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Month: December 2011

Patti Smith Turns 65 Today

Patti Smith Turns 65 Today

Happy 65th Birthday to Patti Smith born on this day in 1946. You can watch her performing “Gloria” on Saturday Night Live on April 17, 1976 at age 29 by going here. (No embed allowed for this classic SNL performance.) Or, if you are in New York City tonight or tomorrow night, you can celebrate her birthday and Lenny Kaye’s too, who turned 65 on December 27th, if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to her sold out…

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Pity the Poor Nauseous Billionaires

Pity the Poor Nauseous Billionaires

From “Bankers Seek to Debunk Attack on Top 1%” on Bloomberg today: Jamie Dimon, the highest-paid chief executive officer among the heads of the six biggest U.S. banks, turned a question at an investors’ conference in New York this month into an occasion to defend wealth. “Acting like everyone who’s been successful is bad and because you’re rich you’re bad, I don’t understand it,” the JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) CEO told an audience member who asked about hostility toward…

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P.J. Harvey takes top honors in England for “Let England Shake”

P.J. Harvey takes top honors in England for “Let England Shake”

In September, P.J. Harvey took home the 2011 Mercury Prize awarded for the best British album, Let England Shake. This week the monthly English music magazines, MOJO and Uncut, released their lists of the top 50 albums of the year. Let England Shake topped both lists. Uncut Top 10 P.J. Harvey – Let England Shake Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest Metronomy – The English Riviera White Denim – D Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen The Horrors – Skying xl…

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Newt Gingrich’s Tax Plan Lowers Rates for the Rich and will Bankrupt the Country

Newt Gingrich’s Tax Plan Lowers Rates for the Rich and will Bankrupt the Country

Newt Gingrich wants to overhaul the tax code in a way that would cut everyone’s taxes, but most of the cuts would go to the extremely wealthy. McClatchy News reports on the Tax Policy Center’s study of the Gingrich plan: Gingrich’s plan would provide small tax cuts to those at the bottom of the income ladder, giving those making less than $10,000 an average cut of $222 under one scenario, the analysis found. … Gingrich’s plan would be most generous to those making…

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The Lack of Universal Healthcare Hurts US Productivity and Competitiveness

The Lack of Universal Healthcare Hurts US Productivity and Competitiveness

Both the United States and the United Kingdom have struggling economies in the wake of the Great Recession with high unemployment rates and levels of economic insecurity. But consider this: In the UK if a worker loses or changes his job, his access and that of his dependents to that nation’s universal healthcare system remains the same no matter what. And he will never be billed a penny for any medical treatment he or his spouse or his children receive….

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