LéoLéo - Salut (Lionel Fortuné)
Chanson originale : Hello, par Lionel Richie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiC7ZX5K9L4
LéoLéo - Salut (Lionel Fortuné)
Chanson originale : Hello, par Lionel Richie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiC7ZX5K9L4
Et si tu es fan de #musique africaine, de #cassettes ou des sons de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, sache qu’il y a quelqu’un sur terre qui numérise des cassettes glanées sur le continent. Il appelle son site, et il n’a pas tort, « Awesome Tapes from Africa »
Twitter / iHaZeMi : Creative Palestinian singer ...
Islamic Restrictions Hinder Artists, Singers in Gaza - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East
“Algae Opera” Nourishes Algae with a Singer’s Breath « NextNature.net
“Algae Opera” Nourishes Algae with a Singer’s Breath
Are you blessed with a Maria Callas kind of voice? If, like us, you don’t go beyond croaking the occasional ” I want to break free” in the shower, watch out. If the artists of Algae Opera have their way, your morning algae might not taste so sweet.
Algae Opera debuted at the London 2012 Design Festival as part of Isoculture, a project that redesigns the city as a self-sustaining system. The structure, created by After Agri, channels the flow of CO2 produced by the powerful lungs of an opera singer’s breath into plastic tubes that feed what may soon become a fundamental source of nutrition: algae. But that’s not all there is to this synesthetic experience. The song and modulation of the singer’s voice, in connection with new techniques of sonic enhancement, influence the perception of the eating experience, shifting the taste of algae to either bitter or sweet.
Algae opera is a project that reframes art as a functional actor in future society, recontextualizing opera from a pleasing aesthetic experience to a functional tool to grow food. The project shows how society’s sensibilities can be reframed through technology and creativity, in order to deal with the challenges we’ll face as inhabitants of an overpopulated planet. So lie back and relax: dinner will be ready around the third act.
C’est l’idée d’autosuffisance et de réduction maximal de l’impacte écologique et la réutilisation des fluides corporels qui m’y fait pensé. Ici la salive est recyclé pour y cultiver une algue qui sert d’aliment :
Urine turned into hydrogen fuel 02 July 2009
Urea naturally hydrolyses into ammonia before generating gas phase ammonia emissions. These emissions lead to the formation of ammonium sulphate and nitrate particulates in the air, which cause a variety of health problems including chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks and premature death.
Traduction française sur http://www.onnouscachetout.com/forum/topic/17133-lurine-ressource-energetique-de-demain
Quelques problèmes à résoudre avec la production d’ammoniaque…
Egypt’s Music of Protest | Middle East Research and Information Project
Egypt’s Music of Protest
From Sayyid Darwish to DJ Haha
The Arabist l’a déjà remarqué ! Super articel - as usual - de ted Swedenburg.
No Revolution for Lebanon’s Muslim Brotherhood
The head of Lebanon’s Muslim Brotherhood talks with Al-Akhbar on his group’s strained relationship with Hezbollah and why the Brotherhood’s local leadership has yet to change in the wake of the Arab revolutions.
Gang of Four and Pop Music as Marxist Critical Theory - Yahoo! Voices
“Why Theory?” In answer to their own query of why critical theory should have a place in rock music, the band sings “Each day seems like a natural fact / And what we think changes how we act.” The critical theory that Gang of Four present in their music is a Marxist one centered on the premise that before revolt can take place, one must first penetrate through the consciousness that is determined by capitalistic ideology in order to understand why a revolution is necessary.
Gang Of Four - Live Rockpalast 1983 (Full Concert Audio)
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco aka Lupe Fiasco crée la polémique :
American rapper Lupe Fiasco was thrown off stage by security guards as he performed a 40-minute anti-Obama song during a pre-inauguration event at a Washington, DC, concert hall Sunday night.
“Lupe Fiasco just got thrown off stage here at the Hamilton Live after he went on an anti-Obama diatribe mid set,” Josh Rogin, a reporter with Foreign Policy magazine, posted on Twitter.
