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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 05:30 PM »
People against fracking shouldn't be able to use fracked gas pricing, but pay the price for unfracked gas, which which was running about 2.5 x the price. This was the price before fracking, about $10 per MmBtu. The Henry Hub price for gas is now $3.70 per MmBtu. Kind of funny that State College, which banned fracking, has a hockey arena built with fracking money. They should give the money back if they feel so strongly against it. And if oil wasn't fracked, gasoline would probably exceed $4-5 per gallon. Anyone against fracking want to donate $1.50 per gallon to use to stop oil fracking? Not only did Terry Pegula build the arena, he also bought the Buffalo Sabres, keeping that team intact, benefiting that community. Adam Smith's invisible hand once again at work.

One of the arguments one always sees from the left is the 99% vs the 1%. But what this and people like Piketty miss is that some of the 99% don't stay there, but rise up into the 1%. Harold Hamm was a sharecropper's son, the youngest of 13. Now he owns $10 billion of Continental Oil. The founder of whatsapp is a Ukranian immigrant whose family was on foodstamps, selling the company for $19 billion. And, PSU's hockey benefactor?

Back in 1983, Terry Pegula told his business partner Robert H. Long, Jr., “If I ever have more than two nickels to my name, I'm going to buy the Buffalo Sabres one day.” Now, almost 30 years later, Terry's dream has come to fruition. On Feb. 22, 2011, Pegula became the fourth owner in Buffalo Sabres franchise ...

If you had fracking in NYS, many farmers would join the 1%.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 04:05 PM »
Wow.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/nyregion/cuomo-to-ban-fracking-in-new-york-state-citing-health-risks.html


I was just going to post that. Here's the FT's piece. This has more to do with Cuomo's national ambitions and getting support and $$$ from the left than it has to do with the financial well being of his own constituents. Health risks? This statement by the health commissioner says nothing. Do people drink alcohol? Drive cars? This is the same kind of statement the President of France made, and France is going down the tubes. Those counties have considered seceding. They should. They already have a name, "New Amsterdam". The people that own the land, farmers especially, have lost tens of millions of dollars. Cuomo has received over $1 million from the oil industry.
 
We cannot afford to make a mistake. The potential risks are too great,” Mr Zucker said at a public meeting with Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor.
 
“Until the public health red flags are answered by valid evidence . . . I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”


NY Bans Fracking

Literally billons of investment would be associated with fracking in NYS. Cuomo would rather get casino developers giving him payoffs. Wow is right. That part of NYS is like Appalachia. Destitute. Only the colleges save it, and that's minor, at least to local residents. I thought Dems cared for the little guy. Not anymore. Now it's big environmental groups funded to the teeth. Cuomo passes the buck. A corrupt coward. Valid evidence? Hello tax increases.
 
Karen Moreau, a New York official at the American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas lobby group, said: “Today’s action by Governor Cuomo shows that New York families, teachers, roads and good-paying jobs have lost out to political gamesmanship.”
 
“Robust regulations exist at the federal and state levels nationwide for natural gas development and environmental protection. A politically motivated and equally misinformed ban on a proven technology used for over 60 years — throughout the country to great success — is short-sighted and reckless, particularly when New York depends on safely produced natural gas just over the border in Pennsylvania.
 
Mr Cuomo, the governor, said he had left the decision in the hands of his officials, noting that he was not a scientist or health expert.
“This is probably the most emotion-charged issue that I’ve ever experienced,” he said. “More emotion-charged than marriage equality, more emotion-charged than the gun issue, more emotion-charged than the death penalty.”


Emotion charged? He's supposed to ignore that and make a decision based on facts, not emotion. He makes a decision based on the emotion of some groups? How about the private property rights of those individuals negatively affected? Do people have property rights or not? Hello, Supreme Court. This seems to violate the takings clause of the Constitution.

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OT / Re: OT: Movie Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:27 PM »
Not sure I mentioned the TV series, Fargo. Billy Bob Thornton is the baddie. Martin Freeman is the William Macy character. Both are fantastic. Bob Odenkirk(lawyer Saul in Breaking Bad) is blundering cop. He's fantastic as well. Keith Caradine also in it. Exciting, very similar to the movie. Different plot, but same kind of characters. Complete with pregnant cop in Francis McDormand role. Well done. Watching Homeland again. It's good, but Fargo better. The acting in Fargo is superb.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: Yesterday at 12:23 PM »
"For the life of me I can NOT understand why any NON alumni should have ANY rights to the PSU board."

