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Lionel Mandrake

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Gender: Male
Hometown: The Left Coast
Home country: USA
Current location: electrical wires
Member since: Sun Jul 1, 2007, 06:47 PM
Number of posts: 3,541

About Me

I study, play the piano, play chess and go, and enjoy the company of my wife, children, grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. I am a perennial student at a local university, where they let me take classes and use the library for free (because I'm old). My serious reading includes math, science, history, and biography. I enjoy science fiction and mysteries, which my wife and I refer to as "mind rot". And now on to politics. I hated Nixon and Reagan. I think W is a war criminal and was easily the worst president in US history. Thank Darwin he's gone. I will support any candidate who is a "dove". I support "plan B" without prescription for girls of all ages. I support free abortion on demand, without delay, and without the requirement to notify anyone, for all women and girls who want it. I think it's time to repeal the Bush tax cuts for corporations and the very rich. I think other damage done by conservative Supreme Court Justices rivals that done by the monster they put in the White House.

Journal Archives

Have you ever heard of Charles Avison?

Neither had I until I heard this on the radio:



Wikipedia says:

"Charles Avison (1709 – 1770) was an English composer during the Baroque and Classical periods. He was a church organist at St John The Baptist Church in Newcastle and at St. Nicholas's Church (later Cathedral). He is most known for his 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti ..."
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 02:18 PM (5 replies)

RIP Stan Freberg

A gifted comic has died. Old farts like me will remember him.

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For the youngsters, let me explain that a phonograph used a needle to play a record. If the needle was dull, it would damage the record.

Also: "Dragnet" was a TV police procedural in the 1950s. Its reruns were called "Badge 714". In the movie "LA Confidential", it became "Badge of Honor".
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Wed Apr 8, 2015, 02:31 PM (9 replies)

Salary trends at the California State University.

CSU Students and faculty have suffered, but administrators (who call themselves "managers") have done very well over the last ten years, according to Parts 1 and 2 of "Race to the Bottom: CSU's 10-year Failure to Fund its Core Mission", published by the California Faculty Association (CFA).

Here is an excerpt from Part 1:
When compared to other university systems around the country, and to every education segment in California, the CSU stands out for its unparalleled failure to improve faculty salaries or even to protect them from the ravages of inflation. As this paper details, administrators at other colleges and universities inside and outside California dealt with similar circumstances, made different decisions, and produced different outcomes.

Case in point: Over the past 10 years, while the average CSU faculty salary on every campus lost purchasing power, the average University of California faculty salary on each UC campus increased in real dollars. At UC San Francisco, the average faculty salary from 2004 and 2013 (adjusted for inflation) rose $16,138, while at San Francisco State, the average faculty salary lost $9,748.


Here is an excerpt from Part 2:
over at least the last decade, CSU administrators, like many corporate executives, have consistently and vigorously prioritized those at the top of the organizational hierarchy, while others in the CSU have been left to languish. At the same time that faculty salaries have plummeted in terms of purchasing power and student fees and student debt have skyrocketed, those at the top have done very well.


Read more:
http://www.calfac.org/race-to-the-bottom

And stay tuned for Parts 3 and 4 of this series.
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 11:35 PM (2 replies)

Asinine antivax action by California chiroquacktors

Here's an excerpt from Melanie Mason's article in today's LA Times:

The California Chiropractic Assn. visited with lawmakers this week to discuss their legislative agenda this year -- and opposing the vaccine bill, by state Sens. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Ben Allen (D-Los Angeles) was on the top of their list.

"Chiropractors themselves choose to become chiropractors because they like to live a more natural lifestyle, free of drugs and surgery when possible," said Brian Stenzler, president of the 2,700-member association.

The idea of "forced medical procedures goes against a lot of chiropractors' own personal values," he added. "When we see our patients, the people we take care of, we like to pass those values on as well."


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-vaccine-bill-chiropractors-20150305-story.html
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 12:23 PM (17 replies)

A recent jazz recording




Mike LeDonne on piano,
John Webber on bass, and
Joe Farnsworth on drums
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 02:06 PM (5 replies)

Funky tune: "Cold Duck Time"

played by Les McCann & Eddie Harris for the very first time ...

Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Mon Feb 23, 2015, 08:20 PM (15 replies)

Does classical music go well with modern art?

Judge for yourself ...

Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Fri Feb 13, 2015, 08:16 PM (3 replies)

a great jazz/rock song from the 1980s



The song title refers to a speech in which JFK said:

"We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier -— the frontier of the 1960s, the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, the frontier of unfilled hopes and unfilled threats. ... Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus."
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 08:31 PM (10 replies)

Dr. John plays boogie-woogie



Dr. John plays here in the style of Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson. Like most boogie-woogie, the first half of this performance is 12 bar blues.

In the second half, Dr. John is improvising on a Stephen Foster tune (which is not a 12 bar blues). Can anyone identify the tune?
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Tue Jan 27, 2015, 04:09 PM (6 replies)

Is religion good or bad for children?

According to an article in the LA Times, the results are in.


How secular family values stack up

For secular people, morality is predicated on one simple principle: empathetic reciprocity, widely known as the Golden Rule.

By PHIL ZUCKERMAN

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation's history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center.

So how does the raising of upstanding, moral children work without prayers at mealtimes and morality lessons at Sunday school? Quite well, it seems.

Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children, according to Vern Bengston, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology.

...

He was surprised by what he found: High levels of family solidarity and emotional closeness between parents and nonreligious youth, and strong ethical standards and moral values that had been clearly articulated as they were imparted to the next generation.


The article goes on to point out other advantages of secular upbringing, including the fact that relatively few people brought up without "god" end up in prison.

IMHO the results show that religion is harmful to children!

Read more:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-zuckerman-secular-parenting-20150115-story.html
Posted by Lionel Mandrake | Thu Jan 15, 2015, 04:13 PM (85 replies)
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