When new music makes our pleasure centers go gooey, the transaction can feel like science fiction. We aren’t hearing songs so much as freak transmissions from the unknown — combinations of sounds that seem to have come alive by accident.
The next contender in the fight to knock the most feared lobbying association in the United States off its powerful perch is a 43-year-old former stay-at-home mother from suburban Indianapolis named Shannon Watts.
With access to Michael Bloomberg’s deep pockets and the force of more than 2 million dedicated supporters, Watts in recent months convinced the CEOs of several major U.S. companies to take a stand against guns in their stores and restaurants. Her group helped get laws passed in a few states that make it harder for perpetrators of domestic violence to get firearms.
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This summer, we learned that Pink Floyd would be releasing its first album since 1994′s “The Division Bell,” and the band’s fans rightfully went a little bonkers.
Well, some details have finally emerged about the new work, which is being released Nov. 10 on Columbia Records. Every song on “Endless River” is instrumental, with the exception of “Louder Than Words,” which features lyrics written by novelist and songwriter Polly Samson, who is married to guitarist David Gilmour. The four-sided concept album comes from about 20 hours of music recorded with keyboardist Rick Wright before he died …read more
A bicyclist in Russia cheated death — twice — after being caught in the middle of a crash between a car and a truck that was captured by surveillance video.
Check out the clip above, recorded Friday in Lyubertsy, near Moscow.
Somehow, no one was hurt in the collision, according to the description posted along with the video. And toward the end of the clip, you can see the driver of the truck pulled from the wreck looking shaken, but intact.
JERUSALEM, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Israel’s military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday. A Patriot missile intercepted the aircraft after it flew into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan, a military spokesman said. Israeli media reports identified the aircraft as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a “fighter plane.” Fighting from Syria’s civil war has occasionally spilled over …read more
On September 24, following a weekend of heavy fighting in Sanaa between the government and Houthi forces, the Friends of Yemen meet in New York. This group of 39 countries and 8 international organizations, created in 2010 to help address the political and economic problems that made Yemen fertile ground for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has now to grapple with the implementation of a peace deal, signed September 21, that requires the formation of a new government within a month and a range of other measures, including the restoration of recently cut fuel subsidies and …read more
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign ministry says the United States informed Damascus’ envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Syrian state media carried a brief statement from the foreign ministry early on Tuesday, saying that “the American side informed Syria’s permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh terrorist organization in Raqqa.” The statement used an Arabic name referring to the Islamic State group. The city of Raqqa is the militant group’s self-declared capital in Syria.
It was Damascus’ first official reaction after the …read more