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  1. Florida moves to Kerry, giving him 299 electoral votes. But his lead is shakier than it looks. Both Florida and Ohio are on a knife's edge. We also think Gallup has exposed Wisconsin as a Tier 2 state, winnable for Bush with the right turnout. Kerry's consolation is that both Iowa and New Mexico now look winnable for him, and as a package, they would negate the loss of Wisconsin or Minnesota. Kerry can now afford to lose any of the following combinations: 1) Florida, Iowa, and New Mexico; 2) Florida, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire; 3) Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire; 4) Ohio and Pennsylvania; or 5) Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. http://www.slate.com/id/2108751/
  2. Im gonna go with Thelma and Louise, and then Alien 1 & II with Sigourney Weaver. But Jane Fonda in Barbarella is a sight to see also :bigsmile:
  3. Halloween and the Ghost Head Nebula Credit: Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris) et al., ESA, NASA Explanation: Halloween's origin is ancient and astronomical. Since the fifth century BC, Halloween has been celebrated as a cross-quarter day, a day halfway between an equinox (equal day / equal night) and a solstice (minimum day / maximum night in the northern hemisphere). With our modern calendar, however, the real cross-quarter day will occur next week. Another cross-quarter day is Groundhog's Day. Halloween's modern celebration retains historic roots in dressing to scare away the spirits of the dead. Perhaps a fitting modern tribute to this ancient holiday is the above-pictured Ghost Head Nebula taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Appearing similar to the icon of a fictional ghost, NGC 2080 is actually a star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The Ghost Head Nebula spans about 50 light-years and is shown in representative colors. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041031.html
  4. Halloween babes! http://www.retrocrush.com/babes2003/halloween/
  5. Here's the list - what's your favorite? http://listsofbests.com/list/85
  6. Don't remind me of the former :reallymad: but I'd be happy if I win the latter even more : :bigsmile:
  7. Kerry takes electoral vote lead With only 48 hours to go and Bush unable to crack 48 in the national polls, all eyes are shifting to the latest battleground state polls. (There are 54 new polls in 22 states today, in case you were wondering.) The obsessively clicked-on Electoral-Vote.com now gives Kerry the lead, with 283 electoral votes to Bush's 246. But the site cautions that many of Kerry's state leads are "razor thin." Still, the trends can't be encouraging for Karl Rove and Co. New polls are now giving Iowa, Michigan, and New Mexico to Kerry, and New Jersey, which seemed weirdly up for grabs days ago, has now returned safely to the Kerry fold. EV.com notes that "Kerry is in a far better position than Gore was at this point in 2000. Not only is he not trailing by 4 percent, he is actually slightly ahead. On the other hand, there are few undecideds left because they have already broken for the challenger, as they usually do." Another worrying sign for the Bush camp: The Los Angeles Times reports that Bush's evangelical base is not as solid as it was in 2000. "Like other Americans, they are also concerned about health care, jobs and other issues. That's probably why last week Bush said it was OK with him if the states allow civil unions. In other words, forget the evangelicals and concentrate on the soccer moms in the Midwest who are fairly tolerant of civil unions. Well, that's politics for you." Flippety flop. http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room//index.html
  8. http://www.electoral-vote.com/ :bigsmile:
  9. Football is a great thing, Method, and you should be cheering the fact that the Packers beat the Redskins. As CJules mentioned, whether of not the Redskins won, has predicted every election since 1936... The Packers won, so should Kerry :bigsmile:
  10. Guitarist, Mjarka Player, Singer, Songwriter, Farmer. 16 albums; one Grammy; the Merite National du Mali Award. Born in the Timbuktu region of Mali, Ali Farka Toure got serious about the guitar at the age of 17. More than a decade later, he saw Detroit bluesman John Lee Hooker playing a show in Bamako. On first listen he thought Hooker was playing Malian songs. Roughly 20 years later, with the release of his first albums in the West, Toure was being billed as the African John Lee Hooker. Despite the occassional collaboration with Ry Cooder and others, Toure prefers to play traditional Malian music and he likes to play it straight. Sometimes (he) picks up his Njarka, a one string African violin, and saws away at it like someone possessed. Toure has mixed feelings about making a living by turning his music into popular entertainment--since releasing the typically great Niafunke, in 1999, and touring the world soon afterward, Toure has returned to his fruit-and-rice farm in his native country. (Vanity Fair - November '04)
  11. He's often mentioned with Ravi Shankar - dont know if he worked with George Harrison or not, but it wouldnt surprise me if he did
