February 22, 2010

Reader Tips

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to SDA Late Nite Radio. Tonight, for your delectation, here are the London Symphony Orchestra performing the second movement, Andante moderato, of Gustav Mahler's Symphony N° 6 in A minor ¤ §, Valery Gergiev conducting, in 2007 (4:03).

Nota Bene: This is Reader Tips. This is not let's talk about what I want to talk about because Kate hasn't posted an entry on it somewhere else yet. Kate has made this policy abundantly clear in the past. Comments that are not reader tips or comments on reader tips, or that violate the other rules stated above the comment box, will be unpublished.

Updates: from Vitruvius and from Kate.

Your Reader Tips are, as always, welcome in the comments.

Posted by Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 12:01 AM


They are entitled to their entitliments....

Harper among former Reformers entitled to collect big MP pensions

OTTAWA - Almost all the remaining MPs from the old Reform Party - including Stephen Harper - stand to collect over $100,000 a year in pension benefits once they retire.

Posted by: Justthinkin at February 21, 2010 11:03 PM

Yes, that's the law, Justthinkin.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 21, 2010 11:08 PM

Oh, alright.

Posted by: batb at February 21, 2010 11:22 PM

Define "reader tip" as it is highly subjective.

Also, there seems to be a strong demand for an "open blog mike", "blogadio" or "bloggeraoke" judging by the type and amount of comments posted on SDA Late Night Radio. After all, back in the day, friends or mere acquaintances sharing a common space, while listening to the radio, would discuss the topics of the day which often led to other discussions-they would not just focus on the music or radio program, although it was "instrumental" in bringing the group together, and, most assuredly appreciated, enjoyable, and often educational material that certainly supurred or initiated many disscussions; it simply was not the entire focus of the gathering.

What people share during a karoke sessions is usually consists of rather different material - such as how funny or ridculously bad or amazingly well the last person sang. Any topics introduced, via comments with or without links included for others to check out on their own, in this type of a forum or format will utlitmately be ignored by others if thier comments or reading suggestions/links are not of interest or provoking anyway.

Just a thought/suggestion.

Posted by: No-One at February 21, 2010 11:39 PM

"This win was huge for American hockey. The defeat is devastating for Canada."

Posted by: batb at February 21, 2010 11:41 PM

No-One, your suggestion seems quite timely. It would address the current embargo on the most significant news of the moment, as enforced by the overnight censor.

Posted by: other-one at February 21, 2010 11:44 PM

I agree, No-One, personally I'd love to get into long philosophical debates about whatever suits my fancy. But Kate has said over and over that SDA isn't a debating society, it's not a chat room, and we are to stay on topic. And the topic here is Reader Tips, which generally means links to things that you would otherwise post in some other thread, perhaps with an "off topic" proviso. This is the place for posting those reader tips.

And look, up to a point, it is what you suggest too. Nevertheless, the discussion here has been going farther and farther astray from the topic lately, so I need to push it back in line a bit. I'm sure things will return to normal (that is, pre-astray) once this delta damps out. In the interim, study the 11:41 supra by BATB ~ that's the way to do it, you see ~ having provided us with a reader tip, namely that the Americans prevailed over the Canadians in a hocky game, she, and now you, could comment on that ;-)

But one can't just come waltzing in here saying, for example, "I don't like Verlinde's paper". That's not a reader tip, and if no previous reader tip introduced Verlinde's paper it's not a comment on a reader tip either, so it would be off topic. Please, for the benefit of the SDA readers, put in the effort to provide a useful reader tip and some information on it. Why should people pick a random YouTube link if you just say "Check this out"? If you want to make a point, it's your job to sell it.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 21, 2010 11:47 PM

Another nail, from the Guardian (!): "2009 paper confirming IPCC sea level conclusions withdrawn, mistakes cited"

Check WUWT:

Posted by: mj at February 22, 2010 12:00 AM

I'm very curious on how Canada does so well in the Junior division world championships, but the supposedly best of the best of Canada have an extremely hard time winning the Olympics?

Is it because they make so much money in the NHL that they don't feel the need to play as hard in the Olympics?

Where is the disconnect between Canada's Olympic hockey team and the World Juniors?

Posted by: Knacker at February 22, 2010 12:02 AM

Nice musical choice, V. I always look forward to Sunday nights for this reason.

[You're welcome, Yukon Gold ~ Vitruvius]

Posted by: Yukon Gold at February 22, 2010 12:07 AM

The real problem with the chat format is that the software here produces a full page rebuild every time a comment is posted. It eats up server resources, and causes delays for other people accessing the site.

