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“What country is like America?”   Leave a comment

None, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing ^_^

This message is to those who don’t live in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and want to move here: America is not the Utopia you think it is. I will admit I decided to actually write this after talking to a few new friends I made via Facebook but I meant to write this back in 2012. I also want to make it clear in all of these there is no sarcasm or humor. AT ALL.

Ok let’s get started with the Politics first:

 

  • You are expected to be fluent in English AND know the American culture when you arrive. The problem with the latter is the American culture depends on what part of America you are in.
  • Coming from the African continent and have brown skin? Avoid Milwaukee, St. Louis and the states of Florida, Missouri, Mississippi and possibly Tennessee. If you don’t want to get killed by Law Enforcement, that is. Avoid Chicago as well since it is the Homicide Capital of America. Yes, the same Chicago former President Barack Obama is from.
  • If you are a Muslim woman, don’t travel in public places alone if you don’t have to. You may be harassed by a biggot.
  • Going with the above: Just like 100 years ago with European immigrants, if you are Muslim you’ll need to hide it if you want to get by. And don’t even think about speaking anything other than English in public. Not if you don’t want to be harassed.
  • America is big on Hypocrisy: Say one thing and do another. Do what I say, not what I do. Pot calling the kettle black. And so on. Yet most Americans still have no idea this is exactly why there are people who hate America: They hate the hypocrisy and the majority who bought into it and even defend it with force.
  • You have rights but they can be violated at the drop of a hat when it’s convenient. Not just because you’re not White.
  • During elections, most people go by what they see and hear on TV. They don’t research candidates on their own before they vote. That’s how Donald Trump was elected prettymuch. Now we’re dealing with the consequences.
  • Protesting injustice in America is considered controversial. Why? Good question. The short answer: The truth hurts.
  • Most Americans actually ARE NOT racist. Many ARE igorant of other cultures though.
  • Just like everywhere else, there ARE people who will do you and yours harm without a second thought.
  • Contrary to how its (S)elected “Officials” like to present the country as a whole to the rest of the world, America does not speak with one voice but many. This is not a disclaimer. It is a fact and that it is. The good and bad thing is it ALWAYS has to be like this. It’s good when the government decides to do the right thing and bad when it doesn’t.
  • On that last note: Yes, there are alot of Americans who don’t want “everyone” to have free healthcare out of spite but could care less about their taxpayer dollars being spent to kill people who hold no ill will toward them or the U.S. elsewhere.

I could go on but I have other categories to go through. Again, this is reality in the U.S. right now and HAS BEEN FOR DECADES.

Let’s go on to the American Lifestyle next:

  • First and foremost, America in general is obsessed with materialism and wasteful spending. Not everyone but as a country, this is the reality. It’s obvious as soon as you leave the plane. You will immediately see posters and advertisements everywhere telling you things like “You need this” and “You want this”.
  • The “typical” American diet presented on TV and the Internet should be ignored unless you want to die early or eventually from heart disease and/or cancer. The Fast Food industry–McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Popeyes, Subway and Burger King to name a few–spends millions each year in advertisements to lure people in to eat their high-sodium and high-sugar foods. A burger, fries and a soda is NOT a balanced meal. Three tacos and a soda is NOT a balanced meal. A footlong sub, a bag of Doritos and a soda is NOT a balanced meal.
  • Going with the above: For some reason, Organic Foods cost more than processed foodstuffs in a grocery store or supermarket. No, really: If you walk into a Supermarket, you will notice foods that are actually good for you actually cost more than unhealthhy options. A frozen Macaroni & Cheese dinner will cost you $1 in most chain supermarkets. A Macaroni and Cheese dinner with liquid cheese (just boil the pasta then add the cheese) costs $4 on average. If you want to make Macaroni and Cheese from scratch, be prepared to spend at least $7. Yes, it actually costs more to eat healthy in the U.S.
  • The introduction of the internet 20 years ago changed how people interact with each other. Even though it has made it far easier for people to connect with each other, it has also made it far easier for people to isolate themselves. Get on a bus or train and more often than not, most of the people are looking at their phones.
  • For some reason, it makes sense for someone to have to work two or three jobs just to keep a roof over their head. No, really.
  • The general expectation for high school graduates is for them to go to college. That’s assuming they can afford it. Most college students end up in debt weather they finish or not. Those who don’t are either very well off or have a full scholarship. To add injury to insult, there are many college graduates who end up working retail because no one wants to hire someone fresh out of college without any experience.
  • The introduction of Social Media can make dating more confusing than it has to be. Yet, for some reason this is what many people want even though they don’t like it personally.
  • It far easier for relationships to fall apart due to the threat of affairs, internet porn, domestic abuse, distrust and insecurity. This is also why over half of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce: Relationships are not usually built over time as was the norm years ago and as a result, marriages are rushed into. Most couples do not seek marriage counseling in advance and as a result, they do not realize they actually have little reason on their own to make the relationship work long-term. Not until after it’s collapsed beyond repair.
  • Americans like to complain and voice grievences against government officials and policies but are often slow to either hold them accountable or or vote them out of office.
  • People will complain about how absurd it is to pay $1000 for a cellphone but many of those same folks will be lining up to but one or in the days leading up to its release.

