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GROSS: So, I thought we could close with another song. And this is a song that you wrote - that you didn't write for "Promises, Promises," but it's been interpolated into the new production. And the song is "I Say a Little Prayer." And I thought we'd use Aretha Franklin's 1968 recording of it.
Mr. DAVID: A great record.
GROSS: Yeah. Were you amazed to hear her record this?
Mr. BACHARACH: It's a better record than the record we made.
Mr. DAVID: Mm-hmm. We did, yeah. And we did a great record, but she topped it.
Mr. BACHARACH: Yeah.
GROSS: Why is this one better?
Mr. DAVID: You'll hear it.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Mr. BACHARACH: It's more natural.
Mr. DAVID: Yeah.
Mr. BACHARACH: It's just more natural. We were talking about our changes and time changes on the chorus of forever and forever, you stay in my heart, and I will - you know, that's going 4-4, 3-4, 4-4, 3-4. Then regard the way it was treated by Aretha, because Aretha just makes it seamless, the transition going from one change to another change. You never notice it.
Why it matters: Regardless of how it is measured, CEO pay continues to be very, very high and has grown far faster in recent decades than typical worker pay. Higher CEO pay does not reflect correspondingly higher output or better firm performance. Exorbitant CEO pay therefore means that the fruits of economic growth are not going to ordinary workers. The growth of CEO and executive compensation overall was a major factor driving the doubling of the income shares of the top 1 percent and top 0.1 percent of U.S. households from 1979 to 2007. Since then, income growth has remained unbalanced. Profits and stock market prices have reached record highs while the wages of most workers have continued to stagnate.Economic costs for employee compensation -- March 2018. (Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, 6/8/2018)
Employer costs for employee compensation averaged $36.32 per hour worked in March 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries averaged $24.77 per hour worked and accounted for 68.2 percent of these costs, while benefits averaged $11.55 and accounted for the remaining 31.8 percent.
Total employer compensation costs for private industry workers averaged $34.17 per hour worked. Total employer compensation costs for state and local government workers averaged $49.40 per hour worked.
In Paris, authorities are taking an unusual approach to combat the scourge of public urination: Make urination even more public. The city is experimenting with completely exposed, eco-friendly urinals.
The devices are called "Uritrottoir," which combines the words for urinal and pavement. They're not at all subtle.
They're bright red and in heavily trafficked areas — for example, directly next to the Seine near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) said there was a nine per cent increase in anti-Muslim incidents and a 20 per cent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes last year. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League said its data points to a potential 37 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. They include discrimination, harassment, assault and bomb threats. “I personally link it directly to Donald Trump and his empowerment of bigotry and white supremacy,” claimed CAIR’s National Communication’s Director Ibrahim Hooper.The Year in Hate: Trump buoyed white supremacists in 2017, sparking backlash among black nationalist groups. (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2/21/2018)
Aside from hate groups, the SPLC identified 689 active antigovernment groups that comprised the “Patriot” movement in 2017, up from 623. Of these, 273 were armed militias.
Historically, these groups rise during Democratic presidencies out of fear of gun control measures and federal law enforcement action against them. They typically decline under GOP presidencies. This has not been the case under Trump, whose radical views and bigotry may be energizing them in the same way he has invigorated hate groups.
In other words, the groups says, 'Let's get our priorities in order here!" The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that the organization appreciates Trump's desire to "show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops." But the veterans group believes that with troops still deployed overseas in the fight against terrorism, "the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veterans Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible."
Trump has expressed a desire for such a parade for years and was greatly impressed by the Bastille Day march he witnessed on a presidential trip to Paris in 2017.
"It was pretty convincing," Mayor Dan Devine said of the wide margin. "I hope this strong message sent by voters resonates with the legislature and the governor."
Shelia Stubbs, a Dane County Board supervisor, will be the first African-American elected to the state Legislature from Dane County following her primary win Tuesday for Assembly District 77.
The winner of the Democratic primary secured the seat — representing Madison’s South, Southwest and West sides as well as the UW-Madison campus and Shorewood Hills — since no Republican or independent challenger is running for the office.
Thanks to gerrymandering. The 59th Assembly District reaches into four counties: the southern part of Calumet County; the eastern part of Fond du Lac County; the northern part of Washington County; and the eastern part of Sheboygan County.
With no Democrat challenger, Ramthun will be uncontested on the Nov. 6 ballot. A native of Kewaskum, Ramthun has served as an executive business management consultant since 2010.
In his role, he addresses customer satisfaction, profitability, enhancing quality and operational service requirements in various private sector businesses.
Nationally, cheese production reached 12.7 billion pounds, a 3.9 percent increase. Eleven of the country’s top 14 cheese-producing states increased production in 2017, according to the NASS data. California was the nation’s second-leading producer at just over 2.5 billion pounds, which was a one-year drop of less than 1 percent.
Wisconsin’s overall production was led by big increases in Hispanic (7 percent), American (5.5 percent) and Italian (3.7) cheese production, the data show.
When California took over as the nation’s biggest milk-producing state in 1994, it ended at least a 70-year run as number one for Wisconsin. (USDA records start in 1924, and Wisconsin outproduced number two New York that year by nearly 50 percent.) California became the leader in dairy cows in 1998.
Over the next decade, California widened its lead dramatically in both categories. The high watermarks came in 2008 at 16.73 billion pounds and 592,000 cows.
But things have changed a lot since then — slowly at first, and much more rapidly of late. In 2016, California’s lead over Wisconsin had dropped to 10.35 billion pounds and 483,000 cows.
Those are still huge advantages, but a trend is clearly underway — one that says Wisconsin may be on track to eventually be the top dairy state againWisconsin doubles down on dairy distinction with goat farms. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 7/20/2016)
He thinks he has the data to prove it. I don’t disagree that the United States is in crisis, with fissures breaking apart our facade of national unity and revealing structural weaknesses of the republic. Our federation — and, therefore, the world — is in peril, and the stakes are enormous. As the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, however, I strongly disagree with the now-conventional narrative that what ultimately divides us is the difference between metropolitan and provincial life. The real divide is between regional cultures — an argument I fleshed out at the outset of this series—as it always has been. And I now have the data to demonstrate it.
In five regional cultures that together constitute about 51 percent of the United States population, rural and urban counties voted for the same presidential candidate, be it the “blue wave” election of 2008, the Trumpist upheaval of 2016 or the more ambiguous contest in between. In the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, New France and the Far West, rural and urban majorities supported Republican candidates in all three elections, whether voters lived in central cities, wealthy suburbs, mountain hollers or the ranches of the high plains.