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by jserraglio
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names They never let poor Rudy Join in any reindeer games Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say Rudolph with your nose so bright Won'...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 54
Views: 31493

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Django Unchained (2012) by Quentin Tarantino

"The D is silent."
by jserraglio
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)

First novel I've read by Atwood since The Penelopiad (2005). I had never absorbed The Handmaid's Tale (1985) with any specificity but now will do so since the two narratives are connected. Atwood invents Gilead, an obviously post-Trumpian American dystopia in which democracy has given way to totalit...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe

WAPO As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump moves to the House Judiciary Committee, Republicans signaled Sunday that they will mount an aggressive campaign to delegitimize the process, accusing Democrats of rushing the proceedings as the White House debates whether to participate at all. Sp...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Venice is sinking, and not just from rising sea levels
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Venice is sinking, and not just from rising sea levels

NPR The lagoon city of Venice — a unique experiment nurtured by man and nature — suffered heavy damage in November as floodwaters reached their highest peaks in more than 50 years. But rising sea levels are not the only threat. As Venetians continue to leave their city, Venice risks becoming an empt...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Once Trump is impeached by the House, the GOP want to put Biden on trial in the Senate
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Once Trump is impeached by the House, the GOP want to put Biden on trial in the Senate

WAPO ANALYSIS Three years ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to a former colleague in the most personal of ways. Leading off tributes from the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican hailed the honoree’s rise from “unknowing despair” to forge “unlikely friendships” and whose word...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 54
Views: 31493

Re: What movies are you watching today?

HBO's series His Dark Materials (2018), based on Philip Pullman's novels.
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gail & Bret: Coup d'Trump?
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Gail & Bret: Coup d'Trump?

NEW YORK TIMES OPINION Can Anyone or Anything Dislodge Trump? By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens Ms. Collins and Mr. Stephens are opinion columnists. They converse every other week. Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. I hope you have plans for a beautiful Thanksgiving. Gail Collins: Happy holidays to you, Bret....
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Penelope Fitzgerald: The Blue Flower (1995)
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Penelope Fitzgerald: The Blue Flower (1995)

Reading now. I decided to give this strange-sounding fictional take on the life of the life of the German Romantic poet Novalis a spin after being pretty much floored a couple months ago by the virtuosity of Fitzgerald's 1978 novel The Bookshop.
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (2016)

Stunning National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize winning novel. I spent all night reading it in low light on Kindle. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—w...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dateline Tuesday: Slow-moving big blob over WH (no, not a new Baby Trump balloon) caused WH to go into lockdown
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Dateline Tuesday: Slow-moving big blob over WH (no, not a new Baby Trump balloon) caused WH to go into lockdown

ET fleet, of course. They are cruising the system for Black Friday classical music deals. Did these illegal immigrants from a shithole planet, undeterred by a vaporous Wall, perhaps perform an Oval Office abduction and invasive body cavity probe to determine what quid pro quo could possibly have be...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dateline Tuesday: Slow-moving big blob over WH (no, not a new Baby Trump balloon) caused WH to go into lockdown
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Dateline Tuesday: Slow-moving big blob over WH (no, not a new Baby Trump balloon) caused WH to go into lockdown

CNN A "slow-moving blob" that may have been a flock of birds triggered a lockdown of the White House and caused the US Capitol to be placed on "restrictive access" Tuesday morning. Senior national security officials across the agencies convened to coordinate and monitor the situation after the myste...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jimmy Carter is Never-Trump personified
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Jimmy Carter is Never-Trump personified

CNN by Kate Andersen Brower Editor's Note: The author is a CNN contributor and the author of "The Residence," "First Women" and "First In Line." Her forthcoming book Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump, is being published in May 2020. Unless otherwise indicated, the facts in this p...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 54
Views: 31493

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds (2009). An alternative history in which Jewish-American soldiers mimic Nazis by torturing and killing them indiscriminately.
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 2718

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Anyway, it's with the wisdom of hindsight that we seem to be making judgments on the individual choices people made and I wonder if that's even fair. As Harper Lee said, "you cannot really know a (hu)man unless you walk in his shoes". I agree. If one is to accuse WF of collaboration b/c he did not ...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Colson Whitehead: The Nickel Boys (2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 599

Colson Whitehead: The Nickel Boys (2019)

