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Sepiatone

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  1. Methinks that if Biden agreed to the student loan forgiveness, MM would have started a thread complaining that Biden is a "socialist".   And I agree James....

    In some cases, and after an adequate "show cause",  there maybe could be a temporary abatement of interest on those loans.   And/or an abatement of same in the case of unemployment or serious illness.  

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  2. 18 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Actually matches work just as well.  Unfortunately there is no way to turn on the gas oven without electricity.  We also have a gas water heater and that is great if electricity is off.  No shortage of hot water.

    Before we got the Generac we would use the gas logs to heat water for coffee.  Just set the filter/coffee holder on top of carafe and pour hot water into it.

    Really, if you live on a steady diet of TV dinners or Stouffer's lasagna, I can see where not being able to light the gas oven with matches might be trouble.  ;)  But most of what I cook is stove top anyway, so.....

    And I still keep an old Corning Ware  stove top coffee perculator  in storage.  Works just fine in these cases.    I have a gas water heater too, but I believe it's one that has the  piezoelectric starter instead of a constant burning pilot light.   It's getting up in age, and I might just replace it before it craps out, but I haven't installed a new water heater since the mid '90's, and am shocked at how expensive they've become since then.  That last one I installed cost only $180.00 for a 40 gallon unit.  I notice the same heater is now over $300! :o  And cost that much less than 5 years after I put in the $180 dollar unit. 

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  3. 15 hours ago, hamradio said:

    How much does this cost to heat?

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    You'll have to ask all those right-wing corporate execs(who contribute heavily to GOP candidates) who are mostly ones who can afford homes like that.  ;) 

    And those wood burning heaters aren't practical for everyone or everywhere.  I had a neighbor who installed one in the '70's who quit using it because:

    He lived in a Detroit suburb with no close or easy access to any wooded area which he could get firewood from, considering the owner of such property didn't have it fenced off with signs warning of impending gunfire if he was caught trespassing.   And many local gas stations at the time( and still) would sell cords of firewood, but it wasn't cheap.  And at the time, we didn't get power outages often and long enough to make such things useful.    Oh, and as for "keeping up with the Joneses"......

    Depends on where you live(and/or can afford to).  For me to "keep up with the Joneses" on MY street would mean I'd have to take steps to reduce my income, let my front lawn get overrun with weeds and get two or three mangy, barking dogs.  ;)  And spend money I can't really afford to buy a sound system so my "Hip-Hop" and country music can be heard seven or eight houses away.

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  4. 6 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    .  So most homes need both gas and electricity for heat.

    That's true of about 99% of the homes in the Metro Detroit area. There are still the very few old houses that heat using a boiler and radiators.  One of my late brothers in law had that system.  

    I'm currently(no pun intended ;) )  looking into one of those Generac whole home generators that run on natural gas in case of another power outage.  We don't get them that often in my "necka" but when they do come they sometimes last long enough for the meat in the freezer to thaw enough to need throwing out.  And mostly in the spring and summer when severe thunderstorms and wind knock down power lines and kill transformers.   

    And I'm still not sure in which state you reside.

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  5. 17 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    George Sanders in THE KREMLIN LETTER (1970):

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    Well, if playing a cross dresser/homosexual( or just cross dresser) makes an actor's performance brave, then look at all the brave souls in THE BOYS IN THE BAND ('70) and TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR( '95).

    And of course, any role by DIVINE, the "bravest" of them all.  ;) 

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  6. 4 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Can apply to those whom are brainwashed from the "must follow the political correct line"  so called "march in lockstep" scientist whom only look back during the past 150 years thinking this COLD during WINTER is abnormal.

    Nice try...WON"T WORK.  

     

    Actually, it IS abnormal in the intensity and the current locales.   Where I live it's not all that unusual.  Really deep snowfalls aren't necessarily  commonplace, but not all that rare either.  Like, a few winters ago we barely had to get out our snow blowers or shovels.  But this winter, although off to a relatively slow start is making up for it.  But, one of my nephew's' ex wife usually travels down to Texas to be with some family and escape most of the winters here, but last heard, she managed to text my nephew and grandnephew(their son) from a warming center.  Something she and the family down there never before experienced there.   She usually stays with an Aunt whose house it seems is a total loss due to bursting water pipes.  

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  7. I'd go with the "against type" concept because it's not only hard for many actors to get out of that trap, but it might also mean them getting out of their "comfort zone", which makes the performance brave.  like;

    SYLVESTER STALLONE in COPLAND

    both MICHAEL DOUGLAS and ROBERT DUVALL in  FALLING DOWN

    TONY CURTIS in  SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

    JERRY LEWIS in KING OF COMEDY.

    PETER SELLERS in BEING THERE

    Any other choices I can make have been made already.

