Posts Tagged ‘American’

The Impossible Made Easy – How feedback Tames the Restless Mind

December 28, 2009

"Restless Spirit of man,
How is he to tame it?
Truly, I think the wind is no wilder. "

The same plea resounds through the centuries. We sit down to meditate. We try to concentrate, try to visit, try to subdue the restless spirit. In most cases, not our time spent dreaming and drifting. Attention is hard to keep, not to be maintained.

One big surprise is that this problem has a solution, and that the solution there was on the whole right before our eyes andunrecognized. If you meditate (with eyes open as in "open view" of Zen practice), you may have seen it myself. It is a sensation of light – the same "White Light" meditation or lighting reported breakthroughs: the light of enlightenment. This light, when it is efficient to use in meditation serves as an update for the error.

How is this possible? The key lies in the use of light as feedback: visual feedback – the information you need to know to ensure success. Here's howuse the light in a feedback method of meditation.

A small disc with a target placed on the floor. (You can use a cut out of paper and try this at home.) With a gentle look, you focus attention on the target. Attention fixes his eyes with his eyes still. Within seconds, this stare a slight optical distortion effects, usually halos of light. These distortions arise from the retinal fatigue, a harmless natural process that recovers the moment you look away. The light (or any otheroptical distortion) could be shown, provides feedback to tell you what you need to know. It tells you you are on course. He confirms attention. However, if you lose your attention and your mind wanders, wanders into the eye, and immediately terminates the distortion.

In this way, visual feedback and the rights of the signals that your course. Staring at the light makes the attention to easy, keep it simple to maintain. Like a faithful watchdog feedback you get drift and dream. This ensures feedbackSuccess.

The focus on feedback, you can literally watch out for your attention. Without feedback only seconds can expect perfect concentration. With feedback, the attention can be as long as you want to continue. You can turn to for the attention, how to handle a rope for a tow, and where does it take you? Feedback puts you in a straight line to enlightenment. Existence and in time you will be "light" both literally and figuratively.

In summary: Your attention isThe aim of meditation and the feedback is a direct hit. Just sit and watch the show your attention produced. For two thousand years, the light has been there. Amazingly, we missed the connection, and so missed a precision guidance system. Once you see the connection but it is obvious, and if you try the method, one or two minutes of concentrated attention feedback to prove himself.


A Senior Moment – Dinner with 3-time Olympian and American record hammer thrower Ed Burke

December 19, 2009

Almost every athlete, the annual U.S. National Track & Field Masters Championships Outdoors attended, had their day in the sun. Perhaps it was in school, college or on the professional circuit, but almost all of these men and women have experienced success on a certain level of competition.

It is therefore more than 1000 men and senior runners this year's National Championships back in Oshkosh (WI), a step on the track or on the spot and test againthemselves. To try and catch a firefly in a jam jar on a hot summer night.

Ed Burke is one of those athletes. Burke was a standout at San Jose State University from 1960 to 1962 and sets a school record with a throw of 192 feet-3 ,5-inch in 1962 that would stand for 16 years.

He started for the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games, and then retired. After 12 years, he came out of retirement and not the U.S. team, which was too Boycott the Moscow Olympics in 1980th In 1984, at the age of 44 he made the team for the Olympics in Los Angeles.

It was 20 years since his first Olympic competition in Tokyo, and perhaps more importantly, Burke was selected by the U.S. team captains to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony. It was really a moment that the Olympic Burke will never forget.

His personal best throw of 243-feet-11-inch was at Stanford University in 1984, and remains as a> U.S. record for the age group 40-44.

After his retirement a second time, Ed Burke is back at it again. In his first competition in 21 years, he threw the hammer 175-09, breaking the world record for the age group 65-69. Burke, now 69, won the hammer throw at this year's National Track & Field Masters Championships in Wisconsin.

Burke is from Los Gatos, California. I flew from Lacey, Washington, to Midway Airport in Chicago, was taken by my best friendJohn Shaw, of Davison, Michigan, and we went to the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh to meet to obtain. John and I are friends for 49 years.

We both ran cross country and track for Flint Central High School and Michigan State University. John is a former cross country and track coach at Goodrich High School, where he was an experienced team every success and produced some major college talent.

We blew in Oshkosh, and after cruising a bit, prettyquickly finds that the best place for dinner the night before the meet, was Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant on the scenic Fox River. With a small brewery, boat dock, live music and outdoor dining, it was the place to be in Oshkosh.

Born and raised in Michigan after my first 21 years, it was not long until I remembered my Midwest roots. The people of Wisconsin Midwest were friendly, relaxed, confident and clean.

You remember in the Midwest. It was the same place that weMark Twain, Thomas Edison, John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, Warren Buffett, Paul Harvey, Charles Schultz, Carl Sandburg, James Dean, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Qunicy Jones, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Johnny Carson The Wright Brothers, Benny Goodman and Bob Newhart. No wonder, in the Midwest is a special place, some call it the salt of the earth.

We want Fratellos as well as we again 4 nights for dinner. On the last night we were chatting with ourFood server Jon, a recent University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh grad looking for a job, and Ed Burke walked alone. Burke overheard our conversation (turns out, Jon was a runner in high school), and asked if he could join us.

We had never met before Ed Burke, but he was clearly a master of competitors, especially when we found out that he threw the hammer, saw the size of the hands and checked out the Olympic ring on his finger, which could have easily been mistaken for Super Bowlring.

