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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Ecurb Noselrub on Today at 06:30:57 PM »
Ultimately, America is supposed to be bound together by the ideas of liberty and equality, not cultural uniformity.  Hopefully, we can eventually live up to that ideal.  We are now more of a mixture than a compound.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Recusant on Today at 07:16:27 AM »
Resistance is futile.   :maskwink:
Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Magdalena on June 20, 2021, 08:50:07 AM »
The Melting Pot.


The melting pot is a monocultural metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements "melting together" with a common culture; an alternative being a homogeneous society becoming more heterogeneous through the influx of foreign elements with different cultural backgrounds, possessing the potential to create disharmony within the previous culture. Historically, it is often used to describe the cultural integration of immigrants to the United States.[1]

In the early 20th century, the meaning of the recently popularized concept of the melting pot was subject to ongoing debate which centered on the issue of immigration. The debate surrounding the concept of the melting pot centered on how immigration impacted American society and on how immigrants should be approached. The melting pot was equated with either the acculturation or the total assimilation of European immigrants, and the debate centered on the differences between these two ways of approaching immigration: "Was the idea to melt down the immigrants and then pour the resulting, formless liquid into the preexisting cultural and social molds modeled on Anglo-Protestants like Henry Ford and Woodrow Wilson, or was the idea instead that everyone, Mayflower descendants and Sicilians, Ashkenazi and Slovaks, would act chemically upon each other so that all would be changed, and a new compound would emerge?"[14]

The newly popularized concept of the melting pot was frequently equated with "Americanization", meaning cultural assimilation, by many "old stock" Americans. In Henry Ford's Ford English School (established in 1914), the graduation ceremony for immigrant employees involved symbolically stepping off an immigrant ship and passing through the melting pot, entering at one end in costumes designating their nationality and emerging at the other end in identical suits and waving American flags.[25][26]

I'm more into a salad bowl idea.

The “salad bowl” metaphor is a different view describing that immigrants who come to America combine their cultures with others, but still retain their own cultural identity.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Hey Mags!!
« Last post by Dark Lightning on June 20, 2021, 04:57:11 AM »
You're not wrong. I remember even the less intelligent kids having to take civics classes and learn current events. I graduated HS in '70. But I lived in a blue ribbon school district. Go to some of those southeastern states and they aren't required or expected to learn a lot. Example- one of my wife's cousins got a university degree in Radio, TV & Film, without taking a single math class- there was a philosophy class that satisfied the math requirement in those days. He later got a teaching credential and teaches math in Georgia, because, as he put it, "They don't really need a good math teacher in that state". I shit you not.  >:( It's completely infuriating to see a child's educational opportunities wasted with that sort of ignorance and/or unconcern.
Miscellaneous / Re: Workshop and fixit stuff
« Last post by Dark Lightning on June 20, 2021, 04:47:51 AM »
Indeed. I go by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore periodically to see what I can find, There was a set of mahogany doors with particle board covered with some crazy grain, but melamine or something like it, and some had mirrors. They were asking $200 per door, which actually wasn't too far off the mark for the mahogany, at retail. But there were 8 of them, and I wasn't dropping $1600 on that wood. I had foot surgery, and by the time I got back to the store, those doors were gone, along with a huge bunch of other doors. I strongly suspect that they went to the crusher.  :(
Miscellaneous / Re: Workshop and fixit stuff
« Last post by Icarus on June 20, 2021, 02:59:19 AM »
DL, one mans junk is another mans treasure.  You can score some beautiful wood on the side of the road.  People throw out old furniture and cabinetry that has some very old and very expensive (in this day) salvageable wood.  The problem is that there is so much of it, our garages workshop begins to be overwhelmed.
Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Icarus on June 20, 2021, 02:53:37 AM »
^ :snicker:
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Hey Mags!!
« Last post by Icarus on June 20, 2021, 02:49:22 AM »

It is sad to observe that the kids in high school civics classes in 1948 (my senior year) knew more about government and politics than the millions of Trumper dumbfucks of today. .................Or is that only an old mans faulty recollection?
Laid Back Lounge / Re: animals in your life
« Last post by Ecurb Noselrub on June 19, 2021, 10:56:09 PM »
Once , in Big Bend National Park, I was walking the South Rim. I heard what I thought was a jet plane. It was a peregrine falcon, diving over the desert. It was phenomenal. It is one of the most amazing events of my life.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Hey Mags!!
« Last post by Ecurb Noselrub on June 19, 2021, 10:51:30 PM »
Dumbass GOPers don’t know what Socialism is. Biden is not for pubic ownership of the means of production.  Taxing the rich is not Socialism. It is justice and fairness.
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