Mali is a wonderful African country with gorgeous music, a cosmopolitan history, and a diverse population, but Al Qaeda Islamists have wreaked havoc on the northen section, including the culturally renowned cities of Gao and Timbuktu. This is another warning about what happens when the fanatically religious take control of a society (take a look at Christian fundamentalists in Uganda who are persecuting gays). The embedded video is hard to watch, but powerful:
“People say that we shouldn’t throw trash away carelessly. Well, we shouldn’t throw away people, either.” Favio Chavez, Landfillharmonic. This is an orchestra from Uruguay that makes its instruments from the trash in a landfill dump (via Dianne Bazell who excerpted this quote)
Wonderful, lovely, and inspirational (via Dianne Bazell):
(via Jack Joffe)
Bob Dylan has the largest influence on U.S. judges of any cultural icon.
Underneath the noise are the hums, buzzes, and whistles of the earth’s vibrating voice waiting for us to listen and understand.
This satirical skit is hilarious. I’ve been laughing all day. It shows how wisdom is a lot less likely to take hold at the age of 16 than at the age of 66. Unlike music or science prodigies, individuals usually develop wisdom only with time and experience. (Via Dianne Bazell and Greg Davis)
This is hilarious: http://www.tvkim.com/watch/244/kims-picks-playing-classical-music-for-laughs
From Dianne Bazell: A Jewish family celebration.
“Tim Hawkins sings songs that famous Rock Stars will be singing in their old age.” This is fun
This is wonderful
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