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by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Free on-line music
Replies: 13
Views: 5451

What's the quality of reception? Do you have many breakups? Ralph Andante is On-Demand Streaming like Rhapsody to which I subscribe—very high bandwidth caching streams-- the result is CD quality (1411 kbps) One can listen to and record/burn full symphonies without the slightest fear of anything les...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: CU Kicks the Can Down the Road
Replies: 10
Views: 5617

Pizza, I'm younger than you and I applied to colleges in 60-61. In those days you sent away for a college catalog and if you were lucky your high school had a good college advisor. I went to what was then one of the best high schools in New York City and my advisor's input was marginally helpful, no...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Have a good Easter weekend
Replies: 20
Views: 9129

Strasbourg is another one of those cities that Nigel would claime to be a museum in itself without having one that I'm supposed to put on my list. Maybe I will. There, I can be an equal clod in both French and German. I'm sorry to say that Strasbourg seems to have gone the way of Florence: submerge...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Activist Court
Replies: 19
Views: 9483

Scalia isn't an idiot-he's brilliant by any definition. The issue is the fundamental nature of our Constitution. There are different, and opposing, interpretive philosophies. Scalia represents the extreme polarity of one viewpoint. The furthest from his perspective is Justice Stevens. Would I be ha...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Activist Court
Replies: 19
Views: 9483

Well, it's certainly true that Madison waffled, deserting his original Federalist values. And in several instances including Judicial Review, the meaning of the Necessary and Proper Clause and the scope of the congresional Spending Power his take was categorically rejected by the Court.
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Activist Court
Replies: 19
Views: 9483

So what makes you think Brown v. Board of Education is forever carved in concrete? Do you believe that society is so constituted that every case representing social advancement will forever be viewed as such and that the Supreme Court will forever resist attempts to reverse them? You've just demons...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: CU Kicks the Can Down the Road
Replies: 10
Views: 5617

The marketplace, unfortunately, has caused myriad universities and colleges to downplay academic instruction of a traditional and broad caliber to accommodate largely vocational interests. Pizza, if you saw the marketing today that emerges from Ivy League and state colleges alike, you'd be more upse...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Activist Court
Replies: 19
Views: 9483

Scalia isn't an idiot-he's brilliant by any definition. The issue is the fundamental nature of our Constitution. There are different, and opposing, interpretive philosophies. Scalia represents the extreme polarity of one viewpoint. The furthest from his perspective is Justice Stevens. Would I be hap...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: I Like Picture Books About Music
Replies: 2
Views: 2360

And a lot cheaper than what I paid!
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Free on-line music
Replies: 13
Views: 5451

What's the quality of reception? Do you have many breakups?
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: I Like Picture Books About Music
Replies: 2
Views: 2360

I Like Picture Books About Music

I have a decent, small library of music and opera reference works as well as a fair sampling of biographies of composers I especially enjoy (Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, Dittersdorf, etc.) So tonight at Barnes & Noble I bought a new flex-covered (halfway between a paperback and a hardback) reference...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: New Musical Glossary
Replies: 15
Views: 5955

Keep 'em coming. :)
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Activist Court
Replies: 19
Views: 9483

http://www.usscplus.com/info/interp.htm Home of the USSC+ U.S. Supreme Court Database Home | Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Return & Refund Policy The Court and Constitutional Interpretation "Equal Justice Under Law"-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, expre...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: CU Kicks the Can Down the Road
Replies: 10
Views: 5617

Much of it is dictated by accreditation agencies who would not accept any watering down of the procedures. You keep talking like this written in stone by God and can't be changed by mere mortals. Forget it. I ain't buyin' it. ***** You don't have to buy anything. One great thing about this board is...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: CU Kicks the Can Down the Road
Replies: 10
Views: 5617

If there were substantial misrepresentations by Churchill, tenure revocation is a possibility. Plagiarism would almost guarantee it. Talk about changing the tenuring process is nonsense. Much of it is dictated by accreditation agencies who would not accept any watering down of the procedures. And I ...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Modern Anti-Semitism: This is Really Weird!
Replies: 1
Views: 2309

Modern Anti-Semitism: This is Really Weird!

