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      No More Links to Unofficial or Unlicensed Content :(   11/25/2019

      Hi, Due to numerous DMCA complaints directed towards the hosting provider of this forum, we are no longer allowing any links whatsoever to content this is shared, posted, or distributed by unlicensed or unofficial sources.   It's a sad day and we hate that it comes to this, but thanks to the sad and pathetic efforts of some even sadder and more pathetic individuals, the ability of this forum to remain online requires us to remove any links to content that is produced, shared, or distributed by individuals or sources that do not have a license or authority to post said material.   Discussion, concerns, and questions of this matter can be done so here: We apologize that it has come to this but it's the world we now live in unfortunately.   Thanks for your understanding and cooperation of this matter going forward. Downzy


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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. Microsoft had a deal on Game Pass three months ago: $2 for three months of service. So I have been playing the shit out of Forza Horizon 4. It’s probably one of my favourite games of all time. Really fantastic. That said, I’m kind of glad the three months is know up. They do a great job of extending the game’s life beyond the offline experience and I found myself compelled to keep playing to fulfill the weekly challenges. I think I need a detox from the game for awhile.
  3. Well, I’m not sure what qualifies as fear mongering at this point. I do agree with a lot of your points: if you’re young and healthy then your life is not at risk. But that still leaves millions at risk should this virus infect hundreds of millions (which is starting to look increasingly likely). The seasonal flu generally kills 0.1 percent of the infected population. In comparison the Swine flue of 1918 killed 2.5-3 percent, resulting in the death of 50-100 million people. Currently 2500 of the nearly 90k people who have were infected have died. If you extrapolate those numbers there is the potential for worldwide catastrophe amongst the sick and elderly. Currently we’re seeing reports of the virus infecting people who have not traveled to affected areas nor had any known contact with someone who has traveled. That’s extremely troubling. I don’t believe we’re at the point of panic but I also understand the fears and anxiety of those who might fit the high risk profile. It’s still far too early to know for sure how this will play out. The vast majority of those who become infected will be fine. But many will not. It all depends on the infectiousness of the virus and how well national and international health services can manage the infected and the strains on resources and services. Many health systems are already overtaxed dealing with the seasonal flu; adding the Coronavirus to the equation could potentially make for some difficult choices by health professionals as to who gets treatment and access to ventilators and who does not. I don’t think it’s just a matter of the media building it up to juice revenues. Perhaps this pandemic will wane, but we are due for one akin to what humans confronted in 1918.
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    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/
  5. After much listening to fellow members and discussions amongst the Mod staff concerning the recent policy changes around posting links to unlicensed content, we've decided that the outline provided below is really the only course of action. To begin, the forum will not create a private or separate area for members to post YouTube links. This option actually creates more problems than it solves. First, it isn't full proof and the deadbeats responsible for this nonsense would likely access it at some point. The mod staff do a great job of cracking down on alt accounts by and large, but we're not perfect. It would only be a matter of time before the GNR deplorables that have terrorized the GNR fan community for over a decade would breach the walls and bring the section down. Second, the creation and allowance of a private section creates a liability issue for myself as owner of the forum and for our current hosting provider. Currently we cannot be charged or found liable for links or content if we demonstrate that best efforts are made to ensure it doesn't appear on the forum. Someone posting a link to unlicensed content on here doesn't necessarily expose myself or the forum to civil legal action or liability since we are merely required to show that reasonable efforts were taken to remove the post within a reasonable amount of time. Establishing a separate section of this forum with the sole purpose to circumvent the DMCA exposes the forum, the host provider, and myself to legal risk. Quite simply, a private section shows intent to evade copyright violations. Our hosting provider, if they discovered that our forum was structured to enable our members to post links to unlicensed materials, would surely drop us as a client. And while I see it as extremely unlikely, it could potentially open myself up to civil liability should the day GNR wanted to come after me personally (GNR management has already expressed to me in writing that our allowance for the discussion of the recent leaks put us in the same legal grounds as those who distributed those leaks). Some of you might want to "fight the power," but that's easy to say when it's not your potential financial survival at stake. As much as I would hate having to remove links to videos of taken by fans at GNR concerts, it's not worth jeopardizing the longevity of the forum or my own financial well being. The risk certainly isn't worth it over a band like Guns N' Roses, who have, by an large, become nothing more than business that prioritizes money making opportunities above all else. I'll repeat: the main priority with GNR these days is to make money. It's become my impression that concerns about the fans or music in general are a distant priority, if even at priority at all. So where does that leave us? Pretty much where we started last week. We will not allow direct posting of unlicensed content on this forum. We will no