 

While most Americans DO agree Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty ARE problems that need to be solved AND easily can be, there is a catch: Not everyone agrees on HOW it should be solved. Think about this. Americans want all these problems to be solved but the overwhelming majority don’t want to have to lift a finger or pay a cent to make it happen. Rather, most feel “someone else” should pay for it as long as it isn’t them either directly or via taxes. No, really.

Let’s go on to Primary and Secondary Education now:

 

  • First and foremost, if you want your child to have a proper education be prepared to pay for it and I mean BEFORE college. America is not in the top 10 in Education for obvious reasons. The biggest one: Education is not considered a right in America.
  • In most large school districts, students are not taught to learn but are instead taught memorization geared around testing from an early age, usually on material they never learned or weren’t given enough time to learn well. Frequent cuts to federal, state and local funding has led to Art, Music, Social Studies, History, Geography and more recently P.E. being eliminated from most school curriculums. This has also led to an overcrowding problem in some schools and half-empty classrooms in others as parents move their kids to or from schools.
  • Thinking of college? Do you have a 5 or 6-figure income? No? Then, you’re better off enrolling in either a Community College or a Vocational School. Most who go to a major college or university leave with debt they will spend up to 20 to 30 years trying to pay off.
  • For those whose first language is not English, it is advised that you take a year just learning how to read, write and speak American English: In most school districts, ESL (English as a Seconf Language) students are only given a year even though for most that is far from sufficient time to become proficient in English.
  • Going with the above: If you have a heavy or thick accent, it is also reccommended you take English Language Arts courses to reduce your accent.
  • Also: English is the official language of the United States BUT just like everywhere else, it is NOT against the law to speak another language. Anyone who angrily tells you “Speak English!” or “We only speak English here!” is probably a racist and a biggot. As long as you know enough to get by, that’s fine. For years some lawmakers have been trying to get Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese) added as secondary languages due to the large numbers of Immigrants who come to the U.S. from China and Latin America every year respectively.

 

I could go on but in short, there is a heavy emphasis on knowledge you’re expected to know even though you clearly haven’t learned it yet. Again, there is a reson the U.S. is ranked 47th in Education: The system wants you smart enough to pay taxes and keep them in office but dumb enough not to threaten the system. You want a quality education for you and yours? Look to Community Colleges and Vocational Schools.

 

Finally, let’s talk about Religion and Morality:

  • Contrary to popular belief by most Americans, the United States does NOT have a state religion and never has. Not officially, that is. Calls by (S)elected “Officials” for reccommending prayer or suggesting people pray at certain times is in itself controversial BECAUSE it promotes and endorses a particular belief held by both the speaker and many in the country and THAT can easily be seen as violating someone else’s Freedom of Religion.
  • Going with the above: It would not be accurate to call the United States a “Christian Nation” because there are many different Christian denominations. I’m a Seventh Day Adventist for example.
  • As noted, America wrestles with the fact although there is no official state religion, conservatives and The Vatican have been pressuring government “officials” to establish one “because of tradition and patriotism”. The obvious problem is this would nullify Freedom of Religion. I mean both ways. As a reminder, there are dozens of Christian denominations.
  • The interesting and ironic hypocrisy of Christian Missionary work based out of the U.S.: There is much work to be done but the problem is a lack of funding. Many missionary projects and sites have been either abandoned or shut down due to lack of funds to keep running. Why? Because not enough money is going out from the U.S. to properly fund and maintain them. This is for ALL Christian denominations across the board.
  • To some American Christians, the ACLU and the government suing or stopping them from using their beliefs to violate the civil rights of others is “Persecution”. I’m specifically referring to the significant number of American Christians who feel it is their job, calling and right to infringe upon the Civil Liberties of the LGBT Community*.
  • Going with the above: Some American Christians feel it is far more productive to picket and shut down Abortion Clinics than to protest the NEED for them to exist. In a country where unprotected sex, infidelity, sexual assault and teen pregnancy are both encouraged and glorified via mass media and the internet, unwanted pregnancies** should come as no surprise. On top of it, it has already been proven beyond reasonable doubt in several countries that an abstinence-only policy (No sex before marriage) without Sex Ed (including education about condoms to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STDs) on top of it ensures unwanted pregnancies will continue to happen.

