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No News Is Bad News

No News Is Bad News

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 16:14:53 in Media

“Fox "reported" that the US Government set aside millions of dollars to provide protection for Federal facilities on November 1st when recipients of food stamps found out they had been cut and were likely to go on rampages and storm these facilities. Not true.”

Briteleaf on Nov 4, 2013 at 10:48:47

“Not true yet but the numbers of unemployed and working poor are growing. Americans are growing desperate and the time will come.”
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San Francisco Opera Opens 2013 Season with Boito's 'Mephistopheles'

Commented Sep 15, 2013 at 15:37:14 in San Francisco

“In Boston, a local choral group, Chorus pro Musica, did it in a concert version a few years ago. The performance venue, Jordan Hall, is a too small and the acoustics too "bright" for such a work. It BEGS for a fully-staged version, but no Boston company, now or in the recent past, has the cojones to stage it. Sad.”
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News Genius Quotes of the Week, 05/24/2013

Commented May 26, 2013 at 16:09:00 in Politics

“OK, let's see: one Pope resigns. Does that mean he gives up being infallible. Now along comes a new Pope who says things contrary to what the ACTUAL HOLY CHURCH THAT WAS CREATED BY JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF has always believed (or so they say). What would happen if the former Pope said "hey, I'm still infallible and what you jst said is contrary to Church dogma!". Could the new Pope say "I'm infallible too, and you're wrong!". Wouldn't it be like putting matter and anti-matter together, and POOF that's the end of "Papal infallibility"? Even Stephen Colbert is mystified by this. HE should have been elected Pope.”
Met Opera: The Met Rolls The Dice With A 'Rigoletto' Set In Las Vegas

Met Opera: The Met Rolls The Dice With A 'Rigoletto' Set In Las Vegas

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 16:49:28 in Arts

“If a person who has never seen "Rigoletto" before sees this production at The House or in a movie theater on the 16th, he or she WILL NOT HAVE SEEN "Rigoletto". Don't worry: it will still be around long after this production is dismantled and forgotten”
Worse Than Losing: How Obama Changed the Media Narrative

Worse Than Losing: How Obama Changed the Media Narrative

Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 13:02:31 in Media

“Romney made two comments that I thought were jarring: first, he said that in all of his BUSINESS experience, he never heard of tax breaks for outsourcing manufacturing. His BUSINESS experience ended more than twenty years ago, during which an appointed-by-the-Supreme Court and later narrowly-elected in his right Repbublican President watered dopn or demolished regulations that might have harmed big business. The NY Time fact-checker stated that there ARE tax breaks on the books for outsourcing jobs. Then he took credit for Massachusetts' place at or near the top of measurements of educational progress. Romney checked out of being Massachusetts Governor at mid-term (at least he didn't accept a paycheck from the State) and so any positive aspects of Massachusetts' performance by any metrics took place during his absence.”

philoec on Oct 4, 2012 at 19:18:57


Helioscopeprime on Oct 4, 2012 at 18:39:47

“There are no tax incentives for outsourcing jobs. Moving costs to outsource are deductible to the same extent as moving costs within the US. That is a misleading statement.”
What Happened in Texas

What Happened in Texas

Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 17:19:24 in Politics

“The election was delayed so it would take place during Ramadan and therefore, few Islamists would come out to vote since they can't have any fluids in the Texas heat and therefore stayed inside air-conditioned buildings all days. They'll have to impose Sharia Law some other way.”
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The Perfect Storm: How the Pink Slime Debacle Created Food System Change

Commented May 3, 2012 at 18:23:11 in Home

“Jamie Oliver brought up this subject on his ABC-Broadcast-TV network show over a year ago. I guess it wasn't watched by enough people to have an impact. So it's somewhat ironic for ABC-TV to be the catalyst now. However, one thing about the use of this substance in meat sold in stores and restaurants: every effort was made to conceal this information from the public by lobbyists and politicians in the bag for the food industry. If labels or menus TOLD people that ammonia was being used to "purify" the meat placed before them, how many would just go along with the practice?”
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Santorum OUT

Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 17:46:32 in Politics

“"Faith" is not the word to use when a person comes to a conclusion about something based on reason, logic, or observation. As I look out my window, the sun appears to be sinking in the west. I therefore can conclude that the earth rotates in such a way as to give that impression. It's not "faith" that drives that observation, or just about any other that I may make.”
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Trayvon Martin -- Victim Of Bias & Gun-Toting Vigilantism

Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 16:52:21 in Black Voices

“One sidebar to the Trayvon Martin story partially explains why Zimmerman wasn't arrested: Florida has a so-called "Stand Your Ground" law which allows the kind of shooting that occurred in this case. It was signed in 2005 by Republican "moderate" Jeb Bush. Oh, and did I mention that former Governor Bush is often described as a "moderate"? Before "moderate" Jeb Bush signed this law, he converted to the Roman Catholic religion, a religion that frowns on wanton gun use. The kind of policy a "moderate" would NEVER espouse.”
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10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts

Commented Mar 17, 2012 at 14:42:50 in Politics

“He was APPOINTED once; elected once.”
Mitt Romney of Mars

Mitt Romney of Mars

Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 17:38:32 in Politics

“Several years ago, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave a concert during which the film "Alexander Nevsky" was projected on a screen behind the orchestra while the musicians played Prokofiev's music for the film. The movie of course is ranked as one of the 100 best ever made, but Prokofiev's score may be absolutely the BEST soundtrack music ever composed.”

gevan on Mar 13, 2012 at 18:19:54

“Now if Prokofiev would just score a soundtrack for the Mitt Romney campaign.”
Rick Santorum Would Be Best President Health Insurers' Money Could Buy

Rick Santorum Would Be Best President Health Insurers' Money Could Buy

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:47:15 in Politics

“The opening segment in last Sunday's "60 Minutes" about a fake transplant doctor was a terrifying glimpse of what people could expect from a Romney or Santorum administration!”
<em>Work It</em>: Why We Should Celebrate ABC's Idiotic Cross-Dressing Comedy

Work It: Why We Should Celebrate ABC's Idiotic Cross-Dressing Comedy

Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 18:21:43 in TV

“John Cleese called. He wanted to speak to the show's lawyers for swiping so many "Monty Python" sketches.”
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The Daily Szep -- Obama Jobs Bill

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 17:56:57 in Politics

“Even when the Democrats get 51 votes, it's called a loss because they didn't garner enough Senators to block a filibuster. Why don't the LET the Republicans filibuster a bill that will help the American public and hold them accountable?”

NoWayMan on Nov 7, 2011 at 20:12:55


dahlia97 on Nov 7, 2011 at 18:50:38

“F and F
Yes, good point....because the problem is most voters don't know that's what's happening.”

Feesister on Nov 7, 2011 at 18:48:24

“So true. The abusive use of the filibuster by the GOP guarantees minority rule. So much for democracy.”
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We're All Rust Belters Now

Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 18:13:28 in Politics

“I read the Wall Street Journal with some regularity BEFORE the Murdochs took it over. Several times a month from the late 80s until the Noozcorp coup, the front page ran stories on factories and whole industries in the US that were being shut down while the executives who made the decision boosted the value of their stock options. Just as frequently, the WSJ in those days also ran front-page stories about the denizens of China who were uprooted from their long-established neighborhoods and herded into giant factories, living in company dormitories, and sending a portion of the pittances they received back to their families. So nothing in this article should be a surprise to anyone.”
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Up With Chris Hayes: The Best News Talk Show on TV

Commented Oct 22, 2011 at 15:59:20 in Media

“"CBS Sunday Morning" runs for 90 minutes, but usually contains only about 15 minutes of content that actually engaes the mind. Its real fall-from-grace occurred when they decided to put on essentially untalented purveyors of rock, pop and hip-hop mass-market-recorded material nearly every week and then advertise the same albums during station breaks. When I was a yute, I vastly preferred root beer over cola products; one Sunday they did a feature on "craft" root beers. I tried some and they were ok, but very often childhood affections go away with maturity. It should be the same with recorded material, but most people don't seem to outgrow it.”
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When Songs Attack: Assaulted by Muzak in the 21st Century

Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 17:02:36 in Media

“This is ever-so-slightly off-topic, but on weeknights when I check out the 10:00 pm news on a Boston TV station (actually two have the news at that time), the "drama" that's just about to end often seems to have a vocal playing just before the closing credits. It may or may not have anything to do with the plot, I don't know because I wasn't watching from the beginning (usually I was watching Rachel Maddow to be precise). Is this a widespread phenomenon? It's just as annoying as Muzak.”

hp blogger James Napoli on Aug 31, 2011 at 22:38:44

“Yeah, I think pop music is exploited in every possible form, including commercials and to give a reflexive, mind-associative boost to TV credits.”
Dear Cereal People: PLEASE FIX YOUR BAGS

Dear Cereal People: PLEASE FIX YOUR BAGS

Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 16:46:45 in Weird News

“Since I have the body of a Greek God (ok, the God in question is Bacchus, but still...) and the musculature to go along with it, I can usually open a box of my favorite, Multigrain Cheerios; I also like Kashi Autumn Wheat, with force majeure. But my downfall is V8 Soup in a box! I am required to use serrated knife, and more than once, it has resulted in the loss of blood.”
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Opera's Got Talent

Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 17:14:13 in Arts

“There's one problem with the writer's request: whether on a "talent" show or one of those late-night talk shows, any opera singer is limited to not much more than two minutes. That's why "O mio babbino caro" is so favored for such appearances. It's a short aria from a one-act comic opera, Puccini's "Gianni Schicci". More typical operatic arias include a little introductory material, the basic aria, maybe some embellishment, occasionally a coda/transition because it occurs in a staged presentation and is supposed to lead to further action and/or singing. Some singers solve the problem by abandoning opera and venturing an actual SONG from the classical/operatic literature (yes, composers of operas, sonatas and symphonies composed songs too). For example, the hit "Lovers' Concerto" is a songlike piece from a collection of such items by J. S. Bach. There's a breathtakingly beautiful song called "How Lovely This Place Is" by Rachmaninoff for soprano. Male singers can offer Schubert's "Serenade" or Tchaikovsky's "None But The Lonely Heart". Then there's crossover, like Adolphe Adam's Christmas song that morphed into "O Holy Night" in English. It would take a star singer like Renee Fleming to get the typical TV producer to agree to something as lengthy as the "Song to the Moon" from Dvorak's "Rusalka". For anything more, one must turn to those PBS outlets who choose to air the Met in HD telecasts!”
A Cost of Denying Climate Change: Accelerating Climate Disruptions, Death, and Destruction

A Cost of Denying Climate Change: Accelerating Climate Disruptions, Death, and Destruction

Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 16:53:03 in Green

“We had an interesting winter in the Boston area. The Boston Globe prints the number of "degree-days" for the season so far, and week after week it was very close to normal. I ordered three heating oil tank fillups for just about the whole winter, so that was accurate. But the SNOW! So much collected on flat rooftops like factories and shopping malls that they collapsed all over the place. So a normal winter temperature-wise was marked by high-moisture content leading to armpit-high snow piles. Now the Boston Globe says that April has been WAY warmer than normal, so the year-to-date temperature deviation will be on the WARM side very soon. We've been lucky here in New wild weather such as the south has experienced, but if we warm up much more, who knows?”
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Why Atheists Have Higher IQs

Commented Apr 26, 2011 at 15:31:11 in World

“Anyone who happened to watch Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, on either ABC-TV's "This Week", MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, or both, witnessed the extent to which overexposure to conventional religious belief curtails brain activity.”
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Food Fighter: Freedom of Choice vs. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution?

Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 16:38:06 in Home

“I felt a little sad when a tornado ripped through a Southern town a few weeks ago, and half of the folks interviewed on TV after they lost everything were at least obese and close to morbidly obese. I suspect they were fed the usual fare in school cafeterias in the South over the past few generations, and they listened to the right-wingers on the radio and TV who tell them that the "nanny state" (in particular Michelle Obama) shouldn't be advising them what they should or shouldn't eat. DISCLOSURE: I'm 5 feet 10, and close to 180 pounds. Not a jockey, and I'm picking up some beer on my way home tonight. But I do beleive I'd have to make a special effort to get as huge as some of the people in these newscasts!”
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A Conservative Case for Public Broadcasting

Commented Apr 9, 2011 at 16:26:35 in Media

“I'm not going to sit idly by and let Mr. Shireman equate in any way the program hosted by Rachel Maddow and the travesty of the Glenn Beck fiasco. Maddow is the modern reincarnation of William F. Buckley NOT because of their ideological congruousness; they're far apart asd we all know. But "Friring Line" and "TRMS" assumed a certain degree of intelligence, literacy, and even culture on the part of the audience, and then played to it successfully. Lonesome Rhodes Beck will be screaming incoherently in some park while Rachel continues to attract and keep an audience of a million-or-more each night for as long as she wants!”

hp blogger Bill Shireman on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:19:00

“I agree with you. There IS no current parallel to Beck in left media, thankfully. And I enjoy Maddow, even when I disagree.”

effect on Apr 9, 2011 at 20:58:21

“See my reply above yours.”
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The Bible 2.0? A Humanist Bible Lays Down The Gauntlet

Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 16:33:38 in Books

“What's a "foreward"? Is it anything like a foreword?”

mmkay on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:06:26

“Nope. It's the front ward in a hospital.”

hp blogger Michael Giltz on Mar 29, 2011 at 22:44:27

“Ha! Thanks. I've corrected it.”

notb observer on Mar 29, 2011 at 22:40:28

“I think foreward is to foreword as reverse is to review.
At least that's my understanding.
But perhaps Sarah Palin can clarify, she is the real expert on the bible and on mangled English.”
Why Radio Will Live on

Why Radio Will Live on

Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 16:13:09 in Media

“Mahler's 8th symphony and Bruckner's 8th Symphony wouldn't fit in a typical lunch hour. Now musicologists are saying the Schubert Symphony in C Major that used to be his 9th is now his 8th and it wouldn't fit in a typical lunch hour. So it's Beethoven or Dvorak.”

hp blogger Beth Knobel on Mar 30, 2011 at 09:11:48

“Wow, I am impressed! You clearly know a lot more about classical music than I do! :)

I was told that WQXR, the classical station that's part of NY Public Radio, actually already does this sort of online voting. That's the great thing about having all-classical radio stations (another dying breed)--they have plenty of time to play long works.”
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