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by nut-job
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Huffington Post - Den of Quackery
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: Huffington Post claims antibiotics cause cancer

Doesn't seem too controversial, it is widely known that bacteria that colonize the digestive tract are important, and that some nutrients are poorly absorbed or not absorbed at all unless first broken down by bacteria in the gut. Reduction of these beneficial bacteria is one adverse effect of unnece...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Waterboarding memo revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 2795

Re: Waterboarding memo revealed

Interesting article in the NYTimes: Waterboarding was invented by the North Koreans. Hmmm, Dick Cheney, Kim Jong Il, sounds about right. WASHINGTON — The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without r...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: News Flash - Important Cabinet Meeting
Replies: 13
Views: 847

Re: News Flash - Important Cabinet Meeting

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090420/D97M74380.html Wow, Obama is going to use the first cabinet meeting to slash, mind you absolutely SLASH, $100 million out of his $3.5 trillion dollar budget. Thank god someone is trying to cut back on wasteful spending. :roll: Is this supposed to be a joke? ...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Waterboarding memo revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 2795

Re: Waterboarding memo revealed

I am not impressed with the vague claims that we are safer because we torture. Even if this were true, I would rather walk around with a slightly greater risk than than know that my country is torturing people on my behalf. The idea that we are willing to torture and slaughter to maintain our own s...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Waterboarding memo revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 2795

Re: Waterboarding memo revealed

I am not impressed with the vague claims that we are safer because we torture. Even if this were true, I would rather walk around with a slightly greater risk than than know that my country is torturing people on my behalf. The idea that we are willing to torture and slaughter to maintain our own se...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Global Cooling Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1615

Re: Global Cooling Update

Maybe its because there hasn't been any global warming in the decade 1998-2008. Much as I love the New Scientist and troll it for a lot of copy, they must have an editorial policy that no story can run in their pages unless it refers to global warming and hints broadly at a looming catastrophe. I'v...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Stephen Hawking “very ill”
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Professor Stephen Hawking “very ill”

Corlyss_D wrote:[Don't tell me you didn't know ALS was a fatal disease!
There is a distinction between a chronic condition and an acute condition. The news story did not report that Hawkings has ALS, but that he has a chest infection which required him to be rushed to hospital.
by nut-job
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harnoncourt Schubert symphony cycle
Replies: 26
Views: 2046

Re: Harnoncourt Schubert symphony cycle

I have Harnoncourt's Vienna Symphony recording of the 8th, which I would describe as the finest performance I have heard of that work. I recently acquired the set of recordings you have mentioned but have listened to it yet. If you want safe, standard performances, look elsewhere, I expect.
by nut-job
Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Waterboarding memo revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 2795

Re: Waterboarding memo revealed

Authorizing waterboarding of an acknowledged terrorist is one thing. The Bush administration did far worse, subjecting innocent people to torture. For instance, a Canadian citizen, Maher Arar, was interdicted at a US airport, sent to Syria where he was detailed for a year and subject to torture (rea...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Constitutional Rights for Cloned Neandertals!
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: Constitutional Rights for Cloned Neandertals!

The data I mentioned about the Neanderthals fair skin, red hair and blue eyes are known facts deduced from the DNA studies by Spanish scientists and confirmed by the Max Planck Institute. This was confirmed in December 2007. Whether they interbred still remains a question. As they co-existed with m...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Constitutional Rights for Cloned Neandertals!
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: Constitutional Rights for Cloned Neandertals!

What could be gained by cloning a Neanderthal? We already know that they could speak. We already know that their skin was white, their hair red or blond and their eyes were blue. We already know that their brain capacity was the same as that of modern man. From their burial places, we know that the...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: General Patton: On Terror & Modern World
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: General Patton: On Terror & Modern World

I'm still hoping for a proper answer to why this fraud was perpetrated in CMG, subject header and all - what purpose this was supposed to serve. To say that posting it does not violate CMG's house rules may be true but it's no answer. Although I fear many Americans are clueless enough to think that...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: General Patton: On Terror & Modern World
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: General Patton: On Terror & Modern World

So why is this being posted here? Corner Pub Discuss whatever you want here ... movies, books, recipes, politics, beer, wine, TV ... everything except classical music. And why does the subject heading say it's General Patton? Because "General Patton played by George C. Scott voiced over by Mike Kam...
by nut-job
Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Global Cooling Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1615

Re: Global Cooling Update

keaggy220 wrote:Your comments verify my statement. Try reading the article again and see if it helps.
Ok, I see, Arctic vs Anarctic. Doesn't modify the data, Arctic ice has reduced by almost 50% since 1980.
by nut-job
Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Global Cooling Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1615

Re: Global Cooling Update

Core samples offer better evidence of trends going back thousands of years: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080911150048.htm Too bad climate change has become so political. Good science is almost meaningless... What don't you understand about the fact that polar ice has gone from 3.0 t...
by nut-job
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Global Cooling Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1615

Re: Global Cooling Update

Climate variables such as polar ice coverage are fluctuating quantities. They go up and down from year to year, much like the stock market goes up and down from day to day. The trend over longer time scales is what is important. According to the data I've seen polar ice coverage in 2008 is up 8% ove...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Telarc Update..
Replies: 59
Views: 9820

Re: Telarc Update..