    * The Bible DOES speak against the practice of Homesexuality–almost 80 separate times, in fact–but it DOES NOT encourage violence or discrimination against those who are. Those who do either and/or both are taking matters into their own hands, which is ironic given the Bible also clearly states “Judge not lest ye be judged”.

    ** Rather than bully a woman for going to get an abortion clinic, a far more effective alternative would be to offer to adopt her unborn child and cover all medical appointments as well. What’s that? That would mean actually valuing the life of an unborn child? Well, it’s better than an unwanted pregnancy being secretly carried to term, the baby dellivered in a bathroom and then being put in a dumpster or toilet like trash.

 

As I mentioned in another category, America is morally bankrupt and has been for DECADES:

  • As I mentioned in a separate blog post, the gun debate in the U.S. was decided after the Sandy Hook mass shooting: When we decided as a society that two classrooms full of 6 and 7 year olds being gunned down was bearable, that ended the debate right there.
  • As I mentioned in a video blog, Murders and Homicides are glorified in American TV Shows and Movies: It comes as no surprise given although the U.S. is only 241 years old, it has been at war in all but 8 of them. Just look at the national anthem, which glorifies and promotes war. Before the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor video games were even thought of, movies and documentaries glorifying World War II were mega popular in the U.S.
  • The biggest highlight of American Hypocrisy is how much it glorifies sex: Movies, TV Shows, Billboards. Yet, you have many people wondering why the Teen Pregnancy rate in the U.S. spiked 10 years ago. The movie Juno and TV shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom had alot to do with that.
  • The American society reveres celebrities, athletes, TV Personalities, politicians and even fictional characters as if they were gods or royalty. In no other country can a person become famous just for being famous.
  • Going with the above: America has an obsession with being entertained at the expense of others. In games of sport, it’s not enough for someone to “lose”. No, the one who doesn’t win or is eliminated from competition deserves to be teased and bullied into submission by both the winner and spectators. The term that comes to mind is “Sore Winner” and it is reminicient of Roman coliseums.
  • Overall, America’s motto really should be “Do as I say, not as I do”: Politicians like to tell the rest of the world what they should or shouldn’t be doing as if they are in ANY position to do so with the blatant human and civil rights violations that take place daily within the country.

 

I think that’s enough to make my point. I’d keep going but then this would go really, really long. My point is America should not be looked to as model for good morals. It’s morally bankrupt and has been for DECADES. No country is perfect but at least they don’t go as far as America feels is it’s right to pretend it’s “The greatest country in the world”.

…Yes, I am a U.S. Citizen and no, I am not an Anarchist. This post took me a month to write because of how difficult it was for me to write this about the country I was born and raised in. All that said…it should be faitly obvious by now that the United States as it is currently known is about to come to an end. This country has gone to a very dark place and things are going to get worse, not better.  I am sure many of my fellow Americans don’t like hearing that but it’s the truth and an unescapable reality. Just look how the Ancient Roman Empire ended. It didn’t happen overnight. It took years to reach that point but it eventually fell.

 

Getting back to the American Christian experience. Something an American Adventist Missionary in Cambodia said in a program I recently watched sums it up rather well: American Christians are complacent and lack a purpose. There is not enough incentive or motivation to Evangelize and spread The Gospel. Most are content to go to church, talk to friends, family, calssmates or colleagues and stop there. It’s too…comfortable.

Speaking of too comfortable, Harriet Tubman said it best: More could be saved if they only knew they were slaves. To say many Americans are slaves in some way, shape or form would be accurate. Slaves to Debt. Slaves to Addiction. Slaves to Paaions. Slaves to Material  Things. Slaves to Lust. Slaves to Money. And so on.

