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  1. I always thought this was a really strange item pertaining to photographs.
  2. Yeah, that's the other one that makes me believe one of two things: * Parsons wrote or at least cowrote Wild Horses and Honky Tonk Women when he was hanging around with the Stones. * Richards is able to channel the Parsons sound at will - but why didn't he write more like this? They are a lot different than other Stones country influenced songs -- Dear Doctor for example. But Richards is really talented and liked Gram so he probably would have given him a writing credit. If I ever see Chris Hillman, I'd like to hear his opinion.
  3. I was a big Gram Parsons fan at the time Sticky Fingers came out, and when Wild Horses first came on the radio, at the end of the song, my sister who had only heard Gram's albums from my playing them at home asked me "Why are the Rolling Stones playing Gram Parson's songs?" Decades later, in the Hard Rock Cafe starwell in Denver, I saw Gram Parson's notebook open to the page where he had written down the lyrics to Wild Horses. Don't know if Gram or Keith wrote it... or if Keith wrote it after playing with Gram or Gram wrote it and gave it to Keith.. or they wrote it together.. I've always wondered. Great song - the best version is the Old and in the Way version IMO.
  4. I've always wondered what right and left refer to: * JFK's right & left * the witnesses right & left and do the definitions of right and left get mixed up by not specifying which one is being referred to?
  5. For the grand price of $1 American.... I saw the Who's Next tour at the Mississippi River Festival in 1971. The venue was a tent put together by the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey tent gut in a natural amphitheater. They printed 10k tickets at $4 or $5 bucks then 40k people showed up for the Who. Students at SIUE were taking tickets at the gate and just asked for a buck to stuff into their pockets to let you in. Great show - great band live. Second best value rock concert I ever saww.
  6. FWIW - I've taken to using Coincidence Theory when discussing events dismissed by others as just another conspiracy theory. It's quite easy to make a list of all the events a coincidence theorist has to believe are just unrelated coincidences to reject the hypothesis of a conspiracy being responsible for certain events. Then ask what is the probability of all of them being coincidences. If one isn't, there is a conspiracy. If the probabilities of one or more occurring as coincidences are low then the probability of a conspiracy goes up.
  7. Hi Vince, What do you make of this (one of the most surprising entries for me in the Master Chronology of JFK Assassination Book II: Death)? Brown Ph.D, Walt. Master Chronology of JFK Assassination Book II: Death (Kindle Locations 850-858). Kindle Edition.
  8. Another comparison to the 1930s rise of fascism. from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/08/trump-homegrown-fascism-inequality-poverty : Tens of millions of the precariat were already living in a de facto Great Depression before the pandemic, and many working-class jobs will not return in the short term – if ever. This widening disparity creates a level of rage among voters that inexplicably continues to evade Beltway journalists’ understanding. It’s not that difficult to grasp meaning. Just look to the past. I’ve long been a student of the 1930s – fascism was on the rise in the US throughout the Great Depression. It’s something that never went away; it’s part of the American DNA. Many of the 74 million who voted for Donald J Trump in 2020 would be quite happy with authoritarian leadership. They aren’t going to vanish with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. ... In early 1939, a n a z i rally at Madison Square Garden drew 20,000 people. The rising authoritarian movement was the subject of a 9,000-word 1940 Harper’s magazine article, The American Fascists, by Dale Kramer. In the modern era, the Youngstown State labor studies professor John Russo recognized early that anger over the loss of good jobs was leading to a resurgence of fascism. When I interviewed him in 1995, he foresaw the emergence of a Trump-like figure. When I went through Ohio recently on my cross-country journey, John doubled down on his 1995 prediction; he feels that the threat from the far right will not abate. Trump lost “and the thing I say is, ‘So what?’ Right now we are at a tipping point in terms of what the American economy is going to look like, what the American social structures are going to look like,” Russo told me. “2024, that’s going to be the seminal election.” Russo says there will be “contested terrain”, a fight between progressives and rightwing authoritarianism between now and 2024. If a smarter, more effective Trump comes along, he or she could eclipse the threat that Trump presented to American democracy.
  9. Even Coast to Coast which used to have JFK specials that the host stated were the broadcasts of highest listener interest did not have one.
  10. If you sort data, you get plots like this. In person votes counted first then mail-in & absentee ballots was the sorting used, no? BTW - the same vertical jump is shown earlier in the plot where the red line jumps up vertically.
  11. Has anyone else read In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin? It's a history of the American Ambassador to Germany's family in the 1930s by Eric Larson. It recounts the riots in the streets between the brown shirts and the socialists in the years 1933-1937 while William Dodd a professor of history at the University of Chicago was ambassador, his dealings with the German govt, helping American victims of poopoo violence in the streets & his daughter's romantic involvement with both the head of the Gestapo and a Russian spy. It's hard not to see some parallels to today with two groups facing off in demonstrations although there hasn't been the same level of violence between them.
  12. Speaking as someone who * took French (a much easier to learn language than Russian) in High School and College passing all courses with a C or better grade - 4 years in total * is married to a French speaker * worked in France w French companies for 5 years * was exposed to the French language living in France for 13 years & more importantly while raising a child bilingually learning more French by osmosis over the last 20 years It seems to me that you are totally overestimating the level of conversational understanding that a US serviceman could achieve in 2 years of training at age 19 or over (languages are best learned before the age of 9). The extensive vocabulary, knowledge of local idioms and accents, and understanding of any slang adds to the difficulty. Also the difficulty of learning Russian specifically, with its Cyrillic alphabet and difficult pronunciations makes it a lot more difficult than French, Italian, Spanish, etc. I find it difficult to believe that it could be done. Should be easy enough to prove tho -- just find a graduate of a military language school in a 2 year period that speaks Russian fluently, can read Russian language papers & magazines and has a great vocabulary covering military, technical, slang & local accents and variations. Got one? -- I'm willing to be convinced.
  13. For all practical purposes, Obama was an outsider in the 2008 primaries running against the chosen inevitable nominee.
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