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by nut-job
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Guess I Won't Be Riding Public Transit In Paris
Replies: 16
Views: 857

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.
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I think we're out of the sh*t hole!
Replies: 21
Views: 1033

Re: I think we're out of the sh*t hole!

I expect to see Dow Industrials at 5000 before seeing 10,000 again. According to statistics I've seen floated, stocks are still expensive compared to other comparable economic crises.
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

Not exactly. Look up Samuel Huntington's use of the term (and I doubt you'd find many people who are much smarter than he was). It should be fun for you since he was a Harvard professor. Unfortunately I have no idea who Samuel Huntington is. By the way, you make a great first impression if your goa...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

BWV 1080 wrote:So show me the body count of enemies killed by Harvard-developed technology

MIT's count is 14,357 as of December 31

of course thanks to Prof. Oppenheimer, Caltech is at the top of the list
Huh? Oppenheimer was a Professor at UC Berkeley for most of his professional life.
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

If it wasn't for the research done at Harvard and comparable institutions the US military personnel wouldn't be what it is today, and organization in which a solder presses a button and blows up an enemy 10 miles away. You must be confusing Harvard with MIT, which does have ROTC They both provide R...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

I get that you don't think it's a big deal that Harvard's administration (and/or faculty) long ago rolled up the red carpet for ROTC students and have never rolled it back out. I'm not claiming that the consequences of this policy are Earth-shattering. As I said, the notion that a liberal, elitist ...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

Barry wrote:Then there isn't much chance this policy will change any time soon unless the consequences of not doing so are unacceptable to those faculty members who keep it going.
What is this policy you keep talking about?
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

Then perhaps I should have been less permissive in that line. If holding back that grant money would be so catastrophic to the country, Harvard shouldn't have the option any longer. If they want the grant money, they stop giving short shrift to students who wish to participate in ROTC. As Ralph ind...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard and the Marines
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Harvard and the Marines

The only thing the article can claim is the Harvard doesn't pay for ROTC students. Why should they, do they routinely pay for all students who attend? I agree Harvard is free to set its own policies. I'm not suggesting they be subject to any kind of legal sanctions, although I certainly don't think ...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

Perhaps the globe is warming, perhaps it is man-caused. But perhaps not, in the long term. Computer models are unconvincing, particularly after the recent econmic fiasco based on similar models/math. I am skeptical of the religious aspects of this new cult, and the way all evidence fits their concl...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

the notion of global solutions does rather take one's breath Are we not entertaining notions of "global economic" solutions? Should American tax payers save the global economy so that Japanese, Canadian, European investors/entrepreneurs continue to thrive in it? American investors are only cleaning...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

The IPCC's work has been discredited several times as hysterical flackery, if not outright fakery. Hansen has been similarly discredited as not merely a NASA scientist but one of the major forces in spreading the hysteria. I couldn't find the source of the chart, but it might well come from the IPC...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

I don't think many scientists would say the issue is beyond legitimate scientific debate. I don't think you follow the literature on this. However, the vast preponderance of data supports the idea that the climate is getting warmer and that human activity is a significant contribution. Now I know y...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97ECHLG1&show_article=1 With the state of knowledge regarding climate change as primitive state as it is, I can't imagine anything more stupid than shooting a bunch of anything into the atmosphere to "protect" us against global warming. The notion that we ha...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Even More Stupid/Dangerous Idea Regarding Climate Change
Replies: 29
Views: 1545

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

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97ECHLG1&show_article=1 With the state of knowledge regarding climate change as primitive state as it is, I can't imagine anything more stupid than shooting a bunch of anything into the atmosphere to "protect" us against global warming. The notion that we ha...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: En saga - your favourite recording?
Replies: 25
Views: 1895

Re: En saga - your favourite recording?

The Barbirolli/Halle recording is very impressive. Very evocative and very spirited. Unfortunately it is only available currently as part of a Sibelius symphony cycle which is very unimpressive overall.
by nut-job
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Communities Are Printing Their Own Currencies :)
Replies: 16
Views: 1402

Re: Communities Are Printing Their Own Currencies :)

I like the idea of CMG bank notes. Lance would be on the hundred dollar bill, Jbuck on the fifty, Teresa on the twenty, JackC on the ten, Auntie Lynn on the fiver, Chalkie on the one and, of course, our beloved Corlyss on the three. Rather than a gold standard, the currency could be convertible to ...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Communities Are Printing Their Own Currencies :)
Replies: 16
Views: 1402

Re: Communities Are Printing Their Own Currencies :)

Local Currencies: Communities Printing Own Money To Keep Cash Flowing Huffington Post/USA Today/Detroit News | Compiled by Katharine Zaleski | April 6, 2009 at 04:32 PM UPDATE: USA Today's reporting on local currencies gives the impression that this is a NEW phenomenon born from the recession. Rath...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to explain family murder/suicides?
Replies: 18
Views: 4023

Re: How to explain family murder/suicides?