longer allow posts that link to unlicensed content. What we well allow, until told otherwise, is keywords by which people, with a reasonable amount of intelligence, can used to discover the content themselves. We ask that posters refrain from naming the source or platform when providing keywords that describes the content in question, but I think anyone with some level of familiarity with various video sharing platforms can figure out where to search using the keywords described. We get it: it's incredibly annoying, frustrating and disappointing, but it's the best of the bad options at this point. As we saw with the leaks, a tremendous amount of discussion is still possible on this forum without having access to it via the forum. At the end of the day, it wasn't YouTube videos that built this forum (YouTube didn't even exist when this forum first started). It was the community of passionate GNR fans who wanted a place to discuss anything related to the band and the music. The forum will continue to provide a platform where fans can learn, discuss and debate any topic that comes to mind. If this forum needs YouTube videos to survive then it's probably not worth saving at this point. Again, we apologize that it has come to this but there's not much more we can do or say on this matter. GNR seems to be on the forefront of having some real pieces of shit as fans. As much as I feel sorry for the community as whole who find themselves continually and repeatedly disappointed from the same old bullshit, I also feel sorry that there are people out there who have so little in their lives that taking away joy from others is the only thing that gives them purpose. How little in one's life does one have to have to make taking down fan videos and harassing online communities like ours a priority in their own lives? It really is sad that such sad little people exist. But that's the world we live in unfortunately. I do agree with many that it's a shame that GNR management doesn't feel compelled to do much or communicate their position on the matter. But understand that even though we're all dealing with it, the problem is larger than GNR and what they are likely able to do help fix it. The system that manages content rights and rights holders is severely broken. Until such time when anonymous losers can't lodge a copyright complaint, that only copyright claims can be filed and acted upon by the rights holders, there's not much we or the band can do. We're going to pin this discussion in the D&N section so that it can be seen as many members and visitors as possible. Feel free to discuss below.
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    One has to wonder that were the Corona virus spreads to all corners of the planet and results in the infection of millions of Americans Trump throws Pence under the bus and finds a new running mate for re-election. If I'm Pence right now I'm really hoping the virus doesn't cause too much disruption come the Republican convention in July.
  7. It's fine everyone, relax. Trump has put VP Mike Pence on it. Nothing to worry about
  8. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Again, it’s a reach to suggest that Wright privately supporting universal healthcare is akin to showing political bias and the reason for his suspension. I thought you were done posting nonsense, and posting in general, in this thread.
  9. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Except you're not addressing Padme's original point: young people don't vote. It doesn't matter if Sanders crushes every demographic under 64. A candidate still has to appeal to (or not utterly turn off) the older demographic if he or she wants a chance of winning. Also keep in mind this was a Democratic caucus. It's not indicative of how the entire country will vote in November.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Ughh.... He said a lot more than that. Any proclamations that ABC suspended him because he advocated for a universal health insurance; reigning corporations, and cutting down on billionaires is absurd. What got him suspended was criticizing ABC for using their news platforms for promoting Disney products.
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Trump’s strategy against Sanders: heads we win, tails you lose: https://www.axios.com/bernie-sanders-trump-economy-socialism-0f35498b-b2a7-48d8-81b3-ed02962defc7.html
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Fill? Let's not exaggerate: https://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/obama-white-house-full-of-wall-street-executives/ Keep in mind that Obama walked into the job with one of the biggest financial crashes in nearly a century. It's no surprise he might turn to a few (and by a few, I mean maybe 7 to 10 people) who might have expertise and insight into the problems and how to fix them. ------------------------------------------------------------------ I guess it's open season on Mexicans for U.S. authorities so long as the shooting happens from American soil and the Mexican dies in Mexico. Tragic... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/25/cross-border-shooting-supreme-court-clears-border-patrol/4860246002/
  13. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Throw the fight? I think you might want to revisit the divisions within the Democratic party during the time Obamacare was being debated in the Senate. There were several Senators from red states that were adamant against a public option. It had nothing to do with Obama “throwing the fight” or filling his cabinet with wall street insiders.
  14. US Politics/Elections Thread

    In any event, the polling on Sanders as a socialist or democratic socialist is atrocious: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/02/socialism-bernie-sanders-independents-general-election.html?via=taps_top I'll be more than happy to be wrong, but I still think Trump has a much easier time winning re-election with Sanders as his opponent. Democrats may love or might not take issue with a self-prescribed "socialist" at the top of the ticket, but Democrats don't make up half the country. The majority of Americans don't want a socialist or a democratic-socialist to be their next President, as it stands now.
  15. US Politics/Elections Thread