Harrowing reading, not for the faint of heart. The Nickel Boys is largely set at a fictionalized version of Florida's infamous reform school, the Dozier School for Boys (1900-2011) — Nickel Academy in the novel. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_School_for_Boys In the narrative, Elwood, a dece...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 2718

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Any time you maintain your country or people are exceptional, not like others, but better, wiser, more enlightened, that is overt nationalism. Any time you conflate God and your nation - a very common practice by Americans - that is overt nationalism. The idea of American exceptionalism, out and ab...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 2718

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Considering that Furtwängler did nothing wrong but continued to live and work in his homeland, all this is surely unwarranted. Many others did so and I don't see any complaints here, for example Carl Orff. We aren't up in arms about him though "Carmina Burana" was one of the most popular pieces in ...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 2718

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Any time you maintain your country or people are exceptional, not like others, but better, wiser, more enlightened, that is overt nationalism. Any time you conflate God and your nation - a very common practice by Americans - that is overt nationalism. The idea of American exceptionalism, out and ab...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon buys users' shopping history for a song, then uses it to generate massive targeted advertisements
Replies: 0
Views: 505

Amazon buys users' shopping history for a song, then uses it to generate massive targeted advertisements

THE ATLANTIC Shoppers were offered a $10 credit in exchange for handing over their browser data. It’s an investment that pays dividends for Amazon. The owner of a coffee shop approaches you with a $10 bill in hand. It’s yours if you submit to a battery of questions: How did you hear about the shop? ...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon's 'fulfillment' centers: robotics cathedrals or dark satanic mills?
Replies: 0
Views: 517

Amazon's 'fulfillment' centers: robotics cathedrals or dark satanic mills?

THE ATLANTIC This holiday season, Amazon will move millions of packages at dizzying speed. Internal injury reports suggest all that convenience is coming at the expense of worker safety.This story is a collaboration between The Atlantic and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. When Ca...
by jserraglio
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Elizabeth Strout: Olive Again (2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 496

Elizabeth Strout: Olive Again (2019)

I am becoming a fan of this author. Among her many strengths is an eye for the seasonal beauty of the New England landscape.
by jserraglio
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: House GOP tells nation, 'Up yours'!
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: House GOP tells nation, 'Up yours'!

The hearings smelled more of politics than of true concern. The two are not mutually exclusive. It used to be (before being totally corrupted by partisanship on both sides) that Congress practiced politics as the 'art of the possible', i.e., of honorable compromise. Case in point. Does anyone belie...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Formidable Fiona Hill takes on Putin fellow travelers lurking in Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Formidable Fiona Hill takes on Putin fellow travelers lurking in Congress

WASHINGTON POST by Greg Jaffe Two years ago, President Trump shared a version of his foreign policy philosophy with a Fox News interviewer who asked about widespread vacancies at the State Department. “I’m the only one that matters,” the president said. Dozens of hours of impeachment testimony over ...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection

https://archive.org/details/georgeblood Note that the ... digitizing of 78s (156,000 sides, done at 24-bit) done for the Internet Archive by George Blood's company in Philadelphia, offers multiple transfers of each disc using styli of three to four different widths which alters the tracking of wear ...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Elizabeth Strout: Amy and Isabelle (1998)
Replies: 0
Views: 534

Elizabeth Strout: Amy and Isabelle (1998)

Excellent debut novel about the intertwined lives of a teen daughter and her single mother.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: House GOP tells nation, 'Up yours'!
Replies: 3
Views: 550

House GOP tells nation, 'Up yours'!

WASHINGTON POST by Phil Rucker After two weeks of extraordinary open hearings that Democrats envisioned as their best opportunity to shape public opinion on impeachment, President Trump claims to be impervious to the cascade of damaging revelations because of hardening Republican opposition to his r...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 54
Views: 31493

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Luis Bunuel: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972).

Hilarious. Bunuel "told a reporter at Newsweek that his favorite characters in the film were the cockroaches" (Wikipedia).
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection

I have used Internet Archive for years. It is of variable quality since anybody can upload material to it (I have done so myself), but I have found scans of books and libretti and prints of silent films there I couldn't otherwise easily obtain. There are also many decent rips of classical shellacs ,...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Boston Public Library Vinyl LP Collection

Unprocessed NEEDLEDROPS. Variable condition. Search engine too general to be really useful. Besides streaming, lossless downloads in FLAC allowed. Full scans of artwork and sleeve notes are one of this archive's most valuable features. Many items commercially available in one form or another, but th...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 54
Views: 31493

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Vanity Fair (2004) (Reese Witherspoon)

