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by nut-job
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

The claim that the US dominates the development of medical technology is overstated. Looking at the list of top medical technology/pharmaceutical companies, there is more money invested in research by European companies than by US companies. The two highest profile diagnostic tools, CAT scanners and...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Playing Liszt
Replies: 7
Views: 2253

Re: Martha Argerich Playing Liszt

Sorry for causing any misunderstanding. Of course I did not only refer to her octaves. I love Martha in every way! Allen, you have nothing to apologise for, I was responding to nut-job's justified criticism of my belittling her talent by referring to the speed of her octaves and not mentioning her ...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Playing Liszt
Replies: 7
Views: 2253

Re: Martha Argerich Playing Liszt

No need to apologise, Allen - it's just a shame that so few CMGers seem at all interested in the great Martha, probably fewer than 10 of us are fans.My recent posting of her duetting with Lang Lang has only drawn a few responses although over 250 people have read it. The other performances from thi...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

Pretty depressing article. It seems we have a government where neither party can put the interests of the country ahead of their grasp on power, ideology, or the special-interest groups that bankroll them.
by nut-job
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remastering Furtwängler for SACD
Replies: 25
Views: 7427

Re: Remastering Furtwängler for SACD

The debate between dsd and pcm is by no means over. This conversion was to 24-bit pcm to allow real-time processing. You saw him doing some. It's also possible to zoom in on individual samples if necessary. No way possible on a sigma delta stream. Sony are obliged to claim dsd better as they think ...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

Any sensible definition of "need" for medical care takes into account whether the care is likely to be effective and/or will have a major effect on their length or quality of life. To deploy such care based on anything other than a fair assessment of need is a waste of resources. Your analysis is c...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

Then no health care system would solve the problem for everyone who "needs" $500k worth of hospital care. We would even exceed our currently exorbitant military budget if we did attempt to provide the latest and greatest in care and technology for everyone who "needed" it. There are people with ter...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

I'm certainly sensitive to the issue of cost. But the current US system (pre-Obamacare) seems to waste half of the money that it spends (based on a comparison of cost with other countries, and some published studies). A lot of unnecessary tests are done in order to protect against lawsuits, a lot of...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The timing of the health care law
Replies: 74
Views: 11906

Re: The timing of the health care law

Use of the ER for reasons other than emergencies is a huge part of our health care problem, both in terms of effective health care delivery and expense. This whole "expense" problem you're citing is an illusion. The care being provided by ERs is a product of modern medical advancement and is theref...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remastering Furtwängler for SACD
Replies: 25
Views: 7427

Re: Remastering Furtwängler for SACD

I watched parts of the video. I found the description of the variety of source materials they had to contend with (shellac discs, metal discs, experimental session tapes, LP tapes, etc) to be the most interesting part of it. I can believe that finding the best source is the most important aspect of ...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is our friend Chalkie?
Replies: 20
Views: 1921

Re: Where is our friend Chalkie?

Best wishes for a full recovery!
by nut-job
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Will Obama Give Putin?
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: What Will Obama Give Putin?

Reb, the missile defense is not for protection against Russian missiles. It's meant to defend against missiles from Iran! Quote: The Russians have opposed building the system in Europe. Administration officials have stressed that the missile-defense system is intended to protect against a potential...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March
Replies: 20
Views: 5513

Re: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March

My Kempff box has arrived and I have started making my way to it. First was disc 1, the Goldberg variations. The manner of performance of the aria is certainly unusual. Whether it follows the Busoni edition or not, I can't say. It may be inauthentic, but it certainly succeeds in giving me a differen...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Will Obama Give Putin?
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: What Will Obama Give Putin?

Obama's "gifts" have not been given yet. Remember, he said he's waiting until after his re-election. And you know perfectly well that Obama was NOT referring to flexibility about economic ties. Try missile defense on for size. Cosima, What, may I ask, would Obama have any motive to "give" Putin? Ru...
by nut-job
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

I'm pretty immune to the merchandising, but the food is yummy. I'm sure it's yummy but price matters in my family--I make a lot of use of the frozen farm raised shrimp from Asia and also farm raised salmon--great price and yummy enough for me. Regards, Len I'm not in favor of wasting money, but wha...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: China likely to falter--and the US for the same reason?
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: China likely to fail--and the US for the same reason?

For the examples you give, "fail" is far too extreme a word because failure is finally decisive. Or so I think. Nations have their ups and downs, and for the moment these nations are in trouble of various kinds, but while they may be down they're certainly not out. The primary definition of "fail" ...
by nut-job
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Murderer released from psychward on Sundays to attend church
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Murderer released from prison on Sundays to attend churc

The "murderer" is on release from a mental hospital, not a prison.
by nut-job
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: China likely to falter--and the US for the same reason?
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: China likely to fail--and the US for the same reason?