Both John and I had a great time exchanging war stories with Ed Burke. We talked a lot about the great San Jose State track coach Bud Winter, who coached Burke San Jose State and earned the nickname "Speed City". Winter Olympic medalists and social activists developed Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Carlos and Smith are perhaps best remembered for the grant of a raised fist salute from the podium of the medal winners at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

We also talked about howAging is not fun, something to compete in shape and recovering from injuries at our age it takes much more time. A high school athlete can get in great shape in 12 weeks, it takes us at least 12 months time to achieve the same kind of progress.

As we talked, and consumed more liquid refreshment, began the sun over the Fox River. John and I celebrated his silver medal in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, but our after-dinner time spent with Ed Burke reminds us justwhat the U.S. national meetings was really all about, camaraderie. They come for the competition and stay for the camaraderie.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley

American English Teacher in Japan, Korea, the Middle East and in the remotest parts of the earth

December 18, 2009

While applying for an English teaching position abroad with a company that provides services Japan, I was asked to write a letter to / essay indicating "why I want to live and work IN JAPAN"

Here below are a few secrets to success when you are prompted such a letter, write, followed by the letter itself.

1. Express a heartfelt interest – employers want people who are passionate about their work.

2. Communicate the love of the arts – be it foreign or corporate transactions.

3.Highlight your professional skills, abilities and achievements.

4. Do they differ from the other candidates. What makes you so unique?

5. Convey the depth of your commitment. The companies want loyal and dedicated employees, it will be long term.


I want to live and work in Japan for the cultural experience and make a difference. My world travels have taken me that taught every nation, ethnic group and culturesomething special to teach and to communicate to mankind. Therefore I would like all of Japan an economic power and masterfully innovative country with enormous global influence of experience.

I have a TESOL Certificate (Trinity College London), over 3 years experience in teaching English, (15 years teaching / lecturing experience worldwide in over 50 countries, and I am the author of 14 pounds are both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize) .

I love living mainly in the East Asia andFor over three years. Japan is a country has always been that I am definitely intrigued and would like to see more. My grandfather, who was U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, in Japan during World War II stationed. "Pop-Pop" as I affectionately call him, always spoke well of the Japanese and his experiences there.

I enjoyed teaching Japanese students at a language school here in Orlando, Florida. They were very polite, hardworking, and with a lot of fun.

As a former fitness trainer, I oftenGym and very enjoy receiving a shiatsu deep tissue massage. I also grew up playing baseball is often what I know is a very popular sport in Japan. It would be a thrill to a baseball game in Japan to visit, as I have seen through television, how exciting and solemn, the fans are about their national sport.

I am also very interested and experienced watching sumo wrestling. Maybe I'll get in a position to a photo with one of the national champion in Japan. TheAkito martial arts is also of great interest to me. During his time in Taiwan, I studied various forms of martial arts. The Japanese style Akito combines a unique blend of physical and defensive disciplines, which I feel would be useful to learn.

A trip to Japan would not be complete without a visit to Mount Fuji, a natural beautiful and spiritual odyssey. I seen it coming for a long time on this experience, and the sun until it horizons beyond the picturesque.

I feel is an enormousTeachers and profit for all languages in school, university or company. My worldwide travels, the understanding of Asian culture and genuine love for students to make me a wonderful teacher. Moreover, the fact that I am a published author, creative writer, poet, and it allows me to use the English language in a variety of ways and inspire learning in every academic capacity.

Please consider my sincere appreciation for a job in your company, to serve schools throughout Japan. I believe that a long-termCooperation between us will be forged remarkable results and bring mutual rewards. It is my desire to partner with a reputable company for which I can proudly for many years of work, an important contribution, and leave a legacy for other generations to follow.

In an era in which nations scramble for power, positioning to each other are military, and grow in hatred, it is important that we in the international community to build bridges to learn together and workpeacefully. I am working as an English teacher in Japan is one way we can begin to merge and come together at international level, as we share each other's language and culture.

I wish you happiness, success and fulfillment.

American Racism – Why Will not It Go Away?

December 15, 2009

America has been working for a long period of racism behind us. Enter presidential candidate Barack Obama. Sure, we still have a long way to go. Why do we still struggle with racism? The laws last year, so why delay progress? Why do most churches are still divided like that? Why are famous (and not so famous) people remain insensitive language? Why are children of color graduate at lower rates than their European American counterparts?

Why we do not alwaysactually reached the "melting pot?" U.S. President John Quincy Adams wrote at the end of the American Revolution, "[immigrants] has slammed the European skin, to include it again. You must look forward, not back to their offspring to their ancestors, they must be sure that what may be their own feelings, which their children are clinging to the prejudices in this country. "

Melting involved intermarriage and production of "American" children. So meltingPot for the Europeans, and was never intended to Indians, Mexicans, Africans, or to be incorporated. Later, when America started to wonder to assimilate people of color and melting, many rejected the invitation, choosing instead to nourish a sense of pride in one's heritage.

Imagine in your head, the doctor, the blood bank and invented the method of manufacture and storage of plasma. He was the first director of the Red Cross Blood Bank during the Second World War, saving thousands of soldiers lives. "Heentered this position in 1942 on the issue of segregation. Not separation of soldiers or of the health workers, but separation of blood.

The U.S. War Department in 1942 directed that "White" blood should be kept out of the "black" blood. It had to be labeled in this way, of course, because all the blood looks red to the human eye. But consider "white" blood as "black" blood, said Dr. Charles Drew, who was African American, took up his post of Professor for themselvesSurgery at Howard University.

If you me to be the inventor of the white blood bank, you were not alone. Why is this so? And how are we to the point in America where we parted, blood on the skin color of the donor? It was no accident but the logical consequence of a deliberate effort – an effort that thorough testing is needed if we are to understand why America is still struggling with racism in the 21 Century.

