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by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC
Replies: 15
Views: 2599

Re: TOMORROW: Stanley Donen's birthday commemorated on TMC

Singing in the Rain is one of the greatest flicks of all time, and it was hardly his only hit. I have a soft spot for Charade, too. Though it's a bit dated, it's still one of the best Hitchcock films Hitch didn't make, and the cast is great fun!
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steven Hough: Tchaikovsky Complete Piano Concertos
Replies: 26
Views: 1211

Re: Steven Hough: Tchaikovsky Complete Piano Concertos

The Minnesotan orchestra is a fine ensemble, having made first-rate recordings of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ravel for Vox under Scrowaczewski, so I may take a gander at Hough's obviously excellent set. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Lance! You must have missed their recent recorded performan...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naïve releases Minkowski's Haydn "London" symphonies
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Naïve releases Minkowski's Haydn "London" symphonies

Lance's informational posting regarding hyperion's new release of Hough's Tchaikovsky concertos prompts me to pass on one of the more interesting new releases that I'm looking forward to: Naïve's recording of Haydn's "London" symphonies performed by that fine period instrument HIP ensemble, Les Musi...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steven Hough: Tchaikovsky Complete Piano Concertos
Replies: 26
Views: 1211

Re: Steven Hough: Tchaikovsky Complete Piano Concertos

http://www.mdt.co.uk/public/pictures/products/standard/CDA67711-2.jpg I am in the throes of hearing and re-hearing these recordings myself - with special attention being given to No. 2 - (because of the added supplements on Hyperion's issue). This is such a major release that I thought CMGers shoul...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson
Replies: 97
Views: 7641

Re: How Jesus Became Christian by B. Wilson

Brendan wrote:No sound scholar takes the idea of Pauline invention of Christianity seriously these days.
Really? To whom do they credit it, if not Paul?
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 6620

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

I am neither conservative nor liberal. I prefer not to be labeled anything. Neither do I belong to a political party. Some of my views would be considered quite conservative and others very liberal. I have no problem whatever reconciling that. Welcome, Jean. You are hardly alone in this, for there ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 6620

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

I'm not quite sure how I come across on this board. Rude and pompous maybe? I probably should exercise a little more restraint. Part of my problem is I'm the kind of person that is virtually impossible to offend, and I forget that a lot of people are more sensitive. I do mean well though. To me you...
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Sacre du Printemps
Replies: 54
Views: 4885

Re: Le Sacre du Printemps

I am more than satisfied with Solti/CSO on LP and both Boulez/CO CDs, though I do spin Abbado/LSO once every two or three years. (Really, how often does anyone listen to this piece? Yes, it's great, but once or twice a year is about all it gets around here.)
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 6620

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

While some may see cyberspace as not being real, I see my interactions with all of you as true and genuine. The fact that I am communicating over the computer does not diminish the sincerity of my communications with any of you. If I find anything disappointing about this board it is the likelihood...
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Life After Cancer
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Life After Cancer

I just came upon this page in The New York Times health section on-line. It's a selection of brief, self-submitted photo essays by cancer survivors about how the experience has changed their lives. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010 ... alth#/all/
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fears about health care reform evaluated
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: Fears about health care reform evaluated

Berwick in his own words--several video clips from the film Money Driven Medicine here

And below is a clip from youtube, Don Berwick on dimensions of quality in health care:

by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher
Replies: 19
Views: 1797

Re: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher

He may have once been a good pianist, but his op-ed in The Washington Post after being honored at the Kennedy Center betrayed him as an astonishingly idiotic and ungracious human being. To those who disapprove of this post, crying foul and claiming that it's wrong to bring politics into a strictly a...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's been a lesson here for me
Replies: 98
Views: 6620

Re: There's been a lesson here for me

As for putting people on ignore, I think there is another way of looking at it. In the real world, we have the option of avoiding someone we find annoying or people we have been arguing a lot with in some cases (obviously not if you live or work in close quarters with the person, but in most other ...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fears about health care reform evaluated
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: Top 7 fears about health care reform evaluated

......Berwick looks like a very good choice for this appointment--however, consistent with the administration he'll be serving, he may have a tendency to favor spin and/or wishful thinking over substance.... I extremely doubt it. That would be roughly 180 degrees from what he's about. And I must sa...
by DavidRoss
Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fears about health care reform evaluated
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: Top 7 fears about health care reform evaluated

the person he'll probably be picking to oversee much of the new system (Donald Berwick, whom I know from the distant past) happens to be someone whose passion is exactly those things. That's significant. It's not a patronage pick, nor just someone whose "turn" it is, nor some cost-slasher. It's som...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New health insurance bill aggravates U.S. doctor shortage
Replies: 3
Views: 363

New health insurance bill aggravates U.S. doctor shortage

The Pittsburgh Tribune notes that Nothing Congress has done to reform the nation's health care system will address a serious national shortage of primary care doctors, a problem that is expected to grow worse as the reforms take effect. The shortage of 16,643 general practitioners affects areas with...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks thinks US will be ok
Replies: 49
Views: 1868