During the concert, the singer played a lengthy anti-war song and told the audience he didn’t vote for Barack Obama, according to witnesses. When he was told to move on to the next song, he refused, and “a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”
The incident with Lupe Fiasco, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, triggered a storm of comments on Twitter – the hashtag #FiascoGate became popular across the social network.
The Internet community clashed over what happened, with some asking why “it’s okay for Kanye West to diss George Bush, but it’s wrong for Lupe Fiasco to question Obama war policies.”
Extrait de sa fiche Wiki :
Fiasco is noted for his anti-establishment views. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on the satirical news show The Colbert Report, Fiasco stated his credo on political philosophy: “You should criticize power even if you agree with it.” In another interview in June 2011 on the CBS program What’s Trending, Fiasco discussed the political content of his music, stating, “My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.” He additionally criticized Obama for his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In keeping with his anti-establishment views, Fiasco does not vote in U.S. elections.
Vidéo du fiasco ici : http://www.nowthisnews.com/news/lupe-fiasco-rails-against-obama-inauguration-event
“And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either
I’m part of the problem
My problem is, I’m peaceful”
“2312” - Kim Stanley Robinson
Most stories about space exploration imagine starships zipping between alien worlds, but 2312 is set firmly in our solar system. Yet the novel shows that a single solar system can provoke plenty of wonder and provide ample territory for intrigue. In this future, rising sea levels have turned New York into a city of canals, asteroids are hollowed out to create giant nature preserves, and malicious schemes are calculated with the aid of quantum computers. Citizens live hundreds of years, are augmented with cybernetic technology, and casually swap genders.
ce #roman de #science-fiction est une sorte de suite de la trilogie de Mars ; il y a au milieu du #livre un passage de 3 pages absolument magnifique qui décrit #Iapetus. Et donne envie d’aller y prendre quelques vacances pour observer la dichotomie noir/blanc de cette lune de #Saturne depuis la crête de 20 kilomètres d’altitude qui la coupe en deux, et dont l’origine serait la chute d’une lune secondaire...
on pourrait aussi y observer quelques belles avalanches
Giant Ice Avalanches On Saturn’s Moon Iapetus Provide Clue to Extreme Slippage Elsewhere in the Solar System
“We see landslides everywhere in the solar system,” says Kelsi Singer, graduate student in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, “but Saturn’s icy moon Iapetus has more giant landslides than any body other than Mars.”
The reason, says William McKinnon, PhD, professor of earth and planetary sciences, is Iapetus’ spectacular topography. "Not only is the moon out-of-round, but the giant impact basins are very deep, and there’s this great mountain ridge that’s 20 kilometers (12 miles) high, far higher than Mount Everest.
J’ai beaucoup aimé la trilogie, et si je peux t’inciter à lire la suite : chaque ère est différente, avec sa raison d’être particulière.
2312 c’est forcément moins "hard" au sens où les prouesses technologiques sont beaucoup plus éloignées de ce qui est faisable actuellement. Mais elles ne sont pas inenvisageables, et restent compatibles avec la physique que l’on connaît — ça reste donc “hard science”.
un autre papier sympa sur ce bouquin
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Pas très étonnant pour le petit « ivre » rouge, vu l’histoire fulgurante du maoisme mondialisé et le nombre de chinois forcés de le lire. Par contre, étonnant que le Coran ne soit pas dans la liste, puisqu’il est dans de nombreux endroits de la planète le seul livre que les gens possèdent... Par ailleurs, il me semblait qu’Agatha Christie et Don Quichotte explosaient tout le monde...
La source initiale n’est pas le lien fourni mais celui qu’on lit distinctement sur le graphique : http://www.squidoo.com/mostreadbooks
C’est effectivement, comme le suspecte @Baroug, compilé par un clampin à partir de données de bric et de broc.
