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  1. 15 hours ago, dmway said:

    Well, watching the news today was a bit surreal (even by Trump-era standards).

    It is quite clear that Trump and his closest minions definitely had a plan in place to attempt to steal the presidency in place before the election - in his usual “subtle” way, he even talked about it openly when asked questions by the press. He always wanted the election to be decided by either The Supreme Court (a lá, the Bush v. Gore case in 2000) or by the House Of Representatives (it is decided here if there is a tie in the Electoral College or if the delegates from enough states are disputed).

    However, for either option to be remotely possible, the election had to be a very close one (e.g., like in 2000 or 2016). Had this election been as close as either of those two, I have no doubt that a hijacking of the presidency would be occurring right now. What is saving us from that possibility is the fact that he got beaten badly both in the popular vote and the electoral vote - it’s difficult to keep people from noticing that you are attempting to steal an election if you have lost both convincingly.

    However, he, in his idiotic obstinacy, is still trying to get either the Supreme Court or House Of Representatives option in play. What’s preventing this pig-headed approach from gaining any traction is the fact that even Republicans nationwide don’t just feel like trashing American democracy in order for a psychopath to stay in charge. So, thank you, all voters of America who voted in large enough quantities to keep a would-be cheater and autocrat from gaining a second term. You quite literally saved America as we know it.

    Keep paying attention, though. There are enough Rudy Giuliani/Lindsay Graham-like toadies to keep things potentially unsettled until the Electoral College convenes next month.



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  2. 35 minutes ago, dmway said:

    I found one of the archived versions of the placeholder for the site here:




    It's adorable to see how retro it looks now! 😄


    It's funny to say that a "site" is retro, but that's the truth!

    Happy birthday, U2.com.

    By the way, today is AB's anniversay. Happy birthday too!

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  3. 44 minutes ago, dmway said:

    It's true!


    I can't remember the exact date it launched, BUT it was after the release of ATYCLB and before the majority of the tickets went on-sale online for the "Elevation" tour. Leg 1 of that tour went on sale in January 2001 - so, somewhere between now and sometime in early January next year, this site went live for the first time 20 years ago!

    U2 were a bit late in developing an official website, which was odd because they had always been (and have mostly continued to be) in the vanguard in regard to new technology. They may have waited to see how other bands were doing them, and/or they may have waited because the fan-run sites were numerous and good back then (which makes atU2.com's recent passing all the more poignant).


    In any case, Happy 20th Birthday, U2.com! 😎


    Wow! Can you believe it's that old? One of my biggest memories of it was back in 2006 when the site was launching a word a day during a week. We had to connect the words, guess the "lyric extract" and send them. Then they would have a draw of the people who did it right. The winnner would win a trip to Hawaii to see a U2 concert. I did not win despite my efforts.

    Can anybody tell me if I remembering it right?

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  4. On 9/12/2020 at 10:54 AM, Carla_Ramos_10 said:

    Hello everyone!

    I'm Carla, from Montevideo, Uruguay.

    I'm 21 years old.

    A new member of this community :)

    I'm a U2 fan by the influence of my family.

    And I just want to say hi.

    Take care! 😚


    Welcome, Carla!

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  5. 6 hours ago, dmway said:

    Yes - Milwaukee was the beginning of the reality of the 2020 election...and in regaining my sanity. 😄

    In advance of the election, I was supremely confident of Joe Biden's impending victory. However, there was a time in the middle of Election Night (actually, very early Wednesday morning) where I was beginning to wonder if I would have to revisit my confident assessment. Trump was actually up microscopically in the Electoral Vote (something like 212-209), and Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were all uncalled and with Trump having either small or mirage-large leads in all three states (thanks to Republican legislatures nationwide not allowing mail-in votes to be counted in advance of Election Day). It was clear that vote totals weren't going to be updated at a reasonable hour, so I went to bed a bit confused...

    However, later on Wednesday, sanity returned to American elections and to me personally. Wisconsin went for Biden, then Michigan did, and that lead in PA for Trump just kept on shrinking as the votes were progressively counted. Yes, basically three cities did the trick. So, thank you:

    Milwaukee (for beginning the comeback nationally)

    Detroit (for continuing that comeback), and...

    Philadelphia (for putting a native son over the top).

    Also, very honorable mentions to Pittsburgh (who helped Philly put PA in the win column - and to the "collar counties" of Philadelphia (the ones surrounding Philly - a real nickname for them that I forget about, then get reminded of, every 4 years 😄 - really most of the Eastern 1/4 of PA went for Biden, and the further north you go, those counties are generally not Democratic-friendly), Las Vegas (for delivering Nevada), Phoenix (for delivering Arizona for the first time since 1996), and Atlanta (for putting GA in the win column for the first time since 1992). I also learned that the counties surrounding Milwaukee are nicknamed the "WOW" counties (for the first letter of the county names) - they all went for Trump again, but by much smaller margins than 4 years ago; that helped Biden in the statewide vote total in WI.