That, and good comments that actually add to the quality of the site's content are totally drowned out in noise that nobody else reads, including me.

There are plenty of conservative forums out there to chatter on, this just isn't one of them.

Posted by: Kate at February 22, 2010 12:07 AM

batb - not good news at all, but on the upside a Canada win is sure to cause a riot on Robson Street - Hockey does that to otherwise law abiding Canadians.

Vit - I was in no way suggesting any commenting rules be violated. I am just wondering why some comments are considered reader tips and others not. Despite them being related to other conservative topics.

Posted by: No-One at February 22, 2010 12:08 AM

I just commented towards batb's "tip" and it was deleted???

Posted by: Knacker at February 22, 2010 12:10 AM

Sorry Knacker, my mistake. Your 12:02 is back now.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 12:16 AM

"Warmer citing polls, not science"

by John D. Nier on February 21, 2010

Posted by: Bernie at February 22, 2010 12:33 AM

Yes Vit. I know it is the law,but I sorta thought(ok,it was when I was stoned drunk)that maybe PMSH would be a teeny bit different.
What this country needs is a good revolution from the sheeple.

Posted by: Justthinkin at February 22, 2010 1:04 AM

We live in the best country in the world, Justthinkin, and you want a revolution? I think not. It is perfectly adequate for us to work on the continued evolution of the existing system. Although, maybe it's just me, but I think the best of what we have should be: conserved. Tens of thousands of years of political evolution, standing on the shoulders of giants, and you want to throw it all away just because you're impatient. What a silly idea.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 1:13 AM

I enjoy watching Gergiev conduct. His facial expressions are fascinating.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at February 22, 2010 1:19 AM


There were three of the original Reformers who didn't rush squealing into the golden trough: Werner Schmidt, Lee Morrison and Preston Manning. Mind you, Manning had an "edge" because, before Chretien made his famous offer that "couldn't" be refused the Reform Party had set him up with some nice RRSPs.

The most disgusting fall from grace was by Deborah Grey, who built her political career on her refusal of the pension and her derisive scorn for all those who stuck to their "entitlement". When an annual take of $75,000 at age 55 was dangled in front of her snout, she made the lame excuse that, after learning of Manning's bout with prostrate cancer, she became aware of her own mortality. Huh? Does she plan to take it with her? Does she have a prostate? Who knew?

Posted by: Zog at February 22, 2010 1:22 AM

Am I the only one that "reads" the body of the Poll?

I left a Comment at climategate

Posted by: Phillip G. Shaw at February 22, 2010 1:26 AM

So, Phillip, your reader tip for us here at SDA is that you have left
a comment somewhere. What a remarkably stupid reader tip.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 1:29 AM

Don't be a dolt!..The poll cited in Bernie link with the quoted opinion

“In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, only three get passing grades from their citizens—namely China with the most support (86%), followed by India (60%) and Turkey (54%).”

What do you think that means?

Posted by: Phillip G. Shaw at February 22, 2010 2:02 AM

Bernie posted a link. You re-posted it without adding
content. That consumes Kate's storage and bandwidth
costs without adding value. What am I missing?

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 2:11 AM

Vitruvius: "What am I missing?"

Your 7th post in the same thread?

Posted by: ∞² at February 22, 2010 2:14 AM

Ah, but that was over 4 topics, ∞², so that's less than two posts
per topic, on average. Besides, administrivia doesn't count, it
says so right here in The DJ's Handbook ;-)

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 2:27 AM

So are against a revolution in the government to change some of its ways? Wonder what your kids will think when they are paying 60% taxes to fund the ones at the public teat?

Posted by: Justthinkin at February 22, 2010 3:01 AM

That's your prediction; let that last word be
yours. We're far enough off topic already.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 3:12 AM

U.S. Lab Recreates Violent Big Bang Temperatures, Makes Quark Soup

Posted by: Revnant Dream at February 22, 2010 4:16 AM

I am a long time reader, occasional poster. Great site. Reader tips are among my favourite postings. When and if I get a site up, the rules will be the same.

When entering into my abode, please do not be Rude

Posted by: blackash at February 22, 2010 6:35 AM

"After 200 years, classical composer Chopin's music still holds mysteries

Monday, Feb. 22, is Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday. That is, it's Fryderyk Chopin's birthday; the Polish-born, Paris-dwelling composer's name is more commonly spelled these days with Ys. And that's his birth date according to a baptismal certificate; the composer said he was born on March 1. Even 200 years after his birth, things that appear simple about Chopin are actually more complicated than they seem.

