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TV’s Frink said:

I’d love to know how they define freedom.

It’s an amalgamation of a dozen+ issues of freedom from governement interference …

Here’s an overview of the top 5 free states …

You can view individual categories across the states, too …


Here’s an overview of the bottom 5 states …


Stinky-Dinkins said:
It’s pointless to ban accounts at this point, humanity only has until 2018.

Whoa, I didn’t think many people knew that, even with Putin going on war alert. Just goes to show how useless is our propaganda Press.

Except that humanity has, at the very least, to 2021, if WW3 happens this/or/upcoming year. Then it’s more like:
Humanity - 2.2 billion = post-Humanity
And then after a breather comes 3 1/2 years of hell-on-earth.

Sucks to be us.


Black Trump Supporter, “Stop Blaming White People for Trump, NO ONE WANTED HILLARY!”

“We won last night. I’m so glad about it. It’s not a white thing, it’s not a black thing, it’s an American thing.”


O-o-o-oh that smell
Can’t you smell that smell
O-o-o-oh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Smells like … George Soros.

Hacked Soros Memo: $650,000 to Black Lives Matter

George Soros’s Open Society Institute viewed the 2015 Baltimore unrest following the death of Freddie Gray as opening a “unique opportunity” to create “accountability” for the Baltimore police while aiding activists in reforming the city, according to hacked documents reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem.

The information was contained in a detailed 69-page Open Society report on the agenda of an Open Society U.S. Programs board meeting held in New York October 1 to October 2, 2015.
The report directly states the Open Society views the Baltimore unrest last year as a crisis that can be utilized to carry out the organization’s agenda.

Later on, the document reveals the extent of Soros funding to the Black Lives Matter coalition …

Another section of the document, titled, “Report On U.S. Regional Reserves” outlines the stated agenda for the $650,000 in funds approved for Black Lives Matter …

The Open Society meeting last year, meanwhile, called for a discussion on whether it would be appropriate for the Soros group to try to “shape” Black Lives Matter in the future …

The 2015 document made clear that the funding to Black Lives Matter followed Soros providing funds to the Occupy movement …

And just who is George Soros?

Wikipedia: George Soros

George Soros … is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, political activist, and author. He is chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of Pound sterling, making him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis. Soros is one of the 30 richest people in the world.

Soros is a well known supporter of American progressive and American liberal political causes. … Soros is also the chairman of the Open Society Foundations.

And just what is George Soros trying to accomplish?

George Soros Openly Discusses the coming New World Order


Warbler said:

That is what just happened. For first time I am ashamed of my country and ashamed to be an American. I am so fucking angry and depressed right now. fuck everything.

Cheer up! If America made it through Progressive (code word for communist after “communism” and “socialism” fell out of favor during the early 1900’s communist atrocities worldwide) Democrat Presidents (Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt), it can make it through this Progressive Republican one.

Truth be told, most of Washington DC has been “progressive/communist” for decades any. There hasn’t been a real return to our Constitution after the Warren Harding years (who won the Presidency after Wilson scared the pants off America with his dictatorship trends, much like Obama’s “I’ve got a phone and a pen” and this election. Only difference is Trump isn’t a Constitutionalist. (We probably blew it by under-voting Ted Cruz in the primaries. But, at least, he’s still in Congress and can push for the restoration of the Constitution there.)


Well … that was fun! Kind of got the blood going again. America needed that! Did everyone enjoy? (Go on. Admit it … you’re among friends.) Hope you did because it’s good steeling for what’s to come …

Exploring America’s Future November 8, 2016 by Irvin Baxter said:

So all of us are wondering, okay, what does the future hold? And what I want to do is give you an overview of what the prophecies actually say …

Well, I think the very biggest issue of this campaign is will we buy into the concept that the day of the nation-state is over, that the nation-state is obsolete … and that we need to move into a system of global governance. Now this is what’s believed. … Barack Obama believes it. The Clintons all believe it. So this is where we are going. This is what the establishment believes. The elite, they believe the time has come to renounce sovereignty and to melt the United States Of America into a system of global governance.

Now, many of us don’t want to be part of a one world governmental system. We cherish the uniqueness of America. … We believe in government of the people by the people and for the people. … Will we, in fact, continue down the path toward globalism? Or will there be a turn-around? Let me just tell you. There’s going to be a turn-around, even though most of the world is going into a system of one world government.

