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Random Topics / Re: Weather in your Area
« on: Today at 06:10:23 AM »
Ha! Is that a "saying?" Or quote from movie? Because:
1) I've heard before
2) I know someone who lives there and always get reports of crazy low temps.

I won't give a 20 on Paladin but a place lots of police, and other good folks relocate. And great area.

Probably from a weatherman.  Either Cutbank or International Falls, Minnesota have the lowest temps on any given day in the winter.  LOL.

There is no direct connection between the images of nuclear war versus the statement that overpopulation control could be inhumane.

Promoting infant survival rates and birth control is not inhumane.  And do control population growth according to some experts.

Reasonable people don't support eugenics.  But just because a eugenics supporter was head of a committee does not mean the organization supports it!

Hitler is shown in the video, but other than his long ago crimes, I don't see any relevent connection to eugenics.

Videos are great for getting people worked up, with biased, emotional images.  But before I believe Oprah or Gates supports eugenics, or even harmful population control, I would want to see references to actual speeches or written materials.

Does it really matter how long ago it was?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 05:57:56 AM »
That's why I've always loved this song by Elvis because it's the counterpoint to songs like Imagine. He pokes holes in the mythos.

Was it a millionaire who said we don't need possesions? A poor little school boy who said we don't need no lessons? ;)

One of my favorites by Elvis.  A bit of a nod to the Beach Boys with an added dose of cynicism.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 05:56:28 AM »
You mean like this phony?  One of the wealthiest people in the world - hidden away in his castle, singing about the wonders of socialism and globalism. 

You know, like the other filthy rich Democrats we routinely see on TV - whether they be pols, entertainers, or heads of Silicon Valley corporations.

I like Lennon but that song is full of naivete.  I don't think he particularly cared for it after he sobered up later in the 70's.

Random Topics / Re: Weather in your Area
« on: Today at 01:35:43 AM »
9 degrees

Where are you?  Cutbank, Montana?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 01:30:17 AM »
Original sin? Or, the humanist perspective, we are animals? Each way there no surprise. One view would allow some hope due to grace, agency, etc?

Humanism is the real fairy tale.  They believe that people will get together, hold hands and sing..

What they don't know is some of those singers are making plans of their own to attain wealth and power and they will step on other people to attain those goals.

Random Topics / Re: Weather in your Area
« on: Today at 01:20:42 AM »
9PM 73F

Supposed to be close to 80 here for several days this week.  59 degrees right now.

Key to long life.  Eat, drink and be merry. Next time you want that second glass of wine or that extra slice of pizza, go for it!

...Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to experience a premature death, the Independent reports....

....Other factors were found to boost longevity, including weight. Participants who were slightly overweight — but not obese — cut their odds of an early death by 3%.

“It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old,” Kawas noted in her address....

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 01:07:50 AM »
Whatever happened to this tool?  Did his mommy take the computer away fro him?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 12:57:59 AM »
Communism is a farce pulled on the masses by rich people to more completely rule over them. It doesn't result in perfect equality and every historical example proves this. There's still a ruling class and that absolute power always corrupts absolutely and takes full advantage of their positions of power over people. Why do you think idiots like Cuban keeps saying there's no hope for future employment because of automation, as if we didn't have any say in the matter? He thinks he's going to be one of those people.

Exactly. This is why I have always been against a powerful federal government. There will always be people who want power no matter what sort of system is in place.  The best means of controlling such abuses are elections and, now I believe, term limits.

It is also one of the reasons why I'm against humanist doctrine.  Humans will always be tempted by, lust, money and power.  I'm speaking in general terms because I believe most people are basically decent but unfortunately rarely are they the ones that rise to the top to head institutions and governments.

Random Topics / Re: The Who
« on: Today at 12:04:01 AM »

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 03:59:30 AM »
the thing that got me about the Wild bunch was when men would get hit, you would see blood fly.  At a young age I was fascinated.  Pretty realistic for the day it was produced in.  I didn't realize how realistic until I grew to adulthood.

I guess that prior to watching it for the first time,  I had seen so much more blood in other more recent films that I had become desensitized to it.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 03:06:18 AM »
I'm getting a mental picture of Pacino in revolutionary garb running with a flag.  Or is that Mel Gibson?

Yes, there is a scene where he runs with the flag.  Not sure about the Gibson film since it has been a while since I saw it.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 03:04:48 AM »
Watched 1939's 'Of Mice and Men.'

Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith were perfect in that.  Sad movie to watch though.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 03:02:38 AM »
Same. Great to see on screen. But l still like to see anywhere. And one those that I watch even when on tv etc. Such a great movie. The foreshadowing of Meskin kids "playing" with.scorpion and ants n burning all? Wow.

