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PostPosted: March 16th, 2010, 5:11 pm 
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I have heard his name being thrown around but seeing his death on the news was the first time of me seeing his face. And personally he seemed like a real jerk.

Isn't that a bit harsh, judging by his face? :sweat:

:lol2: I should have clarified, the first time I saw his face was in a video. Now after a celebrity dies, the media normally shows videos of the celebrity at their best. If the videos I saw were him at his best...then yes, he was a jerk.


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Now this is what i call a history lesson. I found myself loving and hating him as i read his contributions and controversies. But i have to give the man credit for his honesty, brutally blunt as it may be.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100416/ap_ ... aryl_gates


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I suspect he will have to live under witness protection with a new identity, cause i'm certain there are certain people out there who wouldn't think twice about attempting vengeance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/nyreg ... lcolm.html


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Now this is what i call a history lesson. I found myself loving and hating him as i read his contributions and controversies. But i have to give the man credit for his honesty, brutally blunt as it may be.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100416/ap_ ... aryl_gates


As a Los Angeles resident, I remember clearly how Gates was so controversial. Almost militant in his protection of officers and hostile to the politicians. While I'm sure he had immense motivation, it did make it hard to make changes to the police force and many officers took a very hostile approach to anyone who wasn't a police officer. Still, I can't imagine the callenge of dealing with the rise of gangs with no increases in budget, the first videotaped instances of police brutality (as if SoCal had an exclusive on that...) and the prolifieration of asault rifles and large caliber handguns... I think his fellow officers had every reason to respect and love that guy for taking so much of the heat and leading them in the troubled times.

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I suspect he will have to live under witness protection with a new identity, cause i'm certain there are certain people out there who wouldn't think twice about attempting vengeance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/nyreg ... lcolm.html


Given the typical American's grasp of history, I was going to say "no way, who's going to know this guy?" but then again, you're probably right. There will definitely be people who know and remember. As an idealist, I hope his reformation is genuine and he gets a chance to contribute positively to the world.

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Did I miss it or is there no word about the Mexican Gulf oil spill in this thread?
Far away and unimportant? :wink:

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Did I miss it or is there no word about the Mexican Gulf oil spill in this thread?
Far away and unimportant? :wink:

Not far away and unimportant. It's just there's so much about it out there, there's no need to post about it in the news thread.

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I remember there being a double-post rule (which is why I normally edit instead), but I feel since this a totally separate thing from the last post, a new one is justified.

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Ronnie James Dio Dies at 67

* Posted on May 16th 2010 4:46PM by Steve Baltin

Ronnie James Dio, the frontman of heavy metal bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell, has passed away from his battle with stomach cancer. He was 67.

Rumors of Dio's death began circulating online Saturday. His wife, Wendy Dio, took to Twitter Saturday night to tell fans, "He is not doing well, but he is not dead." But Sunday morning at 7:45AM, she confirmed that he had passed away.

A message on Dio's official website reads, "Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

His music will indeed live on, evidenced as recently as the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this past April 8, when Dio won the award for Best Vocalist. At the time he was well enough to appear in person and pick up his trophy for what turned out to be one of his last public appearances. His health started to deteriorate quickly, and he was forced to cancel a UK and European tour with Heaven and Hell scheduled for this summer. In a statement at the time, the band said, "At this time Ronnie isn't well enough to tour."

Born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 in New Hampshire, Dio got his professional start in the late '60s when he helped found the band Elf in 1967. This led to his first major gig when he was asked by guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore to join and front Rainbow. Beginning in 1975, he sang lead on four albums for the band, before shooting to heavy metal icon status by taking on the monumental task of replacing Ozzy Osbourne in metal's biggest band, Black Sabbath.

Though seemingly an impossible feat, Dio proved up for it, with his first album with the group, 1980's 'Heaven and Hell,' becoming one of their best-selling albums and a metal classic thanks to its epic title cut, which was turned into the band's name when it reunited in 2006.

He stayed with Black Sabbath for the successful 'Mob Rules' collection, but in 1982, after years of fronting other bands, he struck out on his own with Dio. The band became a monster success, earning both critical and commercial acclaim for the albums 'Holy Diver,' 'The Last In Line,' and 'Scared Heart.' The band underwent several lineup changes in the late '80s, leading to a somewhat lost decade for the singer in the '90s.

However, things turned a corner at the beginning of the century, with 'Magica' hitting #13 on the Billboard Independent Charts in 2000 and a tribute album called 'Holy Dio: Tribute To Ronnie James Dio' drawing further attention to the singer. He also enjoyed love from Tenacious D, who called on him to pass the torch to them in the song 'Dio' and had the singer appear as himself in 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.'