Re: David Brooks thinks US will be ok

I'm confident once the current generation of liberal historians die off, the pattern will continue. "Liberal" historians have already rehabilitated Reagan. We are few who have never fallen under his spell. :wink: :lol: :lol: Nice comeback. Hmmm...not so few. Judging from participation here, for ins...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks thinks US will be ok
Replies: 49
Views: 1868

Re: David Brooks thinks US will be ok

Doesn't everyone have a right to education?? That can't possibly be a bad thing can it?? In the U.S. everyone does have a right to an education, just as they have a right to health care, to uncensored expression of political speech, to self-defense, and so on. They do NOT, of course, have a right t...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks thinks US will be ok
Replies: 49
Views: 1868

Re: David Brooks thinks US will be ok

Even JFK understood the dangers of having absurdly high tax rates. "The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive." –...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks thinks US will be ok
Replies: 49
Views: 1868

Re: David Brooks thinks US will be ok

The elephant is the unsustainable growth of entitlements. Increasing indebtedness due to budget deficits is but a fraction of unfunded obligations for entitlements. The National Debt today is $12.77 trillion, but unfunded entitlement liabilities total $108 trillion (per the U.S. Debt Clock ). Here i...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Brooks thinks US will be ok
Replies: 49
Views: 1868

Re: David Brooks thinks US will be ok

The following chart from the CBO features Obama's budget projections for the next 10 years. Expenditures total $45.19 trillion, deficits total $9.76 trillion...a shortfall of 21.6%. It will take a lot more than 2% reduction of spending and 2% increase in revenues to even make a substantial dent in t...
by DavidRoss
Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Prophetic George Orwell quote from 1943
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: Prophetic George Orwell quote from 1943

But of course real saints don't bite the hands that feed them.
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Mainer composed America's first symphony
Replies: 7
Views: 501

Re: A Mainer composed America's first symphony

The first American symphony was probably by Anthony Philip Heinrich, a Bohemian who came to America in 1810 and stayed. The Ornithological Combat of Kings, or, The Condor of the Andes and the Eagle of the Cordilleras. A grand symphony. Extracted and arranged for a full orchestra, with some deviation...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Evaluation of Bernstein's Mahler Cycles, Daniel Stavisky
Replies: 24
Views: 2522

Re: An Evaluation of Bernstein's Mahler Cycles, Daniel Stavisky

danielstavisky wrote:...the most impressive recording here [the Columbia cycle] is the Third Symphony.
I agree with this statement. :wink:
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Health Insurers Sue To Raise Rates
Replies: 0
Views: 178

Health Insurers Sue To Raise Rates

"Health insurers sue to raise rates Say state’s veto will cause huge losses; Showdown near on regulatory power" From today's Boston Globe : A half-dozen health insurers yesterday filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to reverse last week’s decision by the insurance commissioner to block double-d...
by DavidRoss
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Enron Accounting" To Make ObamaCare Look Good
Replies: 0
Views: 207

"Enron Accounting" To Make ObamaCare Look Good

"The White House and the Writedowns: The administration wants companies to ignore known costs and book speculative future savings. That's Enron accounting." Says James A. Klein in the WSJ: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke had it backwards last week on these pages when he cited the "hype and overheated ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Americans Should Support An Individual Mandate
Replies: 0
Views: 197

Why Americans Should Support An Individual Mandate

Mandated insurance may be the best option for expanding high-risk coverage while keeping costs down, by "forcing" low-risk consumers to enter the pool. From Kaiser Health News: An individual mandate is a requirement that everybody carry health insurance. Such requirements are a feature of every univ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why CBO Estimates Are Essentially Meaningless
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Why CBO Estimates Are Essentially Meaningless

Liberal commentator Ezra Klein proved prescient when he wrote this column the week before Obama's inaugeration: When it comes to major policy reforms, cost matters. Luckily, Obama's budget guru knows how to change the price tag. "The history of health reform," explains Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, "is ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: CBO Admits Its Job Count Ignores Reality
Replies: 0
Views: 183

CBO Admits Its Job Count Ignores Reality

If a meteorologist was asked what the day's high temperature had been, would it be acceptable to simply repeat his/her earlier forecast? Of course not. The forecast was merely a prediction, which should now be replaced with what actually happened. Yet that is the approach the Congressional Budget O...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 4739

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

19 in the past six weeks, mostly due to a broadening interest in Haydn. The more time I spend here and at GMG, the more CDs I seem to buy. :wink: edit: Perhaps I should be grateful to the self-righteous bigots who periodically proliferate in the Pub, for their hatefulness certainly discourages parti...
by DavidRoss
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Insurance Pool To Offer Reduced Rate Coverage
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Insurance Pool To Offer Reduced Rate Coverage

Story in The New York Times re. mandatory reduced rate coverage for uninsured persons with existing medical conditions. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said the program would “help provide affordable insurance for Americans who have been locked out of the insurance ma...
by DavidRoss
Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ iPad review
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: WSJ iPad review

A friend just had to show me his new iPad. Yep, those tablet PCs are getting pretty good. Gotta admit it's droolworthy. 8)
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Just Keeps Getting Worse
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: It Just Keeps Getting Worse

