Daily Archives: January 26, 2012


We have previously discussed the rising anti-intellectualism in the GOP race from the rejection of basic science principles to the demonification of academics and higher education. Rick Santorum this week ramped up on the attacks on colleges and universities with a speech that seemed to call for voters to avoid supporting — or even attempting — college. Santorum appears to be proudly embracing the pledge of Will Rogers that “America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few.”

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Today’s Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) Die Zauberflöte (Papageno and Papagena duet)

Jacqueline du Pré: Dvorak Cello Concerto 3rd mov.

Mendelssohn Song without words op. 109 Jacqueline du Pré

Jaqueline Du Pre: Boccherini cello concerto in B-flat no. 9, G 842 (1967)

Podcast_ Billy McCarthy of We Are Augustines talks about Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness (from ACLU)

Podcast_ Billy McCarthy of We Are Augustines talks about Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness  (from ACLU)

Podcast_ Billy McCarthy of We Are Augustines talks about Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness (from ACLU) (click here to learn more)

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss Premiers (1911)

Robert Sterl: Ernst Edler von Schuch conductin...

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Still regularly performed, Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most acclaimed comic operas of Richard Strauss, the leading composer of romantic opera in the early 20th century. It is loosely based on the works of Molière and Louvet de Couvrai and tells the story of the shifting romantic attachments of four principal characters. Strauss, who often abandoned tonality to emphasize the humor or drama of a scene, composed Der Rosenkavalier in collaboration with what poet? More… Discuss

Operas by Richard Strauss
Guntram (1894)
Feuersnot (1901)
Salome (1905)
Elektra (1909)
Der Rosenkavalier (1911)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1912)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (1918)
Intermezzo (1923)
Die ägyptische Helena (1927)
Arabella (1932)
Die schweigsame Frau (1934)
Friedenstag (1938)
Daphne (1938)
Die Liebe der Danae (1940)
Capriccio (1942)

Today’s Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton


All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Jacqueline Mary du Pré (1945-1987)

 Jacqueline Mary du Pré OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist, acknowledged as one of the greatest players of the instrument. She is particularly associated with Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor; her interpretation of that work has been described as “definitive” and “legendary”.[1] Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to cease performing at the age of 28, and led to her premature death. Following her death, her older sister Hilary du Pré and younger brother Piers wrote a book about their family life, A Genius in the Family. It was the basis for the movie Hilary and Jackie. Both the book and the movie aroused fierce controversy.
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Honours and awards

Du Pré received several fellowships from music academies and honorary doctorate degrees from universities in honour of her contribution to music. She was the first recipient of the prestigious Guilhermina Suggia Award, at age 11, and remains the youngest recipient. In 1960, she won the Gold Medal of the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Queen’s Prize for British musicians. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1976 New Year Honours. At the 1977 BRIT Awards, she won the award for the best classical soloist album of the past 25 years for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

After her death, a rose cultivar named in her honour received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.[13] She was made an honorary fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, whose music building bears her name.
(Source: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Jaqueline+Du+Pre)

Visit http://www.jacquelinedupre.net/discographies/discs.htm to learn more about Jaqueline’s extraordinary career, love for music, cello, teaching.

Canadian asbestos: for you but not for us (from Peace, Earth and Justice, by Joan Russow)

“Rebranding asbestos as “chrysotile” is duplicitous. Nothing will absolve Canada from complicity in deaths across the world. The production and sale of Asbestos must be banned and a fair and just transition for workers”
Canadian asbestos - for you but not for us (Peace, Earth and Justice News)

Canadian asbestos - for you but not for us (Peace, Earth and Justice News)

Canadian asbestos: for you but not for us.

Posted by: joan.Russow on http://PEJ.org Thursday, January 26, 2012 – 05:55 AM

Live Stream of Today's Show _ Democracy Now

Live Stream of Today's Show _ Democracy Now

‘Money Isn’t Speech, Corporations Aren’t People’ (from TerraViva United Nations)

'Money Isn't Speech, Corporations Aren't People' (from TerraViva United Nations)

'Money Isn't Speech, Corporations Aren't People' (from TerraViva United Nations) (click here to learn more)

NEW YORK, Jan 21, 2012 (IPS) – In most mainstream media the words “corruption” and “election fraud” accompany images of makeshift polling stations manned by armed guards in Burma or burning tires beside tattered ballot boxes in South Sudan – the insidiousness of stolen elections and a crumbling democracy is very seldom associated with the United States.

But this week, scores of indignant citizens in well over a hundred cities across the U.S. took to the streets to expose how the richest one percent has hijacked the very foundations of democracy in a country whose constitution of 1787 promised to be by the people, for the people. 

Jan. 20 marked the second anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission (FEC), where the country’s most respected justices “overturned a hundred years of election finance laws by ruling 5-4 that Congress cannot limit spending by corporations in elections”. 

The decision struck at the very heart of what many U.S. citizens have felt for years – that despite a careful constitutional separation of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government, corporate capital had infected the body politic from head to toe. (Source: http://www.ipsterraviva.net/UN/news.asp?idnews=106510)