Get On Up (Chadwick Boseman) (2014) — a tour de force of impersonation by Boseman.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Beckett estate squashes Oberlin coeds' plan to conjure up Godot
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Beckett estate squashes Oberlin coeds' plan to conjure up Godot

If Janet Baker can impersonate Julius Caesar convincingly on stage ... well then, to each artist her (or his) own gonad. Beckett and his estate are entitled to ritually purify WFG of every ovary, but it took only an Oberlin minute for the college to replace Beckett's with another play. I recall read...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Junior CIA analyst: POTUS is using power of his office to solicit interference from foreign country in 2020 election
Replies: 0
Views: 671

Junior CIA analyst: POTUS is using power of his office to solicit interference from foreign country in 2020 election

WAPO The lights are often on late into the evening at CIA headquarters, where a team of elite analysts works on classified reports that influence how the country responds to global crises. In early August, one of those analysts was staying after hours on a project with even higher stakes. For two we...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Timothy Morrison to impeachment probe: Bolton tried but failed to derail Trump's demand for Ukraine Biden investigation
Replies: 1
Views: 465

Timothy Morrison to impeachment probe: Bolton tried but failed to derail Trump's demand for Ukraine Biden investigation

NYT John R. Bolton, who left the White House in September, has emerged as perhaps the most conspicuous witness who has evaded House Democrats as they build their case. By Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, met privately w...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'

Is Trump just a moron who doesn't know what a word like exculpatory means, an uncomplicated grafter, or do his loyalties in fact lie with Putin? One of the three, at a bare minimum, must be the case. CBS NEWS Washington — The embassy staffer in Kiev who overheard a top diplomat's conversation with ...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Sondland to Trump: Zelensky 'loves your ass', will do 'anything you ask him to'

After David Holmes's bombshell deposition about overhearing Trump demand a Biden probe in exchange for releasing military aid to Ukraine, I expect Gordon Sondland will be advised by his lawyers to either take the 5th or demand congressional immunity when he testifies next week. Meantime the Trump t...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Stokowski made experimental stereo recordings at Bell Labs in the early 1930s.

https://www.stokowski.org/Harvey_Fletch ... Stereo.htm
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: A Farewell to Arms / The Naked & the Dead
Replies: 0
Views: 837

A Farewell to Arms / The Naked & the Dead

Re-reading the latest scholarly version on Kindle. A Farewell to Arm s is the greatest war novel I know, never having had the patience to read War & Peace . Also re-reading Mailer's The Naked and the Dead which is very very good except that the mindless censorship of the postwar era dictated that al...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

I disagree with you about American exceptionalism. The fact that enough of you voted for Trump for him to win the electoral college shows that you are at least at petty, indifferent, stupid, resentful and self-interested as the citizens of any other nation. Or even more so. But so what? Like it or ...
by jserraglio
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

I admire David Brooks from seeing him on "The News Hour" with Mark Shields. Other than that, I know nothing of his work. Me too. Never read a word he wrote till now, stumbled upon it in my wife's Kindle library. More than a confessional spiritual journey, also an intellectual odyssey and a stirring...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

When your system is referred to as " affordable care " that relates to individual Americans but not to the taxation system overall!! Assuming Obamacare's $700 billion/yr in healthcare subsidies is unaffordable for the govt, that makes the 2017 GOP tax cut of $1.5 trillion (2/3 of which in 2018 went...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
Replies: 3
Views: 922

David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

Deep and wide ranging. Beautifully written book by a Burkean conservative.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

The "forgotten people" living lives of quiet desperation surely exist but they were not the deciding factor in electing Donald Trump — the Russians were. But whether they were instrumental or not, he's done little to nothing for them since, other than provide bigotry and circuses at his rallies. The...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

Anyway to paraphrase Bentsen I say this with regard to the fireside chat comment-Trump I knew FDR and Trump, you're no FDR! Right, but he does remind me of Aaron Burr absent Burr's battle ribbons for valor and his legitimate election as Jefferson's first vice-president. Over time, I have come to be...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

Maybe, maybe not. I don't discount the possibility that Trump has never encountered anything more substantial than his own matériel de corps.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 7378

Re: My topic deleted.

For the record, I'll decide what I do and do not appreciate without any unsolicited assistance. To get an inkling of what American exceptionalism might actually entail, however, one might take the time to look at the relevant presidential speeches by JFK and Ronald Reagan or at the estimable intelle...