Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

The United States Of America is anything but united

November 1, 2015


The diversity of our country that once was the glue in the fabric of our existence is now at its core in tearing us apart.

No longer is America the model melting pot that it was at the start of the 20th century. It’s now the 21st century and its individual parts are screaming among themselves and shattering this country into pieces.

Whites push their own agenda.

Blacks have their own stance.

Hispanics demand to be recognized.

Asians stand up for themselves.

Christians. Catholics. Jews. Muslims. Episcopalians. Methodists. Mormons. Gays. Lesbians. Feminists. Undocumented Immigrants. Democrats. Republicans. Liberals. Conservatives.

Every individual group that makes up our country is out for themselves. They form their own caucuses. They have their own newspapers. They create their own websites.

They broadcast over their own stations. They form their own opinions and hold fast to their own convictions.

They network. They organize.

Social media provides for their own voices to be heard but no one is listening. The voices are talking over one another like the biblical Tower of Babel.

In our infinite wisdom in the advancement of technology, we’ve gotten dumber.

We’re so connected that we’ve become disconnected.

We’ve alienated ourselves from each other.

We’ve lost the ability to co-exist.

One for all and all for one and every man for himself.

The United States of America is anything but united.

The Divided States of America.

It’s seen on our television sets. It’s written about in newspapers.

It’s plastered in blogs and comment sections all over the internet.

We’re in trouble. We’re in serious trouble. It’s a sad state of affairs.

Not only is our country in trouble. This phenomenon has spread globally.

Our entire planet is in trouble.

E.A.R.T.H. = Educate And Reform The Humans

We need unity. We need harmony. We need compatibility. We need understanding.

We need peace. We need to work together. We need to re-group.

We need reform. We need to recognize our own humanity. We need each other.

We. Not I. There is no I in team. We need to become better team players.

We need to realize that our whole is greater than the sum of our parts.

R. Buckminster Fuller was right. The belief in Spaceship Earth is our only true salvation.


Niagara Falls: Slowly I Turn, Step By Step…

September 20, 2015

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls straddles the border between Canada and the United States near upstate New York. It forms the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

The Falls has a vertical drop of 165 feet. Baseball player Ed Delahanty fell to his death here in 1903. Over the years, many people tried to plunge over the Falls in specially built barrels as publicity stunts.

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, it used to be a very popular honeymoon spot.

“The Maid Of The Mist” floats along the bottom of the Falls to give passengers a waterside view of this natural attraction.

Erosion from the Falls causes the water’s edge to move backwards three to four inches every ten years.

Niagara Falls is renowned both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Click on the link below to see it now.

The Whiteness Of The Whale

September 18, 2015


I remember in a high school English class, we delved into Herman Melville’s 1851 classic sea adventure, Moby Dick. The teacher asked the obvious question for all students of this literary giant to ponder: What is the meaning of the whiteness of the whale?

Well, the immediate response is the reference to good versus evil. In westerns, the good guys always wore white hats and the bad guys wore black ones but I don’t think the basic premise was to assume that Moby Dick was a good whale as opposed to being a bad one.

He wasn’t considered Baby Beluga for goodness sake.

So hidden meanings and reasonings start bouncing around the classroom. Why was he white? Was he an albino? Was he viewed as a peculiar apparition to the soul?

How about this for an answer: Who cares what color he was? Why not ask about the brownness of the Pequod sailing vessel? Or the color of the ocean water? Why not wonder why they weren’t after a giant octopus instead of a whale?

Moby Dick was white because he lacked pigmentation. Period.

Family Feud Is A Racist Game Show

August 15, 2015


One fan of the popular game show complains: “I’ve never seen a black family versus a black family, a white family versus a white family, or any other races. It’s always black versus white. Do they do that on purpose?”

Yes, it is done purposely and, according to one anonymous contributor who actually worked on the set, it’s all due in part to the show’s demographics:

“Actually I worked very briefly with the show. You have to remember the main viewers of the show are not white. Its 70% black as its viewer base. Also, and more importantly, they do not select out of the entire U.S. as the entire U.S. does not attempt to go on the show. They select from families that apply and its quite a bit over 50% black people who apply to go on it. Hope this clears things up. By the way, they have had white on white many times. Also several asian families.”

