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This has to be the greatest moment of world unity and positivity that ever happened in reaction to a bad thing yet to happen. You can get a shit load of people out to mourn a terrible event but this is defiance with a positive pro-social spin. I find it overwhelming. I teared up.

Obama has gotten a lot of credit for expanding the number of Americans with health insurance by 0.6℅ of the population. With the exception of the Medicare expansion, the coverage is, like the video said, expensively inadequate. If Obama gets a sainthood for his medical muddling I think the Republicans will survive their health care debacle just fine.

It's bewildering on all fronts.


Some news services are saying that it might have been as many as 100,000 people, which is a fucking crazy turn out.

I've been watching the live feed and people have been passing by for hours now.

My mom wife and daughter are all going to the Portland protest. I hope they will connect with my mom's church and be safe in a large group. More than half my coustomers this morning are going. The media says 30k people are going but I think it will be more than that, I've never seen people so motivated.

I suspect the shop will be dead this afternoon.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 28, 2016

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself?

50,000 watt radio stations in the U.S. and Mexico that used to play early R&B and Jump Blues were very popular in Jamaica.

They loved the Fat's Domino sound.

Plenty of talented musicians on the island didn't have the money for pianos and pianos are hard to lug around. The recreated the sound of the jump blues piano by having the bass player play the left hand and the guitar player playing the right. Bass guitar stomping the down beat and guitar raking on the up.

Very influential Fats Domino song on the island, hell the guitar would be at home on an early ska album.

One of the first domestic Jamacian albums ever produced.

Fats Domino had a huge influence on the development of Rocksteady, which became Ska and then Reggae. Reggae was hugely influential in the development of early Hip Hop and lots of Punk Rock. Of course there are many other influences to all these styles but Fats was a link.

I don't know my Fats that well but I know early Jamaican music passingly well.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

In my 16 years of living here I've never seen weather like this.

In my wife's forty years of living here she last saw weather like this in 1980.

You've arrived on the tail end of the most ineffective mayor that I've seen misgovern this town.

Charlie Hales can't make or implement a plan for more than five minutes that he doesn't abandon and make a committee to come up with a new plan for six month only to abandon it five minutes after it goes into effect.

But yea, it's kind of stunning.

I know a guy who works on the crews that do street cleanup and they are mismanaged and unprepared. Every one in his department from the people with the shovels to the guys who drive the trucks knows this but management has no idea.

Welcome to the "City That Works!"

What do you do for work? Every once in a while I have a line on something. Mostly I'm not helpful but I've gotten at least one person a dope job in the last year.

You are acting bitter and naive at the same time.

I share your dissatisfaction with Obama but I got over being bitter about two years into his administration. That was about the time I was not longer naive about who he was.

You know full well how Obama feels about whistle blowers.

I don't understand why he commuted Manning's sentence but what ever, I suppose it's one of his feel good moments.

U.S. currently has about 5000 troops in Iraq on average.

I've not seen any mention of it but I'd assume they have that many again of contractors and mercenaries.

I'm not against armed conflict in principle but I don't know if we are doing any good by staying in the region. By saying I don't know I really mean I don't know.

The benefit is ambiguous enough that I'd pull out if it were up to me.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

Kids in Portland have had 8 or 9 snow days so far this winter. Someone told me that they have only had 17 days of school since Thanksgiving. My kid was out sick for a few days before Christmas break.

The rain started yesterday but it's pouring down on roads that have more than an inch of ice. Thawed ruts with lakes in-between.

I'm over it. Dropping the kid off for a late start in about an hour.

Maybe you should give the article a closer read.

I was just introduced to Trans this year when a favorite customer of mine lent me the album.

I liked it.

I'm not a big Neal Young fan, I like a few songs, he sang good harmony with CSNY, but I've never brought an Young LP to the shop and I haven't played one in years. If I owned Trans I'd spin it at least once a year.

I'm no fan of McCartney as a solo artist but I listen to McCartney II once in a while. It has a lot in common with Trans in that it is his most hated album by many of his most ardent fans, and it included a fair bit of electronic instrument experimentation.


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