I don't particularly care where trustees come from, if they are effective in their roles. In fact, I might argue that I want a trustee with no emotional connections to the school, so that they may provide dispassionate analysis and decision-making.

Furthermore, Pennsylvania may contribute 6% of the annual budget, but how much of the capital budget was funded by Pennsylvania over the years. Are the alumni going to buy back all of the improvements paid for by the state, plus whatever land acquisitions were paid for by the state?

The state pension system has a $41 billion hole. So, taxpayers really need a seat(s) at the table, regarding discretionary spending. If you look at this formula, you can see why. This is unreal. Of course, this below needs to be addressed at the state level, but discretionary spending can be determined by the BOT.

Pennsylvania’s Basic Pension Formula
MULTIPLIER 2.5% or 2.0% x YEARS OF SERVICE X FINAL AVERAGE SALARY = RETIREMENT BENEFIT

Not sure what PSU's staff gets paid, but at U of Minnesota, there are 200 people making more than $200k per year, so, if they put in 30 years, they'd be getting(using 2.25% and $200K even) $135K in retirement, forever, plus health care paid for. Plus, unless you're discovered as a pedophile, continued use of the facilities. Nice gig. Wonder why costs keep going up? And PA has addressed this somewhat, raising contributions drastically, which will end up with higher tuition costs. The system is 50% underfunded(qith 66.6 cents on the dollar). When Joe PA's estate got $13 million, they really only had about $8.6 million. The additional payment made the pension hole about $4.4 million deeper. This will be true with every retiree who takes a lump sum prior to this hole being eliminated. In short, the payouts are not fully funded. Like taking $1.5 million out of an IRA when you only have $1 million in it. Taxpayers need a seat(s) at the table.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:40 AM »
This is stuff you don't usually see in 10 page weekly community papers. I mean, don't the writers know the news? It's like the higher ups are telling interns what story to write up and to what effect, but the interns don't know the facts, and are too lazy to stop texting and look them up. Who could get this so wrong? I bet the Times is giving the outline, and the stories are written in a place like India, where they truly don't know all the details. What American would get these so wrong? I know the left is filled with low information people, but this strains the imagination. I don't believe it. Ferguson has been on TV and the internet non-stop, and the Garner video? I must've seen it 10 times, and I barely watch TV.


Will the Last Employee of the NY Times Please Turn Out the Lights

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:13 PM »
http://m.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/the-11-ways-that-consumers-are-hopeless-at-math/259479/


I hate the monthly subscriptions, but I do have 1 paper online, $25 per month, and so far, worth it. But the gym memberships? Dropped those. On quantity/value, I'm pretty good at that, but one that got me. Paper towels. I buy the cheapest by the amount of sheets, but one time I got home, opened it up, and the sheets were only about 2/3 the size of the other brand(s), so instead of 12"x12", they were 8"x12". Hmmm....not sure how to judge those. So, now I buy the better brand, pay a bit more. I also like the ones they sell in auto stores, where I find myself often, as they're tougher, washable, though look the same.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:00 PM »
New Navy Laser Weapon. Reminds me of a Star Trek episode. I'd like one on my car's roof.

http://www.space.com/27976-pew-pew-navy-laser-blasts-targets-in-air-on-sea-raw-video.html

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:07 PM »
Yeah, pro sports are out of control.
Does not seem that way to me. To me it says management is making so much money they can commit to such a large guaranteed contract.
Sounds like a sign of a strong economy!!   
I would just hope the money "trickles down" to all parties involved. Including the cities that build the stadiums.

I wouldn't count on the "trickle down" too much. The TV money allows this spending. It's fun to have a team though. Bucs have done a nice job the last few years.

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:03 PM »
Jon Lester is signing (or maybe he signed already) a 6 year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.  Break that down some.  Over the last six seasons, Lester has pitched an average of 207 innings.  If he averages the same, he will make just under $125,000 PER INNING.  How many of us make $125,000 in a year?  In two years?  He'll make that for getting three batters out.  As few as three pitches could do the trick.  Yeah, pro sports are out of control.