C’est, de plus, assez ancien (le plus ancien commentaire est du 30 juin 2009) et, par exemple, les chiffres pour Harry Potter sont encore un peu plus anciens. Ce sont ceux, cités dans Wikipédia, que l’on trouve dans un article de BBC News du 3/10/08 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7649962.stm
Il y est d’ailleurs clairement dit qu’il s’agit du total (de l’époque) des 7 épisodes, ce qui pose évidemment la question : qu’est-ce que ça veut dire LE livre le plus lu ?
Le compilateur évoque, très discrètement, les problèmes méthodologiques que cela soulève :
This is a list of the 10 most read books in the world over the last fifty years. The figures show the number of books printed and sold but does not take into account multiple readings of the same book.
There are a few book titles that have had more copies printed than some of these books, but a vast number of those books were not sold, which of course means that they did not get read.
Donc, en résumé, il ne s’agit pas des « plus lus » puisqu’il ne tient pas compte des lectures multiples d’un même exemplaire. Et, surtout, il considère que non acheté implique non lu , ce qui, par contraposition, est logiquement équivalent à lu implique acheté , qui, dit comme cela, est évidemment parfaitement crétin !
Toujours, dans les critiques méthodologiques, je ne suis pas certain que tous les (très nombreux) exemplaires du Petit Livre Rouge aient été achetés…
Sans parler du biais culturel gigantesque du compilateur qui lui fait rédiger ainsi sa présentation de la Bible :
The Bible is the account of God’s action in the world and his purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible was accomplished over sixteen centuries and is a quite amazing collection of sixty six books containing the messages of God.
À cette aune-là, on comprend bien que le Coran n’ait pas sa place dans la liste. Où il devrait certainement figurer, sans doute, en deuxième position voire, pourquoi pas, en première.
Enfin, pour l’anecdote, on notera que Fifty shades of Grey se placerait aujourd’hui à la sixième place (60 millions d’exemplaires vendus, toujours d’après Wikipédia).
Mais même si l’on acceptait la logique un acheté = un lu, d’ou tire-t-il des chiffres mondiaux ? Pour Harry Potter, dont la gestion est centralisée, je veux bien, mais la Bible ou le Coran me semblent beaucoup plus difficiles à tracer, et il y en a surement bien d’autres dans ce cas…
C’est typiquement le genre de chiffres que tout le monde recopie sans chercher à savoir d’où il sort. D’autant plus s’il prêche pour sa propre chapelle.
J’ai (un peu) cherché, mais je ne trouve pas grand chose fondé sur des estimations sérieuses. Les chiffres étant fournis par les propagandistes eux-mêmes.
By 1930, over one billion Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing over 200 million Bibles each year, and this doesn’t include the rest of the Bible publishing companies.
(on retrouve souvent ce chiffre de 200 millions d’exemplaires imprimés par an)
Nombre de Bibles et Nouveaux testaments imprimés en Chine par une société (8 millions en 2007).
From Gutenberg to the early nineteenth century, the number of Bibles printed and distributed is not known, as records were not kept. Fairly accurate estimates are available, however, beginning with the early 1800s.
The Bible Society of the United Kingdom calculates that the number of Bibles printed between 1816 and 1975 was 2,458,000,000. By 1992 the estimated number rose to nearly six billion. Furthermore, worldwide sales of the Bible number more than a staggering 100 million each year, far outpacing any other book in history. Without a doubt, the Bible is the best selling book of all time.
This means that as of 2007 approximately 7.5 billion Bibles have been distributed throughout world—with the vast majority still available for use! And these figures do not include the various digital versions of the Bible being used today by millions on computers, Blackberries and iPhones.
Comme on peut le voir, la précision laisse à désirer. Ce dernier passage donne moitié moins d’exemplaires annuels (100 millions) mais deux fois plus d’exemplaires en cumulé (7,5 milliards).
