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      MYGNRFORUM Theme Template Update - Additional Features   09/09/2017

      Happy to announce that the upgrades have almost been completed and the new custom theme is available for all users. There are still a few bugs to work out which we hope to have solved over the next day or two.   To use the new template, click on Themes at the bottom left side of the page and click on MYGNRFORUM (New): It is now set to default in case you did not previously changed themes. A new feature of this update are the new reactions to posts.  By click on the like button, users have a choice of five different reactions (two of our own design): Remember, if you GNR like something, make it a dolphin like! Please use the Ask Staff Anything thread with any questions or concerns. Thanks to everyone for your patience and cooperation over the last couple of weeks while we got this done.  


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  1. Figured with the U.S. mid-term elections commencing tomorrow, figured I'd start a thread on all things U.S. elections (if you're interested in Presidential elections, we'll see you in two years). Looks like the Senate is going to be handed back to the Republicans after 8 years of Democrat control. I suppose Obama's use of the veto will skyrocket over the next couple of years. If you've been impressed with how unproductive Congress has been since 2010, just wait until you see how little gets done and passed over the next two! And then there's also the state elections. John Oliver covers this pretty well here:
  2. Ask Staff Anything!

    Post any and all of your questions relating to the forum here. For matters relating to the forum's moderating and administration, please use this thread: http://www.mygnrforum.com/index.php?/topic/212083-moderation-discussion/
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Didn't realize that getting court-approved warrants to surveil someone was akin to spying...
  4. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I subscribe to the Lefsetz Letters, a mailing list by Bob Lefsetz, an entertainment lawyer who is well followed in the music industry. Lately he's been writing more on the state of American affairs than his traditional focus of the recording industry. Here's his latest sound off that I thought was worth sharing: ------------------------------------ How do they expect us to buy thousand dollar phones? The left has a messaging issue. It also has too many elites who believe they worked so hard to get ahead that they don't want to sacrifice anything they've got. As a result, the right's disinformation campaign has triumphed. And the left keeps complaining a record they released a year ago should be at the top of the charts, even though it stiffed. Watch Robert Reich's explanation of economics. Oh, that's right, he worked for Clinton, he's a bad guy, you can't pay attention. Whereas the left keeps evaluating your ideas. That's another conundrum. How the right won't even look at the left's ideas or media, while the left is subjected over and over again to the right's opinion. The right has labeled the media biased to such a degree that we end up with false equivalencies. The left says the earth is round and the media amplifies the right's perspective, that it's flat, and therefore issues like climate change remain open questions, when they're not. And now, in the wake of the hurricanes, you've got the left begging the right to address the issue of global warming, but the right won't do it, because the open question is baked into their viewpoint by inane commentators with an agenda and the reasonable righties in Congress are afraid to speak up for fear of being excommunicated, or primaried, which is the same damn thing. So, if you watch Reich's video, all of one minute and forty one seconds, you've got the time for that, right? In between posting on Instagram and watching YouTube? The second of seven economic fundamentals he utters is: "Consumer spending accounts for 70% of all economic activity in the United States." And the wealthy can't and don't buy two hundred cars and go out for ten restaurant meals a night and utilize fifteen hotel rooms when they go on the road. So, if the middle class has money, it spends it, and improves not only the economy, but fattens the pockets of the rich. And at this point the rich are not comprised of those who inherited their wealth, but those who made it. A consumer society definitely helps them. But we've been sold the canard that the wealthier you make the rich, the better the middle class and poor do. So how's that been working out? IT HASN'T! But the right not only has its media-mongers, but an army of regular people who have been taught to fight back. They've been enabled with disinformation and they've been militarized. Look at what happened in Charlottesville. And the right's response? ANTIFA! It's like walking into a destroyed kitchen and having the eight year old perp point to his nonverbal baby brother and saying it's HIS FAULT! Or blaming the baseball loss on the shortstop who missed the ball and didn't allow any runs to be scored instead of the home run hitter who forgot to tag the bases on his round trip. This is the world we live in. Because the right is organized, it gets the word out. Whereas the left is self-satisfied and sits there and cries that it's right while nothing happens. As their media organizations are so busy bending over backwards to appear fair that they let the right run away with the ball. The "New York Times" hires righty Bret Stephens and the "Wall Street Journal" hires lefty... Oh, it doesn't. And now the right bitches that MSNBC is biased when we've been harangued by right wing b.s. for decades on Fox. Rachel Maddow wins the ratings war and all she gets in response is epithets. Think about that. So we live in a country where the poor and those left in the middle class are alienated and falling behind and the left, although a better deal for them, doesn't give them a seat at the table and we end up with... Trump. Even worse, you end up broke. So the left has to fight back. And what I mean by that is not yelling, but having a multi-decade playbook. Its own Federalist Society. A recognition that this is a war for the heart and soul of our country and if you don't get your ideas out... Robert Reich's video couldn't be more simple. Grade-schoolers could understand it. But Republican Congresspeople want to cut taxes on the wealthy. And are getting away with it because they've got a bastion of blowhards spreading disinformation. We've got to keep hearing the story of how Rush Limbaugh said the hurricane was a hoax, until he fled by private jet out of Florida, hell, we kept on hearing about Hillary's e-mail server. And no e-mail server scandal is gonna keep your ass safe when North Korea blows nukes into America. Could happen. Thank god the rich are immune, with their tax cuts. OF COURSE NOT! We're all in this together. Drop a bomb and we all suffer. Leave most Americans without spending power and we all suffer. But the downtrodden are the problem. They overextend, they don't manage their money, they didn't pick themselves up by their bootstraps. No investigation goes into hiring practices that leave everybody as an independent contractor sans benefits. Yes, the problem is TAKERS! You've got to hand it to the right, they know how to deflect and point fingers. So, when they gain power... They can't accomplish anything. They've achieved their goal. They rule. But it turns out their disinformed constituents love public benefits, like Obamacare and FEMA. So, if you're on the left, fight back. Post Robert Reich's video everywhere. Don't be a snowflake, and by that I mean, endure the blowback from the right, they've been trained, you need to toughen up and train yourself, because this is a war and you're losing. And it's got less to do with guns and ammo than messaging. The left feels it's right and lays back. The right keeps hammering the same old b.s. day after day after day. Robert Reich-"The next time you hear someone say we need to cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations, mention these 7 economic fundamentals": http://bit.ly/2fsyNon Visit the archive: http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/ -- http://www.twitter.com/lefsetz -- If you would like to subscribe to the LefsetzLetter, http://www.lefsetz.com/lists/?p=subscribe&id=1
  5. Forum banner redesign?

