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    Guy dropkicks the Terminator

    Funny, I was just watching the Terminator on youtube. Its free with ads.
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/fb84bf19-29c9-4ed3-b6b6-953e8a083334 This is an older article from 2018 but it checks out. It looks at technical changes in pop music over the last 50 years. 1. Music growing sadder and slower In a 2012 paper entitled Emotional Cues in American Popular Music: Five Decades of the Top 40, E. Glenn Schellenberg, and Christian von Scheve analysed two key elements in hit pop songs. Taking the biggest hits in the Billboard charts from 1950 to 2010, they charted a song's tempo - how fast the backbeat is - and whether it is in a major or minor key. the public taste is towards more minor key songs with a slow tempo, such as Naked by James Arthur. Even the major key pop songs have got slower, suggesting fun is becoming a scarcer commodity. 2. Music growing simpler and louder This followed a similar study by a team from the Spanish National Research Council, lead by artificial intelligence specialist Joan SerrĂ , who examined nearly half a million pop songs over a similar period (in this case 1955-2010), and looked at their tonal, melodic and lyrical content. They concluded that pop has become melodically less complex, using fewer chord changes, and that pop recordings are mastered to sound consistently louder (and therefore less dynamic) at a rate of around one decibel every eight years. Serra told Reuters: "We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse. In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations - roughly speaking chords plus melodies - has consistently diminished in the last 50 years." 3. Music growing more antisocial and angry A year before that, the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts published a report which looked at how the language of popular song has changed over the last 30 years. Researchers took a sample set of the Top 10 most popular songs in America from 1980 to 2007, and looked at how words are used to try and assess how pop fans used music to soundtrack their emotional state at the time. The report suggests that, "Simply tuning in to the most popular songs on the radio may provide people with increased understanding of their generation's current psychological characteristics." They found that the use of the first-person singular pronouns (the word 'I') has increased steadily over time, suggesting that fans have become more interested in reflective first-person songs. This matches a decline in words that emphasis community and working together. They also noted a rise in antisocial and angry words, suggesting that pop hits are reflecting a growing sense of personal fury and social unrest. Accusations with which Eminem will be familiar. 4. Music not as good as it used to be it's interesting to note the results of a 2014 poll conducted by Vanity Fair, in which 1,017 adults were asked a series of questions about their musical preferences. When asked which decade has the worst music, their responses fanned out in broadly chronological order, with the 2010s getting 42% of the vote, the 2000s getting 15%, and the 1990s, 1980s and 1970s coming in fairly equally with 13%, 14% and 12%. This might lead a casual reader to conclude that the people polled were all of a certain age, but it seems to be an evenly held opinion. Of people aged 18-29, 39% voted for the 2010s, while the figure for the over 30s was 43%, which indicates most of the fun is in digging up old songs, rather than keeping up with the new. 5. Music lyrics are simpler and more repetitive a sterling 2017 report by Daniel Morris on repetition in pop lyrics suggests that hit songs are getting closer and closer to a one-word lyric sheet. The Lempel-Ziv algorithm is a lossless way to compress data, by taking out repetitions, and Morris used it as a tool to examine 15,000 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 from 1958 to 2014, reducing their lyrics down to their smallest size without losing any data, and comparing their relative sizes. He found two very interesting things. The first was that in every year of study, the songs that reached the Top 10 were more repetitive than their competition. The second is that pop has become more repetitive over time, as Morris points out: "2014 is the most repetitive year on record. An average song from this year compresses 22% more efficiently than one from 1960."
  3. The scoop from Portland: Let's first talk about the Portland Beavers, their AAA club. In 2009, Portland had the Beavers, a AAA affiliate that played in PGE Park. Portland was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in the Portland Timbers. MLS has strict requirements on field dimensions which usually prevent MLS teams from playing in baseball stadiums. $31 million was spent to renovate PGE Park to convert it into a soccer field, which meant the venue could no longer be used by the Beavers for baseball in 2011. The Beavers needed to find a new venue. There were rumors of perhaps tearing down Portland's Memorial Coliseum and building a new AAA park there, or building something in the Rose Quarter, or perhaps in Lents Park. Instead, absolutely nothing was done. With no place to play baseball, the owner of the Beavers sold the team in 2010 and the new ownership moved the Beavers to Tuscon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Beavers_Ballpark Enter the Portland Diamond Project. The Diamond Project is a plan to construct a new 32,000 seat MLB-ready ballpark in Portland. It is set to be built in Terminal 2 of the Port of Portland, a major shipping port on the Williamette River and will overlook the port and river. It will have a retractable roof (pictures are in the next link). Paying for the venue is an issue. Currently the group has access to $150 million in public funds that was set aside in 2003 when the city was trying to lure the Expos to Portland. They also have major investors lined up including QB Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and his wife, Grammy award winning singer Ciara. The goal is have the stadium built and team in place by 2022. https://patch.com/oregon/portland/portland-baseball-stadium-closer-diamond-project-strikes-deal https://ballparkdigest.com/2018/11/29/portland-diamond-project-unveil-ballpark-site-renderings/ The scoop from Montreal: The ownership group known as the Montreal Group is currently eyeing the Peel Basin area as a site for a new MLB ballpark. Montreal mayor Valerie Plante has not seen a business plan from the group and talks are still in preliminary stages, but the interest and money is there. https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/02/14/site-emerging-for-new-montreal-mlb-ballpark/ The scoop from Nashville: Businessman John Loar heads a group seeking to bring MLB to Nashville. Tony La Russa (former MLB manager with the Cardinals and As) is a big promoter of this. No business plans are available. The city current has the NFL Titans, the NHL Predators, an expansion MLS team coming online, and in 2015 they just built a new baseball stadium for the AAA Nashville Sounds. The Sounds are a very successful minor league team and their stadium cannot be expanded to meet MLB requirements, so a brand new one would have to be built. https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/01/30/la-russa-mlb-could-succeed-in-nashville/ MLB comissioner Bob Manfred has said that the league wishes to expand to 32 teams soon, so neither city is likely to get a current team to move there. At this point, it feels like MLB will plant new expansion teams in Portland and Montreal, and Nashville is set to act as a backup in case 1 of those cities fail to deliver.
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    Batwoman trailer. Cringe level 10/10

