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    President Trump

    Let me see if I can paint you a clear picture. "What" he chooses to lie about isn't nearly as important as the fact that he does! Concepts like personal credibility, moral obligation & honesty are completely beyond his ability, or desire to comprehend. He say's whatever he wants, whenever he wants to say it...without a care in the world for the damage it inflicts or the people it may hurt. I believe him to be incapable of sincere concern for anyone other than himself & question whether he has ever placed the needs of a single human being above his own. I can honestly say that he is the single most despicable human being I've ever been exposed to...but somehow we chose to place him in charge of one of the most powerful nations in the world. Now do you "get it"? For me at least, it's never over a single action. It's about who he is & the fact that he wears it like some frikkin' badge of courage. I despised the guy before he ever entered the political area...it's hard for me to accurately describe how I feel about him now. But for your benefit, I gave it a shot. Tom Sorry, forgot to add....let's hear it for Free Speech!!! Hip, hip hooray!!!!!
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    President Trump

    Yep, but IMHO all that pales in comparison to one fact. He publicly stated that it could NOT be done through executive order, then turned right around a week later and did exactly that! 'nuf said...at least by me it is. Tom
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    President Trump

    His publicly declared stance last week - when it came to keeping migrant families together, "you can't do it through executive order" And today's breaking news - Source article - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-says-he-ll-sign-order-stopping-separation-families-border-n885061
  4. If you read down a bit, you'll find this statement, which I find particularly alarming since student debt is perched at an all time high - "rising default levels on consumer and student loans could lead to big losses in the swaps market, similar to what happened a decade ago in the mortgage market." Oh Joy...Deja Vu all over again Source - https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621543525/big-banks-are-once-again-taking-risks-with-complex-financial-trades-report-says
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    A Non-Trumpian Topic For Us To Ponder

    Unfortunately no! But there is desire to further DEregulate...some of which is already in the works. ...which is why these 2 photos have graced my Facebook profile page for more than a year now, along with the following statement - Tom
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    Guns anyone?

    Ran across this article on Google News...figured I'd share. "Over 550 guns seized from the home of a felon in Southern California" - https://abcnews.go.com/US/550-guns-seized-home-felon-southern-california/story?id=55994959 Quite the avid collector ! FYI although this is excessive, it's by no means an isolated case. A few years ago, following a 2-hour standoff with SWAT, one of my neighbors (3 doors down, opposite side of the street) was found to have approx. 375 weapons in his home. He would have continued to go un-noticed had he not decided to bolt out his front door at 11 PM, armed with a semi-automatic, clad in only his underwear...to chase an 11 year-old neighbor boy who had leaned up against the trailered boat he stored in his driveway. Middle-aged white guy (early 50's), if anyone's wondering...neighbor was of Middle Eastern decent. Takes all kinds I guess!
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    Guns anyone?

    Article actually mentions that he fancied himself a collector
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    Guns anyone?

    I imagine they're in there somewhere...perhaps in that rack on the left?
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    Sorry Barney...my intent wasn't "to mock" anyone's remains. It was to mock the fact that you see that as an indicator of positive results from the summit. I do not! I see it as a superficial gesture...one of many thus far. As I said previously, I prefer to wait for measurable, verifiable results before congratulating us on a job well done. That's my take on things...you are certainly entitled to your own interpretation of events. Tom
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    Yep ! Nothing says good will quite like the return of 1/2 century old misc. body-parts I hope you're right Barney, but I am reserving my judgement until I see some more measurable, verifiable results. Tom
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    Best Movies Related to Music

    Here are a couple more I'd recommend. "Standing In the Shadows of Motown" (2002) "Respect Yourself" (The Stax Records Story-2007) Tom
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    Best Movies Related to Music

    I enjoyed "Almost Famous" ...felt they did a good job with it! đź‘Ť Yeah, it was kinda cheesy in parts, but I enjoyed it...in part because it was based in an era I could easily relate to. Tom
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    The Urban Dictionary lists that as their top definition Barney. Several members have used the term frequently to refer to people they don't particularly like, but seriously...who comes closer to fitting that description...you or I ? Tom
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    Absolutely Barney! Matter of fact, that's what they're known for...fair & balanced propagation of the right wing agenda. Source - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News
  15. Live recording, mid-70's...a 2/12 minute trip down memory lane "Hows" & "whys" are explained in the video. Tom
  16. "Spotify gets almost all of its music by cutting deals with the music labels, which have cut their own deals with musicians. Now it is starting to cut out the middle man. Per Billboard, Spotify has started licensing some songs directly from artists and their managers, paying advances of “several hundred thousand dollars” for a collection of tracks." Article link - https://www.recode.net/2018/6/8/17441544/spotify-daniel-ek-direct-deal-music-labels
  17. No problem Mike....the check is in the mail
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    Thank God....I feel so much better now! Source - https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/politics/trump-north-korea-nuclear-threat/index.html BTW - you may not care for this particular source, but I remind you...the headline is based on the man's public declaration (via Twitter), not someone's opinion.
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    ...appreciate you sharing that! I passed it on via Facebook. Although I do find it humorous, I also find it incredibly pathetic. The fact that we readily accept partisan talking points as legitimate news is beyond my ability to comprehend. God help us!
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    Online Credibility

