of protest around pacific place in seattle. made me proud to be american, even though i was spending money at a big corp barnes & nobles. mockery of dissent is the furthest from being an american patriot. i support capitalism, but a capitalism that plays by the rules. work hard, play fair, be innovative, and speak freely. that's america. un-American deriders and debasers can simply fuck off. thank you:)

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 7:52pm
check out the twitter.  #OccupyOlympia capitol building is in full clamp down mode!

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 8:06pm
I'm jealous of all the interesting learning and experiences my fellow Americans will gain from Occupy. Someone is going to write an awesome dissertation on the account. It's an anthropologist / American studies Ph. D student dream come true. 

by fredo on 11/28/2011 @ 8:11pm
" i support capitalism, but a capitalism that plays by the rules"
I would have to support that viewpoint.

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 8:26pm
which is why this thing is a butcher, baker and candlestick maker problem because those that wear suits only crunch numbers, they don't really do shit except keep a big machine rolling. when the automotive industry first began everyone was making cars in their barns. it was great. it was all we needed. you need a car? so and so can build you one in a few weeks. there was so much diversity, so many brands. but demand soars with population growth from immigration. corporations deal with demand. or exploit it probably. fuck it. there are just too many fucking people to exploit. 

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:37pm
the people are our salvation.  one way or another.

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 8:40pm
How does Jamba steal business, if Jamba gets more business than the local juice bars it's because their biz model is working and attracts customers. People are attracted to successful brands for alot of different reasons. I got nuthin' against the corporate model, it's not mutually inclusive with corruption. And Fredo, there is more to corporate corruption then the stock trade, mortgage backed securities etc. When I said Wall St. I meant corporate America at large, lotta these companies engage in some pretty morally ambiguous practices. Golden parachutes for execs while the work force gets widdled down to stream line cost. The working class just wants some confirmation that they are still a prized commodity in this country and that simply isn't as much the case as it once was.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:46pm
zombie tactics!!/Jordan_Schrader/status/14...!/Jordan_Schrader/status/14...

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 8:52pm
I think it was the assembly line that killed off mom and pop auto, cut cost increased production. It's ingenuity coupled with the basic animal need to amass power and resources. I don't think all execs are number crunchers though, management is a real HR skill, there is a reason so many businesses in this cut throat capitalist country fail. As for mom and pop's, industrialization of so many crafts and businesses makes it difficult for classic businesses like home spun apparrel and shoe shops and forging to be viable. Why pay so much extra for something so rustic when you can have a cheap guaranteed brand? Industry changed the economy in favor of services as opposed to production of goods.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:55pm

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 9:07pm
People need to be convinced that when you invest in impersonal cut rate brands as opposed to locally sourced and produced goods that they are diminishing the financial stability of their communities. Most don't care and many of those who do may find that the demands of modern day life make it very difficult to avoid relying on cheap corporate produced goods. It's a vicious cycle. If you could convince people that the future of the country and the environment demanded the immediate swearing off of corporate produced merchandise that amounts to a black hole sucking up local wealth and crapping out financial disparity and environmental degradation then we could begin effecting real change, but good luck with that in an economy in which people are more concerned with insuring their own financial survival.

by low bar on 11/28/2011 @ 9:22pm
yeah but why do you have assembly lines? to keep up with demand. why do you have demand? because people are fucking in and immigrating to this wonderful land, instead of staying the fuck where they are, and doing it the way we did it, and thus making themselves available to buy assembly line crap that some suit built. America isn't the world's suburb to fucking move to. No more then Europe is for the middle east and Caribbean. We need to slow down on the fucking and border jumping. Or build Jamba juices in other parts of the world since they seem to be so goddamn attractive. Or just do away with borders. Make class your nationality, and your ability to earn a degree and stay off COPS your means of improving your quality of life. Your passport will either say idiot on the front of it, or citizen.

by marumaruyopparai on 11/28/2011 @ 9:49pm
Interesting, but as you already know we are a country settled and built by immigrants, nothing is more American than immigrating into America. And as for Europe, England was exporting empiricism to the third world long before the third world began immigrating into Europe. And if the only thing fueling corporate America is immigrants, what are the REAL Americans doing? Working hard and living by the sweat of their brow? No, they're shopping at Walmart. Immigrants are 't keeping corporate America afloat, Americans are. American's built this corporate empire and then exported it's goods around the world spreading the cultural affliction of mass marketing and brand loyalty and convincing the rest of the world that their humble origins are not good enough, buy, BUY brandnames, you depend on them for your identity. It's not a population problem, it's a cultural afflliction.

