• Is there a civil liberties issue here? I question whether states have a legal right to impose a forced quarantine on citizens showing no signs of the virus.

    • Procedures for screening and quarantining returning Americans returning from treating Ebola victims SHOULD BE written into FEDERAL legislation quickly and fairly decided based on science/CDC testimony BY OUR do-nothing but play politics shills in CONGRESS. That's their f***ing JOB.

      There...

    • The nurse quarantined in New Jersey tested negative for Ebola. The only thing the prospect of quarantine will do is discourage health care workers from going to the source of the disease, the only way to stop the epidemic. Why go to the involved areas if you will be imprisoned on return? If you...

    • It is more likely that a flu virus will morph into something far more deadly than it is that an Ebola virus will morph into something far more contagious. Should we shut down schools, malls, planes, and other crowded spaces now, just to be safe?

    • I think a similar thing happened in 1998 with Paul Simon's Broadway musical, The Capeman, which was also based on actual events.  The family of the victims made a huge protest against the show claiming it glorified their relative's killer.   While the show was focused on the killer's life, it...

      by MrSmith1 5 days 3 hours ago in Review: The Death of Klinghoffer
    • There really isn't an "opera industry" these days.  The Met is a non-profit, as are most of the major opera companies.  The Death of Klinghoffer was first produced in 1991.  At this point, I'd say that The Met was less boldly pursuing controversy than it was being pursued by it.

      ...
    • Is the opera industry so desperate that it has joined the mainstream media, the Republican Party, the defense industry and Hollywood in capitalizing on terrorism? And in this case not terrorism in general, but boldly pursuing controversy, and press, by using an actual victim and event?

      ...

      by NCD 5 days 5 hours ago in Review: The Death of Klinghoffer
    • So glad you hear from you on this, Double A.  I meant that Miller was working in the form of the ancient Greeks and that he succeeded in turning Loman's story into one as significant as Agememnon's.  I think that Klinghoffer does the same for Leon.

    • Thanks for the transcript, it's a very interesting speech. Two things strike me strongly::

      1) Sounds real bitter about how the Cold War ended. This reinforces my impressions that at heart he is an ultra nationalist who cares a great deal that Russia no longer gets the respect he thinks...

    • Glad to hear you found it like you say. The criticism I had read made me worry that this might be a situation of cheap shot pandering to a politically correct libretto in order to stir up controversy and buzz. That would be sad, I think, because I have always seen, like you do, in the...

    • This appears to be the speech which the Guardian article refers to.

      http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/putins-speech-at-valdai-club-f...

      This is an earlier blog at the same site...

    • I loved the characterization of the belly snitches, so fitting. 

    • My Great Grandmother lost two siblings to the Spanish Influenza. 

      People wonder why I am so fearful of the diseases that can arise and our inability to stop the deaths ;  it’s because I didn’t forget this film and the American experience.

      ...

    • Maybe Meet the Press could be held from the border, just east of Nogales. Problems might develop though if a transgender Puerto Rican terrorist given clemency by Bill Clinton showed up asking where are the rest rooms. It is issues like this that make America what it is today, a ripe target for...

    • I am old enough to remember the Asian Flu.  My mother was so sick with it. I can still see her laying on the couch unable to get up. I was just a little girl and was the only one who did not get it.  I helped with handing out buckets to sick members of the family and emptying them. I remember...

    • It is a historic election and the national news media is too worried about their bottom line to get out into the field and track a story. They are dependent on Koch money because the economy isn't as good as it once was.  There isn't the variety of advertisers we used to see.  CNN is going...

    • I'm sure you're right, Dick, thanks for the clarification!

    • Missy, Mike does not 'mean' that.

      He is tongue in cheeks all the time, and it is debatable which cheeks I am talking about.

       hahahahahah

      His point, as far as I know, and what the hell do I know is that there is a great percentage of folks in this country who will blame My...

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    • I believe a case can be made that the reason John McCain has not, after all this time, secured the border is that he has been forced to appear on Meet The Press every Sunday.   If we can just pass legislation barring him from any further appearances, he can finally get back to building that...

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