You can feel the sand between your toes and the sunscreen on your nose when Bethany Cosentino sings any song off of Best Coast’s 2010 smash album Crazy for You. The surf sound melts into girl group giddiness with an unpretentious, garage-derived approach that is perfect spiritual uplift for this moment of economic downturn. (BC makes me wish someone would have thought to have sounded exactly like this during the long, hard slog of the Bush administration. I’m thrilled to have it now.) Songwriters like Cosentino keep proving that the girl group genre has layers of nuance inside its snappy sound when a woman is authoring the
Archive for February 25th, 2011
In his State of the Union address on January 25, President Obama said we must “out-build the rest of the world,” because without modern infrastructure, we cannot keep up in the 21st century.
For us to “win the future,” we need to connect the dots between infrastructure and a national manufacturing strategy. Other countries, including Germany, China, India, the U.K., Brazil and Canada have one. Why don’t we?
We cannot overlook the fact that we have been importing nearly all of our 21st century infrastructure in some key areas instead of building it ourselves – including light rail and high-speed
For TravelSort blogger Katherine Tan, most vacations involve scuba diving and immersing herself in the incredible underwater world with vibrant corals, beautiful tropical fish, and larger marine life such as turtles, rays, and sharks.
Here are some of her current top dive spots; read about the rest on TravelSort.
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Anthias, Wakatobi, Indonesia
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This extremely remote marine park features the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. Home to fascinating species such as the pygmy seahorse, undocumented species are still being discovered here.
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Oooh, food and Facebook got together and had a baby, everyone! It’s named Foodily.com, and its slogan is, “food, i love you.” Eee! A website after my own heart! But … wait, what makes it any different from other foodie sites out there? Do we really need another website about food?
I have plenty of friends who write food blogs, we have Food Network’s site, Epicurious, AllRecipes.com, etc., but Foodily, the brainchild of two ex-Yahoo! execs, seems to be something we’ve never really had before … a search engine that serves as an aggregate site for a bazillion recipes Internet-wide. Okay, so what, right? Well, the creators are hoping the masses will love Foodily more than the average recipe site, because the site also has a social networking component …
“Social networking — big deal,” you say? Every other gourmand site gives you the opportunity to click “like” on yummy cupcake recipes or articles about types of
Amending the Egyptian Constitution 6 Critical Articles That Test the Militarys Commitment to Democracy
The most important announcement last week from the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces was that it had appointed a committee to amend the Egyptian Constitution. The committee, chaired by retired judge Tariq al-Bishri, was tasked to draft constitutional amendments within 10 days, followed by a national referendum on the proposed amendments within two months.
Many in the pro-democracy movement have criticized the scope, timeline, and composition of the constitutional reform committee. Their concerns are understandable. Although al-Bishri is a towering intellectual figure and prominent jurist known for his outspoken criticism of the regime, the rest of the committee is far less
An aircraft sent to rescue Canadian citizens from Libya left Tripoli without any passengers on board, after failing to find any Canadians waiting at the airport.
The majority of the Canadians registered with the embassy in Tripoli had said they wanted to leave.
However, a government source offered no explanation as to why the plane left carrying only the crew.
The source defended Canada's efforts to evacuate its citizens.
Tens of thousands of foreigners have been exiting the country by any means possible following a violent crackdown on protesters by Libyan leader Muammar
Now we have all heard the notion that if an actor plays a mentally retarded role in a film, they are a virtual shoo in for an Oscar nomination. Ben Stiller hilariously addressed it in the film Tropic Thunder and there are countless examples proving it’s validity. Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, etc. Well, this year I have noticed a new, and possibly alarming,
As revolutions against unchecked power transform the Middle East, it would be worthwhile to see how Russia and Poland come to grips with accountability for mass murders committed more than 70 years ago: In March of 1940 Stalin ordered the execution of 22,000 Polish officers with a single bullet to the back of the head. Earlier this month, Russia offered to further the quest for accountability by “rehabilitating” the victims of that massacre. Next week, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radosaw Sikorski will arrive in Washington for consultations with the State Department and Congress. It would be an auspicious time to ask whether his government is prepared to accept this offer as a way of closing the file once and for all on Katyn.
For more than 40 years, Russia dismissed as lies charges that it was responsible for the
Every journalism class in America should include the story of Leon Dash, an African-American reporter for the Washington Post who more than a quarter of a century ago rented an apartment in one of Washington D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods and spent a year living there trying to find out why so many young girls were getting pregnant.
And they should read the following passage from his book based on the series that ran in the Washington Post, When Children Want Children that set aside his (and everyone else’s) assumptions about the story.
Lucky students today continue to benefit from what Dash can teach them about “immersion” journalism and the reporter’s role in exposing and explaining the lives of the most marginalized among us. Dash is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is the Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism and Director of the Center for Advanced Study.
Dash went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1995 for “Rosa Lee’s Story” an equally extraordinary reporting feat of focus and illumination — he spent four years chronicling the story of Rosa Lee Cunningham — a Washington D.C. heroin addict who had eight children by six different fathers and was dying of
The Huffington Post’s Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman appeared Thursday night on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss the National Journal’s ranking of John Mccain as the senator with the most conservative voting record. As McCain was ranked between 44th and 49th in previous years, this represents a dramatic shift to the right.