Les Gédéons revendiquent en avoir « placé ou distribué » plus d’1,7 milliard dans plus de 190 pays du monde. Et en distribueraient 45 millions par an. Dont on peut raisonnablement douter qu’ils aient été « lus »…
Sinon, on a une série longue de sondage sur le taux de lecture et de possession de la Bible aux États-unis (c’était une obsession de George Gallup père et fils…)
cf. par exemple http://www.gallup.com/poll/148427/say-bible-literally.aspx
cf. aussi, le Time Magazine du 10/01/1944 rapportant le sondage Gallup sur le taux de lecture de la Bible, avec comparaison avec le chiffre de 1942…
Agatha Christie est l’un des écrivains les plus connus au monde si l’on considère le nombre de langues dans lesquelles son œuvre a été traduite, plus d’une centaine selon l’Index Translationum, et l’importance des tirages de ses romans qui en fait la romancière la plus vendue au monde selon le Livre Guinness des records. Bien que ce type d’estimation soit toujours délicat (de 2,5 à 4 milliards de livres vendus dans le monde, sachant qu’il s’en achète encore 4 millions par an), Agatha Christie est considérée comme l’auteur le plus lu de l’histoire chez les Anglo-Saxons après William Shakespeare, seule la Bible dépasse son œuvre en nombre d’exemplaires vendus4.
La référence au 4 millions par an est sortie du Figaro Magazine du 15/10/2007, article dans lequel il ne lui est attribué que 2 milliards d’exemplaires vendus…
Devant elle, au panthéon de l’édition, il n’y a que Shakespeare et la Bible. A ce jour, Agatha Christie a vendu plus de 2 milliards de livres dans le monde et il s’en achète encore 4 millions par an, les Dix petits nègres en tête. La reine du crime, traduite en 73 langues et publiée dans 153 pays, règne toujours sur l’édition, trente ans après sa mort, le 12 janvier 1976.
’Kill the gays’ Jamaican singer Beenie Man faces ban
US gay rights activists protest Beenie Man concert in Chicago over history of homophobic lyrics
16 November 2012 | By Matthew Jenkin
Gay rights activists protest Beenie Man concert in Chicago over history of homophobic lyrics
Gay rights campaigners in Chicago are demanding a concert by Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man be cancelled.
The artist, otherwise known as Anthony Moses Davis, gained infamy with tracks featuring anti-gay lyrics such as ’Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope’ and ’Tek a bazooka and kill batty-fucker’.
Despite him voicing his support for gay rights earlier this year, US-based group The Gay Liberation Network (GLN) are protesting his concert in Chicago on 22 November, calling for the Thanksgiving gig at The Shrine venue to be cancelled.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the US-based group wrote: ’We wish it were possible to say that Beenie Man performs music that is simply engaging entertainment with a great beat and sometimes gritty lyrics.
’Sadly, he has a long history of frequent calls for violence against gays and lesbians.’
Beenie Man signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, intended to stop homophobia among leading reggae stars, in June 2007.
However, the GLN doubt the performer’s sincerity, claiming he still performs the offensive lyrics and, in 2009, even sung a ’kill the gays’ song in the capital of Uganda, a country that has seen a wave of anti-LGBT violence stoked by local politicians and Western evangelists.
’The Shrine has so far ignored the Gay Liberation Network’s offer to meet with them to discuss these issues,’ the GLN added.
’We urge you therefore to call and email them today to express your disgust with their giving a venue to a performer who repeatedly calls for lynching LGBTs or any minority.’
In a video statement posted on YouTube in May, Beenie Man said he respected all human beings ’regardless of sexual preference’ and begged people not to attack him for songs he made 20 years ago.
He is not the first Jamaican artist to feature gay hate in his songs, with reggae star Sizzla calling for gays to be killed at a concert in March, praising imprisoned fellow star Buju Banton.
GayStarNews 11-16-2012 « MasterAdrian’s Weblog
November 16, 2012
Hobbit star Ian McKellen narrates gay bullying video
Young people tell their stories in Stonewall video as Ian McKellen tours schools to tackle bullying of gay, lesbian and bisexual students
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‘Kill the gays’ Jamaican singer Beenie Man faces ban
US gay rights activists protest Beenie Man concert in Chicago over history of homophobic lyrics
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Christian wins court case over gay marriage Facebook remark
Housing manager Adrian Smith was demoted and had his salary slashed for saying ‘marriage is for men and women’ on Facebook
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Freddie Mercury is the Queen of Lego
Ever wondered what a Lego Freddie Mercury, Quentin Crisp or Grace Jones would look like?
