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Jim the Oldbie

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Well, she heard a lot of Jethro Tull, let's put it that way... :whistle:

Actually Ma was pretty tolerant of all the crazy shit we kids were listening to at home. Stand Up was the first LP I ever bought. (Fifty years later, it's one of my very favorite surround albums.) My sister liked them too - in fact, she was nearly crushed to death getting into a Tull concert back in the day - so yeah, Ma knew all those old Jethro Tull albums... :smokin
 

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Mason Proffit - Two Hangman

As I rode into Tombstone on my horse, his name was Mack
I saw what I'll relate to you, going on behind my back
It seems the folks were up-in-arms, a man now had to die
For believing things that didn't fit, the laws they'd set aside
The mans name was "I'm a Freak". the best that could see
He was the executioner, a hangman just like me
I geuss he'd seen loopholes from working with his rope
He'd hung the wrong man many times, so now he turned to hope
He talked to all the people from his scaffold in the square
He told them of the things he found, but they didn't seem to care
He said the laws were obsolete, a change they should demand
But the people only walked away, he couldn't understand
The marshals name was "Uncle Sam", he said he'd right this wrong
He'd make the hangman shut his mouth, if it took him all day long
He finally arrested Freak, and then he sent for me
To hang a fellow hangman, from a fellow hangmans tree
It didn't take them long to try him in their court of law
He was guilty then of "Thinking", a crime much worse than all
They sentenced him to die, so his seed of thought can't spread
And infect the little children, that's what the law had said
So the hangin' day came 'round, and he walked up to the noose
I pulled the lever, but before he fell I cut him lose
They called it a conspiracy, and that I had to die
So to close our mouths and kill our minds, they hung us side-by-side
And now we're two hangmen, hangin' from a tree
That don't bother me, at all
Two hangmen, hangin' from a tree
That don't bother me, at all
(Same all the way to the end)
 

Jim the Oldbie

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Mason Proffit played a concert in our high school gym back in '71 or 2 - quite a coup for our straight-laced catholic school. Pretty much everyone in there (with the exception of several overwhelmed, seething faculty members) was high on one thing or another - including the band.

As they closed the show with "Two Hangmen," the lead singer was so baked he forgot the words. The front row of punters had to sing his own song to him, eventually returning him to straight & level flight.

(Sigh.) Gotta love the '70s...
 
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Mason Proffit played a concert in our high school gym back in '71 or 2 - quite a coup for our straight-laced catholic school. Pretty much everyone in there, with the exception of several overwhelmed, seething faculty members, was high on one thing or another - including the band.

As they closed the show with "Two Hangmen," the lead singer was so baked he forgot the words. The front row of punters had to sing his song to him, eventually returning him to straight & level flight.

(Sigh.)
awesome story!
 

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In today’s “Cancel Culture” it’s easy to get yourself banned for life from boards and businesses over next to nothing. I blame our snowflake youth for believing we can shame and ban our way to a utopian society. It’s one of many ways we've all been headed the wrong way for some time. Here’s hoping recent events will effectively press the big red Reset button.
Here's my take, and one problem I try to sidestep is insisting that I have the only right answer, for obvious reasons: There's "snowflake culture" in every demographic, including those of age, gender, race and virtually every ideological nook and cranny. The problem is with perceptions of reality of the self-conscious Human animal. "Fine for me, but not for thee" is just a "self-consciousness" eccentric side-effect of what Einstein referred to as there being "no privileged reference point" in the Universe. (I'm setting aside quantum mechanics for the purpose of this discussion.) No two people can (existentially speaking) occupy the same space at the same time. Therefore, one person's perception of virtually anything is necessarily not the same as almost anyone else's. (*Poof*-politics is born. "Yay.") In pre-technological times, Western Religion influenced cultures couched it in subjective, non-scientific terms like "original sin". You could rename ideologies the "Why not? Let's try it and find out!" and the "Not with my material wherewithal, I'm a pragmatist" gangs and the same food-fights would break out. The cultural/economic cleavages would eventually settle out somewhat similarly. It may, ideally, reinforce the idea that "Live and let live" should be everyone's default course setting. Until, of course, perversity of circumstance leads all of us to happening (simultaneously) upon a hitherto undiscovered multi-track master tape of a hitherto unreleased Beatles session languishing in a thrift shop somewhere since having fallen off of George Martin's moving van 40 years ago. :- ) It's the price of admission for living in a material, four-dimensional existence. (Cue: Rod Serling overdubbed/Marius Constant Music cue. Or failing that, Frank Zappa's "Dumb All Over"...) YMMV.
 
