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BBB & Al Pieda Strike in Arizona, Texas, & Alberta; and more...

"Al Pieda" Targets Ann Coulter
Conservative author survives creamy stage-left attack

OCTOBER 22--Meet "Al Pieda" disciples Phillip Edgar Smith and William 
Zachary Wolff. The Tucson men, both 24, were arrested last night 
after throwing custard cream pies at author Ann Coulter during her 
speech at the University of Arizona. Portions of the pies connected 
with the conservative commentator's face and shoulder, according to 
this police report, which quotes Smith saying that he and Wolff were 
"throwing the pies at her ideas not at her." Cops also noted that a 
post-arrest search of the assailants turned up "pieces of paper 
(propaganda) involving Coulter's name and the explanation of 'Al 

Videos and more info at:

Agent Tofu Cream, Al Pieda / BBB Tucson


On December 6th, 2004, the Biotic Baking Brigade of Austin, Texas 
placed its first nomination for the Canary Awards of 2005 upon the 
face of John Aielli, host of KUT?s morning show, Eclecticose 
(Austin?s NPR affiliate). This honor was bestowed in order to 
illustrate the dangerous consequences of consolidating power into the 
hands of the few. Twenty years is a lengthy amount of time for anyone 
to hold a position?particularly one that involves four hours of 
access each weekday to the airwaves of a city.

Quite simply, we intervened to save the listeners of Austin, Texas 
from having to listen to John Aielli be seduced by the illusion of 
his own power.

John Aielli was nominated for this honor because he continually 
exploits the very pedestal upon which he sharpens his creative teeth; 
by bolstering the financial agendas of groups whose lifestyle and 
product positioning spectacle continue to dull our senses, John 
Aielli and his morning show continue to stifle the very mechanisms 
which afford the reception of his programming privilege.

Furthermore, John Aielli trounced across the divide which necessarily 
segregates our audio experiences from our visual experiences. By 
intentionally  disengaging from our collective folklore and showing 
his face on the south capitol steps to lead a ?holiday sing along? it 
is only natural that  an involuntary muscular contraction of the 
wrist occurred. We are all only so fortunate that it was a cream pie 
and not a bowl of warm gravy which too was present to assist in John 
Aielli?s nomination.

Cast your vote for the 2005 Canary nomination pool today at, or, as always, take matters into 
your own hands!

November, 2004
Alberta, Canada

2 members of the Ballot Baking Brigade (BBB) were arrested today after
consuming portions of their ballot. After consuming, the members of the
brigade were handcuffed and escorted away in police vehicles. They were
forced to remove their shoelaces, belts, and necklaces before they were
put in a holding cell.

"Today we experienced the criminalization of dissent. People should have
the right to do whatever they want to their own ballot," said Casey
Pritchard, one member of the BBB. "We are hoping that our actions today
will open up a discussion about the current state of democracy in

Corporate donations in elections, the increasing role of corporate
lobbyists in making political decisions, the alienation of people from the
democratic process and a winner take all system are just a few of the
issues the group hopes to get the public to discuss.

"We are hoping that by eating our ballot we can start a discussion.
Currently we have a system where there is a tremendous amount of corporate
influence in the electoral system and in the democratic system to the
extent that private corporate lobbyists have more power then average
citizens," said Mike Hudema another member of the BBB. "We need to start
addressing the fact that a majority of Albertans don?t feel like they are
an integral part of democracy in Alberta. Instead most people feel
powerless and alienated and that is not acceptable.  We need change."

The BBB is holding a democracy forum to try to solicit Albertan?s opinions
on the state of democracy in Alberta and what we need to do to improve it.
The forum is Wednesday, November 24 at 12:00 at Sacred Heart Parish.

"We are hoping the forum will generate real solutions for change," said
Leah Henderson a member of the BBB. "We have our own ideas: moving to
proportional representation, limiting corporate donations, making all
lobbying minutes public information, and moving to more participatory
models of governance but we want as many voices to come out as possible."

It is a criminal offence to eat your ballot under the Alberta Elections Act.



Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Protester raises ire of mining chief

Conservationists have thrown a pie into the face of a mining boss in 
the south-west of Western Australia.

Police allege Chris Farnsworth hit Cable Sands general manager Collis 
Thorp in the face with a pie outside an energy and resources forum in 
Bunbury before spraying a nearby businessman with green dye.

Mr Thorp used his presentation to industry leaders to launch a 
scathing attack on opponents of the mine.

"The so-called non-violent action of the protest movement should also 
be talked about," he said.

