fact remains that she was not always truthful about many things.”
rarely felt the need to denounce these lies about “domestic abuse” since they
were only whispered by a handful of fringe types like Sutley, Moore and Stenberg
who had an obvious motive to slander her. See INSTANT PROOF
and Bari …were assessed $12,000 in court costs [from Hewlett Packard lawsuit].”
No such assessment was ever made.
Bari and Sweeney filed another suit, this time against Caltrans…”
Sweeney or Bari ever sued Caltrans.
Bari “at one point even enlisted Sweeney
to help her raise money to buy tractors to send to the Sandanistas.”
conceived and led the fund-raising campaign to buy a tractor for Nicaragua in
1986. Bari had lesser involvement but was busy at the same time with political
work around Central America. See INSTANT PROOF #13
couple…began house-hunting in rural Mendocino County …they purchased a partially
developed site in Redwood Valley , moving there in November of 1986.”
usual, Coleman has timing all wrong. They purchased bare land in 1983, developed
it themselves in 1984-86, and moved there in 1986.
“..Bruce Anderson's quirky.. Anderson
No longer. Under
attack for his lying and hoaxes, Anderson sold the AVA and moved to Oregon in
the road from Philo is Hendy National Forest …”
Woods is not a National Forest. It is a state park.
“…little towns and communities perched
over the sea, like…Albion Ridge.”
is no town of Albion Ridge.
“Steven Spielberg shot the townie scenes
from Jaws here, shamelessly masquerading Mendocino as a faux New England
The town scenes in Jaws
were all shot in Martha's Vineyard , Massachusetts , as described in detail
at the site http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/trivia
there is only one independent concern left in the area, Harwood Lumber in Branscomb…”
There are other independent sawmills
in Willits, Philo and Cloverdale.
“In Mendocino and Humboldt Counties,
most residents know full well that marijuana, not lumber or even tourism, is the
primary source of income in the county…”
residents know nothing of the kind and there have never been any statistics to
pair went to work…so that their dream of converting the skelteton of the main
house into a showcase to be sold at a good profit could be realized more quickly…”
Sweeney and Bari designed and built the
house for themselves to live in, not for resale, as shown by its unusual and expensive
the garage was readied, they could gut most of the old house while retaining the
walls to satisfy Redwood Valley 's zoning laws and escape the need for a building
There was no “old house.”
Sweeney and Bari built a new house from scratch, taking out building permit number
UK-395-87 on 3/17/87. See INSTANT PROOF #9.
|55||"Years after her work there,
Bari would still rail against Chaulk as 'a rich man,' and against his palatial
digs..."||Bari didn't use Chaulk's name. It's Coleman
who is naming Larry Chaulk and giving her error-ridden retelling of the story.
later, Chaulk sold off his property with the stipulation that the stand of virgin
redwoods on it never be cut down. Bari never talked about that."
couldn't talk about because she died 31 days before Chaulk sold the property,
and there was no such “stipulation” recorded in any legal paper. See INSTANT
embrace of the redwoods was less a matter of moving on to the next big thing than
filling the political emptiness she'd felt since marrying Sweeney.”
wasn't “politically empty” at all in Sonoma County. She was active in the local
anti-nuclear group from the day she arrived, and later she led large demonstrations
against the U.S. war on Nicaragua and was arrested at the Santa Rosa Federal Building
in 1985. See INSTANT PROOF #13
she anointed herself Regional Coordinator for the Pledge of Resistance…”
was hired for the position.
“… Bari , according to her accounts and
those of fellow activists, was always pushing for more militant actions, like
tearing up the railroad tracks or ignoring guards and sheriffs to force their
way onto government property.”
advocated nonviolent civil disobedience on the Central American issue, just as
she would later with timber, recognizing it was the best political tactic.
domestic war had been rekindled between her and Sweeney. She wanted to continue
with her political activism…Sweeney ‘wanted her barefoot and pregnant.'”
already had four children by two wives by 1985, and the last thing he wanted was
Judi pregnant again.
had grown more adamant in opposing her political activism…”
always supported Bari 's political activism and worked on the same issues himself,
as well as other political issues both local and national.
told the archivists after the couple's divorce came through in 1988, that her
ex-husband ‘stole custody of my younger daughter against the divorce agreement.'”
Bari never said anything of the sort—she
went on the record praising the “cooperative relationship” she had with Sweeney.
