Thomas Paine's version of "you didn't build that":
"Separate an individual from society,and give him an island or a continent to possess,and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end,in all cases,that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore,of personal property,beyond what a man's own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice,of gratitude,and of civilization,a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came"
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Palestinians again protest on Land Day, against more land seizures & more settlements. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZiOMs9qTRk?rel=0&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdFQJHP-Bk?rel=0&w=560&h=315] […]
She was making a statement with her art while he was making the best statement of his art.
You better get yourself together
1863: Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Andrea Bocelli & Pretty Yende – O Soave
Fanciulla – La Bohème
The O’Leary: The next great soprano voice! I can’t find any discs by her, except for the one with Bocelli, but watch for her. This South African woman has an incredible voice and emotional delivery. We will hear a lot of from her.
The 26 year old South African soprano obtained her Performer’s Diploma in Opera as well as her Post Graduate studies in Opera (Performance) both cum laude, at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town), South Africa. She has recently graduated from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Miss Yende’s operatic repertoire includes Helena in Benjamin Britten’s A midsummer night’s dream, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, title role Manon by Jules Massenet as well as Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea during her studies in Cape Town. Her European opera debuts include the role of La musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Mantua, Verona, Micaela (debut role) in Bizet’s Carmen at the Latvian National Opera House, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Den Norske Opera & Ballet. In 2010 she gave her much acclaimed debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il Ladro.
Her concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Solemnis, Solemn Vespers, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, 9th Symphony as well as Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs.
Her future engagements include debut roles as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème all at the Teatro alla Scala.
A specialist of the belcanto, Pretty Yende is awarded first prize at the Vincenzo Bellini International Competition in December 2010. In 2011, she wins the Zarzuela Prize, the Public Prize and the First Prize at the Operalia Competition, first artist in the prestigious competitions’ history to be awarded three prizes.
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