    Still working on kinks from recent upgrade.

    No, not out until Sept 29th.
  7. Hurricane Irma

    Hurricane Irma has been barrelling through the Caribbean and a day or two from touching down in Florida. It looks like it will be one of the most destructive hurricanes to ravage the region. The last monster hurricane to bring destruction was Hurricane Andrew that hit a little more than twenty five years ago. It's crazy to think how much destruction that hurricane brought and how much larger Irma is in comparison: (Hurricane Andrew is super imposed/flashing to provide comparison). Wishing everyone, along with forum members, to be safe and get the hell out of Southern Florida if you haven't left already.

    Maybe there's hope still... http://ca.ign.com/articles/2017/09/12/nes-classic-returning-to-stores-snes-classic-stock-increased These issues could all be avoided if they sold the same game pack via the Switch. I realize there's going to be some kind of subscription service on Nintendo's virtual console, but they could drive a lot of business to the Switch if they packaged those games for one price (say, $50-$60). I'd skip both these little machines that would take up space on the mantle. But it's Nintendo... Like a lot of Japanese companies, they don't do simple.
  9. Really liked TFA so happy with the decision to bring back JJ.

    Also wanted to announce that we have moved Canter Banter to the archives section of the forum. We want to thank @recklessroad (Marc Canter) for his years of engagement with forum members and fans. It's been great to hear his accounts of the early years of the band and we really appreciate his willingness to shed some light on his own experiences growing up with the classic band members. I also want to thank him for making it easy for this forum to give away signed copies of his book Reckless Road. As Marc no longer visits the site we felt it best to move the section to the archives to preserve the content for future visitors of the forum. Members will still be able to review posts but will no longer be able to start threads or post additional comments.

