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Topic: The 47 Percent
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1:45:42 PM
And HWW1961they not only pay income tax but they are consumers of products that the Mitt Romneys and others of this world provide and in that they pay taxes, and unlike the Banks and other big guns of the financial and property sectors they don't get massive handouts for being incompetent and corrupt. The average person/s in the USA (47% +!!) have been duped. They are sold the big lie....Capitalism is not Democracy.....and Capitalism as it is practiced in the USA is unsustainable on every level...

And Ray. I have to respectfully disagree with you. While I feel no regard for either of the two major parties in Australia, to suggest the current Australian Government is sailing close to the waters of Socialism is almost hyperbole. Not that Socialism is any more or less dysfunctional or ineffective at providing a just and equitable society than "Capitalism". Adam smith would turn in his would Karl Marx were they to live to see what has become of their visions.....

US politics is hugely important to all those that dwell on planet earth. For the USA and its financial, geo-political, military, cultural and technical influence is all pervasive....It drives the dominant paradigm...particularly throughout the whole of the Western World .....

Topic: Definition of god
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:35:01 PM
Man made God in his/her own image....but a bit bigger Whistle .....God is whatever you "think" it is...If you agree with a few other people on some basic guidelines you can then have a religion or a cult or a Society.....In my own ponderings it would seem to me that
God is:

A reflection of the limitations of the human form/consciousness....

For at the edge of those limitations lies the vanguard of the evolution of greater consciousness....not some esoteric creature/myth that casts down bolts of lightning, creating floods to damn the wicked and smite our enemies.

And not some "fatherly" comforter that heals the sick and feeds the poor....These are constructs of a primitive world view attempting to explain its world and its own existence..and

To provide meaning...via

A narrative with which to live... Stories....For it is stories, narrative, by which humans understand themselves and others and their world

To my mind there is a universal flux....that neither claims propriety over anything...nor does it exclude anything. It is a way of describing the expression of the pulse of life and death and transformation ....and the human form and its consciousness of self is one is neither divine nor simply is....

And when it no longer is....then it is not... That idea within us that clings to existence ..That desire for infinite existence.. For life after not the soul or the spirit...It is the life force....And it doesn't need an identity....It isn't Me or You or Them or Us....It is the letting go of resistance.. For when it responds to its very nature.... Its nature is change..It is flux.. It, "you", will move back to the universal flux, transforming ....

For me even a stone has "consciousness" in that it is an expression of its relationship to all that it is not. All that is not 'this' particular stone....But in time it will become something else...Its "stone nature" will dissipate. Its conglomeration of energy, shift and rearrange in to other forms....It may quite possibly become a part of you....or you a part of it

And from Omar Khayaam (Edward Futzgerald translations.)

“Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise
Pass, therefore, not today in vain,
For it will never come again.”

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend
OK (1048 - 1141 AD)

Pax Vobiscum

Topic: Alliteration Anyone ???????
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 6:48:20 AM
Ahoy! Are there any assiduous artisans of alliteration able to actively articulate alphabetically aligned and arbitrary assertions anon? Think

Topic: Ridiculous Words - Add Some
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 6:32:36 AM
Other English words I am quite fond of are:

Gobbledygook - nonsense

Gibberish - see above

Mumbo Jumbo - actually two words but behaves as one....meaning: see above

Bamboozle - to confuse someone

Crepuscular - animals most active at dawn and dusk only. e.g. Kangaroos

Punctilious - meticulous

Prestidigitation - sleight of hand, card tricks etc. The word is a combination of Presto(quickly)and digit (fingers)

Parsimonious - very thrifty, i.e. a tight arse!!

Fecund - fertile, prolific

Ectoplasm - Other worldly emanence i.e. in spiritualism, Ouija

Ecdysiast - A stripper, strip-tease artist...

Topic: Ridiculous Words - Add Some
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 5:26:32 AM
Testiculate.To wave ones arms around and talk bollocks!

BTW Tovarish...Faggot also has an origin in middle English referring to a sausage..which I believe gave "rise" (pun intended) to the modern usage of describing a gentleman who plays hide the sausage with another gentleman.

