Wednesday, August 14, 2013

News, Etc.

The woman must be related to Claudine Longet:

A woman in Arizona has told police that she accidentally killed her husband with his own shotgun after he insisted that she pick it up even though she told him she was uncomfortable around guns.

The Daily Courier reported that Prescott Valley police responded to reports of a shooting on Gentle Winds Road Monday afternoon, where 56-year-old Gary Wingate was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Something to brag about--NOT:

US employers added 162,000 nonfarm jobs in July according to the government’s Establishment Data Survey, an anemic number considerably below predictions. However, a closer look reveals another serious problem.

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,” said Keith Hall, a senior researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center quoted by McClatchy Washington Bureau. Hall was head of the US Bureau of Labor (BLS) Statistics from 2008 to 2012.
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Famed Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar, 51, passed away July 25 after surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

I had never heard of "throat singing," which is something that doesn't even sound like a human voice but more like a woodwind instrument. It's incredible.

Ondar became world famous:

Mr. Ondar was a national icon in his homeland, where he started a throat-singing academy and was a member of Parliament. The “Liberace of Tuvan music,” as Dartmouth College ethnomusicologist Theodore Levin once called him, he played a major role in popularizing the Central Asian vocal art in the West.

Throat singing developed among the nomadic herders of Central Asia, whose close relationship with nature led them to musically mimic sounds like the rush of a river or the wind whistling over the steppe.

It is accomplished by a deft manipulation of the vocal cords and the structures of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and jaw, to isolate the different pitches that everyone produces but few can discern, and then combine them harmonically. The unusual approach was virtually unknown in the West before the late 1980s.

Example of his talent:

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