Discovering social trends based on stories seen on CNN is a questionable methodology.
by nut-job
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court
Replies: 26
Views: 1542

Re: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court

I'd rather see the issue as an indication that his work was not well reviewed by his peers before he drew so much attention upon himself. Any university professor who is found guilty of frequent plagiarism ought to be fired, whatever the reason his/her record came into question. The credibililty of...
by nut-job
Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court
Replies: 26
Views: 1542

Re: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court

It is clear to me that Churchill is a fraud and doesn't deserve to be a tenured professor anywhere, but the process still bothers me. He said something unpopular, the governor demands he be ousted, and they begin investigating him. Was there any possibility that they wouldn't find some rule he viola...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court
Replies: 26
Views: 1542

Re: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court

Was the university required to take him back and settle out with him or was the $1 the extent of any money he will get? The Times article no longer appears on the site, but an AP article indicates that reinstatement would be ruled on by the judge after Churchill's attorney files a motion. DENVER (A...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court
Replies: 26
Views: 1542

Re: Ward Churchill Has a Bad Day in Court

From the New York Times: DENVER — A jury ruled Thursday that Ward L. Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who drew national attention for an essay in which he called some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “little Eichmanns,” was wrongfully terminated. The jury, which d...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama fires GM CEO
Replies: 12
Views: 760

Re: Obama fires GM CEO

DavidRoss wrote: Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore.
Actually, it was Dorothy's line.

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
:P
by nut-job
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Woody Allen stepping back in time
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Woody Allen stepping back in time

Ralph wrote:East or West 12th?
West 12th. And what's Bernie Madoff doing eating a lobster anyway?
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Woody Allen stepping back in time
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Woody Allen stepping back in time

Barry wrote:Certain humor tends to appeal more to people from given regions or ethnicities. For this style of Woody Allen humor, it probably helps to be Jewish and from the northeastern part of the U.S.
Being born on 12th street in lower Manhattan doesn't qualify?
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice to a great composer
Replies: 63
Views: 3625

Re: Advice to a great composer

Silly question: those are all from the same performances, only different packaging? And why are there two sets on EMI: one 2-disc, the other...? The Brilliant set is a re-issue of the EMI recordings, which are available on a pair of 2CD sets that have been in print for more than a decade, although ...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama fires GM CEO
Replies: 12
Views: 760

Re: Obama fires GM CEO

This is such bull!!! If this isn't a perfectly clear cut example that we are on the road to socialism, then I don't know what is!!! GM is perfectly free to keeps its CEO, provided it doesn't take the government's money. If not for the government they would already be bankrupt. (Judging by market ca...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is your favourite Brahms Trio?
Replies: 14
Views: 2740

Re: What is your favourite Brahms Trio?

Without doubt the Piano Trio #1. Beau Arts is excellent in this, but Floristan Trio on Hyperion is exceptional in this piece.

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by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Woody Allen stepping back in time
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Woody Allen stepping back in time

Ralph wrote:I hope it's not a one-time thing. He really is the most perceptively funny New Yorker.
I have to say, I found it neither terribly perceptive nor terribly funny. :(
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 39917

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

the fact that Solti excelled with Haydn and Mozart does not contradict the previous [correct] premise that Solti excelled with huge orchestra showpieces as well. I don't agree that Solti excelled with Haydn and Mozart, and my main complaint with him is that he tends to turn everything into a huge o...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 39917

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

I don't know if Reiner ever conducted the Ninth , but not having one from him is a great loss to our culture. That is just silly hyperbole. Given that we have probably 100 recordings of this work, the fact that one of the better regarded conductors was not interested to record this symphony is not ...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 39917

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Today I listened to a performance of Liszt's transcription of the Schubert Wanderer Fantasia. Bolet was the pianist and Solti directed the London Philharmonic. Well, Solti did to a fantastic job of creating a vibrant performance from this music which can easily turn into unendurable bombast. So yes,...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: evolution
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: evolution

Science tells us we evolved from the sea over millions of years. Nature decided that there was to be two sexes-male and female, otherwise we would all be hermaphroditic. Natures plan was to reproduce the species, i.e. be fruitful and multiply. Homosexuality does not fit into this plan. I have a num...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What will the bonus recipients do?
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: What will the bonus recipients do?

