A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1-LC




























ST-GC


   
 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


Melodrama at the Met
American Magazine, by Rebecca Burgess

Original Article

Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/21/2014 9:40:59 AM

With emotions reaching Wagnerian proportions, the storied Metropolitan Opera has arrived at the penultimate act of its latest melodramatic production: contract negotiations with the 16 unions currently holding sway over the 2,000-plus employees who bring each opera to life. The current labor contract expires on July 31, but as early as this past February, American Guild of Musical Artists Executive Director Alan Gordon was advising members to prepare for a lockout and a cancelled, or partially cancelled, 2014-2015 season. The leitmotif running through the labor discussions has been the possible death of the 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera.

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/21/2014 10:09:41 AM     (No. 9933686)

When the host-parasite relation goes awry owing to excessive parasitic feeding, the host dies, and then so does the parasite. Biology 101.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    17 persons like this.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Cranky, 7/21/2014 10:21:05 AM     (No. 9933703)

"The highest expression of human understanding?"

Anyone who thinks art is the greatest or highest expression of human understanding misunderstands humanity.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    13 persons like this.


   

 

R-G6-LC
  


 
Reply 3 - Posted by: rosewater, 7/21/2014 10:23:47 AM     (No. 9933705)

Sure love those unions! /sarc

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    11 persons like this.


Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/21/2014 10:25:10 AM     (No. 9933706)

I´ve been following this upheaval for months. Those who love (and pay for) the performances are disregarded while the egos fight it out.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    10 persons like this.


Reply 5 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/21/2014 11:14:45 AM     (No. 9933772)

Shut ´em down!

Put ´em out of business!

Let them take their plush velvet seats to the pawnbroker!

That´s the only way to represent the workers.


  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    9 persons like this.


Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/21/2014 11:58:59 AM     (No. 9933843)

Philistines.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    8 persons like this.


Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/21/2014 1:53:12 PM     (No. 9934020)

FTA, "the union endorses salaries over existence..." So, they would rather negotiate the Met out of existence rather than take a salary cut. This is not good negotiation...this is union insanity. The members should be screaming at the top of their lungs, "We don´t want the union representing us anymore!"...but, of course, it is now far too late for that.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    10 persons like this.


   

 

R-TA-Wide
  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: privateer, 7/21/2014 5:12:20 PM     (No. 9934263)

Something is terribly WRONG when a stagehand is paid more than Elizabeth Warren makes to teach a whole class!

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    8 persons like this.



Post Reply   Close thread 793448




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "EagleBlurst"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "EagleBlurst"



Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee
You More Benefits at a Lower Cost?
American Magazine, by Andrew G. Biggs    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 10/2/2014 10:54:43 AM     Post Reply
There’s a debate going on regarding how government budgets should account for risk. In an article in National Affairs, Jason Richwine and Jason Delisle argue that the federal government should use “fair value” accounting in analyzing the costs of federal guarantees for student loans. Paul Van de Water of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has countered that fair-value accounting exaggerates the costs of student loan guarantees because this method tacks on a “risk premium” that the government doesn’t directly pay. CBPP’s stance on fair-value accounting goes against a rising tide of expert opinion that government accounting needs

How Green Is Europe?
American Magazine, by Vaclav Smil    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 10/1/2014 11:55:02 AM     Post Reply
“Germany produces half of energy with solar.” That was the recent headline on a German website of news in English, and it would have duly impressed anybody whose understanding of energy matters extends to just such headlines. But the headline, totally wrong, was also a perfect example of why it is so important to deconstruct the reports about green Europe. Analysis by the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed that the recent peak of Germany’s solar energy usage lasted for only 1 hour, and that the record share (50.6 percent) was due not only to hot, sunny weather but that day

Will Venture Capitalists Drive
the Next Spectacular Breakthrough?
American Magazine, by Arnold Kling    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 9/29/2014 11:07:21 AM     Post Reply
In Zero to One, Peter Thiel claims that what is best for the economy and for individual entrepreneurs is for entrepreneurs to create unique businesses based on contrarian ideas. Thiel cofounded PayPal and was the first outside investor in Facebook. The book is based on lectures that he gave at Stanford and on the notes from those lectures taken by Blake Masters. Thiel views monopolistically competitive markets (when many firms try to eke out small profits by offering slightly differentiated products), such as urban restaurants, as uninteresting and incapable of generating major innovation. Instead, he lauds firms that attempt to

   

 