From The New York Times: March 28, 2005 AMSTERDAM JOURNAL A Dutch Soccer Riddle: Jewish Regalia Without Jews By CRAIG S. SMITH AMSTERDAM - Just minutes before a high-stakes soccer game not long ago between this city's home team, Ajax, and their rivals from the southern city of Eindhoven, a chant bui...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: NAXOS Again Gives Me a New Listening Experience
Replies: 5
Views: 4609

The Airborne Symphony is locked in its time, an historical curiosity rather than a wartime piece with enduring value. It's fun to listen to but hardly fine music.

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I have most of the NAXOS and MARCO POLO releases of recent and contemporary Chinese and Japanese music.
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: NAXOS Again Gives Me a New Listening Experience
Replies: 5
Views: 4609

NAXOS Again Gives Me a New Listening Experience

I suspect that except for, perhaps, Brendan and me, there are no serious students of aviation history on the board (I apologize if I'm wrong). In 1937 a Japanese single-engine aircraft, a prototype, set a record for flying from Tokyo to London. The airplane was named the "Kamikaze." A civil aircraft...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"
Replies: 11
Views: 5709

Re: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"

With more than a little trepidation I am venturing into this forum, where many have entered and, it seems, few have left unscathed. But anyway, screwing courage to the sticking point... Recently someone sent me the book called "How Israel Was Won." Author is Baylis Thomas and it was written in 1999...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"
Replies: 11
Views: 5709

Febnyc wrote:Thanks, Ralph. I'll be interested in your take on this book.

Maybe discuss at Bengal Tiger?
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Or somewhere like it.

Amazing how willing Amazon is to take orders from me. :)
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"
Replies: 11
Views: 5709

Just ordered the book from Amazon. Looking forward to discussing it.
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: In the Age of Apologies...
Replies: 13
Views: 3122

In the Age of Apologies...

Bishop calls for Prince Charles apology The Associated Press 3/27/2005, 8:08 a.m. ET LONDON (AP) — A high-ranking Church of England official has called for Prince Charles to apologize to the ex-husband of his fiancee Camilla Parker Bowles, a newspaper reported Sunday. Bishop David Stancliffe said ch...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"
Replies: 11
Views: 5709

Re: Has anyone read "How Israel Was Won"

With more than a little trepidation I am venturing into this forum, where many have entered and, it seems, few have left unscathed. But anyway, screwing courage to the sticking point... Recently someone sent me the book called "How Israel Was Won." Author is Baylis Thomas and it was written in 1999...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Times Op-Ed Piece: "Breeding Psychotics"
Replies: 7
Views: 4563

Ralph, I doubt that you and I are going to find much company here when it comes to the principle that humane treatment of prisoners is an absolute value as a matter of basic morality and keeping ourselves within bounds of decent human conduct. The mentality that criminals forfeit their right to be ...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: "Orlando" at City Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 3591

"Orlando" at City Opera

Yesterday I heard Handel's "Orlando" at the New York City Opera. It's not a favorite of mine but the production, with some young singers, was well done. This was a minimalist staging with eclectic clothes and props ranging from gowns that might recall Handel's time to metal framed beds and old suitc...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Times Op-Ed Piece: "Breeding Psychotics"
Replies: 7
Views: 4563

Times Op-Ed Piece: "Breeding Psychotics"

The author is a colleague and friend of mine. He is one of the leading experts on Prisoners Rights and is the author of a multi-volume treatise on the subject. ***** From The New York Times: March 27, 2005 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Breeding Psychotics By MICHAEL B. MUSHLIN AS the State Legislature considers...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Voigt Went the Drastic Surgery Route
Replies: 8
Views: 5652

Voigt Went the Drastic Surgery Route

From The New York Times: March 27, 2005 With Surgery, Soprano Sheds a Brünnhilde Body By ANTHONY TOMMASINI Deborah Voigt, arguably the leading dramatic soprano singing today, has a gleaming voice that easily soars over the largest Wagnerian orchestra. But big voices tend to come in big bodies, and M...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Anu Tali, Anyone?
Replies: 0
Views: 2488

Anu Tali, Anyone?