Agreed on Lester. Bartolo Colon was 15-13 for the Mets this year, having a so so year. If Lester is 17-11, not a bad record for a lefty in Wrigley, that'd be two more games in the standings than Colon. Is that worth $25 million? IMO, in the post steroid era, the way to go is to trade 30+ year olds, get prospects, and when they turn 30, do the same again. In 2013, Matt Harvey started the All Star Game. Now the Mets have the ROTY in deGrom, and Zack Wheeler, who they got for Beltran. Plus, for Cy Young winner, RA Dickey, they got #3 minor league pitcher, Noah Syndergaard(plus their current catcher), who throws 97-98. With those 3 or 4, all making under $1 million, this is a much better approach, IMO. Team control for 4-5 years, then move them for prospects. The Bucs do it right, and some others. I think the Cubs are crazy, and the Phils and Yankees are hopeless. In the post PED's era, there's no 40,50,60 hr guys(Sosa hit 60 three times), so IMO, trade 30+ year olds, don't go for hr guys(there aren't enough of them) and get hitters with high BA's. Striking out 150 times might be okay if you're hitting 35-45 hrs, but if you're hitting 22(or less), it's not worth it. 3rd baseman on the Braves, Johnson, hit 9 hr's with 140-150 K's. Can't win with that. 3 players in the NL hit 30 hr's this year. So why look for them? There aren't any or many. Get a different type of player. IMO, the best players today are guys like Anthony Rendon, Pence, Sandoval, Carpenter. Even a guy like Joe Panik can help a team improve greatly. Sure, there's a Stanton or Trout or Cabrera, but those guys are so rare, and they don't guarantee anything. It's the teams with enough "good" players, not great ones, that win. Good, young pitching is key, IMO.

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OT / Re: OT: Movie Thread
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:59 AM »
Two new movies. Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhall(sp). Good but not great. Interesting and a bit creepy. He's convincing in role.

In looking for new Russian film, Leviafan(Leviathan) which gets 8.1 on imdb, found about another Russian film, "Come and See". Devastating film , done in 1984( under Soviet approval) about the Nazi's in Belarus in WWII. Quite the film. Not so slick, polished, but powerful and effective. Almost seemed real, not a movie. 3.25 hours long. Really a must see, not that it's great, but illuminating. Without spoiling it, I had zero knowledge of the Nazi campaign in Belarus. Awful. Not gory, but harrowing. Shocking.  An important film. Simple. One scene, where a couple is wading through a swamp to get to an island and safety and looking to find family there, yet they know theyve been killed. It's amazing, in denial but hoping, as this is the place people go to flee. Quite a scene, as they struggle through neck deep mud in futile attempt to find loved ones.

I find that foreign films, in many cases, deal with the human condition, with much good v evil. Whether a true story like this or Burning Bush, post Prague Spring, they show real events, and how people respond/cope when faced with evil. Then, with fiction, like The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, or Headhunters, or the series Forbrydelsen, crime stories, good v evil once again, but lighter than non-fiction, but they still show human reactions and responses when faced with adversity or crimes. With American films, I just see too many special effect type movies, or superhero or weirdo type movies. Not all bad, but don't seem to have the soul, the heart, the pain, the human emotions on full display. American movies like Fargo or the other Coen bros. movie, No Country For Old Men, fit the bill, but not enough of these. BTW, the series Fargo quite good. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman(Bilbo Baggins in Smaug, Watson to Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock) star. 10 episodes. Great.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:54 PM »
Conservative lecturer quits at Florida State after her comments are criticized by the politically correct police:

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2014/12/09/fsu-teacher-resigns-following-facebook-posts-included-gay-slur/20151435/


She taught business. Where does it say she was a conservative lecturer? Or are you just putting that label on her?

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:45 PM »
Somewhat obvious, but quite a summary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/opinion/masha-gessen-the-myth-of-the-russian-oligarchs.html


This is what follows central planning. How can it not? Milton Friedman's favorite chapter of "The Road to Serfdom" is, "Why the Worst Always Rise to the Top". It's quite simple. Take Weimar in the late '20s, rampant inflation, food shortages, etc., an economy where money became worthless. The well intentioned give up, as deciding who gets fed and who doesn't, becomes unbearable, so they quit. But someone, with supreme confidence, and a great presence, stands up and says, "vote for me. I'll fix everything". That's how you get leaders like Hitler, or today, someone like Putin. The Germans voted for Hitler. There was no coup. I expect lots of disappearances in Russia. Journalists, dissidents, business people. Same in Iran and Venezuela. And some want central planning here. Hey, vote for me, "I'll stop the rise of the seas and heal the planet".

