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  1. Title says all. Can be any composer, lyricist, singer, instrumentalist... My all-time favorite is Phil Ochs, a troubadour who found his calling at anti-war rallies in the 60's. His early work initially attracted me and my bleeding heart with his earnest idealism and meaningful lyrics, and I became hooked when his 1966-1970 work touched my soul in ways no other work of art had before or has since. I firmly believe that he was one of the greatest poets/lyricists of the 20th century, and the greatest to come out of the Greenwich folk scene, even going beyond Bob Dylan (who mostly just dealt in images instead of in-depth feeling). I recognize, of course, that not everyone likes him as much as I do. I think that for most people, a favorite artist of any kind is determined by how deeply the art gets in touch with the observer. Phil was often noted as being one to write rather complex lyrics that are hard to understand, but I find the lyrics capture many of my own feelings almost perfectly when I read into them. Live at Carnegie Hall, 1970; written in 1966 about a lonesome and desperate sailor at port. Live at the PNE Garden Auditorium, 1969; written in 1966 about his separation from his wife, popular among fans. 1967; an upbeat Dixieland jazz tune with sardonically dark lyrics about a whore... though I may be wrong about that in the same way I misinterpreted "Ten Cents A Dance" (Lorenz Hart, 1930). 1964; His bread and butter, rallies marchers and activists. 1968; A 13-minute epic about a journey through a cold Roman hell. Almost on par with "The Crucifixion" as his magnum opus. I'm interested to hear who your favorite musicians are. If you have trouble picking between a few, and see this question as you might see "pick your favorite child", pick a few.
  2. I have autism comorbid with manic-depression. I guess they're able to co-occur because they're happening in different centres of the brain? Don't remember. Either way, it can be very annoying because my anti-social behavior - which is in no small part caused by the autism - stifles my ability to outwardly express my intense emotions and hides my violent mood swings from the people around me. As good as it might be for folks to not have to deal (too much) with my issues, I am left feeling very alone and misunderstood. Having bipolar has its moments; mania can be a lot of fun if it isn't too intense. But it can be absolutely soul-crushing to go through a depressive phase and not know how to express your feelings and cry out for help. I tend to suffer alone, even when I'm going over the edge. The important thing to do when you're going through a rough time is to stay strong and regard it as a learning experience. You'll make it out of the tunnel if you keep finding your legs and moving forward when the trains hit you.
  3. Signed up here 3 years ago. Wasn't big on forums, back then, so I kind of forgot about this place. Never forgot about Ross, though. So far, it's been quite pleasant; people here certainly seem kind enough.
  4. "I am descended from the basement above the mill, where I canned the corn."
  5. "An bhfuil Gaeilge agat, bail ó Dhia ort!" [You have Irish. God prosper you.]
  6. Saw American Made in theatres on release. I'd give it a solid 7/10, though that may be a little generous. I enjoyed it.
  7. Sergio Leone's final film. It was butchered by the Ladd Company upon its 1984 U.S. release, and over two hours from the current version were cut. It should have gone down in history as a classic, but the shoddy release made it an obscurity. My favorite gangster movie of all time. I and many others consider this movie to be better than The Godfather because it humanized the people it portrayed and refused to glorify them. It showed that gangsters were more than newspaper stories and Hollywood roles. That they were people who had thoughts, feelings, reasons, and stories. To date, there are few other films that capture that (Mean Streets, to name one other).
  8. I watch more movies than TV, but I get a little in here and there. 1.) Twin Peaks (Favorite character: Albert Rosenfield) 2.) Doctor Who (Fourth Doctor, favorite Doctor; 1974-1981) 3.) Star Trek: TNG (Q) 4.) Cowboy Bebop (Ed) 5.) Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (Shaggy; 1969-1970)
  9. qrr1Q0M_-YM I have a wind-up Victor cabinet from 1920 that I like to play this record on. My print is a 1947 reissue of Sorry/Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down. It's my favorite Bix groove. I'd record my own version and put it up, but I don't own a camera and this is easier. This guy has a 1936 Vocalion pressing. I think the original one was a Parlophone wax from 1927.
  10. Tonight, I'm having a spicy hot link sausage with onions, tomatoes, and mustard in a bun. Also, with a side of fries and apple juice. I usually eat a little healthier than this, but I'm feeling kind of chipper today, so I'll enjoy myself.
  11. No, I can understand hatred of beets. I personally find them mediocre, and reserve them for Thanksgiving only. Am I weird for using the same down blanket I've used since I was a little kid? I take it everywhere I go to sleep and sometimes wear it around the house during cold months; I never grew out of my blankie.
  12. I wrote in "Pigasus". The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!
  13. Spagelo

    Ross's Hair

    Always thought Ross looked like a young Vladimir Lenin if the Bolsheviks went metal. Shot him an email about it two years ago. I don't know whether he had the same idea before that, but I like to tell myself that I gave him the idea (mentioned in Baldies video at 17:20). Makes me feel good.
  14. I identify as a Fender Sunburst Stratocaster electric guitar. Gives a whole new meaning to wanting to be loved and held by people with nimble fingers.
  15. Of course, even if we were to set on that road now, it'd be well after our time that we'd reach such a balance. Quick changes are not easy to make from old and intrinsic traditions, and good things come with time. We have picked up where the generations before us left off, and we will carry on until nature leaves us, and the torch is passed to our descendents. You know, there were at least seven generations that lived through a time when the flintlock gun was the most modern form of firearm, and I can bet that there were many who doubted we'd ever get beyond that. But developments to that mechanism, such as the breech-loading system, came over time to advance it until flint-striking became an obsolete method of ignition. Just as the inventor of the flintlock might be baffled by the idea of an automatic weapon, we are sometimes doubtful of ideas and possibilities that seem to be too far off to ever be in reach. Remember that there was time before us and there will be time after us. Each generation of human beings are just as human as the next. We have come this far, and we can go much further.
  16. The Viets needed aid from the Chinese and the Russians to fight the Americans and the French, but that didn't mean they wanted to be in with them when the war was over. Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist; if the Viets were to be communist, they were to be Vietnamese communists. They hated the nations backing them because both wanted Viet Nam under their thumbs as much as the Americans did. Nonetheless, they saw them as a necessary evil for the aid they received. Even people like Henry Kissinger knew (and later admitted) that the Viet domino didn't matter in the grand scale of things, and the nationalism was a big reason why. U.S. involvement in the Second Indochina War made no sense when you tear away all the bullshit.
  17. Spagelo