  12. Sarode Master, Composer, Educator. More than 100 albums; more than 20 international awards including a MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant.' Credited with introducing classical music to the West in 1955. Ali Akbar Khan has had a career thus far that is nothing shor of amazing. He has won respect the world over for his mastery of the sarode--a 25-stringed northern Indian lute. In 1967, he opened the Ali Akbgar College of Music, now in San Rafael, California, recognizing what he called "the extraordinary interest and the abilities" of his students in the West." (Vanity Fair, November '04))
  13. Tabla Player, Remixer, Groove Master, Producer, Arranger, Composer In his very own musical genre, 'tablatronics,' Talvin Singh blends classical Indian tala playing and the British subspecies of European electronica known as Drum 'n Bass. Born in 1970 to Indian parents who had fled Idi Amin's Uganda for London, Singh grew up enamored with the sounds he heard on the streets ofhis neighborhood as well as the ragas he studies in the Punjab region of India. In 1995, he started an East London dance-club, Anokha, where Asian Drum 'n Bass DJ's sometimes did battle with latter-day punk bands. Singh also found time to lend his remixing and percussion talents to Bjork, Madonna, Sun Ra, and other artists. In 1998, he released his first proper solo album, 'OK,' a clear musical statement on the melting away of the borders between East and West." (Vanity Fair, November '04)
  14. Singer, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador "More than 450 albums; more than 300 million albums sold worldwide; at least 300 gold, platinum, and diamond albums; 14 European arts awards. Greek songstress Nana Mouskouri grew up in Athens in the shadow of an open-air cinema's movie screen, and hearing Judy Garldn in The Wizard of Oz" inspired her to sing (and taught her how to sing in English). One six-decade career later, Mouskouri, 70, is a CinemaScope presence among pan-and-scan performers, having sold more albums internationally than any other female artists (yes, even Madonna)..." (Vanity Fair, November '04 Issue)
  15. "Caetano Veloso - Singer, songwriter and eternal bohemian. Seventy-one albums; one grammy; three Latin Grammys; the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame Award, 2001, for his 1967 album Caetano Veloso." "For nearly 40 years, Caetano Veloso has been devouring cultural influences--from bossa nova and samba to rock, pop, and reggae; from avant-garde poety to cinema novo and radical politics-with astonishing results. IN the late 60s, he helped create Tropicalia, an iconoclastic movement which 'cannibalized' elements of Brazilian and American music and pop culture-and which landed Caetano and co-conspirator Gilberto Gil in prison under Brazail's repressive military dictatorship. Undaunted, Caetano returned to his homeland from exile in London and set off on a path of perpetual transformation. There's been a Fellini-tribute album; the jazzy melange of 1989's Estrangeiro; the 1999 Grammy for best world music album, Livro; and even a book, Tropical Truth; A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil. On his latest record, A Foreign Sound, Caetano sings American classics from Cole Porter to Kurt Cobain, entirely in English" (Vanity Fair, November '04 issue)
  16. Vanity Fair's November, 2004 edition is dedicated to the World Music Scene, and Sting was chosen to write the forward. "His collaboration with Algerian singer Cheb Mami n the song 'Desert Rose', a hit track from his Grammy-winning 1999 album, Brand Ne Day, helped forge a link between Western pop and Middle Eastern sounds. The Sting spirit extended into the summer of '04. He performed his 'A Thousand Years' as a duet with one-named Portuguese fado singer Mariza on 'Unity', the official pop-music album of the 28th Olympic Games (intro from the editors at Vanity Fair)."
  17. Jay-Z & R. Kelly Unfinished Business [Jive; 2004] Rating: 6.7 Jay-Z and R. Kelly don't like each other. They've been canceling dates on their co-headlining tour, and the rumors are flying. Kelly doesn't like that Jay got a better reception at the tour's opening show in Chicago. Jay doesn't like that Kelly simulates sex with two women in a cage/jail cell as part of his act. When they're onstage together, they barely look at each other. So why did they make another album together Read the full review here to find out. (Hint - $$$$$$$$$) http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-revie...-business.shtml
  18. http://www.hip-oselect.com/pitchfork/alfie.mp3
  19. Ouch! Here are some more pics to add to that: http://www.pixyland.org/peterpan/guava2001.html
  20. I love Bush of another color
  21. The school district people in this article and the anti-Halloween folks need to get a life! *** Halloween Hits Streak Of Bad Luck in School By Blaine Harden Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, October 31, 2004; Page A03 PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The school superintendent's order was final. Halloween was "prohibited" during school hours. Black cats, pointy hats and all images of witches could no longer be displayed in any of the 31 schools in this suburban city south of Seattle. The first official reason: Halloween parties and costumes detract from the district's core mission of academic achievement in a competitive world. The second official reason: "We have been contacted by followers of the Wiccan religion, and they indicated they have been offended after seeing elementary school depictions of witches with long noses, warts, cauldrons and such," said Tony Apostle, the superintendent who banned Halloween. You can read all about it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Oct30.html
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