"For those who might have seen it this morning I was assaulted again 
this morning with a large pie of human excrement thrown in my face.

"So these are the lovely peaceful protesters. Guys, I can assure you 
for those who come into confrontation with these people they are not 
peaceful protesters."

Mr Farnsworth has rejected the claims, saying the pie was a coffee 
mouse. In defence of his non-violent direct action, he said "I must 
also take exception to the word 'thrown'. I prefer to regard the 
mousse as 'positively positioned' rather than thrown."


Two new pie songs: "Just Desserts" by Chumbawamba and "The Pie" by The Ex

Just Desserts

Groucho-Marxists look so sweet
Slapstick anarchists, nice enough to eat
Peter Kropotkin in the way we talk; Charlie Cairoli in the way we walk
See them scramble to the top-watch them fall from grace
Never trust a man with egg on his face
Intellectual tarts with a good left hook
Copycat killer-cover and duck!
Polite assassins: You shout, I scream!
And the part starts on a count of one, two three.
We talk without words, and everybody understands.
Just desserts, delivered by hand.
"Nobody move! Or the CEO gets it in the face with cream and dough!"
See them scramble to the top-wsatch them fall from grace. Never 
trusts a man with egg on his face.

The Pie

In a world full of poor and an environment to protect
an alternative flan of action flies in the face
of promises not kept
it shows that the responsible irresponsibles
have faces and names which can be addressed
therefore bake and aim
and put a smile back on the face of the oppressed

The puppeteers and the powers that be
would always agree that stones are no arguments
and meanwhile they hit us with batons and bullets
and invite us to their wrecking-balls
with distorted truths and teargas
slander, lies and tanks
no thanks, we understand
and that is why
we wanna globalise the pie

Number 1 is The Walking Thrust:
walk up to the person, push the pie in the face
and before you walk away give it a slight twist
this makes the sticky part of the pie cling to the recipient

Number 2 is The Shot Put:
the one to be thrown straight
from a distance of three to five feet

Number 3 is The Ancient Roman Discus Throw
the most beautiful delivery of all:
spin half-way round, turning the pie as you whirl
and then let go, hitting the victim square in the face

Number 4 is The Catcheržs Throw to Second Base
the hardest of all:
pull back your arm just as far as it will go
and then bring the pie in, all the way from East St Louis
and let her go!

With shots over eight feet
make sure that the pie is of the right weight
to fly in a straight line as it leaves your fingers
on the other hand, some do believe
that one must press the pie into the face directly
and that it never should be thrown
an advice for beginners: donžt try this at home...

Some people say that the pie is the limit
but a pastry at a time is an answer to their crime


"Direct action gets better results"
...from: New Scientist vol 183 issue 2462 - 28 August 2004, page 4

Chaining yourself to bulldozers and throwing paint over company 
executives is more likely to influence environmental policy than 
schmoozing on Capitol Hill. So says an analysis of the impact of the 
green movement in the US between 1960 and 1994.

The study compares the number of bills passed by Congress with 
tactics employed by green groups in the same year. Jon Agnone, a 
sociologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, found that 
sit-ins, rallies and boycotts were highly effective at forcing new 
environmental laws. Each protest raised the number of pro-environment 
bills passed by 2.2 per cent. Neither effort spent schmoozing 
politicians nor the state of public opinion made any difference.

But conventional politics does play a part. Environmental legislation 
is 75 per cent more likely to pass when Democrats control both houses 
of Congress. And it gets a 200 per cent boost in congressional 
election years, presumably because politicians see it as a vote 

Agnone, who presented his results on 17 August at the American 
Sociological Association's meeting in San Francisco, says protest 
groups lose their edge when they become part of the system. Their 
most effective weapon is disruption. "If you make a big enough 
disturbance then people have to recognise what you are doing."


"Never doubt that a small and dedicated group of people with pies can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

Look for "Pie Any Means Necessary: The BBB Cookbook" in fine (and not 
so fine) bookstores, cafes, bunkers, caves, and police station 
lockups everywhere.
Or order it straight from the publisher, AK Press, via

"The Pie's the Limit," a delicious documentary produced by the 
Whispered Media video collective, features a cornucopia of political 
pie-throwings in San Francisco and beyond; a brief history of 
consumable comedy; behind the scenes interviews with real underground 
pie tossers; corporate media analysis, and in-your-face politics. 
Watch in delight as a half dozen demagogues are served up their just 
deserts! Order it via


The Biotic Baking Brigade.....coming soon to a pie-o-region near you.

Friends of the BBB: c/o POB 40130, San Francisco, CA 94140, Amerika

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