Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jean-Baptiste Lully's Les Journées au Château de Versailles, Performed by Anna Maria Panzarella and Le Concert Spirituel, Conducted by Hervé Niquet

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I'm with her...

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

J.S. Bach's Oster-Oratorium Performed by Hannah Morrison, Meg Bragle, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists, Directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner


Happy Easter!
    The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown, even in the Edda (Simrock, Mythol., 362); Anglo-Saxon, eâster, eâstron; Old High German, ôstra, ôstrara, ôstrarûn; German, Ostern. April was called easter-monadh. The plural eâstron is used, because the feast lasts seven days.
Christ is risen!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Antonio Lotti's Crucifixus Sung by Tenebrae

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Whither Trump?


"[T]he US’s top 5 newspapers all weighed in with a celebratory chorus of praise for Trump sending in the cruise missiles, reminds "CounterPuncher Jeffrey Sommers, while "former Democratic National Party Chair, Howard Dean asserted figures like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Iraq and who has actually been to Syria, was 'outrageous' and should 'resign from Congress' for having the temerity to suggest it might be possible that the 'chemical weapons attack' was precisely what Assad (and some in the UN) claimed, a dispersal of chemicals from the terrorist warehouse bombed by the Syrian Air Force" — Trump Repairs His Ratings: Syria and the Democrats’ Denunciations of Dissent.

"President Trump’s former enemies in the mainstream media, which he has characterized as purveyors of 'fake news,' turned on a dime the moment he bombed Syria," writes Antiwar.com editor Justin Raimondo, also noting that "conservative media that has been supportive of Trump reviled the move" — Trump’s Base Revolts Against Syria Strike.

CH wonders — Trump The 4D Chess Master, Or Trump The Puppet?

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Johann Sebastian Bach's Matthäus-Passion, Performed by Christoph Prégardien, Tobias Berndt, Dorothee Mields, Hana Blažíková, Damien Guillon, Robin Blaze, Colin Balzer, Hans Jörg Mammel, Matthew Brook, Stephan MacLeod, and Collegium Vocale Gent, Directed by Philipp Herreweghe

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Trump vs. Trump

    We should stay the hell out of Syria, the rebels are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS? ZERO

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    What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.

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    The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria, fix U.S.A
Thus rightly tweeted our candidate, quoted by John Derbyshire here — Collapse of Trumpism—On War and Immigration?

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Giovanni Pergolesi's Stabat Mater Dolorosa Performed by Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato, Staatskapelle Dresden, Directed by Bertrand De Billy

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Washington Shows Its True Colors

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"Mama Said Knock You Out"

"Florida State University researchers have found that when individuals adopt this outlook -- referred to as a 'code of the street' -- it can increase their probability of arrest or conviction" — Keeping the code: How cultural beliefs affect police, court decisions. The Michael Browns, Eric Garners, and Trayvon Martins might still be alive had they not "kept the code" but instead "acted white."

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hildegard von Bingen's O Frondens Virga Sung by Chanticleer

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Happy Equal Pay Day!

Today is "the day that symbolically marks how much longer women supposedly have to work to catch up to what men earned in the previous year," debunked by Forbes' Karin Agness last year (April 12, more than a workweek later in the year), noting that "the White House and others who promote the myth are manipulating statistics in a way to convince women that they are the victims of systematic societal discrimination, and, therefore, stand to benefit from further government action" — Don't Buy Into The Gender Pay Gap Myth.

"Not all women are equal on Equal Pay Day," notes Fortune's Valentina Zarya — Why Women in Their Early 20s Are Out-Earning Men.

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