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Music (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Forty-Fifth Anniversary of Elvis's Death: August 16th (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 08/18/22 5:24 am) Forty-five years ago on August 16, 1977, the King of Rock died. One of the most beautiful and unique voices in the history of music, he captivated several generations. Elvis Presley w ...
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Death of Mick Moloney, Master of Irish Traditional Music (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 07/29/22 3:24 am) I just received an email notice from the Irish Arts Center in New York City that Mick Moloney, who stands very high in the Pantheon of masters of Irish-American traditional music, has passed away. He ...
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Verdi Opera and "Cancel Culture" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/18/22 6:32 am) The great director Riccardo Muti of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has refused to change the lyrics of Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi. The original libretto contains the line, " ...
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Film (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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"Lost in Translation": Edward Mears's Online Guide to the Tokyo Sites (John Eipper, USA, 12/30/21 8:05 am) Edward Mears writes: I am not sure if I mentioned this to you before, but my all-time favorite film is Sofia Coppola's 2003 masterpiece Lost in Translation starring Bill Mu ...
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A Slovakian Film, "The Auschwitz Escape" (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 05/15/21 4:02 am) The Irish Times Online published a highly complimentary review of the 2021 film titled in some countries as "The Auschwitz Report" or "The Auschwitz Escape" in others. He ...
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Screen Legend Sean Connery, RIP (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 11/01/20 3:28 am) Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90.  RIP. He was a great actor who appeared in many beautiful films. My daughter has seen them many times and she knows many of them by memory. < ...
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USSR/Russia (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Joint Russo-Chinese Military Maneuvers: Vostok (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/18/22 3:23 am) Russia's Vostok military maneuvers will begin on August 30th. The last Operation Vostok was held in 2018. The maneuvers in the eastern part of Russia will include also the armed fo ...
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Five Months In, an Appraisal of Russia-Ukraine War (Cameron Sawyer, USA, 07/14/22 4:00 am) A WAIS friend asked me offline what I think Russia will look like in 3 or 4 years. This is the same topic addressed in a recent post by Mendo Henriques, which asserted with certain confidence that th ...
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Russophobia, American Poverty, and the "Bidet Rule" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/07/22 4:42 am) It seems to me that Russophobia is increasing day by day, and we are approaching August 1914--oh sorry, I mean August 2022... or not? Just to be sure I double-checked the meaning of a couple of ...
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Literature (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Salman Rushdie Severely Wounded in Assassination Attempt (Paul Levine, Denmark, 08/16/22 4:00 am) Front page news about inflation, global heating, rising infections and Putin's war in Ukraine was replaced by reports of the brutal attack in Chautauqua (NY) on Indian novelist Salman Rushdi ...
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1984 in 2022 (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 04/01/22 6:21 am) In mid-1937, the British writer and journalist George Orwell returned from the war in Spain, where he had volunteered to fight. Europe was heading at full speed towards totalitarianism. He dared ...
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Joyce's "Ulysses" at 100 (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 02/21/22 12:44 pm) On February 2, 1922, Sylvia Beach's bookstore in Paris, "Shakespeare and Company," enjoyed the privilege of publishing what would become one of the most famous novels of the 20th century ...
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Economics (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Saga of a Failed Wire Transfer (Enrique Torner, USA, 08/17/22 3:38 am) This is not as much of a post as a call for help and advice. About two months ago, I started the process of transferring from a big to a small bank. Then, about five weeks ago, I started a wire ...
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Is the Dollar Doomed as a Reserve Currency? Thoughts on the Strong Ruble (Cameron Sawyer, USA, 06/23/22 3:19 am) We have had a few discussions about how the Ukraine War sanctions are affecting the future of the US dollar as a reserve currency. There is an excellent article on this very subject in the Geopol ...
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US Savings in Current Economic Climate (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/07/22 3:20 am) People with money can save more than hungry people. This seems to have happened in the current climate. The Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City addressed the savi ...
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War (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Ukraine and Lessons from Vietnam (Mendo Henriques, Portugal, 06/17/22 3:21 am) Disclaimer: In the infamous invasion of Ukraine, I admire the US attitude and condemn Putin's regime. Apparently, everything separates the Vietnam of the 1960s from the Ukraine of 2 ...
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Nuclear Rearmament at Highest Level since Cold War (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 06/13/22 4:20 am) The world is currently experiencing the most critical moment regarding nuclear rearmament since the Cold War, according to a recently published report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Ins ...
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High-Tech Weaponry: Lasers, Geoengineering (Marga Jann, -UK, 04/12/22 3:21 am) With all due respect, can anybody tell me why some of our pro-Ukrainian governments don't get more high tech in their military aid to this devastated region, as with laser bombardment, geoengineer ...
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