    To the MYGNRFORUM faithful! EDIT: This thread will be used to update all members/visitors/guests regarding any minor to medium changes we make at the forum. All major announcements will be given their own thread. We're implementing some changes to the layout of the land: We're happy to announce that a image section has been restored (found here). Contained within are many of the old GNR related image threads from the old Use Your Illusion section. In the coming weeks and months we hope to restore many of the other older threads in case you were missing them. This section is meant only for GNR related images. Topics that involve non GNR images should be posted in Anything Goes.The Supporter Sections are no longer. We're looking forward to announcing something really exciting that we hope will promote greater participation and excitement at MYGNRFORUM in the next week or so.The Polling sub-section of My World has been removed. All poll question related topics can be posted now directly in My World.The section Nice Boys Don't Play Rock and Roll is now a subsection of My World. UPDATE [March 23, 2015] Launched Five O'Clock - All things Slash. This will be the primary destination for all Slash related news and topics of conversation. Thanks for your cooperation and patience as changes are implemented! We hope they represent welcomed improvements and benefit the user experience. And hey, if they don't work and everyone hates them, we can always change things back! Cheers! Downzy
  12. All clips/recordings of It's So Easy from the 2016 'Not in This Lifetime' Tour can be posted here.

    Happy to announce that the upgrades have almost been completed and the new custom theme is available for all users. There are still a few bugs to work out which we hope to have solved over the next day or two. To use the new template, click on Themes at the bottom left side of the page and click on MYGNRFORUM (New): It is now set to default in case you did not previously changed themes. A new feature of this update are the new reactions to posts. By click on the like button, users have a choice of five different reactions (two of our own design): Remember, if you GNR like something, make it a dolphin like! Please use the Ask Staff Anything thread with any questions or concerns. Thanks to everyone for your patience and cooperation over the last couple of weeks while we got this done.
  14. Post all performances of GNR's cover of Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman form NITL Tour...
  15. Hurricane Irma

    Yeah, nothing helps a President's popularity and agenda than dealing with a once in a generation storm. Trump only wishes he had that kind of power.
  16. Hurricane Irma

    I've always thought it was kind of crazy to live in places like Florida and California considering the potential for natural disasters. But it's been interesting to read up on how Florida was never really suited for large settlements and that it's only through engineering miracles that as many people live there today. Here's an interesting, but brief, history on how Florida was converted from a backward swamp country to the fourth most populated state in the country: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-florida-215586 It seems as though with mother nature, the bill always comes.
  17. US Politics/Elections Thread

    These guys must really feel their re-elections are a foregone conclusion next year: https://www.axios.com/four-texas-republicans-voted-no-on-harvey-relief-bill-2483031508.html I get the ideological objection to raising the debt ceiling without doing anything to curb long-term financial commitments, but is this time and place to fall on that sword?
  18. Hurricane Irma

