so; our Glass Bead Colletive friends, who are representing in Minneapolis at the RNC while ze in Team Spider rock out in PARIS::: have been detqined qnd al their equipment confiscated::::
good news, ; we in team spider land took a glass bead camera on tour with us, and when asked if they could swing by TS HQ to pick it up we had to embarrishingly 'fess up and say "uhhhh;;; it's in France" so XRIS went to the french post office and mailed it to Minneapolis feeling guilty:: a) that we are not at the RNC representing b) thqt we took their camera across many countries and continents ;-)
BUT;;;; in classic everything working out for the best reality::: the camera we mailed to them is probably the ONLY CAMERA THEY HAVE:: since everything else confiscqted by the fascist pig SS troop free press crushing fear causing and feeling pig fake cops in Minneapolis:::: HAAAAAAA*
*i only wish i stole some of the glass bead cell phones before we left for eurpe 'cause the police took all of the cell phones from them as well::::
remember the lesson from this::: BORROW LIBERALLY FROM YOUR FRIENDS, THEY WILL THANK YOU LATER
(thqt said ,, we just got the bill report from Aaron D who shot the tompkins show for us, with his fqncy HD cqmerq (excuse the ypos:: silly french keyboard'(§è!) and had his' flip out screen' kicked off by a stqge diver;;;;; bill = $666 dollars::: (its dismissed as coincidence) X;
comin`soon:::: Learn all about °°°°TEAM SPIDER°°° being JUMPED by a gang of thugs in Scotland, SQUATTING a hospital full of beautiful women in London;;; SURVIVING the Rainy season in Ireland::: CONQUERING the¨VELIB¨(free bikes!) program in PARIS::::
So, we rocked out the tompkins sq park 20th anniversary concert, a great time. perhaps the greatest tompkins show ever. years of learning, adapting, and working hard has evolved into a tight knit little band of organizers and artists, all volunteer, all dedicated, all giving a lot of creative energy while losing a lot of sleep and hair, and ultimately putting their necks on the line.
Ie: at the end of the show, in a sign of weak willed passive aggressiveness, the police told certain folks that they were being fined 1500 dollars for being too loud. the police actually sat out there with decible meters, making sure it didnt go over 70 db. which is a b.s. number, as in between bands the crowd itself was often registering at 70db. the police would constantly tell poor $am and A-truth Chris to turn down the pa. which certainly was not the source of the unruly decibles.. but definately the source of the anti-cop rhetoric their ears couldnt handle.
the only good thing, is that the cops took an almost playful confrontational tone, laughing at the organizer's deifiance: "Our lawyers will be expecting your mail" is how we left things... a pussy ass ticket is better than a back alley cracked skull, but evil and sadistic in a much slower, terroristic , again passive-aggressive manner.
a 1500 dollar fine to end a concert with a budget of about $420. they are also cooking up (no pun intended) charges for the american flag some people burned during our set...( i believe they tried to light it for BUSH BUSH BUSH, but didnt get it goin' till CORPORATE TRASH...)
i am not much of a flag burner, but it certainly doesnt offend me as much as it did comin up thru public schools where i really was taught to believe what it represented, part of me holds out hope for the flag/ideals of america, but another part says nothing is sacred, this is a revolutionary country, and if we freeze frame on some past moment, we are all living in a dream.
Cops, they arent quite as open minded. Thankfully the mainly rookie looking cops looked more afraid than ready to bust heads. I think its good for the police to fear its honest employers.. this has got to be the only way towards justice, that or recruiting from tough colleges and not relying on recruiting the "living over mom's suburban garage short bus riding sect" that they seemed to attract like a dateline special...
Too many stories to share, good thing i organized about 5 camera people, so when TS gets back from europe i will begin editing a cool doc. / dvd of the days events... and try to cover everthing.. THE RAIN, THE STAGE GETTING PUSHED 4 FEET BACK, THE PERMIT BATTLE, THE LAWYER VOLUNTEERS, THE PUNK BILL ZINE, THE FINES, THE SPEAKERS, THE HISTORY, THE BOOT THAT SMASHED AARON'S VIDEO CAMERA SCREEN, THE PRESS, THE NEWS, THE LITTER, THE COLLABORATIVE PA SYSTEM, THE MADNESS, AND... THE MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!