Will we forsake Israel? Will Israel be a pariah nation and ultimately cease to exist? … Or will the United States Of America stand faithfully beside Israel?

Then what will the results of today’s elections be? … Since we know the ultimate destiny of America, I can tell you what will happen if Trump wins. It will mean that the time, to move away from globalism and back to defending national sovereignty, defending our boarders, that time is now.

Whoever’s elected, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, whoever it is, will almost certainly participate in the 6th Trumpet War. … you can call it World War III, because that’s what it’s going to be. The 6th Trumpet War will be 40 times World War II. … 2.4 billion. … One person out of three on this planet is going to perish. … It’s coming. It’s next on the calendar.

And that’s just the warm-up. Hear the rest while keeping in mind the symbol of America


dahmage said:

Spaced Ranger said:

dahmage said:

um. “Barry”?

Oh yeah. Barry has quite a length of **Also-Known-As’s.


right. just wondering why adults always get so childish about calling politicians by names other than their name. same complaint applies to the whole drumpf thing.

I wasn’t referring to “name calling”. Obama actually has had several names through his life.

(The following OBAMACRIMES website “was created after research indicated that Barack Obama is not a ‘natural born’ citizen or a Citizen of the United States as required by the United States Constitution to be eligible for the Office of President.” -attorney Philip J. Berg – a registered Democrat)

Obamacrimes: Obama’s Birth History

The documents that we found when conducting our research into Barack Obama Jr.'s citizenship are displayed on this page. This is what we know about Barack Obama Jr.'s parents and his citizenship.

Barack Obama Jr. aka Barack H. Obama Jr. aka Barry Soetoro aka Barack Soetoro aka Barry Dunham aka Barry Obama aka Barack Hussein Obama

When asked, Barack H. Obama, Jr., et al claims he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii however, claims to have been born in two (2) separate hospitals. According to Barack H. Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, Barack, Jr. was born in Mombosa, Kenya and she was present during his birth. The Kenyan Government, claim they have the birthing records of Barack H. Obama, Jr. and the birth delivery records of Ann Obama, from Barack H. Obama, Jr.'s birth in Mombosa, Kenya, however, they have sealed the birth records of Barack H. Obama, et al, birth in Mombosa, Kenya and labled them top secret as a result of the presidential election.

10/2008: Interview with Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.'s Kenyan grandmother, Sarah Obama during a taped interview at her home in Kenya was adamant “Barack, Jr. was born in Mombosa, Kenya and I was present during his birth.”

10/30/08: Affidavit of Reverend Kweli Shuhubia, “Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the United States Presidential candidate, was born in Mombosa Kenya” “Kenyan Officials with the Provincial Civil Registrar stated there were records of Ann Dunham giving birth to Barack Hussein Obama, III in Mombosa , Kenya on August 4, 1961 and confirmed the birthing records of Barack H. Obama, Jr. and his mother were present, however, the file on Barack H. Obama, Jr. was classified and profiled. The Official explained Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. birth in Kenya is top secret.”

10/27/08: Affidavit of Bishop Ron McRae, “US Senator Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim and not a Christian, and that he was born in Mombasa, Kenya and not in the State of Hawaii”

01/01/68: Indonesian School Record, "Name of School: Fransiskus Assisi School, Name: Barry Soetoro, Citizenship: Indonesian, Name of Parent: Lolo Soetoro, M.A. The school records indicate that Barack Obama Jr. aka Barry Soetoro attended first grade in Indonesia and that he was born in Honolulu Hawaii on 08/04/1961 and his father is Lolo Soetoro.

Would you trust someone of whom you couldn’t even pin down his real name (let alone having him sit as The President Of The United States Of America)?


TV’s Frink said:

Spaced Ranger said:

And then there was that famous Obama as illegal alien “leak”, which was given to the press by the Clinton camp.)


One of many, but this one ties everything up with a big blue ribbon …

The Political Insider 7 News Stories from 2008 that PROVE Hillary Started Obama ‘Birtherism’

Meet Mark Penn, chief political strategist for Hillary’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008. … Penn would later suggest that the Clinton camp target Senator Obama’s “lack of American roots.”

In 2008, Maggie Williams, Clinton’s campaign manager at the time, had to issue a statement regarding allegations that a staffer had circulated a picture of Senator Obama wearing traditional ‘Somali garb.’ Notably, Williams did not refute the claim, and instead argued that the photo was not controversial in any way.