By 2006, Dio was fully enjoying his icon status as he reunited with Sabbath as Heaven and Hell for a sold-out tour. When Spinner spoke with the singer in 2006, he was shocked by the outpouring of love for the band. "I was as surprised as everyone else, especially, the initial reaction when Radio City Music Hall went on sale. That, to me, was the benchmark that has come. It's quite surprising to me," he said.

He also spoke at the time about the current state of music. "To me the biggest injustice on earth was when they started calling people like New Kids on the Block, N'Sync, Pussycat Dolls, Bananarama a band. That's not a band. A band are people who sit around and play, they know what music is about, they play guitars, basses, drums, saxophones, cellos, and they come together and collectively they commute this music," he said.

"We live in a Bic society, by that I mean that unless you succeed in something you get thrown away just like a Bic pen. It runs out of ink, you throw it away," he said. "Well, that's what industry people do these days, to artists, to real bands. It's a shame, because as I said in the song 'Heaven And Hell,' 'The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes and steal your dreams. It's heaven and hell.' That's what it's all about really."

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

I find it strange that I found this out on facebook, from a group by the name of kHz that has nothing to do with Dio other than possibly being influenced by his work (which explains why they post about it). As a fan of the "Heaven and Hell" incarnation of Black Sabbath and of Dio's Holy Diver album, I really am rather disappointed by his passing.

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I read about it yesterday. I was really sad when i heard the news. :( I'm not really familiar with his work on Black Sabbath, but i still have his Holy Diver album and my mom and i played it from beginning to end in honor of him. :) R.I.P. Dio! Your talent will not go unnoticed by future generations.


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I was really sad to hear this bit of news a while ago today. I hope family and friends are coping well.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100525/ap_ ... st_dead_20


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I was really sad to hear this bit of news a while ago today. I hope family and friends are coping well.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100525/ap_ ... st_dead_20

LAME! Lame lame lame lame LAME! I've read about this too. Kinda like with Type O Negative, there's only like 3 songs they've done I'm familiar with and am really into. It's still extremely sad, though.
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Did I miss it or is there no word about the Mexican Gulf oil spill in this thread? Far away and unimportant? :wink:
Not far away and unimportant. It's just there's so much about it out there, there's no need to post about it in the news thread.

Of course it's all over the news, I just guessed it might be a point of discussion...

Another example would be Guatemala. Anytime these weeks I hear or read "Guatemala" it's about the following things:
- an earthquake
- storms
- a flood
- another earthquake.
Wolfwood is from Guatemala - or am I confusing things? Anyway, I was worried.

Then Israel - which lets a commando assault escalate into a blood bath. A highly sensitive matter considering that most of the dead are Turks and Turkey is on the verge of being a little more religiously conservative than would be reasonable. This might just tip the scales you know. The Israelis kind of underestimated the resistance they would meet, the "peace activists" you can see in the official video are eager to beat the crap out of at least one soldier after he went down on the planks, and we would all like to know what triggered the use of deadly force and why the commandos were not equipped with less than lethal material like flashbangs and taser guns.

A cab driver in northern England shoots a dozen people after killing his brother and his lawyer after some inheritance discrepancies.

On the same island they elected a new government - the first parliament coalition for decades. That should be worth noting, shouldn't it.

The abducted wife (54) of a local banker in Germany was stabbed to death after a failed ransom transfer attempt.

Also in Germany, the president of the Federal Republic resigns from his office. In an interview about the situation in Afghanistan he had put the military efforts into a context of protecting German economic interests, which sparked a storm of protest. He did not mean to say the Federal troops were in fact protecting economic interests, but that economic pressure groups and the people they represent saw the Afghanistan mission in a profitable right. Anyways, he did not resign because he said something uncareful. He resigned because the protesters alleged him of doing so, thus displaying a blatant disrespect of his office. In my opinion his step was a bit drastic, but now we're in the middle of finding candidates for the election.
(Reminder: The President of the FRG is only a representative of the republic, he has no real power, except that he may refuse to sign new laws, in which case they have to be redesigned. The equivalent of the US president would be the Chancellor.)

Japanese prime minister Hatoyama steps down, officially because he lost the voters' trust after breaking his promise of shutting down US forces facilities on Okinawa, but secretive donations to his party also played a role. He is being followed by former minister of finance Kan.

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Another example would be Guatemala. Anytime these weeks I hear or read "Guatemala" it's about the following things:
- an earthquake
- storms
- a flood
- another earthquake.
Wolfwood is from Guatemala - or am I confusing things? Anyway, I was worried.
Actually, 42137, I'm from Costa Rica, but I do appreciate you were worrying.
Costa Rica is sort of close to Guatemala though, both countries are in Central America, you are not so off your mark after all.
But, Guatemala is neighbors with Mexico (North America), while we are on the opposite side, next to Panama (which is the start of South America).
So you get a better idea:
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And yes, Guatemala has been the recent target of nature:

1. A volcano eruption, which is still active.
2. A Tropical Storm, where over 150 people were killed.
3. I can't recall any earthquakes there recently.
4. A bizarre hole appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the city in the blink of an eye, I bet you probably didn't even heard of it.
5. All of them within the past two weeks.

