The Daily Populous

Monday June 21st, 2021 day edition

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Every note of every chord, harmony, melody, bass and even the rhythm through beat-boxing.

Contrary to received wisdom, he could play instruments a bit – he’s credited as playing keyboard, synthesizer, guitar, drums and percussion on ‘HIStory’ – but none proficiently.

He didn’t have any formal composition training, though one could say he was trained harder than any other performer by his father.

But just as Mozart could hear whole symphonies in his head, Jackson fully realised his songs before they were put down on paper.

“I’ll just sing the bass part into the tape recorder,” he said between snips of sung melody, totally pitch perfect.

As anyone who’s tried to write a song will know, it’s pretty damn hard, even if you have some grasp of chords.

That he managed so amazingly without only adds to the sense that what MJ had was a special, special gift. »

In Wake of Duerson Case, 5 Questions About Football and Brain Injury

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And he was a well-liked player on two Super Bowl-winning teams: the 1986 Chicago Bears and the 1990 New York Giants.

But the fact that he self-referred himself (to have his brain examined after his death) is very significant,” McKee told us.

“He showed advanced pathology in the structures of the brain that influence mood, memory, impulse control, inhibition.”. »

Beholding Inequality: Race, Gender, and Returns to Physical Attractiveness in the United States1

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Physical attractiveness is an important axis of social stratification associated with educational attainment, marital patterns, earnings, and more.

Still, relative to ethnoracial and gender stratification, physical attractiveness is relatively understudied.

In particular, little is known about whether returns to physical attractiveness vary by race or significantly vary by race and gender combined. »

Americans Are Keeping Their Cars Longer, as Vehicle Age Hits 12 Years

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It was the first time the average vehicle age rose above 12 years, according to data released Monday by research firm IHS Markit.

The rise in average vehicle age doesn’t necessarily mean Americans are forgoing new-vehicle purchases and making do with their current cars longer, Mr. Campau said.

The lengthening vehicle age presents an opportunity for dealerships and other companies that sell aftermarket parts for vehicle repairs, such as brakes and tires, Mr. Campau said. »

42,000 pounds of missing pistachios leads to possible illegal pistachio operation

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When a pistachio company in California noticed that thousands of pounds of its main product had gone missing, it opened an investigation.

It appears that a truck driver may have been running an illegal pistachio operation out of the trucking yard.

According to the statement, the Touchstone Pistachio Company noticed that 42,000 pounds of pistachios had gone missing during a routine audit. »