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by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes
Replies: 48
Views: 4339

Re: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes

According to CNN: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that the bill will reduce the deficit by $138 billion in the first decade and will reduce the deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion in the second decade. In addition, the CBO confirms the bill both reins in wasteful spending ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes
Replies: 48
Views: 4339

Re: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes

03/21/2010? Millions of people who don't have health care will now have it? (or actually in a few years when it become effective.) Evaluating this bill based upon the desirability of one questionable claim made for it is like evaluating Mussolini's fascism on the desirability of punctual trains. Fr...
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes
Replies: 48
Views: 4339

Re: We're Headed Straight Off a Cliff If Health Care Passes

12/07/1941;
09/11/2001;
03/21/2010?
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Quantity vs. Quality
Replies: 16
Views: 1287

Re: Quantity vs. Quality

Like many older collectors here, I remember the days when the major companies barely released a dozen new titles in a three month period, all of very high quality. How times have changed! So much quantity, so little quality. I barely notice 4-6 new releases/mo. out of a total of 150 or so that are ...
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Something for the AGW Skeptics to Ponder
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: Something for the AGW Skeptics to Ponder

In keeping with the thread title, it seems appropriate to note the following observation by the eminent philosopher of science, Karl Popper: "Our belief in any particular natural law cannot have a safer basis than our unsuccessful critical attempts to refute it." Everyone interested in the scientifi...
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?
Replies: 52
Views: 3971

Re: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?

I'm confused. Have you heard him and don't like him? Or are you saying you won't listen to him because too many people describe him as the standard? I did listen to him and I did enjoy him. Those are wonderful performances I would admit. However, for so many people here it is like there is him and ...
by DavidRoss
Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Bruch is One of the Countless Composers ...
Replies: 29
Views: 1189

Re: Max Bruch is One of the Countless Composers ...

NancyElla wrote:Here's a tasty little sample that probably doesn't get a lot of play on your radio station:
Thanks for sharing, NancyElla--very nice. Are the other 7 as good?
by DavidRoss
Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?
Replies: 52
Views: 3971

Re: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?

Well, Matt, FWIW I love Debussy's solo piano works, especially the Préludes , second only to Beethoven's sonatas and Bach's solo keyboard works. Another nice choice and popular recommendation is Paul Jacobs's recording, available these days for $10 or less new from several Amazon sellers. Although f...
by DavidRoss
Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?
Replies: 52
Views: 3971

Re: If you bought more multiple performances what would they be?

I'm one of those who have a small collection and who is quite happy with one performance of most pieces. In fact, sometimes I don't understand those who collect several copies of the same pieces considering that the differences between some performances are quite minimal (in my own little experienc...
by DavidRoss
Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Re: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?

Some really good thoughts there, Jack. I am wary of that "flavour of the month" effect. I've heard "best ever" accolades applied lately to the new Minnesota Beethoven set, to the Mackerras late Mozart symphonies, to Nelson Freire's Brahms piano concertoes, and so on. I remember that Goode's set of ...
by DavidRoss
Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Alex Chilton, of The Letter fame, dead at 59
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: Alex Chilton, of The Letter fame, dead at 59

Okay, I was in high school in '67, too. Sgt. Pepper's changed my life--not all for the better. It changed the world, too--not all for the better. White Rabbit can still give me chills. I remember most of the songs on slofstra's list but couldn't sing even half of them. The ones that really hold up, ...
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Re: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

Well I suppose there is an issue as to whether the Dem leadership told the troops to keep this issue quiet. That's important, but it's not really determinative of fraud. There is no dispute that the $300 billion "doctor fix" is not part of the healthcare bill. So the CBO "score", based as it is on ...
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Re: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

http://www.politico.com/livepulse/0310/EXCLUSIVE__Democrats_plan_doc_fix_after_reform.html?showall Just in cause you had any doubts that the Dems' claim that the healthcare bill reduces the deficit is fraudulent, pure and simple. Interesting, Jack--POLITICO says the article has been removed until t...
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...
Replies: 24
Views: 3337

Re: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...

Hi, Abby! I see you joined last June. We haven't "met" yet, probably because I wasn't participating during most of the time since you joined, so please let me extend a welcoming hand and belated greetings to you. Hope you enjoy the flick when Netflix delivers it--just don't set your expectations too...
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help with Haydn...?
Replies: 28
Views: 2034

Re: Help with Haydn...?

FYI, y'all: I've received Jacob's Creation and like it very much. I do not feel that it loses anything by virtue of its comparatively small forces, but gains considerably through heightened transparency and texture, as well as the lovely timbres of period instruments, and the soloists are all superb...
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Re: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?

JackC wrote:These works, as a group, stand at the pinnacle of human achievement. They probe the depths and scale the heights of the human heart and spirit.
Are you (or were you) an advertising copywriter? :)
by DavidRoss
Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Piston's Analysis of the Pub Thread
Replies: 17
Views: 1011

Re: Piston's Analysis of the Pub Thread

I guess the Pub was intended by the All Mighty as a place to vent, mostly from an irrational, I hate these god damn ........ (fill in) but can't talk about them, a**holes. That's the impression I get. It's like a free for all, get it out, type of venue. All the frustrations one has accumulated abou...
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Re: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?