They made their mark in the lp era, with very clean pressings of good recordings. They never recorded any new or particularly novel repertoire, just standard stuff with the loudest deepest bass drum sound in the industry. For hyperion, Chandos, or any number of labels I can list many new composers I...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Telarc Update..
Replies: 59
Views: 9820

Re: Telarc Update..

Apparently not much of a change. I think collectors of any great label find it very disappointing about such news and it wears on them, hence to bring it up. There is probably nothing WE can do, who acquire recordings, except to continually feel the sorrow about such news. Maybe the next news we re...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What artists need a box set?
Replies: 54
Views: 4706

Re: What artists need a box set?

But maybe you're right---are there well-played boxed sets for Schubert's complete piano sonatas? String quartets? What about the music from the operas? Tschüß! Jack There's this one. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31oqlC7WkkL._SL500_AA180_.jpg Only distributed in Germany, I had to pay a lot ...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What artists need a box set?
Replies: 54
Views: 4706

Re: What artists need a box set?

I have a certain fascination with the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris (the orchestra of the Paris Conservatory) from the 50's, particularly the old Decca recordings with Schuricht, Monteux, Ansermet, Martinon, Wolf, Desormiere, Cluytens, etc. They had a unique sound an...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Russian Viagra Story
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Another Russian Viagra Story

Ralph wrote:Big deal. Happens every day in New York.
You take the cases pro boner?
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NASA captures the Hand of God
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Re: NASA captures the Hand of God

Mark Harwood wrote:Proof, if any were needed, that He eats hot dogs.
Are you sure that's a hot dog in God's hand?
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD Sheeet Music from CDs, software problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1117

Re: CD Sheeet Music from CDs, software problems

I have many CD Sheet Music CDs, and since having a new computer in December, I tried to print some of Mozart's complete works for solo piano. Upon insertion of the CD, it wants to install the CD Sheet Music software Acrobat 4 reader. It reminds me that problems can occur if Versions 2.0 or 3.0 of A...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What do they watch????
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: What do they watch????

Ralph wrote:
nut-job wrote:
Ralph wrote:I don't watch any of the shows, left or right. The only scheduled TV show i watch is "House."
You should be watching "The Office."
*****

One show is my limit. :)
Then forget House.
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What do they watch????
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: What do they watch????

Ralph wrote:I don't watch any of the shows, left or right. The only scheduled TV show i watch is "House."
You should be watching "The Office."
by nut-job
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Overcollection" By Bush Wiretap Program
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: "Overcollection" By Bush Wiretap Program

The "Neocons" advanced a theory - but the Dems approved it and passed it into law - so they are equally to "blame." Of course, the mere fact that the slightest violiation of law occurred is sufficient for many to conclude the program is a travesty -- regardless of how how many lives it may have sav...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?
Replies: 30
Views: 1802

Re: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?

You can also argue that a piano is a sort of mechanically activated harp. It is hard to categorize, being a sort of hybrid string/percussion instrument.
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn and Dorati-33 CD Box..June 16th-Best Buy!
Replies: 35
Views: 2997

Re: Haydn and Dorati-33 CD Box..June 16th-Best Buy!

Actually, it makes me nervous that the major labels are effectively cannibalizing their future sales by selling such enormous box sets for so cheap. If they saturate the market and get people accustomed to paying so little for music they could have a harder time in the future.
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn and Dorati-33 CD Box..June 16th-Best Buy!
Replies: 35
Views: 2997

Re: Haydn and Dorati-33 CD Box..June 16th-Best Buy!

When I look at the original "collectors box" on Amazon it still reminds me that I ordered it in 2002. When I click through it shows me the price I paid, which was about $200, or $6 per disc. I considered it cheap at the time. Actually, as I recall, I had purchased the Brilliant Classics Fisher set f...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Marilyn Chambers Dead at 56
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Marilyn Chambers Dead at 56

Don't take it too hard, Anne-Sophie Mutter is still around. :(
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?
Replies: 30
Views: 1802

Re: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?

Perhaps it has no answer, but I'll keep looking for one. To state that some 20th-century composers did use it or others did not merely confirms that it has not been considered a regular member of the orchestra. Apparently, Berlioz refers to this matter in his Treatise on orchestration; I'll take a ...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why do I feel taken advantage of?
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Why do I feel taken advantage of?

I'm not sure who said fabricated. I believe there are signs the crisis has been exaggerated to the tune of several hundred billion of taxpayer bailout $$. Please don't regurgitate unemployment figures - they are very typical to recessions of the early '70's and early '80's and weaken your case. Une...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why do I feel taken advantage of?
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Why do I feel taken advantage of?

