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by JackC
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Josef Hofmann
Replies: 10
Views: 2883

Re: Josef Hofmann

One of the very greatest pianists, a must hear for what is possible at the keyboard. That said, his recording of the Waldstein is a self-centered abomination. There is no attempt to get at the spirit of Beethoven or of this piece, which is infinitely greater than what he does with it. If a current p...
by JackC
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Eric Holder and His Corrupt DOJ - He Needs to Be Removed
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Eric Holder and His Corrupt DOJ - He Needs to Be Removed

Christopher Coates was an former lawyer for the ACLU who was appointed to the DOJ by Bill Clinton. He is a "liberal," so I take it even those who routinely ignore cries of the "right" can accept that he is telling the truth as he sees it. Ther other day he gave sworn testimonty that the DOJ is corru...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

Jack, I agree, but do you think any of our elected representatives will actually tackle the entitlement sacred cow? I don't know if the public is sufficiently worried about the deficit to see the big three --- social security, medicare and medicaid cut. That would cause pain to an awful lot of peop...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

The problem is that you HAVE to start going at these people -as well as those that make under $200K - if you want to raise the revenue needed to support the current level of spending. Correct. Which is why I argued near the beginning of this thread that rather than rescind the expiration for the "r...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Extend the School Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 2527

Re: Extend the School Year?

Oh, and 30 days is also 1/6 of the current school year, which means they'd also have to give every teacher an immediate 17% raise. :D I have some bad new for you. The teachers and other public employees unions are about to start REALLY feeling the heat. The absurd contracts that were granted year i...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Extend the School Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 2527

Re: Extend the School Year?

Oh, and 30 days is also 1/6 of the current school year, which means they'd also have to give every teacher an immediate 17% raise. :D I have some bad new for you. The teachers and other public employees unions are about to start REALLY feeling the heat. The absurd contracts that were granted year i...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

Here is the fallacy of his argument. The economy is not a zero sum game. This idea that anyone who has succeeded or become wealthy has done it at the expense of or by screwing someone at the bottom is just plain wrong. That's right. They don't really start the screwing until after they've become we...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Extend the School Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 2527

Re: Extend the School Year?

I agree too. The party is over in the US.
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

As for the class war thing, Warren Buffet nailed it: "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." Warren Buffet has probably become one of the most cited men in the country. I used him when he came out against the health care package b...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

Here is the fallacy of his argument. The economy is not a zero sum game. This idea that anyone who has succeeded or become wealthy has done it at the expense of or by screwing someone at the bottom is just plain wrong. That's right. They don't really start the screwing until after they've become we...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit challenges Obama's power to kill citizens
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Lawsuit challenges Obama's power to kill citizens

The ACLU is as always living in fantasy land. We are at war with people who are doing their very best to try to kill as many of us as they can. If there should be a US citizen living overseas and helping the war effort against the US by coordinating or helping with terrorists attacks - identify him,...
by JackC
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Bush Tax Cuts
Replies: 64
Views: 6520

Re: The Bush Tax Cuts

Here is the fallacy of his argument. The economy is not a zero sum game. This idea that anyone who has succeeded or become wealthy has done it at the expense of or by screwing someone at the bottom is just plain wrong. That's right. They don't really start the screwing until after they've become we...
by JackC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

Do we really need or want to know EVERYTHING? What dreams would we have left to dream? Would imagination become copletely unnecessary? What would be left for us to imagine? Would mystery disappear altogether? Would we become robots of our own doing? Once upon a time Daedalus dreamt of escaping from...
by JackC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: John Horgan on the end of science
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: John Horgan on the end of science

One of the most spectacular examples of ironic science is superstring theory, which for more than a decade has been the leading contender for a unified theory of physics. Often called a "theory of everything," it posits that all the matter and energy in the universe and even space and time stem fro...
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

I take it that John F was referring to the world of the very, very small - as it turns out quantum mechanics shows that the world is inherently probabilistic! - not certain. but it does not follow that the uncertainty in QM makes the macro world "inherently probabilistic", given that at non-QM scal...
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

OK - thought we were starting to mix physics and politics!
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

both the precise position and the precise momentum at any given time of a body in motion. you can actually know this quite precisely - spaceflight would have been impossible otherwise No you can't, at the level of quantum mechanics. The more precisely you measure position, the less precisely you ar...
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Frantic Search For Afghan Exit
Replies: 21
Views: 2297