Ralph Ellison said,"There are few things in this world as dangerous as sleepwalkers." When talking about racism and diversity advocate for diversity without trying to understand closely to combat racism, we will further delay the achievement of our goal, how we miss the mark with our ideas for solutions. To work for justice, we need about what Alden Vaughan calls the "Roots of American white racism" and how, as stated by Joseph Barndt, they are systemic in nature.

Many diversity advocates movingthe struggle against racial prejudice to the next case, and find that it is a task without end. But the search for the source of the racial prejudices, and deep into the systemic nature of American racism, a more comprehensive solution. This article provides a brief overview of the historical racism in the American systems and institutions. It is hardly a piece of American history.

For the purposes of this Article, American Racismdefined as the institutionalization of the entire system of America, the lie that the white race better than anyone else.

Significantly, America has not the concept of hierarchies or even oppression. Probably the first was that the hierarchy of the sexes. Other advantages include the American hierarchy of oppression of the caste system in India, which embodies the rise of light over darkness in religion. Moses was criticized by Aaron, but defended by God in the numbers 12for marrying a Cushite (African) woman. Hippocrates divided the world between Greeks and barbarians, the barbarians of the less desirable group. Shakespeare wrote Othello in 1604, a testimony to the entrenched oppression against dark skin against racism in America. The Great Chain of Being is a classist orders of all, the Greeks, and later Alexander Pope.

During slavery plays a central role in any discussion of American racism, slavery was also aworldwide phenomenon. At the time, Portugal led the African Atlantic slave trade during the period between 1400 and the Spanish, Dutch and British all took a turn for the control, slavery was a well-known institution in the world. When Christopher Columbus on his first trip to the Western Hemisphere for the first time the "Indians saw," his immediate thought was to catch them and bring them to Spain as slaves, and that's what he did.

Egyptian, Hebrew, Roman, Greek, Chinese, and many AfricanCultures accept slavery at various points in history. In these cultures, slaves were usually prisoners of war, criminals, or the result of the sale to pay himself a debt. Marry are dominated in most cultures, slave, slave, at least their name, many were able to hold property, vote, teach them to keep their religion and culture, and many have their freedom. There were often enslaved to strict religious guidelines regulating the humane treatment of people.

Now for America. Britishand other European immigrants saw the "new" world as a country that could prove highly profitable expansion. However, they were two obstacles: 1) Those who already lived in the country, they wanted to develop and 2) there were not enough people in Europe willing to work the land. European servants worked only for a period of years and then they were released. If they are prematurely escaped, they could easily blend into society and are difficult to capture.

The first coloniststhought they could solve both their problems with a solution: working to enslave the indigenous inhabitants, around the country. However, these efforts proved unsuccessful, because the ones that we see today as the Indians quickly died in large numbers in captivity. It was in the British colony of Virginia in 1619, the first African officials who arrived in America. By 1700, colonies, where slavery was legal, slavery was synonymous with African heritage. The British colonists had developed a brandSlavery that the world had never known before, slavery to skin color or race. "The latent belief in European superiority and internal prejudices against dark-skinned people began to be institutionalized.

Note two things in the following excerpt from the Virginia slave code of 1705 are: that is the justification for the enslavement of dark-skinned people is that they are not Christians, and that an abusive master receives full immunity in advance for the killing of every slave who exercises his ortheir (inalienable) right to freedom.

"All officials and introduced in the country … who were not Christians in their homeland … is to be accounted for, and slaves. All Negroes, mulattoes and Indian slaves within this dominion … shall, at it were real estate. If a slave resist his master … correcting such slave, and will be just killed in such correction … the master shall be free from all punishment … as if such accident never happened. "
1705, Virginia slaveCodes

Not only the colonial period and later pre-war mansions slavery in America was unique in its combination codified in skin color, but it was also one of the most extreme slave systems in the world had ever seen. Borrowing a page from the burgeoning Latin American slavery, black slaves for life and their descendants were also served lifelong slaves. Enslaved people in America regularly branding, straps and chains suffered as methods of discipline.

But perhaps the most important and lastingDamage was the loss of languages, names, religion and families. The family structure of enslaved Africans in America works at the mercy of slaveholders, which are often sold out man, woman and child on various plantations. European American ordinary landowners raped women enslaved on their plantations by applying to the destruction of the Black family systems.

Indeed, many civilizations reputation for brutality. In fact, some might observe that the American brutalitybore a striking resemblance to the British brutality that would not be surprising, since 90% of the settlers at the end of the 17th Century were of British descent. But as a nation that still recently risked everything to cross an ocean to escape oppression could quickly turn into oppressors of others? And, like religion, which they tried to practice freely as fast as a means to suppress with them? As someone as prominent as the governor of South Carolina say, to feel entitledthe following points before the Senate of the United States?

"We do not believe that whites should be slaves either by law or necessity. Our slaves are black, the other and inferior race. The state in which we have provided, which is one level. They are from the state, first created in God they increased by it can made our slaves. None of that race on the whole face of the earth to be compared with the slaves in the South. They are happy, satisfied, unaspiring and totally incapable ofintellectual weakness, ever to us no trouble with their expectations. "- Henry Hammond, South Carolina Governor 1807-1864

Americans created and evolved over our American system of religion, education, business, police, health, media and others. The institutions are the organizations, companies create to implement their systems. For example, each school is an institution in our country for the implementation of our educational system. One of the important things to know,about institutions is that they take time to change practices to preserve, even after measures and laws. When we realize that almost all American institutions have been developed in a climate of pervasive racism, we can begin to see exactly why institutional racism still looms so large.

