Friday Night Open Thread

The world premiere of the We Are the World: 25 for Haiti aired tonight on NBC as part of its olympic coverage. If you're not watching the Olympics (thread here), here's an open thread for other topics.

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    This afternoon I heard (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 02:10:51 AM EST
    a young female pianist who won the Queen Elizabeth competition prize (Belgium) play J.S. Bach, Ravel, andMussorgsky at Kyoto Concert Hall 600 seat venue on a Steinway piano. Audience did not applaud between movements or before the last note of each piece faded. No one leaped to their feet and headed for the exit the moment the concert ended. Many bought CDs @ ¥2900 apiece--over 30 dollars. Wonderful musician--Anna Vinnitskaya. She hopes to perform in US next year.

    And now I am dawdling over (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 02:23:18 AM EST
    a second glass of fine French wine at the Cafe Muse in the foyer of the concert hall listening to Strauss waltzes on the speaker system.

    Have "progressed" to (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 06:22:06 AM EST
    Hill of Tara. Jameson's. Soda bread, excellent live celtic musiC, and a large Japanese wedding party. Bartender draws a perfect Guinness.

    OK, now you're just bragging (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by ruffian on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 07:14:47 AM EST
    ;-)   Just kidding! Carry on - I am living vicariously through you this week.

    Just desparate Did (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 08:02:05 AM EST
    converse in English with a Canadian living in Kyoto and two men from France who are working in Korea for a year. I am going back tomorrow night for Guinness beef stew and more live music.

    Polanski? (none / 0) (#1)
    by markw on Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 09:41:54 PM EST
    I'm surprised I haven't seen anything on Polanski today (Swiss holding off on extraditing him).  What do you all think?

    the swiss are waiting (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 10:18:07 PM EST
    until Calif. decides how much time he has left to serve. If it's 6 months or less, because the sentencing judge only intended to impose 90 days total, he's not extraditable.

    California said on the extradition request he had one or two years left to serve (I can't remember which)and that doesn't seem right. At hearings, two judges have said they think the judge only intended to have him serve 90 days, but there's no official finding on that.

    So the Swiss want CA to decide that so they know whether he's extraditable or not.

    More details on this here.

    So the Swiss may have to decide whether Roman, having already served 42 days of a promised and intended but not fully imposed 90 day sentence, before becoming a fugitive, fits within the section that allows extradition "only if the remaining sentence to be served is more than six months." If they decide he doesn't, it can and should refuse extradition.

    But California doesn't seem to be inclined to hold any more hearings without Roman present, so I hope the Swiss may decide CA hasn't met its burden and refuse the extradition request.


    this AP article (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 10:40:25 PM EST
    Defendant Polanski is (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 02:19:42 AM EST
    seemingly. Caught between a rock and a hard place. Swiss court was purportedly to decide in early Jan.  Meanwhile defendant had to watch his new film at his chalet in Gstaad instead of at Berlin Film Festival. Not sure his attorneys are helping him at this point
    with argument he is assured less than 6 months additioanal and therefore cannot be extradited.

    PhD shooter (none / 0) (#2)
    by jailcat on Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 10:08:45 PM EST
    Did this woman in Alabama really shoot up her coworkers b/c she did not get tenure?  Huffington is reporting that but I can't confirm.

    Many years ago a (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 02:33:33 AM EST
    colleague's son shot and killed several of his professors after they failed to approve his PhD dissertation.

    san diego state? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Dadler on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 07:42:15 AM EST
    i remember that.  terrible.

    Yes (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 07:53:43 AM EST
    Unnamed sources in the media (none / 0) (#15)
    by jondee on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 10:13:25 AM EST
    described her as a "liberal". But apparently not an anti-capital punishment liberal.

    I wonder if she was on one of those new and improved anti-depressants.


    Voucher instead of Medicare (none / 0) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 09:46:23 AM EST
       David Brooks: I actually find myself warming, unexpectedly, to Paul Ryan's vision of government. Ryan, as you know is the Wisconsin House Republican who recently laid out a "Roadmap for America's Future." It is the most intellectually honest budget proposal I've seen. It really would produce a balanced budget. The Congressional Budget Office even says so.

        It is also a vision for a voucher state. Government would have very few decision-making powers. Instead it would essentially redistribute money so that individuals could better secure their own welfare provision. Medicare and Social Security would essentially be turned into cash programs. The elderly would receive $11,000 a year to purchase insurance. The tax code would be radically simplified. link

    And $11,000 per person (none / 0) (#16)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 10:43:15 AM EST
    wouldn't touch the rates unless the young is brought in to pay and not cost very much.

    No one wants to face the real issue which is COST.

    Insurance works because the risk is spread across a large pool. The smaller the pool, the higher the risk and the higher the cost.


    Agree (none / 0) (#17)
    by MO Blue on Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50:42 AM EST