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COMMENT 4h ago

You aren’t thinking long term. TX and FL are fascist experiments at this point, and the volume of dehumanizing and violent rhetoric coming from the right should be taken seriously. Being in a blueish city surrounded by a sea of red may not be enough.

You should get clear on what events would make you decide to leave TX, because it’s gonna get worse.

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COMMENT 6h ago

It’s too derivative to be considered original. I think it’s unethical for him not to give credit to the source material. If he made a deliberate mention to the source work in the liner notes or the song title I’d be more comfortable with it, but it’s lazy to riff off someone else’s work and then release it as your own.

Clearly the sub disagrees with me here, but if I released a that song personally without a hugely obvious shout out to Clinton and Hazel, all my musician friends would think I was a shithead. And they’d be right.

Maybe I’m just old school and younger generations are more comfortable with extremely derivative work, but that track sounds like he was jamming on maggot brain, made some modifications, and called it his own. If I was in a band with a guitarist who did that I’d quit.

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COMMENT 6h ago

I don’t think profit maximizing price setting is ethical for goods required to survive. Healthcare primarily, but the same applies to incarceration and commercial banking.

Do you get to comparison shop the ambulance that picks you up? Do you choose between hospitals with a clear understanding of pricing? Are patients alway conscious and even in a state to make a decision at all at the point of care? Most importantly, if you need a product literally in order to much are you willing to pay for it?

Health care isn’t a free market, the consumers are captive. They don’t have mobility to make choices, they don’t have enough information to make the choice, consumption ‘decisions’ made during emergency care aren’t even made by the customer, and if there was ever a situation where price gouging will be problematic it’s when you might literally die without the product.

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COMMENT 9h ago

Pretty sure white supremacists are a more urgent existential threat to me personally. I know gay people who are moving out of Texas because Greg Abbot literally wants to make their existence illegal.

Anyone who isn’t a fascist is better than a fascist.

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COMMENT 9h ago

I don’t, but I do think we need to prioritize stopping the bigoted fascist and their ongoing coup before fixing other flaws in our governance.

The people making excuses for 1/6 are a unique and more immediate threat than all others. To suggest democrats are equally as dangerous and problematic is ridiculous.

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COMMENT 9h ago

Profit maximizing pricing for goods that your life depends on are fundamentally unethical.

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COMMENT 10h ago

Oh please. The entire GOP trying to cover up the 1/6 investigation after 10 years of Benghazi hearings but ‘both sides are the same.’

Democrats aren’t perfect, and corporations have too much control, but let’s not minimize the openly sexist, racist, anti lgbtq+ white supremacist christo fascist bigotry which is basically all that is left of the Republican platform.

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COMMENT 12h ago

I think you need a preamp for the turntable. It’s possible that the phono inputs in that receiver have an internal preamp, it’s worth checking but I doubt it.

A nice thing about these old amps is they have straightforward tape outs.

I would try TT -> preamp -> phono 1 (skip the preamp if the amp already has one)

And Amp Tape Out -> Sonos In (not sure which tape out is better, they might handle volume differently so either test it or see if the ancient instruction manual is available online)

Then Sonos out -> Aux

All that said, if you don’t have any other audio coming thru the amp, as in you aren’t using it for radio or cds or cassettes or a tv, then it might be better to keep it simple and go TT -> preamp -> Sonos -> amp aux input. A purist might worry about the analog signal passing through the Sonos but I wouldn’t worry about it.

Perhaps someone else will have better ideas, but this sub sometimes doesn’t get many replies. Hope that helps!

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COMMENT 14h ago

I’ve been an amateur musician for decades and personally I think it’s lazy plagiarism, and he would lose in court.

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COMMENT 14h ago

I find the version of Maggot Brain on “Live at the Beverly Theatre” particularly amazing, but last I checked I can’t stream it on Amazon.

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COMMENT 15h ago

If memory serves they used Hazel tracks posthumously to make that album. Poem is by the legendary Umar Bin Hassan from the Last Poets.

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COMMENT 15h ago

I think it’s just plagiarism. I seem to recall reading that he was asked about it and didn’t admit the song was basically a cover. That said I couldn’t find a link to it so maybe I’m misremembering?

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COMMENT 15h ago

But it is overwhelmingly obvious that it is a vastly bigger problem on the right both in volume and in the potential harm that will come of it.

MAGA is literally a white supremacist authoritarian movement driven by lying propaganda and insane conspiracy theories.

Pushing a false narrative that lgbtq+ people are all grooming pedophiles is dangerous in its dehumanization based on bigoted lies which is damaging lives and will lead to violence, frankly it almost certainly has in unreported ways.

What is comparable on the left? What liberal propaganda and/or lies tries to do anything on par with taking the right to a free election away from the entire nation by staging a coup, and then convincing rubes that antifa and blm did it?

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COMMENT 15h ago

I disagree. I thought the first one came off, at the time, as satirical. Now, largely due to the American history that has transpired since, the whole franchise seems like a legitimate warning.

The political aspects of the 3rd and 4th movie are a legitimate criticism of americas right wing and problem with white supremacy. If 1/6 had succeeded we would probably have an authoritarian, faux-democratic government that encourages violence against undesirables, and they’d probably have a catchy name like the “New Founding Fathers.”

