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by burnitdown
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An ACLU Lawsuit for Corlyss to Fume About!
Replies: 26
Views: 8299

living_stradivarius wrote:
burnitdown wrote:We're forcing kids to grow up too fast, I think. They shouldn't be worried about lawsuits yet.
In this case the "kid" initiated the lawsuit...
Yes, I know.
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Homosexuality corrupting children, or religion?
Replies: 84
Views: 31712

Re: Homosexuality corrupting children, or religion?

Novitiate wrote:Yes, evidently, homophobia is learnt.
Sexual abuse changes sexual orientation. Is that learnt, or a case of extreme intervention?

Come on people, think!
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 73261

Re: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)

it seems to me (this is what I got to thinking after hearing a lot of talks) that Brahms is not considered at the same "level" as our (justifiably) beloved Mozart, Beethoven etc. You're right -- and think how Schumann and Bruckner feel. Mozart gets way too much press. People pay more attention to e...
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Homosexuality corrupting children, or religion?
Replies: 84
Views: 31712

The idea that fear or resentment of others is "learned" is not the hallmark of a deep thinker, I'm afraid. Look at it logically and a new world of wisdom opens up. I think the same freedom that keeps homosexuals alive should allow some of us freedom from a range of things; for me, it wouldn't be hom...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An ACLU Lawsuit for Corlyss to Fume About!
Replies: 26
Views: 8299

We're forcing kids to grow up too fast, I think. They shouldn't be worried about lawsuits yet.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An interesting medical ethics question
Replies: 11
Views: 4443

Ugh, humanitarian motivations. So... unrealistic.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "Innocent" Arabs Congratulate Bomber's Family
Replies: 18
Views: 6475

Ralph wrote:It's not Islam as such, it's religion be it a fanatical devotion to warped Islam or to a godlike emperor.
This isn't about religion -- it's a cultural/ethnic war.

Support Israel, and get our troops out of the nutty region :)
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Homosexuality corrupting children, or religion?
Replies: 84
Views: 31712

Re: Homosexuality corrupting children, or religion?

If you ask me, or any other liberal human rights loving person, you'll hear that homosexuality doesn't harm anyone. Honestly, what harm comes from people you don't even know loving each other? I wouldn't want my kids seeing it at an impressionable age, because I'd like them to be normal, heterosexu...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: FREEDOM WRITERS
Replies: 5
Views: 3355

Message to immigrants: don't alienate your host culture or you'll get gassed. I defend Israel's right to be fascist because I think there should be a place for Jews. I don't want their religion here however. Judaism is as a philosophy, disgusting, and while I'll defend to the death their right to pr...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Are YOU Upgrading to VISTA?
Replies: 48
Views: 16784

Re: Are YOU Upgrading to VISTA?

I've read a lot of articles about VISTA and some suggest waiting a while. Others say it's a good but not essential upgrade for many. Very few people, outside of developers, will "need" it and it won't be mature for at least a year and a half. For today's technology, XP will be good for quite awhile.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: German poetry
Replies: 6
Views: 3669

jbuck919 wrote:Generally speaking, only his academic rivals who covet the title consider anyone other than Kaufmann to be the greatest Nietzsche scholar of all time.
Don't you mean translator, not scholar?
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Hillary’s Stance on War A Plus
Replies: 51
Views: 17458

Re: Hillary’s Stance on War A Plus

Ted wrote:That’s a good thing for people who’d like to see Bill Clinton on Madam President’s arm
He should hang for Waco.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An Evil Act Not to Be Forgotten
Replies: 39
Views: 11988

IQ is a shaky concept to begin with, though if it is defined as measurable intelligence I think it still has meaning, and I am aware of the concept of a non-resistant statistic (a few extreme values change the average), but I have to challenge any assumption that "average national intelligence" can...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Now that the Party of the Perpetual Juveniles is in charge -
Replies: 22
Views: 7395

We're going to be leaving Iraq before long because 1) We can't fight a war the majority of Americans oppose, and 2) We can't win a war on this scale where our allies contribute only a tiny amount of the manpower. And now they're leaving anyway. And 3: The threat to our ally Israel is now eliminated.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So what music do you guys like besides classical?
Replies: 26
Views: 12487

