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by Bill_N
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is water the big environmental story of the year?
Replies: 12
Views: 2642

Re: Is water the big environmental story of the year?

California is High and Dry, but I have a solution: I may not be able to solve the drought problems, but here’s a start. Get rid of all the illegals, the homeless, the stoners, slackers and rat-lifers, the welfare cheats, etc. etc. You get the picture. Okay, I'll ask: exactly how do you propose 'get...
by Bill_N
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Salon writer fact checks Hannity on the ACA
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Salon writer fact checks Hannity on the ACA

Slightly off-topic, but... The Open Enrollment period for benefits at my company just opened this week, and I signed up for mine today. I've been with the same company for over twenty years, and my family's medical plan has been through the same provider for the past eleven or twelve years. Next yea...
by Bill_N
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Countdown to disaster?
Replies: 37
Views: 5311

Re: Countdown to disaster?

The GOP needs to choose, quickly, between their Senate 'Surrender Caucus' and their House 'Suicidal Insanity Caucus'.
by Bill_N
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 42880

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

Do you then at least understand the argument that because the climate overall is stable (despite being so immensely dynamic), basic physical logic suggests it must be a control system. That is, there must a feedback mechanism that maintains the planet's energy balance from the forcing of the Sun? A...
by Bill_N
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 42880

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

Do you know then that such systems require net negative feedback in order to function? Of course, I would think everyone knows that, it's a pretty simple and basic rule, what is your point? Do you then at least understand the argument that because the climate overall is stable (despite being so imm...
by Bill_N
Thu May 16, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissent
Replies: 382
Views: 42880

Re: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dis

Here is the global average temperature as of the end of April: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_Apr_2013_v5.5.png I spikes up and down from time to time, but there doesn't appear to be much medium and long term movement going on. As I've said before, if this issue did...
by Bill_N
Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sales tax on the Internet
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: Sales tax on the Internet

I can't speak for other states - although I suspect that their laws are similar - but here in Maryland internet purchases are not exempt from sales taxes. What we're supposed to do, at least quarterly, is tally up all of our online purchases, calculate the sales tax due, and pay it. I've never hear...
by Bill_N
Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sales tax on the Internet
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: Sales tax on the Internet

I can't speak for other states - although I suspect that their laws are similar - but here in Maryland internet purchases are not exempt from sales taxes. What we're supposed to do, at least quarterly, is tally up all of our online purchases, calculate the sales tax due, and pay it. I've never heard...
by Bill_N
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Enough of the Scare Tactics
Replies: 14
Views: 1866

Re: Enough of the Scare Tactics

The sources I just checked verify that about only 53% pay federal income tax. Are you disputing that? Show me some proof (and I don't mean late-night comedians) Cosima - how do you propose dealing with this horrible injustice (ignoring the fact that the '47%' still pay plenty of other taxes, includ...
by Bill_N
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Those poor, poor plutocrats !
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Re: Those poor, poor plutocrats !

Here's Steven Pearlstein's take on the same subject.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ ... story.html
by Bill_N
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Funny Numbers !
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Re: Funny Numbers !

In this recovery, we’re still down over 3 million private sector jobs. By any number of measures, according to the AP, this recovery has been the weakest since WWII. Everybody knows that, Cosi. Obama's most ardent supporters don't think job creation since he took office is anything to brag about. H...
by Bill_N
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The CancerBreakthroughs that Cost Too Much-Do Too Little
Replies: 7
Views: 1604

Re: The CancerBreakthroughs that Cost Too Much-Do Too Little

The key question, and there's no answer to it: "How much is a little more time worth? Would you spend $50,000 for four more months? How about $15,000 for two weeks?" Only the patient and his/her family can answer. The second question, who pays for it?, is easier. Nobody should be denied an effectiv...
by Bill_N
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My play list
Replies: 5
Views: 2644

Re: My play list

Depends on which iPod we're discussing. My classical iPod runs from 'ASMF through Zurich Chamber Orchestra', if I sort it by artists, or 'Adams through Zwillich', if I sort it by composer. My everything-other-than-classical iPod runs from Abandon Kansas (an indie Christian rock band) through ZZ Top....
by Bill_N
Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In The Interest of Political Balance and Fairness .......
Replies: 23
Views: 2315

Re: In The Interest of Political Balance and Fairness ......