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Will gay marriage come to Australia before 2014?
Gay Star News asks five of the key players in the Australian marriage equality debate if gay marriage will come to Australia before 2014. The one-word summary answer is ‘unlikely’.
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Boy George, Elton John, Jane Lynch, David Hockney among the Out 100
But Anderson Cooper conspiciously absent from annual list this time around
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Fijians end roof-top protest in Sydney
Protest that began over gay rights and other alleged human rights abuses in Fiji ends safely
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Gallup Poll: 76% of gays voted for Obama while 22% supported Romney
Among straight voters, each candidate received 49 percent of the vote
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Gay couple consummate relationship on US soap Days of Our Lives
But complications arise before they can even put their clothes back on
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See gay TV stars Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen handle a giant candy python
The Party Python is made of gummy and feeds up to 300 people
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Gay stars represent in People’s Choice Awards nods for television comedy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris get nominations
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Gay icon Cher calls Donald Trump a ‘flaming asshole’
Pop superstar apologizes for calling The Apprentice star’s hair a ‘cheap rug’ but stands by her call for Macy’s to ‘Dump the Trump’
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Death of Northern Ireland gay rights veteran is ‘sad loss to all’
Tributes pour in for PA Maglochlainn, an ‘eccentric’ and ‘tireless’ campaigner who has been at the forefront of NI’s gay rights movement for 30 years
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Phillesbian’s gay girl guide to Philadelphia
It’s the City of Brotherly Love but queer girls as well as boys will love discovering Philadelphia. Digital magazine Phillesbian shares top party tips and how to get a kiss from Walt Whitman’s ghost
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Dan Savage thanks straight allies for gay marriage
Creator of It Gets Better campaign Dan Savage launches Straight Up Thanks, a photo website recognizing straight people who actively pushed for marriage equality in America’s latest election
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Nigeria backs law to jail all gays and those who hide them
Nigeria’s National Assembly has voted for a law to jail all gay people and anyone who fails to report a homosexual to the authorities
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Gay slur Italian politician wants to lead Berlusconi’s party
Andrea Di Pietro, local councillor in Vigevano, is now running for the primaries of Silvio Berlusconi’s PDL party
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Adobe ne donne pas de garanties lors d’ actes de dieu .
DaybyDay ISSN 1860-2967 - « acts of God »
Storage of Content. [...] Content may be deleted [...] (c) on account of strikes, shortages, acts of terrorism, riots, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental action, labor conditions, earthquakes or any other cause which is beyond the reasonable control of Adobe. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Audit Logs will be retained by Adobe indefinitely.
Par contre ils conserveront les logfiles pour l’éternité. J’ai l’impression que les divins juristes de chez Adode ont un contentieux avec leur collègues de tout en haut.
P.S. Avant d’arriver aux passages qui contiennent ces détails juridiques importants, il faut d’abord lire http://www.adobe.com/go/terms et les conditions supplémentaires ici http://www.echosign.com/public/static/termsOfUse.jsp?revision=20120507&nr. Il est á craindre que les délibérations divines échappent à la majorité des utilisateurs de produits Adobe.
Chez nous on dit « Höhere Gewalt », une expression qui fait toujours allusion à ce qui vient d’en haut même pour décrire un tremblement de terre (cf. « alle Gute kommt von oben ») mais elle ne contient pas de référence religieuse explicite.
En RDA on avait d’ailleurs remplacé « Anno Domini » respectivement « nach Christus » ou « n. Chr. » par « nach unserer Zeitrechnung » ou « n.u.Z. » (en français « avant notre ère »).
Comme quoi il est possible de se débarasser du poids des idées et attitudes du passé. Il me semble que même en France on ne dit plus « Madame le Ministre » mais « Madame la Ministre » ...
