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Guido Merkins

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  1. Well yeah. But since the anti vaxxers are giving a percentage making it seem like .5% isn't a huge number of deaths, I used the worst case scenario. If we had done nothing, I think it's reasonable over a million would have died. I can't prove it, but I suspect it's true. Over 600k and we've shut everything down for months and had the vaccine for over half a year
  2. I don't know if that number is right, but the way anti vaxxers act like .5% of people isn't a huge number of people is crazy. The flu doesn't kill CLOSE to that many people
  3. 1-2% of the US Population is 3-6 million deaths, I love how anti vaxxers love to give the "98.2%" survival rate, like that's even close to an acceptable outcome and they ACTUALLY think they are proving a point.
  4. My Catholic faith tells me that I should not be in favor of this, but I struggle with it. Especially since I know a couple who have adopted a child and they are a wonderful little family. I tend to think that two parents are better than one and if they happen to be the same sex, it's not ideal, but it's better than the alternative.
  5. The attaching of Trumps will by his followers with the will of God is, perhaps, the most infuriating thing about the Trump phenomenon. Like they are fighting a holy war or something....
  6. Here is Louisiana, the Governor is putting some mandates back. If only there were something we could all do to prevent the spread......
  7. As much as we might want to put people into red and blue boxes, I think the anti tax thing is across the political spectrum. But it drives me a little nuts the "There is a 98% chance you'll survive Covid crowd" when there is a 99.9998% chance that you'll have no issues with the vaccine, and they are choosing the 2% chance of death and they think they are making a point......
  8. Voter fraud....the Paul Is Dead for a new generation
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing One of my favorites on the album, And Your Bird Can Sing was extremely influential in southern rock and metal. Why?? If you listen closely to the guitar solo, Paul and George are playing a harmonized guitar solo which is a very common thing in hard rock and metal. Joe Walsh, not realizing that the solo was harmonized, learned how to play it on one guitar, so he’s probably the only person in the world that can do that. He had no idea that it was two people playing the solo until he became Ringo's brother in law. Early takes on And Your Bird Can Sing sound very much like the Byrds. If you listen to Anthology 2, you can hear this. They decided to go heavier, so you end up with the heavy guitars on the finished record. Paul’s bass is also amazing on this song. Also love the harmonies. As far as the lyrics, much speculation on that from John singing to Cynthia who didn’t get him, or Frank Sinatra’s “bird” that can get anything it wants. John hated the song thinking the lyrics were nonsense. The line about “seven wonders” could be referring to Paul being under the influence of pot thinking the key to existence was “7 levels”, whatever that means. This is one of the three songs that ended up on Yesterday and Today. I love the sound of this one. Especially the way the song just kind of jumps out of the speakers from the first moment and really doesn’t let go until the end. One of my favorites, and probably one of the most influential songs by the Beatles that many people do not know. Next......For No One
  10. Good Day Sunshine Whereas Side A of Revolver opens with some sneering and loud guitar, Side B opens with the happy, piano driven Paul song Good Day Sunshine. It seems that Paul was going after the same sort of ethos as Daydream by the Lovin’ Spoonful, an ode to a sunny day. Next to the other darker material, just like Yellow Submarine, it is a nice contrast. Recording for this one seems to have been relatively straight forward. There are no guitars on the track, which is unusual for a Beatles song. Paul plays piano except for the solo, played at half speed, played by George Martin. John said he may have thrown a line or two in, but it was mostly Paul’s song. My favorite bit is the end. It sort of ends like She Said She Said with the layered vocals on top of each other. An interesting effect. Other than that, there is really nothing else to say. Paul seems to like this one himself as he has played it often on tour. Next....And Your Bird Can Sing
  11. I saw a documentary about The Bee Gees the other day and they covered Disco Demolition Night. Disco Demolition Night/Disco backlash took place in the late 70s. Approx 15 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Disco was an art form that clearly came out of black, latino, and gay culture (just like rock n roll, actually). Combine that with all the social changes that were talking place, did white/straight people feel like they were "losing the country" so there was this extreme backlash that was clearly out of proportion? I mean, rock music wasn't going anywhere. Fast forward to January 6th. Obviously a much more dangerous situation, but similar circumstances. First black President. Lot of changes in society. Lots of new thoughts and discussions about rights and discrimination. Trump gets elected by basically rejecting all of that and giving white people/straight people permission to be angry. Then he gets hammered in the election and claims fraud and it just reinforces that we are "losing the country" so there is an even more extreme backlash. Just like in the 70s, white people aren't "losing the country." I mean, if white people are losing, who's winning? What do you think? If I gave somebody an idea for a doctoral thesis just now, you are welcome.
  12. I actually agree. She's actually representing the United States. In pro sorts, personally, I think they shouldn't even play the anthem. It has nothing to do with the sport. You want politics and sports to be separate, stop playing the anthem. But the Olympics is different. By it's nature, politics has always been involved so the anthem is gonna be played. I actually wouldn't have a problem is she had taken a knee. Turning her back on the flag, in an Olympic sport? Yeah, I don't think so. And I am somebody who totally agrees with what she is protesting. But in this case, not the way she's doing it and the stage she's doing it on
  13. She Said She Said It is well documented that John and George had started acid by this time. Their first time taking LSD, apparently their tea was spiked by their dentist at a party. In any event, from that time on, they developed a taste for it. They were at a party and Peter Fonda was there. This was before Easy Rider, so he really wasn’t a star yet. But he kept whispering in John’s ear “I know what it’s like to be dead” because apparently he had a near death experience. John, enjoying the party which was very 60s and girls everywhere didn’t want to know what it was like to be dead so he kept moving away from Fonda. But from this experience, John got the line to a song that he called He Said He Said at first, before changing it to a female saying the line “I know what it’s like to be dead.” This track is unique in that its one of the few that Paul McCartney seems to had very little to do with. In fact, George is the one that helped John put the track together. Neither Paul, George, or John ever said why this was the case. Paul said “maybe it was a fight in the studio and I just left.” It has been speculated that John and George were getting on Paul that day because he hadn’t taken acid yet, which they did do often, but that’s speculation. So either they don’t remember or they don’t want to say, but it’s one of the few Beatles recordings that Paul McCartney had nothing to do with. So without Paul, George and John worked on the track with George helping John meld together like 3 different songs. There are both 3/4 and 4/4 time on the recording when it switches from the main part of the song to the “when I was a boy…” part. George played bass (something that has been disputed, but it doesn’t sound like Paul to me) and both Lennon and George played those great fuzzed guitars. Ringo’s drumming on this song is some of the best of his career also in an unusually busy style for him. It does fit with the chaos of the recording, though. This is a very heavy recording. Every bit as heavy as anything in that period by The Who or anybody else. This would later become termed “acid rock”. Great song and a great way to end Side One of Revolver (if you are listening on vinyl). Next....Good Day Sunshine
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