If people had just followed the advice that their parents should have given them about not getting into debt and living beyond their means, these bubbles would not have developed, and then burst with such devastating effects. (Not to say that the banks weren't also greedy irresponsible fools for fa...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It Just Keeps Getting Worse
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: It Just Keeps Getting Worse

But wouldn't it be the same for anyone who inherited the Bush mess? Bush mess? Surely you're not referring to the economic disaster consequent to insane lending policies promoted by the Democrats in the '90s and which both parties signed on to, but which Bush's administration warned against and tri...
by DavidRoss
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teabonics
Replies: 30
Views: 1587

Re: Teabonics

David, if the eight bills you credit with Republican sponsorship amount to a health care plan that could possibly achieve a majority vote in either house of Congress, then I must indeed be stupid. Those bills may be wonderful and practical, but they don't amount to a national health care plan. Poli...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teabonics
Replies: 30
Views: 1587

Re: Teabonics

David, if you have economic credentials equivalent to Paul Krugman's Nobel Laureate in Economics, which qualify you to call him a stupid bigot, then please take a picture and post it. Just because the Republicans put some bills in front of the legislature doesn't qualify them to say they had a bett...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teabonics
Replies: 30
Views: 1587

Re: Teabonics

David, if you would find more moderate words than "bigot" and "stupid" in describing those who disagree with you (which words have been used more than once to describe me), then I might join you. Mentally, my mind substitutes "racist" for "bigot" and "stupid" with "lacking intelligence" (can't help...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teabonics
Replies: 30
Views: 1587

Re: Teabonics

Jack, I agree with you that you avoided asterisks on this thread for which I am thankful. I still say the most civilized and intelligent way to deal with the asterisk issue is to buy and use a dictionary and/or thesaurus. Sooooo much less offensive on a Forum where most members are not truly offens...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice wanted on CD player
Replies: 49
Views: 2469

Re: Advice wanted on CD player

I listen to my music on my computer speakers. :( I have considered the idea of finally getting a cd player / home theater stereo with my upcoming tax refund. It sounds like many here would state that there is a noticeable difference in sound quality and would be worth the investment of funds. As to...
by DavidRoss
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teabonics
Replies: 30
Views: 1587

Re: Teabonics

by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Casino Royale [2006]
Replies: 7
Views: 2120

Re: Casino Royale [2006]

The opening action sequence is great. There's a new age "sport" like that called "parkour" and the fellow "Bond" chases is played by Sébastien Foucan, a real-life parkour hotshot.
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Three Happiness Thread
Replies: 19
Views: 1481

Re: Three Happiness Thread

karlhenning wrote:
NancyElla wrote:
karlhenning wrote:Great thread!
Karl, all of CMG is waiting for your three!
Can't possibly keep it to only three! : )
Pick three, any three. For instance:

1--a perfectly prepared clarinet reed
2--a lovely new painting by Maria
3--a faultless premiere of new Henningmusik
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' chamber music
Replies: 42
Views: 2361

Re: Brahms' chamber music

As much as I like it sometimes, I can also be in a mood that doesn't find it to be moving. I have recordings with the Amadeus Quartet and Julliard Quartet that demonstrate a more down-to-earth, heartful quality. I can see why some people would say the Emerson "plays without soul." There is no doubt...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice wanted on CD player
Replies: 49
Views: 2469

Re: Advice wanted on CD player

No one has mentioned ROTEL. I have a Rotel that performed wonderfully. Am thinking of replacing it possibly with another ROTEL. Comments? I finally had to switch to CDs in 1991--the LP then was effectively dead. Fortunately, CD sound was getting tolerable, at least. I actually bought an early CAL d...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rainbow Body (review): Beautiful discoveries
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: Rainbow Body (review): Beautiful discoveries

Nice enough, Matt. Would have liked more new music on the disc instead of the Barber and Copland. From your response, I suspect that you would also like Spano/Atlanta's Higdon Cityscape & Concerto for Orchestra . Marin Alsop and the LPO recorded her Percussion Concerto, another interesting piece, an...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?
Replies: 92
Views: 5641

Re: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?

Wallingford wrote:Everyone has to have had one that they formerly had a deep admiration for, whom they feel has now let them down.
Nope.
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Computer Crashed
Replies: 13
Views: 2233

Re: My Computer Crashed

Ralph wrote:Hey, you forgot digital cameras!!!!!!
:D See number 8. :wink:
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Computer Crashed
Replies: 13
Views: 2233

Re: My Computer Crashed

Apart from my total addiction to The Saul Chronicles I couldn't function as a lawyer and law professor without being both online and doing research. So that's why I have two PCs, three laptops and two netbooks. :) And a http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:2EaJi73-68wG_M:http://www.porterfieldsfinear...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!
Replies: 23
Views: 4347

Re: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!

"Blazing Saddles" ranks with Mel's very best comedic efforts and I take off my 10-gallon hat (if I had one) to a wonderful film. Something on which we agree whole-heartedly. Speaking of Westerns, a pairing that comes quickly to mind is John Sturges's The Magnificent Seven and Akira Kurosawa's Seven...