Dear Nora,

I get sick of the way cars and lorries park on the pavement so the other mad bastards in their moron machines can get past. The pavements are for pedestrians. We are already squeezed out of our streets, when you walk past, check the van is empty then smash the mirror.

Reclaim the Streets,

Death to the machines,

Love from Len the Luddite



Dear Nora,

If you pour petrol onto tarmac, it will burn and then the road surface catches fire as well, making the road unusable until it is resurfaced. This is a good method for approach roads to out of town developments. Be VERY careful. Stand upwind and uphill from where you pour it and make a thin line of petrol at least 30 feet away as a fuse before lighting. Then run like fuck! A two gallon container will do a two lane road nicely.

Mad Max

Dear Nora,

Motorway flyover, superstores, shitty yuppie development - we don’t need them and here’s how to stop them.

Fast: Sneak onto building site and dump icing sugar into cement mixers, bags of sand etc. This stops the cement setting.

Slow: Do the same as above, except using rock salt (available in bulk from road gritting bins). Rain will wash the crystals out of the set cement eventually, so weakening it. When the construction is finished, anonymously contact the local planning office and tell them that Elves have been at work. The development will have to be pulled down again as structurally unsound.

Often the threat of salting is enough to make developers back off. Sweetening cement is usually a good final warning if you are inclined to give one.

Flo and flying Listards.

Dear Nora.

Elsewhere we’ve mentioned discrete techniques for bringing vehicles to a grinding halt; this one isn’t quite so discrete. It only works on those with vulnerable tyres (light vehicles and motorbikes).

Get hold of a heavy close link chain, lots of coat hangers (thicker the better); and a pair of bolt cutters.

Dear Nora,

In reply to Noggins letter on using condoms and cigarette lighters, then really all you get is a small fireball, but again it’s where you throw the thing innit, eh?

Story Time

Nora and Ned went out for the day to a MacDonald’s. Of course they didn’'t buy anything, but instead went straight to the toilet, Ned into the men’s and Nora into the women’s. Both have lots of little bags of quick drying cement. They stuff the cement down the toilets, wedging them into the U bend.

The burger bar has to close that day. Ned and Nora phoned the health and safety people telling them the MacDonalds toilets weren’t working properly and posed a potential health hazard. End of story.

Ned Nutcracker.

Dear Nora,

A way to get back at the meat industry is to fill your supermarket trolley up with meat from the freezer, and leave it in an spot and leave it. Do that enough then a lot of money is lost.

Course monkeywrenching is alright, but burning the machine is much more effective. First target a machine way out the way of roads or bright lights. Use diesel (less flammable and volatile) as it’s safer, remembering to cover area in old rags otherwise the diesel once ignited will run off. In this way two gallon will do the job.

Ignition will require a large flame so soak rags and light that. Happy burning,

Wessex Freedom Fighters

Night maintenance - a Hobby for the Nineties

It is very hard to unbuild a freeway, dam, clearcut, or other such atrocity. Concrete or asphalt can be destroyed, but its sheer size would put a huge burden on the environmentalist, cramping his/her lifestyle. The burden should be on the land rapist; the environmentalist should enjoy the joyful, fun, free lifestyle that s/he deserves.

In the process of destruction, there are ‘bottlenecks’ where a small effort on the part of the activist can have an enormous effect in hindering or stopping that process (environmental jujitsu). Your job is to find and exploit those pressure points.

One of those pressure points is the use of heavy equipment (bulldozers, scrapers, cranes, trucks etc). A single such vehicle can do an enormous amount of damage in a day. On the other hand, an ounce of night maintenance can prevent a ton of damage.

Familiarize yourself with the movements of the sun and moon. At the new moon, the sun and the moon are close together in the sky, and both set at the same time, creating the darkest possible sky. The moon will rise after the sun. After 14 days of fun, the moon will have journeyed counter clockwise in the sky around the Earth to the point where it will start to remain in the sky (in the west) for a short time before the sun comes up, lighting the night sky a bit (and it is a full moon). This situation will worsen for the next 14 days until the next new (dark) moon.

Friday night, all over the uncivilized world, big yellow vehicles will be parked in destruction sites unattended, and usually unlocked, for the weekend, with big ‘kick me’ signs on their behinds that are visible only to the righteous. Daylight hours must be used to locate all of them, particularly those whose location (for example behind a hill) makes them most vulnerable, or where enough of them congregate to make it worth your while. They may be very hard to find in the dark (which is to your advantage!).

Work completely alone. It’s the only way you can achieve the necessary level of security for this dangerous (but thrilling) hobby. Resist the urge to brag.

It is very tempting to slash all the tyres, leaving a very clear message. It will cost the rapist dearly, but not dearly enough. It will create headlines, but give the opposition the psychological and political advantage to spare no expense in tracking you down (or some suitable scapegoat) via the evidence trail you inevitably laid down. And the added security they will institute will hinder further adventures.

Unless you can cause a huge, crippling expense instantly (for example by burning a great number of vehicles irreparably), it is far better to initiate a damaging process that won’t get noticed until the evidence is obliterated.

A possible candidate is putting the finest (smallest-grained) aluminium oxide (see the Yellow Pages, under ‘Abrasives’) you can afford in the oil filler hole, washing it down with a quart or so of salt water.

Ideally, the engine will be operated until it is destroyed, without any problem being noticed. Your footprints will be long since obliterated. The only tools you need are gloves, a small flashlight or penlight, and a small flexible plastic container that can be squeezed to form a pouring spout.

