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by jbuck919
Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Re-Rethinking the Death Penalty
Replies: 40
Views: 4224

Many people have no problem with executing murderers, but they would be appalled if it were suggested that serious criminals should be tortured, maimed, or subject to medical experimentation because that might deter crime. The moral principle still boils down to whether one considers the punishment ...
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Now Here's An ACLU Position I Totally Support
Replies: 15
Views: 2727

pizza wrote:I wonder if America will ever get past its compulsive preoccupation with sex. Try to imagine such a controversy taking place anywhere else. :roll:
I would attribute that to a common American preoccupation, all right, but not with sex.
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Re-Rethinking the Death Penalty
Replies: 40
Views: 4224

One problem with the moral aspect of the argument presented (I'm not going to address the methodology of the studies here) is that it opens a door by moralizing the concept of killing people to reduce the number of murders, a door I'm not sure we want to walk through. If that principle is accepted, ...
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated

Bach is a truly amazing human being.... Though we know more about Bach than we do about Shakespeare, there are similarities in the two cases in that the paucity of information we have about them and the seeming contradiction between the mundane facts of their lives and the achievement of their art ...
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated

Have more of works survived than other composers his contemporary? Can you rework that sentence please? Because I think you are asking something I might want to address! :D Yes, my question does not make sense. My question is: how does the survival of Bach's compositions to our time compare with th...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pianist Charles Rosen Review
Replies: 10
Views: 5053

I have heard great things about his Chopin as well and regret that, to my knowledge, there has never been a recording. Thereused to be a Nimbus recording of the Chopin cello sonata, just about Chopin's last work. As I said elsewhere I have great respect for Rosen's work, but being one of the few wr...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: ...New To The Board...
Replies: 7
Views: 1776

Re: ...New To The Board...

Kas wrote::lol: Hey, Sup'. :lol:

First time at a classical music forum. I'm a classical pianist. Came here hoping to meet some other musicians. Looks like the best of the boards I browsed. I hope it is...:)

!LL
I imagine it is, and heartiest welcome.
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated

Thanks for posting this. Certainly it is a loss to the world that any of Bach's works were destroyed. We can only wonder what masterpieces that he composed that are unknown to us. But perhaps it is more marvelous how much of Bach's works have survived. Indeed, the extent to which works of Bach have...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pianist Charles Rosen Review
Replies: 10
Views: 5053

I own (on LP) Rosen's recordings of the late Beethoven sonatas and the late keyboard works of Bach. They have been a treasure in my not really large collection for at least 30 years. I have heard great things about his Chopen as well and regret that, to my knowledge, there has never been a recording...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Orchestration
Replies: 21
Views: 3671

But in orchestral music, did the musical ideas come to composers already orchestrated? Methinks yes. Depends on the composer. And in some cases, the degree of completeness of orchestration that the ideas come in, varies. That's a very complex issue about which I'm sure as a composer you know more t...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Wow! Discovered Bach Aria Authenticated

He added: "The last time anything by Bach was discovered was 80 years ago. So far we've only heard it on the computer. But it's a charming little work, written for one singer - a soprano - and a harpsichord. There's a little postlude at the end for a string ensemble - two violins, a viola and a cel...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anne Bancroft Dies at 73: I Am Very Sad
Replies: 10
Views: 1419

Ralph wrote:Well she'll always be "Mrs. Robinson" for me, a delicious role she played to perfection.
And almost didn't get. She didn't make all that many movies, but I never saw her in a bad one.

She was only 73? I think she started playing older women as a younger one.
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Oh Those "Racist" Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

I'd like to see him at a small, top tier college where faculty-student interaction starts from Day One (as I teach and act at my school). That is precisely what I usually ended up recommending to my most capable students. And there are a bunch of such schools out there that are convenient to a New ...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Orchestration
Replies: 21
Views: 3671

The only thing that begn with Berlioz is the compositions of Berlioz. All the greatest composes knew how to write for massed instrumental forces and did so in the most brilliant fashion. The only exception (and again remember I am talking about the first rank of composers, the top ten, not every per...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: New Book on Mao
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: New Book on Mao

Mao now stands revealed as one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century alongside Hitler and Stalin. Indeed, in terms of sheer numbers of deaths for which he responsible, Mao, with some 70 million, exceeded both. ... Among the most significant of their discoveries is that the myth of the Long M...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Oh Those "Racist" Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

I hope I haven't disillusioned you. :oops: Don't be ridiculous. I only have one question for you: Are you satisfied with the counseling your son is receiving or wll receive, from counselors, teachers or you, regarding his college plans? I know how terribly nosy and presumptuous that sounds, and how...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Oh Those "Racist" Tests
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

Personally I know no one, black or white, who considers standardized achievement tests to be "racist." I've been on my school's Admissions Committee for decades and the LSAT counts for a lot. Minority group scores are overall lower than those for whites but very many are just as high and many more ...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: EU Constitution Vote
Replies: 89
Views: 8608