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:44 AM »
If you don't have health insurance through your employer, the deadline is Dec. 15 to sign up on the ACA website and be covered by Jan. 1.

A couple of things I've noticed this year:

1. In Maine, which has rejected Medicaid expansion, the number of insurers participating in the ACA Exchange has risen from 1 to 3. Many more choices this year

2. Even if you are in a state that has rejected the Medicaid expansion, you may be eligible for tax credits that reduce the effective cost of your coverage. In addition to the tax credits, for certain low- to mid-income families, there are significant reductions in the co-pays and deductibles for some Silver-level plans.

3. My employer-provided insurance policy has decreased in cost by 7 percent.

4. Anyone eligible for COBRA coverage can purchase on the exchange, but I've been advised that COBRA eligible cannot get the tax credit - which is aimed at the previously uninsured.

 
The web site works a lot better this year - in fact, it's pretty sophisticated. The biggest challenge is trying to understand the effect of the byzantine deductible/co-insurance/co-pay/out of pocket max schemes by the private insurers. With so little transparency in pricing and each insurer negotiating its own deals with providers, it's really hard to compare pricing. That's the price you pay for this sop to "market forces".

You're going to blame difficulties on market forces? Been following the market forces in oil and gas? You're incorrigible. Let's see how the ACA stands on its own two feet once subsidies to Federal exchanges are voided in the King v Burwell case. In places like Iran and Venezuela, they subsidize gasoline, so citizens pay less than 30 cents per gallon in each country. But they pay in other ways for this misallocation of resources. Both economies are disasters. Centrally planned economies just don't work, and never have. The evidence is clear. Wait til China blows up. Do you know that China has built 17X the commercial square footage of Manhattan real estate in the last 3 years? Or that Spain has 50 million empty homes due to government subsidies on building 'green homes'? In Spain's case, the discontinuance of the subsidies has wiped out 300,000 entrepreneurs who got into the business due to the subsidies. The ACA is very expensive, but subsidies hide the costs. Not sure why you can't get this simplest of facts.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 9, 2014, 10:09 AM »
Is Law Optional?

Eugene Volokh on Lena Dunham


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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 6, 2014, 11:27 AM »
Michael Mann

vs reality



And who cares about climate change anyway? Another fringe position, kept alive by rent seeking eco multimillionaires and billionaires like Gore, Tom Steyer and George Kaiser(Solyndra investor and Obama bundler, recipient of $500 million loan after bundling $500,000. 1000 to 1 payback, not bad) .


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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 6, 2014, 10:01 AM »
The Oilman to Thank On Your Next Fillup

Do those on the left not grasp the enormous benefits? If engineering, organic chemistry and geology are not sciences, what are they? All this takes is someone(s) risking their own capital for their own benefit. Adam Smith's invisible hand at work....in spades.  And with prices down below $70 per barrel, can they be called "greedy"? It hit $40 per barrel in 1980. Compare that with college costs since then. It's called competition, unlike college, without Federal subsidies.

As for everything else that might come out of Washington, Mr. Papa says: “It’s my belief that for likely the next 40 or 50 years, we’ll continue to be in a hydrocarbon-powered economy, the main drivers of which are natural gas and crude oil. . . . You have to rely on the logic of the American people and our legislators to say, look at the economic benefits. The benefits are so obvious that an objective person would question whether we want to impose punitive regulations that will diminish what’s accrued.”

Mr. Papa reels off a few examples: A new burst in employment, business investment and GDP. Self-sufficiency in natural gas “for probably the next 50 years” and a two- or threefold competitive price advantage over Europe and Asia, leading to a revival of in-sourced manufacturing. A state and federal tax-revenue bonanza. Diminishing the importance of Persian Gulf and Russian energy dispensations in foreign policy.

Mr. Papa observes that these disruptive gains confounded the zodiac readings of the experts. The gains were driven by smaller, independent, nimbler companies, risking their own capital on potential breakthroughs across mainly state and private lands without federal subsidies.

