Archive for November, 2009
As a long time observer of the controversy concerning the so called climate change science, I am not surprised over the latest revelations only now coming to the pages of the mainstream media. Anyone with an iota of real scientific knowledge has long known that most of the “man-made” influences that have been touted over the last 20 years or so are a fiction and unsupported by any real science. As many of these skeptical scientist have pointed out, the great bulk of “science” from these gloom-and-doomsters appeared to be manipulated to support a political (and financial, at least to the researchers) and not scientific agenda. (What is it about politicians that requires them to be motivated by power and control and not by the desire for real statesmanship [states personship?]?
The recent release of data and e-mails coming out of England Climate Research only reinforces what many have known; large scale scientific fraud has been knowingly committed to advance a scientific fantasy.
The following link is yet to more revelations, this time from New Zealand.
Science, not these frauds posing as scientists, will be the real looser. Their misguided manipulation of the facts will only make the general public (and the few true political statesmen) less apt to take any future science discussions with regards to public policy, on any subject, just another interest group out to “feather bed” their public financial funding.
I have recently been listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Beethoven, besides being one of the truly great orchestral composers of western music, is also one of the great composers for the piano. Andras Schiff has recently completed recording all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and has recorded a series of public lectures on the sonatas that is hosted by the Guardian Newspaper’s web page. The recordings are available at the following link:
Schiff, besides being a virtuoso pianist is also a musicologist and a very engaging public speaker. He infuses these discussions with illustrative insights not only into the themes and construction of these pieces, but also regarding Beethoven’s life. The 32 sonatas were written over almost 35 years (the last one finished only 5 years before his death) and provide a unique look, from a musical perspective, of this true genius and his life. One of my favorites is the Sonata 21 in C major opus 53. The first movement, Allegro con brio, is one of the great piano pieces of all time.