    So, yes, thank you to the big cities and surrounding counties for restoring electoral sanity to America! 🇺🇸 😎

    (Hmmm...that calls for a song in the "What Are You Listening To" thread, I think...)


    I guess in a few years, Texas will be a blue state!

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  6. On 11/8/2020 at 9:22 PM, dmway said:

    Proof of the township next door changing from 4 years ago; no equivalent signs were in this township in 2016 - I especially love the signs in the second picture:





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  7. 5 hours ago, padawanbeck84 said:

    Not going to lie, I'm nervous over here too. I honestly don't want to think of another 4 years of Dump given that the previous 4 have involved so many horrifying (and illegal) things. As @Manohlive said, it is literally a choice between repairing America under Biden and 4 more years of white surpremacist dictatorship under Dump. 

    I like to think that Dump's non-handling of Covid will also have made people realise he's not good for their country. He goes off to his golf course and spews conspiracy theories on Twitter while people have died in horrendous numbers that could have been avoided with competent leadership. He doesn't care about the rest of the population - all he cares about enriching himself and feeding his ego which is out of control. 

    Come on America, do the right thing and vote for sanity. Vote for the actual politician who knows what he's doing and not for the TV personality who got there by corruption in the first place. 


    I confess I've been more anxious about this election than the one in my own country 2 years ago!  The result of this election will affect the whole world and will tell a lot about the election in my country in 2 years.

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  8. 8 hours ago, dmway said:

    Trump just reminded everyone why he's completely delusional. He declared himself the "winner" at 2:30 in the morning and wants all counting of votes to stop. It won't stop the counting, and once the counting ends, it's looking strongly like he won't be a winner either (except in his own mind).

    There will be some drama over the next day or two, but things will resolve as they should.

    Stay tuned...


    He is just an idiot! How could he declare himself the winner?

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  9. 2 minutes ago, dmway said:

    I'd transmit my memories of it directly to you from brain-to-brain, if I could. It was a great tour.

    I'm glad you got to see them a bit later. 🎸 At least we do have the two shows from that tour.


    Thank you!

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  10. 59 minutes ago, acrobat said:

    I love this concert, this is the only tour that I have missed since I first saw them with Zooropa.

    It's definitely my favorite tour, but I didn't see it live either. They did not come to my country.

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  11. Pshe

    13 minutes ago, dmway said:

    R.I.P. to my mom - 4 years ago she went to join all of her friends and relatives who went to heaven first.

    I know she is helping us from beyond to make sure we have a new president in January 2021. Thank you, mom, for everything you did for me and all of our family while you were here. R.I.P.

    She is in peace and looking for us!

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    14 hours ago, dmway said:

    Ah, I agree! This is good news.

    I was going to write a grand review of all the DVDs they have ever released (since we have watched them all together in somewhat close proximity time-wise) and, as an extension, say which ones would benefit from an HD upgrade the most. Since I never got around to it, I’ll give you the briefest of summaries: the Boston Elevation show is the one that would benefit from an HD upgrade the most. (If this surprises you, it shouldn’t - Boston was the first live DVD they ever released and it hasn’t been revisited ever since (until 2020, that is, hopefully). Every other show has had upgrading (not necessarily to HD quality, but improved over their initial releases) after its original release (except for Slane, which I hope is next for an HD upgrade). Anyway, I hope such an upgrade has happened.

    I know they’re wanting to celebrate on the anniversary of the release of ATYCLB, but the 30th is a Friday, it is not? I hope those of us here in the Americas have workplaces tolerant to U2 fans. 😄 (Yes, I know many of us are still working at home, but not everyone is. Maybe this is a good reason for some to ask for the day off...)


    Since I'm working at home, I think I will be able to watch it!

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  13. On 9/23/2020 at 11:46 PM, Manohlive said:


    You are studying Portuguese?  That's impressive.  I know Spanish and Italian.  Portuguese is a whole other ball game.  I don't even try to understand when I hear it spoken.  I just listen to the flow.  It's beautiful.  I am going to check out Duolingo.   

    Congrats, dmway.  

    It's interesting that a lot of people think that Brazilians speak Spanish! 😆

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  14. 13 hours ago, dmway said:

    Thank you!

    The funny thing is that, linguistically speaking, you know the two languages that are closest to Portuguese. Thus, you would have very little problem with the vocabulary once you understood the spelling differences between them. (The grammar could be a different matter.)

    Duolingo is wonderful! This isn't a random opinion - I taught foreign languages (i.e., Ancient Greek and Latin) for over 20 years. With that experience, I can confirm that their method of teaching is pedagogically sound...and fun! If you like apps that are more conversationally-oriented, you may want to check out Babbel as well. If you want one that's great on all four skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking), it's hard to do better than Rosetta Stone. There are many others, but these three would teach you whatever you wanted to learn in whatever manner you wanted to learn.



    Poor language teachers! They are heading towards extinction.

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