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  1. Thank you for saying this. That's not meant as a diss to those who feel differently. Being respectful to those who have died and those suffering doesn't mean we turn our brains off. Everyone said the same thing on 9/11. But as I sat there waiting to hear if my colleagues and friends were alive and trying to get through to my family, not knowing what the fuck was going on, I knew that a deeper conversation about our foreign policy had to happen. Luckily, I was with an older British executive who had a sophisticated understanding of the world and assured me my thoughts weren't unpatrioti
  2. You don't need a car at all in NYC or a driver's license. As for going outside of the city - trains, taxis, and car services galore. Lots of others, too- Ricky Gervais, Albert Einstein, Henry Rollins, Ray Bradbury, Tina Fey, David Sedaris, Barbara Walters, etc.
  3. He killed his father first and then went to kill his mother. Walter I know. My sister is a school psychologist in Phoenix. The number of times her school has been locked down because of threatened violence is horrific.
  4. There isn't any control or limitation or denial - that's the issue! Yes, the country with the highest incarceration rate is proof that criminal control laws work. I guess Americans are just more violent and more criminal than any other nationality.
  5. We are the most heavily armed society in the world and it hasn't stopped shit. It's only increased the violence. (90 guns per 100 people. Source: Reuters)
  6. Yes, statistically that's true but you're overlooking the every day gun violence in this country that is also part of the argument for gun control. If only the politicians would - they have no courage to do so. But the NRA certainly will with the "if a citizen had a gun they would have stopped..." Every day gun violence is another issue and another discussion. But yes as I noted above, every human being has the capacity for evil so making it easy to get guns doesn't help with every day gun violence either. Mental illness is not an excuse or a justification for the frequenc
  7. Mental illness isn't an excuse nor is it ridiculous. It's a sad and horrible reality. Maybe you've never known anyone with paranoid schizophrenia but you might think differently if you had. Strict gun laws not a lack of incidence of mental illness have more to do with low homicidal rates in other countries. Every human being has the capacity to be evil - so yes, it could also be the case. Here's a timeline of Mass Shootings -just one type of gun violence in the US - since 1982. 61 of them. So you're right hecube, it's not going to stop. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201
  8. It keeps happening here because it's too easy to get a gun and we don't know how to treat mental illness effectively. The profile is almost always men with paranoid schizophrenia who have easy access to guns. It wouldn't be "mass" without that method. Guns will never be outlawed in the US. Too many coward politicians afraid to go against the NRA and too many people who believe owning a gun is a human right. And we're too afraid as a country to discuss mental illness with any level of sophistication or empathy.
  9. I like what you wrote. I am enjoying this thread because it's nice to see so many well-stated opinions - like a book club without the drama. Finding a honest friend isn't easy - even more difficult with fame, wealth, and power in the picture. That's one of the things Hoksyns notes in his interview - there was no around to say, "Dude, enough already," when things got out of control and the drugs compounded everything. Enablers always find someone to enable. I can't imagine being surrounded by people who just want to kiss my ass but I guess that's part of the price of that kind of life. One o
  10. Thanks, Walter! Yes, I agree. But even when they do ask tough questions (as Fricke implies in RS), Jimmy just says, "I'm not going to tell you." Which as I've previously said makes me laugh. I think Tolinksi even alludes to those kinds of situations in his book. So few celebrities create ANY boundaries these days it's refreshing that someone still does.
  11. TONGUE-IN-CHEEK = it's not meant to be taken as a serious review but something that would make most people chuckle.
  12. This is a very tongue-in-check (extra emphasis), very funny review for those who watched. http://www.vulture.com/2012/12/12.12.12-concert-rolling-stones-who-springsteen-classic-rock.html
  13. Again, great commentary! I have a soft spot for the Danelectro - I love how he plays it, how it sounds, and the songs he plays with it. No question there would be a clash (or something) of egos with all the guitar gods together on stage especially considering they were at fairly uncertain points in their careers. Most reviews on YouTube say Beck stole the show (MSG anyway) although Jimmy was the sentimental favorite. For Clapton, I'm sure seeing someone going through the same addiction wasn't easy either - not to mention whatever they experienced in their pasts. It sucks for me not to ha
  14. Thanks for sharing this. It's at odds with how some publications reported their interaction and also how many view the body language in some of the YouTube videos so it's good to hear from someone who experienced it close-up. Makes me like Clapton even more.
  15. I never thought I'd say this but that jam with McCartney and almost-Nirvana kicked ass.
  16. I knew I liked you guys for a reason! One of my best NYC moments is when they filmed a scene on my street. I've actually met Big Pussy. Ha. The best show ever.
  17. Rumors are floating about a Gimme Shelter at the end... so maybe they'll be back. Me, too! So good!
  18. Can you see this? if not, I will type it up for you. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/sandy-12-12-12-benefit-concert-live-blog/?smid=tw-nytimesmusic&seid=auto
  19. I will say - "Empire State of Mind" - whether you like her or not - has replaced "New York New York" as the unofficial anthem of the city. You hear it everywhere at the big moments. (New Year's Eve, as bar close up, games, etc.) I love both songs as they represent different things but that's no small accomplishment to replace Old Blue Eyes! It's cool to see so many oldies rocking the house! A friend of mine is there texting me- saying the sound is amazing.
  20. Please I need a drink! - I'm still reeling from Clapton - shit, I'm not even his biggest fan - but that was music.
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