    If Obama, a mild-mannered centrist, couldn't pass anything in a Republican controlled Senate, I'm not sure why Sanders supporters thinks he'll be able to pass the smallest agenda item if Democrats don't control the Senate. And this is the problem with Sanders. Even if he somehow defies the odds and wins the Presidency, it's likely he'll hurt down ballet candidates who would have to defend his policies in purple of red states and districts. I can see a very real situation where Democrats lose the house and deepen their disadvantage in the Senate with Sanders on the ticket, whether he wins or loses. I agree. It will never pass until the entire system crashes. The best Democrats can hope for is a public option too Obamacare. At least this way insurance companies are forced into a position where they're competing against an entity (the federal government) that doesn't really care about losing money.
  16. US Politics/Elections Thread

    It’s done as it exists today because the federal government would tax income to pay for a medicare for all program. Funds the federal government provides to states and companies to subsidize private, employer based insurance would also be eliminated to pay for public health insurance. In other words, private insurance would still exist, but it would no longer serve most Americans since the tax incentives for companies and individuals to buy private insurance would be gone. It would also compete with public insurance that people would pay through automatic deductions from their incomes, akin to what already happens with unemployment insurance and social security. Private insurance would likely cover supplemental medical costs that the public system does not (dental, eyewear, physiotherapy, etc).
  17. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Do you think the numbers have changed at all? You're missing the point. It could potentially a huge liability in the general election if voters learn that Medicare for All means the elimination of their health insurance that they would prefer to keep.
  18. US Politics/Elections Thread

    https://www.kff.org/slideshow/public-opinion-on-single-payer-national-health-plans-and-expanding-access-to-medicare-coverage/ 67 percent of those who support Medicare of All think they'll be able to keep their current private health insurance. If a President Sanders were to somehow implement Medicare for All, private medical insurance is done.
  19. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Man, Trump should just pardon Roger Stone already. Everyone knows he’s going to do it. It’s such a waste of time and attention to bother with appeals and a retrial. Stone’s legal team asking for the judge’s removal is just fodder for Trump to issue a pardon. Corruption in plain view.
  20. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I agree, though there's many ways they can lose it. If they run the same playbook they ran in 2018 I think their odds of booting Trump are good. That's the problem with Sanders at the top of the ticket. The more progressive candidates in the 2018 mid-terms generally lost while the moderates won in districts that hadn't gone Democratic in years.
  21. US Politics/Elections Thread

    No. I said enough Americans are dumb enough to think Trump is worthy of being President that the entire country gets judged accordingly. It wasn't two pour choices. It was a bad choice and a shit, you have to be fucking joking, choice. And what exactly did Trump do to deserve credit for either? The only substantial legislative achievement under his Presidency is the 2017 tax cuts, and it has not delivered on any real uptick on business investment or wages for workers (link). We also see companies holding cash like it's a recession despite low interest rates and lower business taxes (link). Never mind the fact that unemployment trends have remained unchanged since 2012, with the employment states continuing where they left off at the end of Obama's second term. Maybe it's just me, and maybe I'm reading this graph incorrectly, but I see no course correction in employment once Trump took office: Support of Trump speaks nothing about political ideology. It speaks to a herd mentality of people who care not about the long-term effects of having a corrupt conman as President. I might have disagreed with Mitt Romney on policy, but I never questioned whether he would use the power of the state to enrich himself and undermine the norms, traditions, and laws of executive governance.
  22. US Politics/Elections Thread

    The problem isn’t the candidates. The problem is the fact that anyone other than Trump’s family members would actually vote for Donald over literally any other person in the country. Every candidate for the Democratic nomination is lightyears better and more qualified than Trump to be President. The fact he stands a chance of winning says more about America than it does the candidates.
  23. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Lol, desperate. Sanders has been given the same opportunities as every other candidate. Part of me wants him to be the nominee just to see what his supporters will say (or who they will blame) if or when he loses to Trump. If he does win then I’ll happy to be wrong as it means Trump is limited to four years of misery instead of eight. Either way I’m good with Sanders being the nominee, other than i think he’ll do more harm than good for the progressive causes he champions in the long run.
  24. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Except I find that many Sanders supporters aren't actually interested in having a discussion. They only want to disparage and antagonize supporters of other candidates who pose a threat to Sanders. And as I reiterated, this is more often than not directed towards female candidates. Again, I'm not saying that all Sanders supporters are Bernie Bros, but there's certainly a faction within the Sanders camp that clearly fall into that category. If someone is using humour to make a point or comment, then fine. But that's not who I'm talking about here.