The original problem of ambitious colonists was that a large number of people who do not usually agree with the plan and to civilize, "" this country, and they were willing toto fight to keep their traditional way of life. But still-young American system met the challenge and helped to an almost complete genocide of the Indians to implement.

Ninety percent of North American Indians were killed by violence and disease between 1492 and 1900. The U.S. military not only for the typical warfare techniques, but also poisoned with smallpox blankets as soon as they learned the Indian resistance against the killer disease was extremely low.

L.Frank Baum, author, The Wizard of Oz and the editor of The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer in 1891, printed this justification of actions of the military: "… The only certainty is dependent upon the total extermination of the Indians. After centuries we had better injustice in order to protect our civilization, follow by a wrong and wipe these untamed and wild creatures from the face of the earth. "

This is just one example of how the media played on the fears generated when Indiansfighting for their lives and preserve their way of life. In combination with the religious messages from the early American pulpits, systemic, was the seamless message.

Not only did American colonists a racist system to develop in order to secure the land and resolving the dilemma of work, but they fanned the flames of racism in order to maintain and develop their positions of power. It can be said that all the important system lent their support in the U.S., a typical AmericanRacism.

Racism could not survive, let alone flourished, as in America, if the system of the Christian religion had not given his blessing. John Louis O'Sullivan said in 1845, the European-American western expansion, divinely ordained, coining the term "Manifest Destiny". This religious teaching was God's blessing for the genocide of the Indians, African slavery and American expansion in the Caribbean and the Pacific. But the idea already existed much earlier.

The firstGovernor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634 wrote: "By special dispensation of the Lord … It's not about two or three adults and about as many children, all died last year, it is very rare that anyone tired of hearing Agues or other diseases. "But he said in passing, such as" for the locals, they are all dead in the vicinity of smallpox, eliminated as the Lord has title to what we have. "

An obscure verses in the Bible played a major role in the acceptance of thisTeaching. British explorer George Best in 1578 and Reverend Thomas Cooper in 1615 damaged Noah curse his grandson Canaan in Genesis 9:25-27 to justify slavery. The verses read as follows: "Cursed be Canaan, a slave of slaves, he is to his brothers." He [Noah] also said, "blessed by God be Shem, and Canaan shall be his slave. God enlarge Japheth, and let him into the tents of Shem, and Canaan shall be his slave."

Cooper said that this "Curse of Ham" is meant, because theDescendants of Ham were the Africans, so they were destined to be slaves. Many used to justify many European American ministers this ancient religious curse of American peccancy.

But the curse was directed not at Ham, but one of his sons, Canaan. Ham had four sons, Cush, Mizrain, Put and Canaan. Cush is the ancient name for Ethiopia in Africa. Canaan is the area we now call Israel, although Abraham is said to have wiped out all of the original Canaanites in aBattle of the time of Moses. So even though Noah had the ability to bring certain people to always condemn slavery, it is clear that there is Canaan, whose descendants were destroyed (all) the only son of Ham in Noah's curse mentioned.

The American system is also used religious elements of the separation and forced acculturation in the implementation of racism. European Americans worked diligently to European standards of worship and theology of all nations to mediate in America, but the drivepreserve the cultural aspects of worship proved too strong. The most enthusiastic example of the diversity in American institutions today is the religion, the separation of church and state.

Although religious authorization was a priority to racism in America, slavery and genocide, prosper was disturbing that the American conscience. Early Americans faced with a fundamental divide: they form a new country based on the ideals of freedom and justice, and yet they wereStructure of this country to suppress injustice Africans, Indians and other non-whites. How could they justify slavery, while fighting for freedom? The solution was found it to produce fraudulent science that characterizes the oppressed groups as follows less than human. Recently, the American scientist George Morton was found that his experiments, which showed the African brain size have been faked to be smaller than the European.

"Enlightenment", where the classification of species. This scientificOrder of human groups to which the European heritage is positioned at the head lent credibility is crucial, racist ideology. Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish anthropologist, said the system of nature in 1735. Building on its classifications, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach in 1776 developed the classifications Negroid remind many of us, from primary school, including the "Caucasian", "Mongolia" and "." What does not remind us, the racist characterizations of each group given. The European scientists whoprepared to bring this order shamelessly their own group at the top of the order of: Caucasians were considered intellectual, adventurous, characterized and civilized while other groups were assigned to various shortcomings and negative qualities.

Historically, the term "race" was used synonymously with nationality, but now it has on a scientific flavor. The term "white race" was seen as a scientific fact that most Americans still accept today. Europeans and European Americans weresent the language to use in order to disguise the truth of what is being done to. Ironically, the "Enlightenment" was a time when scientists used false science, in order to formalize a racist ideology, the Americans, the economic exploitation of the "defend lesser" races.

Even while racism was the accepted norm, those who attempt to examine race was stopped sink into confusion. Originally, the Irish were not considered white, but became so after a few generations, as they are increasingly becomingPart of the American fabric. Race was such that the intangible U.S. Supreme Court reversed many times in the early 1900s, the attempt to ascertain whether groups like the Indians and Syrians were white rule.

Today, the Human Genome Project has shown that all people are equal to 99.99% genetically, show that the systems are used to promote not only racism but also to control them. In fact, reject the vast majority of anthropologists today, now the scientific realities of race,called it a social construct with little relevance to the science. The American Anthropological Association, in his statement on race, not a leaf moves:

"Invented the" race "ideology, in order to assign some groups to perpetual low status, while others were permitted access to privilege, power and wealth. The tragedy was in the United States that the policies and practices based on this worldview succeeded all too including the construction of unequal populations among Europeans,Native Americans, and peoples of African descent. "

The system of the U.S. federal government was one of the most powerful systems for the performance of American racism. Nevertheless, most Americans are of the 21 Century, the blatant racism of our first President not aware of.

Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and all racist beliefs publicly aired. But the federal government has a lot more than just talk. Congressional restrictions on immigration as the ChineseExclusion Act, United States, 1882 and 1906 Gentlemen's Agreement with Japan were explicitly racist. The Dawes Act of 1887 Anglicized Indian name and led to large losses of Indian lands. During the Second World Congress of the Japanese Americans acted born in the U.S. is based on fear, they were a threat to American security Intern.

The system implements the U.S. courts supported the racism of the federal government. Ruled in People v. Hall, 1854, a California court that the ChinesePeople were not allowed to testify against whites, the shielding of whites prosecution of crimes against the Chinese. The decision of the Supreme Court said the Dred Scott in 1857, that a person who is not enslaved is a citizen, but property, and therefore no action may be brought to justice. In Botiller v. Dominguez decision of 1889, European Americans, were the Mexican land acquired free from all guilt. The infamous "separate but equal" lie has its definition and the blessing of the Supreme Courtin Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896. Plessy was also the decision that the listed one-drop rule: if a person has one drop of blood in Africa, he / she is than in Africa. This rule was positive for slave owners, the procreation of children by their slaves could produce a continuous supply of new slaves.

The American economic and labor system was based on racism in America. Southern plantations experienced the great demand for labor, which spurred the impetusfor slavery. Immigrants from Asia and almost nothing worked building the transcontinental railroad and the factories and farms. Due to the low cost, these companies prospered, so owners wealthy enough to afford large political donations to politicians who support the status quo. Generations of workers suffered terrible conditions of the building of the American infrastructure, while the European American fortunes has been bigger and bigger.

The AmericanEducation system has been in the transmission and anchorage of racism is of central importance. The tendency to white or European history and culture is so pervasive that many Americans of European background, now do not see themselves as a culture – it's just the way things are done. American heroes were almost exclusively those of European heritage, which explains why the Americans I would imagine, invent a white man in the reading of a renowned surgeon, the blood bank. Still unclearThe question is how could Columbus "discovered" America, when there were still millions of people already living there. Recent changes to the textbooks that reflect a more accurate portrayal of American history and a diverse group of American heroes have met with considerable protest from conservative groups in the European Americans.

As enslaved youth, listened to the brilliant abolitionist Frederick Douglass to tell his master that if a slave learns to read the Bible, it isalways inappropriate, he was a slave. "Douglass was learning intention, because he realized that prevented slaves from slave-learning to hold false stereotypes of white supremacy in place, many slaves brainwashed into the belief in their inferiority. To advocate for diversity must be the insidious case of internalized to oppression, one of the most dangerous and enduring legacy of racism in America fully understood.

American Indian children were given athorough Anglicisation at American boarding schools. As the Mexicans in America, they were punished for speaking their native language, and were given European names, religion and belief. When blacks were allowed to attend school after the end of slavery, schools were separated and banned the two blacks and Mexican-Americans were among the oldest equipment and materials used.

While the schools in the transmission of the message to American children, racism, the AmericanMedia mediated a similar message to her parents. It might be surprising to learn that many if not most American white race riots were initiated and fueled media. About 1,000 people are estimated to be in New York City Draft Riots of 1863 are dead (shown in the film The Gangs of New York).

White race riots came to Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, Cincinnati, Toledo, New Albany, St. Louis, Detroit, Napa Valley, and Fresno, among others, in cities. Tulsa whites killed 75People and destroyed a thriving black business district in in 1921 race riot there. The 1943 in Los Angeles Zoot Suit Riots lasted for seven days because every day the local newspaper printed information about where white men were Mexican American youth who were their targets to be found. Most Americans have never heard of these outrages. The 20th Century American media when it has to race riots, the explosion of pent-up frustration with the institutional racism focusesin cities like Detroit and Watts in the 1960s.

The American media historically has been and still run largely by white editors and reporters, the White interview experts, making them of one-sided portrayals of people of color. The groups that are portrayed as violent by the American media actually committed the least of violence in America. The importance of the power of the media can not redefine reality to be overestimated.

BecauseLaw enforcement leads to power, freedom, remove spontaneously, it has been a key system in the implementation of American racism. The first American law enforcement agencies was formed to protect landowners or whites. The end of slavery saw the rise of Jim Crow and the "Black Codes", a series of laws, the homeless ex-slaves were punished for vagrancy by returning to the plantation to work them out very recently. Law enforcement agencies carried out these arreststhroughout the south.

Racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan was a continuous supply of the members and the leadership from the ranks of law enforcement. Under the guise of infiltration, the FBI converted faltering southern clan. Members of law enforcement in many of the 4700 documented lynchings from 1882 to 1964 participated. A collection of racist police officers as "Good O 'Boys Roundup", founded by an ATF agent, who survived until 1995 in Tennessee.

UntilRodney King incident in Los Angeles in 1992, perhaps the best known event of the official suppression of Birmingham police chief Bull Connor turning the leadership of police dogs and fire hoses on civil rights demonstrators in the 1960s. In 1973, Dallas shot and killed a policeman and killed 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in the back of a police cruiser in handcuffs while questioning him about a burglary.

Racist incidents involving law enforcement authorities have continued to occur up to the presentDay. A New York policeman abusing Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. The centuries-old tradition of racial profiling is now receiving national attention after the subject of a suit in New Jersey. Almost half of the American state legislators have passed or the consideration of racial profiling legislation.

