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by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Both the UK and the USA have experienced not just Civil War but violent Revolution. And arguably have emerged better for them.
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Belle wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:53 am
you can take that to the bank!!
In the end, it all comes down to who's got da CASH, dont it?
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

If you wish to take offense at remarks I made about nationalism, not to be confused with patriotism, then so be it.
by jserraglio
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Yes, nationalism without any really effective checks on the power of the nation-state has worked about as well as might be expected in the past, resulting in just two world-wide conflicts in the last century and a perpetual state of only intermittent warfare since. No reason then not to cling to it ...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

President Pelosi? Improbable but not impossible

WASHINGTON POST President Pelosi? It could happen. https://www-washingtonpost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w680/s/www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/LosxOGPxIimo6vtk9Rpw0oK06zg=/767x0/smart/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/D6QWZ2XDB4I6TMFGHUBXEG4F54.jpg https://www.google.com/...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I can think of nothing worse than internationalism — except nationalism. Speaking of Manhattan high-rises, while living in one I held down three jobs — I regarded New Yorkers, including those working at the UN just down the street from me, as among the hardest workers on the planet and was proud to ...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Whatever the UN does is fair game for criticism, although I suspect they believe that it is for the greater good and that they are acting out of beneficence. But UN officials can be criticized severely without being demonized by having their "reasons" characterized as "cynical", as they have been he...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

One can legitimately criticize the UN for a lot of "stuff", several particulars having been listed above. But I object to folks calling into question the motives of the UN in the Greta matter. I am disputing the notion that the UN's reasons were "cynical", as was clearly stated here. What evidence i...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Trump appears to have at least three objectives, two designed to help advance Putin's goals and one designed to help himself. Each aim is in direct opposition either to US law or current US foreign policy. AIM #1. Enlist the aid of the govt of Ukraine to tarnish Joe Biden's candidacy, the opponent h...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I think you'll find it's the UN itself which is patronizing Greta Thunberg for the most cynical reasons imaginable. Pulling at the heartstrings and emotional manipulation of the worst kind. Actually, I find that to be both untrue of and unfair to the UN (cf. the UN's Melissa Fleming's inspiring boo...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump told Ruskies Lavrov & Kislyak in the Oval: Your election interference? No problemo, amigos. The U.S. does it too.
Replies: 1
Views: 1455

Trump told Ruskies Lavrov & Kislyak in the Oval: Your election interference? No problemo, amigos. The U.S. does it too.

WASHINGTON POST President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries, an assertion that prompted alarmed White House officia...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Security breach: a White House military aide at Mar-a-Lago put pic of underage girl on Russian site, prosecutors say
Replies: 0
Views: 1706

Security breach: a White House military aide at Mar-a-Lago put pic of underage girl on Russian site, prosecutors say

MIAMI HERALD September 27, 2019 A military official formerly in charge of all White House communications for the U.S. Army at Mar-a-Lago was sentenced to three years of probation on Friday after he made false statements to a federal agent during a child pornography investigation. Richard Ciccarella...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Whatever "universally agreed notions about child protection" actually exist (and I bet they are largely chimerical), should not be employed to quash a young person's right to have her voice heard and taken seriously. The more her diminutive presence is likened to that of a 12-year-old, the more her ...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Of course it's in the PD. But to make a point if it and use it on her is, I think, irrelevant to the validity or invalidity of what she purports to say. She may indeed inhabit the body of a 12-year-old, she may even suffer from mental infirmities and still be able to make a compelling case for takin...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I disagree. Child or not, disabled or not, she has, in my opinion, the right to be heard, to be taken seriously, and to use whatever means are at her disposal, including emotional appeals, to make her case without having personal comments leveled at her and without being condescended to by being dia...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 11478

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

"..she has a range of psychological and other health problems - spectrum, clinical depression, and she looks underdeveloped for age 16 years ." In my view, Thunberg should not be diagnosed at a distance or condescended to. If she is wrong, as she may very well be, she should be shown to be wrong on...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee issues subpoena for Ukraine docs from Mike Pompeo
Replies: 0
Views: 1624

Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee issues subpoena for Ukraine docs from Mike Pompeo

THE HILL The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents relating to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, indicating Democrats are wasting no time diving into the formal impeachment inquiry they launched this week. The subpoena notic...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Career diplomat Kurt Volker set up Rudy Giuliani's meetings in Ukraine. Tonite he is out of a job.
Replies: 2
Views: 1558

Career diplomat Kurt Volker set up Rudy Giuliani's meetings in Ukraine. Tonite he is out of a job.