There was never any dispute between them about child care or custody. See INSTANT
source] “describes the house as having four bedrooms but only one bath for the
four of them.”
The housing plans, which
were drawn by Bari herself, show two bathrooms.
“She says Bari fought with Sweeney to
get one room as an office for herself…'But there were no windows…'
designed an office for herself on the 2nd story with windows, as clearly shown
on the plans and visible on the house today.
“Betty Ball was also ready and willing
to use the MEC network for people's housing or other needs, as she did when she
got Fred the Walking Rainbow together with Pam Davis.”
didn't find housing for Fred Moore or connect him with Pam Davis.
MEC's community posting board was a way for people to stay in touch…”
MEC had no community posting board.
“It was at the MEC that [ Bari ] began
to hear about…Earth First!”
about Earth First! before the MEC opened on March 11, 1987 .
to writer Susan Zakin: "They also tried...and failed...to blow up a coal
slurry line." ||Susan Zakin has no evidence that anyone
tried to blow up a coal slurry line. |
First 'members' were encouraged to take action...and it ranged...to planting explosives
or whatever else worked." ||Explosives were never used
or advocated in Earth First! The only thing that Dave Foreman, for example, wrote
about bombs in Ecodefense was to stay away from them.|
“Her apocalyptic vision of mass
death and suffering is one she embraced wholeheartedly as being good for the earth…”
Bari 's answer was obviously a joke.
Although Coleman acknowledges Bari 's self-admitted tendency to “flippancy,” (p.
124), she refuses to recognize it whenever Bari 's words can be used to make her
Kingfisher asked the 32-year-old bearded white vagabond [Cherney] what he wanted
out of life."||Cherney was 29 years old.|
|69||"[Cherney]...taught English as a
second language..."||Cherney never taught English as
a second language.|
Sinkyone watershed on the Lost Coast …”
is no Sinkyone watershed or body of water by that name. It is the name of an Indian
tribe and the wilderness park named after the tribe.
Cherney was arrested, the small local media loved it...That action took place
on the spring equinox in 1986..." ||Neither Cherney or
anyone else was arrested at this demonstration. Cherney wasn't arrested for the
first time until 3 years later.|
before the group was ready to go, Cherney discovered that his own van was inoperable...[he]
more or less commandeered King and his auto."||Cherney's
van was working fine, but King's Subaru was better for getting under low-hanging
branches on the primitive Usal Road.|
“Tim Hermack of the Forest Council
Organization…says…'sustainable yield in logging [is] impossible.'”
not in the pay of the corporations have proven that forests can be logged sustainably
and profitably, as Pacific Lumber did until Hurwitz seized it.
Caffrey, one of the original Humboldt Earth Firsters along with Greg King and
Caffrey wasn't part of the
original Humboldt group and was kept at a distance because King regarded him as
unstable, an opinion verified as emotional and mental problems became apparent.
shoot a…rope over the limb with a bow and arrow,' says Caffrey.”
First! didn't used a bow and arrow, always climbing spurs and lanyard, says King
people served the tree-sitter…but even so, no one could last [in a tree sit] more
than a few days.”
had no resupply.
get up, the tree-sitter would wear climbing spurs..." ||The
climber, not the tree-sitter, wore the spurs, rigged a rope and platform, and
the tree-sitter would ascend using the rope.|
around EPIC brushed him off. It took weeks before Cherney figured out how to subscribe
to the group's [Earth First] journal."||Nobody brushed
Cherney off--there was no EF! activity in Humboldt when he first arrived. Cherney
never subscribed to Earth First! Journal to this day.|
“…[Cherney] headed for the regular Earth
First national roundup in… Big Basin State Park .”
was a state rendezvous, not the regular national gathering.
First!] had never sought the publicity that his [Cherney's] inventiveness and
compulsive hustling guaranteed." ||Being a very small
group with a big agenda, Earth First! had always sought publicity, witness the
1981 "cracking" of Glen Canyon Dam that Coleman describes on p. 67.