Including, and above all, his music. Chopin's piano pieces -- all of his pieces involve the piano: no symphonies or operas here -- are lyrical and lovely, poetic and, therefore, seen as accessible. Yet they can also be harmonically intricate, technically challenging.

His 24 Op. 10 and Op. 25 Etudes, far from being simple "studies" for students, are so difficult that the great pianist and Chopin specialist Artur Rubinstein avoided playing some of them. And they can be elliptical to the point of impenetrability (take the final movement of the Second Sonata: a whirling cloud of sound less than two minutes long). Taken together, Chopin's pieces represent a towering hurdle, the benchmark against which a classical pianist is measured -- in part because of the difficulty of finding a way to plumb the music's depths while sounding simple."

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 7:32 AM

Happy St. Daloton McGinteey's Patrick's Day. Go Gleen.

"Is ‘Go Green’ going smart?: MacDonald

Toronto board looks to get into electricity generation business at half-empty downtown school

By Moira MacDonald"

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 7:40 AM

Socialism & AGW: clones. Pyramid schemes. Extortion rackets.

"But sometimes the information is not available or it’s faked."

"True lies

Markets work by assimilating and pricing information. But sometimes the information is not available or it’s faked. The Greek debt crisis has focused renewed attention on the accounting procedures used by other European countries to measure their compliance with Eurozone guidelines now that the information shortcomings have been revealed. Investors, having lost confidence in the official numbers provided by Athens are demanding better figures. The Wall Street Journal says new doubts about “sophisticated” reporting practices used in the past are being expressed not just for Portugal but even for core countries like France and Germany. One particularly controversial practice is the use of currency swaps on the advice of, among others, Goldman Sachs."

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 8:23 AM

Yon is up with another post . . .

Very nice to see the care one of our boys got from an Allie . . . we should all send a silent thanx to that nurse in the photo for her wonderful care of a wounded Canadian soldier.

Posted by: Fred at February 22, 2010 8:34 AM

Wasn't this one already debunked:?

Posted by: jcl at February 22, 2010 9:11 AM

LTTE against Tamils in Canada, we brought them in:

Consistent with observations of LTTE operatives having clubs in their vehicles, the windows were smashed with clubs.

Deport them all!!!

Posted by: Aaron at February 22, 2010 9:38 AM

"World’s biggest coal company brings U.S. government to court in climate fraud

The world’s largest private sector coal business, the Peabody Energy Company (PEC) has filed a mammoth 240-page “Petition for Reconsideration,” a full-blown legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The petition must be answered and covers the entire body of leaked emails from ‘Climategate’ as well as those other ‘gate’ revelations including the frauds allegedly perpetrated under such sub-headings as ‘Himalayan Glaciers,’ ‘African Agricultural Production,’ ‘Amazon Rain Forests,’ ‘Melting Mountain Ice,’ ‘Netherlands Below Sea Level’ as well as those much-publicized abuses of the peer-review literature and so called ‘gray literature.’ These powerful litigants also draw attention to the proven criminal conduct by climate scientists in refusing to honor Freedom of Information law (FOIA) requests.

Peabody is, in effect, challenging the right of the current U.S. federal government to introduce cap and trade regulations by the ‘back door.’ In this article we summarize Peabody’s legal writ.

PEC has pulled out all the stops to overturn the EPA findings ‘Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act’ made on December 7, 2009. Those findings were in turn premised on the Supreme Court decision of April 2, 2007 of Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007), where the court ruled that greenhouse gases are air pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act." (more)

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 9:48 AM

Here's an article from "The Amazing Randi" on press objectivity:

Here's the money shot: "He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News."

I always suspected that, but it's nice to have it explicitly spelled out.

Posted by: rabbit at February 22, 2010 10:09 AM

5 lutheran priests arrested for issuing death threats against a muslim:

Posted by: Aaron at February 22, 2010 10:21 AM

the problem with this is so obvious you would have to be fishing for government grants to even start such a process.

Posted by: cal2 at February 22, 2010 10:51 AM

all of these examples have shapes that are curiously organic in their "nature" and presentation. even the movement of money.

Posted by: cal2 at February 22, 2010 11:09 AM

Moh&Al Muslims.

