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  1. Pink Floyd - Cymbaline
  2. Valedictorian is a very narrow and somewhat arbitrary cut-off. In a graduating class of a few hundred people, is it really that surprising if the "smartest" or "most talented" student came up a bit short of having the best grades? A better test would be to look at the top 10%.
  3. Manic Street Preachers - The Love Of Richard Nixon
  4. "When we land, we will meet German and Italian soldiers whom it is our honor and privilege to attack and destroy. Many of you have in your veins German and Italian blood, but remember that these ancestors of yours so loved freedom that they gave up home and country to cross the ocean in search of liberty. The ancestors of the people we shall kill lacked the courage to make such a sacrifice and remained as slaves." - George Patton
  5. Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  6. I don't think she was objecting to the idea that trauma can alter a person's genetics or that those alterations can be passed on to one's children. I think she objected to the idea that those alterations would cause the children of trauma victims to have an aversion to specific images sounds and dialects. There's a huge difference between saying that the children of trauma victims are more likely to have issues with anxiety and depression and implying that they have a genetic aversion to people with "Yankee" accents.
  7. Another A Major.
  8. Holst - A Moorside Suite
  9. There are cultural differences and those differences do sometimes lead to conflict, especially in the realm of politics (think of the "bible belt" for example) but that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the Civil War per se. Many of those differences pre-date the war. I live in a conservative part of a northern state. You do sometimes hear the southerners are racist/stupid/inbred stereotype, but you'll also occasionally see a Confederate flag or hear someone openly sympathize with the Confederacy. That said the majority just doesn't seem to care very much. I even met a person who thought the Civil War was between America and England. Guess it's hard to be upset about history if you don't know anything about it.
  10. I agree with one of the above posters. With the internet and mass media there probably is something of a "winner take all" system in at least some of the arts. Lots of people would be willing to buy the services of the world's 917th best mechanical engineer, or truck driver, or construction worker, but very few people are going to want to buy a CD by the world's 917th best rock band or pay 100+ dollars to hear them in concert. Another factor is the rise of "modern" art. While there are some very talented artists doing very cool/interesting/unorthodox things, there's also some hilariously terrible bullshit getting made as well, and of course lots of people notice the bullshit and think that it represents all modern art.
  11. What were your prior beliefs about first world countries? What specifically did you find surprising about how low wage workers are treated? I'm curious since it's fairly rare to hear non-American perspectives about the U.S.
  12. Most people (in Europe and North America) are still Christian. If all people have immortal souls and were created in God's image then other differences are mostly insignificant by comparison.
  13. Even the Requiem?
  14. That's true, but only to an extent. There was actually a lot of social experimentation at the beginning of the Soviet Union. At least one high ranking communist official openly promoted free love. Abortion was legalized and divorce laws were liberalized. With regard to art, there was some pretty weird stuff. See for example the Symphony of Factory Sirens. Actual musical instruments were too "bourgeois" for some. That of course changed under Stalin. Though I agree it's ridiculous to tie any of this to modern pop culture.