Things Are Good: Taxing Sugary Water Works

Beverages infused with copies amounts of sugar like Pepsi or Coke aren’t good for you health. When an entire nation consumes too much then public health suffers greatly. This has many governments looking into how they can stymie this overconsumption of unhealthy drinks. One solution is taxing soda sales. in 2014 the Mexican government started ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: In Appreciation of Vintage Music

I was listening the other day to a song sung by Cliff Edwards, Cheating on Me, recorded from an old 78 RPM single. Scratchy, warbly, and a bit thin, but it comes across beautifully across the gap of time. When you listen for a while, the scratches just disappear into the background and you hear ...

Art Threat: Music Monday: Paper Doll by Stef Lang

Stef Lang takes the uprising of women internationally against the pressure that consumer culture creates for young women (and undoubtedly for young men as well) to the pop scene with this great, dancable song that could easily contend with the same hits that push the “look” she’s speaking out against. She gives the mainstream a ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Pop

I went to see Jian Ghomeshi speak at Kitchener’s TheMuseum last night. His topic was pop culture. It seemed a rather contentless talk (at the time the word I was thinking was “vacuous”), but he’s a smart guy – he gave a funny introduction and a very interesting Q&A at the end. As examples of ...