"The Saudi Pedophile Chronicles

The Saudis really need to get an infomercial out there — and the Nation magazine and other leftist sites that apologize for Islamic gender apartheid can feature it on their webpages. It would go something like this:

A Saudi sheikh dressed slickly in Saudi garb would be sitting confidently in a chair, looking into the camera with an excited smile. He would then begin asking, with earnestness and an encouraging tone:

Are you a pedophile? Do you like underage girls? Would you like to rape one of them — or several? And get away with it? Even have it legally sanctioned? Then Saudi Arabia is for you.

The screen then shifts to a shopping mall filled with niqab-covered women (only the slit of the eyes showing) walking up and down in front of stores. It remains unclear what message this is supposed to denote, but the camera stays focused on these shrouded women for about ten seconds. Then a warning appears that all infidels who are interested must first convert to Islam. This is followed by a phone number appearing over a black background, indicating a contact person who can be reached. A voice then explains that this person lurks within the Saudi religious police and that he will connect interested parties to Saudi fathers intent on selling their underage girls into marriage — a standard practice in Saudi Arabia.

(Excerpt) Read more at"

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 12:43 PM

batb: "“I see millions of stars,' replies the Lone Ranger.”"

Titanic is a movie, right Tonto*?
Ugh, Kemo Sabay.

"Carrying life preservers as souvenirs, sunken
SV Concordia survivors arrive home"

"*The New Legend of Lone Ranger and Tonto"

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 12:50 PM

Once more, this time with the link embedded...

Here is an excellent speech by George Will, courtesy of NRO.

In his weekly columns, Will's syntax is occasionally twisted and awkward and his content is sometimes thin, a consequence, I think, of having to produce text on a weekly basis. In this speech before CPAC, however, he is in top form and crystallizes, for me at least, a conservative's approach to life and to government.

Posted by: RSP at February 22, 2010 1:43 PM

At the risk of coming off as an insufferable slithering suck-up - and even worse, being off topic and wasting bandwidth - Vitruvius is an excellent DJ. I really mean excellent. Irreplaceable. If some people find him short-tempered, well, you know what they say about channels you don't like...

I think anyone bashing him on this thread is just annoyed about the whole "don't treat this as a chat-room and please stay on-topic" thing - (and I know I've been as guilty as anyone in that department) - and isn't willing to take it up with the lady who sets the rules.

Posted by: Black Mamba at February 22, 2010 2:07 PM

Nova Scotia still drinking the wind energy AGW kool-aid.

Posted by: Mark Peters at February 22, 2010 3:16 PM

No link: censored. By Ordure "Liberal senators".

"Monitor Mounties with 'body cameras': Liberal senators
Montreal Gazette - Janice Tibbetts - ‎1 hour ago"

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 4:45 PM

national post article on the CHRC

Posted by: GYM at February 22, 2010 5:14 PM

Socialism: Bully bullied.

"Bullying charity faces complaints

BBC News - Sean Coughlan - ‎2 hours ago‎
The anti-bullying charity - the National Bullying Helpline - at the centre of allegations of bullying at 10 Downing Street has had 60 complaints made about it to the Charity Commission."

Posted by: maz2 at February 22, 2010 6:08 PM

Another IRB Judge in trouble.

It's odd that the story does not say who appointed him or if Steve Ellis has any party affiliation. Fortunately the facts are here.

"Liberals also appointed two IRB judges, both of whom were re-appointed by then Liberal Immigration Minister Denis Coderre (Bourassa), including former Liberal riding vice-president Steve Ellis (Beaches-East York) (Globe and Mail, October 4, 2006) "

Posted by: Rick at February 22, 2010 6:41 PM

and yet the MSM tries to scare the p1ss out of us.

Posted by: cal2 at February 22, 2010 7:39 PM

Good catch, Cal2. I think the headline for that article should be this quote from it: "If you were to take a flight every day, odds are you could go 3,859 years without an accident, according to the group's report".

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 8:02 PM

Zog -- I see no reason why Debra Gray or anyone else should forego pension income that everyone else (Libs, NDP, Bloc) is collecting. It is one thing to oppose the pensions prior to legislation being passed -- and to do so sincerelly. It is quite another to turn yourself into a sacraficial lamb once the issue has been decided. Good for Deb Gray. She deserves the pension as much as anyone.

The government will save little on one or two people not collecting, but the bigger principle did have to do with reducing pensions for everyone, and that was worth fighting for. Now it is too late -- I find criticism of any Reformers who are collecting pensions to be particularly shallow. They should not be treated differently from anyone else, and their original stand was admirable.

Posted by: LindaL at February 22, 2010 9:18 PM

Well said, LindaL.

Posted by: Vitruvius at February 22, 2010 9:30 PM