Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pop Singer's Daddy's a Drug Lord

Melissa Plancarte
Daddy's a Drug Lord: Now Where's My Record Deal? | Vocativ: "At first glance, it’s a typical photo of a woman getting ready to go out. She wears a skimpy dress and lots of makeup while striking a seductive pose. The only problem: She’s the daughter of a notorious drug lord, and her sexy dress happens to carry the insignia of her father’s criminal organization.

A major scandal hit the Mexican Internet in recent weeks after aspiring pop singer Melissa Plancarte posted the selfie on Instagram. Her father, Enrique Plancarte, is one of Mexico’s most wanted men and a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is currently embroiled in a low-intensity civil war with the army, federal police and citizen vigilante groups in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Listen to 3,400-Year-Old Sumerian Music

Clay tablets from 3,400 years ago contain a cult hymn.

The “world’s oldest song,” a Sumerian hymn translated from a clay tablet, can be heard from a recording made in the 1950s, when the tablets were first discovered in the ancient Amorite city of Ugarit. (See YouTube video of the music on continuation page.)
According to Dr. Heather Lynn: Sumerian Music: Listen to the World's Oldest Song: "These clay tablets date to approximately 1400 BCE, making the songs the oldest found so far. They are Hurrian songs that include a 3,400 year-old cult hymn called Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal, or A Zaluzi to the Gods. The hymn is known to archaeologists as simply, h.6, and is of an unknown composer(s).