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The Glasgow ACTA protest was more or less as expected. Only around 200 people showed up, and there were internet memes everywhere. The UK pirate party showed up to do some speaking and all that, but overall it was still a bit silly.

We chanted: "...to the US government, to the big corporations, to the 1%; COME AT ME BRO!!"

Occupy got a lot of criticism, but to be fair, this one deserves a bit more. Definitly a worthy cause though!


Few hours later I returned to town to see the Dropkicks Murphys play at the Barrowland Ballroom. Now I haven't been to a lot of gigs, but this was way crazier than what I remembered from others.

Met up with a few buddies and stopped at an Irish pub for a while. I'm not into pubs so it was a bit boring, but it was still somewhat interesting to see the Irish-ness. Anyhoo, did most of my drinking on the way down to the venue, packed some jaeger into a plastic bottle and got rid of that before the bouncers kicked me out at the door. Screw paying £4 for a beer inside the venue.

So it turned out there were two support bands, and it took two and a half hours for the Dropkicks to appear. Really...? Pfffft. Luckily we missed the first 40 minutes. While things were still pretty calm we squeezed pretty near to the front. It got so crammed that you couldn't move at all, and then as soon as Dropkicks showed up and started playing, everyone started rioting and I got pushed back half way accross the hall. I could have battled my way up there, I'm a big guy, but I don't think I'd have the energy to keep it up.

I didn't see my buddies for the next two hours...

There were beer cups flying through the air the whole time. I got splashed 12 times. I counted. Would have been a lot more if I had stayed at the front. The floor was drenched and became a lot like those ball pits for kids, but with plastic cups instead of balls. Soon enough people started crowd surfing and the bouncers were constantly pulling them down. Lots of shirts and shoes flying around too.

Later I retreated some more and found water dispensers, hell yeah. They even had a first-aid area in the corner with three staff sitting around. Not surprised that people end up there...

Oh and for the last two songs, the band got VIP fans up on the stage with them. Altogether it looked like around 50+ people up there, most of them being pretty hot girls.

When the gig finally finished (almost four and a half hours after doors opened) and I met up with my buddies again, two of them had apparently stayed at the front and done some crowd surfing. They were totally drenched.

I would have died.

Anyway, as amazing as it all was, I don't think I'd like to do that more than once a year...
Wonder for how many days my ears will be ringing this time.

Here's a bit of Fields of Athenry that I recorded, I'm such a pirate: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3…
And here's the clearest photo I got overall: kupo707.deviantart.com/art/Dro…
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AnakinRose-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's how I would like to spend my weekends in America, but I'm underage.... >.<
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Wabefuhon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
If it wasn't in the US or Washington State or Longview, I couldn't attend.
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FlamerXMagofire Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Sounds like you had one Hell of a time over there :XD:

Although, yeah, I don't think I could stand that kind of gigs more than once a year... I couldn't stand getting elbow'd in Green Day's gig, after all :O ... But I'd love to go to some other gig sometime :B

And I wonder why most of the VIP fans over there were hot girls... or why I suddendly want to be part of a band ;)
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
200?

here in Chile we had over 7000 people sometimes, well, thanks to the Coup d'état we had in 1973 and military dictatorship for almost 20 years, people arenīt that "peacefully", letīs say we break the city a bit every protest.

yeah, and memes too, and 12 years old kids using fawkes mask.

the street burning, damn i miss those times, we are a bit more relaxed now, too relaxed indeed...

well, I think Glasgow is small I think but i have no idea actually.
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Glasgow's the biggest city in Scotland, so there should be more than that showing up....
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its maybe a first world problem, you people live so well (compared to us) people are afraid to express their opinion.

there was so much people tortured in our past you try mess up with the people and, well, streets burn, again...

well, literaly
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and cops tear gas our ass off :3, but Iīm somewhat inmune to that thing, kinda proud of that.
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
we give out too many benefits to lazy people i guess.
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chile:
80% of the country wealth is divided in only 10 different families (actually the country with the most unbalanced distribution of resources)

yay, third worlds countries ftw, we have such outstanding digits.
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost as bad and the US with 1% of the country holding 90% of the wealth.

Is it really only ten families that hold that much wealth!? Wow. I hate central/south-American governments sooo much (as well as North).

I actually think, wealth distribution-wise, Europe has it the best. Unlike Chile, or the US, or China, their wealth is more evenly spread.
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah, I think in USA is a bit more equal than here, we are the MORE unequal(we at least win first prize in something), thanks to the military dictatorship here, the private sector gain too much economic power, they sold the government property at chicken egg prize (translated proverb)
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bleah... that's happening too much lately; it seems the military is taking over everything. Just take Egypt, for example...
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For someone who doesn't have a life, you sure have some wild times...

The protest sounds weak, though. Just a bunch of internet fags dicking around for lack of anything better to do. I'm assuming the cops ended the protest, or did everyone just eventually go home?
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
it was dead peaceful.
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds pretty boring, actually. Were there at least any amusing weirdos who made idiots of themselves?
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
that's not what protests are generally about....
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Always seemed to me that protests were events only fools would go to.

Idiots want to bitch about something, so they go and bitch about it in large groups, until they all go home or until they're all forced to go home. I always thought protests a waste of time.
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you make enough social movement you can damage the government image for ever, for example here in Chile the protests were so massive and hard that the % approval of the right wing government was 18%, 18 damn percent xD, a total success for us, well, the left wing politicians reputation was damaged heavily too, good, because they suck too.

and the people support the protests if you make them right.
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
enjoy your fascism then.
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Ragnaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only the people with real power or political sway can make a difference. That's why, in democracies, there are representatives assigned to do the bitching for us, so we don't futilely scream our life issues out on the streets.

Nobody listens to protesters. Protests are for a good cause, but I don't think anybody pays attention to them, unless they're massive. That's why I think the gathering of your only 200 or so people is just a waste of time; it won't end up changing much. I mean, Occupy Wall Street's composed of hundreds of thousands of people globally, but do you see any of their demands being met?

And I will enjoy my fascism, thank you, because, being in democratic America and all, I'm obviously very autocratic. I mean, I have to be a totalitarian, seeing as I had one opinionated view on one controversial topic. I'm glad you think that way.
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PtolemaiosLS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, thinking America is democratic, the right wing is powerful there man (and the church also do their part).

of course i agree with 200 people donīt make any impact, but you canīt rely in politicians, because they lie and only care for themselves and preserving the system that make so much good to "them", not the people, if they would really take in charge of the problems we shouldnīt need to move a finger, but sadly thatīs not the truth.
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KupoGames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
did you forget the part where the ACTA protest happened in 200 different cities at the same time, most having much more people?
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GakaPoof Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah,cos its way better to cry about something then actually do something.In poland over 100,000 people protested and acta was suspended for a year and further negotiations :/
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ThaBrokenSword Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
jeez.
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AlistairTheAvenger Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like my kind of day.
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