American Elephants

Happy Morning Music by American Elephant
August 17, 2009, 4:20 am
Filed under: Europe, Music, YouTube | Tags: ,

Perpetuum Jazzile is Slovenia’s one and only jazz choir, and a very fine one indeed, which we’ve featured before. Here they are singing an arrangement of an international hit from the 1970’s called “Eres Tu” (“You are”). You may very well recognize the song (but probably not until around the 1:30 mark or so) if you are at all familiar with easy listening from the early 1970’s — or perhaps if you’ve ever ridden an elevator.

The song was Spain’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and became an international hit after the song reached second place in the contest. This arrangement, however, starts out with another song by the name of “Brez Besed” (“Without Words”) which was the Yugoslavian Eurovision entry seven years earlier, in 1966. The songs are so similar in parts that some Yugoslavs accuse the Spaniards of pilfering their melody.

Here, Perpetuum Jazzile attempts a little musical diplomacy with a happy arrangement that marries the two. They are singing in Slovene, Spanish and English.

The perfect happy little song to start the day.

Canada’s Top Doc: Canadian System ‘Imploding’ by American Elephant
August 17, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Health Care, News, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear | Tags: ,

The supposedly superior Canadian health care system is collapsing according to the president of the Canadian Medical Association. The cure? Privatization:

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country – who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting – recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet, the current president of the CMA, who has said there’s a critical need to make Canada’s health-care system patient-centred. He will present details from his fact-finding trip to Europe in January, where he met with health groups in England, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands and France.

His thoughts on the issue are already clear. Ouellet has been saying since his return that “a health-care revolution has passed us by,” that it’s possible to make wait lists disappear while maintaining universal coverage and “that competition should be welcomed, not feared.”

In other words, Ouellet believes there could be a role for private health-care delivery within the public system. [read more]

So Obama and the Democrats want us to model our health care on a system that is “imploding.”  No wonder Americans now trust Republicans more on health care.

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