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Serious / Re: Justifying Riots
« Last post by i am karjala takaisin on Today at 09:34:19 PM »
as it turns out that ML target is still gonna give full pay to its employees in a surprisingly humble move so that was literally no big deal 
Serious / Re: Justifying Riots
« Last post by Ingy on Today at 08:42:29 PM »
The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« Last post by DAS B00T x2 on Today at 08:03:27 PM »
(only one of whom is still living today, unfortunately),
Willie and Kris are both still alive my dudel
The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« Last post by Verbatim on Today at 07:26:42 PM »

The Highwaymen - The Road Goes on Forever
Final album

Four words: Cash. Jennings. Nelson. Kristofferson. It's no secret that I don't like country music, but as it turns out, when you have a supergroup that combines the quadrilateral talents of all the most beloved stars in the genre (only one of whom is still living today, unfortunately), you get a pretty good album. Go figure.

It's not the kind of album that'll convert you, by any means, but it's hard for me not to be won over by just the sheer novelty of it, especially knowing that this is the last time they'd ever collaborate. The opening track, "The Devil's Right Hand," was written by my guy, Steve Earle, and is probably my favorite track.

That said, this is probably not even the best Highwaymen album. Try the first one instead, if you wanna hear the best they've been able to produce together. This one's worth a listen, but perhaps not if you just hate the genre out of pocket.


General Public - Rub It Better
New wave
3rd album

This is just some shitty reggae-infused new wave that probably sounded out of date in 1995, let alone 2020, notwithstanding some of the homoerotic overtones. Pretty strong "why the fuck am I listening to this?" material.


Duran Duran - Thank You
New wave
8th album

These guys are okay, but this is pretty much just a throwaway covers album. The song choice is definitely interesting, though—from Bob Dylan, Led Zep, and Lou Reed, to Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash—and I don't fully understand the logic behind these choices, but judging by the album cover and the title, it appears that Duran Duran just wanted to pay tribute to a bunch of artists that inspired them and nothing more.

That's all well and good, but none of the material is very interesting. I enjoyed the cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" (and Reed himself reportedly gave it high praise, saying it was the best cover of his own material that he'd ever heard) and "Drive By," the only original song on the record, is pretty interesting as well, but this album got completely slammed by critics for some reason. Q magazine in particular said it was the worst album ever made.

I mean, it's not that it's good, but I honestly don't know how you could come to that conclusion. It's just whatever. Not memorable, not useful, goes in one ear and out the other for the most part, but completely inoffensive. If a record has to be bad, this is as bad as I'd ever want them to be.


Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Debut album

This is the one with that dumbass "THIS IS HOW WE DO IT" song on it, which is easily one of my least favorite popular songs that apparently came out in 1995. Everything else is just typical hyper-sensual R&B trash, and I have nothing nice to say about it. By all accounts, the guy does have a nice voice, but if he didn't, he wouldn't have a CD, so I need a little bit more than that. There's only so many songs about licking vaginas that I can put up with.


Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side
Power metal
5th album

This was pretty neat. As far as metal goes, I don't really think it does anything special or unique, but the band does seem to place an emphasis on dramatic narrative storytelling in their lyrics. Besides that, they pretty much just make really cool and shred-happy metal music. Every song is as epic and grandiose and empowering as you'd expect it to be—but depending on how much metal you listen to, the appeal may not come across to you at all, or it might just seem lame or passé to you. As someone who finds himself in the middle, though, I liked it.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« Last post by Ehnsanity on Today at 06:06:19 PM »

The phazon suit figurine isn’t actually available for purchase in Ireland unless you want to pay an insane amount of customs for the figure by paying for it on Amazon US so I decided to try my hand at recreating the suit out of my old paints and brushes by using the varia model as a base and then painting over it. Still a WIP obviously as I’m missing the red accents and visor but I’ll probably finish that sometime later.
Serious / Re: Justifying Riots
« Last post by E on Today at 04:31:26 PM »
I really don't understand how destroying your own community is supposed to help it, but I don't necessarily think that rioters are trying to help the community anyways. It's a shame that those peacefully protesting will have their cause sullied by the actions of a  violent minority of people and that their protests will be shut down to stop the violence.

The thing is, I imagine a lot of riots are instigated by police showing up in riot gear to protests where rioting hasn't happened. I do wonder if they avoided doing that would a riot even break out to begin with.

Despite the outcome of a riot it's a common tactic for undercover police to instigate a riot as it creates a means of creating a control group that can be isolated, observed and ultimately corralled into a specific location for the sole means of containment.

This is why I'm of the mind that rioting is a largely pointless act, as no matter how much damage a group does, they fail to realize that they're being manipulated into doing it to begin with. Rioting shifts blame onto peaceful protesters and gives a reason for them to be removed, and it accomplishes zero damage to large companies like target as they're insured financially against these scenarios. The cops starting the riots aren't any good, but the idiot people taking the bait and continuing the momentum are worse.
Serious / Re: Justifying Riots
« Last post by Mordo on Today at 04:25:44 PM »
Serious / Re: Justifying Riots
« Last post by ಠ_ಠ on Today at 04:21:40 PM »
Kinda suspected something like this was going on, but:

I've been following this stuff pretty closely since Thursday night. In case you haven't found out already, the people that started the violence weren't part of the protesters.
I've heard that most of the non-local rioters are actually white. There's just something really awful about the idea of a bunch of white people from out of state burning down black communities and giving the nation the impression that black people are doing it themselves.

I wonder who could be organizing something like that. Is it really just opportunistic people coming of their own volition?
The governor of Minnesota has already stated he believes outside outside forces are trying to incite greater levels of violence.

There's a video going around of a random neatly stacked pile of bricks in front of a court house where no construction is happening and there is seemingly no reason for them to be there. They guy filming calls it a setup in the video.
From the article I posted:

The Flood / Re: Covid lockdown status update
« Last post by Ingy on Today at 04:10:30 PM »
Seeing as that is not for the foreseeable future, when do you suggest we reopen?
When we have sustainable control of the virus via social distancing.
I won't argue there but ignoring the rich and looking at the poor or hell even middle class, they are part of the economy too. Whether you think they're slaves to wages or whatever, their survival is tied to the economy as of right now so what do you think we should do about that?
Continue social distancing and until deaths and infection rates are controllable. What about this is so convoluted.

So what exactly is your problem with the current process of reopening? Ventilator demand has been met, hospitals have not been overwhelmed, and testing is acceptable in the US right now

Of course there are going to be more cases when we reopen but we have the capacity to deal with it
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