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by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

New Zealand is definitely the one. I was brought up there and am still an NZ citizen (along with UK and Australia). I think it's most beautiful country I've seen, from Norwegian-style fjords in the south, lakes, glaciers and imposing mountains flanked by rolling English countryside on one side and m...
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5781
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: 1 Tishrei 5781

I don't Donald, but I guess you do, so I send your felicitations and warm wishes back to you.
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

Surely this is the most slimy, incompetent, despicable US Administration ever. Barr should be in jail.
by barney
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scientists back Biden, breaking 175-year precedent
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Scientists back Biden, breaking 175-year precedent

Scientific American Breaks With 175-Year Precedent to Endorse Biden This article appeared on Truthout, an independent left-wing news service. Mike Ludwig, Truthout PUBLISHED September 16, 2020 Scientific American has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in the widely respected magazi...
by barney
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems need to wake up
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Dems need to wake up

And you balance your reading so carefully, Belle. Hint: The Australian, Murdoch's flagship, is not left-wing, nor is it centrist.
by barney
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

He went further, saying his physical health was in question, and his “mental health has definitely failed.” Caputo has correctly diagnosed himself. There are various forms of psychosis, but delusional thinking is a common thread in these mental diseases. In any other government or private sector bu...
by barney
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam

Of course you are right. Though it's probably easier to judge the US than any other country because of the flood of media, Hollywood, soaps etc that come to Australia. Don' get me wrong, I'm not saying we are necessarily accurate, but there is much more information. I read dozens and dozens of polit...
by barney
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin

This guy Caputo is a typical Trump appointee, now that all the adults have left the room. He is deranged, or malevolent, or stupid, or very likely all three.
Indeed, he admits the first charge.
by barney
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam

Belle is right that the malaise didn't begin with Trump. It's just that he turned up the dial from 2 to 126. And the Republicans went along with it all the way, apart from a few exceptional individuals. She's also right that people who vote for Trump have some sort of blindness, and I thank her for ...
by barney
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:17 am

A little Vivaldi goes a long way with me, so I heard just the first 2 concertos.
How true that is. I feel Vivaldi wrote the same work 600 times; they are all interchangeable. I don't mind if I never hear the Four Seasons again. I like the violinist, though.
by barney
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China

What a sad story. One keystroke ends a career. Seems to me he has a case, but good luck getting recompense out of China, while his quartet colleagues are probably not flush with funds even if a court should find them responsible. No winners out of this, except the bullies of the CCP.
by barney
Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

:lol:Very good Joseph. Pinker and Grayling could be matched bookends from science and philosophy. Just before I leave Harrison (it's a very long and critical review), I want to quote one of the best paragraphs I've read in a review: For the sceptical reader the whole strategy of the book looks like ...
by barney
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

Intellectuals hate progress. Intellectuals who call themselves “progressive” really hate progress. It’s not that they hate the fruits of progress , mind you: most pundits, critics, and their bien-pensant readers use computers rather than quills and inkwells, and they prefer to have their surgery wi...
by barney
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

I hope you are right, Joseph, and you probably are. It's just that I struggle to cope with the apparent fact that 4 in 10 Americans admire Trump, are unconcerned at his loathsome personality and single political policy: personal enrichment and exaltation. 4 in 10!!! How is it possible? After that he...
by barney
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

There are plenty of Republicans who have broken with Trump, just as many Democrats, including Biden, have spoken out against those that resort to violence. But I agree with Barney , Those condemnations by the leaders of each camp haven’t been forceful enough. Precisely. But even more than that, it ...
by barney
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: South Carolina parasite needs a host to survive.
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: South Carolina parasite needs a host to survive.

That's an astonishing ad. It might put more people off than it persuades.
by barney
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

I think a more pertinent question to ask is why doesn't Donald Trump condemn violence committed by the Proud Bois, Patriot Prayer, the Charlottesville marchers? Why does he encourage them, call them "fine people" or even "patriots"? Why is the onus on Democrats to denounce violence but not Republic...
by barney
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DHS official alleges in complaint that he was ordered to stop intelligence analysis on Russian threat
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: DHS official alleges in complaint that he was ordered to stop intelligence analysis on Russian threat

Really glad this has emerged, and what a courageous man the whistleblower is. The US has excellent whistleblower laws. In Australia, he would probably be whisked off to jail in total secrecy, followed by a secret trial (as happened in a similar example here recently). Our laws are appalling.
by barney
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

...if the Democrats deny that looting is a problem, or even happening, and Trump is able to turn this into a law and order election, that will be calamitous. That is Sullivan's point, and I agree. You're suggesting a defensive strategy, particularly one that assumes the Republican framing of the Bl...
by barney
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Go Woodward Go
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Go Woodward Go

You might have put this in the wrong forum, Len, even if it is music to your ears. :lol:
by barney
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: The collapse of democracy?

You make strong points, and by and large I agree with you. But, as a matter of strategy, if the Democrats deny that looting is a problem, or even happening, and Trump is able to turn this into a law and order election, that will be calamitous. That is Sullivan's point, and I agree. I am sure you agr...
by barney
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lincoln Project Slams Un-American 'Draft-Dodger-in-Chief'
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Lincoln Project Slams Un-American 'Draft-Dodger-in-Chief'

Another powerful ad from the Lincoln Project.
Even Fox News endorsing it. How the heck did that happen? Was Rupert having a lie-in that morning?
This has got to damage the draft-dodger in chief among his constituency, which is particularly patriotic, no?
by barney
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

I didn't know that Gould/Bernstein story. It almost beggars belief, a conductor coming on stage before a concert and disavowing the soloist and the performance. But at least Bernstein did let Gould determine the tempi. Rubinstein/Reiner story is fascinating too. I am sure it happens more often than...
by barney
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fox News Analyst Brit Hume defends colleague Jennifer Griffin against Trump attack dogs' "bullsh*t".
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Fox News Analyst Brit Hume defends colleague Jennifer Griffin against Trump attack dogs' "bullsh*t".