    I heard on the news that if the eye of the storm runs up the middle of Florida it would be better than if it stayed off one of the coasts. Hurricanes apparently dissipate faster if the eye of the storm is over land than over water. The worst case scenario is if the eye moves west into the Gulf of Mexico and then rips east over Florida. And please, more than anything, stop listening to this guy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/06/rush-limbaughs-dangerous-suggestion-that-hurricane-irma-is-fake-news/?utm_term=.e53dec94964f
  19. We're happy to announce the 1st Annual MYGNRFORUM Guns N' Roses Roulette Tournament! *** NO DEADLINE TO ENTER *** HOW TO PLAY: Non-Club Members are given 100 points to wager on possible GNR scenarios occurring in 2017. Club Members are given 150 points to wager on possible GNR scenarios occurring in 2017. Wager minimum per scenario is 5 points Wager maximum per scenario is 25 points Participants are to either copy and paste the scenarios they want to wager on into their post and indicate how many points they wish to wager on each scenario OR quote all the scenarios in this post and include point amounts besides each scenario they wish to bet on. Odds based on likelihood (as determined by the MYGNRFORUM staff) are provided for each scenario. Points will be awarded to participants who wagered on scenarios multiplied by the stated odds. For example, a wager of 10 points for a scenario with 10/1 odds will receive 100 points. RULES: Participants must bet all 100 points (150 for Club Members) when they submit their wagers. Any points not wagered will be forfeited and not eligible to be wagered at a later date. Please be sure to add up point totals prior to posting your entry. Entries that are found to include more points wagered than allowed will result in any points after 100 (starting from the first scenario and working down the list) will be excluded. Participants are not allowed to change their wagers; once placed they are firm until the contest is over. Posts that include a participants wagers cannot be edited. Posts with wagers contained within that are shown to be edited will be rendered void and the member will be removed from the contest. There is no deadline to enter, however, odds may change over the year. Odds will change should a scenario occur. Those participants who wagered points prior to the first time a scenario occurs will receive points as stipulated by the initial odds. New participants can still wager on that scenario from happening, but will receive no points from previous occurrences. Only subsequent occurrences will yield awarded points. Odds for scenarios that have occurred throughout the year will likely be decreased to reflect the fact that the scenario has already happened and hence more likely to happen again. Players who submit their bets earlier in the year receive better odds; players who submit bets later are at risk of receiving worse odds. Contest ends December 31st, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST. Staff will tally up the wagers of each participant and the person with the most points wins. In the event of a tie between two people, the winner will be determined by whoever reached their score with a higher aggregated odds total. In the event of a tie between more than two people, prizes will be awarded to only three participants. The three participants with the same scores but with the highest odds totals will be declared the winners. There will only be three prizes awarded; prizes will not be shared or divided; only three people can win. In the event of a tie involving more than three people who also have the same odds total, winners will be randomly decided. Evidence in the form of a posted video to ensure impartiality and randomness will be posted in this thread. ELIGIBILITY: One entry per person. Open to any registered member of the forum Not open to guests Discovery of multiple entries by more than one person (via alt-accounts) will result in all entries removed from the contest and the player/member barred from the contest. Prizes will be sent via postal service; eligibility will be revoked and prizes withheld should the provided address by the winner not match the member's IP address. Winners must be able and willing to provide their full name, mailing address, and phone number in order to secure shipment of prizes. CLUB MEMBER BONUS: Club Members are awarded 50 additional points (150 total) to wager on scenarios. To become a Club Member, sign up here! PRIZES: Prizes have yet to be determined, but the monetary value will estimated to be the following: First Place: $250 USD Second Place: $100 USD Third Place: $50 USD Prizes and prize values are subject to change in the event that very special prizes can be procured. These are the minimum values for the prizes we expect to give out. STIPULATIONS No purchase necessary to enter contest. All participants will be treated equally. Judges for this contest will be the MYGNRFORUM staff. I, Downzy - the owner of MYGNROFURM - will have the final say on all matters and disputes. This contest can be canceled at any time without warning. In the event of cancelation, no winners will be announced. SCENARIOS Band starts a show with something other than It's So Easy or Welcome to the Jungle (5/1) Band ends a show with something other than Paradise City (10/1) Izzy joins band on stage, plays song with Axl, Duff, Slash (8/1) Steven joins band on stage, plays song with Axl, Duff, Slash (2/1) The original AFD lineup (Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven) play one song together (15/1) The original AFD lineup (Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven) play an entire show together (50/1) A former member from 2001 to 2014 joins the band onstage for a song (5/1) Robin Finck joins band for a song (15/1) Tommy Stinson joins band for a song (8/1) Brain joins band for a song (12/1) Buckethead joins band for a song (80/1) DJ Ashba joins band for a song (15/1) Chris Pitman joins band for a song (200/1) Josh Freese joins band for a song (70/1) Beta joins the band for a song (80/1) Sebastian Bach joins GNR onstage for a song (4/1) Members of Rose Tattoo joins GNR onstage for a song (2/1, EDIT: 1.5/2 Feb 14) Band plays a new song (9/1) New album gets released (10/1) New live album and/or DVD gets released (8/1) Axl rants against Donald Trump at a show (4/1) An Axl rant lasts longer than 30 seconds (7/1) Axl gets a new tattoo (6/1) A GNR concert lasts longer than 3 hours, ten minutes (4/1 prior to July 11, 2/1 after July 12) Band plays a UYI song that was not played in 2016 (3/1) Band, with Axl, plays a song from TSI (5/1) Band plays a new cover (3/1) - UPDATE: Excludes Black Hole Sun as of May 27, 2017. Band, minus Axl, plays a Velvet Revolver song (6/1) Band, including Axl, plays a Velvet Revolver song (9/1) Band stops playing The Seeker (must be dropped from the set for three consecutive shows) (4/1) Band plays Chinese Democracy in its entirety (100/1) Band plays Appetite for Destruction in its entirety (40/1) Axl and Slash sit down for a joint interview (10/1) Axl fronts AC/DC at some point in 2017 (12/1) Axl fronts a band other than GNR or AC/DC for a whole show at some point in 2017 (40/1) GNR releases a music video for a new song (12/1) Axl visits MYGNRFORUM and answers questions (90/1) A members of GNR (excluding Axl) visits MYGNRFORUM and answers questions (50/1) A member of GNR management visits MYGNRFORUM and answers questions (20/1) None of the above happens (50/1) GOOD LUCK!
  20. MYGNRFORUM custom template update coming very soon.  Dolphin likes for all!