Re: Frantic Search For Afghan Exit

Everyone with sense knew that Obama announced the planned pull out in order to keep the base of his party happy. It is obscene that he would argue to the nation that he did it to light a fire under the Afghan government to take over responsibility for their own security. If this was a President that...
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

both the precise position and the precise momentum at any given time of a body in motion. you can actually know this quite precisely - spaceflight would have been impossible otherwise I take it that John F was referring to the world of the very, very small - as it turns out quantum mechanics shows ...
by JackC
Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

This is all non-scientific musings. It's surely a golden age for science. I'm not even a scientist, and I can't help but feel really excited about what we are about to learn at the LHC at CERN. There are been other times in the past when people has asked whether all the "great" advances in science h...
by JackC
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We can't know everything - Science.
Replies: 35
Views: 3181

Re: We can't know everything - Science.

But also be sure to listen to what one of the greatest scientists ever, Feynman, has to say. He will readily concede that we may not be able to find out "everything" - but that has nothing to do with religion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeCHiUe1et0
by JackC
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Woman is A Liar
Replies: 1
Views: 457

This Woman is A Liar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtdU5Fz1b_w Here is a clip of an interview of Christine O'Donnell, the new Republican Senate candidate from Delaware, by Sean Hannity. Of course, it's really just a political add in which he allows her to respond to accusations against her. He doesn't ask any probing q...
by JackC
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Smaller Than Was Thought
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Smaller Than Was Thought

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i2Dq-b2JQkq17hlK5xMqzxOEjEvgD9IA0SM00 It is interesting to read this description of Jimmy Carter's new book based on his diaries when he was President. What a small, mean and bitter man. In some way he sounds like Nixon- a victim of circumstances, wi...
by JackC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

I would like there not to be any global warming but so far no one has convinced me. What exactly are you demanding? I thought you said that you have no familiarity with the science in this area. (I don't claim to have any). If that is the case, then you are not in a position to make your own judgme...
by JackC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Feynman Variations - Richard Feynman, that is
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: The Feynman Variations - Richard Feynman, that is

We shouldn't try to shanghai Richard Feynman like that. He expressed his views on a very wide range of subjects, scientific and otherwise, in the CalTech commencement speech and elsewhere, but I can't find mention of any aspect of environmental science, even though the environmental movement was we...
by JackC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

Apparently curious out of context; extremely lame in context, like you grasping at straws not to drown in a sea of conspiracy theory. In any case, why worry,Randall? The whole global warming "thing" is fast receding in the face of more pressing concerns such as paying taxes when you can't pay your ...
by JackC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Feynman Variations - Richard Feynman, that is
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: The Feynman Variations - Richard Feynman, that is

Yep, he's an inspirational figure, and a real treat to listen to on almost any subject. One of his credos was not to believe something just because the experts told him to and to do your best not to "fool yourself." He was deeply suspicious of "string theory", which is the theory that, inter alia, t...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Further to the Left
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Further to the Left

Apparently Obama has decided to appoint Elizabeth Warren, a lefty, anti-business zealot from Harvard law School to be another economic Czar - this one to protect consumers from those evil banks that lend them money. Time for a fact check. Elizabeth Warren is not to be an "economic czar," she's to b...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Further to the Left
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Further to the Left

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/18/us/po ... ml?_r=2&hp

She is being "appointed" in manner to avoid Congressional approval because she is too far to the Left to get it. Very typical of how Obama operates.
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Further to the Left
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Further to the Left

Liberals aren't opposed to some people being wealthy, they just don't want a political and economic system that makes it too hard for the poor to escape their poverty and puts the middle class at constant risk of plunging into poverty,the kind of system which exists today in America. Do you believe...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: $441,000 Per Job
Replies: 2
Views: 490

$441,000 Per Job

The White House just published it list of 100 top stimulus projects. This is the list of what they think are the BEST things they did with over 800 Billion dollars. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/abc-news-exclusive-white-house-touts-stimulating-success/story?id=11656662 The report highlights project...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Further to the Left
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Further to the Left

>Of course, what this will mean is that a LOT less credit is going to be extended to consumers, who will then spend less,< I'm confused by this--wasn't the thing that nearly brought our economic system down was that too many people had built up too many debts because it was too easy to get credit. ...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

Karl, I fail to understand your comment in light of Jack's statement that you chose to quote. Could you explain the connection between Jack's statement and your statement? He wrote: we will find it deeply offensive and that we think he should move it . Who's we ? We isn't everybody. The proposal is...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Further to the Left
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Further to the Left

