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post #7036 of 7317

It didn't take that long Billy.

 

North Atlantic stations were listening in on radio transmissions since the 50's. Computerization allowed keyword hits to be recorded. Cell phones came along and they were the next easy (public domain) target. The web happened and it gets extended to that. No surprise just evolution of your tax dollars at work protecting you from yourself.

 

 What is amazing is that 911 happened given all this monitoring and mischief.

 

Add in to the mix the worst president since Lyndon Johnson and voila, you have an atmosphere ripe for the rise of what Heinlein called the "American Ayatollahs" Fostering paranoia to keep the masses sucking up the belief that you need to be more protected and giving up your freedoms is an easy price to pay. Bullying any nation who may succumb to it into the same violations of their populations rights.

 

 Push the fear factor for all it's worth. Get lost in the morass of a ground war in two locales that is absolutely unwinable. Sell the idea of WMD's in a country so bankrupt it could not afford to put it's air force in the air and had to reroute and sell foreign aid shipments just to stay afloat. When you get caught out blame it on the intelligence services for misinforming you with information you told them to manufacture in the first place and parlay that as an excuse for "increased security" Spend 10 years looking for a man that every single Pakistani in the world new was in their country and call it a massive success when you "find" him.Have your military theatre commanders "go Hollywood" and behave like rock stars.

 

 Man if that aint a script, I dunno what is.

 

That moron Bruckheimer wasted how much on the story for Transformers4, when this stuff is available for free.

 

You want to control your population, keep them ignorant and in fear. Lavrenti Beria would be so proud that his doctrines have been adopted by his most hated foe.

post #7037 of 7317

I think the truth is in the middle...a degree of manipulation, but not full scale conspiracy.  Not sure what the surprise is with the NSA....it was going to happen sooner or later, but its happening sooner than people imagined it would've....Thankyou Steve Jobs (I still think people underestimate Steve Jobs...a truly imaginative being) for taking us into the future much sooner than expected.

 

Which collective Billy?  All this talk of world peace and no one seems to realise it is not possible if people are hungry for food.

 

But boy, I certainly didn't mean to turn this into a political debate.

 

When I was a teenager....I dreamt of a supercharged big block 67 Camaro that could pull 9s.  I could do burnouts in front of high school and be the coolest kid in school.  In my youth I did own a chevy small block Holden Monaro HQ 2 door coupe, this was a 1972 Australian muscle car.  You have our Holden DNA in the states, the new Camaro...the Chevrolet SS.

post #7038 of 7317

Yeah sorry about that . Don't want to turn this into politics 101 or the tin hat brigade.

 

Somewhere along the line we went from curves and sexiness to folded and pressed sheet metal that started to look like the Haarkonen set from SciFy's adaptation of Dune. Square and mean can be carried out quite well, but as a steady diet it gets a little stale.

 

 There does seem to be some movement back to more rounded shapes of late so lets hope another Ginetta 12 or Ferrari 206 is awaiting its birth somewhere (Magic, ever thought of doing your own thing:))

 

For the best of both worlds it has to be the Lancia Stratos. Wedges and lines and that amazingly sexy Round Wrap around cockpit. The only ubervehicle to ever be both feminine and masculine at the same time. If ever there was a car that screamed one of a kind and you ain't never going to see my like again, the Stratos is it.

post #7039 of 7317

I thought it was Chris Bangles 'flame surfacing'...but Billybob is more correct...Stealth Fighters.  A sinister concept, a sinister look, and goes well with dystopian.

 

Agreed about the Stratos.  Very beautiful.  Very unique.


Edited by SP Wild - 7/9/14 at 7:17pm
post #7040 of 7317
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Wait a minute, are we talking about Nurburgring times...a frekin hatchback can now clock under 8 minutes what else did I miss in ten years?  But I actually entirely believe it, I can't describe the advancement in road holding that occurs with each new generation of changes...I don't think the NSX cracked under eight...and that was a midmount supercar supposedly developed with Ayrton Senna's direct input.  I'm a huge fan of the Honda NSX and Honda engineering in general...absolutely exquisite stuff if you know what to look for.  Makes the Germans look like a bunch of rednecks.

 

I think the NSX Type R cracked the 8 minute mark IIRC

post #7041 of 7317
My birthday is this month, so I finally decided to order a pair of Fostex T50RP. Now I guess I need to buy some clay and cotton. I've only been thinking about doing this for about 4 years... redface.gif
post #7042 of 7317
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My birthday is this month, so I finally decided to order a pair of Fostex T50RP. Now I guess I need to buy some clay and cotton. I've only been thinking about doing this for about 4 years... redface.gif


Do yourself a humongous favour and PM Nick N. He'll hook you up with the latest and greatest materiel's for the Five O.

post #7043 of 7317
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I think the NSX Type R cracked the 8 minute mark IIRC

 

I stand corrected, I know the best NSXs were the last revisions before being discontinued.

 

I was listening to my T50RPs last night coincidently and was comparing them to my HD650s.  For 80 bucks and some cheap mods, its quite incredible the way they sound.  Mind you the planar sound is off putting for some people and it may be an acquired taste...but for 80 bucks, nothing is really lost.

post #7044 of 7317
That's another thing that has changed - you can't get the T50RP for $80 anymore...
post #7045 of 7317

How much did you pay?

post #7046 of 7317

Best deal currently was BH at 109 bucks. I'd love to know what caused the price jump. Dan cannot be buying up that many, can he?

 

If you are planning on modding them anyhow, you can save a few bucks by ordering the 40's   as they are the same phone with different venting.

post #7047 of 7317
On the contrary, I feel that we will get better. The biggest empires collapsed when their time came and with people being more and more informed, they will crumble even quicker.

The Romans lasted for 1500 years and subsequent empires have had a shorter and shorter life span. We shall be alright.
post #7048 of 7317
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Best deal currently was BH at 109 bucks. I'd love to know what caused the price jump. Dan cannot be buying up that many, can he?

If you are planning on modding them anyhow, you can save a few bucks by ordering the 40's   as they are the same phone with different venting.

Yup - I ordered the T50RP from B&H for $109 w/ free shipping. There was a time last year (or was it before that?) that the price increased to over $130. I kept waiting for them to go back under $100, but it just wasn't happening.
post #7049 of 7317

The one time that I bought a stock T50RP for my own use, it was about $85. It's odd to see the price going back up, especially with its design becoming ever more dated, but Fostex knows that modders love to buy them. I wonder how much increase they've had in production over the past few years as people like Dan have started buying in bulk.

post #7050 of 7317
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Yup - I ordered the T50RP from B&H for $109 w/ free shipping. There was a time last year (or was it before that?) that the price increased to over $130. I kept waiting for them to go back under $100, but it just wasn't happening.

 

Thats not too bad a price.  Let us know how you find them, they kinda sound all wrong stock, I never made any more than the basic mods with mine and I think they sound very nice.

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