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After weeks of anticipation, the lineup for the Twilight Concert Series has been released.
Beach House and The Walkmen will kick start the festivities on July 12. Other performances include Common, Iron and Wine, Austra, and Passion Pit.
Will it all be tainted by the $5 fee now required though? Thoughts?
A new study suggests that nearly half of Americans believe that popular social-networking site facebook is merely a passing fad. The Associated Press and CNBC conducted a poll and found that 46% of respondents believe that Facebook will fade away as new platforms come up in the future. Still, about 43% believe the site will likely be successful for the long haul. The study was conducted among 1,000 Americans ages 18 and over, with a margin of error of 3.9%.
The Avengers (2012) has had an incredible run already. Joining the $1 billion mark as quickly as James Cameron's "Avatar" and the last "Harry Potter" movie, despite opening earlier overseas than in America, the compilation of Earth's Mightiest Marvel Heroes has collected enough cash to place it just behind "Alice in Wonderland" on the all-time worldwide gross list. After breaking the all-time opening weekend record last weekend and with an estimated $103.2 million estimated domestic gross this weekend, "The Avengers" is now the record holder for the biggest second-weekend as well.
For14 months, violence has raged in Syria between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the opposition in a battle that has seen thousands killed. Despite a number of international attempts to broker a peace deal, no nation has formally stepped in.
A pastel version of "The scream" by Edvard Munch was sold for nearly $120 million from an anonymous buyer Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York- setting a new world record for a work of art sold at an auction. The pastel-on-board also remains in its original frame and had a presale estimate of at least $80 million- and had also been the highest ever listed at Sotheby's and it sold for $119,922,500 (which includes the premium paid to Sotheby's)
This week, world leaders have been meeting in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss how to deal with the threat of nuclear terrorism. Emphasis on defensive measures has long been placed in the effort to prevent the misuse of nuclear materials and the spread of nuclear weapons, especially on the "supply side". Leaders aim to choke off the flow of neclear weapon components and radiological materials to terrorists.
Holi, also called Holika or the Festival of Colours, is a Hindu festival celebrated annually on the day after the full moon in either February or March. While mainly celebrated by Hindus, the festival uniquely welcomes participants of all castes and creeds. Although one of the least religious of Hindu holidays, it is one of the oldest and most intensely celebrated among Hindu festivals. With a great variety in both form and purpose, Holi is filled with folk music, dancing, and bright colors.
In a recent CNN article, I read about a graphic designer based in Tel Aviv who has started a campaign to get past harsh words and misconceptions and open direct conversations with Iranians to see whether there really is anything to fight about. Iran's nuclear development program has caused alarm in Israel and its Western allies. "Critics in the West say Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon while Iranian officials insist their nuclear program is for peaceful energy generation only." states the article.
In my American Government class, we did an exercise to see what our Ideological views are in regards to social and economic issues. There were three tests that we took, one determining what sort of Democrat or Republican we were with levels of liberalism and conservatism varying in all answers. The second test simply showed us how liberal or conservative our views were economically and socially on a chart.
I consider myself a well informed teenager. I can tell you about each of the Presidential candidates, disclose the premise of the Hunger Games, talk your ear off about the ongoing conflict in Syria, inform you about the the declining power of the dollar, and let you know who exactly will be playing at Coachella this April. Additionally, I reduce, reuse, recycle, donate time and money to charities I find worth my while, and carpool to school. Generally, if you asked, I would describe myself as a civic minded young American.