This is a hobby the whole family can enjoy! Everyone can keep their eyes peeled for yellow vehicles, and report the sightings in their neighbourhood newsletters. Kids can ask the rapists and their elected representatives embarrassing questions, like “Why are you destroying our neighbourhood? Why are you cutting down trees? Why are you destroying animals’ homes?”

Grandma and Grandpa can research who is profiting from the project and organize the appropriate boycotts and picket lines. Joe Boy Scout and Suzie Girl Scout can earn merit badges learning about the species endangered by the projects or lobbying their city council (or the city council’s children!) against them.

- Fun unlimited!

Dear Nora,_

Some Random Thoughts on Stopping Damaging Projects

(‘for the prevention of disease only’)

Almost all damaging projects require the use of ‘heavy equipment’- bulldozers, scrapers, cranes, shovels, rollers, etc. All over the country you see these behemoths left on work sites overnight, generally with no protection or only minimal protection. Usually, they are completely unguarded, with the engine compartment unlocked. Occasionally, a large group of machines is surrounded with an easily-circumvented, cheap fence, but still with the engine compartments unlocked. Sometimes some doors are locked, while others are unlocked, allowing the critical locked one to be unlatched from inside, through the use of one of the unlocked openings. Sometimes lights are left on in mobile office trailers, but no-one (and no dog) is around.

Familiarize yourself with the phases of the moon, listed helpfully on the weather page of the newspaper. Between the days of the ‘new moon’ and ‘full moon’, there will be no moon in the sky before the sun comes up, making it-much darker at night. These are the best times for night maintenance. Highway projects are particularly easy prey, because highway lights make it very difficult for drivers to see anything but the highway.

According to ‘Ecodefence’, two of the most effective measures are abrasive in the oil or fuel, or (preferably salt-) water in the oil. The oil filler is very easy to find. It is a large cap, usually with a T-shaped handle on top. Water is cheap and makes an easy way to wash down the abrasive and wash off any that has spilled. It also causes internal rusting. For this purpose, salt water is far more effective than ordinary water. Friday and Saturday nights are good, since any spilled water will have plenty of time to dry before Monday morning, when the workers return. Avoid the type of oil filler tube that also holds the dipstick, or at least make sure that no tell-tale grit will show on the dipstick, if the oil level is checked. Don’t use so much water that the oil level rises too far. The goal is to leave no sign of tampering, so that the engine gets run and destroys itself. Any sign of tampering will alert the workers to institute countermeasures - change the oil, lock and guard all equipment, pass laws restricting the availability of aluminium oxide, etc. We don’t want that to happen. We want a lot of damage to occur before any of it gets noticed. For this reason, tyre-slashing, water in the fuel tank, and other obvious tampering should be used only when all else has failed.

Although ‘Ecodefence’ recommends the use of silicon carbide in the oil filler pipe, actually, aluminium oxide (very fine grit sizes of 180 or higher) is almost as hard, and much more effective as a cutting agent on ferrous metals. There is probably nothing better, so stock up on it before it gets outlawed! And don’t leave telltale spills. A small, flexible plastic container that can be squeezed to form a small spout is useful, as is a plastic yoghurt container with a cover for carrying your supply of grit. Powdery abrasive should not touch the skin or be breathed. Be careful.

Abrasive works by embedding itself in the softer metal (in machinery, parts that touch must be of different metals) and cutting out bits of the harder metal, which also begin circulating and causing more havoc. So the particles need only be large enough to stick up out of the oil film, which is approximately .0000001”-.000001” thick. The oil filter catches particles down to about .001”-.003”, so it is good to use grit sizes above 180 (.0034”). Size 400 has particles of .0009”, and size 600, .00033". They may seem too fine, but they will last long and continue cutting.

Sand, even quartz, isn’t much harder than steel, and so isn’t as effective. However, a lot of it could potentially clog up the oil filter and cause the bypass valve to open up, allowing sand to get into the works. Removing the oil filter, as recommended in ‘Ecodefence’, is probably not a good idea. I am told that it causes the oil pressure warning light to go on.

Abrasive put into the fuel is good, because it is pumped into the top of the engine and enters the cylinder compartment. Abrasive in the oil may or may not get picked up by the oil pump. If the engine is not moved around much (for example, on a large crane), the grit may stay in the bottom of the oil pan. This is why it is good to use very fine grit that will stay in suspension. Piston arms used to extend down into the oil, in order to splash it around, which would help spread our grit, but I believe this feature is no longer used. The oil pump has a screen that excludes only large particles. Its intake generally floats on top of the oil.

Don’t relax security. A construction company would not be happy to find that all of its millions of pounds of equipment has been rendered useless. But they are arrogant and aren’t very careful, not guarding equipment, not checking the oil in the morning, etc. Apparently, grit inserted via the oil filter hole doesn’t show up on the dipstick, anyway, until after the engine has been running, and probably could be easily missed by a careless operator.

By the way, I understand that salt is very bad for concrete, but I don’t know how to get it into the mixture. Maybe someone else can work that one out.

- Grit-face

Dear Nora,

A good way to get the message across about how disgusting Andrex (soft, strong and very wrong) is, is to go into the supermarket, get a bottle of mineral water (the square type is best), open it a little bit, then just plonk it on top of the pile of andrex and casually walk away. It's not necessary to say why, the shops believe people have a right to choose. They won't change their minds on that one so let's not bother haggling with them.

Another thought... all this crap about loosing jobs - how many jobs were lost when the allies closed down the concentration camps? And how many people complained? A sood from the hills...

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