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Discussions Discussion Do you need it??
Madalyn Thomas, March 3, 2014

I think that this is a great econ lesson! Before you buy or do anything you need to ask yourself do i need it or do i want it ? I do think that in our country that this is a problem. Many people are getting in trouble by spending money that they do not have. AKA credit!! I think that if everyone asked themselves if they really need that big truck or if they can settle for a car that will save them money on gas and i think that it would make our carbon footprint go down. I also think that this is a good thing to think about when it comes to other things such as going places all the time. I am not saying stay at home but maybe we can car pool with other people. So i do think that we should always consider the question is it a want or a need ?

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Discussions Discussion Do you need it??
Amber M-US, Feb. 27, 2014

After consider the question, do I need it, I came to the conclusion that sometimes I DO need it, and other times I do not. Most of the time I want clothes because it is new, but it is not like I really need to get it. I could be saving gas and other such things instead of wasting it to get something that I WANT. On the rare occasion of when I actually need something, it is only for like one thing like eggs or milk. I have not really thought about this until now, and I believe that if majority of the world would think about it, they would also realize that they only go to the store because they want something. I will now start shopping wiser and considering what I need and only getting those things while traveling less.

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  • Jesse Bowers Jesse Bowers Feb. 28, 2014
    I also agree with you on this. If we only buy things we need not only will we be saving money but also saving gas, lifetime on our vehicles, and also the amount of pollution we release in the air. I think if everyone just sat down and thought about how they shop and the things they buy and classify them as a need or a want. I, myself, is not the best at doing this because I tend to jump in my truck and take off to a store only because I want something from that store that i don't necessarily need. I think if everyone paid closer attention to the things they are buying they will be better off.

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Discussions Discussion Do you need it??
Andrea C-US, Feb. 24, 2014

I agree with what you are saying if we do not need a certain item we should not buy it? I am from a small town in South Carolina where we do not have a mall, but many use their gas to travel to neighboring cities to get certain items. This in turn makes our footprint go up. For my town we need to stop trying to travel so much to other towns for needs and services. I personally do not go shopping for clothes as much as people I know, but I do travel a lot as a child of divorced parents. So maybe it is not the shopping as much as the traveling to get to the places to shop. If people only went out once or twice a month to do all of their shopping we would save gas, which would help to reduce the footprint that our society emits everyday.

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  • Casey M-US Casey M-US Feb. 25, 2014
    I can relate to you by living in a small town in South Carolina. I find myself having to travel to other nearby towns or cities to get things I need or want that are not offered here. I am simple and do not want all the big time stuff that other teens want, even though I can admit some of it is nice. Sometimes I tell myself, “I don’t need that.” Or I would hear my mom ask herself, “Is that a need or is it a want.” Now, sometimes I catch myself asking myself that same question. I guess it was the way I was raised. I do not see the point in buying something that you do not need. Although, I do think that it is good to splurge a little bit and treat yourself and buy what you want, just do not take it to extremes and go buy a whole bunch of unnecessary items.
  • Rachel P-US Rachel P-US Feb. 25, 2014
    I can relate to both of you. Living in South Carolina means you have to rely on a car to get practically anywhere. What can we do to fix this issue? Does it mean we have to limit our travel? I have been reading some interesting articles on creating a sustainable economy. Instead of leaving the house fewer times a month, what if we develop the resources locally. Our environmental classes are scratching the surface of this idea by implementing local farmers markets and evaluating the city for possible sidewalk zones. One website quotes, “a sustainable community reflects the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social issues by growing and prospering without diminishing the land, water, air, natural and cultural resources on which communities depend.”
    This solution benefits the envriomnent and the local economy!!

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Discussions Discussion THE MUSIC CONCEPTS (Australian Focus)
Greg Thwaites, Jan. 4, 2012

Welcome to my CONCEPT of music project. While I discover Einztein please download my first music app “MUSCON - PITCH” which is a work in progress

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/muscon-pitch/id452595437?mt=8
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Discussions Discussion Carnatic Music Songs
Camilla Pashar, Dec. 15, 2011

Breaking gender barriers in Carnatic music

I found an interesting article that takes a look at the women musicians who contributed to the male dominated world of Carnatic Music.

