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Music: New Johnny Hallyday Album

A newly released Johnny Hallyday album called “Johnny” is out. Hallyday — often called the “French Elvis” — had a 57 year career during which he released 79 albums and sold more than 110 million records worldwide. He died in 2017 at the age of 74. He sang beautifully.

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Amazon Must Be Really Hungry for Money

I buy stuff regularly from Amazon. Today my Amazon box was bright yellow with prominent advertising for Liberty Mutual Insurance. This simultaneously made me think less of both Amazon and Liberty Mutual. The box even tells me I scan a code with the Amazon app to get a quote for LIberty Mutual insurance. I cannot […]

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What is blogging? – Colin Walker

So, what is blogging? I always return to Dave Winer’s “unedited voice of a person” with the caveat that it should be free from self-editing as well as external. There are always going to some things we won’t, or shouldn’t, put online but second guessing ourselves in order to fit an agenda or image is […]

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‘Hitler or Höcke?’ Germany’s Far-Right Party Radicalizes – The New York Times

 Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy writing for The New York Times: In the six years since the AfD was founded as a national-conservative, free-market protest party against the Greek bailout and the euro, it has sharply shifted to the right. A noisy nationalism and anti-immigrant stance now define its brand. ‘Hitler or Höcke?’ Germany’s Far-Right Party Radicalizes […]

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Podcast: Antisemitism in the United States

This episode of the People of the Pod podcast has two interesting segments: An interview with Jeff Finkelstein, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, about how the Pittsburgh Jewish community is doing one year after the attack; and A discussion with Avi Mayer, AJC’s Managing Director of Global Communications, about the […]

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Theater: ‘The Sound Inside’

I saw a two-hander at Studio 54 entitled The Sound Inside starring Mary-Louise Parker. Parker portrays Bella Lee Baird, a lonely 53-year-old creative writing professor at Yale who has just received a diagnosis of stage 2 cancer. Bella finds a connection with one of her writing students (Will Hochman) who also lacks human connection. The less […]

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B&H Photo: Photography Superstore

I have bought photography equipment from B&H Photo in New York City for many years and have always been a happy customer. Today I visited the store on 9th Avenue for the first time. I was like a kid in a candy store. B&H seems to have all the equipment available and a very helpful […]

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Spain Exhumes Franco’s Remains

The Spanish government . . . exhumed the remains of the former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from the underground basilica that he built after winning his country’s civil war. The move had prompted criticism that, coming just two weeks before a national election, it would reopen old rifts in Spanish society. The New York Times Some wounds may […]

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George Takei Recounts His Family’s Internment During WWII

The PBS NewsHour interviews “Star Trek” actor and civil rights activist George Takei, now 82 years old, about the round up and internment of his family by the U.S. government during World War II. Takei talks about why his story is relevant today. Takei has written a graphic novel entitled “They Called Us Enemy.” There […]

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Global Wealth: China on the Rise

Credit Suisse has released its 2019 Global wealth report. Credit Suisse analyzes the household wealth of 5.1 billion adults across the globe. The report disregards the relatively small amount of wealth owned by children on their own account which explains why the report does not account for the total world population of 7.7 billion people. […]