There are many examples of Nations that have "failed" and which still exist (in some form). The most obvious one is the Soviet Union. Depending on how precipitous a fall is required to qualify as "failure" other examples could be Greece (national government in default) Britain (formerly world-domina...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 47 of 53 major cancer science discoveries unreliable
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Re: 47 of 53 major cancer science discoveries unreliable

I find the report total plausible. Every US university is trying to increase their life-science research presence, and the NSF and NIH have dramatically reduced their levels of support for basic research over the last 15 years. Getting funding just gets more and more competitive, and it may have rea...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frank Peter Zimmermann: interview
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Frank Peter Zimmermann: interview

You don't suppose, do you, that if this were performed according to directions it might be discovered that the last second violinist in Avery Fisher Hall cannot be heard at all? Not plausible. The New York Philharmonic plays with amplification in Avery Fisher Hall. They'd just jack up the volume a ...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black woman arrested for refusing to leave hospital, dies
Replies: 7
Views: 1562

Re: Black woman arrested for refusing to leave hospital, die

A sad story, but there's a limit to the conclusions you can draw from single story. Even "white people with good insurance" sometimes get sent home from the emergency room, only to drop dead soon afterwards. The mental illness of the victim seems to have been a decisive factor.
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Signature collection on SACD
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: EMI Signature collection on SACD

My Oppo player has special high end D to A circuits for stereo sound. Most players just put stereo SACD sound back through the CD quality D-A circuits so that you lose any potential advantage. That's why the SACD stereo layer sounds no better than a CD on these players. I have the Mararntz SA8004. ...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

I'm pretty immune to the merchandising, but the food is yummy.
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

What's your position on sausage--what goes in to the sausage and how you feel about hot sausage vs. sweet sausage! Regards, Len [fleeing] :) I do enjoy sausage. But my view is the same, I only get sausage which is made in the store, which means it is made from ingredients which can be identified. I...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

When I make a meal with ground beef I use beef that has been ground by the butcher from an identifiable cut of beef. I don't have the kind of money to buy that or organic--give me my ShopRite and Costco and Sams! Regards, Len :) I'm not saying you have to get free-range, organic-grass-fed ground po...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: What are you reading?

Geo Dude wrote:...and yeah, I need to get out more, I was unaware of that forum.
It seems to me the more you "get out" the less you'll be aware of on this forum. 8)
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

The beef in question is treated by ammonium hydroxide because the USDA considers the bacterial contamination to be unacceptable otherwise. The other issue is that the product is not made from skeletal muscle, but from material mechanically removed from the skeleton after the cow has been butchered. ...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3259275

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Back to basics.

Mozart, String Quintet in C, KV515.

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Refreshing after listening to too much "off the beaten trail" music.
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: What are you reading?

Hate to be pedantic, but there is a "what are you reading" board on this site. It doesn't get much traffic, perhaps because people don't notice it is there.

http://classicalmusicguide.com/viewforum.php?f=14
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime
Replies: 23
Views: 2113

Re: Where's The Beef--Pink Slime

Pink slime is meat that would otherwise be unsanitary, but which is treated with corrosive chemicals. Whether it is pink or slimy is beside the point. I don't want to eat it. :(
by nut-job
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Piece!
Replies: 32
Views: 3492

Re: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Pi

Agree with the above, pretty much. Record companies do not target college students who download a few tracks, or even a lot of tracks. They target college students who make the tracks available with peer-to-peer sharing schemes and who end up distributing large numbers of the tracks. This tends to h...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Signature collection on SACD
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: EMI Signature collection on SACD

Regarding the Living Presence and Living Stereo recordings. You are aware that there are large box sets for both? Do those include the languishing mono titles? I don't know, just asking. I'm not faulting CD re-recordings one bit. But I do know that the couple of dozen SACD recordings I now have inv...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Signature collection on SACD
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: EMI Signature collection on SACD

Seems like a very strange marketing strategy to me. Those recordings have all been perpetually in the catalog. I don't feel any need to have them on SACD, since they are mostly rather old recordings. Presumably they don't have sources which would allow them to generate true surround sound, and and ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Piece!
Replies: 32
Views: 3492

Re: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Pi

Who said I'm breaking the law? I'm simply excercising my rights and not aiding the corporations in civil matters that is none of my business. Laserdiscs were definitely deliberately discontinued. They were not as good quality as DVD, but they weren't bad. The Karajan disk you mention was a bad PAL ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 3967

