Monthly Archives: March 2014
Americans are infamous for being blissfully ignorant about areas beyond their shores. Unfortunately, this geographic illiteracy is applicable for places between our borders.
A new study commissioned by the Movoto real estate company asked 400 Americans to locate seven states on a map within five seconds. The average score was 3.4 states. Those surveyed were likely to locate some of the more iconic states, as well as those states not part of the contiguous 48 states.
Movoto opined that plenty of the quiz takers were guessing their way through New England. In addition, a sizable number of those surveyed mistook Pennsylvania for New York. Survey takers also made many mistakes in the Mountain West which borders are divided by straight lines.
Watch the video with the real time responses from the survey.
As someone who loves geographic, and who always sought blue slices when playing Trivial Pursuit, the Genus edition, this Geographic Illiteracy Illustrated is disheartening. Consider the geographic knowledge which Fourth Graders were expected to know in 1862.
Alas, what is more shocking is the same survey group tended estimate that the US population was between 1 to 2 Billion. That inflates the population almost as much as Heathcare.gov reports of Obamacare sign-ups.
But such young skulls full of mush who are clued into pop culture would score well if they were on SNL’s Black Jeopardy, where does not depend upon having a clue of real knowledge but having the right attitude.
As concerned citizens attempt to stop the steam rolling of Common Core curriculum confusion, these engaged individuals ought to also stress geographic as part of the diversity education rather than just feeling good about being a progressive American Idiot who is left with little choice but to be a drone for the neo-statist agenda.
h/t: Movoto blog
In 1987, Sister Thea Bowman helped develop Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal, which was the first hymnal developed for Black Catholic worship. Bowman believed that “Black sacred music is soulful music” which is holistic, participatory, concrete, engrossing and life-giving.
Kayla Danielle Reyes-Abina , a 21 year old military veteran who had deployed in Afghanistan, recently had a remarkable rejection for a sales position at Macy’s in Fresno, California.
The former army specialist who served in the National Guard posted her frustration on Instagram after her February 20th interview. Ms. Reyes-Abina believes that the Fresno hiring manager had a dramatic attitude change after learning that she had been deployed in overseas combat zones.
Although Ms. Reyes-Abina had prior retail experience working at Target, but the Macy’s hiring manager targeted her military experience. The interviewer is said to have implied that since Reyes-Abina has been to war, she had a “different mindset” which would be unwelcomed on the sales floor. The interviewer intimated: “Once a customer’s in your face, you wouldn’t know how to do it. You wouldn’t know how to react.
Ms. Reyes-Abina recalled the hiring manager saying: ‘Well I’ve been here 15 years, I know you wouldn’t be able to do good here” The 15 year Macy’s veteran suggested that Reyes-Abina would be a better fit in “loss prevention” (i.e. security guard). Reyes-Abina left the interview wondering if her military experience did her a disservice when applying for civilian jobs.
The 1% of our population who have served in America’s armed forces are highly motivated and disciplined. Most joined knowing that they would likely deploy in two active combat zones. Veterans are 45% more likely to be entrepreneurs but all are trained to be dependable and follow instructions. In addition, those who have served in Afgahanistan and Iraq are accustomed with interacting with “customers” who are not always friendly and have different directed interests.
While there is an online petition on behalf of Ms. Reyes-Abina, it hinges on “discrimination”, which may not be illegal, unless it pertains to race, sex, creed (and sexual orientation in some jurisdictions). But if the facts in this case are true, Macy’s should be ashamed for their bias and reconsider their practices.
Tai Chi (also known as “supreme ultimate fist”, “boundless fist” and “great extremes boxing”) is a wonderful martial art which is helpful for increasing balance and improving psychological health particularly for senior citizens.
There would seem to be a synergy between Tai Chi and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” fitness campaign. But Tai Chi is best not practiced in kitten heels, even in people-to-people exchange photo ops.
SEE MORE about “Let’s Move” in China at Breitbart.com
Vin Scully, the legendary 86 year old Hall of Fame broadcaster of the Dodgers since 1950, is well renowned for his dulcet voice and steady demeanor. These professional attributes were at the forefront during the bottom of the sixth inning of Freeway Series Exhibition ballgame between the l.A. Dodgers and the L.A.Angels of Anaheim when an earthquake shook Dodger Stadium.
This temblor was a shallow quake 1.2 miles beneath Brea, California. This was unlike the 2.2 earthquake coming from raucous cheering from Seattle Seahawks fans in December, 2006
Some say that Scully’s laid back attitude toward the shaking was typically LA. Others may point to Scully’s 65 year experience in being a consummate professional. Both of those points have elements of truth to it. However, one should not discount Scully’s sunny disposition. Scully’s call projects a calm cheerfulness which invites viewers into the action. This understated announcing would not emphasize the geologic event.
That being said, Vin Scully sounds best when speaking in his own voice. The Ozzie accent which Scully tongue-in-cheek started the 2014 MLB Season Opening Day in Sydney Australia rubbed some baseball fans the wrong way.