Monday, November 19, 2018

Playing Dumb, Rake Edition

One of the most striking things about modern America: playing dumb to look smart. We see it all the time.  Acosta didn’t “lay hands” on her! It was one hand! He didn’t lay it!  

There was an interesting example at Mizzou. A protester pushing someone but saying “I'm just walking ahead here. Don’t I have the right to walk ahead?” Playing dumb. 

I think the logic is: see my mastery with words, applaud my control of narrative. It seems like an outgrowth of the “There is no truth only competing narratives “ nonsense. 

Althouse on the rake. Great tag line.

Believe Victims, 25th Anniversary Edition

Gail Harriot notes it's the anniversary of the end of a case from the satanic child abuse mania.

I recommend Julia Shaw's recent book on memory, The Memory Illusion.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Beethoven Cheap

Some cheap digital downloads are to had at the US Amazon site. They are from a company Musical Concepts. They own alto, and the Vanguard and Vox catalogs.

Beethoven 9 Symphonies London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris. 99 cents! This is an 80s digital cycle, and very good it is too. Very good indeed.

Beethoven Complete String Quartets, Colorado String Quartet. 99 cents. Also a digital set, from Koch I believe, and good.

Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Robert Taub, 99 cents. The digital cycle that appeared on Vox in the 90s, one of the last original Vox recordings.

The Big Beethoven Piano Box has Bruce Hungerford's incomplete sonata set and Peter Serkin's Diabellis. 99 cents!

I also recommend looking at the Big Music Box series from the Bach Guild (owned by Musical concepts), especially the Big Chamber Music Box vol iii. 99 cents! There are a few other sets too, for 99 cents
Rachmaninov, Complete orchestral Music, Pavel Kogan
Tchaikovsky, Symphonies, Rozhdestvensky
Great Russian String Quartets, on the alto label

Amazon has a series with dreadful covers, Rise of the Masters. They are $2.19 each. Most are filled with BIS recordings. Superb bargains most of them. Listen to the Stabat Mater in the Vivaldi! Incredible. The Handel box has the Suzuki Messiah. For two bucks!

More fake news

This really is fake news, because its intent is to misinform not to inform. You don’t need actual falsehoods to be fake news. If you report on the Lincolns' night at at Ford's theater, and discuss only the play, and conclude that Mrs Lincoln did not seem happy, but the president made no comments, that's fake news too.

Shamelessly stolen graphics

All from Powerline.

Jordan Hunt Tweets

An update on the man who kicked a standing woman in the shoulder, yes shoulder, almost her head, for disagreeing with his politics. I linked the video earlier. This article includes some of his tweets.

He claims now that he was aiming at the camera. But one tweet boasts he “kicked some sense into her.” That sounds like he was aiming for her, possibly her head.

Friday, November 16, 2018

CNBC lies about Acosta

Video footage of the event does not show Acosta putting his hands on the woman, who had walked up to him and reached across his torso to grab the microphone.

This is a flat out lie. I linked the video earlier.

A perfect example of fake news, and the press covering for one of its own. Is this a press conspiracy to re-elect Trump?

Why won’t CNN, or CNBC, ask the intern what happened?

Social media mob burns two alive


This isn’t really new of course.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cop panics, unarmed man charged

A lot of Americans feel that the government is working against them. Here is a stark example of why. A cop panics and fires his gun (then calls for backup: “Shots fired!”). He is eventually, temporarily, disarmed by another officer. Who is charged here, and with what? The man lying unarmed on the ground is charged, with upsetting the cop. The video is about 10 minutes long. Here.

As an aside, a win for body cameras. That was part of my 2016 platform.

UPDATE 16 Nov: Mullinax was acquitted by a jury yesterday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Mother Jones agrees with Trump on forest fires. This isn’t new. I was taught this in grade school. When I spent part of a summer fighting a forest fire for the Ontario government we knew this. Jerry Brown did not.

Ocasio-Cortez is right about Amazon. Trump should agree, this is pure swamp, and in this case Democrat swamp, but I don’t know that he does. It's a rotten system.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Chansonnier Cordiforme

is a 15th century songbook. It is about 6 inches tall.   Example. Another.

Changing direction, here is an interesting site for all things lute.
And a nice piece for lute from the Gottweig manuscript.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

Still more Koehne, Eisenga, Melnyk

Song of the Open Road by Graeme Koehne

Sunset by Graeme Koehne

The Writers Dance by Douwe Eisenga

Bliss by Douwe Eisenga

Illorium 3 by Lubomyr Melnyk

No Robert Moran tonight!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fakest news yet

In the video you can see Acosta's hand come down. You can see her react to his resistance. You can hear him say to her “Excuse me” while he keeps the microphone. His tone does not express solicitude. Her balance is affected. The video is very clear: it happened.

CNN denies it happened.

This is surely the fakest new yet. CNN even provides a link — which shows the interaction. But notice that the video CNN puts up looks like it isn’t from quite the same angle as the one I linked above, which shows things very clearly. You can see his hands better in the video than in the CNN link. My link above seems higher resolution video too. Funny that.


Acosta: “I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they are alleging.” Here. That's a lie.

So, this is CNN straight up lying. Challenge to CNN: interview the intern.
Acosta is also straight up lying. Challenge to Acosta: interview the intern.

UPDATE: A good take from the BBC. ‘Mistouch’ is a cute euphemism; but wasn’t that part of the rudeness? Trump called him rude after the interaction with the intern.

How could there be a mistouch if there was no touch?

UPDATE: Jerry Coyne is spreading the idea that the tape was faked!
Apparently the video showing Acosta touching the aide was DOCTORED by the White House to make it look as if he gave the woman a hand chop. 
I know Coyne is often, well, uncareful with facts but this is pretty funny. There's a Reuters watermark in the video; maybe Reuters done it! Buffoon.

More on this doctoring charge. Buzzfeed explains. I knew all this, so surely people at CNN do. Watch the real video.

Hilarious. CNN shows video but cuts it off just before the contact!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018