Re: Bartok

I just received the Honegger 2nd,3rd and 4th Symphonies from Epoquence Australia. I can't wait to hear Honegger's 2nd again years after I last listened to the original London(Decca) LP. I have the 2nd and 4th, they have long been available on CD, but never the 3rd. That's a really difficult piece, ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Piece!
Replies: 32
Views: 3492

Re: Illegal Downloading is not Stealing? NY Times Opinion Pi

I bought a laserdisc player and invested tens of thousands of dollars in movies to play on it. Almost overnight, the companies decided that they were going with DVDs, and weren't going to support VHS or laserdisc any more. Now I have a shelf full of movies I paid for with no way to play them. Do I ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Signature collection on SACD
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: EMI Signature collection on SACD

Seems like a very strange marketing strategy to me. Those recordings have all been perpetually in the catalog. I don't feel any need to have them on SACD, since they are mostly rather old recordings. Presumably they don't have sources which would allow them to generate true surround sound, and and t...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 3967

Re: Bartok

...and frankly I find it ironic that Ansermet's Bartok should be thus slammed on this thread. Ansermet especially espoused Bartok's last works, considering them "among the most beautiful tokens of hope the music of our time has produced." I listened to Ansermet's CFO again after this comment, just ...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For computer users
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: For computer users

The wireless booster would be the cure if you had weak signal strength, but that does not seem to be the problem. You report having 7/10 on signal strength. Just got back from Radio Shack and the salesmen there agreed with you--they showed me an $80 booster anyway and said I could try it and if it ...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 9302

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

I must say the topic of the thread has me flummoxed. The only music that strikes me as joyless and depressing is music which is poorly conceived or poorly performed. There is nothing depressing about music which successfully portrays pain or sadness.
by nut-job
Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 3967

Re: Bartok

Well, you gotta admit Ansermet did what was possibly the bounciest, friskiest, most impetuous performance of the Roumanian Folk Dances ever! In my book that accounts for something. Didn't get that far. His recording of the second movement of "Two Portraits" (the "freaky one") was indeed very good. ...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good piece on the death of the blue-state model
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: Good piece on the death of the blue-state model

Bill_N wrote:And the author's ideas for potential solutions are...?
We need to reproduce the conditions that produced the first period of American ascendency. The rest of the world has to agree to destroy itself in a mass conflagration, leaving the US as the "last man standing."
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For computer users
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: For computer users

Thanks for the info--I called Verizon and 2 suggestions they made--try a wireless booster attached to the modem--the guy said his worked great. Also get a dedicated line for my wife's computer--$29 a month extra. :( The wireless booster would be the cure if you had weak signal strength, but that do...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power

You are mixing up two disorders. A sociopath is a person who believes that he or she is not subject to moral rules and behaves an an amoral, manipulative manner towards others. That is not the same as a psychopath, which is a person who suffers from dissociation, a lack of contact with reality. I t...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power

This is also a good point and one everyone should thoroughly consider. Maybe I'm a sociopath who has to think everything is scam or everyone is duped, so this way I can convince myself I have some special or unique knowledge few people are aware of. Something called the Dunning-Kruger effect is ano...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For computer users
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: For computer users

That speedtest site sounds extremely useful. It will tell you your overall speed. You should compare that with the speed your wireless adapter tells you to get an idea of which link in the chain is rate limiting. I use either XP, Vista or Windows 7 with different adapters, but all have a little "bug...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For computer users
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: For computer users

Or is it Verizon, with DSL? Then I believe you would only need Verizon to provide another broadband modem to hook Sue's computer up to the phone line. How it works, with two computers using the same phone line on the same DSL account, I don't know, but Verizon would - I'm sure they have many thousa...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: Obama Assumes Dictatorial Power

No, not deliberately - but I do believe most people, especially liberals, are unwashed and really easily taken advantage of. That's just my genuine personal view. Sorry. A "genuine personal view" which is essentially contempt for people who think otherwise than you, is in no way redeemed just by vi...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Safari "Top Sites" quirk
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: Safari "Top Sites" quirk

We were actually talking about your browser choice, not mine, but since you ask, Chrome is stripped (by design) of user interface menus and toolbar buttons that are standard in more conventional browsers, and of features that I often use in Firefox if necessary through add-ons. It's like the differ...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 3967

Re: Bartok

Although by-and-large a big fan of Ansermet's, I must agree about his Bartok recordings. I have a two-disc Eloquence set with Ansermet conducting a number of Bartok's important works. Unfortunately I think the music is simply too much for the OSR, which was never considered a virtuoso band by any m...