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eric3579 says...

Listening to that still makes me get sentimental and kinda emotional

My first intro to Skynyrd was in a movie theater when i was just a kid. I was there to see the movie Grease and they played the Lynyrd skynyrd short tribute as a trailer. It made a memorable impression, as at the end, it said that they died in a plane crash. https://youtu.be/IbfrL8uH0Z4

In seventh grade(private christian school) some kids convinced the school to let them play a christian 'Skynyrd' song (Freebird) at Wednesdays chapel we all had to intend on a weekly basis. They changed a few lyrics to make it god friendly then rocked a 15 minute guitar solo. It was hilarious and pretty awesome.

Just last week i went to see 'Book of Mormon" in San Francisco and after the show as we were filing out someone yelled FREEBIRD as if there was gonna be an encore. All us older people smiled.

radx said:

Today, some eight months after the fact, I noticed that someone uploaded a fairly high quality version of one of my all time favorite videos.

Nearly twenty years of dependence on a VHS rip have finally come to an end.

oritteropo says...

Depressing, isn't it?

It does seem to me that Greece is better off without the Greek kleptocrats in charge, but if Syriza have any clues how to improve things, they haven't revealed them in a forum that I've picked up on.

I am starting to think that the reforms that Greece needs, to modernise and broaden its tax system, could and should come first and that any negotiations with creditors should follow. Ideally this would be done without actually killing the residual dregs of Greek industry... and as you say, an industrial relations policy would be a really good idea. The current policy of selling everything to outsiders and marginalising the Unions looks like it will go the same way as everywhere else it's been tried, leaving behind a core group of disenfranchised and unemployed poor folk.

At least there is the political will for change, even if they seem quite clueless about how to go about it.

radx said:

That's what's left on the table, isn't it? I'd divide the exit option into orderly and disorderly, but the core of it remains the same.

Yet we have to keep in mind, Syriza was elected on a program diametrically opposed to the troika demands. And an EZ exit is equally far outside its mandate. Not to mention that a significant portion of Syriza is made up of former PASOK supporters, who would need a whole lot of convincing to vote for an EZ exit.

A referendum sounds decent enough, but they should have a strategy in place for the post-EZ time. Merely getting rid of the Euro won't get them out of the shit. In fact, I'd argue that a clear strategy is an absolute neccessity to even get a "favorable" outcome from any referendum. The public needs to have a clear picture of what awaits them behind any choice they might be presented with.

For starters, they should be perfectly clear about what it would take to get the Greek economy started again. Greece has very little to offer at this time, so every effort must be made to improve the domestic market. Plans for rebuilding its productive base me be worked out prior to any referendum. Industrial policy spanning at least 5-10 years would be needed.

Question is: can a non-EZ Greece muster up enough political capital to run the vast fiscal programs required to pull the economy out of the shitter? Or would they be stuck with a recessionary focus on balanced budgets, just like the rest of us?

In any case, within the constraints of a monetary union with neo-mercantilist Germany, Greece will not get the fiscal expansion it needs and will remain a shithole, just shy of a failed state.

lurgee says...

I was impressed with it. A good Sci Fi flick without a lot of action shots is a rarity theses days. Thanks for the tip.

radx said:

Ex Machina -- have you seen that one?

If not, give it a shot. Best AI-themed movie I've seen in quite some time.

Messed with my head though, big time. It poses the sort of questions that lurk in the back of your head, only to emerge again at night, when you least want your brain to run on all cylinders, if you know what I mean.

lurgee says...

No I have not. I will torrent it and check it out. Thanks!

radx said:

Ex Machina -- have you seen that one?

If not, give it a shot. Best AI-themed movie I've seen in quite some time.

Messed with my head though, big time. It poses the sort of questions that lurk in the back of your head, only to emerge again at night, when you least want your brain to run on all cylinders, if you know what I mean.

newtboy says...

BWAAAHAAHHAAAHAAAHAAA!!!!! That's so awesome!
I grow a plant called dracunculus, which has the same, fly attracting flowers/scent, and look quite similar to yours. I grow them outside! They're both closely related to the corpse flower....


***World's Largest Flower (inflorescence) Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum
An enormous flower found in Indonesia, also called the "corpse flower" for its unpleasant odor. It emits the smell of rotting flesh and attracts pollinators. Technically, the Titan arum is not a single flower, but a cluster of many tiny flowers, called an inflorescence. The Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 20 feet) and weigh as much as 170 pounds!


I would suggest putting it outside (not in direct sun) and let the flies go nuts. Congratulations on having a really weird, beautiful, and stinky flower! I hope you grow to like it (if not it's smell, at least it's look). ;-)

radx said:

Friend of mine gave me a plant the other week. Wierd little thing, just a corm and nothing else. No maintenance at all. Today, while I was at work, it blossomed.

Now I know that it's a voodoo lily. And that it smells like a dozen rotting carcasses. Seriously, my entire fucking apartment smells like Zombieland.

When I called her about it, she was laughing her ass off...

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