JJ and Pedro...I prefer the term Keybra

BienTeVeo. Applause Very good! Applause also Leon Azul for the additions! and of course JJ for his contributions...
Topic: Its elementary my dear Watson!
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:27:37 AM
What defines an element ?....Think

Topic: Gettin High on Solos...
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 1:16:43 AM
Best solo musical performances ever....???

I can think of so many but I will give others a chance to flex their musical tastes and share with us all one or more musical solo performances they love....
I will kick it off with Keith Jarrett. The Koln Concert was a milestone in Jazz and music generally and improvisation in particular.

The amazing thing about the Koln Concert is that it was almost cancelled!!!! everything went wrong. Keith had not slept for two days and he was irritable and cranky, There were all sorts of problems setting up and then Keiths Piano dint arrive and the Piano available was inferior and not quite right.....At the last minute Keith just bit the bullet and played his ass off...some say the circumstances and the consummate artist that Jarrett is made it so special...he does things with this piano that had never been done before... Get hold of a copy...the best possible recording/pressing and play it back on the best equip you can find in the best will experience a true wonder of improvisational art...enjoy

Due to copyright I cant post that concert here (Groan!!!) but I have included a great piece by Keith Jarrett recorded live in Tokyo in 1984. This was during a world tour. Shortly after this concert he toured Australia and I saw him live.

KEITH JARRETT - Live in Concert Tokyo 1984 complete improvisation from start to finish...
Topic: Guitar Solo
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:59:26 PM
Yea! Frippertronics from the fabulous fingers and flippers of Fripp.....Applause

You know JJ,as I was listening and watching Robert Fripp in that clip the thought went through my mind that if you ran the same solo through a Marshall stack with distortion and sustain cranked to the max - and fuzz and wah pedals liberally could easily be Jimi blazing away.. Fripp is so technically Jimi RF is also a superb innovator. Good choice.Angel

Did someome say Banjo solo??? try this particular the section from 2:08 to 2:35 which is Bela Fleck....

or Violin/Fiddle???
Perhaps a little of Don "Sugar Cane" Harris (bonus Terje Rypdal guitar solo on the same track!)

And speaking of Terje Rypdal,
You might like this one from the early 70's It has a sax solo (mmmmm!)plus luverly keyboards AND the gorgeous Bass of Arild Andersen....

Speaking of Bass ...that other guitar!!! ...U know the one with 4 strings!!! How about this: by the inimitable Jaco Pastorious. (sorry about the chopped ending at 8:21)

Or this little offering from [b]Jaco[/b]'s instructional video

or this: Jaco Pastorious

Or this gem: Jaco agaim: From Jazz to free form rock/blues/ huh? on 70s equipment. ha ha!
err just a warning this is live and there is one very, very tripped out fan!!!!

and of course there is the Uke !!!
Ukelele that is...dont laugh this guy totally nails not get impatient the build up is important...from :56 it goes off!!!!
Funky Town Uke Solo

so the criteria was strings right Ex??? Sarod, Sitar, Mohan Vena, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Lute, Oud, Viola, Double Bass, Cello...

Oud - solo Greg Vobiskian beautiful,evocative!

Yep that settles it. I am starting another thread....Just Best Solos ever....any where did I put those Kazoo solo clips...? Angel

Topic: Guitar Solo
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:21:26 PM
Neil young again ...Its not raunchy, it doesnt carve up the fact it is an evocative haunting serenade, a sound sculpture..Young chisels through the granite of darkness with his Gibson, overlaying a bed of beautifully played acoustic guitar. A luverly piece of music to my ears....
You may have heard it before. It was part of the musical score in the movie Dead Man.
Perhaps you would like to listen to it now.?.

P.S. Thanks for the Alvin Lee stuff AFB ...a real gem from the rock archives..
Topic: What makes a woman attractive?
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:04:24 AM
Hmmmm let me see now what makes a woman attractive?...Beauty? or a pint of gin?
Are we talking about attractive in a sexual way?......Pheremones? Curvacious (child bearing) hips, mammalian protuberances of sufficient proportion as to inspire a feeding frenzy? ......
and while we are discussing it, the obvious question arises:
" Attractive to whom...?" Attractive to a man? Attractive to a woman?...Attractive to a ..." younger man"? an "Older man" ....or woman..?

Lets turn this on its head and see what floats to the surface...

What makes a fella attractive........? shall I start another post? Or will it suffice as an extension of this one? What say you?