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Here's my take, and one problem I try to sidestep is insisting that I have the only right answer, for obvious reasons: There's "snowflake culture" in every demographic, including those of age, gender, race and virtually every ideological nook and cranny. The problem is with the self-perceptions of reality of the self-conscious Human animal. "Fine for me, but not for thee" is just a "self-consciousness" eccentric side-effect of what Einstein referred to as there being "no privileged reference point" in the Universe. (I'm setting aside quantum mechanics for the purpose of this discussion.) No two people can (existentially speaking) occupy the same space at the same time. Therefore, one person's perception of virtually anything is necessarily not the same as almost anyone else's. (*Poof*-politics is born. "Yay.") In pre-technological times, Western Religion influenced cultures couched it in subjective, non-scientific terms like "original sin". You could rename ideologies the "Why not? Let's try it and find out!" and the "Not with my material wherewithal, I'm a pragmatist" gangs and the same food-fights would break out. The cultural/economic cleavages would eventually settle out somewhat similarly. It may, ideally, reinforce the idea that "Live and let live" should be everyone's default course setting. Until, of course, perversity of circumstance leads all of us to happening (simultaneously) upon a hitherto undiscovered multi-track master tape of a hitherto unreleased Beatles session languishing in a thrift shop somewhere since having fallen off of George Martin's moving van 40 years ago. :- ) It's the price of admission for existing in a material, four-dimensional existence. (Cue: Rod Serling overdubbed/Marius Constant Music cue. Or failing that, Frank Zappa's "Dumb All Over"...) YMMV.
I bet you feel a whole lot better for getting that life perspective off your chest!!... :)
 

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I bet you feel a whole lot better for getting that life perspective off your chest!!... :)
I don't feel worse, but neither should anyone else. Being philosophically aware isn't a panacea either. The best any of us appear to be able to hope for is "thoughtfulness" slows our reaction time just long enough to avoid doing the "dumbest" of "dumb stuff" before we have time to think about the consequences first. ;)
 

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I don't feel worse, but neither should anyone else. Being philosophically aware isn't a panacea either. The best any of us appear to be able to hope for is "thoughtfulness" slows our reaction time just long enough to avoid doing the "dumbest" of "dumb stuff" before we have time to think about the consequences first. ;)
Never a truer word spoken Quadly ... :) (y)
Good to see this thread is heading towards highbrow posts!!!

Too much frivolity I reckon...;):)
 

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And then there's the issue of of threads going off-topic, which is what caused this whole kerfluffle. This happens multiple times a day on threads across just about every sub-forum here - it's my personal belief from observing some of the posts that have been deleted by the mods over the last year or two that there are many, many users who are fully aware that posts that are grossly off-topic will be deleted, and so they post them (jokes, memes, pictures, etc.) in the full knowledge that they're going to be deleted, but maybe not realising that someone has to take some time out of their day to make this happen. Like I said, this is endemic across the forum, and even in light of that, the mods do their work with what I think is a light hand - they just remove what needs removing, they don't chide the offending posters in public (or private), nor do they ban repeat offenders or anything else similarly heavy handed. For people who use this site as an informational resource, the reason that information (like poll threads, for example) is readily available is because the mods have worked hard to keep it tidy.

I had a look at the removed thread in question in the moderator forum and I believe that the mod who removed it did so because it had digressed to the point that almost the last two pages of it (even after some posts had been pruned) bore no relevance to the intent of Jon's original post, which was to discuss the covid quarantine and what music people were listening to during it - it was all just (in my opinion, sorry) silly banter and picture memes. As Tim said, moderation isn't an exact science, and occasionally mods will do things you don't like, or even get things wrong (except for me, of course). Could the moderation here be a little bit more transparent in its operation? Sure. But by the same token, I think the userbase could probably be more mindful of roughly staying within the topical parameters of threads - treat the original post of a thread as an informal set of "rules" for what's allowed and ask yourself whether what you're posting is adding to the discourse. What's important to remember is that there's no 'Us' and 'Them' here, the's just 'We', as in "we are all on the same team."
The last 3 pages of this very thread have post after post of nothing related to the original topic. Mostly jokes and silly comments about bear anatomy. Why isn't the mod squad policing this thread like they supposedly are doing with all the others?
 

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I read the first page, and not all five pages, but whatever was pulled was done by the mod/admin that was here before the change. I try to stay out of that stuff as what you may know is a joke I may see as an insult due to not knowing the background. So, please don't just say "it's a business" , it's still QQ and still has the same content outlook and the same people judging it and taking action.
 

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Mason Proffit played a concert in our high school gym back in '71 or 2 - quite a coup for our straight-laced catholic school. Pretty much everyone in there (with the exception of several overwhelmed, seething faculty members) was high on one thing or another - including the band.

As they closed the show with "Two Hangmen," the lead singer was so baked he forgot the words. The front row of punters had to sing his own song to him, eventually returning him to straight & level flight.

(Sigh.) Gotta love the '70s...
Classic story Jim!!

In 7th grade I tricked one of the nun's into playing Stairway To Heaven for music appreciation class...it was all good until Page started ripping...the next sound was the needle scratch as the lp was yanked from the TT...I recall a trip to the principal's office after that...too late, the damage had been done, I just played a Zep record in class! Victory, LOL :ROFLMAO:
 

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That has got me thinking about the number of times I was 'escorted' out of the Catholic Girls School by the chief penguin (I was 17-ish) and the girls of the same age were penned in a block with tiny windows, so the only entrance to it was along a corridor past the headmistress's office which had floor to ceiling windows so she could observe. So you'd yell hello, the girls would distract the penguin by going and asking some theological question and you'd be smuggled in for a coffee. Oh the fun of being young! :devilish:
 
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