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rocktivity

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"We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse" -- Well, duh.

In the absence of a vaccine, an antidote, mass testing, and a more robust healthcare infrastructure, there's not much left to do except "hunker down" and "ride out" the "inevitably worse." The real issue is that "the line" we're trying to hold against the virus should have been drawn four months ago, when "flattening the curve" via social distancing (combined with suspending air travel) would have had a chance to be effective. I think that's why people have started "cheating" at social distancing -- not from boredom, ignorance, or defiance, but from it becoming obvious that curve flattening was a fantasy, and that staying home now does too little, too late.



This could have happened in the U.S. -- but it can't now because no one saw the smoke on the horizon and pulled the fire alarm in time.


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The photo that required 7 months and the breaking of a 40-year-old mindset to take



In the "olden days" of film-based rock photography, I generated enough experience and skill to fill a shoebox with photos. I thought that transitioning to digital rock photography would simply be a matter of finding a camera in my price range -- but it's been more like being a piano player who's been handed a synthesizer. Suddenly, I was a clueless amateur again, which I resented. Fortunately, I faced the fact that I was NOT going to be able figure it all out within a few days, weeks, or even months.

For instance, it turned out that I'd bought the wrong kind of camera for digital rock photography. Just as "serious" rock guitarists are supposed to restrict themselves to playing only Gibsons and Fenders, pro photography employs a similar "brand snobbery" about Nikons and Canons. I've used Canons exclusively, but I had to face another fact: the Canons and Nikons that I could afford just didn't supply enough of the features needed for rock photography.

It looked like I was sunk, and I nearly took my Canon to a pawn shop to invest the proceeds in a self-pitying boozefest honoring my latest failure. But I just couldn't believe that the camera I needed at the price I needed didn't exist: instead, I did some additional homework outside of the Nikon/Canon "aristocracy," took the camera to a pro shop, asked the right questions, and worked a trade-in deal for a Panasonic. From there, it was simply a matter of investing in the "Five P's" -- preparation, patience, and what the bands I photograph are expected to do: practice practice practice.

Which brings us to the sixth P: the payoff. After seven months, I think I've reached the tipping point where I'm less occupied with the operational aspects of the camera and getting back into the business of "capturing moments." Pics of the bands I've photographed are starting to turn up on their Web pages, and most recently in a local band Facebook "10-photo artist challenge." And just in time for the holidays, LOL!




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You were absolutely right to conclude that your band had mortgaged its potential

If I had been you, I would have quit, too. But if I had been the bassist, you wouldn't have had to.

I would have considered the non-musical nature of the "new" comments to be a serious problem -- and I would have tried to solve it by turning down the dial on my "stage presence" AND turning up the dial on my musical skills.

As talented as she may have been, she clearly wasn't talented enough to either offset her looks OR help contribute to the continuation of compliments on how good the entire band was -- which your other bandmates should have noticed.


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Mystery Solved: Smollett is NOT a first offender

ThisIsInsider.com: A...2007...California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his...brother...Jake Smollett...when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. (Jussie) also signed (Jake's) name on the promise to appear in court...

Court records show (that) he pleaded no contest...to driving under the influence...driving without a valid license...(and) the reduced charge of giving false information...The records show he later completed an alcohol education and treatment program and completed the terms of his sentence in May 2008.

So he isn't a stranger to being arrested, taking a plea deal, OR being accused of lying to the police? If State Attorney Kim Foxx didn't have that information, she most certainly should have. Well, now we have the missing piece of the puzzle: while Foxx should have dismissed, rather than dropped, the charges and returned Jussie's bond money if she thought the cops had screwed up that badly, it now makes sense why Jussie "voluntarily agreed" to do some community service and forfeit his bond.

But as I said upthread, Jussie forfeited his presumption of innocence when he forfeited his bond, and now he can also wave buh-bye to his moral high ground. Game over, Jussie: coffin lid, meet nails -- check, please!




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Gassing up an electric car?

