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George Carlin – HBO On Location USC 1977 #freespeech

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Complete show. “On Location: George Carlin at USC” is Irish-American comedian George Carlin’s first ever HBO special, recorded during the Summer of 1977 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. This unique taping lasted 85 minutes, and, at age 40, marked a new era in Carlin’s career. He explained to the audience that before this special came about, that he never did a show for home consumption or reproduction. To date he has recorded 12 shows for HBO, and is soon to record a 13th – 30 years after his first. In the process of planning this broadcast, the word spread quickly, and so much so that it resulted in a serious legal hearing at the Federal Communications Commission. Due to the controversy, Carlin sticks with more user-friendly material. However, a federal court of appeals ruled in Carlin’s favor and allowed him his right to free speech. This was mentioned during the opening of the program by Newsweek columnist and 60 Minutes reporter Shana Alexander (1925-2005), which explained that it is the kind of entertainment that was rarely seen or heard on cable or network television at the time.
1. Intro & Warning (1:40)
2. Program Open (:36)
3. Interview on inspirations and censorship (2:22)
4. Taking The Stage (10:27)
5. Shopping (7:52)
6. Walking (3:59)
7. Dogs & Cats (9:27)
8. Old Folks & Kids (8:00)
9. Food (3:30)
10. The News (3:20)
11. Brand Names (2:44)
12. Perversion of Language (7:07)
13. Forbidden Words (22:24)
14. Closing Credits (1:47)

LOST finale

For those that were dissatisfied with the ending to Lost, there is only one response. You never understood it.  The series from the beginning suggested that we are the sum of our possibilities.  We find meaning in the process, not the outcome. I knew this from season one. I also knew that they would have to go slipstream on the audience to make sense of the possibilities.  As soon as they did this, it was also equally clear that they could have no one true ending.  You could only see a series of possible endings.  In the interest of brevity and finality, they showed the audience two, or three, depending on your viewpoint.

It was always possible from the start that they were all dead, and they had yet to show that possibility.  It was cliché and nonproductive to go there for the whole of the series, and it was dismissed by all the fans four or five seasons back.  To show that possibility after resolving the timelines does not in any way detract from the resolutions.  It really just adds to them to my mind.

When all things are possible, then no possibility can diminish it.

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