    Its doesnt look like a TV show but more like a sermon on liberal theology.
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    Headscratcher: MeeeeToooo Backfiring

    The rules surrounding divorce and being brought to your workplace. You get a divorce and the judge may take half your stuff and give it to your ex. You don't get to see your kids either. Perhaps eventually, if you upset a woman in the workplace, the government will take half your stuff and give it to her as compensation and then take your kids away too. One thing to remember is all of these gender studies degrees and diversity degrees imply that people need to make a CAREER out of those choices. They become a PERMANENT facet of everyday life. That means there must ALWAYS be another injustice around the next corner to justify their salaries. At no point can they ever SOLVE gender issues or diversity issues, because at that point their degrees are useless. This is forever and will keep getting more complex and more engrained. This isn't progress. This is a cash grab hiding behind a cloak of social justice. The only real solution is therefore to eliminate these degrees today before such infrastructure gets worse.
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    Your new Batman is - Robert Pattinson?

    Christian Bale was born in Wales.
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    Insurrection Act: Trump to use against illegal aliens?

    Sanctuary cities could also be considered an act of insurrection.
  8. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/robert-pattinson-frontrunner-play-batman-1211604 He starred as the male lead in the Twilight Saga alongside Kristen Stewart. It makes sense as he should appeal to a younger audience and has credibility playing a dark brooding character. Kristen Stewart herself could probably do Batgirl for this generation, but that's just my speculation. Pattinson was heavily criticized for poor acting in the Twilight Saga films, but later he said even he hated those films. Pattinson was given strongly positive reviews for his acting in Good Time (2017). However, we will see what quality of script he gets (if he indeed becomes the Batman). While the choice may get panned at first, it may work out. Christian Bale was not warmly received because they said he was too skinny to play the role but he bulked up and Pattinson is also skinny but could also bulk up. Heath Ledger was ridiculed at first as a choice for the Joker. Nicholas Hoult is also a top contender for the role. He played Hank McCoy / Beast in the X-Men reboot starting with First Class.
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    So whats with all the hulabaloo about abortion?

    Michael J Fox is allowed to go on TV without medication and shake from Parkinsons to shock people into taking his side. Or the media will show shocking and awful pictures and film clips of war to shock people into taking their side. But what you cannot do is show a baby being aborted (because that would also shock people into changing their minds). But if the democrats thought they could gain votes from it, they would immediately run clips of abortions on every daytime talk show and plaster it all over youtube and tell America that it is "required viewing to understand our plight". The sick truth is they don't care about abortions either way. They don't care about the lives of the mother or the baby. They just view them as pawns to win votes.
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    So whats with all the hulabaloo about abortion?

    If the democrats nominate a man, they will need to boost the abortion issue to keep women from voting republican. And right now, the top 2 democrats are men.
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    Barr opens investigation into spying

    If you wanted to push the democrats into rioting in the streets, threatening to put obama in prison might be the most effective strategy. They hero worship him.
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    Barr opens investigation into spying

    This could be heading towards finding obama guilty of spying on trump in 2016. What is the move then? Life in prison for obama?
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    Barr opens investigation into spying

    I just cannot think of any investigation that had no big fish at the end of it before. Whitewater had Bill Clinton. Iran-Contra had Reagan. Watergate had Nixon. Without a big fish at the end, I think you run a real risk of the public getting very fatigued with the story and eventually they will want it to just go away.
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    Barr opens investigation into spying

    What makes this investigation into the Russia investigation so interesting is that there doesn't seem to be a "big fish" at the end of it. Obama is basically out of politics. Hillary is an old woman that will probably die of natural causes in 10 years. I can't see Biden winning the nomination so even if they find something on him, it doesn't matter politically and Biden is probably dead of natural causes in 10 years as well. So where is this going?