Agree. I love the Waldstein. # 26-32 are all pretty darned good.
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Re: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

The FactCheck article was interesting. It sure is helpful to have someone else track down the actual truth (or "truthiness") of these statements. I should probably "FactCheck"-in more often! NancyElla, OP is not from FactCheck, but rather is an article written by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar for the Ass...
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AGW/Climategate Reports
Replies: 149
Views: 28499

Re: AGW/Climategate Reports

Aw, what would a guy like Singer know? :wink: Cool people get their information from Hollywood celebrities like Leonardo De Crapio, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, and Al Gore. (And they never, ever, develop the critical thinking skills to investigate the evidence for themselves!) edit: "wink" emoticon ...
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Without firing a shot?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Without firing a shot?

piston wrote:There's no need to be rational here.
That seems to be a surprisingly popular point of view on this forum. Still, it's refreshing to see someone admit to that attitude. Thanks! 8)
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama trades water for votes
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Obama trades water for votes

These water games have gone on for years, worsening due to droughts and pressure from increasing human populations whose demand for fresh water to wash their cars and water their lawns trumps agriculture's need for water to grow food. If you haven't read Cadillac Desert , do so now. The pumps were t...
by DavidRoss
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Re: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

If your objective is to enact policies to bankrupt the country, say that you're enacting policies to reduce the deficit and prevent bankruptcy. GET THE IDEA? No one suggested that Obama doesn't know exactly what he's doing. So, just to be sure I understand what you're saying-- Rwetmore, your conten...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Re: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

No one suggested that Obama doesn't know exactly what he's doing.
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Without firing a shot?
Replies: 23
Views: 1606

Re: Without firing a shot?

On the basis of mental sanity? Explain. Why? There's no need to be rational here. It has been demonstrated on countless occasions. Nor is there a need for Rush to be rational. He only must resonate somewhere in the population, with such tactics as calling fellow Americans "commies." Precisely how R...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Classical music as a symbol of bourgeoisie in cinema
Replies: 7
Views: 1873

Re: Classical music as a symbol of bourgeoisie in cinema

moreno wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
moreno wrote:A thing that I find kind of disturbing is the way to use classical music as a mean of depicting a bourgeois family.
Two examples are nothing more than two examples, not a trend.
When the tantrum is over, maybe you can read my post again.
Tantrum? WTF?
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Enough of Matt Damon (for me, at least)
Replies: 23
Views: 923

Re: Enough of Matt Damon (for me, at least)

No, I'm not "tarring all conservatives" etc, but I'm merely describing the attitudes of some conservative celebrities. This isn't bigotry, just statement of facts. Just read the posts by Chuck Norris at World Net Daily. Other famous conservatives who write for it are Pat Boone, Phyllis Schlafly, Pa...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Enough of Matt Damon (for me, at least)
Replies: 23
Views: 923

Re: Enough of Matt Damon (for me, at least)

People likeChuck Norris et l may nothave traveled toforeigncountries toembrace right-wing rulers,but they support allkinds of right-wing wacko extremist groups in America and are convinced that we need to "take America back" (towhat,the middle ages?) want to make government "smaller" (really meanin...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Dear Will Smith, Go **** yourself. -G
Replies: 17
Views: 2752

Re: Dear Will Smith, Go **** yourself. -G

Someone, preferably a third party, or even a few third parties, please settle this! OK. :D You have your opinion. Garrett has his opinion. If they've acquired the rights, movie makers are free to remake films if they wish...and moviegoers are free to watch them or not, according to their preference...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Must Classical Music Pander to Popular Culture?
Replies: 30
Views: 1517

Re: Why Must Classical Music Pander to Popular Culture?

From my perspective, (1) classical music does not pander to popular culture and (2) there is nothing to suggest that it "must." Radio announcers are not classical musicians; if they happen to be baseball fans who make an allusion to the game I would hardly consider that "pandering" to anything. If a...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:21 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Classical music as a symbol of bourgeoisie in cinema
Replies: 7
Views: 1873

Re: Classical music as a symbol of bourgeoisie in cinema

Seems to me that classical music in movies is usually associated with the upper classes, not the bourgeoisie.
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan
Replies: 38
Views: 2176

Fact Check: Premiums would rise under Obama health plan

FACT CHECK: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan: Obama's claim that premiums would fall under his health plan misses the fine print By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON March 17, 2010 (AP) Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premi...
by DavidRoss
Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why It Is Important to Know About the DoJ 7
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: Why It Is Important to Know About the DoJ 7

Article above from WSJ here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704131404575117611125872740.html But why would American lawyers, after 9/11 and the brutal slaughter of 3,000 fellow citizens, hand members of al Qaeda information about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? In a sane society, tho...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House unhinged and completely out of control
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: The House unhinged and completely out of control

karlhenning wrote:
DavidRoss wrote:hell-bent-for-leather lemmings
Among mixed metaphors, this one's a keeper.
Thank you, sir! (I found it rather amusing, too. :wink: Even briefly flashed on Teddy Roosevelt leading a charge of lemmings up San Juan Hill only to discover a surprise at its crest!)
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House unhinged and completely out of control
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: The House unhinged and completely out of control

