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Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News - CBS News

Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News - CBS News | English 2012 Baines | Scoop.it
News covering all the latest breaking national and world news headlines,
including politics, sports, entertainment, business and more.

 

Blog #4.

 

I dont think i can find a more perfect article that would fit Tom's character from the book The Great Gatsby.  In the book, Tom is a wealthy man that can never have enough.  He spends money on anything and everything he can especially, what links this article and the fictional life of Tom Buchanan, is the affair that Petraeus resigned from.  There are too many stories when powerful wealthy men made a decision to have an affair.  Someone in Petraeus' position probably should have thought it through before getting involved with another woman in the first place.  Since most people remember the dissaproving and scandolous things from people's lifetimes, petraeus is most likely going to be remembered for this.  I think that it's a shame that people remember the negative aspects of peoples lives more, but you can't change whats in the past.  When Tom started his affair, every reader saw something coming.  When his mistress was ran over by his own wife,  well....... thats a bit more than i was thinking. But he had it coming...     Just like Petraeus did.

 

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Aaron Copland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Most people refer to the 1920s as the jazz age.  A term created by the author of the Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald. But, jazz wasnt the only thing going on during that time.  It was then when legendary artists such as Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Serge Prokofiev, and the american composer Aaron Copland were broadening the realm of classical music with their original, and distinguishable compositions.  So many different works were made during this time it is a hard topic to start with.  But in New York,  classical music was extremely popular since the formation of the New York Philharmonic in 1842.  As one of the oldest orchestras in this nation, it is reffered to as one of the most difficult orchestras to get in to. And because of this, they are regarded as one of the best orchestras in the entire world.  Not only foreign music was played there.  It was one of the first places to feature several american artists like Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.  One of my favorite conductors they have had was Gustav  Mahler.  He died in 1911 and was known very well for his own symphonys and concertos as much as he was conductig.  My point of talking about the NYP was that i was surprised not as many people knew of its existence my age and of how prominent it was and still is.  The 1920s in america wouldnt have been called the jazz age if it wasnt for the music it evolved from... classical music.

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Debt is drowning the American Dream Outside the Box

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By Satyajit Das:

 

"... Whoever wakes up in the White House after the inauguration ball will have to soberly confront the ugly reality of the U.S. government’s oppressive debt levels, writes Satyajit Das.

 

"U.S. government debt currently totals around $16 trillion. The Treasury estimates that this debt will rise to around $20 trillion by 2015, over 100% of America’s Gross Domestic Product.

That’s not counting other current and contingent commitments not explicitly included in the debt figures — government support for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (known as government-sponsored enterprises) of over US$5 trillion and unfunded obligations of over $65 trillion for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. State governments and municipalities have additional debt of around $3 trillion. ..."

 

"... Michael Belkin predicts 40% stock market drop... "

 

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Sharif I 's comment, October 28, 2012 6:29 PM
It used to be that people from all over the world would want to come to america and live the american dream. This is still true to some that have it worst, but for the people here, it seems the dream is getting thinner and fading away with each passing week. This article shows the complications of a financial system that is the foundations of this very country. Money can only be made with trade, and with every dollar printed here, we lose a dollar to debt. A simple way to sum it up would be that we have a financial system that is based on debt and is one of the key factors of what is slowly crumbling the american dream. America is still one of the greatest countries or places to live in the world since we have a strong government and free people. But the american dream is possibly being drowned by too many problems that our own government creates.
Hal's comment, October 30, 2012 2:49 PM
I very much agree, the debt based system is slowly killing us.
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Fitter Happier Radiohead OK Computer Fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable, not drinking too much, regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week), getti...

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This song reminded me quite a bit of Nicks character in The Great Gatsby.  Whoever this song is talking about, the person is an average guy who does average things but yet seems unhappy and it reminded me of Nick.  To me, Nick is an introvert that constantly thinks about his actions and their outcomes.  He almost seems paranoid and i thought this song fitted the emotional response i was feeling that nick had.

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'The Hunger Games' ignites the ALA's list of most challenged books - CNN.com

'The Hunger Games' ignites the ALA's list of most challenged books - CNN.com | English 2012 Baines | Scoop.it
"The Hunger Games" movie may not have had trouble earning a PG-13 rating, but many parents and educators are wondering whether the best-selling book trilogy belongs on library shelves.

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Sharif I 's comment, October 28, 2012 6:43 PM
When books are challenged, it's usually for a very specific reason. An example would be finding a book in a school's library and seeing that it had a word used in a bad way or just a simple swear word. With the hunger Games, this book became huge with kids all around america and Europe because of its mix of action, drama, and love. Recently it has been challenged by some parents and educators if it belongs in the hands of kids. The most common problem found with it is that it is a dystopia where kids are chosen to be in a battle every year where there is only one victor. Its gruesome, but it is still a good story. The movie did a good job of reflecting the authors intentions on how the scenes were produced and therefore, the movie made millions of dollars and was a huge public sensation. Like most public sensations, there are some pessimistic people that must find faults or problems with them. In this case, the movie made the Hunger Games book even more popular than it was before, and it sparked some questions. Most of the questions were from overprotective parents that were trying to do a good deed for their children. Most of them probably didnt even read the book and they are only repeating what others have said. I always find it really interesting when parents are more protective of their kids reading a violent book than letting their kids play actual video games where they can kill people.... just sayin
Scott Crabb's comment, October 30, 2012 12:06 PM
I agree with what you said. In this age kids can get access to much worse things than a simple fiction story. Ex. video games, internet articles, pictures