Other systems that helped to translate are full of racism in American society, housing companies, zoning and insurance systems, the blacks and redlinedHispanics less desirable parts of town, a political system that encouraged and openly racist candidate elected who are victims of racism to blame for their position in society, a health system that rejected people of color practicing segregation, and even today his studies usually leads European-Americans, and a system of art and literature, and reflected increased a racist American society. Although there were exceptions in each system, for example, some employerspaid a living wage for their employees were American and their institutions, the tool used to implement racism throughout the country.

All these different systems came together to implement and maintain the American culture. The result? Picture of "All American Girl." Do you think someone who looks more like Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams? Although America is one of the richest countries in the world, our systems of racism have conspired to give us a picturethat a person of European heritage, though the term "American" is used.

Another cultural aspect is the language of black and white. Why did the American colonists who begin to know themselves in the 16th Century? Obviously, no European American 's skin is actually white. A quick check of the dictionary entries for "know" many positive meanings: innocence, purity, cleanliness. "Black", on the other denotations of evil, death and leadsDisaster.

Also the colors black and white are polar opposites. Is there a better way to enshrine the idea of European superiority and African inferiority, as the ideology is woven into the American language, with words, people already understood and used? During the 1960s, "Black is beautiful" movement and James Brown with his song "It Loud, I'm black and I'm proud to say that" contributed to the understanding of America's shifting of the word "black", the older underlying meanings survivetoday.

The systemic institutionalization of racism in America, a powerful force that the life and mind of every American. And at the same time, there were many, many courageous people in America who is fighting the poison. Violent racism was brilliant with violent opposition from political leaders, including Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, Geronimo met Nat Turner and John Brown. Organizational resistance was even more successful. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, William LloydGarrison and groups like the NAACP, LULAC, VPB, SCLC, AIM and unions substantial change in American culture. If the country is strong leadership is needed, got people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to the challenge.

The NAACP's case, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 was a watershed in the history of our country, because they last the "separate but equal" doctrine reveals not only unethical but unconstitutional. Scientific andsociological writings, including Man's Most Dangerous Myth, The mistake Race (Ashley Montagu, 1942), The Kerner Commission Report of 1968 and The Mismeasure of Man (Steven Jay Gould, 1981) also brought to light what was happening in America. We are indebted to these often-forgotten heroes of progress towards America, has made the elimination of racism.

And there's so much more to be done. Many of the profit desegregation in public places, voting rights, anti-discriminationLaws are now taken for granted to the younger generations. And yet the system is very American racism – the economic system – today is fueled significant inequities between European Americans and Americans of color. In 1968, the income of black families was typical that 60 percent of European Americans. Beginning in 1997 the percentage had increased one percent to 61%. The difference is in the Latin American and other American Indian communities. And the economicVulnerabilities affecting so many important aspects of American life such as education, housing, employment, mental and physical health, and so on.

This article has touched only briefly on the way, are implemented in each U.S. system of institutions with a Pervasive racism in our country, and, as planned, leading Americans of European heritage and implement that strategy.

Although such information can provoke anger, there is superior to another disturbing question: What would Ibe willing to change our history? Perhaps the wealth of our country and the high living standards we enjoy today not be ours, if the people who built it were paid a living wage.

While this article goes back to racism at European American leadership in the formation of our country, the message will not be that Americans are bad people of European heritage, but that racism is deep in history, systems and institutions of the United States. TheMany efforts to combat racism and do not change the law in its entirety the racist practices of these institutions eliminated. Realizing this truth, then we might begin to despair that things will never change.

However, current efforts in Iraq could be removed, all traces of Saddam Hussein's concept insight into how distant we were the elimination of racism in the U.S. system. Public Images of his regime. An international commission, including UNICEF is working in IraqComb through teaching on the lookout for a "bathist" elements and replacing them with more balanced information. They are also retraining all teachers who are trained for the widespread bathist ideology.

These are the kind of effort by U.S. institutions require (but never seen) in order to rid our country of racism albatross that we still bear around our collective neck. Until we undertake this major cleansing, we will continue to suffer with the peopleracist heritage of our American ancestors to us. It is a costly affair, but seek cost-effective, and the participation of all the diversity of America's call for talks.

"We Taking Train To American Dream" – Kate Rigg

December 13, 2009

Like "all immigrants" who come first to New York City, Kate sold batteries in the subways and "her soul to the devil." It is "a tough way to a life," especially when making "Picky New Yorkers" regularly "durability" of the products they buy too. Shortly thereafter, she "changed pimps" and began selling "Street News", where she now senior editor. She was then "grabbed" by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation. It was this pause, which it funds, "her great jokes," her "Real Estate …

Travel Off the Beaten Path for a great American adventure

December 10, 2009

When it comes to travel, to determine the most people for the holiday standards: a cruise, a Disney vacation, or booking a hotel in New York or another big city. However, there are many American destinations that are often overlooked – to provide cities, sights and wonderful sounds, and even better value. When you book travel to one of these countries, you're sure to be thrilled and surprised – and appreciate all the more what our great country has to offer.

Considerit. When was the last time you visited Cleveland? If you are from the Midwest, you're probably never was there. This means that you never experienced the wonderful architecture of IM Pei's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet you have seen Jimi Hendrix's handwritten lyrics for "Purple Haze". While in Cleveland, you can catch a Cleveland Indians baseball game, in a performance of the Cleveland Orchestra, and visit the Cleveland Museum of Art If you are into thrills and chills,You can use a car and drive about an hour and a half the rent on the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World go 'in Sandusky, Ohio.