Goldman Sachs reports profits of 1 billion, after accepting 10 billion in government aid, and that indicates the crisis was fabricated by Obama? What are you smoking? nearly 700,000 jobs were lost this month, last month, the month before, etc. Retail sales declined 1.2 percent this month, car sales ...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oh dear! I mean, Oh kangaroo!
Replies: 23
Views: 1277

Re: Oh dear! I mean, Oh kangaroo!

As Agnes would say, please read: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Australia-Kangaroo-Cull-Canberra-Authorities-Want-To-Kill-Growing-Population-Of-Wild-Marsupials/Article/200904215260792?f=rss Don't worry, Agnes, Brendan--the deer problem in the eastern US is pretty much just as bad. I wo...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

We are currently third in the world on $$ spent per student. We are never going to improve as long as the answer continues to relentlessly be more money. It's insane to continue down the path we've been on for the last 40 years. Third in the world on average. But there are huge inequalities. I susp...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

It takes too much tax money to educate our own children to fill these jobs. Much better to let a poor Third World country pay the expense, and then entice their best talent here to work. That way, we make another country's investment in its own future closer to worthless, helps keep them down, and ...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oh dear! I mean, Oh kangaroo!
Replies: 23
Views: 1277

Re: Oh dear! I mean, Oh kangaroo!

As Agnes would say, please read: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Australia-Kangaroo-Cull-Canberra-Authorities-Want-To-Kill-Growing-Population-Of-Wild-Marsupials/Article/200904215260792?f=rss Don't worry, Agnes, Brendan--the deer problem in the eastern US is pretty much just as bad. I wo...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?
Replies: 30
Views: 1802

Re: Why isn't the piano a regular member of the orchestra?

But the piano is employed in a fair fraction of modern symphonic or orchestral music as a part of the ensemble. Typical orchestra rosters do list a pianist as a member of the orchestra.
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

I'm not sure what's strange about the definition. The article identifies the people leaving the banking industry as "top talent." Anytime a company loses top talent it is a bad thing - without exception. I don't follow you when you say it's a strange definition... You switched gears to the tech ind...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

Doesn't distress me. If they are really "top talent" they will probably be more valuable to the economy at a small company. If they are idiots, their little companies will fail, which will also be better for the economy. Unfortunately many are leaving for foreign owned companies. We should weep tha...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies

Awful. Throw it in the trash bin. :mrgreen: Famous but Bombastic and Emotional, well worth hearing, but, not in my top five sets... I was surprised by how lacking in emotion it was. Bernstein's first cycle projects more joy and exuberance and finds fewer darker moments than the later cycle, with th...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

Doesn't distress me. If they are really "top talent" they will probably be more valuable to the economy at a small company. If they are idiots, their little companies will fail, which will also be better for the economy. Unfortunately many are leaving for foreign owned companies. We should weep tha...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies

Awful. Throw it in the trash bin. :mrgreen: Famous but Bombastic and Emotional, well worth hearing, but, not in my top five sets... I was surprised by how lacking in emotion it was. Bernstein's first cycle projects more joy and exuberance and finds fewer darker moments than the later cycle, with th...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veteran bankers are leaving...
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: Veteran bankers are leaving...

Doesn't distress me. If they are really "top talent" they will probably be more valuable to the economy at a small company. If they are idiots, their little companies will fail, which will also be better for the economy.
by nut-job
Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies

Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:Awful. Throw it in the trash bin. :mrgreen:
Famous but Bombastic and Emotional, well worth hearing, but, not in my top five sets...
I was surprised by how lacking in emotion it was.
by nut-job
Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Carnegie Hall Presents: Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies

I had the set and was really not so impressed, and have since sold it. One problem I had with it was that CBS (now Sony) was way behind other labels of the era in sound quality. With Mahler the beauty of orchestral timbres is important and the recordings were lacking. But the earlier Bernstein recor...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pirates Seize American Vessel
Replies: 40
Views: 3517

Re: Pirates Seize American Vessel

Cliftwood wrote:I don't understand the logic of the insurance companies in this situation.

Please explain.
I assume the insurance companies are nervous that trigger happy sailors will sink Warren Buffet's yacht. :roll:
by nut-job
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pirates Seize American Vessel
Replies: 40
Views: 3517

Re: Pirates Seize American Vessel

Sounds like these pirates are just a band of desperadoes. I don't understand why these large cargo ships don't mount a Gatling gun on the port and starboard bow and on the stern and just pulverize anything that comes within 100 yards of the ship?
by nut-job
Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1382

Re: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change

The the medieval warming period is shown in the graph, it is clearly surpassed by current trends. The graph is complied from 10 published studies, and source information is shown here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2000_Year_Temperature_Comparison.png I'll see your graph and raise you the incon...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Guess I Won't Be Riding Public Transit In Paris
Replies: 16
Views: 748

Re: I Guess I Won't Be Riding Public Transit In Paris

I am just surprised by the need to demonize France. Violence occurs in urban areas of all developed countries. I'm sure you can find equally disturbing videos taken on American school buses. Of really? Where are they? If there were such videos, they would be all over You tube and there would be no ...