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by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Carter's about-face betrays Jews, Christians
Replies: 48
Views: 4780

Re: Carter's about-face betrays Jews, Christians

He has said or hinted repeatedly that Jews control the Congress and the media, a classic anti-Semitic slur. It seems that Cuban-Americans can speak up on Cuba, Irish-Americans can support the IRA, Mexican-Americans can lobby on immigration law, but when Jewish-Americans speak our minds about Israel...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Why Liberal Elites are Unfit to Make the Tough Decisions.
Replies: 9
Views: 1706

Werner wrote:That's some contrast to what our jurisprudence and conduct has degenerated to under the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush gang.
Who are, in philosophical terms, liberal elites.
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Belief-O-Matic -- Your spiritual and religious beliefs
Replies: 26
Views: 3405

Corlyss_D wrote: 6. Mahayana Buddhism (86%)
8. Hinduism (78%)
http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/

The original scientific faith, and similar to the above. Similar to theosophy, transcendental paganism and transcendental Christianity (Eckhart).
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Saddam Hussein executed
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

A dissenting opinion...

Yesterday we -- and by that I say the end results of the long process of our sainted Democracy, the United States and its allies among the liberal democracies of Europe -- we executed a man who is listed in our media as a tyrant, a despot, a dictator, an ethnic cleanser, a brute and a monster. We ar...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Late Schumann: Mad not bad
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Re: Late Schumann: Mad not bad

Actually, the latest I read about Nietzsche, who to the best of our knowledge was an ascetic, goes all the way back to Walter Kaufmann, who speculated that he contracted syphillis by contact with wounded soldiers he was nursing. Do please tell me the latest (I mean it seriously). Brain cancer. Kauf...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Congressman admits multiculturalism a failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Congressman admits multiculturalism a failure

"We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country." http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/12/20/lawmaker.koran/index.html Pluralism: never has...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

That rustling sound you just heard was 17 million people nodding in agreement that they're better off with popular forms of music if this is what classical is like. I agree. That and the disgusting habit of selling classical samplers like "Best Classical Music to Lull You to Sleep" is what wrecks i...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blacks' Electoral Irresponsibility on Display Again
Replies: 22
Views: 2891

OK, well I'm lamenting the failure of white voters to behave responsibly. ...in that particular election, correct? Duke at the time had not been caught with cocaine, or in scandal. So other than your disagreement with his beliefs, what's so irresponsible about them voting for him? Newsflash: they h...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Russia: More Dangerous Now Than Ever
Replies: 6
Views: 1412

Patton was right :)
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Organic Baloney - Reprocessed Environmental Globaloney
Replies: 8
Views: 3420

Re: Organic Baloney - Reprocessed Environmental Globaloney

Corlyss_D wrote:If you think you can make the planet better by clever shopping, think again.
The difference between conservationists and "environmentalists" in a nutshell....
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Late Schumann: Mad not bad
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Re: Late Schumann: Mad not bad

Haydnseek wrote:It is now generally accepted that he suffered from bipolar disorder, although his decline late in life is usually blamed on the symptoms of tertiary syphilis (or on the mercury treatment he received for it).
For years they said the same thing about Nietzsche, and now we know better.
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The VPO and Women: Dismal, Footdragging, Continuing Bias
Replies: 2
Views: 1366

They're right. If I want to see a multiracial orchestra, I'll see it in the USA. Vienna for the Viennese!
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

I even heard hints of sonata form on their latest release, 'Tour de France Soundtracks' (2003). It's hard to notice between the deep bass rhythms and the vocoder, but once you've taken notice it's hard to ignore! Good point. It's a fairly amazing album with something rare for mainstream music: a he...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blacks' Electoral Irresponsibility on Display Again
Replies: 22
Views: 2891

Donald Isler wrote:And irresponsible white racist voters of Louisiana almost elected a neo-Nazi as Governor. That's better?
The original post did not compare races, merely lamented the failure of black voters in this instance. It sounds like something Bill Cosby would say.
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Germany in retrospect
Replies: 9
Views: 1392

Very orderly place, and the people were quite nice. Same in France. I cannot believe Europeans (and Americans) were content to go to war with each other. We are all brothers and sister in a shared culture.
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

This guy claims to have invented the "horns"; it's an old Italian symbol for the devil. Heavy metal is allied with the devil, the pagan gods, and a pantheist/nihilist worldview, so it kind of makes sense. http://www.hessian.org/metal/culture/ Regarding the roots of metal, I think it was prog, not bl...
by burnitdown
Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Jimmy Carter, IP Thief
Replies: 20
Views: 2197

Leno said "Isn't it true that when Israel gives up land it just brings them a lot closer to some really unfriendly people?" Carter responded (these are not his exact words, but the gist of what he said) "Not really. Well, they gave up part of Gaza, and after the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier...
by burnitdown
Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Confederate Celt
Replies: 15
Views: 2082