The question that always comes to my mind when I hear someone complain about the 47% who pay no federal income tax is, "On how much of your own income do you pay no federal income taxes?" Add up your personal exemptions; add to that your deductions, either standard or itemized; take any tax credits ...
by Bill_N
Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bargain Alert: Amazon MP3 download collections
Replies: 14
Views: 1949

Re: Bargain Alert: Amazon MP3 download collections

Sounds like buying a carton of books, because one of them is pretty much worth reading ; ) Cheers, ~Karl Yeah, that's a fairly accurate comparison, keeping in mind that in this case the carton of books costs less than a single copy of the one worth reading. I bought the Chopin volume from this set....
by Bill_N
Sat May 26, 2012 5:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans: No to Norquist
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Re: Republicans: No to Norquist

It probably doesn't mean much of anything in the near term, but it's encouraging to see a few small glimmerings of sanity within the GOP - or, at the very least, some indication that there are Republicans running for office who are capable of handling basic arithmetic. By the way, does anyone know i...
by Bill_N
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good piece on the death of the blue-state model
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

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

And the author's ideas for potential solutions are...?
by Bill_N
Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wrong side of the Laffer Curve
Replies: 6
Views: 1495

Re: Wrong side of the Laffer Curve

BWV 1080 wrote:It is simple - just plug in the formula for the Laffer Curve:

tax revenue = exp[(max tax rate)^-2]
Tax revenue goes to infinity when the maximum tax rate gets to zero? Yeah, that sounds like GOP economic theory to me.
by Bill_N
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wrong side of the Laffer Curve
Replies: 6
Views: 1495

Re: Wrong side of the Laffer Curve

Of course, here in the US the top marginal tax rate isn't anywhere near 50%, but even if it was I think I'd still be happy to be in a position to complain about it. At least the title of this thread implies that there's a 'right' side of the Laffer curve, or - to remove any value judgments - a side ...
by Bill_N
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?
Replies: 19
Views: 2150

Re: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?

I get it now, but is this really something that's been used with a bunch of four-to-five-year-olds or someone's clever idea of an adult puzzle based on circumventing learned reasoning? It's probably the latter. Several years ago I would have been able to try it out on one of my kids to see what a r...
by Bill_N
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?
Replies: 19
Views: 2150

Re: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?

A preschooler would know little or nothing of arithmetic and would look for a pattern in a different way. Yes. Only two numbers on the list have four different digits: 8193 and 8096. 2581 also contains 81, so the answer is 3. No. :D -G I don't know how Bill_N got his answer, which is probably corre...
by Bill_N
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?
Replies: 19
Views: 2150

Re: Can you solve this pre-school numbers puzzle?

2

Took me about a minute and a half. Master's degree notwithstanding, I guess everything I ever needed to know I really did learn in pre-school!
by Bill_N
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Ignorance, Stupidity or Connivance"
Replies: 13
Views: 1738

Re: "Ignorance, Stupidity or Connivance"

Why, I am aghast. I had no idea that raising taxes on the super-rich would reduce employment in the luxury yacht building business. And in a country the size of the United States that's a one-off of a couple of thousand jobs held by people with transferable skills! What is Obama thinking of? I'm go...
by Bill_N
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........
Replies: 34
Views: 4820

Re: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........

After reading the beginning of this thread yesterday, I listened to the one album I have by The Mars Volta. I can't even begin to imagine how Ms. Fleming - or any other classical singer - would handle those songs. exactly... for those not in the know, TMV sound a little like a fusion between King C...
by Bill_N
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........
Replies: 34
Views: 4820

Re: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........

DavidRoss wrote:
Bill_N wrote:Pat Boone's album of heavy metal rock songs.
:shock:
Yes, indeed. Read it and weep:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... F8&s=music
by Bill_N
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........
Replies: 34
Views: 4820

Re: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........

After reading the beginning of this thread yesterday, I listened to the one album I have by The Mars Volta. I can't even begin to imagine how Ms. Fleming - or any other classical singer - would handle those songs. If it's really what she wants to do, then more power to her, but I can't help but thin...
by Bill_N
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Arlington: Shelter in Place for 3-5 Days????
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Arlington: Shelter in Place for 3-5 Days????

NancyElla wrote: peppermint schnapps and cocoa . . . .
I like how you listed the most important item first!
by Bill_N
Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teaching works
Replies: 36
Views: 3854

Re: Teaching works

Keaggy's actually citing something from the Washington Post - the front page, no less - with approval? That has to be a sign of impending apocalypse!
by Bill_N
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Unemployment 10.2%
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Unemployment 10.2%

Keaggy220;

Without a fourth line - the one showing what the unemployment rate would actually be without the stimulus - the only thing your chart proves is that the administration underestimated just how bad things really are.
by Bill_N
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: White House boasts: We 'control' news media
Replies: 11
Views: 724

Re: White House boasts: We 'control' news media

A political operation that tries to control the message it puts out, and attempts to steer coverage? Wow. Whoever heard of such a thing?

And in other news that shocked - absolutely shocked - the naive innocents at WorldNetDaily, the sun rose in the east this morning.
by Bill_N
Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Will Rush sue and does he have a case?
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: WSJ: Will Rush sue and does he have a case?