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  8. And speaking a bit earlier of DEBUSSY, I like this electronic treatment by Tomita.   If you can recommend  a recording of the piano version(which I could never find in a store for some reason) I'd be appreciative.  :)

     

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  9. S'ok.   :)  

    Sure, the Ravel you posted is not of the "warhorse" group.  But "Daphnis" is.  After all, I was a novice when I first heard it, and even then it was referred to as a "warhorse" by the announcer on the local classical music station.  And indeed, you know not ALL "warhorses" leave novices  cold.  In Ravel's case, his "Bolero" is one that even people who claim to hate classical music like, probably because they associate it with that silly Dudley Moore movie.  :rolleyes:  And due to that, I'D say the "Bolero" is Ravel's definitive "warhorse">  ;) 

    Oh, and thanks for the posting of that concerto.  Now I have to go do some shopping!  ;) 

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  10. From what I understand, "green" energy  made up only 10% of all energy use in Texas.  And most(if not all) power plants in the state that crashed due to the winter storm were operated on fossil fuel.  It's just that Texas, being Texas, wasn't adequately prepared for the situation because they arrogantly figured they didn't HAVE to be.  Now, people are suffering because of it, and many might die trying to shovel themselves out of the deep climate conspiracy.  ;)   Or freeze to death in the sub-zero temperature hoax.  :rolleyes:

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  11. 23 hours ago, HIGHWAY said:

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    I see it's that time of month for HIGHWAY!  ;) 

    But I say it's best folks get their angst out of their systems here and not bring it to GENERAL DISCUSSIONS.    But you're right TOP.   There is too much mean spiritedness in this arena.  And most of it is reactionary.  You know, someone says something mean, nasty or condescending to someone else and that someone responds in kind, and on and on.  It's mostly human nature.  And it would be best if some or one of US, and not the mods, would...

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  12. Initially, I could simply say, "Good riddance".  But of course, like him and his ideology or not, the man probably does have family and other people who will be deeply saddened by his passing.  And really, my sincere condolences go out to them.  

    And though, only six months OLDER than me, I'd still say he was too young.

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  13. 18 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

     

     

    I lived in the Alps in France. In the Alps in Europe they have turbines and they are not frozen. It looks to me like the people in charge locally don't know what they're doing.

     

    Well, it's Texas after all.  A place not familiar with that kind of weather.  You can tell that by the footage of all the DRIVING MISHAPS down there. :D   They just got too big for their britches, with their own "grid", not part of any national power grid system.   And besides....

    How does anyone figure ice storms, heavy snow and high winds pulling down power lines has anything to do with "green" energy wind turbines?   Those blades don't spin THAT fast, do they?  ;) 

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  14. Not familiar with those movies, or the idea of "Western noir" in general.  So, are you claiming these movies follow THIS definition's guidelines?

    Film noir (/nwɑːr/; French: [film nwaʁ]) is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. The 1940s and 1950s are generally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography.

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  15. 22 hours ago, laffite said:

    It pains me to the quick to read the Ravel there as a "warhorse."  I wouldn't count it such.  It's to sublime for that. 

     

    Relax.  The term "warhorse" in reference to classical music means a work that is long well recognized by those who have an active interest in classical music and those who just hear it passively.   The term is in no way a critique on the music's quality.  Other examples of "warhorses" are BEETHOVEN'S 5th symphony,  TCAIKOWSKY'S Nutcracker Suite,  DEBUSSEY'S La Mer AND the clip of "Faun".  and his CLAIRE De LUNE.   to name but a few.  Still timelessly beautiful, but in this sense, "warhorses" nonetheless.  ;) 

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  16. OK....

    1.   I mentioned that when I started at GM the minimum wage was at $1.50.   It's now at  $9.65 in Michigan.  But I also stated my starting wage at GM in 1971 was $4.05, and at my retirement I was earning $25.50 an hour.  That seems to be quite a disparity in earning power, eh?  And yet the minimum wage has increased over the years without causing people to run in panic at the possibility of losing their jobs as a result.  So why the big fear now? Since leaving GM over 20 years ago, I'm not aware of what the hourly rate is these days.  Look....

    Corporations and other businesses are always looking to cut down on operating expenses.  And usually the first thing they think of is to lay off employees.  And they've been known to do that with or without any increase in the minimum wage.   Usually it's poor sales that cause this to happen, not store clerks, burger flippers and delivery boys making more money.   Chances are, their making more money might delay or eliminate the other's troubles of poor sales.  And this link(if I did this right) might let you know what the state-by-state minimum wage rates are.  And BTW...

    https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/state

    Your state of California is now only a couple of dollars below the proposed $15.  ;)

     

    And AGAIN, MM-----

    GM's problem (and I'm guessing those "retail outlets" refer to DEALERSHIPS, in which only a very few get paid minimum wage, most others get paid by commission) had NOTHING to do with any minimum wage hike.  But rather, as mentioned above, POOR SALES.  And again....  You can't buy what you can't afford.

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  17. I like "Ambersons" but it is a chore to sit though.  I imagine most people didn't care HOW it ended, but were thankful that it finally HAD ended.  ;)   Funny how that works.....

    A movie like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, at 227 minutes can still seem much shorter than "The Magnificent Ambersons" at 88.   It reminds me of two occurances....

    Several rolls of unprocessed 35mm film taken by a noted candid photographer( I'm mad at myself for not remembering the name) were discovered.  The initial idea was to have the film developed and printed for display at an exhibition.  This was dismissed as those who knew the photographer and others familiar with his work knew that what made his photographs great were the choices he made of which exposures to print and display and his particuar way of developing the negative, which others could not exactly duplicate.  

    Another was the discovery of an old spiral notebook, once belonging to BUDDY HOLLY was found in one of his old guitar cases.  It contained pages of songs he wrote but hadn't had chance to record before his death.  The idea was that some modern day singers would record them, but the idea was quickly dismissed because the notebook only contained the LYRICS of songs, with not melody or chord charts included.  so....

    If people in the two examples realized NObody can complete any individual's projects with that individual's unique style, then who can  presume to complete Orson Welles' movie the way Orson intended?

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