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 9:57pm
USA has a population problem... not enough people.  More density please!  open the flood gates!  #occupy tacoma! 

by fredo on 11/29/2011 @ 5:22am
  "When I said Wall St. I meant corporate America at large, lotta these companies engage in some pretty morally ambiguous practices." maru

...therefore, small businesses do not engage in morally ambiguous practices.

What about sole proprietorships who engage in barter, thereby depriving the taxing authorities from funds that might be used to address social problems like hunger, health, and housing needs? 

by marumaruyopparai on 11/29/2011 @ 5:40am
I don't have a problem with barter. Especially in an economy where fewer people have money for goods. Doubt small businesses relying on barter have much to do with the fed's dwindling coffers. There are still plenty of businesses in this country accepting hard earned American dollars and on the hook for taxes.

by fredo on 11/29/2011 @ 6:27am
 " I don't have a problem with barter. Especially in an economy where fewer people have money for goods" 

So if WalMart announced tomorrow that, instead of paying people to work at the stores, they were going to institute a new policy of just trading store credit to the "workers" you wouldn't have a problem with the arrangement?

by marumaruyopparai on 11/29/2011 @ 8:37am
No major retailer would adopt such an absurd business model, but if they did I would support it, it would be at their own peril. We should have a national barter day where everyone for one day agreed not to spend money and instead offered services and/or homemade goods in exchange for other folks services and goods, it would build character and help people realize that many day to day needs can be locally sourced and locally provided. No, I don't think barter is bad, but probably not useful in Walmart's biz model.

by fredo on 11/29/2011 @ 8:56am
  "I don't think barter is bad, but probably not useful in Walmart's biz model."

Boy are you wrong. You should read the Wiki entry on Sam Walton. His business plan was to run his business with the lowest overhead (as cheaply) as possible. He would have incorporated barter for employee services in a hot second. Instead of paying his employees 9.04 per hour he would just give them script worth 9.04 in the store. But I can see how the barter system would be useful to the citizenry as well. Instead of paying my 4,000 property tax bill in cash, I could just drop off a pickup load of rhubarb and some crocheted christmas tree ornaments and we'll call it square.

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2011 @ 9:24am
good coverage of occupy olympia day of rage from the Stranger and TNT

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2011 @ 11:47am
also, Comrade artist Gabriel Brown pointed out that all these magnificent protest signs come from  hyper-located in Vashon! OMGhadnoidea!!  

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2011 @ 12:28pm
kinda on a side note...  
this is one of the greatest podcasts i've listened to in awhile

Funny. Horrifying. Inspirational. Current. 

by NineInchNachos on 11/30/2011 @ 12:02pm
occupy Tacoma open house!
anyone going?  Maybe a Volcano Reporter? 

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2011 @ 3:28pm

by NineInchNachos on 12/12/2011 @ 11:14am
Might as well... 'Occupy' protesters turn sights on disrupting port operations | People | Tacoma News:

by NineInchNachos on 1/4/2012 @ 10:53am
new spud goodman TACOMA DIARIES with your friendly neighborhood occupiers !

by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 1:53pm
Occupy TacomaThis is an EMERGENCY POST-- the Washington State Department of Transportation arrived at the camp today talking of eviction. No deadline yet, they are going to attend one Sunday and one Wednesday G.A. Will keep you updated as news becomes available. -Hope Speaker

by Jesse on 1/31/2012 @ 2:01pm
Haven't they been there since summer? They're ruining that park at this point. I'd like to see a plan to rejuvenate that park back to normal once they leave -- a plan and efforts by the occupiers themselves -- not the gov't. I doubt that will happen...

by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 2:03pm
Occupy Tollefson! 

by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 2:03pm
or move them into Old City Hall

