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The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by BasilValentine on Today at 01:44:19 PM »
It's even possible that nuclear fusion will become viable in less than 100,000 years.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Linz on Today at 01:43:39 PM »
Bruckner Symphony 2  and the Movement I of No. 8  which means I will need to listen to the next disc
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 01:34:32 PM »
I get what you mean. I really like 1st and 4th movements, but the inner ones sound less inspired to these ears. I think I enjoy the lovely and life-affirming First Symphony the best.

Regarding Stenhammar's First Symphony, it's the two middle movements that I like most, especially the scherzo with its endearing main theme which sounds almost like Elgar with a Nordic accent! But overall, I prefer the more mature Second Symphony.
The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by Pohjolas Daughter on Today at 01:29:37 PM »
the greatest problem of our age is the unraveling of society. I've had friends estranged from their parents because their parents, addicted to Facebook, started to believe their own sons and daughters to be party to some sort of global conspiracy of elites. it's the end result of the pushing of purely individualist rhetoric.

at some point the town doctor was almost a member of the family. when he becomes considered party to the Global Mask and Vax Conspiracy, things have broken, very badly.
I don't know what to say.  I, personally, find it astonishing and horrifying that your friends' parents (whom I'm guessing that the friends are relatively young and that their parents are probably also relatively in maybe early 50's or 40's??) feel like that they can't trust their own children!  Am I close here age-wise?

The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by fbjim on Today at 01:28:28 PM »
I always loved the remix of Tour de France, but didn't dig deeper until they recently got into the Hall of Fame. I downloaded their 4 most critically acclaimed albums but I couldn't get into them. Maybe it was bad timing. I should try again sometime.

Computer World is their most synth-pop album if you liked Tour de France. I do like listening to their entire discography- the amount of artistic growth they showed is amazing. Not that their earlier works are bad, but they're so different.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Brian on Today at 01:20:25 PM »
A CD player is not neccessary as you probably know... 😀
This is true but my mental age greatly exceeds my physical age.  ;D
The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by Fëanor on Today at 01:19:35 PM »
     Long term storage is not a technical problem, it's a political one. The Finns are not proposing to store nuclear waste, they are doing it. I see no serious problem in doing what we do.

That's right.  The shear volume of waste is very small and can be store effectively forever is necessary.
 Nuclear power technologies exist that can reuse wastes to further reduce volumes and store requirements accordingly.
I'm in!

Vc Cto in c minor, Op. 66

Sasha Ivashkin, vc
Russian State Symphony
Valery Polyansky
How did you enjoy that recording Karl?

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 01:14:46 PM »
Not for the first time my interest was spiked by a Jeffrey posting. I like the Butterworth 5th Symphony, so the 4th may also appeal. A quick eBay search came up with one for £6.50 with free postage which for a double CD is not bad.
I think that No.4 is terrific Lol and am sure that you'll enjoy it. The ending, especially in the Dutton, version has me on the edge of my seat. It's a rather craggy, windswept, Sibelian work which, to me, reflects the rugged landscape of Northern England where Butterworth came from. I think that it actually quotes from Sibelius's 'Tempest' at one point. I'm not sure, however, that I could listen to Butterworth's recorded autobiographical speech too many times; interesting as it is, I find his voice rather irritating (although he comes across as a very agreeable person).
The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by Fëanor on Today at 01:13:44 PM »
     The West’s Nuclear Mistake

All energy choices entail trade-offs. Wind interferes with migratory birds and despoils open vistas. Solar panels are manufactured by coerced labor. Fabricating the panels—and disposing of them—can exude hazardous materials into the environment. Nuclear energy, too, has costs and hazards: radiation risks in the present; the disposal of spent fuel that must be safeguarded for centuries to come. But no other technology can so massively and so rapidly substitute for carbon-emitting electrical generation. No government that really regarded climate change as its top energy priority would close nuclear plants before the end of their useful lives.

The world is warming because political systems find it hard to act today against the problems of tomorrow. Balancing present fears against future dangers is difficult. Nuclear seems scary. Climate change seems remote. And so in Germany and in California, politicians protect themselves in the here and now with choices whose costs will be paid decades later.

In American eyes, Merkel’s reputation has benefited from the comparison with Donald Trump, who singled her out as the democratic leader he disliked most. American journalists even touted her as the true leader of the free world, to jab at an American president who had abdicated that role. There is much to appreciate about her reticent style of leadership. But history may judge that, on one of the most consequential issues of her chancellorship, Merkel not only led from behind; she led in the wrong direction. And unfortunately for the world, Americans seem determined to follow Merkel’s path.

Of course nuclear is the way to go.  Up-to-date technologies are extremely safe:  nukes are as safe as any form of energy production and lowest in emissions. New tech will make it much safer still.
 Wind and solar are apparently close, they are variable depending on the weather.

Objection to nuclear energy is simply irrational and that irrationality can no longer be tolerated give the impending global warming catastrophy.
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