    In this age of FREE advice, suggestions & web tutorials, how does one go about differentiating the credible from the questionable…the legitimate from the bogus? “The internet is full of bad advice & information”. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, it’s true! Our online world has more than its’ share of misdirection & incompetence…some deliberate, some not. So, what’s a poor site surfing seeker of information to do? My suggestion is simple. We need to become more discriminating consumers. How do we accomplish that? By forcing ourselves to examine & evaluate the sources of our information? Anonymity is one of the biggest advantages to operating online. It’s also one of the biggest obstacles to the validation of information. As long as you talk a good game, you can masquerade as whoever or whatever you chose. And while there are valid reasons for masking online identity, there are just as many questionable ones. That being the case, I propose that internet trust be earned, not given indiscriminately. For musician/songwriters, the web is a useful tool. Forums like this one provide an environment for people with similar interests to learn and interact. But they also serve as a breeding ground for posers. It takes a while to figure out who’s legitimate & who’s not, but that’s a necessary part of the process. So, how does one go about verifying online credibility? Hopefully, the individual in question has made that a simple process. I’ll use myself as an example. I have little need or desire to mask my internet persona. In a nutshell, what you see is what you get! My name is Tom Hoffman…I chose the member-name “tunesmithth” because my primary website is tune-smith.com & my initials are TH. I deliberately avoid exaggerating my musical credentials. What credentials I do claim, are easily verified. The “About Me” section of my member profile is detailed & publicly available. It contains both member name & real name, as does my “Tips & Tidbits” blog. It also provides a link to the Metro St. Louis Historical Site http://www.stlmusicyesterdays.com/Nickels.htm. You’ll find my name listed near the top. My member signature, which displays at the bottom of every post, includes 4 links….3 YouTube channels + Tune-Smith.com. Accessing those links, pages & blog gives you access to original mp3s, drum tutorials, guitar & drum demonstrations, music videos, an “Arrangement 101” playlist, published articles, photos, etc. The Library of Congress website is searchable by title (*Songs by TEH), or registrant name. Either will yield a history of copyright registrations for Tom Hoffman...a matter of public record. What I never volunteer is exact date of birth, where I went to school, political preference, religious affiliation, etc. The only ones who benefit from data like that are Identity thieves, data collection entities, marketing firms & special interest groups. So, given that I’ve provided all the resources necessary to assess my musical qualifications, does that mean you should trust my advice implicitly? In a word, NO! But it does mean that I’ve done my part. All I can do is make the information available. It’s your responsibility to research, evaluate & decide who to place your trust in! No one can do it for you and you shouldn’t want them to! When it comes to my own online interactions, I operate by a simple rule. Unless you’ve done your part, I’ll probably disregard your advice. Sorry, but if I can’t verify that you’re qualified to offer me the advice, I won’t be taking it seriously! I’ll probably respond courteously, thanking you for your insights. I simply won’t act on them! Why would I? If you’re a relative stranger and you haven’t bothered to provide some sort of qualifying credentials, how would you expect anyone to take you seriously? In fact, shame on anyone who does! So where does that leave the individual who’s determined to maintain online anonymity? As I mentioned earlier, there are legitimate reasons for choosing to do so. But, those reasons don’t outweigh our need to verify. Bottom line…if people aren’t in a position to supply something, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously. Life’s a trade-off! People who truly have the need to operate anonymously should be willing to recognize the limitations imposed by that. Fair or not, I simply don’t know a better way. *Please refer to member comments below for case-in-point. Tom Hoffman
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    According to the North Koreans, yeah...a hell of a deal ! So I guess in the end it comes down to what it always comes down to...who's version you choose to believe. Source - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/world/asia/trump-kim-summit-north-korea.html Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/06/12/north-korea-says-nuclear-dismantling-a-step-by-step-process-with-u-s-rewards-along-the-way/?utm_term=.1af45aa3433b Source - https://www.npr.org/2018/06/13/619464740/north-koreas-media-touts-trump-concessions-you-won-t-find-in-the-joint-statement Source - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-keypeople/ex-spy-or-genteel-diplomat-north-koreas-choices-for-nuclear-talks-with-pompeo-idUSKBN1J919L
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    Better add these to your list I guess. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/opinion/trump-made-kim-a-movie-trailer-we-made-it-better.html https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/trump-north-korea-human-rights-642336 https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-sensational-idiocy-of-donald-trumps-propaganda-video-for-kim-jong-un https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/singapore-summit-kim-jong-un/562625/
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    Is there a North Korean deal

    In the spirit of keeping this discussion "Real World" guys , this historic event does have its' share of legitimate dissenters. Source - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/world/asia/north-korea-summit.html Source - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa/trump-in-surprise-summit-move-says-he-will-halt-korea-war-games-idUSKBN1J821H Source - https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/12/asia/kim-trump-success-for-north-korea-intl/index.html Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-singapore-summit-was-a-victory-for-kim-jong-un/2018/06/12/3731e970-6e44-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html?utm_term=.895a13937990
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    (Another music video) OXIDANE - MS. UNDINE

    Very cool...soundtrack's an excellent match for the visuals ! Tom
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    May Song Contest

    Congrats to the winners! My top 3 - 8 1/2 - The Night Lingers On - ScenesFromPalacio 8 1/2 - Child of the Radio – Oswlek 7 1/2 - Bring Me Home - GocartMoz
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