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 6:24pm

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2012 @ 12:27pm
O&J did a good job covering the removal process..  

where are they now?

by NineInchNachos on 3/20/2012 @ 12:06pm

Adam the Alien wrote this....
Adam J. Manley Honestly, I've grown to love the park. The noise is hardly an issue (no more noise at Pugnetti than, say, Frost Park), but I'll definitely grant that the remoteness of its location is terrible. Of course, none of the parks downtown are terribly well-located. List off Tollefson, Frost Park, or Fireman's Park to most people, and they won't know they exist, let alone where they are. I've had to describe each of these parks to people - even those who work or shop mere blocks from the locations - and the response I usually get is, "Oh! I didn't know that was a park!" The best reaction I can typically hope for is, "Oh yeah, I think I've seen that while I'm driving by. Never been there."

Pugnetti is no different from any of these. Much like the others, I first stumbled across it by accident, and had no idea that it was a park until later. In Pugnetti's case, I thought it was some kind of decorative lawn belonging to the History Museum. But it's a nice park. A very pleasant place to spend your time, and the view (especially toward the Dome) from the back of the park is, at least in my opinion, fantastic.

Pugnetti does have its problems - but those problems are comparable to the problems that nearly got Frost Park fenced off. Pugnetti was a home - especially at night - to the homeless (you're dead wrong on that count, Erik) and, far more detrimentally, to drug dealers. It was a damn scary place at night before Occupy Tacoma moved in, and the Occupiers had to work constantly at either integrating (in the case of the homeless) or evicting/having arrested (in the case of the drug dealers) Pugnetti's previous occupants.

Pugnetti's problems, however, did not come primarily from its location, per se. As I said earlier, it suffered from the same problems as all of the downtown public spaces. However, it did have one more thing going against it: it wasn't cared for.

When Occupy Tacoma arrived there, the following was quickly discovered within the first 24 hours (long before any tents were set up, aside from the pop-up picnic shelter):
1) The plants, though hardy, were clearly not cared for very often. Many were overgrown.
2) Two of the four lightposts were not functional. One attempted to flicker dimly, the other was simply dead. Worse, even if all four lights functioned, the back part of the park (with the fantastic view and the already present drug dealers that the Occupy movement had to get rid of) would still have remained completely unlit.
3) The sprinklers were broken. Many of them shot heaps of water straight up into the air, their streams mostly hitting cement and pooling on the main sidewalk.

I would also add that, for a park with only one real entrance (fenced off on two sides, and the third side - the History Musuem side - has only two small, unofficially worn-in trails through increasingly thick bushes of some kind of ground vine) it's very strange that it had no sign where passersby could see it. There was one sign: a hard-to-read stone the very back of the park.

I guess it all comes down to the fact that Pugnetti Park/Occupation Park, despite its name(s), was NEVER A PARK. The reason Occupy Tacoma was able to stay there so long is the same reason DOT never took care of it: it wasn't actually a park. It was never meant to be. It was surplus land, meant for possible road expansion. Nothing more. Even the pre-Occupy name, Pugnetti, was unofficial. It may have been dedicated as such, but DOT representatives have been clear over the last few months: it's not a park, but rather an unnamed lot of land they happened to let people use.

I do hope someone buys it, and I hope they transform it into a park. I hope, then, that said park is cared for. Because it's a lovely place, in spite of itself. And I've grown quite fond of it.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2012 @ 8:55pm
First Matt Driscoll leaves for the Seattle Weekly  and now this bombshell : 
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Ron Swarner6 hours ago near Tacoma · 
  • These past 26 years in the newspaper business, and specifically the past 10-and-a-half-years publishing the Weekly Volcano has been extremely gratifying, but the long hours have been tough on my health and soul. It’s like owning a pet dragon: I feel lucky to have it, but it needs to be fed high-quality meat at regular intervals … and if something goes wrong, there’s a substantial risk of being blasted by fire. And so, to ensure a supply of good meat in the future, I need to reboot. I’m taking time off to focus on my health – and my family that I never see.
    I began a six-month sabbatical Thursday morning. See you on the other side of the notepad.

    === WHAT IS HAPPENING!? ===