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All of these Americans started from somewhere else, and somehow came to learn about the ideals and foundations of America. They learned of them by seeing great things being done: rebuilding Europe or going to the moon or addressing our own divisions and racism in spite of the great cost. They saw the image of America while looking across great oceans or over walls or through barbed wire, and came to love what they saw. Some had to reject the lies of propaganda, or reconcile the good and bad that is the reality of America. But somehow, the America they came to know and love resonated in their hearts and minds until they could only think: "I must be part of that. I must go there and become part of that."
And so they planned their own great journey. For many, this was done in secret. Gathering money and resources, selling property, making connections against the wishes of their own government and hiding even from their own families and neighbors. When all was in readiness, these people made their move. They bribed some, hid from some. Many gave their lives in cold mountain passes or hot deserts. Some literally swam icy rivers or cut through barbed wire. Some felt their heart stop while a border guard scrutinized forged papers with an extra look, or made an extra phone call. And many were arrested, imprisoned and tortured for the audacity of their act.
Many enter this country with their papers in order, having desirable skills, sponsoring employers or friends and patience to wait for years and decades for approval. Others paid their way in blood and peril, walking in thirst and hunger to escape and find their chance. They live hidden lives, hiding in transit inside a dank shipping container or in the trackless desert. Once here, they fade into the unseen, overlooked spaces of this nation for the leftover taste of America.
Of the few who can become citizens, or the many who hide between the open places of our society, there are many languages. The language of their hearts, learned at their mothers' breast, expresses their deepest feelings and their heartfelt thoughts. In all of these many tongues, they all sing the same song: "God shed His grace on thee . . ."
I am inordinately proud that even today people will place their loyalty to a foreign nation that still offers them the illumination to a golden door. They swear of their own free will, and without reservation to abandon past ties and cleave to a new land. Their strange clothes, diverse foods and foreign words all speak of the compelling draw of this country in which I have been privileged to be born. Whatever they wear, eat or whatever words they use, their voices mingle with mine to sing of the beauty here. This one song is enough for all.
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I want one. I cannot believe this amazing technology has been lost in the mists of time! I imagine that getting small boys to take a bath would be no challenge with one of these.
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When people use these dice today, they are playing games set in Medieval times using weapons appropriate for those times. When ancient Romans and Egyptians played D&D, were they role-playing pre-agricultural hunters wielding stone weapons?
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Are you insane? It's like saying that the descendants of black slaves now enjoy the benefits of the American life, so it's all good! The internment of Japanese Americans (I emphasize that these were citizens, many born in the U.S.A.) was an act unbecoming and unworthy of the ideals that we cherish in this country. Citizens of Italian and German descent were not put under official blanket suspicion or placed in camps en masse. Concerns over sleeper agents among Japanese Americans were clearly prompted as much by racism as military considerations. This last statement is in agreement with the official U.S. position on the internment, signed by President Reagan.
The internment also involved forfeiture of property, including valuable farmland and businesses on the West Coast. With few exceptions, in which friends and neighbors purchased property at auction and held it in trust against the return of their interned neighbors, property was transferred to others and never returned at the end of the internment. The unsafe, impoverished and harsh environment of the camps resulted in many deaths of innocent and loyal citizens. Many of the internees proved up their loyalty with their lives by fighting in the most decorated military unit deployed in the war: the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Even while their families languished unjustly in primitive and dangerous conditions in the mountains of California, the Japanese-American fighters of the 442nd advanced the cause of the nation that turned against them.
The infamous Executive Order 9066 should serve as a reminder to all that war hysteria will make monsters of us all. The shameful acts surrounding the internment must not be minimized.
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OK, so the school wastes the food rather than let it get eaten without payment. Words are not adequate to express how I feel about this situation. Please wait a bit while I engage in some interpretive dance:
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OK, do you understand now?
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I never read the book, but was very struck by the way the movie portrayed the tremendous decadence of the nobles. The vision of their mechanical body modifications was disturbing and somehow a fresh way to see the consequences of too much power wielded by limited humanity.
