Utah Party Beatdown
Knick of Evol Intent puts the night's events into his own words:
Last night, I was booked to play an event about an hour outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The hype behind this show was huge, they pre-sold 700 tickets and they expected up to 3,000 people total. The promoters did an amazing job with the show.. they even made slip mats with the flyers on them to promote in local shops. So, we got to the show around 11:15 or so and it was really cool. It was all outdoors, in a valley surrounded by huge mountains. They had an amazing light show flashing on to a mountain behind the site, the sound was booming, the crowd was about 1500 people thick and everything just seemed too good to be true really.
Well... At about 11:30 or so, I was standing behind the stage talking with someone when I noticed a helicopter pulling over one of the mountaintops. I jokingly said "Oh look, here comes big brother" to the person I was with. I wasn't far off. The helicopter dipped lower and lower and started shining its lights on the crowd. I was kind of in awe and just sat and watched this thing circle us for a minute. As I looked back towards the crowd I saw a guy dressed in camouflage walking by, toting an assault rifle. At this point, everyone was fully aware of what was going on. A few "troops" rushed the stage and cut the sound off and started yelling that everyone "get the fuck out of here or go to jail". This is where it got really sticky. No one resisted. That's for sure.
A can of fucking TEAR GAS is launched into the crowd. People are running and screaming at this point. Girls are crying, guys are cussing... bad scene. Now, this is all I saw with my own eyes, but I heard plenty of other accounts of the night. Now this isn’t gossip I heard from some candy raver, these are instances cited
..............straight out of the promoters mouth.........
One of the promoter’s friends (a very small female) was attacked by one of the police dogs. As she struggled to get away from it, the police tackled her. 3 grown men proceeded to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH. - The police confiscated 3 videotapes in total. People were trying to document what was happening out there. The police saw one guy filming and ran after him, tackled him and his camera fell, and luckily.. his friend grabbed it and ran and got away. Priceless footage. That's not all though.
Out of 1,500 people, there's sure to be more footage. - The police were rounding up the staff of the party and the main promoter went up to them with the permit for the show and said "here, I have the permit." The police then said, "no you don't" and ripped the permit out of his hand. Then, they put an assault rifle to his forehead and said "get the fuck out of here right now." Now.. let's get the facts straight here. This event was 100% legal. They had every permit the city told them they needed. They had a 2 MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy for the event. They had licensed security guards at the gates confiscating any alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the way in). Oh, I suppose I should mention that they arrested all the security guards for possession.
Oh another interesting fact.. The police did not have a warrant. The owner of the land already has a lawsuit against the city for something similar. A few months ago, she rented her land for a party and the police raided that as well. And catch this, the police forced her to LEAVE HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. That's right. They didn't arrest her, but made her leave her own property!!! Don't get it twisted, this is all going down in probably THE most conservative state in the USA. And this is scary.. a gross violation of our civil liberties. The police wanted this party shut down, so they made it happen. Even though everything about this event was legal. The promoters spent over $ 20,000 on this show and did everything they had to make it legit, only to have it taken away from them by a group of radical neo-con's with an agenda.
This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camouflage-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really necessary? This needs to be big news across the USofA. At least in our music scene (edm as a whole)... this could happen to any of us at any time. When we're losing the right to gather peacefully, we're also letting the police set a standard of what we can get away with. And I think that's BULLSHIT! The system fucked up last night..... They broke up a party that was 100% legal and they physically hurt a lot of people there at the same time. The promoters already have 6 lawsuits ready to file with their lawyers and the ACLU is already involved. I'm sure some pictures (and hopefully some video) will surface soon. I'll make sure to post them up here on 404, so you can see the Police State of America at work.
“I watched the video and those were NOT cops busting up the event. They were soldiers in military gear.
I've heard Bush is visiting Utah soon; that could be part of why this was done. (This is very scary shit)”
“It's as if the powers-that-be are directly challenging us to form into a TRULY Revolutionary movement. Well, if we accept that challenge, the infighting better stop... soon... very soon.” (anti-imperialist)
“True revolution is not the violent sort; it comes about through cultivating the integration and intelligence of human beings who, by their very life, will gradually create radical changes in society.”
“Right education comes with the transformation of ourselves. We must re-educate ourselves not to kill one another for any cause, however righteous, for any ideology, however promising it may appear to be for the future happiness of the world. We must learn to be compassionate, to be content with little, and to seek the Supreme, for only then can there be the true salvation of mankind.”
“To have peace, one must employ peaceful means; for if the means are violent, how can the end be peaceful?
If the end is freedom, the beginning must be free, for the end and the beginning are one.”
J. Krishnamurti from “Education and the Significant of Life”
Ignorance and PropagandaThe inadequacy of schools to teach history in a proper manner causes the masses to be ignorant of the whys and hows of events that have brought the world to its present state. The memorization of names and dates are insignificant when compared to circumstances that created such events. Thus allowing the corporate government to get away with atrocities time and time again. Knowledge truly is power, so if our education system will not arm us then we must amass the weaponry ourselves.
Without the knowledge of the past we cannot know what is true of the present. Without the adequate information necessary to gain an ample perspective those who would subvert the sovereign will of the people will continue to destroy those things which we hold dear. We must stop allowing ourselves to be distracted and to think critically of everything. Uncertainty is frightening but it is the price that must be paid if we are to create a world that we can truly be proud of.
Whatever cameras show, we are not OK
Saturday, December 03, 2005
So, my friend calls me from North Carolina and says, "Wow, I was just watching the news, and it looks as though the city is doing great. The French Quarter looks wonderful, and I see that the zoo is back. You must be so much better!"
