Add a new one to the irate reactions triggered by incessant ringing of a cell phone, bringing one of the world’s great symphony orchestras to a dead stop in mid-performance.
In a disastrous meeting of an old classic and new technology Tuesday night, the New York Philharmonic was performing Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony — a haunting piece some say the composer wrote as he faced his own death — when a cell phone started ringing in the audience.
On 7 April 1994, just after 3:00pm, 39-year-old FedEx flyer Andy Peterson boarded a DC-10 cargo plane at the SuperHub. He was scheduled to join Flight 705 as the flight engineer; a support role in charge of monitoring and operating aircraft systems. As Peterson entered the aircraft, he was greeted by 42-year-old Auburn Calloway, a fellow flight engineer. Calloway introduced himself as the “deadhead,” for the flight. He was just there because he needed a lift.
Shortly the men were joined by the plane’s pilot, 49-year-old Captain David Sanders, and his 42-year-old co-pilot Captain Jim Tucker. The DC-10 had a bellyful of electronic gear bound for San Jose, ultimately destined for Silicon Valley. But flight 705 wouldn’t make it anywhere near California that day.
“The world’s diplomats and environmentalists have nearly universally endorsed a target that is extremely difficult to achieve. As a result, there is no appetite for discussion of any goal that is less stringent. Yet a consensus could develop—possibly quite soon—that the very difficult goal will not be attained. It would be desirable to prepare now to discuss some relatively less difficult goal that nonetheless requires, starting immediately, major national commitments and international coordination. We will greatly increase the likely damage from climate change if not achieving the current extremely difficult goal disheartens us and we respond by postponing action for decades.”—Our blog editor has a sobering climate chat with revered Princeton physicist Robert Socolow (via onearth)
If Mitt Romney becomes president I’m to blame. Ten years ago I ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts — which would have given me the opportunity to whip Mitt Romney’s ass in the general election,
I blew it. In the final week of the primary I was neck and neck with the…
Seventy years ago, the Rose Bowl game between Oregon State and Duke was transferred from California to North Carolina in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Here’s a brief look back at one of the greatest upsets in Rose Bowl history.
These are the Grover Norquist disciples who want to ‘drown government in the bathtub’ as Norquist, whose pledge they’ve all signed, famously said. Why? Because if they actually let government work, then people could have faith that government can work.
In short, when your entire philosophy is that government is the problem, you make government the problem. Even conservative economists agree that unemployment benefits create jobs by allowing consumers to spend more money. Yet this conflicts with the Republicans’ predetermined ideology that no government action can help. Broad majorities agree that having millionaires pay their fair share in taxes would reduce our deficit, and allow us to invest in jobs. But apparently no amount of evidence can convince Republicans that our government can be part of the solution.
The Republican philosophy goes something like this: If you take your car to the mechanic and instead of fixing it, they take out the engine and charge you an arm and a leg, you should conclude that mechanics can’t fix cars and you should probably just take yours to the junkyard and sell it for scrap metal.
But the truth is; you probably just hired a bad mechanic.
How much has it cost the entertainment industry to convince Rep Lamar Smith to introduce and ram through SOPA, which will cost the American economy billions, which will nuke the games, microprocessor, search, and other high tech companies in his Texas district? A mere $50K a year for 10 years. You know, it’s one thing to be a sellout; but to sell out so cheaply — man, have some self-respect.
Congressional Republicans are dithering on critical assistance for America’s middle class—a temporary payroll tax holiday—at a time when families and the economy are in dire need of help.
A House GOP bill scheduled for a vote today does extend the payroll tax cut for a year. But it also cuts funding for health reform, freezes federal employee pay for another year, curtails the length of emergency unemployment insurance, blocks environmental protections from moving forward, and forces the president’s decision on a controversial oil pipeline project. Those provisions all but guarantee the bill’s defeat in the Senate and render the Republican proposal unserious.
That’s a tragedy for American families still suffering from crushing debts. They are putting off consumption, and in turn firms are holding back business investment because they can increase sales slowly without increasing capacity. Economic growth and job creation are slow as a result.
This column examines how continuing the payroll tax holiday, along with maintaining extended unemployment-insurance benefits, is the most effective way to allow families to reduce their debt burden and thus return consumption, investment, and economic growth to better health.