In 2011, responding to a New York Times poll that suggested Republicans believed Obama was born overseas, Politico decided to do some digging on the origins of such an idea. … “The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008,” an article by Ben Smith and Byron Tau reads. “At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama.” Smith and Tau also found that the Clinton supporters began circulating an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship in the Spring of 2008.

Of course, this didn’t mean that the claims were false. Quite the contrary, they were true. It only meant that these kind of “dirty tricks” were not to be used within the Party, but the Clintons were always above all that, which shocked Democrats tried to hush up and misdirect to the Republicans. (I’m neither so I can throw disdain at either. My only hope is that the toilet bowl that is Washington DC is flushed. It’s been dripping chunks for some time and we’re about to have a full-out overflow.)

We’re all in it together kid (from BRAZIL)

Stand Or Fall

Crying parents tell their children
If you survive, don’t do as we did
A son exclaims there’ll be nothing to do to
Her daughter says she’ll be dead with you

While foreign affairs are screwing us rotten
Line morale has hit rock bottom
Dying embers stand forgotten
Talks of peace were being trodden

Stand or fall
State your peace tonight
Stand or fall
State your peace tonight

What Font Do YOU Use To See Unicode characters (instead of boxed numbers)

That’s a great font! Thanks!

Unfortunately, it didn’t help to get unicode “smileys” to work in Firefox under Windows 64-bit. I’m now suspecting the problem is in Windows … as some of those smileys work in the same version of Firefox under Windows 32-bit.

Has anyone come across this dilemma with a solution? (And, yes, I’ve tried quite a few different corrective measures from various forums without success. Can this really be the state of computing in The 21st Century?)
_ <— this space reserved for a sad emoticon, when I can see it

What Font Do YOU Use To See Unicode characters (instead of boxed numbers)

This was prompted by someone someone here posting a unicode character. Apparently this system I’m using (Windows) doesn’t have a font that contains this emoticon if you can see it ( 😃 ) or such characters, and instead displays a number-in-a-box for those who can’t see it (graphic with magnified view for readability):

And it’s not just here, but anywhere.

Has anyone solved such problem with a recommended font that carries these proper symbols?

Slipstream 1989

dvdmike said:
Bar the Jp laserdisc and my trailer we don’t have anything new sadly

I’m still puzzling over the technique to auto-repair the blue-channel’s crush with green-channel’s or/and red-channel’s non-crushed detail.

BTW, after looking closer at Rikk Wolf’s postings, I think the UK capture was improperly resized/de-interlaced/re-framerated. I haven’t checked into PAL-to_NTSC procedures, but it should come out perfect. Note, too, that the same scanline artifacts are in the JP capture. It shouldn’t be an issue with JP laserdiscs at all.

Forbidden Planet 16mm Scope print for sale on eBay

BTW, did anyone here (or anyone else we know) win this auction? I’d love to see how it might work out as a preservation. Especially since the seller described it as “Near mint condition reduction with no splices. Scope (anamorphic print, not letterboxed). … Loud and clear optical sound. Uncut version. Best looking print around! No vinegar smell”. It better be at $1009.99!

Fullscreen Laserdisc / DVD Preservation

Forbidden Planet is another one. It’s 1st/early full screen release (Beta, VHS, LD) apparently has bolder colors, which faded away on the particular stock used for filming. Later releases colorfulness, even though in the original widescreen, just kept getting weaker and weaker.

Check out this other thread Forbidden Planet 16mm Scope print for sale on eBay

and some original lobby cards at Four Color Comics website:

Morbius’s home never popped with color like that since then!

THX Italian 35mm - Feedback thread

This part had me guessing where the actual leader starts and stop. It would affect the length of the fades in & out. Any way to determine the true lengths in the original edit?

sync 35mm to 16mm - as 2 parallel streams matching where they can
6th 1000+ frames
[note: each 1000-frame section begins exactly on shot]