Some of you may remember this from a 2012 DU Lounge thread:




Here's the electric car version:




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21 Savage most recently created his completely false story with the help of DJ Akademiks,




who launched his career as a YouTube hiphop personality by getting a completely false story of out Tekashi SixNine, who is now looking at a minimum 47-year federal sentence for racketeering:




Akademiks just posted this, stating that he's still "exclusively" tight with Savage's "team" -- have they been lying to him, or did Savage lie to them? Ak is going to get a reputation as an easy mark!




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Kareem Hunt Is Released By Kansas City Chiefs After Video of Him Attacking Woman Is Released

First, Ray Rice:


https://www.democraticunderground.com/120442049


Then Dante Fowler:


https://www.democraticunderground.com/120462534


and now this:
KC Chiefs Kareem Hunt in February 2018 Video Attacking Woman

Kareem Hunt's status with the Kansas City Chiefs was in limbo Friday night after video surfaced of the reigning NFL rushing champion striking a woman during an incident at a Cleveland hotel...Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, but no charges were filed...though two police reports were created. Hunt is listed as the suspect in one of them and a woman, Abigail Ottinger, is the suspect in the other one...

The video, published by TMZ, shows Hunt knocking over and kicking a woman in the hotel hallway...(and) lunging toward a woman and several others...(T)he second-year pro (was) restrained several times...Hunt later shoves an individual and knocks down a woman, whom he then kicks on the ground.

The Chiefs and the NFL have been aware of Hunt's incident since it occurred...Hunt was at the Chiefs' facility earlier Friday in preparation for Sunday's trip to Oakland, but was excused and sent home...Hunt could be placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exempt List, which...means the player is paid and does not count against the club's 53-man roster, (b)ut he can't practice or play until he is removed from the list.

When asked about the offseason incidents during training camp, Hunt replied: ''I've learned from it and just focus on football.''






Maybe Hunt should have focused on outbidding TMZ for the video...


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I winced when I learned that Lady Gaga was in the newest remake of A Star Is Born

I knew instantly that it wouldn't work for me because her voice is too generic.

I had no problem imagining the characters played by her predecessors Judy Garland (in 1954) and Barbra Streisand (in 1976) being told, "Sorry, but while you have the right voice, you don't have the right look," and needing someone further up the ladder to help them through the door. Fortunately, director/co-star Bradley Cooper realized that in these times, Gaga's character would be told "Sorry, but while you have the right songs, you don't have the right voice OR looks," and has her complain instead that she's not good-looking enough for her songwriting abilities to be noticed, never mind respected. But that's a crock, too, of course: if her songs WERE any good, someone would have noticed and given her the opportunity to sell them to superior vocalists who could make them BOTH rich and famous!








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SOP for Kanye -- serving up a controversy-sells salad with meltdown dressing

And just in time for the release of new album, of course!

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989163475636142080
https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/989170257238487043
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989177694309859328
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989179757651574784
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989180180659777536
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989192498307219456
One minute he's a pioneering advocate of independent thought, the next minute he's a henpecked husband. He's in a sunken place, all right -- a mental and marital prison.


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The Truth About The Kanye West/Taylor Swift "I Made That Bitch Famous" Feud



Taylor posted this on Instagram in July 2016:



2009 was when Kanye interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech at an awards show and announced that Beyonce should have won, inspiring President Obama to call him "a jackass."

"Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that bitch' in the song?" is an excellent question. Unfortunately for Taylor, this is also an excellent question: "Why didn't you ask that question five months ago?"

If Taylor had complained that "The lyrics Kanye read to me did not contain the word 'bitch'" when the song was released in February 2016, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian would have had to keep their mouths shut about the video -- not so much because they may have recorded it illegally, but because it would have proved that Obama was right.

While all three of them are guilty of lying by omission, Taylor would be running victory laps over "Kim-Ye" in her stiletto heels if she hadn't also counted on no one being able to prove that she'd lied by omission. Sorry, Taylor, but the only assassin of your character is you.


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