Happy Birthday, B.B. King!

Happy Birthday, B.B. King!:
1. Every Day I Have The Blues – B.B. King
2. The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
3. Kansas City (Real Rhapsody Exclusive Alternate B.B. Solo) – B.B. King
4. Night Life – (with The Crusaders) – B.B. King
5. Never Make Your Move Too Soon – B.B. King with Roger Daltrey
6. Ghetto Woman – B.B. King
7. You’re Losin’ Me – B.B. King
8. Ain’t Nobody Home – B.B. King with Darryl Hall & John Oates
9. Lucille Talks Back – B.B. King
10. Hummingbird – B.B. King with John Mayer
11. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss – B.B. King
12. So Excited – B.B. King
13. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home – B.B. King
14. Tired Of Your Jive – B.B. King
15. Drivin’ Wheel – B.B. King with Glenn Frey
16. Chains and Things – B.B. King
17. Help The Poor – (prev. unreleased) – B.B. King
18. I’m Not Wanted Anymore – B.B. King
19. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere – B.B. King
20. Funny How Time Slips Away – B.B. King with Bobby Bland

The Early Funk of New Orleans

The Early Funk of New Orleans:
New Orleans was home to some of the best and rawest party time soul ever recorded on wax.
1. In The Night – Professor Longhair
2. Life – Dr. John
3. Hercules – Aaron Neville
4. Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
5. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Fats Domino
6. We Got A Party – The Party Boys
7. Look-Ka Py Py – The Meters
8. Big Chief – Professor Longhair
9. Check Mr. Popeye – (part 1) – Eddie Bo
10. Junco Partner – James Booker

Katrina Relief Concerts

Katrina Relief Concerts:
Here are some of the artists participating in various televised benefit concerts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
1. Fix You – Coldplay
2. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans – Harry Connick, Jr.
3. Troubles – Alicia Keys
4. New Orleans – Wynton Marsalis
5. God Only Knows [Stereo] – The Beach Boys
6. Alabama – Neil Young
7. Home – Marc Broussard
8. Rainy Day In June – Alan Jackson
9. It’s Your World – Common
10. Ghosts Along the Mississippi – The Radiators
11. Here Without You (Acoustic) – 3 Doors Down
12. Stand Back Up – Sugarland
13. Zydeco La Louisianne – Buckwheat Zydeco
14. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
15. Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) – Dixie Chicks

Themepunks

Salon is publishing the first act (and probably more) of Cory Doctorow’s novel-in-progress *Themepunks* in serial form. The first chapter is up and the rest will be posted every Monday for ten weeks.

The 311 Mix

The 311 Mix:
311 guitarist/vocalist Nick Hexum makes you a “Saturday afternoon” mix.
1. Cold Hands (Warm Heart) – Brendan Benson
2. Can’t Stand It – Wilco
3. Man Next Door – Massive Attack
4. The Neighbor – Jason Falkner
5. The Way I Feel Inside – The Zombies
6. Sweet Talkin’ Woman – Electric Light Orchestra
7. Caring Is Creepy – The Shins
8. World Inside The World – Rhett Miller
9. Goodbye Girl – Squeeze
10. I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
11. Last Exit – Pearl Jam
12. Hackensack – Fountains Of Wayne

The bad idea behind our failed health-care system

Malcolm Gladwell’s piece in the New Yorker on the trouble with the U.S. health care system is a must read.

Instead, the United States has opted for a makeshift system of increasing complexity and dysfunction. Americans spend $5,267 per capita on health care every year, almost two and half times the industrialized world’s median of $2,193; the extra spending comes to hundreds of billions of dollars a year. What does that extra spending buy us? Americans have fewer doctors per capita than most Western countries. We go to the doctor less than people in other Western countries. We get admitted to the hospital less frequently than people in other Western countries. We are less satisfied with our health care than our counterparts in other countries. American life expectancy is lower than the Western average. Childhood-immunization rates in the United States are lower than average. Infant-mortality rates are in the nineteenth percentile of industrialized nations. Doctors here perform more high-end medical procedures, such as coronary angioplasties, than in other countries, but most of the wealthier Western countries have more CT scanners than the United States does, and Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Finland all have more MRI machines per capita. Nor is our system more efficient. The United States spends more than a thousand dollars per capita per year—or close to four hundred billion dollars—on health-care-related paperwork and administration, whereas Canada, for example, spends only about three hundred dollars per capita. And, of course, every other country in the industrialized world insures all its citizens; despite those extra hundreds of billions of dollars we spend each year, we leave forty-five million people without any insurance. A country that displays an almost ruthless commitment to efficiency and performance in every aspect of its economy—a country that switched to Japanese cars the moment they were more reliable, and to Chinese T-shirts the moment they were five cents cheaper—has loyally stuck with a health-care system that leaves its citizenry pulling out their teeth with pliers.

Here are some groups advocating for single-payer, national systems and universal insurance coverage:

  • [American Health Care Reform](http://americanhealthcarereform.org/) – bonus points for the *Breakfast Club* quote on the home page
  • [Physicians for a National Health Program](http://www.pnhp.org/)
  • [Universal Health Care Action Network](http://www.uhcan.org/index.html)
  • [Health Care For All](http://www.hcfama.org/)