 
Scientists Sit Out
Genetic Engineering Debate
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 9/24/2014 12:06:18 PM     Post Reply
It´s all so easy if you´re a farmer. Genetically modified seeds are nothing more than the latest improvement to the seeds we plant, and goodness knows, we’ve bought many new technologies in the past century or so, from mechanization and hybridization to chemical fertilizers and chemical herbicides. No technology has been as rapidly adopted as genetically modified seeds. More than 90 percent of the corn and soybean acres in the United States are planted with GM seeds. On our farm in northern Missouri, GM seeds have allowed us to cut erosion because they work well with no till farming; they’ve

Good News from Africa
American Magazine, by Peter A. Coclanis    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 9/22/2014 1:20:39 PM     Post Reply
Although much of the recent news from Africa has focused on deadly viruses, violent terrorists, and kidnapped teenage girls, there is good news that is getting less media coverage: since the late 1990s, the economy of sub-Saharan Africa, considered as a whole, has been growing at more than 5 percent a year, and most analysts believe it will grow at that rate or higher in the next few years. Although sub-Saharan Africa’s share of world exports of goods and services remains minuscule (about 2 percent), that percentage is about the same as that of India, a card-carrying BRIC with a

The U-9 and the Realm
of the Unexpected
American Magazine, by Ralph Kinney Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 9/19/2014 9:35:14 AM     Post Reply
As the summer of 1914 closed and World War I entered its third month, the British Royal Navy held a virtually unchallenged command of the seas, daring the German High Seas Fleet of Kaiser Wilhelm to come out from the safety of its ports. Part of this effort was a patrol of obsolescent Cressy-class armored cruisers in that area of the North Sea just north of the English Channel known as the Broad Fourteens, where the sea bottom is consistently 14 fathoms (about 85 feet). Many senior officers were opposed to using these older, slower ships to patrol the “narrow

Why the Government Won´t Let
Colleges Reduce Tuition
American Magazine, by Ike Brannon    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 9/17/2014 11:04:41 AM     Post Reply
Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition. By law, such a move would constitute price fixing, even though a conspiracy to reduce prices would be a boon for customers. When the law forces a nonsensical result onto society, it’s time to change the law. Congress should give permission for

Mission Essential: Leveraging
and Protecting Our Special Forces
American Magazine, by Phillip Lohaus    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 9/15/2014 12:48:59 PM     Post Reply
Today, special operations forces are arguably more valued than at any point in U.S. history, and their responsibilities are increasing. But as defense spending is cut and as SOF cooperate more closely with conventional forces, military leaders must be careful to define each force´s role and to preserve their strengths. Personnel-wise, special operations forces fared relatively well during the Pentagon’s recent budget cuts: the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review authorizes additional manpower increases for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). If the recommendations of the QDR are implemented, the command’s manpower levels will have risen 22 percent since 2008 — the height of

   

 

  


 
Telecommuting: Good for
Workers, Good for Bosses
American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 9/12/2014 10:20:12 AM     Post Reply
As another Labor Day fades away along with the summer, American workers — and their employers — have at least one thing to be thankful for: the growing prevalence of telecommuting. The percentage of American employees working from home has nearly doubled over the last decade as technological improvements and evolving perceptions of the workplace have at once empowered workers to seek greater flexibility and licensed their bosses to grant it. Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain. This argument, I freely admit, is somewhat self-serving: this year, I am living abroad and working on behalf of my clients in the United

Closing the Racial Gap in Education
American Magazine, by Jason L. Riley    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 9/10/2014 2:58:44 PM     Post Reply
In the late 1990s the black residents of Shaker Heights, Ohio, an affluent Cleveland suburb, invited John Ogbu, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, to examine the black-white academic achievement gap in their community. Roughly a third of the town’s residents were black, and the school district was divided equally along racial lines. Yet the black kids trailed far behind whites in test scores, grade-point averages, placement in high-level classes, and college attendance. Black students were receiving 80 percent of the Ds and Fs. Nationwide, the racial gap in education is well documented. Black kids are overrepresented

Peanut Butter’s Many Inventors
American Magazine, by Edward Tenner    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/22/2014 11:24:49 AM     Post Reply
How have so many people come to love peanut butter? Experts aren’t sure how long it takes to develop the taste, but to many people it’s a formative childhood memory. One notable fan, William F. Buckley Jr., called it “absolutely congenital.” Like many other prepared foods, though, peanut butter is not a traditional homemade product that was merely industrialized in the 19th century, like jelly or bread. Instead it developed decade by decade, shaped by innovations in chemistry, marketing, distribution, and even packaging. And its popularity shows both the power and limits of intellectual property. Some design historians have credited the

Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules
American Magazine, by Kenneth P. Green    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/20/2014 10:18:31 AM     Post Reply
On July 6, 2013, a train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota exploded in the middle of Lac-Mégantic, a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec. The incident was genuinely catastrophic, killing 47 people, and destroying half the town center. The derailment and explosion was the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history. Naturally, the Lac-Mégantic disaster set off a firestorm of protest, aimed at railroads, government, and the oil boom that is revolutionizing oil markets in the United States – the tremendous gusher coming from the Bakken formation, a gas-and-oil bearing shale formation that stretches



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Lena Dunham: I Was Raped By
a ´Campus Republican´ In 2008

50 replie(s)
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/3/2014 8:29:26 PM     Post Reply
In her just-released memoir, 27 year-old "Girls" star Lena Dunham claims that as a 19 year-old Oberlin College student in Ohio, she was raped by a college Republican. In the first chapter that addresses the encounter, Dunham describes the "ill-fated evening of lovemaking" as awkward and hollow. The most sensational moment comes from the fact that "Barry" wasn´t wearing a condom. In the next chapter, Dunham backtracks with the claim that she´s an "unreliable narrator" and accuses "Barry" of rape: [I]n another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but

   

 

B-G1-LC


 
EXCLUSIVE: Ousted Secret Service chief
was ´sandbagged´ by ´p***ed off agents
who had had enough´ of her and thought*

41 replie(s)
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 9:11:57 PM     Post Reply
A recently retired Secret Service agent told MailOnline on Thursday that former director Julia Pierson´s resignation will be welcomed by the agency´s rank-and-file because ´people in the service thought she was a joke from Day One.´ He attributed her swift fall from grace to a cadre of ´p***ed off agents who had had enough´ of feeling disrespected by the service´s first female director. ´Putting her in charge was part of the [Obama] administration´s push to feminize the service after the "hookergate" nightmare,´ the agent said, referring to agents who were fired after patronizing prostitutes during a security-check trip to Colombia

The Case for Panic
34 replie(s)
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/3/2014 5:27:33 AM     Post Reply
Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter. Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls. The spin began soon after the threat was isolated. Information was selectively leaked. Half-truths and untruths were uttered. Responsibility was avoided; privileges and credentials asserted; authority reasserted. Trust us. Remain calm. Don’t panic. This is the template of recent events. A mental case jumps the White House fence. He makes it to the East Room before he’s tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent. Initial statements turn out to be misleading or false. We discover that lapses in

Courts Will Decide If Chimps Should
Have Same Rights As Humans

28 replie(s)
New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 10/4/2014 10:08:43 AM     Post Reply
It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity. Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage

28 words that Democrats
really wish President Obama
didn’t say today

26 replie(s)
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/2/2014 10:48:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn´t feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): "I am not on the ballot this

We’ve made the
Ebola crisis worse

25 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/3/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and day by day it is getting worse. The Ebola epidemic, says Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now “the greatest peacetime challenge” since the Second World War. Yet her own organisation’s tardiness, partly caused by cuts, together with reductions in--and misuse of--funds elsewhere, are largely responsible for Ebola spiralling out of control. [Snip] It’s just the beginning. At present the numbers of people infected are thought to be doubling in under 30 days--and the blue-chip US Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, if Ebola

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

24 replie(s)
The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Another weird Obama pronunciation
24 replie(s)
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 10/4/2014 11:22:06 AM     Post Reply
What on earth is an ohbee-guynee? Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en). For the president’s benefit, let me specify that means a doctor who delivers babies and takes care of the lady parts. When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his “good friend,” the AG’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an “ohbee-guynee.” (snip) it almost seems as though someone raised in a fantasized USSR training camp for deep cover agents was inserted into the identity of Barack Obama and loosed upon

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

23 replie(s)
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

23 replie(s)
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 6:55:38 PM     Post Reply
Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

Most Texas abortion clinics shut down
as abortion rights recede in South

23 replie(s)
Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/4/2014 7:48:03 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,

California’s next big political fight:
Plastic grocery bags

22 replie(s)
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/3/2014 9:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Go to a grocery store in California and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there’s one thing you won’t find at the checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” Brown said in a press release announcing his approval. “It

   

Post Reply   Close thread 793448





Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google



© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

FS