Here is the hole I mentioned before:
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I think the image speaks for itself, it is pretty scary

I have a Guatemalan friend in college, and we were talking about the hole yesterday, wondering if we could make a canopy tour on the hole, which she called the "inferno hole" (All of this in a jokingly manner obviously). You can find more information on the hole in the internet. Apparently there is a scientific explanation which I haven't read yet.
Yea, on the curious side, Guatemala was home to the Maya civilization, yea, that same one that believed (as told by the media) that the world is ending in the up coming 2012.

I feel bad for their country. Guatemala lives two realities, there is a great percentage of people there who live in extreme poverty (including the native Guatemalans which are the descendants of the Mayas), and they are constantly hit by nature disasters. There is of course a small percentage of people who control all of the money. To top it all there is a lot of corruption in the Government and the Military, just as the rest of Latin America, this is an ongoing issue in this side of the world ever since the "colonization" by "Spain", when they stole most of the riches from here.
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Costa Rica on the other hand is the only country here in Latin America (as far as I know) that doesn't not count with an army, the Military was abolished over 60 years ago, to invest instead the money in education and health. So we have sort of a more stable economy, high life expectancies and a very good social health system.
And now taken from wikipedia because I got tired of typing (hehe):
"It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world’s 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index, and ranked 54th in the world in 2007. The country is ranked 3rd in the world, and 1st among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. Due to the high quality of its human capital, Costa Rica is the world's fourth largest exporter of high technology.
In 2007 the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. According to the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index and is the "greenest" country in the world."

I'm not sure if we are the Happiest country out there, I really doubt it. We do have all sort of internal issues. There is the everlasting fight against poverty, some corruption among the traditional government families, some growing delinquency in the capital and of course preventing the destruction of our forest and tropical resources (construction of beach hotels and golf courses over primary forests, mining, transnational companies trying to drill our coast to look for oil, etc).

We've been blessed with two beautiful coasts, one in the Atlantic ocean and the other in the Pacific, which makes us vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms. Thankfully we've never been hit directly by neither of them, they've passed us by every time. We are also vulnerable to volcano eruptions we have lot of them here (there are some active ones, but no eruptions thankfully), earthquakes (we did have one last year, but it affected mostly the geography, taking down some roads in the mountains, some infrastructure in the area and very few lives. It was sad though, we are still trying to rebuild those places, they'll never be the same).

I don't expect you to read it through all my post (I know you are pretty busy right now, I just thought I'd give you a little idea of what Costa Rica is like I could go on forever talking about Costa Rica... )
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Regarding the Gulf oil spill, I've read all about it. And browse through the pictures of the area, the animals affected, dead dolphins, birds, turtles, fish, don't want to even think how the sea life must be down there. It makes me sad and worried to see that they can't even stop a spill...
Unless the whole world really does start a change towards green technology we are heading to our own destruction, and bringing down all of the other species that have nothing to do with us.
But heck, we all use oil in our daily life, most of our transportation means... I don't want to start... I get pissed off thinking about all the pollution we make everyday...

Yea, I'm going to stop here, I have an exam tomorrow... :sweat:

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Actually, 42137, I'm from Costa Rica

Dang! I was confusing things. But I was just wrong about where you're from, I did not mix up Guatemala and Costa Rica - please excuse the crude memory hook - the first of which is known for bananas and the latter for coffee around here. When someone points at a place on an unannotated map I usually know what country lies there... benefit of a wargamer. But thanks for the info, I appreciate your efforts.

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1. A volcano eruption, which is still active.
2. A Tropical Storm, where over 150 people were killed.
3. I can't recall any earthquakes there recently.
4. A bizarre hole appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the city in the blink of an eye, I bet you probably didn't even heard of it.
5. All of them within the past two weeks.

Oh, the first one was also a volcano? Anyways, I clearly remember news about a level 6+ earthquake a few days ago.... oh I'm so messed up... THAT earthquake was in Costa Rica, 31 May.
Anyways, you're okay and that's good.
And that sinkhole... it has become a sort of sinister celebrity...

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Oh, the first one was also a volcano? Anyways, I clearly remember news about a level 6+ earthquake a few days ago.... oh I'm so messed up... THAT earthquake was in Costa Rica, 31 May.
Anyways, you're okay and that's good.
And that sinkhole... it has become a sort of sinister celebrity...

I had forgotten about that earthquake, as far as I know that one did not make any damages and actually I didn't even feel it. But thanks again.

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Is all of Florida concentrated in Gainesville?
First the "Don't taze me, bro!" incident and now I heard that Islam hater Terry Jones was also from Gainesville. It's kinda funny. :sweat:

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