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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

Amazon box with third party advertisement

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 imagine Apple doing that.

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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 as much to blame for losing that spontaneity.

There is a place for focused long form but the honesty of the personal blog should not be sacrificed at its altar.
— Read on colinwalker.blog/what-is-blogging/

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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 – The New York Times
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Podcast: Antisemitism in the United States

This episode of the People of the Pod podcast has two interesting segments:

People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. It’s produced by the AJC and The Times of Israel. It is an excellent way to keep up with Jewish news.

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Theater: ‘The Sound Inside’

Marquee – Mary Louise Parker – “The Sound Inside” Photograph ©David H. Enzel, 2019

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 you know about what happens between the two the better, in my opinion. Parker’s acting is superb. The intimacy on-stage is both touching and thought provoking.

Jesse Greene co-chief theater critic for The New York Times said that Parker has never been better in her 30-year stage career “treating each line as if it were an archaeological site.” I found myself hinging on every word. This is the sort of play that stays with you and makes you think about what’s important in life. Hochman is a fine actor who holds up his end well.

Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman The Sound Inside

I also saw Parker a few years ago in an off-Broadway play called Heisenberg which I also enjoyed greatly. I am a fan.

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B&H Photo: Photography Superstore

B&H Photo, New York City, © David H. Enzel, 2019

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 staff. They are glad to have customers try the equipment. I am very glad I visited.

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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 never heal.

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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 just wasn’t time to sell everything. My father sold his car, a Pontiac, dark green Pontiac, for $5.

George Takei


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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.

The report shows a high level of wealth inequality. The United States continues to dominate but China is on the rise at the expense of Japan.

The bottom half of adults account for less than 1% of total global wealth in mid-2019. The richest top 10% of adults have 82% of global wealth and the top 1% alone owns nearly half (45%) of all household assets.

There are 47m millionaires in the world. The United States has 18.6m of these millionaires or 40% of the total. China is second place with 10% of the total followed by Japan (6%). The UK and Germany are tied. They each have 5% of the total.

Average wealth per adult in 2019 was $70,849 (USD).

The full report is available for download along with a 179-page data book. There is a lot to mine.

Global wealth 2019: The year in review