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Comment: Waiting for them to die. (Score 2, Interesting) 605

by digsbo (#49726113) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
As a small-government fiscal conservative who doesn't give a rat's ass about social conservative issues (e.g. a libertarian), I know I, and many like me, are waiting for the old/religious right/social conservatives to die off. I think that when that happens, there will be a big influx of non-socialist Democrat voters to our side.

Comment: Re:The IMF should be worried (Score 1) 294

by digsbo (#49701199) Attached to: The Solution To Argentina's Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless
I assumed he was talking about monetary seignorage, which is the benefit the first entities which are granted newly created monies gain by using that money before the general price level increases. I didn't think anybody really cared about the cost of currency creation these days. So...I'd like clarification from spiritplumber.

Comment: Re:Who keeps posting this garbage? (Score 1) 604

by digsbo (#49699887) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

Lacking any salient basis for accusing me of succeeding through patronage, but having leveled the accusation anyway, what you've just done is prejudged me. Based on my gender.

But that's the whole *point* of the narrative. That's literally the point - to prejudge you, with pseudo-intellectual horseshit to back it up - to discount your voice by branding you as "privileged".

Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 1) 360

by digsbo (#49695709) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

My dad (and mom, to a lesser extent) exposed me to many kinds of music. I've also developed an ear for opera, which my parents played in the house, and which I didn't like as a kid.

The funny thing is one day I heard John Coltrane on the radio, and it hit me like a lightning bolt. And you know what? Coltrane got interested in all kinds of foreign (to him) music when he got exposed to it. But no one else in my family was into it.

I can barely stand to listen to highly-processed music. It's like Chef Boyardee - mostly corn syrup. That "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles is a good song, but if you listen to it, it's so computer-processed, it hurts the ears. Why did she do that? To sell. I get it. But it's sad.

The best concerts I can remember attending were largely small-venue events at a local botanical gardens. Savion Glover (amazing jazz dancer/full body instrumentalist), Eileen Ivers (irish fiddler playing with NYC r&b backing band), Back of the Moon (Scots new folk), Chris Norman (Scots new folk). A mind-blowing concert of Aruna Sairam (Indian carnatic singer) at Royal Albert Hall was one of the most amazing things I've witnessed.

I studied Western classical music formally for years on clarinet, and have been studying piano for 7 years now. I thought I "knew" classical music, but as a clarinet player I only knew a small repertoire of chamber music and orchestral music. Now, learning piano, there's a whole new world of compositions I never knew existed. And that's *just* the classical - my teacher put me through that as a prerequisite to my jazz studies!

As a jazz player, I intuitively recognize the similarities in the various flavors of "hot" music specific to cultures. Greek and Indian music is particularly spicy!

Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 2) 360

by digsbo (#49693135) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
My dad had an old "Anatolian Feast" LP of Greek folk music - bouzouki stuff, odd meters, etc., that I couldn't take as a little kid, but I have some similar stuff I listen to now. Middle-eastern and Mediterranean music is superb. As is a lot of authentic folk music from almost anywhere in the world. Textured and interesting.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by digsbo (#49690353) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

Sure, no problem. Here's just one easily found Google result:

"New York state’s bureau of labor statistics anticipated the need for 2,800 elementary teachers in 2011-12. The state prepared more than twice that many, or about 6,500 “childhood education” specialists in 2009-10, the state’s most recent Title II data show."

Comment: Re:That Website Is Chock Full of Lies (Score 1) 422

by digsbo (#49683935) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

does that change the fact that Watts receives funding from the oil industry and their front groups from true to false?

Where did I say that?

and why you people seem to think that if you can challenge the challengers, everything is even, and cancels out.

Where did I say that?

you dont get to ignore that watts is a paid shill because the group pointing out his bias has a bias of their own.

Where did I say that?

What I did point out is that the citation comes from a highly biased source, and that it's difficult to know who to believe.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.