Shakira’s new concert special on HBO demonstrates why she’s one of the most successful and original artists on earth.

I just finished watching Shakira’s new concert special on HBO. It’s excellent. I’ve always loved Shakira — she’s extraordinarily weird and hot and talented and authentic. I really like it when authentic people become famous and I like it even more when they embrace their fame without compromising any of what makes them distinctive.

You would have to be jaded or crazy not to love Shakira. She’s a famously skilled dancer but her moves are often goofier than they are sexy. She writes lyrics like “lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don’t confuse them with mountains,”…

Alaskans can have a full PFD and robust social spending — but only if the state ends its tax handouts to multinational oil corporations.

Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy recently gutted his state’s budget by over $440 million with a slew of line-item vetoes. Among them: a 40 percent cut in funding to the University of Alaska, a $58 million cut to the state’s Medicaid program, and deep slashes to senior benefits, homeless services, low-income legal services, early education programs, and women’s shelters.

Dunleavy argues that the vetoes are necessary if he’s going to follow through on his campaign promise of restoring the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to its full statutory amount, which this year would provide a $3,000 check to every Alaskan. …

Tim Higginbotham

democratic socialist

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