I wonder how the KKK dealt with the fact that Jefferson Davis came very close to converting to Catholicism. He attended a Dominican-run school as a child. Or this: http://www.ajhs.org/publications/chapters/chapter.cfm?documentID=222 Good luck, KKK. The costumes are cool, and who doesn't like a bonf...
by burnitdown
Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

Re: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners

I'm so glad to see that there is someone else out there who also appreciates both classical music and Kraftwerk (and possibly the interrelation between the two -- Ralf and Florian are both classically-trained). Who can't like a band that uses classical melodies and writes concept albums ("Radioacti...
by burnitdown
Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blacks' Electoral Irresponsibility on Display Again
Replies: 22
Views: 2891

Corlyss injects, wrongly, race as a factor here. Wait - But while the allegations were widely discussed here, exactly what people made of them seems to have depended at least partly on race. Though both candidates in the runoff were African American, voters generally split along racial lines. Jeffe...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blair Repents Liberal Fuzzy Thinking
Replies: 11
Views: 1277

Re: Blair Repents Liberal Fuzzy Thinking

I trust your question is really a bootless cry to heaven. Forget philosophy. Children today are not even poorly read in history of their own country, nevermind that of Europe. They are abysmally ignorant of most knowledge necessary to make a good citizen. No disagreement there. It doesn't mean I wi...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blacks' Electoral Irresponsibility on Display Again
Replies: 22
Views: 2891

But I have to caution Corlyss about choosing a title for a thread that in anyone else's hands could be construed as racist. Ugh. Must taboo/fear invade here too? (Although you may be thinking of search engines - hmm, hmm.) Personally I think every ethnic group is most comfortable with self-rule, an...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

Re: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners

Toward the Within and Aion are my favorite albums. Wow! Good call, I think, as far as DCD goes. I also like Gerard's solo works, and she has since done a number of movie soundtracks. Mainly I like the non-distracted atmosphere and meditative consciousness offered by DCD. You might enjoy Burzum Hlid...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: One More Time: The Arabs Don't Care About the Palestinians.
Replies: 4
Views: 766

It's a reasonably new phenomenon - dating from the Nazis occupation of Arab lands and Hitler's adoption of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a virulent anti-Semite without the sense to realize that as a Semite himself (in the strictest sense of the word) Hitler didn't think any better of him and the Ar...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: On departing Germany, a case study in national character
Replies: 33
Views: 4614

Re: flying

You couldn't pay me enough to fly any more, no matter where it means i might not be able to go. I feel better about it now that the airlines are less inclined to try to serve "food." The airline "food" of the past was usually disgusting, and invariably filled the cabin with the rank stench of compr...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Not so correct PC
Replies: 10
Views: 1607

What a mess. I don't think "Why don't we all get along?" is gonna work :)
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: One More Time: The Arabs Don't Care About the Palestinians.
Replies: 4
Views: 766

Maybe it makes more sense to say that Arabs and Jews are never going to get along. Their religions conflict, cultures conflict, and Jews are intelligently worried about getting genetically overwhelmed. Still, I don't see the point in bashing Arab nations from a biased position; anyone named Lisa Bey...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Confederate Celt
Replies: 15
Views: 2082

In its original construction, the Klan was a protection agency against the revenge impulse of the newly enfranchised during Reconstruction, and the lawless carpetbaggers etc. arriving. The later version of the Klan was basically a Christian White Power outfit that lives on with the Christian Identit...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Third world keeps itself poor
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: Third world keeps itself poor

And they are all headed here, to the West. That is the problem: how to keep them in their own countries. I agree, especially since the cultural conflict is going to be too great for the West otherwise. I would like to think that smart people would keep breeding. jbuck, I think the question of overp...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

There is alot of good hip-hop - Dalek, Cannibal Ox, Wu-Tang, Public Enemy, NWA, etc. This may be true. Where I was going with that is that I'm not going to pursue any genre with whose artistic preconceptions I disagree. Hip-hop, most techno, most rock, and all but a few jazz artists fit into a post...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Over to you, Mr. President!
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Fugu wrote:Kristol and Kagan: a reiteration of a failed Bush policy. No wonder normal people know that Bush, Kristol, Kagan, Cheney, et al hawks are out of step with America.
Hawks, or just neocons?
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

Mainstream music of interest to classical listeners

As a disclaimer: I'm not fond of popular culture. There are a few exceptions. I wanted to list a few known ones because not only are these fun for classical listeners in a mainstream world, BUT they are good vectors to introduce intelligent normal listeners to classical. Dead Can Dance/Lisa Gerard V...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

I watched a lot of CNN before I left Germany, and there was a recurring snippet about how there are people in India who make a living doing exactly that. I know I had to throw away a few things before I left that would have made good donations to such a cause if it had been practical to do so. (BTW...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: On Secession and Southern Independence
Replies: 24
Views: 2720