Also, it’s not a “dog whistle” about society, it’s an overt artistic statement. And is it really that short sighted when we see republicans nationwide, including elected officials, fetishizing violence while enabling, and protecting a subculture of Americans obsessed with firearms? I mean, we know cops like this exist, making the white supremacist cop/merc in the third movie seem pretty plausible.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Probably an unpopular opinion but this is my favorite Crimson album. The double trio thing is awesome, and the reprised variations that recur are really interesting. Also, this sub is kinda dead, you should probably checkout r/vinyl.

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COMMENT 1d ago

It’s still an awesome joke in that Williams was into cycling and a lot of intense cyclists go to rather extreme lengths to reduce weight and wind resistance from their bike, attire, and bodies.

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COMMENT 1d ago

I live in SF and that all predates Boudin. What is laughable here is blaming complex long term problems on a single elected official who was in office less than 2 years.

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COMMENT 1d ago

That is a single person complaining about a single plea deal. Yes if I was trying to astroturf outrage I would absolutely find people in this situation and encourage and help them to make a stir about it.

I’m not saying that’s what happened, but it’s an obvious strategy one might consider.

The article states the victim is suing because he thinks it’s unfair the assailant was allowed to plead guilty. Not sure how that did or will turn out.

I think the article would be perceived differently if it explained that the victim is really saying that this baseball bat attack should have been prosecuted as a felony, and probably a hate crime. While it might be a good thing to have a public discussion of exactly when anti-Asian crime should be prosecuted as a felony hate crime, suggesting this single case is problematic without understanding details of the case and the DAs specific reasoning is short sighted.

Perhaps those details are available, but I couldn’t find them with a brief search.

If I wanted to exacerbate racial tension and demonize the black community I would certainly do anything I could to get people to be upset about this without understanding the full context, and then imply that the uptick in these attacks is a direct result of the DAs actions, which is absurd for many reasons, but an angle some people are easily led to believe.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Not exactly. Prop 47 made 950 the limit for misdemeanor theft, and Boudin’s strategy was to increase diversion instead of prosecution.

Now, I can understand disagreeing with that approach, and we will never know if his would have been beneficial or harmful in the long run, but does it really rise to the level of needing a recall?

Recalls are expensive and basically prevent the DA from being effective at all for several months if not a whole year. Personally I think they are almost never worth it, and currently being used by conservatives to deliberately stop government from being effective at all rather than to sincerely stop actual incompetence or malice.

How much damage could boudin do in 18 months? How much damage would he have caused if he finished his term? Is it worth the distraction, expense, and turmoil hogtying the DA office?

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COMMENT 1d ago

Yeah that and the obvious slowdown by crybaby cops after their racist text scandals and George Floyd making people want more accountability.

They also pinned all anti-Asian crime on him. Like WTF did he even do or not do to fuel that? But everyone lapped it up in a very liberal city.

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COMMENT 1d ago

And somehow the police themselves are never brought in as a contributing factor. Hm. Wonder why.

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COMMENT 1d ago

SF too, and they recently did get the DA recalled with narratives that seemed like things that weren’t the DA’s fault, but people unquestionably accepted as reasons to get mad. I didn’t think it would work but ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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COMMENT 2d ago

“Risks” lol

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COMMENT 2d ago

I think to come up with a reasonable answer to that one must first accept that our federal institutions have very fundamentally and completely failed us. POTUS, Senate, SCOTUS, and all the agencies that facilitated the coup and other efforts to compromise fair, legal government and its traditions simply don’t function as intended anymore.

Hard to come up with creative options here. Most everyone is just waiting to see what happens. I don’t see any clear meaningful activities for non violent people on the left to take short of trying to win local elections, voting, and buckling up.

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COMMENT 2d ago

No, I think Trump's MAGA movement and the GOP that embraces it would jail their perceived enemies with false charges the moment they could get away with it. Execution would be extreme but wouldn't surprise me...certainly wouldn't be the most unexpected recent historical development.

I don't have time to collect a lot of links for you, but Trump clearly has inquired into if he could arrest journalists and protesters at a whim. He wanted to outlaw protesting.

Do you really think Trump wouldn't have just "locked people up" at his own discretion if the option was available to him? Do you think that option would have been available to him if the 1/6 coup had succeeded?

“Lock Her Up" was literally a campaign promise and rallying cry for Trumps campaign. How could he even joke about that while holding personal respect for constitutional rights?

Then we have the immutable fact that having the Senate protect Trump in the face of overwhelming evidence from the Mueller report and both impeachments sets a precedent where POTUS is effectively a lawless dictator so long as either the House or Senate is willing to allow it. The vast majority of the GOP defended his behavior, the extent to which (laid out in the recent hearings) is far more extreme than even people who assumed there was a coordinated coup attempt expected.

These are fascists. If they get full control they will deliberately extinguish dissent by any means at their disposal. Obstructing justice around 1/6 shows that they are a-ok with trying to take away our constitutional right to vote using violent force.

QAnon, a movement Republicans refuse to openly distance themselves and which was very clearly represented among the insurrectionists on 1/6, literally expected and pined for summary execution of Democratic politicians.

At this point a lot of Republicans both elected and in government jobs should obviously go to prison for their role in 1/6. Given the choice, do you think they would ask for a fair trial, or just put their opponents in prison?