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      Oldest Goat

      *dolphin squeaks of gratitude*

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      I love the dolphins! :thumbsup:

  21. MyGNR Bodybuilding Thread

    It'll all be fixed in the next 24 hours. Dolphin likes are on their way!
  22. Excited About GNR future

    I think those pre-198 songs and albums, along with the material from Joshua Tree and Achung Baby, are what made U2 a generational band in the same way that Appetite and the Illusions albums made GNR the iconic artists they are today. Anything since then, in my opinion, has resided in the shadows of their previous work. I include U2's previous work since it showed them growing as artists while still remaining relevant and relatively commercial viable. Moreover, let's not discount what War did for them. It's their third highest selling album, selling more than ATYCLB. Look, U2 is a once in a generation kind of band and as such their previous success will draft subsequent successes there after. They're more than just a band but have become a brand, and people will pay attention. GNR, thanks to its iconic work, would also likely benefit should Axl, Duff, and Slash put out another album together (though, in this post album era where everything is streamed, I'm not sure it's relevant to compare album sales). U2 has been successful since 2000, but again, that's not what I'm arguing. ATYCLB was a solid album, but it still can't compete with Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and in my opinion, Unforgettable Fire (Pride and Bad are beasts IMO and supercedes anything released post Achtung Baby). Again, I'm not saying that they had success or everything since Achtung has been shit. There's moments of brilliance like the release of The Sweetest Thing and Window in the Skies, along with a pretty solid album in ATYCLB. If you want to include ATYCLB as an example of U2's brilliance and relevance then fine, there's an argument to be made there (though, one that I don't agree with). But little of post early 90s will be regarded as their best work. Here's the difference: even the people who hate U2 and can't stand Bono for whom some see as sanctimonious and full of it will always concede that Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby are two of the best albums ever released by a pop/rock band. Those same people wouldn't say the same about ATYCLB or anything released since the early 90s. The same can be said for Appetite with respect to Guns. I know many people who loath Axl and GNR but can't deny that Appetite as a whole is one of the best hard rock albums of all times. BTW, do you really want to count U2's Apple distribution deal as a sign of success? It was a move that received so much backlash that it required Bono to issue an apology for forcing it on people (and Apple to provide specific instructions on how to remove the album from iTunes accounts). Interestingly, the reason given by Bono for the move was that he thought the album would have been ignored. Anyway, we have both co-opted the thread and we should return the discussion to topic at hand. In the end, I don't think either of us are going to convince the other of their opinion so let's just move on and return the discussion to strictly GNR and its future.
  23. Excited About GNR future

    See, I'm on the opposite side of the fence with respect to what defines a nostalgia act. If most people are coming to hear you play the hits, you're a nostalgia act regardless of whether you put out an album. I don't begrudge bands or artists from trying, but as Elton John made light of at the last concert I saw him at, almost nobody wants to hear new material, they just want the hits at a certain point. There are certain acts that don't play the hit game and do quite well at it. But few enter the same sphere as the major acts without them. Metallica was doing very well for itself prior to the Black album, but jumped to an entirely different level when the Black album came out. IMO, niche acts can do quite well if the niche is big enough, but to achieve mainstream success it takes hits. It's funny how different the audiences are between Metallica and GNR concerts. It felt like 80 percent of Metallica fans were white men, with the bulk being between the ages of 20 - 45. GNR it's almost an even split between male and female with a more diversity in ages (though still largely a white audience).
  24. Excited About GNR future

    I've always thought of U2 as the more popular band, even back in the early 90s. Some of the difference, I think, relates to the kind of music they play. GNR plays much harder rock and hence their playing to a smaller market. It also helps that U2 has a larger discography from its prime years. But again, I don't see much of what U2 has put out in the last 20 years as the reason for explaining any kind of achievement gap relative to ticket sales or gross revenues.