“If you want to point to a success of private enterprise, and how the capitalist system works for the benefit of the total U.S. economy,” he says, “I can’t come up with a more glowing example.”

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: December 4, 2014, 12:25 PM »


I know I am in a minority, and I'm OK with that  :D ...but listen to one little word "to." (around the 20 sec time mark in Ms. Price's performance.) The way Ms. Price pronounces it the word becomes more important in the lyric than it should be, in my opinion, and her affected style draws attention to that one little word where it should not be the center of attention either in the the lyric or the melody. 

One could argue that her stylistic interpretation is what sets her apart, and the unusual emphasis is part of that style, and I would have a hard time arguing against that.  After all, Frank Sinatra played with phrasing a melody in a way that was unusual for his day and it is what made him great.  So who am I to say doing something out of the ordinary is not acceptable.  It is simply that her style sounds far too affected for my taste, and not natural.  She is extremely talented and many people like what she does.  Good for her.  :)

I didn't mean to say she's as good as Ella, nor Aretha or Mary J Blige, just that she experiments. My wife likes her yet she agrees with you, that it sounds affected. She doesn't like it when white people do songs made famous by black people. She just thinks it sounds off, wrong, whatever. And she thinks this girl is fabulous, but like you, much prefers Ella's version. My wife, who knows more about music than anyone I know well, in terms of knowing what works/sells, etc., got the tipoff for Lake St. Dive from a HS friend, and lifetime music industry veteran, who saw them in Nashville, at some big event. He thought they were best in show, and through Facebook, posted it. He claims he wrote Bette Midler's speech for the Rock n Roll HOF induction of Laura Nyro back a year or two(worth watching). So, he's pretty plugged in to what's going on. It'll be interesting to see how this band goes. But to be really big, they probably need to do some more hit songs of their own, or have songs written exclusively for them. I think they've written a couple, but haven't checked.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 2, 2014, 04:32 PM »
More on the U of IL prof. Seems to me a lazy, sloppy, rubber stamp hiring process. I mean, he commits a crime where a bank customer is killed. He goes on the lam for 27 years, extradited from S Africa in 2002. Gets sentenced, released in 2009, applies to teach at U of IL in African Studies, and gets hired the very next day? And his wife works there? WTF? What kind of vetting is that? And what degree can this guy possibly have? And look what he's supposed to be teaching. Wanna venture which side it comes down on? More victimology, so people can wallow in their s***, then blame someone else, and call for an end to capitalism.

"Sweat Shops or Flat World Opportunities? Exploring the New World of Work."

This is a public university. Isn't proper vetting something that should be required? I mean, is being a fugitive in Africa really the background to teach Global Studies or African Studies? WTF. The inmates are running the asylum. Next thing you know, Al Sharpton will be lecturing on tax strategies and consulting the WH on race relations. Oh, wait. I'm not saying the guy has to be penalized for life, but can we see some scholarship, you know, like written papers, masters or PhD theses, maybe a college transcript, high school transcript, anything? Or is the U of IL just hiring people cause they bring a different perspective? Students are owed better.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-james-kilgore-hiring-met-20141130-story.html#page=1

I'm with the donor, a founder of Novellus Systems, a semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker, and important company in the tech sector at one time. They may have been acquired.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 2, 2014, 12:49 PM »
Another detrimental campus development. Gosh, spending $40k per year, for this? Wow. Online learning is going to dominate in a few short years with trends like this. Who is going to pay money, most likely borrowed, for BS like this? You can't make this stuff up. Once again, nihilism rules. When there are no moral truths, this is what happens. Decision by intimidation and fear. Like Spanier, this must have been UCLA's "humane way" of dealing with this issue. PhD candidates mind you. Unreal.

The Microaggression Farce

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 2, 2014, 12:35 PM »
Evan, upon reflecting on the U of IL prof, I think the issue is more this: Was he hired despite his being in the SLA, or was he hired because he was in the SLA? I'd bet the latter(academia loves those who rage against the machine), which could sort of be confirmed by his scholarship. Knowing his PhD thesis would show a lot. I bet it's weak, but then I thought Spanier's was weak. So, is it really a question of the donor vs academic freedom, or vs academic rot?

