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  1. Less nazi accusations and personal shots please. Not necessary in this (and almost every) discussion. Thanks!
  2. Why would a statement from TB clarify the issue? The small portion of people this issue has affected would likely disbelieve whatever they have to say on the matter anyway. It's not as simple as you and many believe it to be. There are a lot of factors at play that I don't many are considering. The moment GNR comments, in any way, on the issue, it becomes a much bigger story than it is now. Right now it's contained to a few fan forums, facebook groups, and click-bait "news" sites. That changes if GNR were to address it. The calculation might be it's not worth the added attention to the issue while they work to resolve it. Keep in mind that if you believe there is no connection between GNR, TB and the nitwits who are behind the takedowns (again, for the record, I don't believe there are), then GNR is a victim as well. As such, they're entitled to respond in whatever way protects their interests. Does that work for fans or people who engaged with the band through YouTube? Obviously not. But like anything, it all boils down to opportunity costs. Finally, it may not be prudent for GNR to comment without having a firm idea of what the actual situation was and the extent of the damage. Perhaps some of the takedowns were at their behest while others were not. It wouldn't make much sense to disown (or own) what happened if they have no idea what was actually taken down and who was responsible for it. It takes time to survey what happened. Moreover, if civil or criminal actions are being pursued, it would make zero sense to comment on the matter until those efforts are underway. Why risk or undermine legal efforts for the sake of dousing what is now a small PR issue? GNR has always been an organization that doesn't clean their laundry out in public. It's just not who they are. So you're within your right to believe what you want considering they refuse to address whatever issue is causing frustration for them or the fanbase. It's too bad that this is the preferred approach but it's been this way for as long as I can remember (and I've been a fan for almost 30 years). I'll finish with this: it just incomprehensible for me that a business like GNR that does hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue over the past couple of years would provide explicit or tacit approval to some burnout 20-something degenerate who has a history of trading in unreleased materials and making public threats as their go-to person with respect to enforcing copyright on their behalf. That's absurd, no matter how low of an opinion one has of GNR or its management.
  3. I’m not saying it’s not there, but something I don’t remember seeing. I don’t have the cd anymore as I have the digital tracks, but will try to have a look at the LP I own that’s packed away. It’s sealed so unless it’s mentioned on the back I won’t be able to verify.
  4. This hasn’t gone beyond the notice of official GNR channels and representatives. To what is being done about it I can’t say (because I don’t know), but I do know that it is a serious concern.
  5. Whoever they are, they are not proxies of TB. What discussion do you think is being limited? I can tell you we have never been threatened by anyone associated by the band or management. Let me repeat, no threats. Ever. We have received threats, but they are usually by the same dipshits who threaten and take down other online fan spaces.
  6. FORUM UPDATES THREAD

    The reporting function is now limited to forum members. Guests or visitors will have to sign up in order to report posts that they view as breaking the rules.
  7. At this point, what is even the point of having the Church around? Burn it all down and let people read their bibles on their own.
  8. What is Axl up to these days?

    That's what I fear the most. A reprise of the "Madison Incident" is something we'd like to avoid at all costs.
  9. What is Axl up to these days?

    Of course we'd love to have Axl stop by again, but it would have to be under the right circumstances. Too often it seems like some on this forum speak with the clear intent to provoke Axl into logging on and giving some sort of vitriol response. I've received numerous PMs from various members about strategies to coax Axl to come back to the forum - all of them involving pissing him off and provoking a response. We do the best we can to dissuade and shut down these attempts. Our biggest fear is that their attempts might actually work and Axl would use this platform not to converse with fans but to fight fire with fire. We have a strict rule with respect to attacking people personally and that would apply to all members, including Dexter.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Where did I say that a soaring economy is a bad thing? Sure, it's just two guys wearing matching t-shirts amongst a crowd, but it is indicative of how low, ignorant, and basically shitty many of Trump's voters have become. Say what you want about the DNC, but I haven't met too many Hillary or Obama supporters (save for maybe Sean Penn) who would side with a national rival over their fellow countrymen. As for your prediction of Republicans having another big term, it doesn't seem likely. Democratic candidates have been doing 8 points better than their historical averages so far. Wave elections that toss out the ruling party out of the house generally coincide with a 4.5 percent preference for the party in the minority. Currently Dems have an advantage of seven to eight points over the Republican nationwide. But a lot can happen until November and nothing is determinative. The other important thing to consider is that almost every special election so far hasn't really been fought on economic issues. Republicans aren't running on their tax cuts. Instead they're mostly running on tried and true cultural arguments.
  11. Please check before starting new threads on topics already being discussed.
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    At least Shithead McGee Devin Nunes is finally upfront with what's he's doing. https://www.vox.com/2018/8/9/17670930/devin-nunes-tape Mueller really may find wrongdoing from Trump, Nunes effectively admits, and if he does, the president will need a House GOP majority to boldly look the other way.
  13. There is an investigation happening, just not one that's being officially commented on. Thanks again for everyone who posted information. This will help!
  14. US Politics/Elections Thread

    What??? Tax cuts don't pay for themselves? National deficit grew 20% last year, partially due to Trump tax cuts https://www.axios.com/cbo-report-national-deficit-increase-trump-tax-cuts-mick-mulvaney-3ee6ea59-a4b4-42c3-8c3a-38909728a2d5.html The U.S. national deficit grew by 20% ($75 billion) over the past year, according to the latest report by the Congressional Budge Office, partially due to Trump's tax cuts as well as increased national spending. Between the lines: Axios' Jonathan Swan has reported that there has been an ongoing tussle between debt-loving President Trump and his penny-pinching Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney has been privately pushing Trump to get more aggressive about cutting spending, but debt and deficits have, so far, only ballooned under Trump. By the numbers: Spending is up by $143 billion (4%) from last year. 2018 saw a $66-billion drop in corporate taxes, largely due to Trump's newest tax policy, according to the CBO. Revenue from individual income taxes, however, grew more than expected because of economic growth and wage increases, according to the CBO. But the growth was not nearly enough to compensate for increased spending. The deficit, which is now at $685 billion, is expected to reach $793 billion by the end of the year and come close to $1 trillion next year.
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