Start their own companies, heh? Well, fine by me. Maybe next time these geniuses will loose 150 billion of their own dollars. Hedge funds don't use their own money. They invest other people's money. However, who will work at the financials to unwind the mess? People who couldn't get government jobs...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

-its a misnomer to talk about "old growth" forests most anywhere in the Northeast, as the natives actively managed the forests through fire and planting. The forests that have grown up wild in upstate NY and other regions over the past few hundred years bear little resemblance to what they would ha...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

Chosen Barley wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
What is this with the rampant idolatry of old trees? A tree is a tree is a tree. The earth and all its being exists for man to use, not to preserve as a museum.
You are full of baloney.
Well spoken, I'm certain she is not a vegetarian!
by nut-job
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What is your level of education?
Replies: 29
Views: 2182

Re: What is your level of education?

Your poll is fundamentally flawed, since you lump together all degrees beyond a masters degree as "PhD or equivalent." To fail to distinguish purely academic degrees (PhD) from "professional" doctoral degrees (medicine, law, etc) makes no sense.
by nut-job
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rumor: Borders to oust CDs/DVDs from stores
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Rumor: Borders to oust CDs/DVDs from stores

A tech analyst yesterday on Fast Money allowed that Kindle was going to destroy brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble and turn them into Tower Records. I find that hard to believe despite the apparent popularity of Kindle. First of all Kindle is an attack on Amazon's basic rai...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

One would hope the "Brave and daring trumpeter" has enjoyed a more productive fate! Unfortunately she's been off of the community radar screen for quite a while. A few years back I sent a card to her mailing address in Oklahoma, retrieved from a Christmas card she'd sent to me. There was no reply. ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

A point well made nut job, and I cannot tell you what warm feelings are called to mind by recalling those glorious months of chivalry in defense of our precocious young Queen and her idylic kingdom!! Yes, and I can assume that our precocious young queen has by now graduated from conservatory and ha...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unfinished Symphonies
Replies: 47
Views: 1594

Re: Unfinished Symphonies

To refer to the original topic, getting a dreary Marriner set just to get unfinished fragments seems like a bad bargain. There is a disc my Mackerras containing some of the fragments which can be used to supplement a decent Schubert cycle http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Symphony-Other-Unfinished-Symp...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What will the bonus recipients do?
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: What will the bonus recipients do?

Start their own companies, heh? Well, fine by me. Maybe next time these geniuses will loose 150 billion of their own dollars.
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

Please note nut-job that I've known Corlyss and her polemical style for many years, and learned long ago she can is capable of burying any apponent in a barrage of forceful rhetoric any time she gets her dander up. I've also learned her bark is worse than her bite, and no appeal to humanitarian pri...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

When the trees develop civilization and the rocks create technology and amoebas produce complex societies capable of music, art and literature, I'll worry about human arrogance. In the meantime, I'm not going to go back to a primitive life style waiting for them to catch up. If you think humans liv...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 39917

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Heck148 wrote:I can think of no other orchestra that exhibits such flamboyant virtuosity as the CSO did during the Solti years.
That encapsulates my lack of enthusiasm for the CSO under Solti. I enjoy the non-flamboyant virtuosity of an orchestra which puts music first and virtuoso display second.
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 39917

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Solti was definitely highly skilled on the podium and produced a lot of fine recordings. But I don't see him as terribly distinctive, in my mind he is a good representative of the "strict" class of conductors, along the lines of Reiner and Szell. I don't go to him expecting to see a unique insight i...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conducting technique - what is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 2359

Re: Conducting technique - what is it?

that conducting with the eyes closed is terribly limiting and stifling to musicians. the eyes, eye contact, is one of the major means of comunications between conductor and orchestral players...discarding it is, to me, a major flaw in conducting technique. I always figured that, it's nice to know m...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

What is this with the rampant idolatry of old trees? A tree is a tree is a tree. The earth and all its being exists for man to use, not to preserve as a museum. In some of the poorest parts of Africa, some of the most valuable, pristine wilderness is being obliterated because the only way indigent ...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Green Stupidity
Replies: 44
Views: 3178

Re: More Green Stupidity

In Haiti all the trees were cut down years ago. The result was severe erosion and arable land taken out of production. I agree it's not an easy situation but the concern isn't rooted in arrogance. The poor often have to choose between the right decision for the long term, and the decision that will...