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by barney
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

I still think Carter was one of the most decent men to be President, Barney even more important-he had opera piped into the Oval Office! Regards, Len :lol: Didn't know that, Len. Integrity and taste! Mind you, I hope Mike Pence has his wife on stage with him. Otherwise he will be alone with a woman...
by barney
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nancy rates Debate Donald: ‘I think one thing he did present was the authenticity of who he is‘
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Nancy rates Debate Donald: ‘I think one thing he did present was the authenticity of who he is‘

Nancy got that right. The people got to see Donald for exactly who he is. The amazing thing would be if anyone didn't already know. But it doesn't stop the lobotomised and paranoid supporting him. Very curious.
by barney
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions

Yes Barney, the problems is the same in the UK but I'm not sure that the problems lies with orchestras, it starts much earlier than that. I suspect that there are not many black musicians coming for audition in the first place. We need to get more black kids learning instruments in schools and coll...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Right-wing mag says US needs Biden
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Right-wing mag says US needs Biden

Even the Spectator, a very intelligent right-wing magazine, is appalled by the debate, and by the President. The Spectator's Scotland editor, Alex Massie, explains why below. Alex Massie Bog-standard Biden is the president America needs 30 September 2020, 9:25pm Peggy Noonan, the doyenne of conserva...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gravest threat to election: Trump himself
Replies: 0
Views: 56

Gravest threat to election: Trump himself

From the New York Times today Tuesday’s Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself President Trump’s unwillingness to say he would abide by the result and his disinformation campaign about election fraud went beyond anything President Vladimir V. Putin could have ima...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

Welcome to the pub, Brian - let me buy you a beer. Or a glass of wine. Thank you for those thoughtful comments. I know you haven't a racist cell in your body, and you are right to be proud of your heritage. We all should be - it doesn't mean we think we are better than anyone else, because we are no...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

Len, a mute button for the candidates, operated by the moderator, is essential for the next debates. With any luck Pence-Harris will be a much higher standard, Pence being a vastly superior human being to Trump. As is almost everyone on the planet.
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

Biden was no better than Trump ; "shut up man", "a clown" etc. You cannot possibly make that statement in good faith. You are simply trolling. Did you watch it? It's one of the stupidest statements I've seen about the debate. Biden did succumb eventually, but on the aggression stakes he was 2 out o...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions

Leonard Slatkin's admission that he has not hired even one Black musician during his career was especially telling. Maybe, Brian, and maybe not. It depends on how many black players he auditioned, doesn't it. If he hired (random guess) 150 orchestral musicians and heard 1200 audition, but only 4 we...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release
Replies: 6
Views: 61

Re: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release

He gets a volume (2 CDs) in the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century edition (still, to my mind, the greatest recording project in classical history). One CD is Chopin, the other has Debussy, Faure, Prokofiev, Ravel and Schumann. I might not have played it since the first time when I first got...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Yesterday's Debate Stand Back and Stand By

I watched it all - nearly, I was interrupted near the end - and despaired. This is a President? A bully, thug, loudmouth, certainly. His only tactic was to shout-down Joe, continually talking over the top. And the usual parade of lies. This, of course, appealed to the lobotomised and violent, but I ...
by barney
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump a threat to national security
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Trump a threat to national security

That was just so much folderol generated by the activist left media. Was Kennedy a 'threat to national security' when his father's earnings came from bootlegging and JFK himself was connected to the mafia? When Kennedy spent his nights in pillow talk with legions of women? I suspect the people are ...
by barney
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump a threat to national security
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Trump a threat to national security

From Business Insider Any rich person could pay off Donald Trump Linette Lopez 19 hrs ago Donald Trump leads an expensive lifestyle and, at least on paper, his businesses aren't keeping up. The New York Times obtained Trump's tax returns, and they show that he has hundreds of millions in liabilities...
by barney
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

Thanks. Interesting response from Fox - I would have expected them to dismiss it as lies. Smart business? Most people can see that's not a sustainable model for a country - if everybody pays taxes like Trump, civil society collapses. Basic infrastructure, roads, rubbish collection etc obviously depe...
by barney
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful

Ah. I'm not sure I understand what you mean if it's metaphorical. Who are the premillennialists? But you are definitely right about blaming the Left. Just look at a recent post in this very thread.
by barney
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful

After defending him for years, our premillennialists at long last find Trump abhorrent. Their wordy rants,though, have undergone a tactical shift: they now blame the Left for the rise of Trumpism. That allows them to justify their own intellectual bankruptcy and moral impotence. Are you using premi...
by barney
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

In his favor, to be fair, Doughboy wears a mask way more often than he pays income tax. Now that's a spin-I'm sending that to the CNN fact checkers! Regards, Len :lol: Probably did neither in 2016-17. 2020, Joseph is right. Has there been much outrage? You guys are following it more closely than me...
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: New BIS releases

I think I have pretty much everything Grumiaux committed to disk, Brian. Might be a few performances I haven't got. Beautiful player and man of immense moral courage who risked his life defying the Nazis.
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful

Yes, Winters makes that point, and isn't thrilled about it.
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: New BIS releases

Arthur Grumiaux remains my favourite in the Beethoven sonatas. Wonderful purity of tone and musical shape, great partnership with Clara Haskil. David Oistrak with Oborin is similar. Agree also about Kremer/Argerich. I also have Perlman/Ashkenazy and Grumiaux/Arrau, though I can't remember if the lat...
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

I know I'm observing from afar, but I get the sense that America has not been so divided since, perhaps, the 1860s. No question.And unlike the Confederacy,TrumpReich will not surrender regardless of election results.Nor is it surprising the old Confederacy is almost entirely TrumpReich now. When I ...
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

Len, you know that I'm inclined to see the dark side and worry a lot. My latest worry is the Supreme Court battle which may turn a lot of conservatives back to Trump who would otherwise have abandoned him. RBG really let us down at the wrong moment, a great shame after such a contribution. But if he...
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Barrett: why she's the wrong choice and Dems must be careful

This is a column from the National Catholic Reporter, an independent, fairly progressive Catholic paper, the most notable alongside England's The Tablet. Don't you wish Trump had picked a Methodist for the Supreme Court? Sep 28, 2020 by Michael Sean Winters OpinionPolitics The president's nomination...
by barney
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

I must say, I have found this story delicious. I'm not normally a rancorous person, but if anyone deserves a little humiliation it's the Donald.
by barney
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: Trump exposed as the Artful Dodger — NY Times publishes two decades of the Donald’s tax records

Typically sordid. Of course, it won't bother his defenders, but ordinary, rational people should notice what he's been up to. His business practices - surprise, surprise! - mirror his political practices. God willing, some of his creditors are never-Trumpers who will be happy to pursue a squalid and...
by barney
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train

The Republicans are indeed hollow men (and women), standing for no conviction whatsoever except hanging on to power. And, as we have seen over four years, they will stoop to any indecency to do it. A once great party now almost totally contemptible. Barney I wonder if anyone has done any studies as...
by barney
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train

That's a powerful piece of writing. The Republicans are indeed hollow men (and women), standing for no conviction whatsoever except hanging on to power. And, as we have seen over four years, they will stoop to any indecency to do it. A once great party now almost totally contemptible. That doesn't m...
by barney
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train

where was this summary? I'd like to read it. Couldn't locate the summary you're looking for but, for a stopgap, the quote below is a pretty good synopsis of a guy who on his most lucid days still reminds me of my crazy cousin from Kalamazoo. As Jared Kushner has stated, TrumpWorld is like Alice's W...
by barney
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?

YouTube can be a useful resource for someone discovering classical music. You can find a wide range of material from what some would call "basic repertory" to the highly obscure. You can "try before you buy." Also on YouTube, I have recently discovered CD reviews by David Hurwitz, executive editor ...
by barney
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train

Trumpism is a Cosa Nostra that was hijacked by Rightist opportunists in a craven betrayal of authentic conservatism... The righteous on the Right, however, are fessing up — as I write, the recently retired vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul Selva has just endorsed Joe Biden. B...
by barney
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?

Thank you Lance for the warm welcome, it's much appreciated! I know one piece I am really liking right now is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 so I guess we could start there! I would definitely like to get some of his symphonies as well as Beethoven's for sure. I'd like to add my voice to the welcom...
by barney
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Truckin' with the Trumpers: The Deplorables hitch one last ride on the Trump train

Is the US Supreme Court so politicised that it would allow Trump to steal the election on party grounds? Australia's Supreme Court - or, rather, High Court, as here the Supreme Courts are lower bodies - operates according to the law rather than politics, even if there have been notably activist judg...
by barney
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fritz Reiner: Pittsburgh SO Recordings on CD Finally!
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Fritz Reiner: Pittsburgh SO Recordings on CD Finally!