I bow to your superior literary taste! I read Beowulf in modern translation 40 years ago. Growing up, I loved Tolkien and read Lord of the Rings annually from age 12 to 19, and once or twice since.
by barney
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

I didn't know that Gould/Bernstein story. It almost beggars belief, a conductor coming on stage before a concert and disavowing the soloist and the performance. But at least Bernstein did let Gould determine the tempi. Rubinstein/Reiner story is fascinating too. I am sure it happens more often than ...
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

What a lot of discussion has gone on in this thread since I last checked in! :D And it's all very interesting. CMG at its best. Tangentially, JohnF and I crossed swords on Norman Lebrecht. John couldn't stand him. Norman can be a show pony, but he loves music, is always entertaining, and his views a...
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin

Thanks for posting this, Len. I look forward to going through them.
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Haitink documentary

Yes, such rituals are very affirming. I think my favourite religious work is Messiah because it is so exquisite yet so accessible, though the St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor are possibly greater musical achievements. This will (probably) be the first time in years that I have not attended a l...
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.
Replies: 16
Views: 268

Re: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.

An outrage. My wife's father was a bomber pilot in World War II. Luckily, he didn't get shot down by German flak, but many were. Were the troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy under heavy German fire, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, or liberated the concentration camp at Dachau losers ? Of ...
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Haitink documentary

I agree. I am always delighted when I listen to a Bach cantata, but would become fatigued after half a dozen, let alone 150, if I wanted to play them in order.
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)

Sorry, DG Eloquence, as you said Lance. It comes from the same Australian compiler whether Decca or DG.
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)

I've got this set too, but haven't opened it yet. I have a large number of the CDs already- at least a dozen from releases as single Decca Eloquence CDs. He also appears in other sets. Still, maybe I will have the self discipline to find the single recordings and give them to friends so as to free u...
by barney
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Those are interesting responses. When I don't like something, and the performers are top-tier, then I always wonder if it's just me, which I'm perfectly okay with, or if the issue is more general. So it would seem to be more general. The Triple Concerto with Hvk, with Rostoprovich, Oistrakh and Ric...
by barney
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam

Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam (Counterpunch 31/8/2020) By Patrick Cockburn | On 6 September 2020 The Republican convention was a nauseating performance even by the cess-pit standards of the Trump administration. In its cult-like obeisance to the supreme leader it reminds me of meetings of the I...
by barney
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:14 am
As one who has a family member in the military, reaffirms my view if you support Trump we can’t be friends.
I know of no friends who support Trump. I don't think this is coincidence.
by barney
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.
Replies: 16
Views: 268

Re: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.

More shameless his suckers ante up for Do I dare risk a knuckle rap from a culture warrior by using the term deplorables ? Deplorables-without-tears? If not for the voters - and I'd prefer deluded to deplorable - then certainly for the GOP, which has been simply disgusting for most of the 21st cent...
by barney
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Melania and Me,’
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: ‘Melania and Me,’

Score settling to be sure. But Wolkoff is also shining a light on massive corruption and apparent theft in the Trump Inaugural committee—millions upon millions of dollars went poof! like magic—and the WH, with Melania's acquiescence, made Melania's supposed friend Wolkoff the fall guy for that scan...
by barney
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Melania and Me,’
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: ‘Melania and Me,’

Actually, I find all this tell-all stuff a bit unsettling. What business is it of ours how Melania and Ivanka get on? Does it affect the nation in any way? I find it a bit sleazy - smacking of the revenge of a spurned friend and possibly the chance to make a bit of money. Still, that said, I read th...
by barney
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The End of Social Security ?
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: The End of Social Security ?

"I'm the only one who can furgle up. I know more more about furgling up than the furglers do." Furgle, that rhymes with burgle-he's trying to burgle the election! Regards, Len :( He certainly is. And the NYT today talks of the Russian interference getting busy again. But I'm terrified - and that ma...
by barney
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze

Actually, it's a very lovely r ecital. Thanks for posting the links.
by barney
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Haitink documentary

Yes, and conductors like the much-admired Labadie in Bach play far too fast for my liking. The music is strangled, and where there are singers they often can't really articulate. He wouldn't have to slow down a lot to let the music breathe just a little and still keep the excitement he wants. I reme...
by barney
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 482

The collapse of democracy?

This piece by the conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan, who has seen from the very start what Donald Trump is ("I said long ago I thought the election of Donald Trump was an extinction-level event for liberal democracy) crystallises my own thoughts and fears absolutely. The Democrats' refusal to...
by barney
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze

From the name, Nino, I was expecting male pianist but she is a bit too beautiful for that. :D I'm listening now, just started the Arabesque and see what Brian means. But it doesn't offend me at all. I would also be eager to hear her Mussorgsky disc, because the music on that would be much less well ...
by barney
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Haitink documentary

In general, I am a great fan of Haitink as a conductor who puts the music above his own personal glorification. I think that this is very important. The big exception, and, given that I am probably the world's biggest Shostakovich fan, an important exception, is in Russian music, especially Shostak...
by barney
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Haitink documentary

During my training at Juilliard, my Maestro, Vincent La Selva, continuously stressed that "Fatser is not necessarily more exciting!" It's true. Excitement and the electricity of the finest performances come from the commitment and passion of the musicians involved. Many conductors make this mistake...
by barney
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists. to shut down

Great memories, Brian. And, as you say, a very sad announcement.