Baki

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    Century Child
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    Away
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    Angels Fall First
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    Bless the Child

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  1. Baki

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Oh kaaaay.... I am skeptical in advance about having random people sing to Arbeit macht frei.
  2. Baki

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Ehm, is there a contest or something?
  3. Baki

    Within Temptation II

    Precisely. If I take away from you the possibility to plan your life together with your partner or to be treated equally like all other co-citizens, are you gonna tolerate that? Don´t you see how hypocritical that is? I will tolerate you having a different opinion than me regarding the best NW (or WT, to stay on topic) album. I will not tolerate you having any kind of opinion on whether I should have the same rights as you, because that is beyond personal opinions and idle discussions. Some people do suffer in very concrete ways because of this particular inequality, and you want to discuss it idly on an internet forum as if it was a discussion about some band you saw in concert.
  4. Baki

    Within Temptation II

    I think it's just plain lack of empathy, ability to experience someone else's travails as one's own. Nothing new nor exclusive to LGBT rights, but in this case it is also heightened and intensified by all these culturally inherited stigmas and stereotypes that have been attached to these opressed groups throughout the centuries. You know, unless it is you who is forbidden to marry or adopt children, or hold your partner's hand in public, you don't have the same ability to feel the disgrace and humiliation of such life, and very often you don't understand why those people are now being so "annoying" demanding those rights and having their NGOs and their parades and their public surveys and so on. Just like people without migratory background or experience will find it much harder to emphatise with immigrants or refugees, healthy people with people with disabilities, etc.
  5. Baki

    Chernobyl

    Oh dear.... I am however still waiting for History Channel having a try at "Aliens in Chernobyl".
  6. Baki

    Within Temptation II

    See, I don´t even think homophobia in much of the world is about bigotism (is that a word at all?), but about freaking hypocrisy of privilege. The worst, most annoying kind of immense hypocrisy. I am all for discussion and tolerance of different opinions, including the issue of rights for non-hetero people, but let´s first have heterosexual relationships be exposed to the same amount of hate speech, mockery, suspicion, state persecution, pseudo-scientific demonisation and legal and para-legal discrimination and bans that homosexual relationships have experienced in the past centuries. When that is done, I am all for discussing different opinions on the topic. It is easy to mock, judge, or disparage one group when you are not going to live with the effects of this judgement and mockery and have them restrict the choices you can make in your life (or, as we say in my region, "it is easy to beat the thorny bush with someone else´s penis").
  7. Baki

    Within Temptation II

    This is really a wonderful sign of respect that they showed! How nice of them. I am personally not too big on the Pride iconography (I just think sometimes it can misrepresent what it stands for) but nevertheless it is worth some respect when musicians and other public figures from th world of entertainment use their influence to improve the standing of those who are still unequal in many parts of the world in so many ways. In my opinion, more musicians should follow this suit (wink, Nightwish, wink). On topic: I somehow still cannot get into Resist, apart from The Reckoning. Which is weird, because the more mainstream they go, the more I like them, usually. But this time it wasn´t so.
  8. Baki

    Chernobyl

    Watched the finale last night, it was very powerful. The series on the whole was amazing, and I am really happy with how they portrayed life in the late USSR, like, small everyday things and visual details, it seems they really spent some considerable effort for this. And the social/cultural portrayal of that era was mostly fine, with some occasional moments that seemed a bit anachronistic or just unrealistic (e.g. Belorussian party functionary who used to be a shoe-maker, supposedly). But still, this appear only in very small doses, and is done very subtly, compared to many other Western portrayals of Soviet history that suffer from "GULAGisation" of the whole era.
  9. Baki

    Chernobyl

    Don´t know what you mean, there are no USSR nuclear plants here, all were built by domestic authorities. There is actually one just 30 km from where I live, just across Slovenian border, constructed during Yugoslav times (nowadays operated jointly by Croatia and Slovenia). As far as I know, it is functioning just fine, and actually contributes to a large chunk of electrical production for both countries. As for the rest of Balkans, I know there are plants in Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary, all located close to their borders, but no idea how updated or safe they are, I would assume they are fine for the time being. Without going pro-nuclear, but much bigger problem for the environment here are coal plants that still operate in the part of the region that is not yet in EU. These countries produce more pollution through coal than all EU combined, and there is one coal plant in Bosnia that pollutes more than all plants in Germany combined! And just like radiation, air pollution does not know state borders, so you can imagine how dangerous all of this is. Of course, I am against building new nuclear plants to remedy this problem, but I´d say these coal plants are right now much bigger problem than a couple of still well functioning nuclears. BTW, watched first two episodes last night, the series is fantastic!
  10. Baki

    Chernobyl

    You are right,, of course, I did not look at it that way. But looking at the map of nuclear plants of Europe, I always had the impression that positioning them close to national borders was intentional. I think also relative seismic stability of the region is taken into consideration. BTW, I find it funny how back before Chernobyl, nuclear energy was hailed as THE eco-friendly source. Now, the situation is completely the opposite.
  11. Baki

    Chernobyl

    Actually, that is precisely the reason - to minimise the effect of the potential catastrophe on domestic population, and "export" it to neighbouring countries.
  12. Baki

    Chernobyl

    Not for as long as there is memory of Deadwood. I am gonna watch Chernobyl over the weekend.
  13. Baki

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Just to reiterate what I implied here, but if I recall correctly, back in 2005 when Finnish tabloids were all over Tarja´s firing, they even interviewed several prominent metal musicians for their opinion on the matter. I think it was Christopher (don´t hold me 100 % on that, I apologize if I misremember it) who shared an "anegdote" from one festival when he wanted to enter NW backstage to say hi, but was blocked by Marcelo. That kind of can explain why they would never consider each other as potential collaborators.
  14. Baki

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    That's interesting! However, thank god it never happened, Therion is for me really a cringeworthy band made up of great musicians. And in Tarja's defence, I think she would do much better than Floor in Therion songs, at least in studio. BTW, did not Christopher make some really nasty statement about Marcelo back in 2005 during the War of Public Letters?
  15. Baki

    Game of Thrones

    He is paralysed, not mute.