If you have never been to the American Southwest, it lacks both a rich history and fantastic fun. A vacation to Austin, Texas, offers the best of both worlds: the features of a big city with the flair of a small town. Home of the University of Texas and, of course, the Texas State Capitol Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital the world. "When a night listening to music is not your thing, maybe hanging out with one and a half million bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge should do it. During the day you can visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, or visit one of the 20 museums in the city.

When you outdoor adventures, Bangor, Maine, to love, should in any event on the itinerary. Home to author Stephen King, Bangor is the perfect location for exploring the Highlands, Maine, Acadia> National Park and picturesque fishing villages. With the nearby mountains, coastlines to lakes, rivers and found some of the best fall foliage, Bangor is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

If you have not heard, there is still more than a Disney Florida vacation. Sarasota, Florida, located in the Gulf Coast state, has a spectacular white sand beaches and numerous small islands. It was also a resting spot for the Ringling Brothers, so if you do not clowningaround, you can visit the Ringling Estate, two circus museums and an art museum.

One of the best things about holiday destinations, which are a bit off the beaten track, it often travel a bargain and stay there. Online travel packages often include both airline and hotel accommodations at steeply discounted prices. The best online travel company, you can choose options such as the hotel rooms and the nature and flight. So the next time you think about itPack your bags, travel view overlooked a vacation from America.

Is the American economy from terrorist attack?

December 7, 2009

Is the American economy in the context of a terrorist attack? Most U.S. economic indicators are down. Consumer confidence is low, gas prices are high, food costs rising, unemployment is on the rise, the value of the dollar declines, mortgage foreclosures are still rising, and basically the economy is a mess. Is this just a normal cycle or something else driving the downturn?

Most of what is happening to the U.S. economy appears to have little meaning, and the turbulenceself-induced. Banks and mortgage companies did not have to raise home interests even though the rates were not fixed. As soon as they saw what was happening, any rational mind would have stopped raising rates and re-evaluated its impact before it got out of control. It benefits no one to have banks foreclosing. Did they think that by doing so there would be thousands of more homebuyers waiting in the wings to scoff up the empty houses?

We all know what is happening to oil prices. Economists tell us that prices are generally driven by factors such as inventories, demand, political unrest, climate, the value of the dollar and speculation. While these are often made excuses to raise prices, can not take up the facts. According to most reports, are the stock in order, effectively shutting down the demand, political disturbances are minimal and the climate has not destroyed in the recent past or stopped too many drilling operations. The dollar is definitely out, partly due to the oil issue, butthe decisive factor seems to be speculation. According to most analysts, it is speculation that id the current rise in oil heats absurd. These same analysts also say that speculation makes little sense and does not appear to be driven under normal conditions of supply and demand. The obvious question is who are these speculators, and they have a hidden agenda?

On the food front, things get worse. Prices by 4% in 2007 and expected to rise at leastanother 4% in 2008. We have seen food riots in countries such as Mexico, India, Italy, Indonesia and Africa. The United Nations is warning of massive food shortages as the ravages of global climate change and reduce the use of food additives as a biofuel strong global supply of food. There are persistent attempts by U.S. truckers stage a nationwide strike on diesel costs, but all crippled deliveries of food to the markets and many on fixed incomes are facing choices between food or medication. Here inMaine, it is quite possible that the lobster fishery, and this summer will be decimated by rising fuel costs.

Given all this negative news we see addressed with little or no public policy at addressing these problems. Record profits uncontrolled oil, food and energy costs are out of control, are a seasonal basis at high risk and yet nothing is done to deal with these problems. Scientists have reported faster-than-expected increases in greenhouse gases and polar iceis melting at unexpected rates. Assuming an active storm season this summer to combine all these factors to further exacerbate an unstable economic situation.

It is clear that things like environmental disasters will be able to change from our immediate capabilities. It seems, however, the economy shooting itself in the leg, and nothing is done to get to the victims, namely the consumer. The fundamental question is who was doing the shooting? Who profits from all theseTurbulence? Who is pulling the strings economic devastation for the economy? There are "economic terrorists" bent on disruption of the global economy?

Lessons Learned From American Idol

December 6, 2009

American Idol is without doubt the biggest marketing (and making money) machine in the history of the music industry. Promote your uncanny ability to position and transform talent into well-known and obscure names, before they absorb or release a single, unprecedented and unparalleled. Some hate the show, others love it, but everyone has an opinion about it. With the American Idol 5 Tour grossing 35.2 million U.S. dollars in just 59 days, and the Nielsen ratings for the debutthe sixth in the upcoming season to a whopping 37 million viewers, it's more than just a show, it is a franchise with a show – and the show is a runaway hit, with no signs of slowing down.

This article sheds light on five valuable lessons that are on music artists who arrange to see the show with the dream that one day, a commercial music success, or the next American idol.

5.) MAINTAIN UNDERDOG STATUS. Among tonnes singing lessons from a previous recording contract, afamous family member or good looks should be downplayed. America loves to root for the underdog, as a rule – and this show in particular. The show viewers recognize that it's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Chris Daughtry mileage (season five participants), the line and went into the wall of humility, and leave the show a true expression of shock and dismay on his face has that perfectly captured by the cameras again and was constantly played by the media.Lesson learned: The moment you show arrogance to refer to the people there and are less willing to help you.

4.) via the feedback. Simon, Randy and Paula offer "constructive feedback" to participants after each performance for the purpose of correcting errors and improving future performance. Some use. Some do not. Every American Idol winner is. This feedback (so entertaining or critical, as it may be), often proves to be a turning point for the participants on the edge, asElliott Yamin, was advised to relax. If he had to be noted that the consultation would not have the American Idol competition, the best male singer escaped the fifth season. Lesson learned: Use the advice offered with the experience to your advantage.