It is so ironic that the person who was supposed to be the great "post-partisan" unifier is literally ripping this country apart for a bill that no one wants and for which the principal argument now seems to be that we have to WIN this so that Obama's presidency is not crippled. He using very proce...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House unhinged and completely out of control
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: The House unhinged and completely out of control

No one, certainly not I, would blame Obama for effective, short term spending in the time of recession (not the politically motivated pork Obama and the Dems passed as "stimulus"). Obama's deficits, however, are close to 13% of GNP, which was equalled only in the last years of World War II, and are...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House unhinged and completely out of control
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: The House unhinged and completely out of control

The Dems will forever be the "big government" party in favor of spending us into oblivion. They may alsom be blamed for all that is wrong with the health care system after this, - after all, they were the ones to spent several trillion dollars to "fix" it right?? :roll: To do this over the clear ob...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House unhinged and completely out of control
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: The House unhinged and completely out of control

"House unhinged and out of control"--yep. Unfortunately this assessment applies to the White House as well. Obama and Pelosi have lost it, their megalomania having stripped them of whatever semblance of common sense and good judgment they may have once had. Not only is this monstrous mess of a bill ...
by DavidRoss
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wahoo! ABBA, Genesis & Hollies finally in R&R Hall Of Fame
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Wahoo! ABBA, Genesis & Hollies finally in R&R Hall Of Fame

Hmmm. I'm sure no ABBA expert, but everything I ever heard by them was pure pop. Guess I'd best youtube some of the songs you mention to determine whether they were ever rockers (as I see it). edit: I listened to all of those tracks (or at least as much as I could take of them)--not rock 'n' roll bu...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wahoo! ABBA, Genesis & Hollies finally in R&R Hall Of Fame
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Wahoo! ABBA, Genesis & Hollies finally in R&R Hall Of Fame

ABBA? Rock 'n' roll? What next...Wayne Newton in the Jazz Hall of Fame?

Go figure.
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : Learning to Love Mahler
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Article : Learning to Love Mahler

From the article: "Esa-Pekka Salonen...came out of nowhere to sub for Michael Tilson Thomas in Mahler's Third with London's Philharmonia Orchestra." Excuse me? "Out of nowhere?" By the time he subbed for MTT in '83, Salonen was already a graduate of Jorma Panula's famed conducting program at the Sib...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009

More legalistic verbiage. I'm through with this......................... There's nothing legalistic at all about the post you seem to be objecting to. It carefully puts the data you presented about temperature readings at Antarctic weather stations into context. It's too bad that you don't seem to ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009

It's a pity that the ideologues can't seem to understand how their ideology poisons their thinking. We see it time and again, regarding damned near every subject under the sun. They come to an issue with prejudices, seek only whatever information they think tends to "confirm" their prejudices, and ...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009

Just the facts? Well, except for the editorializing qualifier "so-called" in the OP, it's more or less just facts. The problem, of course, as you suggested, is that these few bits of data in isolation from a mountain of other relevant information mean virtually nothing . Even conceding that these d...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Temperatures at 16 Antarctic stations, 1951-2009

Just the facts? Well, except for the editorializing qualifier "so-called" in the OP, it's more or less just facts. The problem, of course, as you suggested, is that these few bits of data in isolation from a mountain of other relevant information mean virtually nothing . Even conceding that these d...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 3871

Re: Jesus the Jew

You were born 30 years after the war, so that you come from Europe is irrelevant. You regularly, on this board, attack a lady who is a Jew who suffered through the war in Europe because she does not share your religious beliefs. Do you not even understand how inappropriate this is? No, Donald, he d...
by DavidRoss
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ridiculous Euphemisms
Replies: 67
Views: 4076

Re: Ridiculous Euphemisms

Doesn't matter what they like or want to be called: in Oz a Garbo is a Garbo - and I've known a few who refuse any other title. With the modern trucks, it's no longer a good way for football players to keep fit anyway. Translation: In Australia a garbage man is a garbage man, and if they're driving...
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 3871

Re: Jesus the Jew

Mmmm. Is this a statement or a threat? Ummmm, any insight into how such an image is going to help their cause? :shock: I didn't know about this thing with the naked bike riders--if they do it again I wonder if I should go check it out! Here you go: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3410/3628437905_e8e...
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Homeschooling & Creationism v Evolution
Replies: 39
Views: 2412

Re: Homeschooling & Creationism v Evolution

Madame wrote:Strange Quark comic strip
Very nice, Madame. Very nice. :wink:
by DavidRoss
Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AGW/Climategate Reports
Replies: 149
Views: 28499

Re: AGW/Climategate Reports

On another thread ("Something for AGW fans to ponder"), Teresa piqued my curiosity regarding what ice core data actually reveals about global warming. Google quickly returned a site with some interesting graphs depicting correlated rises in temperatures and CO 2 levels over the past 420,000 years. (...