As exhausted as we at the Clog are by the seemingly endless protest at the Nuclear-Free-Vegan-Save-The-Trees-Zone (satirical and probably factual representation here, thanks to the SF Chronicle), we found this surprising parallel to the rude, crude and socially unacceptable– in anywhere but Berkeley – behaviors of the tree people: the homeless.

It makes sense to us – neither appear to have jobs, homes or showers, so they do what they can: squat on someone else’s property.

The Chronicle’s article points out just how little security guards at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal actually do to serve their employers’ interests – unless ignoring the de facto homeless shelter is in the Transbay Terminal’s interests. The homeless who reside there aren’t cited for defecating or urinating on the building’s floors, nor for loitering or spending the night: only for letting their feet leave the floor.

And while toilets for floors are certainly a good enough reason for us to take BART to San Francisco instead of using the free (with AC Transit Class Pass) F line bus, the vagrant population seems eerily familiar to those who reside in privately-owned public places on our side of the bay, like the oak grove at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium.

The odd community the tree people have formed with the UC police officers isn’t quite as passive as that of the Transbay Terminal, but maybe that’s because the homeless, unlike the tree people, aren’t fighting for anything other than a warm place to rest.

Either way, both parties are–for the most part–equally irritating, equally unsanitary and equally taxing on the communities who have to deal with (or ignore or take pictures of) them every day.

Image Source: Shamim Pakzad, Daily Cal
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Over the last few weeks, that lovable bunch of nuts living in the trees near Memorial Stadium has been everywhere! Well, everywhere in the media, that is. Physically, they’ve mostly been behind that fence.

Moving on, the Clog presents a round-up of the stories about the tree denizens. It’s one-stop shopping, but for smelly hippies.

* New York Times: University Fences In a Berkeley Protest, and a New One Arises.

The article shouts out to a Daily Cal editorial:

bq. Soon after, the editorial board at The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, called the fence a public relations disaster and suggested that it might “encourage martyrdom.

Also, the Clog itself spotted Mr. Zachary RunningWolf himself reading his copy of the Times to his fellow tree-huggers.

* AOL Sports: Wonderful Treetards Allowed to Remain in Precious, Irreplacable Old Forest.

The story isn’t much, but the headline was too good to pass up.

* Hindustan Times: A Chipko Movement In California.

Seriously? Confidential to India: Thanks for noticing us, but we have no idea what you’re talking about.

* The Brown Daily Herald: Protesters in trees seek to block stadium expansion at UC Berkeley.

Must have been a slow day at the Ivies.

* US News and World Report: Falling Excrement Prompts Court Order for Tree-Sitters.

We always thought the tree-people might be full of shit.

* RealClearPolitics: Football and the Soul of Berkeley.

More overblown, half-baked pseudo-philosophy than a Scott Lucas column in the Daily Cal. And that’s hard to do. We should know.

* Mother Jones: Protesters in Berkeley:Up a Tree and Fenced In.

Mother Jones still exists? We thought it was as dead as Eugene Debs.

* Berkeley Daily Planet: The Myth of Cooperation.

You may think it’s local coverage at first glance, but the Daily Planet usually lives in a different world than the rest of us.


So the tree-sitters can stay, at least for the moment, and our seasoned faculties (from lofting our brains instead of our poop buckets) can’t understand why. As Beetle so aptly put it, isn’t it just trespassing?

After arduous back and forth over the trees at Memorial Stadium, Superior Court Judge Richard Keller believes too little time has been given for each side to review complaints against the protestors, so they’ll reconvene in October. Really? Haven’t there been sanitation concerns since at least March?

But we guess it wouldn’t be Berkeley without controversy around replanting a small grove of trees in the name of recruiting student athletes.

We did call it, though. If, by it, you mean that it would continue to be annoying and dramatic and totally not zen.

Frankly, The Clog is running out of things to say about it.

Image Source: Allen Rodriguez, Daily Cal
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