My response: "No, we are not better at all.
"We have received no assistance from either our homeowners' or flood insurance, despite the fact that we met with adjusters in September.
"The home we are renting will no longer be available in three weeks. Our trailer has not arrived. We have never met with a FEMA adjuster. We are broke and will be homeless again in three weeks.
"No, we are not OK."
I know I speak for thousands of people who have called New Orleans home. The attention received in the early days of this tragedy was relentless. Our pain and suffering touched every home in this country on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. But now, though thousands continue to suffer and drown in grief and despair, the cameras have turned elsewhere. We are left to suffer alone with fear and broken promises.
I sat Monday with hundreds of other survivors at the FEMA station at the Jewish Community Center Uptown. The looks in people's eyes betray the heartache and sadness of what has happened to them. The answers from those trying to assist are always the same: Someone will be in touch. But for the most part, nobody ever is.
So we continue to sit in lines, talk to emergency personnel and call our insurance adjusters in hopes that maybe, that day, something will be different.
As crisis unit coordinator for the New Orleans Police Department, my job is to work the streets with our heroic police officers and help them respond to calls from people with mental health problems. These days, the calls are generally from people who have given up. They have lost everything and are completely devastated. Our job is to help them, take them by the hand and try to get them the help that they need to survive and to cope.
However, with the current state of our city it is becoming an almost impossible task. Answers are elusive, or disheartening. It's hard to give hope when your own has dwindled.
On Monday, police found a man standing on the edge of the Pontchartrain Expressway at Camp Street. When the crisis unit arrived, he was holding an umbrella and gazing down at Camp Street. He told us he wished we'd left him alone, that he'd lost his home and his business and that the umbrella was the only thing he had left.
A compassionate bridge police officer persuaded him to step away from the edge. We left the man at an emergency room in West Jefferson. I have no idea how long he waited. With most hospitals in New Orleans incapicitated there are fewer psychiatric beds than ever, and those must be reserved for the most serious cases.
A precious, dear friend of mine took his life not long ago. The agony of what lay ahead was simply too great to bear. Others are making this same choice because the agony, hopelessness and helplessness are greater than their ability to cope.
We are living the ultimate nightmare. We have so many stories of need to still share, and the people of this country need to keep seeing our plight. They want to help. We need their help!
I want the word to get out.
We are not OK. We are desperate, depressed, anxious, angry.
People are killing themselves. Relationships are deteriorating. The antidepressants are not working.
No, we are not OK.
“Nothing will benefit health and increase the chances of survival of life on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein
B.F. Skinner’s New Mouse
For years psychologists have been working with mice because they give very little credit than that to man. They understand that if a mouse’s mind can be understood, then the whole of humanity can be understood.
It happened; a new mouse was introduced to B.F. Skinner’s lab. Greeting the new mouse was an older mouse that had been in Skinner’s lab for a very long time. The older mouse, Charlie, helped to initiate the new mouse and told the new mouse, “Look. This B.F. Skinner is a good man, but you have to condition him first. Push this button and immediately your breakfast comes in. I have conditioned him perfectly.”
Charlie helps us to see that the conditioned mind is one that has been murdered; killed by spontaneity. The mind receives ideas and is not allowed to freely and independently respond; it can only react in small or great things, it is all the same.
When your mind becomes free, free from all conditioning and you see life with fresh eyes, unclogged by conditionings, then you become unpredictable. Then no one knows what will happen next. You are no longer conditioned by society and thus available to allow pure existence to act through you.
Be free and unforeseeable.
H.U.G.S. (helping users get sober)
It’s your body indeed. Do what you must or what you feel inclined to participate in. Realize, though, that your actions indirectly affect the lives around you, flowing into rivers of positive or negative energies. Some people have shun the good away in light of attention, who have decided that they’ve lost themselves and will hold onto a lifestyle that will inhibit the creation of a true life. Being honest with yourself, which is hard for anyone to do, will improve your existence and happiness. Share H.U.G.S. with those around you. Give loving energy and break habits of perception. Weakness shall not prevail. Your life depends on it.
Top Ten Things You Forgot When Planning The World Takeover
Number 10 - There are more than a million of us for each one of you, and we don't really like you very much - because you keep trying to kill us.
Number 9 - We know how desperate you are to appear like you are actually still in control of the situation.
Number 8 - Despite many years of effort on your part to stamp us out, we are, ahem, still here and growing exponentially.
Number 7 - We can dramatically reduce the effectiveness of your multi-million dollar EMF mind control technology with 25-cent devices that a ten-year-old kid can build.
Number 6 - Your system is not sustainable. We sometimes enjoy watching the contortions you go through trying to keep it up and running but lately we are getting hungry and that makes our BS detectors more active.
Number 5 - Everything you have depends entirely on us, since you guys usually can't even locate the 'on' switch. So, even if you push 'the button,' WE still have to push several thousand more buttons in order for anything to happen. Most likely, when you tell us to 'look sharp,' we will just crack a beer and fart.
Number 4 - In order for people to be good zombies, they have to be fully aware of what you are doing, in order to successfully pretend they don't know.
Number 3 - Punishment loses its effectiveness with overuse, and you are way past the point of overuse.
Number 2 - Nobody actually believes clouds are long straight lines that come out of airplanes.
And the Number 1 thing they forgot when planning the world take over is:
There is a God. (See universe for reference.)
Sincerely, Citizens of the World