I confess that I still don't get the Wild Bunch.  To me it is ok.  I generally like Peckinpah's work but I went into watching  it for the first time expecting more than what I got.  I'm going to have to watch it on my really big screen downstairs to properly appreciate it I think.  Great acting and directing so I don't know and I love Westerns.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 02:56:15 AM »
Revolution.  This sounds familiar.  But I don't, really, remember it.  I'll have to look this one up.  Thanks

Its run was brief.  I had wanted to see it at the time but it disappeared before I had a chance.  Not missing anything when it comes to Nashville.  I suffer through every film I start.  Never walked out of a movie in my life and I paid to watch this as well.  I hated it even though Altman sort of competently directed it thus the 2 stars.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 02:40:24 AM »
I watched Robert Altman's Nashville (1975) finally.  What a load of pretentious crap made by people who never visited the South before making this movie.  This movie had a vague plot but practically all of the scenes were improvised and a bad song plays ever 5 minutes.  These are pastiches of American country songs written by the actors for the most part.  At first they are a bit amusing but after the first 30 minutes of bad songs, it gets old and none of the actors can sing worth a damn with one exception.  The 2 Keith Carradine songs are very good and are written and sung with sincerity. 

The plot revolves around a populist political campaign and the cajoling of "famous" country singers into participating in a political rally which is the climax of the film.  It takes about 2:15 minutes to get there and then a person shoots one of the most famous singers and there is brief chaos.  The people at the rally do not disperse but decide to gather round and listen to another song by another country artist who has replaced the one that was shot.  THE END! Ridiculous. Whatever chance there was for any semblance of realism truly went out the window there.

Of the characters in the film, only Keenan Wynn's old man generates much sympathy.

This is the first Robert Altman film that I've watched and that is for a good reason.  Oh wait no it isn't, I saw Popeye when it came out. That was better than Nashville but not very good. I've had a feeling that Altman wasn't my cup of tea.  I like movies with a plot not improvised slice-of-life pieces.  I've also had a bias against this movie.  I ascertained shortly after it came out that it was Hollywood once again showing contempt towards the the rural everyman.  Altman himself said in an interview that I watched that he called country music, hillbilly music.  He had never stepped foot in Nashville prior to making this film. I like a good bit of country music now particularly the classic stuff but when I was young I had a lot of the same contempt for the music outside of some rockabilly artists that I liked like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Orbison and Perkins.

And like I said earlier, the film is too damn long at 2 hours and forty minutes.  It needed to be cut by at least 45 minutes probably an hour.  I'll give MASH, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and a couple others a try but as far as Altman goes,  I'll take the Bonanza episodes he directed over this tripe. 2 out of 5 stars.  Way over-rated in my opinion.

I do have a movie recommendation to make though.  Revolution starring Al Pacino directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan).   It is a Revolutionary War film and a great one at that.  It was rushed into theaters in 1985 before proper completion and panned by the critics.  Hudson and Pacino have since collaborated and finished it (mostly by inserting narration which benefits the film tremendously).  The cinematography in this film is sumptuously beautiful and Pacino does a great job in what had to be a very different and difficult role for him. Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski costar.  Also look for Graham Greene, Annie Lennox and Robbie Coltrane in small roles.  4.5 stars.  It can be found in a beautiful print on DVD at the Warner archive.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:48:37 AM »
The ultimate oxymoron.

With emphasis on moron(s)!  LOL

Random Topics / Re: Zeppelin
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:30:51 AM »
When will the Soundgarden thread happen?


Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:51:37 AM »
Yeah, I think we all would. Firey woman. Probably a demon in the sack and not a bimbo either so you have someone to talk to afterward. ;)

She pretty much expressed how I'm feeling too.

Yes, definitely no bimbo and a smart cookie at that.  I bet she is a tiger in the sack.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:44:06 AM »

Finally someone I like.  She's pretty hot for an old lady.  I'd hit it. :D

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:25:10 AM »

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:16:21 AM »
This says he is but doesn’t say how

Probably a grand nephew or second cousin.  Thanks for the help, GS. :D

Random Topics / Re: Zeppelin
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:54:33 AM »

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:41:14 AM »

Doesn't say.  I'd already looked.  I thought I heard something at the beginning of the interview where he said something like he was.  I was not listening closely at that point though.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:30:48 AM »
Did he say he was a descendant of Theodore Roosevelt?

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:23:48 AM »
Is it still on?

Just started 10 minutes ago.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:00:45 AM »
The last half of the show is up your alley, MD.  It's about dark ops and the shadow government.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:56:54 AM »
Here is the original article that Dr. Gallagher wrote for the New Oxford Review about Julia.

You have to pay a $1.95 to view the whole article.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Richard Syrett
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:49:49 AM »
I think the priest that called on Gallagher to provide psychoanalysis for the case was Malachi Martin since Gallagher is based in NYC.

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