But no American city has anything like NYC Transit, 24/7 service with atmosphere if not class. :) I love the NYC system. I like the graffiti too - breaks up the monotony of the colorless stations. The NYC system is well lit too, a big consideration in my book. The DC system is cavernous, dark, stuf...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Help... words
Replies: 21
Views: 2353

¡Hola , O Engineering One! :-) (Did you know that one of Monteverdi's instructors was a composer named Ingegneri ...?) That helps explain Monteverdi's superb craftsmanship. :D I've long been fascinated by 'comparative orthography' .... My favorite example is "Mele Kalikimaka" which is the closest p...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Democracy EU-style
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Democracy EU-style

France's European Affairs Minister, Catherine Colonna A relation of the late Jerry Colonna perhaps? http://great-song-stylists-uk.com/Jerry%20Colonna/jc2.jpg I HOPE not. That remark was so dumb that I have been assuming it was taken out of context. Journalists do occasionally do that, you know.
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: More Respect Due to the Bassoon!
Replies: 16
Views: 3334

We musn't forget the most famous of all bassoon virtuosi, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty.
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: La Guerre Contre l'Islam
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Across subsequent centuries, in the European memory, Islam posed the great threat to the emerging Christian order. But was that so? In the Catholic Church, the custom when a bishop is named for a reason other than being head or assistant in a diocese, is that he is given a titular see from a defunc...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: EU Constitution Vote
Replies: 89
Views: 8608

Are you sure? Yeah. Positive. It's the DC Metro that sends me off. I loved the Munich system - light, airy, brightly lit, clean. ***** But no American city has anything like NYC Transit, 24/7 service with atmosphere if not class. :) If miasma counts as atmosphere. Not that I don't envy you anyway. ...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: A Slightly Different View of Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Re: A Slightly Different View of Beethoven

Ralph wrote: · Dylan Evans is a senior lecturer in intelligent autonomous systems at the University of the West of England
Now there's a credential.
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Nothing to Crow About: Another Superstar Busted!
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

While we're talking assault, I was just observing one of my students whose leg was severely broken in a soccer match when an opponent deliberately kicked him in the course of trying to win the game (imagine the force of a kick that will break a leg). I would like somebody to explain to me why that d...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A tortured comparison
Replies: 39
Views: 3657

There was a complete lack of proportionality in equating Gitmo with Stalin's Gulag. They tapdanced around it today saying they meant there were a few prisons. They knew exactly what they were doing and meant to say 'gulag.' Next thing you know, someone's going to bring administration officials up o...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A tortured comparison
Replies: 39
Views: 3657

I don't think it's correct to state that Amnesty International does not make a moral distinction between what it condemns in the US and what it might condemn in, say, North Korea. What would be incorrect would be for them to ignore the situation of the death penalty in the US or malfeasance in treat...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Nothing to Crow About: Another Superstar Busted!
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

Corlyss_D wrote:The guy probably had it comin'. A phone is a weapon?
Huh?
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A True Statement?
Replies: 21
Views: 3115

It was a political speech on the stump. What's the big deal? Except that rhetoric at that level gives the appearance that the Democrats are running scared, which is counter-productive to any hope they have of getting back in power (it is in its own way the equivalent of the famous Howard Dean non-vi...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Correct But Very Saddening Supreme Court Decision
Replies: 29
Views: 4324

Drugs are a cancer on our society, but I don't agree with your assumption. It is in fact the debilitation of, if you will, the "lowest" levels of society that is the problem and not any corruption at higher levels. You have a puritanical streak John! I'm surprised! You're mixture of naivete and sus...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Help... words
Replies: 21
Views: 2353

I hate to say it but this quantitative superiority of the English language may have something to do with the historical bookishness, if not to say dictionariness, of the English-speaking world. In other words, the net may just have been a lot finer in the case of the English dictionaries and lexico...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: EU Constitution Vote
Replies: 89
Views: 8608

But first, there must be between us Muenchen again, Dahling. Unterbahn--kein Problem. Like Ralph I sense a distinct and very weird porno ring to this. Even the words München Unterbahn suddenly sound totally lewd, like some kinky underwear ad. I'm not scared at all of a Holland - Belgium war. The la...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7118

Was it during the Reagan administration that you were in Europe then? ?? Why? What's your point? I didn't think I was going to have to make it obvious. Your description of Carter, who I admit was a klutz, also perfectly fits Reagan in my book. And Carter at least had a brain. When Carter got involv...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Correct But Very Saddening Supreme Court Decision
Replies: 29
Views: 4324

There's no doubt in my mind at all that people in high places are profitting from this nation's idiotic drug policy. I can't prove it, but my instincts tell me that the money generated by our drug policy is as corrupting and destructive of cities and men as the prohibition movement was. A commentat...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Correct But Very Saddening Supreme Court Decision
Replies: 29
Views: 4324