POLITICO Kurt Volker was a well-regarded career diplomat trying to solve one of the world’s hottest conflicts. Then he met with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. And tonight, enmeshed in the Ukraine scandal, he has resigned. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/09/27/trump-ukraine-kurt-v...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

WASHINGTON POST IMPEACHMENT CATALYST RUDY GULIANI TO BE PAID SPEAKER AT EU RIVAL & PUTIN BRAINCHILD EEU CONFERENCE IN ARMENIA NEXT TUESDAY PUTIN EXPECTED TO ATTEND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS ARE STUNNED BY THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER'S LACK OF DISCRETION LATE-BREAKING NEWS: TONITE, UNDER FIRE, RUDY HAS C...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

If Fox cuts itself loose from Trump he is finished. Kaput. A la Joe McCarthy.
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:26 am
lately Trump is talking again about reducing capital gains tax rates.
Good luck with that, Donald. Ain't gonna happen in an election year, not with Nancy Pelosi in charge of revenue bills. Paul Ryan is no longer Speaker.
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

“You have to be very clear and very focussed on what would be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi said. “People say you changed your mind. I didn’t change my mind. The facts changed the situation. Last week, on Constitution Day, of all days, the news broke of the President’s total betrayal of the Const...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

BTW, could the new Deep Throat possibly be Susan M. Gordon?
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

We are of no account. We're simply the detritus he deletes from his Twitter account. But should Trump again use his office or reach out to a foreign govt to trash a citizen of Joe Biden's stature or even greater, then he may well hoist himself by his own petard. The question at that juncture: will t...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

It will come when it will come. And it must come, or none of our liberties are assured so long as he holds them in trust.

But our best hope, I think, is that this tyrant will once again rashly take aim at a notable American citizen and by doing so bring himself down.
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Can the tyrant be shaken and brought down? That in my view is very much in doubt. He is much more likely to overreach and fall as he did last July after he thought he was free of the Mueller probe. Just to be clear, I do think he has "betrayed his trust with foreign powers" (James Madison). So regar...
by jserraglio
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Re polarization: For some time I have feared we are in a run-up to the second Civil War. Re the strong economy: the current expansionary prosperity is a chimera funded by debt. Will there be any prime in the well to pump when the inevitable downturn hits? Re Trump the unimpeachable: old tyrants neve...
by jserraglio
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 7895

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

The dems will lose again. . . . if tyranny wins out, as well it might, given the veiled death threats the President made just today to any turncoat "spies" on his own staff who had engaged in what he called "treason". https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=MFhU6Qk_OIk&ebc=ANyPxKoAW5yxy9Wa4f...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: M.I.T.'s Media Lab carried on a secret consensual relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Replies: 0
Views: 2711

M.I.T.'s Media Lab carried on a secret consensual relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

THE NEW YORKER by Ronan Farrow New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted. The effort to conceal the lab’s contact with Epstein was s...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 3785

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

My piano teacher told me to buy the Decca recording not long after it came out and I did. At the time, its coverart complemented that of my Beatles' White Album. Later, I heard it live with Welser-Most and the Clevelanders in 2003 and loved it. Hearing it unfold in real time and space made all the d...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

As a Kiwi sees those of us in the USA ; we have met the enemy and it is us 👍 https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/115419803/whys-it-so-hard-for-us-to-say-out-loud-that-trump-has-lost-his-mind Hear, hear. My 6-year-old grandson reads more and better than TariffMan. Just today...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

barney wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:37 pm
I'm sure you'd be welcome in Australia.
Doubtless, given its colonial history.
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives
Replies: 2
Views: 2303

