In The New York Times today, Lori Gottlieb, a bestselling author, practicisng psychotherapist and contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthlyworries, "Has Obamacare made it un-P.C. to be concerned by a serious burden on a middle-class family’s well-being?"
At the beginning of this year, I had a grand ambition to explore world music and write about it. I got off to a pretty good start and then my year took a turn. For me, music is a happy experience and I haven’t had a particularly happy year. As a results, I’ve had almost zero interest in listening even to my favorites, let alone exploring new musical styles.
But 2009 is ending on a bit of a high note. I’m about to make a big change and in honor of that change, I’m resurrecting the world music series with a post in honor of my soon-to-be new home: Jakarta.
When you think about music and Argentina, do you immediately think tango?
You’re not alone. Argentina is known for unleashing the sexy style on the world in the early twentieth century. Over almost a hundred years, the tango has been an obsession of many, even leading to an explosion of tango-themed vacation tours.
It’s not surprising that few acts out of Papua New Guinea have found international recognition. The country is largely rural and connections are made difficult by the mountains and rainforests. Television is only readily available in the capital of Port Moresby and most of PNG is connected to the outside world only through government radio.
I’m not quite ready to let the inauguration of President Barack Obama be in the past, so this week, I’ve been looking into the music of Kenya, home of Obama’s father.
First up: Ken wa Maria, headliner of the Yatta Orchestra International Band, a popular Kamba act. wa Maria seems to be a bit larger than life, attracting as much attention for his controversial lyrics and his will-he-or-won’t-he-run political ambitions as for his music.
In honor of the 44th President, this week I went looking for some songs about the good ole US of A. There’s actually a current ranking of patriotic songs, which I must admit seems a little bizarre. But people listen to the nose flute, so who am I to judge?
Our resident Czech, Codegen86, tells me that I should spend several weeks sampling Czech music before reaching any sort of general conclusion, and I think he is probably right. But I just don't have that kind of time! I've at least been able to identify what I would consider three different broad categories of modern Czech music, though I'm sure I'm leaving many out.
My New Year’s resolution for 2009 is to keep myself entertained. And, I ask you, what could be more entertaining than launching a worldwide exploration of music together? We’ll be starting our tour in South America—specifically Brazil, because I have a special place in my heart for all things Brazilian.
Befitting such a large and geographically diverse country, the musical styles of Brazil run the gamut from Bossa Nova to Rap to Metal. But my favorite style, not just of Brazil, but of any music anywhere, is Samba.
Let's hope we hear more about utilizing the post office for small savers. This is very doable and should be part of 2016 campaign. This would earn revenue to keep the post office solvent. They do this in other countries.
The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State. Since the Iraqi Army routinely abandons, sells or loses track of weapons why do I think ISIS is applauding this move?
Target sees a new trend in shopping where less process foods are being bought.
"This is a very noticeable sign of the shift away from packaged goods, since other grocers haven't shifted quite so dramatically," said Amy Koo, a senior analyst with market research firm Kantar Retail. "Fundamentally, food suppliers are going to have to grapple with this new landscape."
They don't want to compete with the Dollar Stores in cheap canned and processed foods. That is OK because I don't shop there. I have a Dollar Store budget.
Other stores could follow the trend to stock less packaged foods.
I have listen to several speeches and panels the last couple of weeks that have talked about a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street Stock trades. Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill this week call College Act for All.
The proposal calls for imposing a 50-cent tax on every $100 of “stock trades on stock sales, and lesser amounts on transactions involving bonds, derivatives, and other financial instruments” to cover the cost of funding tuition at four-year colleges and universities.
It will raise 47 billion to cut education costs in half. This is an expansion of a bill that was introduced in the last congress.
Using the Philadelphia derailment as a starting point, an Israeli editor tries to explain to his readers the lamentably decrepit state of American public institutions.
Yet the people who prevent investment in safety systems for trains are the same people who prevent investment in preventative health-care systems and other systems that ultimately save lives. They are Republicans.
Meanwhile, the people who block action against delinquent drivers and engineers are the same people who block action against incompetent teachers in failing schools and, often, block action against thugs and murderers in police uniforms. They are Democrats.