Prince Harry lost his mother in a very public way when he was age 12. In this interview, he discusses his own road to psychotherapy in his late 20s after years of struggling with emotional difficulties.
This is The Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev. It's an extremely difficult piece, and this recording by Martha Argerich is my favorite. If you don't know Argerich, she's one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century--and the 21st century.
The Toccata can be an acquired taste. I probably listened to it a dozen times before I loved it. For a glimpse of what performing it might looks like, here's Yuja Wang playing it at the Steinway factory. While technically amazing, I think her rendition lacks the subtlety of Argerich's performance. Still, it's a sight to behold.
The issue is complicated and can't be reduced to to simple pronouncements, which is why the currency manipulation charge worked for Trump during the campaign. Naming a foreign enemy and blaming them for your troubles is more viscerally 'persuasive' than articles like this.
The Transpacific Partnership is another example of a controversy that is largely beyond the understanding of most people, while lending itself to an Americans-versus-foreigners mentality so well that both Republicans and Democrats turned against it in the run up to the 2017 election.
None of this is intended to minimize the fact that many people feel ecomically screwed, but blaming foreign countries as a deflection is as old as the hills, and a favorite tactic of oppressive governments everywhere. It works for dictators and it works in liberal democracies under pressure. And not that a foreign entity can't be at fault, but it's psychologically easy to wrongly blame "them," especially if the subject is complex.
United Airlines needed to get four employees from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday night, but the UA flight bound for Louisville was full. What to do?
Passengers were offered $400, an overnight stay at a hotel, and a flight to Louisville on Monday afternoon. Alas, no takers. United upped the offer to $800, the hotel stay and the Monday flight. Still no deal.
So passengers were told that four of them would be selected randomly by a computer and forced leave the plane. One of the four passengers chosen claimed to be a physician. He said that he had to get back to Louisville because he was scheduled to see patients on Monday, and he refused to leave the plane,. This is what happened next.
In a statement, Oscar Munoz, the chief executive of United Airlines, called the episode “an upsetting event to all of us here at United.”
“I apologize for having to re-accomodate these customers,” he said. “Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.”