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    [–] When did the American public realize how manipulative/dishonest Nixon was? Did most know before Watergate? Was it considered par for the course in American politics? macemillion 1 points ago in history

    Ah I can see that, I didn't think of the Irish Catholic angle. Other than that, your parents sound a lot like my grandparents. They weren't atheists but they weren't religious by today's standards. They were conservative but they cared about science, the environment, minority rights, etc. Of course back then the two parties weren't so different, and you had conservative democrats and liberal republicans.

    [–] Sanders spokeswoman: We saw the consequences of a 'hold your nose candidate' in 2016 macemillion 1 points ago in politics

    I think it really depends on hindsight. Before the election when I was sure Hillary was going to win I really was disgusted with myself for voting for her, but I knew I'd be even more disgusted if Trump won and I didn't vote for her. In hindsight after Trump's victory the vote for Hillary doesn't seem nearly so gross.

    [–] When did the American public realize how manipulative/dishonest Nixon was? Did most know before Watergate? Was it considered par for the course in American politics? macemillion 1 points ago * (lasted edited an hour ago) in history

    Very interesting, thank you. Would you say your parents tended to go with the flow and vote for whoever was more popular or was there a particular ideological reason for it? Kennedy to Nixon was a pretty big shift for my grandparents.

    [–] Billionaires should not exist macemillion 31 points ago in worldpolitics

    As long as people are living in poverty there's no reason for billionaires to exist, but what's really sad is that we could fix world poverty and climate change and they'd STILL be billionaires, they really have that much money. It's obscene.

    [–] any advice for a new drummer? macemillion 4 points ago in Drumming

    You're burying your stick in the drum head which will kill its resonance and will lead to poor technique and perhaps even tendinitis later. You need the stick to rebound. Look up some videos on youtube, a lot of great players talk about proper stick technique but Dave Weckl has some particularly good exercises for it.

    [–] When did the American public realize how manipulative/dishonest Nixon was? Did most know before Watergate? Was it considered par for the course in American politics? macemillion 1 points ago in history

    Thanks, just curious. My grandparents were registered republicans but that was back when people weren't quite so polarized so I know they voted for a few democrats in their time too. I honestly don't know if they voted for nixon or not but I know he wasn't popular with them either. They had a drawer full of old campaign pins and they had a lot of Eisenhower stuff but I think they liked Jimmy Carter. In hindsight I understand why you might not be a fan of the Kennedys.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion 1 points ago in pics

    I must also thank you for responding with civility and engaging in a real discussion. Even though I'm not sure what to think of the issue now, I will continue to learn about it and maybe one day I'll lean more to one side or the other on it. At least we can agree on nascar - that shit puts me to sleep faster than counting sheep!

    [–] Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) [pop] macemillion 1 points ago in Music

    Goddamn the 80s were the golden age of pop music.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion 0 points ago in pics

    Specifics matter, so do you mean if I could personally save more lives with my guitar, or if guitars in general had the potential to save lives? I think I understand where you're going with that but I don't think that's a very good way to frame the argument in the context of the whole "guns don't kill people, people kill people" argument. If guns don't kill people then they don't save people either, and let's be real: even if a gun could allow someone to save people, the gun itself is only designed to kill. It's like ambulances: I don't think it would be reasonable to be against them at all but I do think it might be reasonable to be against different kinds of cars that aren't designed for that function, but then again I'm not sure and that's what I'm trying to get at. People on both sides of this argument are SO DAMN SURE of themselves and that they couldn't possibly be wrong. I'm just saying I don't know what the best course of action is, and it's ok not to know.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion 1 points ago in pics

    I hear you and get all of that, I've heard all of it before and it's not that I disagree with it, it's the veracity of belief in it that I don't understand. I have a degree in history with a minor in political science, I spent a lot of time in school studying the 2nd amendment. I understand the arguments for guns AND against guns, and after all of the years of research and reading stats and listening to both sides I can honestly say that I don't know what the best course of action is, it seems like there are pros and cons either way. I don't understand completely anti-gun people in the same way. I don't feel like I'm an expert enough after studying the issue for years, so from my perspective it seems like everyone on both sides is way too cocksure about it.

    [–] This is a show made by a small you tuber where he asks random people on the Subway to finish song lyrics he encountered this woman one blessed day. macemillion 1 points ago in nextfuckinglevel

    Also it takes a lot more than talent and dedication to be a successful musician. It’s a little different in the past few years being that the internet is flooded with people who have no talent but who market themselves endlessly. It used to be in order to be a famous musician you had to be like 60% talent, 40% beauty and you had some marketing people push you. Now with YouTube and shit you can be a (relatively famous) musician with 10% talent, 40% beauty and 50% personal marketing skills.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion -2 points ago in pics

    Why? I am just trying to think of something else to compare it to in my life but I really can't. I love playing guitar but if someone said that by taking my guitars away it would potentially save even 1 life I'd be like yeah sure why not? It's not the sentiment I don't understand, it's just the level of interest I suppose. I don't think I care about anything the way some people care about their guns, except maybe my friends and family.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion 0 points ago in pics

    Well to be honest, if the economy wouldn't completely collapse I'd say there are plenty of people out there who shouldn't be able to own cars, but that aside I was unaware that any presidential candidate was calling for preventing people from purchasing new guns.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion -4 points ago in pics

    What is the deal with people being so pro-gun? I understand the people who are super anti-gun because they had family members gunned down, kind of like how people who have had family members killed by distracted drivers are really against that, but was there a situation you were in where you'd have been killed except a gun saved you or something? I get why you wouldn't be anti-gun, I understand the argument for having them, but to me it's like cars: I like having a car, I like to use it to get from point a to point b, and life would even kind of suck without one. That being said, I don't think about cars when I'm not driving them, I don't care what it looks like or what model it is, it's just a tool to me. Some people really love their guns too, and coincidentally it seems to be a lot of the same people who really love cars. Seems like so many people need to be either for or against something but it's ok not to have an opinion or not really care one way or another.

    [–] Bernie Sanders picking up trash at Battery Park in 1981. macemillion -4 points ago in pics

    Trump would throw the trash there but not even bother to pretend to pick it up.

    [–] Played Hardwired a bit speeded up so the video isn't too long. Self taught for a few months. Can someone give me some feedback on my playing? macemillion 3 points ago in guitarlessons

    Might just look weird to me, but if it feels good to you then more power to you. I only mentioned it because you asked for feedback, and if I could go back and do it all over again I'd hold the pick completely different than I learned to. Since you've only been playing a few months you can still break any bad habits you might be forming.

    [–] Played Hardwired a bit speeded up so the video isn't too long. Self taught for a few months. Can someone give me some feedback on my playing? macemillion 12 points ago in guitarlessons

    Your picking style looks awkward and uncomfortable. You're using a lot of the entire forearm when you could just be using your wrist, and the way you're holding your fingers out like that on your picking hand looks like you have a lot of tension in your hand.