Like the rest of Earth First!, the Humboldt chapter sought publicity from the
'Darryl had an environmental office with a copier machine and he'd gotten a grant
on condition that he'd let other environmentalists use the facility.' Cherney
charged her $200 a month...."||Cherney was managing Bridgewood
and collected rent from Verran on behalf of the landlord. Cherney's grant for
the copy macine came with no strings attached.|
“She had been studying the fiddle (and
a little guitar) in a serious way over the preceding four years, and was, by 1987,
Bari had played violin
since childhood, a fact noted by Coleman at page 17. Let's get the story straight!
|78||"In his own mind, [Cherney]
was very much like his hero...Abbie Hoffman..."||Coleman
never interviewed Cherney and once again just made this up, since Cherney knew
little of Hoffman and certainly didn't see him as his hero. In a KZYX radio interview
1/5/05, Colman claimed she was a Yippie and knew Abbie Hoffman herself, so, with
typical laziness, she just imagines that Hoffman must have been Cherney's hero
Bari and Sweeney had agreed by that point  to see others outside their marriage…."
There was no such agreement. Bari and
Sweeney lived together with their daughters until the day they dissolved their
marriage in May, 1988.
lived in a funky green trailer…barely fifteen feet from the garage.”
trailer was much farther away and both Sweeney and Bari had visual and sound privacy.
sounds of his wife's trysts enraged Sweeney.”
wasn't his wife anymore, he had his own girlfriend, and he never heard any sounds
of “trysts.” This is just one of many examples of Coleman presenting false rumors,
gossip and conjecture as fact.
“One person who caught a brief, early
glimpse of [Sweeney's alleged] anger at his wife's lover Cherney was Irv Sutley.”
Coleman fails to disclose that Sutley
would later have a bitter feud with Bari that makes any statement by him about
her suspect. See INSTANT PROOF #4
|80||"They positioned themselves outside
the [Safeway] store as Cherney played his guitar and sang his improvised lyrics
about scabs and picket lines..."||Cherney didn't bring
his guitar or play a guitar there. They sang acapella the song composed by Bari,
had been the first visible face of Earth First in Mendocino County--at least a
contact person, if not an organizer."||Sequoia had been
preceded as Earth First! contact in Mendocino by Tom Forest and Darryl Cherney.|
two hundred eco-activists were scheduled to demonstrate up in Oregon for the preservation
of Sanctuary Forest .”
is in Mendocino County, California , not Oregon .
who wasn't there [Cahto road early morning barricade] because she was in her final
days at California Yurts..."||Bari was there.|
|85||"...Bari and Cherney attended
a meeting of the California Board of Forestry in the state capitol..."||Bari
did not attend this demonstration.|
the original Earth First 'contact person' in Mendocino County, Sequoia..."||Sequoia
had been preceded as Earth First! contact in Mendocino by Tom Forest and Darryl
Bari had already taken control of contact lists… Bari ..jealously guarded this
resource. It was one basis of her growing power.”
always shared lists with activists who needed them, according to Betty Ball of
had not done much more publicly than talking about EF on the …radio, or posting
announcements from time to time at the MEC.”
called meetings and demonstrations, particularly about Mendocino National Forest
a gesture was totally in character for the self-described Maoist, who, in her
Baltimore days, had once sat up half the night with her then fiancee, Walt Penny,
devouring texts of leftist dogma.”
never lived in Baltimore after early childhood, Walt was never her fiancee, and
his name wasn't Penny.
Bari ] had moved away from Maoist puritanism and toward the antic countercultural
ways of Earth First.”
Although she read
some Marxist books, Bari was never “puritan” in any of her political work at any
time, was never dogmatic about political theory, and never belonged to any self-consciously
Marxist political group.
Withers, who knew...some of the older EFers, recalls that the old guard 'didn't
take Judi very seriously.'" ||Withers didn't know the
original Earth First! group, and these orginal EF! people did indeed take to Bari
right away and invited her to strategy sessions almost as soon as they met her.|
Guenther…filed the first lawsuit challenging Georgia-Pacific timber harvest plans
at the beginning of the 1980s—the first to be filed after the passage of the 1973
Forest Practice Act…
It was Nick Wilson
who organized the first lawsuit against GP logging plans in Mendocino in April
1975, filed under the name Environmental Protection Center. .
opened a chip mill nearby [Potter Valley] to make a composite board, a material
that requires a lot of glue…”
opened a composite board mill in Mendocino County .
“Stenberg…describes herself as ‘Judi's
Stenberg was never Bari's
"best friend" and she soon became of Bari 's worst enemies, well known
to be a pathological liar, who had an obvious motive to tell the kind of outrageous
lies that Coleman repeats. See more at Stenberg.