Re: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives

This article is endless, and the little of it that I bothered to read didn't persuade me that this is a serious issue. By "this" I mean next-day delivery. I've never paid for next day delivery from Amazon or any other company, nor has anyone I know. Even so, Amazon sometimes delivers a day or more ...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives
Replies: 2
Views: 2303

Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives

BUZZFEED.NEWS Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery System Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets — But The World’s Biggest Retailer Has A System To Escape The Blame By Caroline O'Donovan & Ken Bensinger Valdimar Gray was delivering packages for Amazon at the height of the pre-Christmas rush when ...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

I write with confidence, knowing that nobody who is anybody in any DC bureau these days would waste their time reading a classical music blog. They are far too busy with urgent immigration matters that threaten the security of our nation, such as the need to better ration sanitary napkins for menstr...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

When a stranger approaches my house these days, I am tempted to lock the doors and not answer the bell. Could the tyrant and his toady Stephen Miller have covertly abolished birthright citizenship? Could this be an ICE agent come to send me back from whence I came? Being that my paternal grandfather...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

... And George Kennan. Sorry, forgot him. Hard to remember as captives in the Land of Lilliput the bygone days when America not only had a coherent foreign policy, for better or for worse, but also sent out able spokespersons (George Ball being the most brilliant I ever had the privilege of hearing)...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 4629

Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Once we were led by giants like Acheson, Ball, Harriman and Reischauer. Now we chafe under Lilliputian rule—Bolton, Barr, Miller, Pompeo. We have fallen far and fast.
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

So the AP and the Times report that Old Europe applauds Placido while America, my new-found-land may be shunning him.

Which gives me hope that American exceptionalism is not dead yet, though it does appear to be on life support.
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The presumption of innocence cannot inoculate Domingo from public accountability for his actions any more than it did William Preucil (fired as concertmaster by the Cleveland Orchestra for repeated sexual misconduct). LA Opera should see what a professional investigation turns up and go from there. ...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 4844

Re: David Koch RIP

Mark Anthony ... as a rhetorical ploy ... set up a long list of good things Caesar has allegedly done. He clearly does not mean it as a general rule of life, and while we can't know Shakespeare's intention, I don't believe he meant it that way either. I agree. Now, it happened that when Caesar's bo...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 576100

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years

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by jserraglio
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In the Americas, slavery took shape differently to the rest of the world
Replies: 0
Views: 3098

In the Americas, slavery took shape differently to the rest of the world

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/07-08/virginia-first-africans-transatlantic-slave-trade/ While slavery existed for millennia in other cultures around the world before 1619, it tran...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

I read this article and have to say I think his question certainly should be addressed. Thanks for the article! Regards, Len Yes, and one apparently must go beyond narrow politics to understand and deal with sexual abuse, as well as the physical abuse of a partner, as the following shocking article...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Girl Was Barred From Singing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir. So She Sued
Replies: 6
Views: 2642

Re: A Girl Was Barred From Singing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir. So She Sued

What a messy and complex world we live in. https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5d4c4d273b6509000827a0c8/master/w_813,c_limit/190819_r34770.jpg The New Yorker August 19, 2019 A Year Without a Name Was the problem gender—or me? By Cyrus Grace Dunham A beautifully written personal history. https://www....
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 50
Views: 27910

Re: What movies are you watching today?

The Seagull (2018). Music in part by Nico Muhly.
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The accusations go back years – so why has the opera world rallied round Plácido Domingo?

by Martin Kettle
The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/ ... do-domingo
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Looking up the meaning of 'rhetoric'. It doesn't 'support' anything. There are two definitions provided for "rhetoric"!! The latter is the one to which I was referring And the former, its primary meaning by the way, is the one I was referring to. Rhetoric used in support of one's position. And, lik...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 22130

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Trump mostly uses not pure rhetoric but ad hominem name calling and logical fallacies like tu quoque , e.g.,"You're the puppet!". One rhetorical trope he does like to use during the rallies is praeteritio ("I'm not going to say" what he goes on to say). Other than that I think he finds rhetoric to b...