The right of Texas to subdivide was actually taught in my high school years. But, of course, it ain't never gonna happen. You never know. A few more years of watching the federal government bungle it down here, and you'd be amazed at what will happen. http://www.texassecede.com/ We're seeing a lot ...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Jimmy Carter, IP Thief
Replies: 20
Views: 2197

It seems to me that we miss the point on this thread, which is that every population needs its own space and culture. Carter is embarrassingly naieve, like most of his political bent, but I sense that stating the obvious - that each population needs its own nation, and they won't get along or agree ...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Blair Repents Liberal Fuzzy Thinking
Replies: 11
Views: 1277

Re: Blair Repents Liberal Fuzzy Thinking

The Prime Minister has long hinted that he harbours doubts about the ideology of multi-culturalism that has done so much to divide one British person from another. Multi-culturalism portrays itself as a means of celebration: in fact, it is an invitation to all minorities to complain, loudly and per...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

miranda wrote:I've found some very useful, aesthetically pleasing items sitting outside my apartment complex dumpster.
Anytime a friend needs a computer, I take them dumpster diving. You can build an entirely workable system for $0 if you do it right.
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

I was talking to Corlyss' comment about the rage and frustration of youth and the horrors and tragedies of high school. Like all things, metal comes in grades, and is somewhat esoteric. This is why metalheads pay careful attention to tshirts with logos: that Cannibal Corpse fan is most likely a mor...
by burnitdown
Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 14912

Re: Heavy Metal

I dunno. It all seemed exquisitely phony and narcissistic to me, a straining after some kind of mythic legitimacy in an era when the teens and bands-as-a-form-of-protest had nothing serious to complain about. Metal seems to me a lot like literature: there are popular versions that are vapid, and an...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Politically correct insanity
Replies: 31
Views: 3116

ISTM that different groups of Americans have hated eachother since colonial days. There was no love lost between the Puritans, Dutch in NY, Quakers, Catholics in MA, VA Planters and backcountry Scotch-Irish. You do not even have to include Indians or Africans in the mix. It's never been a working i...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Australia: Mosque to get police guard for bikini rally
Replies: 8
Views: 1014

I thought the riots began with a sexual assault? I am about half conservative and half liberal, and I'm doing my best not to objectify women. Part of this is to encourage the ones with brains to step forward, because there's nothing absolutely enticing more than a nerd girl with a high IQ. As a resu...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Third world keeps itself poor
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Third world keeps itself poor

The UN's goals for reducing poverty are "difficult or impossible to meet" because a high birth rate in poor nations creates poor health and education and environmental damage. Over the course of the last century, the global population rose from under two billion to just over six billion. The bulk of...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.
Replies: 18
Views: 5387

Re: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.

Classical listeners account for a very small percentage of the overall radio listening public. Do we? It seems to me that "entertainment industry" is happy when it sells a million of one CD or another, which means one in 300 Americans bought it. That's not as amazing as 50 million sold, which if we...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Politically correct insanity
Replies: 31
Views: 3116

A bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity has been revealed in research by Harvard University's Robert Putnam, one of the world's most influential political scientists. His research shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone - f...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "Classical Glam?"
Replies: 33
Views: 5485

Given the declining birth-rates in Western populations that have traditionally supported classical music, companies have to work even harder to reach younger audiences that they hope will be long term supporters. As someone with not insignificant experience in mainstream music, I think this is the ...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Contemporary Operas Are Grim
Replies: 18
Views: 2569

Comedy is impossible in a culture that insists that art and entertainment cannot mix. A composer cannot write comedy when he has to worry about the charge of being a "panderer", and the charge is taken quite seriously by those whose influence will determine the success of his career. We're seeing t...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Politically correct insanity
Replies: 31
Views: 3116

Brendan wrote:My favourite was as Ali G with the Vegans: he presented them with a roast chicken and told them he had a live chicken out the back, and he would kill it if they didn't eat the roast.
Heh - the hostage dilemma. Uphold principle or give in to situational logic? What a neat skit.
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It
Replies: 1
Views: 529

Re: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

The opinions of such people may not matter much in themselves, but, according to Steyn, they are symptoms of a decline that now grips the countries of Western Europe. Large forces are in play, prominently including demographic trends that suggest the possibility of outright societal collapse. In 19...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: On Secession and Southern Independence
Replies: 24
Views: 2720

"It wasn't about slavery, the Civil War was about states' rights." Slavery was the trigger of that issue, but was it the only topic? I seem to recall a Constitutional Confederation or somesuch existing before the current Constitution (1776-1789 or so). It's an enduring issue: mega nation-state, or ...
by burnitdown
Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The demise of western civilization?
Replies: 8
Views: 1519

Very trendy opinion, that quality over quantity thing. I'm doubtful. Look around you. Can you honestly say that the majority of people are worse off now than they were 60 years ago, when the West was as close to collapse as it has ever been since the end of the Roman empire? If you think you can, I...