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Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: Today at 11:05:56 AM »

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: Today at 10:56:57 AM »
1973: The Nixon administration sued Trump for refusing to rent to black people.

Well the first one is obviously talking about Fred Trump, not President Donald Trump who was only 26 or 27 at the time, fresh out of college, new to the business world. But why should a little thing like truth get in the way of a point someones trying to make.

From the Donald Trump wiki page (under "racial views"):

In 1975, he settled a 1973 Department of Justice lawsuit that alleged housing discrimination against black renters.

That is literally ALL that is said about that incident. The whole truth is that the policy was instituted by his father Fred before Donald took over the company. Donald settled the suit. What the fuck ELSE was he supposed to do? Commit ritual sepuku in Central Park for the sins of his father?

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: June 05, 2020, 09:55:35 PM »
With my old rackmount rig (Marshall JMP1 preamp + Peavey Classic Series 120watt 6L6 tube poweramp), my old early model Fulltone DejaVibe pedal sounded really good. But since I've sold that old rig and replaced it with an Orange Rockerverb 100 mk3, for some reason the effect doesn't sound as lush and forthcoming with this amp.

Whenever I get around to recording something new, the style is likely going to be very psychedelic sounding, and how I've gone about creating that kind of sound is by using different modulation pedals. I've added several to my pedal collection:

Fulltone DejaVibe
MXR Custom Shop script logo 1970's reissue Phase 90 phaser
EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress flanger
Boss CE5 Chorus Ensemble

I've heard that Boss' more recent chorus pedals are all digital, whereas the ones from the mid 90's and earlier were mostly analog, and some people say the older analog ones sound better. I'd have to agree. One of the first pedals I ever owned was a Boss CH1 Super Chorus from the early 90's, and from what I remember, it DID sound better than this Chorus Ensemble pedal I bought a few months ago. In fact this Chorus pedal is so boring sounding that I don't even use it.

I've also been using a good bit of delay to create a trippy kind of vibe. I gotta say... I have two delay pedals. One is this EHX Canyon delay thing that I bought for 100 bucks used. The other is this 250 dollar Way Huge Supa-Puss analog delay with modulation, tempo division, and on-board separate tap tempo button. It's supposed to be a hot "top-shelf" kind of delay unit. Honestly... I'm liking this Canyon delay more. Even brand new at 150 bucks, it's still like a bargain. It emulates all the best styles of delay pedals - echoplex tape, EHX deluxe memory man, plain clean digital delay, analog degenerating tails delay, etc. And then it has EXTRA stuff too, it's just loaded with goodies. And meanwhile this Supa-Puss just does... what it does.

I'd still like to add one more good chorus pedal to my collection. And I still need a volume pedal for muting during live stuff (whenever I get a band together one day) and for volume swell stuff (I will never learn to do those volume tricks with the knobs like Jeff Beck and such, I've tried, and I don't have the patience to keep practicing it). Also need a pedal tuner. Also wanna get another tremolo pedal. The Marshall VibraTrem pedal I got boosts the signal too much when engaged. The problem there is with my new reverb pedal. That subtle boost overloads the signal coming into the reverb and creates obnoxious 50's psychobilly style distortion in the reverb pedal.

But I also wanted to have some type of rotary leslie speaker emulating pedal. And I've had my eye on one particular pedal for a good long while now. Digitech Ventura Vibe. I started to buy one of these when I was originally hunting for a UniVibe style pedal, but I couldn't find one, so I bought the Fulltone DejaVibe instead. This thing is all digital I guess, so the univibe effect should remain nice and pronounced even at slower speeds, which is the main problem with the DejaVibe unit. To get the effect to really MOVE, it's gotta be turned up past halfway. Below halfway, and the waveform of the effect goes shallow and wimpy. It does univibe AND rotary speaker sounds, and it has stereo ins and outs. Paid $79.99 for it, 98 bucks with tax and shipping. Not a killer deal, but could've done worse as they had another one for 89.