BARNEY! I cannot believe it! You'll pass up a REINER set?!? Vintage Reiner at that. I still await a Koussevitzky mega-box set, too, but I fear it will be a very long wait. Reiner is very prominent in the 60-CD RCA Living Stereo box set. I probably won't splash for this set, because sound quality ma...
by barney
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginsburg and the Goldbergs — a personal history
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Ginsburg and the Goldbergs — a personal history

Why would you post such a boring article?

Just kidding. It's rather beautiful isn't it, and testament to the power of music to transcend other divisions. You can't despise someone who really loves Bach.
by barney
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fritz Reiner: Pittsburgh SO Recordings on CD Finally!
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Fritz Reiner: Pittsburgh SO Recordings on CD Finally!

Reiner is very prominent in the 60-CD RCA Living Stereo box set. I probably won't splash for this set, because sound quality matters for me a little more than it used to.
by barney
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Madrid opera canceled after audience revolts over social distancing concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: Madrid opera canceled after audience revolts over social distancing concerns

Forgive me if I digress, but this is MY city, and we are being unfairly maligned as a cynical campaign ploy! Agreed.Far too many Americans are in denial about the virus."Virus fatigue" is as dangerous as the virus, one of the reasons the virus is going so " well." Far,far too many re-openings, $$ t...
by barney
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems need to wake up
Replies: 27
Views: 1215

Re: Dems need to wake up

And you balance your reading so carefully, Belle. Hint: The Australian, Murdoch's flagship, is not left-wing, nor is it centrist. I read books , Barney, and newspapers and media for daily commentary. The authors of those books include (but are not limited to) Niall Ferguson (yes, you can read all a...
by barney
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not much to report lately, but ...
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Not much to report lately, but ...

Hi Lance. I definitely have covid-brain, where prolonged concentration is a challenge. I definitely haven't put Parsifal or Gotterdammerung in the CD player the last few months! I'm reading more thrillers than the philosophy/theology/political science that have been my staple. But I'm counting my bl...
by barney
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

A teenager recently spoke to me derisively of glamping - the sort of camping where you have a shower and a tent. I smiled and didn't disagree, but even glamping is too uncomfortable, I suspect. Can't say for sure, as I've never done it. But I have no appetite for squatting over a hole in the ground ...
by barney
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2027

Re: Beethoven's 32

Alas, in Australia it is in the wee hours of the morning.
by barney
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In the wake of RBG's death, Mitch promises a Senate vote on Trump's nominee to replace her
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: In the wake of RBG's death, Mitch promises a Senate vote on Trump's nominee to replace her

More hate speech. The government of the day needs to replace like for like in these instances of death in the SC. It's what we do in our Australian Senate. Having said that, I don't see a better USA - a more civil, safe or kind USA - despite all the praise heaped upon a deceased progressive Supreme...
by barney
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

Sri Lanka is lovely. Barney I was there back in the 1970's-it was called Ceylon then-very exotic! I remember beautiful Botanical Gardens at a town named Kandi. Regards, Len I was there in 1980 as a backpacker. I remember breakfasting on fresh pineapple, 20 cents each, which I would share with local...
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

New Zealand is definitely the one. I was brought up there and am still an NZ citizen (along with UK and Australia). I think it's most beautiful country I've seen, from Norwegian-style fjords in the south, lakes, glaciers and imposing mountains flanked by rolling English countryside on one side and m...
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5781
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: 1 Tishrei 5781

I don't Donald, but I guess you do, so I send your felicitations and warm wishes back to you.
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

Surely this is the most slimy, incompetent, despicable US Administration ever. Barr should be in jail.
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scientists back Biden, breaking 175-year precedent
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Scientists back Biden, breaking 175-year precedent

Scientific American Breaks With 175-Year Precedent to Endorse Biden This article appeared on Truthout, an independent left-wing news service. Mike Ludwig, Truthout PUBLISHED September 16, 2020 Scientific American has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in the widely respected magazi...
by barney
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems need to wake up
Replies: 27
Views: 1215

Re: Dems need to wake up

And you balance your reading so carefully, Belle. Hint: The Australian, Murdoch's flagship, is not left-wing, nor is it centrist.
by barney
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

He went further, saying his physical health was in question, and his “mental health has definitely failed.” Caputo has correctly diagnosed himself. There are various forms of psychosis, but delusional thinking is a common thread in these mental diseases. In any other government or private sector bu...