Obama let us end the outdated approach to Cuba

President Obama says we need to end our outdated approach to Cuba.
He is announcing that the US and Cuba are forming more trade agreements; adding more banking; adding more access to the internet; among other topics. Both nation’s released prisoners, Cuba released mr. Gross and a man who is defined as a “hero” according to mr. Obama as well. The United States gave 3 spies back to Cuba.

ITunes music rankings for last week

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending December 15, 2014:

Top Songs

1. Blank Space, Taylor Swift

2. Take Me to Church, Hozier

3. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson

4. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

5. Lips Are Movin, Meghan Trainor

6. The Hanging Tree, James Newton Howard

7. Shake It Off, Taylor Swift

8. I’m Not the Only One, Sam Smith

9. The Heart Wants What It Wants, Selena Gomez

10. All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor

Top Albums

1. 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole

2. 1989, Taylor Swift

3. That’s Christmas To Me, Pentatonix

4. Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? , K. Michelle

5. The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj

6. Guardians of the Galaxy: Aweso…, Various Artists

7. Christmas, Michael Bublé

8. x, Ed Sheeran

9. In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

10. Hozier, Hozier

h/t The Associated Press

Ranking your tv shows from last week

Here’s the list of last week’s most popular TV shows, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

1. NFL Football: Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC, 24.25 million.

2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 17.51 million.

3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.49 million.

4. “The OT,” Fox, 12.75 million.

5. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 12.39 million.

6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.38million.

7. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.19 million.

8. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.09 million.

9. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.84 million.

10. “Mom,” CBS, 10.75 million.

11. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” CBS, 10.64 million.

12. “NCIS,” CBS, 10.30 million.

13. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.12 million.

14. “Scorpion,” CBS, 10.00 million

15. “Modern Family,” ABC, 9.69 million.

16. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.47 million.

17. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.30 million.

18. “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” CBS, 9.29 million.

19. “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 8.92 million.

20. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 8.77 million.
h/t The Associated Press

us cuba trying to become friends

The United States and Cuba are attempting to patch up a decades old disagreement, to put it nicely.
According to a White House official the us and cuba are working toward regulating trade among other things.
Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said the agreement includes normalizing banking and trade ties with Cuba, The Associated Press reports.
Of course it helps that the Cuban government released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years, the Associated Press reports.
He was released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the United States, the official said, according to the AP who spoke to this person with the understanding of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name. This is good news. It should be noted that President Obama will speak at noon est 9 pst today.

a blogging day

Today seems like a day of not being lazy, shiftless, or good for nothing. I am not sure how the day will pan out but I feel like posting a little more than I did yesterday. Usually with this post I write from the spirit; what I mean friends is I write how I am feeling at this time. Although I am tired, cold, and feel like being lazy I don’t think that this is how the day will go. Perhaps I will write a follow up post.

the rock-n-roll hof has 2015 winners

Who will make it in to the rock’n’roll hall of faim in 2015? The winners are:
Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
The Beatles’ Ringo Starr will also be honored at the 2015 induction ceremony with the award for musical excellence, while R&B quintet The “5” Royales will be recognized for their early influence, Cnn reports.
“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation president Joel Peresman said in a statement. “These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today.” The ceremony will be in Spring.

ranking your movies for December 16, 2014

These are the best movies ranked by Rentrak
1. “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” 20th Century Fox, $24.1 (million)

2. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1,” Lionsgate, $12.6 (million)

3. “Penguins of Madagascar,” 20th Century Fox, $7.2 (million)

4. “Top Five,” Paramount, $6.8 (million)

5. “Big Hero 6,” Disney, $6 (million)

6. “Interstellar,” Paramount, $5.4 (million)

7. “Horrible Bosses 2,” Warner Bros., $4.6 (million)

8. “Dumb and Dumber To,” Universal, $2.7 (million)

9. “The Theory of Everything,” Focus Features, $2.4 (million)

10. “Wild,” Fox Searchlight, $1.5 (million)