Je pense à http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Lacan#L.27importance_du_langage
Chris Brown accused of yelling ’faggot’ at gay fan | Gay Star News
Chris Brown accused of yelling ’faggot’ at gay fan
R&B singer allegedly hurled a gay slur at fan after he asked for his autograph in Los Angeles
24 October 2012 | By Matthew Jenkin
R&B singer Chris Brown allegedly called a gay fan ’faggot’ after he asked for his autograph in Los Angeles
Hip hop star Chris Brown has been accused of attacking a fan, calling him a ’faggot’.
The singer is reported to have attacked Lucas Peter after he asked Brown for an autograph outside a movie theater in Los Angeles on Friday (19 October).
’The movie let out and I saw Chris come out the front door, sort of semi-running. I approached Chris and asked him to sign my CD cover,’ Lucas told RadarOnline.com in an interview.
’His bodyguard stopped me and said Chris wouldn’t be signing, so I told him Rihanna signs all the time. That’s when Chris stopped in the garage by the parking pay stand and yelled “faggot” at me.’
Angry, the out gay man says he then confronted the Turn Up The Music singer.
He said: ’I walked over to where Chris was getting in the elevator and called him a wife beater and asked him if he was going to beat Rihanna again.
’Chris said, “I beat pussy” and then his bodyguard tried to scare me by saying, “And I beat men”.’
It’s not the first time the star has been accused of homophobia, landing in trouble in July for saying ’No homo’ when asked about newly out rapper Frank Ocean.
In May this year, Brown denied rumors he is gay after rapper Raz B outed him in his book.
However, Brown has repeatedly denied that he is anti-gay.
Elton John no longer satisfied with civil unions - he wants gay marriage | Gay Star News
Elton John no longer satisfied with civil unions - he wants gay marriage
’There is a world of difference between calling someone your ’partner’ and calling them your ’husband’
10 October 2012 | By Greg Hernandez
Elton John used to say the civil unions were enough and that same-sex couples didn’t really need marriage.
He doesn’t feel that way anymore.
The singer and David Furnish became domestic partners on December 25, 2005, the very first day gay couples in Britain were allowed to obtain a civil partnership.
’Now, six and a half years on from the happiest day of my life, when we have a beautiful boy called Zachary, I would love nothing more than to make history again - by marrying David,’ John writes in a column for the UK’s The Independent. ’If we legalize gay marriage in Britain, you can bet your last penny that I’ll be pushing to call him my husband at the first opportunity - though whether he or I go down on one knee is a matter for negotiation!’
The Oscar and multiple Grammy winner acknowledges that a civil union is far more than same-sex couples get in other parts of the world where some people are persecuted for their sexuality. But that is no reason not to push for marriage in the UK.
’There is a world of difference between calling someone your ’partner’ and calling them your ’husband,’’ he writes. ’’Partner’ is a word that should be preserved for people you play tennis with, or work alongside in business. It doesn’t come close to describing the love that I have for David, and he for me. In contrast, ’husband’ does.’
’A ’husband’ is somebody that you cherish forever, that you would give up everything for, that you love in sickness and in health,’ he adds. ’Until the law recognizes David Furnish is my husband, and not merely my partner, the law won’t describe the man I know and adore.’
Rachel Corrie’s parents accept LennonOno peace grant from Yoko Ono on behalf of their daughter | The Electronic Intifada
Carol Blue Hitchens, US author John Perkins, Yoko Ono, US singer Lady Gaga, Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of peace activist Rachel Corrie pose during the Lennon Ono Grant For Peace awards ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9, 2012.
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Lady Gaga offre son prix pour la paix de Yoko Ono à la Fondation d’Elton John
Outre la chanteuse américaine, parmi les lauréats figurent cette année le groupe de musique punk russe Pussy Riot, l’essayiste américain John Perkins, et à titre posthume, la militante Rachel Corrie, tuée à Gaza, et le journaliste Christopher Hitchens, également américains.
Harry Belafonte en force à Locarno !
Would you want Mitt Romney to become the next U.S. president?