35mm frames description
48525-53207 match @ THX_LUH
53208-53364 Italian readout
. 00000-00158 spacer for 16mm-English imbalance_readout
. 00000-1 spacer for cut-out cross-fade to THX (special code for 1 frame only)
53365-53779 match @ airing_THX
. 00000-00028 spacer for cut-out THX_hall_walk
53780-1 match @ cross-fade to court_room (special code for 1 frame only)
. 00000-00021 spacer for cut-out court_room
53781-55347 match @ court_room
. 00000-1 spacer for cut-out cross-fade judge_numbers (special code for 1 frame only)
55348-55462 match @ readout
. 00000-00003 spacer for cut-out readout
55463-58367 match @ read_verdict
. 00000-00001 blink for 16mm-English early fade-out
58368-58510 continue THX_hurting
. 00000-00001 blink for inserted leader
58511-58803 start of leader
. 00000-00049 spacer for extra 16mm leader
. 00000-00025 spacer for 16mm match
58804-59376 match @ monitor (to in-monitor shot end)


16mm frames description
49571-54253 match @ THX_LUH
. 00000-00156 spacer for 35mm-Italian imbalance_readout
54254-54412 16mm-English imbalance_readout
54413-54828 match @ airing_THX
54829-59472 match @ court_room
. 00000-00001 blink for early fade-out
59473-59615 16mm-English fades out early
. 00000-00001 blink for early fade-out
59616-59958 guess-match @ leader
59959-60557 match @ monitor (to in-monitor shot end)
16mm Cartoon &amp; WWII News Reel Restorations

Mackey256 said:
… we found a trunk full of 16mm films while cleaning our my grandparents house.

Be sure to immediately open each can of film and smell for any hint of vinegar-like odor. Any reel with that odor, even faint, means it’s film is breaking down. Worse, the odor is really an acidic gas and can seep into nearby cans and start breaking down them as well.

Immediately isolate all vinegar-odor reels in another room with ventilation (clean garage, dry shed, vented basement). Remove the reels from their cans (sit them on top of their closed cans) for the gas to escape away from the film. The no-odor films should be placed in another room with the lids propped open for ventilation.

Here’s what the pros say:

University Of Illinois Library - Preservation Self-Assessment Program - Film

Storage Environment
Allowable Fluctuation: ±2°F; ±5% RH

. . . . . .
Ideal Acceptable
Temp. 0–32°F (-18–0°C) 33–54°F (1–12°C)
RH [relative humidity] 30–50% RH 30–50% RH

Storage Enclosure(s)
Container: Film is ideally stored in a vented inert plastic can. Vents allow the film to “breathe” an even air exchange (crucial for acetate). The enclosure may be plastic, non-corrosive metal, or archival quality paperboard. Dirty, rusty, non-vented, or dented metal containers will only heighten the potential for film damage. The container your institution uses will largely depend upon the environment.

If storing film in a room temperature environment, vented containers composed of polypropylene or polyethylene are optimal. If you are storing your film in freezing temperatures, your cans should be sealed and moisture-resistant. In any case, cans should be clean and free from debris, rust, and structural damage. When freezing film, ensure that the the film is properly housed by double-bagging it in zip-sealed freezer bags.

Core: Film should be stored on a core, which is ideally made from inert plastic, rather than on a reel. For 16mm and 35mm, the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) recommends that the core be at least 3 inches wide. A wider core diameter lessens stress on the film as the film will not be wound as tightly. Smaller film gauges may be wound on smaller (less than 3") cores. A core is distinct from a reel. A reel is a metal or plastic hub with extended sides between which the film is wound for projection. Reels — especially metal, dented, or otherwise damaged reels — are NOT appropriate for long-term storage.

Laserdisc viewing and capturing best current info?

He’s constantly looking into newer & more complete solutions, and has updated his approach/equipment several times. For example,

on external comb filters:
With that being said, the most important factor in getting a good LD picture is the player you’re using. … The s-video output on all LD players therefore uses a builtin (old and no longer top performing) comb filter IC. 99.9% of the time you’ll get better results with composite and an external comb filter …

on capture cards:
Report: The 550’s 3DCF is entirely configurable unlike the 750. I’m getting accustomed to configuring it now.

on low-pass filtering (and check out that comparison!):
Here’s a sample of the result of low pass filtering THX 1138’s chroma to 843.75KHz (that’s 1.6875MHz together which is basically DV’s 4:1:1). This isn’t what LD is capable of (>1.3MHz for I and Q), but it’s double S-VHS and the rainbows disappear, so it’s good enough for me!
Note: No 3D comb filter was used here. This is 100% spatial.

It’s hard to keep up! 😃 Maybe if AntcuFaalb could chime-in with some his best-so-far recommendations?