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  1. US Politics/Elections Thread

    No, I wasn't wondering about that. I was making fun of the article for paralleling the current situation in the US with the Russian Revolution just because of the fact that there are Marxists participating in the BLM movement and for presenting BLM, Sanders and Biden as part of a plot to transform the U.S into the United Soviet Socialist States of America. Then I rhetorically wondered why Americans (mostly, but also people in other countries) fall for such ridiculous theories, which apparently is due to lack of education on the subject (Marxism) - hence the rest of my post was relevant.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Not really. Marx, Marxism, Marxists, Bolsheviks, the USSR, China etc. are not this one, homogeneous and oversimplified "evil" thing, as people like the writer of the article and those who believe this shit view it because they don't really know much about the subject. There is the philosophy and body of works of Marx, which is not homogeneous itself. Then there are the different "Marxisms": the Soviet Marxism-Leninism and the various forms of "Western" Marxism that developed, updated or adjusted aspects of Marx's theories like the analysis of capitalism, social structure/class etc., schools of thought and movements that were influenced by some elements of Marxism and combined it with other ideas etc., which differ significantly from each other in theory, strategy and organization. In regards to the latter two, the Bolsheviks and the traditional Communist parties that were formed along the Leninist model were organized as revolutionary political parties with very strict structure. Post WWII most of the traditional Communist Parties in the West abandoned the revolutionary strategy, deviated from the Soviet model and conformed with Western representative democracy. The various movements of the New Left in the 60s emerged as grassroots movements outside - and many times in opposition to - the traditional Communist parties, as well as to the USSR, and were comprised by Marxists and non Marxist radicals, which is the case with some of the current movements like BLM. In short, when someone self-identifies as Marxist doesn't mean that they're Leninist. I think that it's a good thing that Marxists participate in the BLM movement, because it helps showcase the class aspect of racism rather than present it only as a classless and identity issue.
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I can't wait to share the revelations of this article with all my leftist friends in and around my corner of the world. They'll be delighted to hear that BLM are the new Bolsheviks who, under the guidance of comrade Sanders/new Lenin, have been preparing to take down Czar Trump, and then seize the White House from Biden/new Kerensky, socialize the means of production and spread the revolution all over the world I wonder if the people who believe this shit have read even an introduction to Marx for dummies or the first paragraph of the wikipedia entry for the Frankfurt School. I guess not, and probably the people who write it haven't either. Whenever I try to follow the political discourse in the U.S some of the arguments make me feel like I'm reading political fantasy where concepts exist in a alternate universe - although, to be fair, the conspiracy nonsense about the threat of the so called "cultural marxism" is everywhere, not just in the U.S.
  4. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    Yes, this Howard Stern interview doesn't seem to exist. I believe, if it existed, it would have surfaced or at least it would have been mentioned somewhere. Stern himself used to mention some the previous interviews he had done with GnR every time he had someone from the band on his show, and he has never mentioned any Axl interview other than the two phone calls from 1989 and 1990.
  5. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    Also: "There was cocaine everywhere, pills, champagne and I just happened to go into his bathroom and I'm looking around, everybody's in the living room, and I see bottles of lithium and all this stuff. And I'm thinking, 'He is about to explode. This guy is on everything right now. And I got kind of scared.' [...] I think I walked into a situation that was ugly and I should have left but there was something in me that was attracted to him and I thought he's a good looking guy, I could have fun with him." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1245272/Sheila-Kennedy-s-night-Guns-Roses-singer-Axl-Rose.html
  6. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    I guess he means the Sheila Kennedy story. According to her, she went to Axl's room to have sex with him and Axl was violent to her (some of her peripheral information can't be verified, but anyway). The other one is, I suppose, the "Michelle" story from 1986 that has been discussed a lot and we've written about (with much more information than the link from Mick Wall's book above) here: https://www.a-4-d.com/t4942-06-january-december-1986-getting-signed#18944
  7. THE most overrated GNR song?

    Better. I understand why it's considered a good song and it's the most popular CD song, but I never got to love it, personally.
  8. From the link with the data: As I understand it, these loans were not given directly by the government. The program offers government guarantee to the banks for loans taken by small businesses. The businesses applied to a bank, the bank approved and granted the loan, and then submitted the papers to the government which guaranteed it automatically.
  9. I would guess that the techs (like Tom Mayhue, McBob etc.) and other personnel (sound engineers etc.) that have worked with GnR for years, as well as some of the security stuff and the truck drivers are employed directly by GnR. But maybe Opie, for example, who is the production manager is not employed and it's his production company working with GnR, so the stage crew could be employed by that company. And then they hire locals (additional stage crew and security) in each place.
  10. GNR music played at Trump/Epstein party

    I don't think he saw GnR opening for the Stones. He was at the Rolling Stones show in Atlantic City where Axl and Izzy guested. It doesn't seem he was there for the show so much I've read the story about Trump buying the Illusions in Mick Wall's book and in articles ghost-written by him, so I don't know. Maybe Trump had read about it in Forbes and went because it was a big event. Yes, he had tweeted about the HOF, as he does about everyone and everything There was a rumour in 1992, attributed to "sources" in Trump's camp, that he wanted to produce the UYI movie and was negotiating with the band. Apparently it didn't happen or the rumour was bogus to begin with.
  11. The loan has been granted to the GnR touring company (same with the other bands), not to the main GnR business or Axl's main business, where I suppose TB is paid from.
  12. According to the data https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program#section-header-11 GnR: Loan range $150,000-350,000, Number of jobs retained: 18 I guess GnR employs more than 18 people for the tour. Maybe they pay the rest of the crew themselves and got the loan to cover some of the wages cost. Or maybe some of the crew is not employed directly by GnR but by companies contracted with GnR. For comparison: Pearl Jam: $350,000-1 million, 28 jobs Eagles: $350,000-1 million, 50 jobs Disturbed: $350,000-1 million, 17 jobs Green Day: $150,000-350,000, 26 jobs
  13. GNR WOMEN'S CHAT 2020 *NEW*

    It's around 4-5 minutes before the end of this video, if you haven't seen the whole scene (it doesn't show Axl diving into the crowd, only after he was back on stage): https://www.a-4-d.com/t3482-1991-mm-dd-hard-n-heavy-video-magazine-guns-n-roses-7-days-in-rio-slash-duff-matt
  14. GNR music played at Trump/Epstein party

    There is this little anecdote in Matt Sorum's book: Still, when we finally got to play [at MSG, 1991] it was fun, and after our first gig, Donald and Ivanka Trump came over to us. We had just finished our encore and were all sweaty, drinking beers. I remember Axl looked Trump from head to toe and said, “You know our music?” He smiled and replied, “No, I saw you in Forbes magazine.”
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