It's quite simple: the other people involved in this investment - hard-headed businessmen all, with a view towards maximizing their profits - saw Limbaugh's participation as a liability. So they exercized their freedom of association and dis-invited him. It's so entertaining to watch conservatives, ...
by Bill_N
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Best political attack speech, ever
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Best political attack speech, ever

I remember reading this one - in Mad magazine sometime in the early 70's.
by Bill_N
Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Health Care Town Hall Turns Violent in Tampa
Replies: 43
Views: 3038

Re: Health Care Town Hall Turns Violent in Tampa

Does the WSJ mention how many of those 74% who are so satisfied with their coverage get that coverage through Medicare (a government-run single-payer system), Medicaid (ditto), the VA (ditto), or the military (ditto)? Those four, by the way, account for about a third of all US health care spending.
by Bill_N
Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No contact with governor for 4 days
Replies: 40
Views: 3898

Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

When I referred to his mind-boggling stupidity, I wasn't talking about the infidelity; that's no huge surprise. I was talking about the fact that he apparently thought a state governor could disappear for a week and not have a lot of people asking questions.
by Bill_N
Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No contact with governor for 4 days
Replies: 40
Views: 3898

Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

I'm more interested in finding out how someone so mind-bogglingly stupid ever managed to get elected governor.

And yeah, I realize I've just provided an opening for all kinds of responses. :)
by Bill_N
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An elegant speech
Replies: 48
Views: 1973

Re: An elegant speech

Barry, Anyone who was paying attention during the Clinton years knows that the right wing is every bit as capable of spewing over-the-top vitriol as the left wing has been for the past eight years. As far as Obama is concerned, I've already read one post-inaugural online comment to the effect that "...
by Bill_N
Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BMG Music Club buyers ...
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: BMG Music Club buyers ...

Lance - Like you, I only buy from BMG when the deal beats downloading from amazon. When I visited the BMG Club website yesterday, there was a notice that they're no longer accepting new members. Instead, they're offering a subscription service wherein you'd pay $6.99/month, set up a queue of CDs you...
by Bill_N
Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ten Russian warships have docked at Syrian port
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ten Russian warships have docked at Syrian port

Sure. But don't you agree that we, from western democracies, have cultivated our own expectations about what the collapse of the Soviet Union should yield -- a peaceful, market-oriented, eager-to-catch-up-to-the-modern-world, post-Cold War Russia. It has not turned out this way and Russia has been ...
by Bill_N
Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The $53,000,000,000,000 hole.
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: The $53,000,000,000,000 hole.

Henry, The numbers I posted are aggregate. I compared the debt at the end of the last fiscal year of each presidential term with that at the end of the previous term. The % of GDP values are based on the GDP of the last year of each term. Since the original spreadsheet goes back to 1940, I should me...
by Bill_N
Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The $53,000,000,000,000 hole.
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: The $53,000,000,000,000 hole.

Being the number-crunching geek I am, I've had some fun sorting through the spreadsheets to be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2009/hist.html . I couldn't figure out how to paste in a table here, so I'll just present a summary. Here, with no implied editorial comment, are the net cha...
by Bill_N
Mon May 19, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Over 30,000 Scientists Agree
Replies: 31
Views: 2376

I think I'll withhold judgment on this subject until I know how many of those 31,000 scientists actually have any relevant expertise. You mean as opposed to Al Gore's? :lol: Any scientist's opinion regardless of discipline, would have more credibility than a pol. You're better off going with the ol...
by Bill_N
Mon May 19, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Over 30,000 Scientists Agree
Replies: 31
Views: 2376

I think I'll withhold judgment on this subject until I know how many of those 31,000 scientists actually have any relevant expertise.
by Bill_N
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Conservatives More Liberal Givers
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

I'm assuming that the charitable contributions of the 'religious conservatives' Will refers to includes what they give to their churches. That's fine, but what isn't pointed out is the fact - and I say this as someone who writes a sizable check to his church every week - that the average church spen...
by Bill_N
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roberto Gerhard
Replies: 7
Views: 1743

The Gerhard 4th may not be available on CD, but for those with iPods it's available for download from iTunes. Or it was a few months ago, at any rate. I haven't gone back to check since I downloaded it.
by Bill_N
Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.
Replies: 18
Views: 6380

Classical radio on its way out in D.C.

According to a story in the Post this morning, Washingon Redskins owner Dan Snyder is negotiating to buy WGMS-FM, adding the station to his regional sports-talk network. There goes the last classical station in D.C. On a purely theoretical level, I'm upset about this development; however, since WGMS...
by Bill_N
Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 636369

At the moment: Hindemith , Violin Concertos Dene Olding/Werner Albert/Queensland S.O., on CPO Since it's that time of year, I started the day with Bach , Christmas Oratorio John Eliot Gardiner, on Archiv Other holiday CDs in recent rotation: Anne Sophie von Otter , 'Home For Christmas' Phil Keaggy ,...
by Bill_N
Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: anniversaries 2007?
Replies: 9
Views: 3202

Let's not forget the immortal P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742?).