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  1. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Sure. My suggestions were just steps towards a better situation, not a perfect solution. Systemic change is needed, too, including a complete revamp of the criminal system.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    No, but here is what you should do: - Train your police much longer, especially in peaceful conflict solving and de-escalation. Nine weeks training (which it is at least one place) before you are out on the beat is not enough. A proper police training should take years. Today too many officers have too few tools to handle situation which too often result in violence. - Stop the militarization of your police, no more military-grade weapon transfers from your military forces to your police force. Those are not the tools they need more of. Equip them to protect citizens, not fight them. - Punish bad behavior, attitude and blatant crimes among the police force. No more internal protection of their own colleagues. Clean up the force. Make it transparent and consistent.
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    You don't really understand this movement, do you?
  4. Hi all, I have been revising the history section at Appetite for Discussion and thought I should give you a heads up about this. If this is new to you here's some background: I am currently in the process (and have been so these last years) of writing the history of Guns N' Roses based on what the band members themselves have said. The idea was to get a bit away from conjecture and biases and assumptions and instead handle each topic in the band's history from what they themselves have said. The good thing about this is of course that it at least tells their story from their perspective (not necessarily the truth, of course, but hopefully also not exaggerated stories to sell a book or to display a bias), the drawback is that it will be less informative on things the band members haven't wanted to talk about, or be biased towards band members who were more vocal than other. I expect this work to result in the most comprehensive source on the history of Guns N' Roses, ever and wherever. The format (or my prose) doesn't necessarily make it very entertaining as a long-read, but hopefully it can serve as a reference source whenever people want to go back and check up on something or to fact check statements. It should also be a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to write their own version of the history of the band. Pick and choose quotes and you can basically write whatever narrative you want. The way I go about doing this work is plowing through articles and interviews from the beginning of the band's history and forward in time. This means that the history section won't be finished until I have gone through everything ever written about the band (which is a lot). I update the older sections of the history whenever I come over newer articles that shed light on those periods. So it is a living document that is constantly refined and expanded. I am currently working on articles from 2002. To do something like this having access to a large repository of articles and interviews is crucial. Thankfully we have just that over at A4D, much to @Blackstar's credit (who we all know is awesome). In addition to having a memory and overview that is mindboggling to someone like me, she is also a skilled researcher and scholar. Currently, our database contains in excess of 2,500 unique articles and interviews, but it is growing day by day. I have copied all the articles into a word document and to give you an idea of how massive this database is, the document is currently comprised of 138 pages (font size 9) containing 1,836,917 words. Trust me, there is no book on Guns N' Roses that is anywhere as comprehensive as this, and what authors have done is start with a much smaller set of articles to basically create the story they wanted to tell. What we have is the real deal. The unabridged, unshortened, ultimate collection with its warts and all. If you want to browse this section and read contemporary articles from the band's history, this is the link to the index https://www.a-4-d.com/t2861-interview-and-article-index (By looking around you will also find that the site contains more articles that have simply not been indexed yet (this happens as I write the history.) My history writing is currently focused on the year 2002, but most of this work takes place in a hidden section of the site. As soon as I feel a section is finished (it never is, though) I move it to the open area. Currently the open area only covers the time period 1984-July 1987 (I recently moved everything else in anticipation of the revision work). I expect to quickly add more sections to this area over the next weeks so that it will contain the history from 1984-2001. The new revised edition contains more chapters, images, and more quotes. You can browse this area here: https://www.a-4-d.com/f1-the-history-of-guns-n-roses-as-told-by-guns-n-roses This is all free for everyone to browse and read. registration shouldn't be required (except perhaps to see images). Keep in mind that no section of the history is finished until I have gone through all articles. Currently there are almost no quotes from after 2002. Still, I hope you will all find this valuable and appreciate the work that we have done to get where we are. This will only get better and better.
  5. I am on a roll this morning. New chapter added, this one about 1989, annus horribilis. A year with no touring and little work on new music. Anathema to Slash who considered quitting the band three times (when getting an offer from Megadeth, after his fight with Axl in Chicago, and after the Mr. Brownstone speech). Drugs were breaking the band apart despite Izzy (and Slash at the end of the year) starting their processes of getting clean. Personal relationships were falling apart. Steven started rehabs and became the odd man out. Attempts at getting things on the right keel - trip to Chicago and shows with Rolling Stones - failed. Almost strange the band survived the year intact. Read it here: https://www.a-4-d.com/t4988-10-1989-things-unravel#19264
  6. I just added a new chapter, LIES AND THE SPOTLIGHT. It deals with the period Aug-Dec 1988. In this rather short period the band released GN'R LIES, got increased popularity, ended extensive and successful touring. With all this success the band started to get a lot more attention from press and critics, and controversies erupted, over artwork to Appetite, lyrical content and allegations of racism and homophobia. The band members also had to deal with their rags to riches journey and coping with a new status as rock stars. Izzy was already starting to drift away. You can read the chapter here: https://www.a-4-d.com/t4987-9-lies-and-the-spotlight#19252 And thanks to everyone for your kind words. I do this for myself, but it really motivates me when other people find some interest in my work.
  7. Mother Mary Unreleased Song