Politics / Re: Fuck the police
« on: June 05, 2020, 08:52:33 PM »
Lol Foc, how many people wave down the cops that are potential looters? I agree with a lot of your sentiment, just saying.

If this seemed like the people that needed to be arrested the most in that area, I'm willing to bet there are other areas in more need of policing.

That video gives you very little context though. Maybe someone called their precinct and reported that they needed police assistance at that location. Maybe the dispatcher didn't provide/relay any information on the problem other than looters at the location. I personally find it hard to believe that police just driving by in a situation where looting and rioting is going on in multiple areas would stop because people are waving their arms in one particular place. Seems like the reason they'd be in their cars and moving would be because they were responding to something specific, and that looked pretty specific.

I'm not saying the cops are always right. I'm not saying I agree with the protesters either. If folks are saying pick a side... fuck that. Nobodies on my side, so why should I pick anyone elses? So all I'm saying is look at everything from both sides. Most people aren't psychopaths, so you can generally expect most people to act predictably and with reason and motive, even the proverbial stupid ones in large groups.

This is what the death of George Carlin has brought us. Pandering unfunny unwitty assholes like Nick Kroll and Trevor Noah.

/dev/random / Re: George Floyd
« on: June 05, 2020, 07:07:14 PM »
Further neo-commie propaganda pushing to eliminate the "racist" American institution of the electoral college which ensures that tiny states like Maryland (which has a considerable black population) have a fair say (or ANY SAY AT ALL) on the federal level.

Opinion piece (NOT an article, as you would otherwise be programmed to believe by the overall format of it) titled "Black lives matter—so should their votes"... Because I guess they felt that the title "Uneducated pontificating and radial bullshit dispersal" was too on the nose.

So this is what these morons bitching about the electoral college (only after Trump wins, coincidentally) are obviously being programmed to regurgitate on command now.

One quote from the article I find to be particularly ironic and comical...

In addition to alleviating some of the past’s practical issues of conducting a popular vote, the Electoral College was also designed as a political safeguard against the uneducated masses, leaving more power in the hands of the governing elites.


Politics / Re: Fuck the police
« on: June 05, 2020, 06:46:18 PM »
My take on the whole shi-bang:

Yeah, cops do shit many times that they don't really need to. Ideally, we'd like them to treat every situation with no bias, with no bad attitude towards the people they are detaining, and act like consummate professionals at all times. And some of the cops aren't of the proper disposition to be able to do that every single day. Some of them aren't as naturally intelligent as we'd like them to be. And the way I see it, it's in the salary they get. Cops have never made a lot, but law enforcements funding has been reduced more and more over the years to the point where they have to resort to crooked shit like speed traps and window tint profiling in small rural places to get by. And eventually they see how easy that is, and it quickly becomes a corrupt money-grab. And I don't mention that kind of thing as a hypothetical situation. It happened in a town around the corner from me.

I fault the legislative branch for the short-comings of the executive branch. In school we're taught that we have 3 branches of government, checks and balances, and it's fair that way. Right? Not if the legislative branch is the one dictating where the executive branches funds go. They keep failing to budget their own selves properly, so they keep pinching more and more from the police and the teachers and others, and then they say "Lets legalize pot and tax it!" as if the real problem is that the government doesn't receive enough tax revenue. No, the real problem is they don't know how to live within a budget and say NO to things that aren't necessary.

If you gave law enforcement the appropriate level of funding, paid the cops the salary that their job DESERVES, then you'd have more competition FOR that job position, and you'd be able to find better quality candidates. SMART people. And smart people aren't stupid enough to risk their lives performing a dangerous job that doesn't pay the bills. But dummies, psycho ex-jocks and assholes with short-man syndrome will line up all day to be underpaid cops.

Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: June 05, 2020, 03:03:36 PM »

Politics / Re: Fuck the police
« on: June 05, 2020, 02:54:18 PM »
Oh fuck that guy. The reporter can't speak properly, she isn't making it very clear that they are the owners who are protecting the store from the looters. "The looters.... they are protecting the store.... in the grey car...." SPEAK FUCKING ENGLISH! It's a chaotic scene, they JUST got there, they don't know who is who, they have radios blaring in their ears, everybody yelling 14 different things at them, and before the video even ends, you see them letting the man go and him talking to them. ::)

I don't deny that some police are exceedingly stupid. One time I was arrested, they LOST my fucking ID AT THE FUCKING JAIL! The secure place that prevents people from leaving unnoticed, can't prevent important things like people's fucking ID's from just disappearing. When I went to court, another police officer had to fill out a form because they didn't have my ID and personal information. When I told him my name, address, etc, I basically had spell all of it out for him letter by letter. The dumb motherfucker was almost holding the pen like a 4 year old holds and scribbles with a fucking oversized crayon. This is one of the reasons I'd be TERRIFIED to be arrested for something ever again. I'd be afraid that I'd get someone as stupid as him and he'd totally screw the police report and I'd be charged for rape or murder or something when I showed up for court when it was really just a simple DUI or something.

These same assholes told me I had to submit to a DNA swab upon intake. They did not inform me that it was VOLUNTARY and only mandatory for felony offenses. Hopefully they lost my fucking DNA too and didn't mislabel it or something.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: June 05, 2020, 11:10:57 AM »

Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:52:57 PM »

Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:52:29 PM »

/dev/random / Re: George Floyd
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:41:15 PM »
... altering charges and convictions is real and its at all levels of government.

Um. Get all those fucking trees out of the way and look at the forest.

In other news... they've now "upgraded" Chauvin's charges to 2nd degree murder. Which means that when it goes to trial, and they can't prove that death was intentional, he'll likely be acquitted of that charge. The story I'm reading seems to say that the 2nd degree charge is addition to the previous 3rd degree murder charge, and also includes another 2nd degree manslaughter charge.

Can someone explain the logic of these 3 charges stacked on top of each other to me? Unintentional death WITH intentional death? It's one or the other.

And for your information, MANY people who obtain legal representation will often have their lawyer confer with the judge during pre-trial and have charges dropped or reduced, especially in first offense instances.

Jokes / Re: Funny videos
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:49:19 AM »
Had she just so happened to be black... a whole new level of D'OH.

/dev/random / Re: George Floyd
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:41:03 PM »
The police in britain don't carry guns.

The race card is getting maxed out.

/dev/random / Re: George Floyd
« on: June 03, 2020, 02:26:34 PM »
I wanna see one news outlet have the BALLS to poll people asking them this question:

Do you support the idea to correct the historic injustice of slavery by making all whites slaves for the next 400 years?

In other news... they've now "upgraded" Chauvin's charges to 2nd degree murder. Which means that when it goes to trial, and they can't prove that death was intentional, he'll likely be acquitted of that charge. The story I'm reading seems to say that the 2nd degree charge is addition to the previous 3rd degree murder charge, and also includes another 2nd degree manslaughter charge.

Can someone explain the logic of these 3 charges stacked on top of each other to me? Unintentional death WITH intentional death? It's one or the other.

Former officer Derek Chauvin, who recorded on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he begged for air on May 25, now faces the more serious charge of second-degree murder, in addition to the original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

Highlighted the impeccable grammar that lets you know the journalism is truly professional caliber journalism. ::)

I think the dude needs to serve some jail time of course. But I don't think that ANYONE deserves to be tried on charges that are unfounded and unwarranted.

It would be like if two kids were at one's home alone after school and were playing with the dads gun, and one shot the other killing him. It's a terrible accident. But just because the family of the dead kid is angry at the family of the other kid, that doesn't mean you can suddenly decide to try the shooter as an adult with first degree murder charges. Where is the evidence that supports the states claim of that degree of offense?

They have set the legal precedent.  :ohlord:

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