Find pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to be tedious; like quality underground metal and electronic music. No opinion on country.
by burnitdown
Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An Evil Act Not to Be Forgotten
Replies: 39
Views: 11988

Note that both France and Russia lag behind their neighbors in average IQ thanks to their vengeance against the upper layers of society.
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner's 8th in Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 2893

(It was that bad? A first attempt at concert reviews of another sort.)
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What happened to Good Music Guide?
Replies: 25
Views: 10550

lmpower wrote:I still get a blank page on GMG as of this morning.
I suspect the Bush Administration.
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Unwarranted Attempt to Chill Legal Rights of Detainees
Replies: 76
Views: 20547

Compared to our real problems, the situation with the detainees is inconsequential.
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: We Don't Need Them
Replies: 3
Views: 2732

Rawls is overrated. He never produces an original theory, only enhances existing prejudices.

No one is listening. Society is a total lack of consensus and the price will be paid soon enough. (Doom awaits the unwary.)
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner's 8th in Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 2893

Bruckner's 8th in Houston

Saturday brings crowds to the record stores, looking for the experience of being around music. Yet as relaxed fingernails trail down the spines of thousands of CDs in the Used rack, it might occur to us how transparent these ruses have been for the past four decades. Rock music succeeds where it pa...
by burnitdown
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Islam's Threat to the West
Replies: 5
Views: 1743

Re: Islam's Threat to the West

Conservativemaestro wrote:"We do believe Islam is at war with the Christian West.”
With that comment, Paul Weyrich and William S. Lind have broken through a taboo in the entire discussion of the war on terrorism.
And the non-Christian West is at war with the Christian West. Oy, where does it end?
by burnitdown
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Proof humans have wrecked air quality
Replies: 11
Views: 2633

keaggy220 wrote:From what I've read (sorry, this is by memory and I can't site sources) the scientific community is not united at all on how to reverse the effects of modern human activity without going back to the days of Johnny Appleseed.
Actually, it's fairly simple :)
by burnitdown
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Australian Mufti at it again
Replies: 11
Views: 2325

Another resounding success for multiculturalism!
by burnitdown
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Re: Classical sales up

keaggy220 wrote:However, my wife and two little girls watch more tv than I would like them to watch, but I suppose we all need some way to escape from real life.
This is the biggest problem. I don't have an easy way around that one except lead by example :)
by burnitdown
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: If I Like His Music, Must I Like Its Composer?
Replies: 15
Views: 6328

felino wrote:This reminds me of the Woody Allen
Yep, regardless of what one thinks of his child-molesting activities and bizarre perversity, his movies are... well, if you like them, they're great.
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Call your broker for some Dong
Replies: 1
Views: 1005

"Hello, Citigroup brokerage services?"

(heavy breathing)
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Pentti Linkola: visionary?
Replies: 0
Views: 991

Pentti Linkola: visionary?

Pentti Linkola is a Finnish academic and fisherman who is described by many as an "eco-fascist." His basic theory: technology has made it easy for humanity to breed recklessly, producing low-quality people who are overpopulating the planet and aren't really worth much of anything by any sensible sta...
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Proof humans have wrecked air quality
Replies: 11
Views: 2633

Corlyss_D wrote:I didn't know there was serious scientific debate about human degratation of air quality.
Yeah, as far as I know, most scientists take it as fact :)
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Modern neuroscience is eroding the idea of free will
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Another is, taking this one instance of observing the relation between the brain and one pathological behavior, and drawing the curiously universal conclusion, "Look, there's no such thing as free will!" I don't think anyone denies there is choice, but the idea of total free will is mathematically ...
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Re: Classical sales up

keaggy220 wrote:No T.V.? I envy you.
I can't be the only one here...?

It's easy to not have a TV. If one shows up in the house, cut the wires. Then put a plant on it. If you're really savvy, you'll put a carnivorous plant on it, as they're more fun to watch than anything on the airwaves.
by burnitdown
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: If I Like His Music, Must I Like Its Composer?
Replies: 15
Views: 6328

I always separate composer (human piece of meat) from works (product of mind). The human is too fallible. The brain, less so.