Belafonte : Only if I would like to see the end of civilization (...)
Can you pin down what the enemy is nowadays?
Belafonte : Unbridled capitalism. The concentration of money in the hands of a very small group is the most dangerous thing that has ever happened to civilization. We are facing an oligarchy of force.(...)
Are you happy with the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today?
Belafonte: Not at all. They have not told the history of our people, nothing of who we are. We are still looking. We are not determinated. We are not driven by some technology that says you can kill Afghans, the Iraqis or the Spanish. It is all — excuse my French — shit. It is sad. And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.
New documentary: The mystery of the sugar man | The Economist
One evening in Detroit in 1968, two music producers went to a dark and smoky bar. A man stood in the corner, playing a guitar and singing, his back to the crowd. Named Rodriguez, this singer was an eccentric, perhaps a drifter, with a lyrical style similar to Bob Dylan’s, but a mellower voice. The producers decided he deserved an album, which led to two, “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality”. But they both flopped, and Rodriguez disappeared back into the obscurity from which he had briefly emerged.
Although Rodriguez came to nothing in America, some bootleg recordings made their way to South Africa, where their melancholic defiance touched a nerve among white liberal youths during the apartheid era. “Every revolution needs an anthem,” says Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, a journalist. “‘Cold Fact’ was South Africa’s.” Rodriguez sold perhaps half a million albums in South Africa, where he was bigger than Elvis. Because the country was isolated by sanctions, South Africans had no idea that he was nothing anywhere else.
A thin line between sexy and trashy
As the temperature gets higher, the layers of clothes get thinner. A lot of young women strut the streets in overly revealing clothes as extremely short skirts or see-through tops are in vogue this summer.
La Corée, pays de l’est de l’Asie n’est pas musulman (taliban) que je sache ; donc, la nature peut y commander...
The song machine
“The top-liner is usually a singer, too, and often provides the vocal for the demo, a working draft of the song. If the song is for a particular artist, the top-liner may sing the demo in that artist’s style. Sometimes producers send out tracks to more than one top-line writer, which can cause problems. In 2009, both Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson had hits (Beyoncé’s “Halo,” which charted in April, and Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” which charted in August) that were created from the same track, by Ryan Tedder. Clarkson wrote her own top line, while Beyoncé shared a credit with Evan Bogart. Tedder had neglected to tell the artists that he was double-dipping, and when Clarkson heard “Halo” and realized what had happened she tried to stop “Already Gone” from being released as a single, because she feared the public would think she had copied Beyoncé’s hit. But nobody cared, or perhaps even noticed; “Already Gone” became just as big a hit.
A relatively small number of producers and top-liners create a disproportionately large share of contemporary hits, which may explain why so many of them sound similar. The producers are almost always male: Max Martin, Dr. Luke, David Guetta, Tricky Stewart, the Matrix, Timbaland, the Neptunes, Stargate. The top-liners are often, although not always, women: Makeba Riddick, Bonnie McKee, and Skylar Grey are among Dean’s peers. The producer runs the session and serves as creative director of the song, but the top-liner supplies the crucial spark that will determine whether the song is a smash. (When I asked Tricky Stewart to define “smash,” he said, “A hit is just a hit; a smash is a life changer.”) As Eric Beall, an A. & R. executive with Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., a music publisher, puts it, “The top-line writer is the one who has to face a blank page.” Stargate works with about twenty top-liners a year, and creates some eighty demos. These are sent out to A. & R. departments at record labels, to artists’ managers, and, finally, to the artists, for approval. Around twenty-five of Stargate’s songs end up on records each year.”
Paradoxically, in an age when an unprecedented range of musical genres is easily available via the Internet, the public’s appetite for hits has never been greater. (The best-selling-singles chart on iTunes, which is calculated from digital sales, and YouTube’s most popular songs, based on online views, match up closely with Billboard ’s Hot 100, which is mainly derived from radio play and sales.) In New York City, contemporary hit radio now dominates FM stations, a remarkable turn of events for anyone old enough to remember when FM radio was the antithesis of Top Forty.