Here's a piece, a long one, about campuses today.

http://www.nas.org/articles/libertarians_vs_progressives_the_new_campus_divide



 

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: December 2, 2014, 12:00 PM »
The singer for Lake Street Dive does have a good singing voice.  I do not like how she uses it.  Granted, her style of pronunciation is popular among many singers today but I don’t care for it.  For example how she sings the word “night.”  The vowel sound in “night” is usually located in the middle of the mouth, she locates it somewhere behind her back teeth.  To me it sounds terribly affected and overdone.  And the way she (and many other singers today) emphasize the normally unaccented vowel sound in diphthongs (i.e. placing the emphasis on the long e sound at the end of the word “way”) sounds similarly phony.  I’ll be glad when this fade in pop vocal performance passes.  To me, that pronunciation style gets in the way of communicating the lyric.  With her voice she should not need to resort to such vocal gimmicks to communicate the emotion of the song.

It seems to me that this is a fad that has struck predominantly female artists.  I don’t get it.

I notice some odd pronunciations. Eh, what the heck. It's all about experimenting. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha, Mary J. Blige(the first and last from my hometown of Yonkers) also had odd phrasing, and unusual ways of saying things. Whether this girl holds up, who knows? She's pretty hot though, and that's a voice. Keep in mind, it's unaided by electronic wizardry.  Recent tour had 4 shows in Boston. Not sure of the venue size, but we sold out 750 in Burlington, VT, 4 days before the show. Could've easily sold 2X the tickets but fire laws prevented it.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: December 1, 2014, 03:15 PM »
Tough choices for the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Large donor gift vs academic freedom vs ethical principle.  What would you do?

(I think I know how Kid will decide this.) 

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/12/01/u-illinois-could-lose-big-gift-rehiring-adjunct


Why was he dropped? It's the donor's money, so he can do what he wants. What should the school do? First, find out why he was hired in the first place. Second, as he was already dropped, was that even legal, dropping him? And if they dropped him, why the need to rehire? $4.5 million would pay for a lot of kids' tuition. I'd say this, take away Federal student guaranteed loans, and schools would be begging for donations. Schools only stand up for things like this when it's not really costing them. If the $4.5 million were cut from the admin budget, you think that'd have an effect on their choice? I think you'll see more donations dropped at schools.

If you look at the corruption at foundations, it's remarkable. The Rockefeller Foundation has sworn off fossil fuels. Think about that. That's the source of all their monies. Ford, Carnegie, founded by the world's greatest industrialists, now fight for climate change legislation. The NY Times just said they're among the most liberal. And the Pew Foundation? Joseph Newton Pew, founder of Sunoco, started the foundation, and hated government and its programs. But look what's happened. This is common. Funny how liberals rail against corporations. In academia and foundations, their paychecks often depend on industrial fortunes. So, with the U of Illinois, they're possibly turning down the money, IMO, due to Federal subsidies making donations less critical to survival.

http://articles.philly.com/1992-04-27/news/26001700_1_pew-grants-pew-officials-foundation

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:39 PM »
This should be a lesson, a primer, so to speak, on why state run, centrally planned economies don't work, and never will. The private sector, in this case oil and gas companies, acting in their own self interests, have just torpedoed Russia, Iran, Venezuela and some others. Those 3 places imprison and execute dissidents, subsidize things like gas, something like 5 cents per gallon in VZ and Iran, which might sound great, but it takes money from going to more productive places and diversifying the economies.

For sure, some US companies will be hurt, victims of their own successes. The ones with leverage will be squeezed. But the industry will not only survive, but thrive, underestimated by OPEC and Russia. I see Russia is acting like US environmentalists, trying to stop fracking in Romania. Romania is claiming that Russia has sent moles/protestors to disrupt fracking initiatives. Like US rent seekers in the "green energy" industry, low oil prices are bad for business, despite being great for consumers, especially the poor. A remarkable story. Who'd a thunk it 5 years ago?

Saudis Risk Playing With Fire in Shale Price Showdown as Crude Crashes

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:20 PM »
The Progressive War on Science

“The actions of Greenpeace in forestalling the use of golden rice to address micronutrient deficiencies in children makes them the moral and indeed practical equivalent of the Nigerian mullahs who preached against the polio vaccine,” says Mark Lynas, an environmental activist who reversed his position on GMOs and now campaigns for them. “They were stopping a lifesaving technology solely to flatter their own fanaticism.”

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