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As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, religious leaders have weighed in on the dispute. Roman Catholic bishops came out on the side of the unions, urging the governor to protect worker’s rights. Many mainline pastors, including Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, and American Baptists have written letters, issued statements, and preached sermons supporting labor, unions, and collective bargaining. In Madison, interfaith prayers and proclamations have upheld and encouraged the teachers, police, firefighters, and other public employees in their resistance to the governor’s plan to break their union.
This is an impressive religious group by any standards–particularly so in Wisconsin where traditional faith still plays an important role in the life of a large number of its
Yesterday I spoke at the EastWest Institute in Manhattan on the consequences of nuclear deterrence failure. I began by explaining that I will shortly fly home to my earthquake-ravaged city of Christchurch, in nuclear-free New Zealand. Friends describe it as a war zone, with over 110 dead, 160 badly injured, and 200 missing. My family are fortunate: apparently our house is trashed and barely standing, but it is
I wouldn’t presume to know whether or not Iraqis protesting en masse today were better off with Saddam Hussein dictating to them. Or if they are better off now with a transplanted democracy forced down their throats like some sort of political water-boarding. As an American it’s not my place to say what’s best for Iraqis. Never
An important new study out yesterday should lead to far fewer prostate biopsies.
First, some background. A lot more men will get prostate cancer than will die from it. On autopsy studies of men who die from OTHER causes at age 70, about 40 percent have microscopic evidence of prostate cancer. But only about 3 percent of men die from prostate
If you have adventurous ears and like music from all sorts of genres, keep checking in. This week, I’ve got two albums you should hear — Adele’s excellent second album and more distinctive Americana from The Low Anthem. Enjoy.
ADELE — 21
It’s a big leap from the age of 19 to 21 and in the case of UK artist Adele, it’s a very satisfying leap from her debut 19 to her second release 21. Right now she has the #1 album and the #1 single “Someone Like You” in the UK, a rare and well-earned
When you get a $173 billion dollar bailout from American taxpayers you don’t have to worry about making good financial decisions — especially when Congress and the Obama administration aren’t paying attention to what you’re doing. Ever since AIG got their enormous taxpayer bailout, they have been dragging their feet on paying back the money. In Taiwan, AIG has failed repeatedly in what should have been an easy sale of its local insurance unit, called Nan Shan. Most recently, AIG inexplicably chose the low bidder in a deal that Taiwanese regulators may have to reject for the second
The accident happened on Thursday, after a family of nine travelled in the torrential rain to make a call in a “phone shack”.
Authorities say the group was crossing a creek when the buggy overturned in the water.
The dead were all aged under 12, and included a five-month-old baby.
Two adults and three other children and the horse pulling the buggy all
What if politicians could take away your voting rights just because they can’t agree?
That’s essentially what’s happening in Wisconsin right now, where a heated debate over the state’s budget and the rights of public employees has turned voting rights into a political volleyball between Republicans and Democrats.
The politicking has gotten so bad that Democrats fled the state to avoid voting on the budget. Then Republicans tried to lure them back Thursday by forcing the legislature to vote on a measure that puts unnecessary barriers in the way of people who are already eligible to vote in elections. It didn’t work because the Democrats didn’t come back and Republicans couldn’t pass the bill, but this isn’t the last we’ve seen of it.
It’s outrageous that something as core to our democracy as the right to vote could be used as a political bargaining chip.
More troubling, however, is that the proposed voter identification measure would have been on the legislative docket regardless of this budget crisis, threatening to weaken participation in a state that ranked second in 2008 national turnout. As University of Wisconsin-Madison student Sam Polstein, who is leading the fight against the measure on campus, explains on Rock the Vote’s blog:
“For out-of-state students, like myself, this bill would require us to go to the DMV, surrender our out-of-state licenses and obtain a Wisconsin license at $28 a
The US was acting “to put pressure on the regime” to cease the violence, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The people of Libya have expressed that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's continued use of “deadly violence” is unacceptable, Mr Carney said.
The move was made “in concert with our international partners,” he added.
It was announced after reports from the Libyan capital said anti-government protesters in Tripoli had come under heavy
It’s time once again for the Oscars, when millions of Americans plunk down in front of their televisions to watch Hollywood’s starlets and veteran actresses walk together down the reddest red carpet of them all. This Sunday evening, like so many years prior, our shared fascination with seeing female stars strut their glitziest and glammest looks will mean big ratings for the networks, not to mention box office bucks for the winning films. Our fervent interest in what Hollywood’s women are wearing, it seems, never goes out of fashion. But when it comes to the films they star in — specifically those with strong, pioneering female leads — our interest has
We think it is, but we don’t know anything about design. This is Convergence Senior Chris Spurlock’s resume, and it’s the best resume for a student journalist we’ve ever seen. But like we said, we’re not design-minded people, so we want to get the input of people who do know a thing or two about design.
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The Gay Super Bowl is the Sunday! That’s right, it’s Oscar weekend. Do you know all your info?
Well, if you’re late to the big game, it sounds like you need the real scoop behind this year’s ceremony.
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Though her name may evoke romance, Pamela Love is certainly not an X’s and O’s kind of designer. Her jewelry, known for its hard-edged vibe, is more likely to incorporate aortas than hearts. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t rife with raw emotion. For Fall 2011, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist revealed a collection that added new-agey, hand-carved metal crystals to her signature claws and