From The New York Times March 27, 2005 The Mystery Composer By ANNE MIDGETTE I'VE developed a bad habit: I dump new CD's onto my iPod and then digest them at my leisure. True, the iPod's sound quality is inferior to that of a CD. But there are also unexpected benefits. The other week I pressed "Play...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Feel-good Fuehrer"
Replies: 7
Views: 4728

San Antonio Express-News (Texas) March 25, 2005, Friday Copyright 2005 San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Express-News (Texas) March 25, 2005, Friday , METRO SECTION: EDITORIAL; Pg. 6B LENGTH: 327 words HEADLINE: OUR TURN ; C-SPAN loses its sense of balance and reality ; Elevating propaganda to th...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Feel-good Fuehrer"
Replies: 7
Views: 4728

The New York Times March 25, 2005 Friday Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company The New York Times March 25, 2005 Friday Late Edition - Final SECTION: Section A; Column 4; Editorial Desk; Pg. 16 LENGTH: 205 words HEADLINE: C-Span's Coverage of a Book About the Holocaust BODY: To the Editor: Re ''...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What the Bleep do WE know?
Replies: 2
Views: 2583

I saw it and reviewed it on IMDb.com. My son really liked the film-I thought it was very flawed. Bringing together reputable scientists and fringe folks may be entertaining but it interfered with explaining very complex issues to intelligent viewers.
by Ralph
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Feel-good Fuehrer"
Replies: 7
Views: 4728

Yes, the Irving issue has been reported. I'll try to find an article on it.

This book looks very interesting.
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Continued Board Vulnerability
Replies: 5
Views: 4048

Continued Board Vulnerability

Below is an e-mail from a close friend who is a computer expert employed in software security design and web creation. He knows his business - I described what happened here and asked about the likelihood of a repetition, giving him the URL. Here's his response: You wanted to know how easy it was fo...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Better Than a Plastic Dashboard Jesus
Replies: 8
Views: 4678

Better Than a Plastic Dashboard Jesus

Chocolate crosses move into mainstream By MATT SEDENSKY The Associated Press 3/25/2005, 10:23 a.m. ET KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A symbol of Christianity that sits atop church steeples, dangles from necks and hangs on walls is now ending up in the mouths of the faithful, over the objections of some rel...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Colleagues Salute Jerry Orbach
Replies: 0
Views: 1754

Colleagues Salute Jerry Orbach

Friends pay tribute to Jerry Orbach Waterston: Actor was 'Babe Ruth of the boards' Friday, March 25, 2005 Posted: 10:32 AM EST (1532 GMT) NEW YORK (AP) -- Friends and colleagues gathered on Broadway to celebrate the life of Jerry Orbach, the song-and-dance man turned TV star. Master of ceremonies Sa...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Okay, let's get back to discussing major current events.
Replies: 4
Views: 3442

Okay, let's get back to discussing major current events.

A serious issue here: how do you feel about this plan for wanton killing? Bedford neighbors reassured about deer kill By SEAN GORMAN THE JOURNAL NEWS (Original Publication: March 25, 2005) A GlenArbor Golf Club representative met with neighbors this week to soothe their concerns over the club's plan...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: A New Opera House for Nigel to Visit
Replies: 1
Views: 2631

A New Opera House for Nigel to Visit

From The Telegraph: Wonderful, Copenhagen (Filed: 24/03/2005) Rupert Christiansen admires the very model of a modern major opera house Despite the underlying gloom about opera's long-term prospects as an art form, its material condition has never looked better. Copenhagen Opera House Prominent isola...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "Carmen" in Xhosa: CD to Follow?
Replies: 1
Views: 2638

"Carmen" in Xhosa: CD to Follow?

Changing SA's townships through opera By Nick Miles BBC News, Cape Town As the limousines arrive at the premiere of an award winning film version of Carmen, U Carmen E Khayelitsha, they have to slow down for a group of barefooted children pushing shopping trolleys filled with scrap metal across the ...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 14
Views: 8105

Our webmaster spent 4 hours cleaning out the debris and relaunching the site. The fora have been recreated. The member database was unaffected so we administrators were the only ones who had to re-register. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please, carry on as you were . . . Wrong - I, like Mel, ...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Have a good Easter weekend
Replies: 20
Views: 9129

Re: Have a good Easter weekend

npwparis wrote:Well, after all this danger and excitement, I'm off to Strasbourg for the weekend in search of a decent onion tart. Anyone else doing anything as exciting as that over Easter?

See you next week - I hope! :shock:
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I'm looking forward to hearing Handel's Orlando at the City Opera tomorrow.
by Ralph
Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Backup system
Replies: 14
Views: 7813

This attack by Achilles makes me very sad. My son tried to explain it to me but I really couldn't follow it. It's enough to have this kind of meanspirited vandalism literally invade my home. :(