Another unnamed viewer takes note of the program’s location: “The show is filmed in Atlanta, Georgia where the population is roughly 54% African-American, 42% White, and 4% Asian.”

Family Feud’s successful television formula is racism sells.

If A Tree Falls In The Forest

August 11, 2015

And no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a blog is written on the internet and no one is around to read it, does it have an impact?

The Falsehood That Was Christopher Columbus

August 11, 2015


Christopher Columbus didn’t really discover America. He landed somewhere in the Caribbean Islands. He didn’t set out to prove that the Earth was round. People knew that the Earth wasn’t flat as early as the sixth century B.C.

The big question for Columbus, it turns out, was not the shape of the Earth but the size of the ocean he was planning to cross. He sailed west in search of a passage to India where the riches of gold, pearls and spices awaited.

Some biographers say he was a bad man who committed atrocities to the natives which he encountered.

He ended up making four voyages to the New World. Never did make it India.

Oh for four.

Big Brother Is Not Only Watching – It’s Controlling

August 9, 2015


In corporate-controlled America, people are no longer seen as assets but liabilities. Human resource centers are being reduced to virtual reality portals. The elimination of jobs is purposeful and profitable.

Google has invested $287 million dollars to sponsor the Uber drive-for-hire techno company. Human drivers are being replaced by self-driving automobiles under proclamations in the advance of science. Blasphemy.

Cameras on street corners photograph vehicle license plates so ticket violations can arrive in the mail. Outrageous.

Artificial intelligence is being incrementally introduced into society. Don’t put up with it.

Mind-altering ingredients get placed into the food and water supplies. Stop the madness.

Cable television and internet websites are two-way surveillence systems.

Food store conglomerates use discount cards to monitor and track consumer purchases.

Is the United States a fascist society? Fascism is a political economic structure which serves corporate interests. Hmmmm.

Stand up and fight, America. The future is now. Take back control.

Get mad as hell and refuse to accept it anymore.

Bird Flu: All That It’s Cracked Up To Be And More

August 9, 2015


Chickens are dying in droves. Egg prices have gone up. The poultry industry is scrambling for answers. And the American public is being told that you cannot get bird flu from eating or preparing poultry or eggs.

Because the bird flu is hitting egg-laying chickens worse than chickens raised for consumption, the price of poultry has dropped since other countries, most notably South Korea and China, have implemented a ban on all poultry products from the United States.

Bird flu. Mad cow’s disease. It’s never too late to become a vegetarian.

The Little Red Lighthouse By The George Washington Bridge

August 6, 2015

composedOriginally built as the North Beacon in 1880 in Sandy Hook New Jersey, the light’s tower stood 55-feet tall. It served there until 1917 when it was placed into storage in Stapleton on Staten Island.

In 1921, the structure was relocated and reassembled on its present location at Jeffrey’s Hook in upper Manhattan by the U. S. Coast Guard. Only the top 40-feet of the structure was needed to help assist with navigation along the Hudson River.

Nicknamed the Little Red Lighthouse, it served as an essential water guide for the next decade until the lights on the George Washington Bridge, completed in 1931, eventually led to its decommission from service in 1947.

Immortalized in the 1942 children’s book, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde H. Swift, the lighthouse was saved from demolition in 1951 by public outcry. Readers remembered the book’s story of how the lighthouse came to the aid of the bridge with its light and bell during foggy weather.

The ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on July 23, 1951 and has been a permanent fixture in Fort Washington Park ever since.

Every September there is a festival which honors the lighthouse for its service which includes hayrides, live music, nautical arts and crafts and celebrity readings of the book to listeners young and old. It is the last surviving lighthouse on Manhattan Island and was given landmark status on May 14, 1991.

For information on tours of the Little Red Lighthouse, call the Urban Park Rangers at (212) 304- 2365.

So Connected: Society Is Actually Disconnected

July 29, 2010

More and more, I am observing individuals who are so intent on texting – some even while operating motor vehicles – or plugged into headphones and are in another world while using public transportation (myself included) that we miss out on the little subtleties and nuances of everyday life.  Every once in a while, we need to unplug ourselves and re-connect with the non-virtual world to achieve some sort of balance.  I would be in favor of a National “Turn Off All Electronics and Cellphones” Day to celebrate such sense of diversity.