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A great word reversal is the Japanese term "ecchi", meaning . . . uh . . . kinda perverted and kinky, I guess. In any case, it is an 'Engrish' version of the letter 'H', which stands for the Japanese word "hentai" (which might be from 'hen' for 'strange' and 'tai' for 'love', but don't quote me on it). So we have a Japanese term derived from the English spelling of a Japanese word.
*whew* (a word of Sumerian origin, I think)
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I used to read old Life magazines at my library, and came across an article from WW2 about training for Americans who will be spying in Europe. Several behavioral details stuck to my mind, such as:
- Germans cut up their meat, then eat it (instead of cut, fork, cut, fork).
- French walk 'like they are in a confined space'
- (Europeans) hold their cigarette like they are shielding it from the wind
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When I was a child, and my family would drive from Southern California to visit family in San Francisco, we would eat dried squid and dried cuttlefish. It was the jerkey of the sea, and had a consistency similar to rawhide. By the time we got to the Bay Area, we had the most horrible squid breath . . .
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The spider is situated 'backwards' on the web, which makes re-setting the slingshot easier. I' imagine that the spider uses sympathetic vibrations of the web itself to detect the sound coming from the insect's wings.
It would be interesting to see if the construction of the web, perhaps the length of the strands or their tension, are attuned to the particular range of sound coming from prey insect wing beats. If there were more spiders of this sort, with special preferences for certain insects, I'd predict that their webs would reflect these preferences by being constructed to better detect sounds of the preferred frequencies.
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Well, that doesn't sound so bad. I mean, with all of the 40 year and 50 year people posting here, I was feeling a bit down about my single decade. I cannot believe they didn't ask if I kept a machete in my car (I do) or know how to use common hand tools.
Maybe I'm taking this too seriously . . .
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I'm good for 10 years, then my warranty expires or something. Who are "Gloria Gaynor" and "Rick Grimes"? I think I interpreted some of the questions differently than they expected. For instance, they ask what I'd do if I see some looters: Fight them, Join them or Ignore them. I figure I'd ignore them. 'Live and let live, and don't give others a reason to hate you' is how I figure I will avoid injuries from groups of people with break-in tools. The next question asked about looters who attack me. Do I: fight, get hurt or run away. I figure running away is the thing to do. Looters have nothing to gain by attacking me, they want the contents of the 7-ll next to me. If I run from the desired resource, they'll concentrate on that.
Does the quiz give more points if I take an aggressive approach?

OK, no. I re-ran it, answering that I'd fight, and I am now down to only one year. I guess there are other factors that make me unable to break the decade.
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So, has she had offers of marriage yet? (Edit: The link says she's a "mom", but doesn't mention her husband. She's a professional competitive eater, and had "plowed through a 12-pound sandwich with a 1-pound side of fries in 54 minutes" the previous day!)
I suppose it's a testament to the tenderness of Sayler's steaks, as well.
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That is such an adorable little dragon! And such a great response from CSIRO! I am sure that they all were willing to move mountains to deliver for a girl who addresses them with: "Hello Lovely Scientist"
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Thank you for posting this review. I had *heard of* her book, but never bothered to get any details about it or Friedan. Your concise and detailed description has given me much perspective on a time when I was a small child, unable to understand or appreciate the social changes that marked that time. It is shocking to me to be reminded that women could not even establish credit without a man even as recently as the 1970s. I will be sure to forward this post to my daughters, who may not appreciate how recently and how pervasively sexism was openly institutionalized. (Today, it is probably almost as pervasive, but merely less open)
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Wow. I often try to figure out the twists of a story as it is going, but this took an extra turn that I didn't anticipate. Really nicely done.
Now I'm scared.
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Wow. I completely forgot that aspect of the Ewoks. They were fully prepared to eat Han, Luke, Leia and even Chewbacca before they were convinced that 3P0 was a god. That puts a completely different spin on the celebration scene at the end of the movie!
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Not having seen the NPR link, perhaps they orient themselves in the same direction that mice normally defecate, and so the mouse will run in the same line as the fox is oriented, making it possible to catch the mouse during the dive.
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