    It's here https://www.a-4-d.com/t3483-1991-05-25-mtv-interview-with-axl
  8. Mother Mary Unreleased Song

    Extract from the interview. Axl mentions the song as a side note while discussing tattoos. Seb's song, might not have become anything: Stern: I'm gonna get one of those... You know, like “Live free or die” kind of tattoos.Axl: Yeah. Stern: One of those things that...Axl: I’m doing Mother Mary.Stern: Really? You’ve got no room left.Axl: Yeah. And Sebastian is writing a song “Mother Mary” and I got a chorus, so we're trying to put something together here.Stern: Where you gonna fit another tattoo? You’re already filled up.Axl: On my forearm. Stern: Oh, I didn't realize you had some space. Source: https://www.a-4-d.com/t3245-1990-07-30-the-howard-stern-show-interview-with-axl-and-sebastian-bach
  9. Mother Mary Unreleased Song

    Alright, then I suppose we already have the important bits, only not embellished in tabloid ways by HP. Thanks!
  10. General Chat / Random Musings

    Yes, and some other corrections.
  11. The Stadium Tour- Offical Update

    Vince Neil? No, you should definitely try to sell them.
  12. General Chat / Random Musings

    After today's knee surgery.
  13. Mother Mary Unreleased Song

    Is this interview found online or would you be able to post the scans so we can include the interview in our database at A4D?
  14. General Chat / Random Musings

    And yeah, I'd love to tell you all my problem You're not from New York City, you're from Rotherham So get off the bandwagon, and put down the handbook Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
  15. General Chat / Random Musings

    You go you bad boy you. Just don't let the park guards see you.
  16. General Chat / Random Musings

    Doritos are bad for you, it is probably intended to be something similar to the warning messages on cigarettes.
  17. General Chat / Random Musings

    I am not willing to punish any racists merely for being racists. How did this thought end up in your brain? I actually think that most expressions of racism should be covered under free speech. But I will not tolerate it in the sense of not speaking my own mind about racism and why it is bad for us. I will speak about how it is ingrained in our genes but how it can be suppressed to it doesn't express itself in violent and ugly forms. I will simply not be silent when people say terrible things about other people, even if I accept their right to do it. It is the flipside of free speech. If people don't actually speak up and voice their opinion when faced with racism and other ugliness, then the whole free speech becomes meaningless. It is a give-and-take situation. And don't get me wrong, I am not trying to paint myself as someone terrible concerned over this and one who typically engages racists on social media and so on, but I was having a more principle discussion with Len and serving a counterpoint to his more laissez faire attitude to racism. I didn't agree. I think it is important that we present an argument against "everyday racism" if not only do prevent a breeding ground for its more violent forms.
  18. General Chat / Random Musings

    I will sort it out for you, buddy
  19. General Chat / Random Musings

    But it is the majority of "friendly racists" that allows the more extreme forms to take shape. The violent thugs don't arise in a vacuum. If you accept racism, of any kind, there will always be a small proportion that "take it too far" No idea what that is but I am confident it was funny
  20. General Chat / Random Musings

    Of course you can. I am not saying it is easy and that everybody is able to change opinions on this, but there is enough examples of former racists rejecting racism. So stop being so detrimentally cynical. It is not doing any good.
  21. General Chat / Random Musings

    They didn't even take photos of you?
  22. Thank you I will soon add more sections, just doing finishing work.
  23. US Politics/Elections Thread

    No denying that there is widespread racism in USA, but I think it is more in many countries, including Norway. You just don't see its horrible effects so often because we don't have cops that kill people. We don't have militarized police with a military mentality. And we don't have the huge differences in income as in USA with so many people being poor.
  24. General Chat / Random Musings

    Meanwhile in Norway, this just happened: https://www.vgtv.no/video/197861/raset-i-alta-her-forsvinner-husene-i-havet (It is not on Youtube yet, so you have to watch the amazing footage by following the link above).