Nationalism is healthy. deBussy rocks. What's the connection?
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A new era for classical music?
Replies: 8
Views: 3136

I'm just guessing: maybe it has something to do with the increase in downloads and heavy advertising about the downloads. That could be bringing new fans to classical music, who then go out and buy cds. When popular music is seen as it actually is, which is endless in availability and repetition, m...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Re: Classical sales up

No, it is Divo, as in IL(L) Divo - brought to us by Simon Cowell of American idol fame. Apparently he thought a multi-national man-hunk quartet (one American and the rest European) singing pop-opera would get the average middle-aged woman hot and bothered enough to go out and buy their CD's, DVD's ...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Inventor of instant noodles dies at 96
Replies: 11
Views: 2252

Think about 100 million styrofoam cups a day hitting the landfills, where they'll fester for one hundred generations. Smart.
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Modern neuroscience is eroding the idea of free will
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Ah, but when science speaks, philosophy must fall silent. I disagree. Science is a study of material method. Philosophy is a study of abstract organization, and we need it more than ever. Even more, as it seems the two are in agreement on this issue, namely that "free will" is wishful thinking. Alt...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Proof humans have wrecked air quality
Replies: 11
Views: 2633

Proof humans have wrecked air quality

Air over some parts of the open southern oceans may be the last vestiges of almost pre-industrial skies. The only pollutants in that air are sea salt, a little mineral dust, a faint whiff of brimstone from volcanoes and a smidgen of smoke from wildfires. It's not that someone is hoping to bottle the...
by burnitdown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Amending the New Jersey Constitution
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Thank god retards can vote! We're finally equal.
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Capitulation of the West
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

400 cars burned in Paris over New Years'.

Ethnic conflict is coming, because multiculturalism doesn't work.
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: IRAN: SUPREME LEADER GRAVELY ILL
Replies: 20
Views: 2502

Re: Iran

Agnes Selby wrote:He seems well and alive, ready to bring the world to its inevitable end.
Better that than it endures in its present state.
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The argument against the orthodox history of Vietnam
Replies: 3
Views: 1192

Ralph wrote:But a democracy must have the political will to fight and that was lacking.
It always is.
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Modern neuroscience is eroding the idea of free will
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

It has never been a matter of debate among our best philosophers. The answer is friggin' obvious.
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I Dreamed An End To War
Replies: 9
Views: 2096

Re: I Dreamed An End To War

Steven Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard University, highlighted the decline of violence: "Most people, sickened by the bloody history of the 20th century, find this claim incredible. Yet, as far as I know, every systematic attempt to document the prevalence of violence over centuries and millennia...
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Our ever advancing society...
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

While some would anchor parentage in the traditional heterosexual model, it's clear that in many countries that is unrealistic. As long as it gives those of us who are in the traditional model the ability to get away from the others, I'm all for it. Otherwise, it's oppression and I'm going to have ...
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Re: Classical sales up

I'll take credit for some of the increase and it wasn't from buying the artists you mentioned - although my wife is into the Divo guys (go figure.) I should've quoted the article, because I have no idea who the artists mentioned are. Not surprisingly they're "classical lite," because Hollywood love...
by burnitdown
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: When did classical music begin?
Replies: 11
Views: 4047

This type of music may have been around longer than is recorded presently, given the political/religious instability that afflicted Europe after the arrival of the middle eastern religion, Christianity.
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 17790

Burzum is not for everyone. More information: http://www.burzum.com/ Then again, it is excellent. Early Therion is heavily Celtic Frost-inspired, themselves a band with operatic aspirations. Metal needs be divided into two groups: 1. Mainstream/heavy metal/hard rock 2. Underground metal/death metal/...
by burnitdown
Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Classical sales up

Classical heartthrobs Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo helped give classical music the largest percentage sales boost of any genre — a 22.5 percent increase in 2006. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_en_mu/music_sales Note this: Nielsen SoundScan said 588.2 million albums were sold in 2006 — a 4....
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Naxos in January
Replies: 18
Views: 8692

Ralph wrote:As usual, many good releases. I'm particularly looking forward to the Alsop/Brahms.
I second that. Could be an interesting interpretation of a beloved symphony.
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 17790

Madame wrote:If I recall, University of Texas fans do this same "hook 'em" at sports events.
Isn't that thumb and little finger, not forefinger and little finger?

I just call it "UT," since calling it a University is a bit of a stretch. It's High School II.