Thursday, August 19, 2021

Favorite 80s music

 I was a kid during the 1980s and have fond memories of the music. As an adult, I revisited the music and found it highly appealing. I listen mainly to classical music, but when I'm not listening to classical music I like to hear 80s music. Here is a list of my top 25 favorite songs from the 80s.

Take On Me
by A-ha

Out Of Touch
by Hall & Oates

She's Gone
by Hall & Oates

Private Eyes
by Hall & Oates

Don't You (Forget About Me)
by Simple Minds

Hold Me Now
by Thompson Twins

You Belong to the City
Glenn Frey

In the Air Tonight
by Phil Collins

Your Love
by The Outfield

Safety Dance
by Men Without Hats

Broken Wings
by Mr. Mister

West End Girls
by Pet Shop Boys

Don't Dream It's Over
by Crowded House

I Ran (So Far Away)
by A Flock Of Seagulls

Head Over Heels
by Tears For Fears

by Tears For Fears

Everybody Wants To Rule The World
by Tears For Fears

by Spandau Ballet

Crockett's Theme
by Jan Hammer

(I Just) Died in Your Arms
by Cutting Crew

White Wedding
by Billy Idol

Eyes Without A Face
by Billy Idol

Billie Jean
by Michael Jackson

by Guns N' Roses

Say You Say Me
by Lionel Richie

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Taliban retake Afghanistan

 Kabul is lost and so is Afghanistan! It's back into the hands of the Taliban - the Islamic fanatics who treat Christians and women as sub-human! 20 years of effort wiped out. Very tragic! Watching the desperation of the Americans and Afghanis trying to escape was reminiscent of the fall of Saigon. Like the Vietnam war, the Afghanistan war was a protracted police action without clear objectives to win the war. Afghanistan is very tribal, and I think it was too much to expect a national Afghan army to be cohesive and effective. In the end, they surrendered even with a 5:1 advantage over the Taliban. I think many Americans, like Americans during Vietnam, were questioning why we were even there in Afghanistan. And the historians will probably be wondering as well in coming years. I don't believe this will be the end of American involvement in Afghanistan. They will resume harboring Islamic terrorist groups and could launch another 9/11 style attack on America, so we'll likely return in some form if only airstrikes. For the more cynical I leave you with this chart on poppy (used to make opium and heroin) production in Afghanistan.

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