GP plant…produced a surplus that was sold off to the large power plant down the
There is no power plant, large
or small, down the coast.
“…a new International Workers of the
The name of the union
is Industrial Workers of the World.
“It was the beginning of a bantering
friendship [Bari and Anderson]…until it, like so many of Bari 's relationships,
Coleman neglects to mention
that Anderson launched a hate campaign against Bari in 1993 that continued past
her death until today, making him an absurdly-unreliable source of any information
about her. See more at Anderson .
responded about her lover, ‘That fucking Darryl, he's so goddamned dumb. He's
This is just Bruce
Anderson putting words into Bari 's mouth, 14 years after the alleged speech and
ten years after his bitter feud with Bari began.
“At a county supervisors' meeting on
May 17, 1988 , Cherney and Greg King…thought they were going to be killed by the
five hundred or so timber folk who showed up…”
were under 200 timber supporters.
“She had begun traipsing to bars at night
and tossing back beers with the ‘working class.'”
lie presumably from Bruce Anderson. By the time she came to California , Bari
no longer drank beer.
of her new-found pals  were the Pardini brothers, Ernie and Toni. She was
rumored to have taken a sexual fancy to Ernie, and was bar-hopping with him..."||Bari
didn't even meet the Pardini brothers until 1992 during the Albion forest demonstrations.
As Coleman notes elsewhere, Bari didn't have "sexual fancies" after
the 1990 bombing.|
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speed explains how Bari was able to do so much with so little sleep during those
Bari didn't use hard
drugs after she came to California. She was always a remarkably high-energy person
and to attribute her energy to drugs is just another example of how Coleman knows
nothing of her.
Bari had bragged to Anderson about doing crank back in her Baltimore days.”
never lived in Baltimore after early childhood.
“At the Boonville Lodge they held ‘breast
contests'…Bari was reported by two different sources to have joined the fray on
one occasion, lifting her own top to show her unfettered, pendulous breasts…”
Bari suffered as an adolescent and later
in life from sexist harassment over her breasts, hated male chauvinism and objectification
of women's bodies, and simply would never have done such a thing.
|98||"Who exactly did she think
was drinking with her in the bars? Anderson asked. The real Mendocino forest workers
were home with their wives and kids."||Real forest workers
did, in fact, go to bars, and the ones who did were often very influential with
the evenings it was her ex-husband who did the bulk of the baby-sitting, and he
was understandably furious to see his daughters' mother gallivanting around the
Coleman never interviewed either
Sweeney or Bari , and Sweeney never said anything of the kind, so it's outrageous
for her to jump to this conclusion.
“Stenberg says she began doing baby-sitting
for Bari to relieve her friend from Sweeney's hostility.”
explained here, Stenberg is a notorious liar capable of any fantasy. It would
have been a neat trick for her to provide baby-sitting, since she lived in Fort
Bragg which is almost two hours by road from Redwood Valley .
told Stenberg about physical fights with Sweeney….”
and Sweeney were divorced. If he had ever struck her, she would have obtained
a restraining order keeping him off the property. No such restraining order was
ever sought because the whole story of “fighting” is one of Stenberg's sick fantasies.
Bari feared most as their divorce was being finalized was that Sweeney would try
to take her daughters from her and get exclusive custody.”
and Sweeney never had any disagreements about custody or visitation. Their uncontested
dissolution (Case 56189), prepared by themselves without lawyers, gave custody
to Bari . See INSTANT PROOF #7
“The couple's divorce was granted on
May 1, 1988 , the traditional workers' holiday, deliberately chosen by Bari …as
a fitting day for her ‘liberation.'”
court record shows the uncontested dissolution was filed May 3, 1988 and granted
May 31, 1988, and that it was Sweeney who was petitioner and therefore in charge
of filing the papers.
would all look bad to authorities in the simmering custody fight that continued
after the divorce.”
There was never any
custody fight before or after the divorce. See INSTANT PROOF
Bari also told Bruce Anderson … that Sweeney had forced her to have sex and was
No, she didn't tell him
anything of the kind, which is why Anderson wrote in his newspaper on May 11,
1994, “The simple truth of the matter is that Bari and Sweeney separated peacefully
and cooperatively, a parting we might contrast with Stenberg's six or so marriages
and Moore's numerous grim coupling…” See INSTANT PROOF #4.