Apparently Obama has decided to appoint Elizabeth Warren, a lefty, anti-business zealot from Harvard law School to be another economic Czar - this one to protect consumers from those evil banks that lend them money. All the lefties wil be dancing in the streets screaming - yeah now we will get those...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

Karl, I fail to understand your comment in light of Jack's statement that you chose to quote. Could you explain the connection between Jack's statement and your statement? Oh please, the man has difficulty enough coming up with his stupid personal jabs, which are his only purpose. Asking him to act...
by JackC
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

Another option is to recognize his rights, but tell him regardless of his rights we will find it deeply offensive and that we think he should move it. Indeed. Which is why that is precisely what has been done by those included in your "we," in spades, and with no hindrance on those so objecting. Ja...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

John F wrote:
So for a properly unbiased and fair commentary on what Imam Rauf has to say, if fairness and lack of bias is indeed what we want, I think we have to look elsewhere.
Hey, I hear Fox News is "fair and balanced"! :D
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Raul

Right. Thanks for jogging my memory. That's what I was thinking of. Unfortunately, that attitude is increasingly becoming the norm in the West. The film not only demolished the Vatican, it wiped out the famous statue of Jesus above Rio de Janeiro. Actually, since the whole point of the film was to ...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Raul

>there is good reason for feeling the way you do with regard to us worrying about offending others< So is the suggestion that we not let the Mosque be built--it appears that legally we can't stop it. Let's say that somehow we did try stop it any way--would that be a good thing at this point? Regard...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

If we are truly not interested in what others think, then we should do what we were going to do anyway (i.e., allow construction to proceed according to law and deep principle) and not change plans either to avoid threats or to thumb our noses at them. The latter is also an acknowledgment that the ...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf

I am not suggesting that his rights be infringed. If he is determined to build it there, and has the legal right to do so, then so be it. My remarks were addressed to that part of this debate that is directed to the whether it is "appropriate" to build it there. His last argument sounded utterly abs...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Take on Imam Rauf
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Interesting Take on Imam Raul

The minute I heard him make the argument that the Mosque needed to be built there because moving it might send the wrong message to/upset the Islamic world and encourage radicals etc. I "hung up the phone" on him. The mosque should be moved just so people know that we don't give a cr*p that the Isla...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

The problem, rwetmore, is that the entire community of skeptics seems to be people like that TV audience, who are short on credibility and long on opinions and ideas. Even Jack here puts up Freeman Dyson as .. supposedly a critic, but when you look at what Dyson is saying, he's clearly not. I'm dou...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

The problem, rwetmore, is that the entire community of skeptics seems to be people like that TV audience, who are short on credibility and long on opinions and ideas. Even Jack here puts up Freeman Dyson as .. supposedly a critic, but when you look at what Dyson is saying, he's clearly not. I'm dou...
by JackC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Was This Man Born With a "Sap" Tag on His Head?
Replies: 4
Views: 1127

Re: Was This Man Born With a "Sap" Tag on His Head?

Even if what he said about NK's desires for a deal were true, it would be stupid to publish it in op-ed in the NY Times. The man is truly pathetic. I remember he sat next to Michael Moore at a recent Democrat convention. He only seems to feel confortable around people who hate this country and view ...
by JackC
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

I saw this clip of Richard Feynman, one of the very greatest scientists. There are tons of them on YouTube and they are all great. He was a great "character" with an unsurpassed thirst for knowledge and truth. It is a joy to hear this great man discuss almost any topic. Here he talks a little bit ab...
by JackC
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

"The polar bears will be fine." So this Dyson guy is an expert in polar bear research too? Wow, I'm impressed. The extremely wide-ranging expertise of these skeptic scientists never ceases to amaze me. They must be conducting research five thousand days a year!! In contrast to Dyson's statement, th...
by JackC
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

I don't see [extinction of species and overfishing] and [global warming] along either a true/false axis, nor along an either/or axis. Global warming could well be a real problem, and one with which it is better to deal sooner rather than later. I mean, for those of us whose minds have not already s...
by JackC
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2875

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

Please show me the scientist who is saying that the world is coming to an end. Your choice on the number of years. Oh excuse me. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :lol: Let's focus on what Al Gore says the scientists all say. If not the "end of the world", it's pretty freakin bad, isn't it?? Now, if scie...