3.) Being humble. Justin Guarini (a lot of favorite among the coveted female audience show) fell into disgrace, and front-runner status in his first season with a selfish exchange with Simon Cowell (as hereceive constructive feedback), in which he declared, "I do not care what you think … they like me," he said, pointing to the crowd and is rooted in their cheers. "That's all that matters." He apologized the next week … But it was a mistake that seemed to haunt him and cost him would inevitably be a certain victory. With a wrong time (and ill-advised) exchange, he showed arrogance and arrogance, which allowed Kelly Clarkson surge from behind and clinch the victory. Lessoncheer learned: Do not leave for themselves, the voters do it for you.

2.) Pleasant.) Taylor Hicks (winner of season five, flattered himself with his animated personality and dancing off-beat. The cheerful impudence of Fantasia (winner of the third season), the mild-mannered Southern charm Ruben Studdard (season two winners), and the wholesomeness of Carrie Underwood (winner of season four), are examples of the endearing qualities that relate to American Idol Viewers to the vote andfor. Lesson learned: We are motivated, something for which we want – voting is only doing one of them.

1.) Choose the right songs. Ruben Studdard has a masterful job of choosing songs that presents not only his vocal talents and strengths but also its versatility. His rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" distanced him from the pack and assured his victory. Fanatasia's interpretation of "Summertime", assured them a record contract, and Kelly Clarkson courageous coverage of ArethaFranklin's "Natural Woman" helped her as a real singer position. In each scenario proved to be the logical choice of the right song and the perfect combination with the voice of the singer, vocal range and performance art to the right formula for American Idol winner, and it is also the formula for a successful career as a commercial recording artist .

AAFL – Another American Football League

December 1, 2009

With the growing excitement around the new AAFL, the U.S. is ready for a new American football league? The All American Football League thinks so.

What is it?

Football by another name. The AAFL hopes to win on football fans need a power outlet for professional football in the NFL season.

What makes the attraction?

In addition to a spring and summer, the AAFL association with universities for football is well knownattract college football fans in their off-season. This is crucial to the approach because it intends to recruit players from the universities. The idea is that if you followed closely by a player's college career and they are now playing for the AAFL, you will want to follow her career as well. Each college graduates, and local fans offered ticket packages and other perks.

Where will the teams be?

So far, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan,Tennessee and Texas.

Try-outs for Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Michigan have already taken place, and depending on the source and have some players who have already signed the teams. A regular season and playoff schedule is already fixed, although, again, depending on the source, not all the venues for the Games have been finalized. Among the locations that are expected to host at least one game Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, War Memorial Field in Little Rock, AR, and Ford Field in Detroit,MI.

Is there anyone connected with the famous league?

Although the league commissioner and operations executives are not yet set, is the Chairman of the Board of Managers Cedric Dempsey, former NCAA president. There is also representation from the former college president and chancellor of the university system, known as Jack Lengyel, better known as the character of Matthew McConaughey in We Are Marshall played.

Wait, it's not even football in theNFL Offseason?

Arena Football League (AFL) runs from March to June. NFL Europa has folded. The Canadian Football League (CFL) runs roughly from late June to November.

Will it work?

Many leagues have come and gone. The problem is that too much to run and maintain a football league costs. There are players, and executive salaries, stadium leases and television contracts just the beginning. The AAFL is a non-league and if they are not at a higher powerProfit, it will not stop for a short time. It is worth noting that the concession AAFL not from sales, as do some professional benefit teams to increase their profits, because the concessions at the games will be run by and for the host stadium. For what it's worth, the beer is not available.

Another hurdle is the need to keep costs League for the fans. Ticket prices for professional sports are a big exit, and the AAFL have a way to keep ticket prices affordable and availablehandsome. Ticket prices were announced, to around 13 U.S. dollars and it will be a big boost for the locals to buy "memberships" to them special privileges such as VIP parking and special screenings of out-of-town games.

The AAFL has said it will transfer the games on television at the national level, but there are nationally televised coverage and then there is the state television. Just ask the NHL, are effective, buried on Versus, a channel that most people have never heard of it.

The league is atremendous boost when the quality of the game is too high. Then she stands a good chance of it after the first season.

The real question is whether the model can work from AAFL stay on site, and whether it even needs the support of a national fan base. And one might also ask, why bother at all? Is there really a gap in the world of American football, which is served by a new league? The AAFL thinks so. If not, it is just another football league, which comes andgoes in a flash one season.

Elementary school teachers, counselors, career and education

November 28, 2009

As a teacher and consultant, you know that the elementary school is important. At primary school, your students build visions of what they want to do in their lives, what they contribute to the workforce. With your help, your students remain open to new ideas and career opportunities. How do you work with your students, do not do your students premature career choices or career preparation. For your students, the school is a time to build the awareness.

AsElementary school teachers and therapists, using training to promote self-worth, developing skills and strategies for decision making. Their activities are designed to even build the family, school, community, and career awareness. Use age-appropriate materials that meet your students' level of development. These activities bring your students to a variety of different jobs, career information, and the reasons why people work.

If you develop in the preparationage-appropriate materials, products, tests and tools you use career models such as the National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG). The National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) have domains, objectives and indicators. Each domain is a development area. Under each domain there are goals or competencies. For each objective indicators demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the goal. The National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) prepare tointo materials that are appropriate for your students.

As an elementary school counselors and teachers, create individual career plans and portfolios. Individual Career Plans (ICP) —

To develop self-awareness
Identify first career goals and education plans
Increasing employability and the ability to take decisions

Individual career portfolios combine career awareness and experience that occur during the school year. In addition to individual training plans andPortfolios, using a variety of resources —