In fact, there have been many women musicians of the past like Bangalore Tayi, Madras Lalithangi, Salem Meenakshi, Vainikas Dhanammal, Madurai Shanmugavadivu, violinist Madurai Akkammal, flautist Valadi Rukmini Papa, gottuvadyam Mannargudi Savithri Ammal, mridangist Tanjore Kamakshi Bai, magasvaram M S Ponnuthai and composers Tallapakka Thimmakka who have contributed greatly to the field of Carnatic music.

This recording of Bangalore Tayi goes back to the 1930’s

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xDTf1AU3Uj4
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 18, 2011
    Dan: To get a perspective we may look at the Sangi
    ta Kalanidhi Awards. These are kind of Nobel prizes annually awarded for lifetime achievements and contribution to Carnatic Muisc to one musician/dancer by the premier Music Academy based out at Chennai (formerly Madras). The awards are being conferred since 1929.

    The first female recipient was M S Subbulakshmi in 1968. Within the next ten years, four ladies - D K Pattammal (1970), T Balsaraswathy (1073), T Brinda (1976) and M L Vasanthakumari (1977) were conferred the title. Thereafter it was conferred on R Vedavalli in 2000. The latest recipients are the singer duo Bombay Sisters - Saroja and Lalitha in 2010.

    in my personal opinion a few deserving artistes who seem to have missed out is the sisters Radha & Jayalakhsmi and the vocalist Mani Krishnaswamy. Since these are lifetime awards it is still possible that these ladies and others will also be conferred with this unofficial supreme recognition.

    http://www.musicacademymadras.in/sangita_kalanidhi.php
  • srini n srini n Dec. 19, 2011
    Corrections to the post above^. Mani Krishnaswamy received the Sangita Kalanidhi title in 1993. Also the Sikkil Sisters - Neela and Kunjumani, who play the flute - were conferred the title in 2002.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangeetha_Kalanidhi
  • Dan Thompson Dan Thompson Dec. 20, 2011
    Hi Srini. Great background information. Thanks for that historical framework!
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Discussions Discussion Carnatic Music Songs
srini n, Dec. 8, 2011

Introduction to carnatic music and rhytms

A preview of what a Carnatic Music concert offers is here in this 33 mins video.

India’s classical music has long been a source of fascination to the west but, for many, it is undiscovered territory. Indian classical music is quite different from Western music. The structure of Carnatic music – the classicall music of Southern India – is also distinct from that of the north of the country. Instead of the expression and feeling favoured by the northern, Hindustani style, Carnatic music places the emphasis on structure and improvisation and, although its melodic refinements are based, like all Indian music, on the notes of a given raga, it is also based on highly-developed rhythmical patterns known as tala.
Neyveli B. Venkatesh illustrated his presentation on the mridangam (drum), with the singer Sanjay Subrahmanyan and the violonist S.Varadarajan.”

http://vimeo.com/8776439
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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Bert Breton, Oct. 24, 2011

Some of the wickedest Afrobeat Electronica music is being created by “Anbuley!” She’s of Austrian-Ghanaian decent, she has the coolest fashion sense, and her dancing is awesome. 100% fresh and totally original. Check out her latest track “Kemo Yoo Keke.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5REF13PxhE
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Discussions Discussion Wanderlust
Tim Foufas, Sept. 28, 2011

trailer for the feature documentary, “Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion”. The film is an intimate look at the Tuareg culture of the Sahara Desert and features the music of the extraordinary Tuareg musician, Omara Moctar, “Bombino”. VISIT: www.agadezthemovie.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcePTVPkZU
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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Bert Breton, Sept. 17, 2011

A little music break from Egyptian alternative rockers Nagham Masry. “Mesh Mohem” means Not a Big Deal or It Doesn’t Matter. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEXvRBvt1IU&feature=player_embedded#!
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  • Tamara James Tamara James Sept. 17, 2011
    Thanks for posting this. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!

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Discussions Discussion Science and Culture
Mauro De Giorgi, Aug. 26, 2011

The Kid Should See This. There’s just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

http://thekidshouldseethis.com/
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