    Discord Group

    I'm interested in joining.
  18. tngIiaV3BFo Written in 1919, popularized in 1920 by ol' Jolie. This is a later recording from 1945, with Jolson's aged voice backed by a more modern orchestra led by Carmen Dragon. It's cut in half, but one can easily find both full ones if they're curious enough to look. What I like about this video (only scene where Al himself appears in The Jolson Story) is that it puts cameras in a vaudeville theatre with someone who had performed in an era where putting cameras in such a place was unheard of, and has him perform again. Though he was well past his prime, he still had all the talent and drive to put the groove into his moves. The original audio for the clip is not available, but the beauty in how he moves on that stage is legendary.
  19. Indeed, imperialism comes in many forms.
  20. We wouldn't have gone if we didn't have money to make from it. Money, power, and influence were really the only good reasons to have American soldiers fight Asian wars. Viets have loyalty to Viet Nam and a stake in a civil war, Americans do not. A lady never tells her age. Your own business keeps you busy 48 hours odd to 24, didn't your mother tell you?
  21. I recently opened a thread concerning the John Kennedy assassination and the conspiracies behind it. While there are people who will devote loads of time debating that specifically, I think the point I like to fight for overall is how far the Johnson administration brought down this country, and how much farther we've dropped since then. LBJ had a good run for civil rights (a continuation of JFK's policies), then began to escalate the war [we had been funding since 1954] in the French monument of failure we called Indochina. He milked the Military-Industrial Complex for bribes and sent half a million of our brothers to die for the biggest nothing in history. They told us there was a chain of dominoes pushed by a communist world revolution, and that we had to stop the reaction in a backwater Asian land led by a nationalist with communist policies who wanted the Soviets and the Chinese out along with us. They didn't matter in the grand scale of the Cold War, but they were a valuable colony. Viet Nam was an imperial struggle. America is not an empire in a classical sense because the world has changed enough that they can no longer operate that way. When the Belgians, for instance, claimed the Congo, it was a very backwards and primitive place. With a few guns and a bit of greed, they could land and do anything they wanted. They went there to poach ivory and harvest rubber, and they could do it efficiently and without trouble because they were organized and heavily armed. Today, places like that are different; they have guns, organization, and government. Although they are third world countries, rifles have long since replaced the wooden spears. We can't go in and add them to the red of our map because they aren't easy to mess with anymore, and we technically aren't supposed to. So we do it by means of war. In the old days, entities like the faceless ivory companies from Brussels and the East India Company from London were able to go over themselves because it was easy to. However, you give native people guns and you get something like the Sepoy Rebellion. John Company wasn't able to handle it themselves, so they called out the government to help. Today, they are all dangerous to rob, so the defense industries here, the natural resources companies here, and et cetera will pay off people in the government or have government men take financial interest in their companies. Then we go to war. Belgian men were not sent on a mission to fight for their country against foreign aggressors in the Congo, they were there to poach ivory and make profit, but everybody knew it; good for the Belgians, and bad for the Africans. Now, you take the French and Viet Nam, the British and India, and you get the same thing all around. There was a time when an American could be mistakenly shot by the Viet Minh if he looked British, but would be greeted warmly if he looked American. Now, that colonial heritage has been passed on to us. We are the British, the 'sharp noses'. But we live in an empire where we are given obligation without authority, where every other empire in history had the opposite. When we colonize a territory, we do it to 'fight wars for our country', 'protect from communists' and 'protect from terrorists'. And once the government clears out an area like Viet Nam or Iraq, the companies move in and start robbing the countries we've invaded. It didn't quite work like we planned in Viet Nam, but it works better in the middle east. Unlike the Europeans who all volunteered, were sent by the companies themselves, and were given a cut of what was stolen, the soldiers are given nothing. In Viet Nam, they were drafted and forced to go over there, then come home with nothing while companies were stacked with profits from being in the business of 'defense'. Today, we are tricked into going over to these places because the government makes believe that there is something to fight against. Unlike with those that came before us, these imperial expansions aren't good for anybody over there. It's bad for the people who go over, and it's bad for the people who are over. Saying that American wars after World War II are more disgusting than Leopold's colonization of the Congo is a particularly nasty comment and a pretty far leap, but it's one I can back up. And in that - strange as it may seem - I only say it with love for my country and a desire to see it improve. I believe in our ideals of freedom and democracy, and I love the people who live in the land under them. I think the government today is more anti-American than not, and I see their imperial efforts as an assault on almost every aspect of the American way. As a patriotic American, I see it as my duty to stand against war and all the death and destruction it brings. As a patriotic American, I will not help my country commit suicide.
  22. Whether there was a second shooter or not, the greater theory of the Vice President's responsibility for the assassination is plausible either way. It's possible that Wallace hired Ruby and Oswald to either have someone to take the heat after Wallace made the shots (he was a stone-cold killer when Oswald was barely in junior high and would have been a more experienced marksman), or to have Oswald make the shots while Wallace took a supporting role.
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