Excellent posts, both Dave and BWV. But it was not England that had the highest per capital consumption of spirits in the first half of the 19th century. If you read the statistics, enough liquor was consumed in the US to have every man, woman, and child drunk on a daily basis. This was no doubt th...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7118

He made many mistakes but they weren't a reflection of a lack of honor. I'd rather our country were in the hands of a dishonorable cunning man than in the hands of an amiable well-intentioned idiot totally oblivious to the chaos resutling from his good intentions. Was it during the Reagan administr...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: EU Constitution Vote
Replies: 89
Views: 8608

By the time I get back to Europe, Herman will have fled the chaos resulting from the war between Belgium and the Netherlands and France, and John, having transferred to Aviano, will have been elected the Mayor of Venice as it sinks slowly into the Gulf of Venezia :lol: :lol: Death in Venice--it has...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Correct But Very Saddening Supreme Court Decision
Replies: 29
Views: 4324

More likely, our ancient ancestors gradually realized that the presence of ethanol somehow made liquids safer to drink (not knowing that it killed bacteria) -- getting plastered was merely a groovy side-effect. Beer is probably the oldest alcoholic drink, and it is attributed to the Sumerians and E...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Every Note Beethoven Ever Wrote
Replies: 7
Views: 1998

I suppose if any radio station's record library can do it, BBC can, but I'll still be surprised if they can literally produce a recording of every note Beethoven ever wrote. I'll be particularly looking forward to the Six Ecossaises (actually I heard that over the radio some years ago--did that ever...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Help... words
Replies: 21
Views: 2353

Re: Help... words

A group of friends are currently discussing English/Spanish vocabulary. I am convinced that the English language has more words than the Spanish language (I seem to remember being told this at school) Can anyone shed any light on this... how many words do both of these languages have? Trying to sea...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Interesting NYC experience ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1521

Re: Interesting NYC experience ...

The part of music that demands public performance is IMO a heart breaker. I have heard people who do not think they are being listened to, perform on the same level as world class performers. If they knew that anyone was listening, they would have tightened up and destroyed their performance. I had...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Correct But Very Saddening Supreme Court Decision
Replies: 29
Views: 4324

In the world of substance abust treatment, substances are categorized in various ways, including whether there is any legitimate use. The specific legitimate uses of alcohol are religious, medical, culinary, social, and there's another one that I always forget (I tried to find this online just now w...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: How About a CMG Series at Carnegie Hall?
Replies: 2
Views: 756

When I was in college in the early 70s the Times did a review of a recital given by a 13 year old boy in Carnegie Hall. It was apparently a Bar Mitzvah present from his family. It was a frank panning of a bad performance (it sounded a little like my high school recitals for Mrs. Troidle), and could ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7118

Re: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate

A case could be made that Europeans only care about such things <Watergate> because Americans woke them up. But even that is giving them too much credit for overcoming their fundamenal sense of blase. Utlimately, what can you expect of a people who once accepted as leaders Franco, Mussolini, and Hi...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: HELP
Replies: 24
Views: 3916

If we're going to turn this into a travelogue, then I might as well throw in my two cents worth. I'll be in the DC area at the beginning of August and I will be there mainly to visit friends (after 25 years, one makes friends no matter how much one tries not to). Here is what I will do touristically...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Air Force Academy Superintendent Admits & Confronts Bias
Replies: 15
Views: 2475

Re: Air Force Academy Superintendent Admits & Confronts

General Rosa said the problem is "something that keeps me awake at night," adding, "If everything goes well, it's probably going to take six years to fix it." Mikey Weinstein, a graduate of the academy who has become a leading critic of the school, said General Rosa's acknowledgment "is too little ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 7118

Re: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate

So I'm wondering whether people my age have become so darn cynical that we are puzzled about the outcry created by Watergate. Some Republicans broke into a Democratic office to steal some papers. So big deal!!! That is in fact the attitude most Europeans had at the time, but that is only because th...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: HELP
Replies: 24
Views: 3916

One of my favorite DC restaurants is Jaleo , a Spanish Tapas place on 7th Street near the Mall and the Shakespeare Theater. I spotted the reporter who broke the Lewinsky story there once. I wondered why he was looking over his shoulder nervously and received a suspicious look from him. I had my ans...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: HELP
Replies: 24
Views: 3916

Wow! You guys are responsive and thorough. Thank you for all the replies. And now since I have an audience, I would love to hear pros and cons about living in the area if anyone has any comments to share. We aim to please. There are no cons about living in the vicinity of the political capital of t...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 05, 2005 1:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Air Force Academy Superintendent Admits & Confronts Bias
Replies: 15
Views: 2475

Good. I am of course a self-interested commentator on this matter, but the US military is probably the most enlightened wing of US society, and frankly a marvel of civilization of all time. In what respect, pray? The Warrior Ethic, yes. Race relations, yes. Anything else, no. It would drop don't-as...