I some other thoughts on the state of the U.S, but I will save it for a separate post. This has gone on long enough.

 

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Gordon Hayward’s devastating leg injury shocks the Sports World   Leave a comment

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Dwayne Wade’s expression perfectly describes the shock and horror everyone unfortunate enough to see it felt and probably still feels almost 24 hours later. It was NASTY.  For that reason, I won’t embed the footage. If you want see it, here is the link. The injury happens at the very beginning of the video. That sound you hear when Hayward lands is his left Tibia breaking. In the next moment, everyone is shocked into silence at what they are looking at.

I’ve seen footage of basketball injuries. I always look at the reactions to it by those witnessed it. Paul George’s was pretty shocking even though it technically happened during the offseason. Kevin Ware’s was GRAPHIC and even caused some of the opposing players to vomit or cry in horror at the sight of the injury. Hayward, on the other hand…you could tell everyone FELT it and that’s what made it so devastating. I am pretty sure that if the game was cancelled right there, most would have been relieved. That’s how bad it was.

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This brings me to the obvious question I have seen get asked on ESPN all day: Does the injury deny them a return to the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland?

Not necessarily.

Make no mistake Hayward WILL be missed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Celtics have no chance of making it back to the ECF this year. It will just be more of a challenge. We all saw what happened when Isaiah Thomas got hurt last year: Next Man Up. Marcus Smart will start for Hayward from now on as well.

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…As the Celtics have their home opener tonight, there is talk Gordon Hayward could recover in time to play as soon as after the All Star Game. It obviously wasn’t a life-threatening or career-ending injury. Just a horrible freak accident. Even so, you can’t help but feel for him and his family.

He will be back. Of that you can be certain.

I’m at 7 Blogs. Might be time to make some more   Leave a comment

Right now, I have a blog post for every day of the week ^_^

Even so, I’m thinking of making at least 3 more before my next birthday:

  1. MBTA Points of Interest: As a personal pet project I will write reviews for Bus, Train and Commuter Rail stations and stops in the Greater Boston Area. I will also provide news and updates related to the MBTA.
  2. Helping Those Who Need It: Unfortunately, this will likely be a controversial blog given the political climate in the U.S. I plan to bring attention causes and persons who are in need of support of some kind, usually Financially or Housing. When I say Financially that can be anything from funds (obviously) to Employment. I view it as giving s helping hand, not a handout. This is why I want to make a dedicated blog for this topic.
  3.  Confidence in the Kitchen: Another personal pet project. I am going to share my cooking skills through the blog, mostly using pictures since I move around too much to record video. I will also post reviews for different foods and restaurants where I have eaten. Should be fun!

 

Those are the three I’m thinking of. I made sure I went with topics not already covered in one of my other blogs. For example movie reviews. I do that in this blog already. Same with sports news.

I will roll out all 3 new blogs before my next birthday, which is March 30. I will of course announce here when the new blogs go live. This will be the first time since I made my Fictionpress and Fan Fiction blogs that I will be rollinng out more than one blog at once. I make it look easy but it’s definitely not. LOL.

If you’re in the U.S. and don’t have a passport, you should get one and here’s why   Leave a comment

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…Fair warning: This does have to do with politics.

A recent straw poll done revealed less than half of Americans have a Passport. I myself am one of those who don’t have an active Passport but I plan to change that as soon as I can. For the first time, the United Nations issued a travel advisory earlier this year for people to avoid certain parts of the U.S. due to politics mostly.

I won’t mince words: The political climate in Boston is volatile. It is simply because to many, “things aren’t that bad” or ” things don’t have to be” as far as they care. By “doesn’t have to be” they mean “Just shut up, stop whining, keep your head down and follow the rules. You have no idea how lucky you are to live in The greatest country in the world”.

I say this because ever since last year’s election, the biggots and racists who hid in the shadows have come out in force. They’re not just saying “Go back to Africa/Mexico!” to Blacks and Hispanics. They’re now saying “If you don’t like it here, go somewhere else!” to other Whites. Madness, I know.

Which brings me to this video I recorded yesterday:

…It really is something else.

The funny thing about the whole “Go back to Africa!” thing: They keep saying it to blacks WHO WERE BORN IN THE U.S. LOL. So, yeah. Of course, the comment is racially intended. There are many Black Americans who don’t even know most of Africa isn’t as “backwater” as they might think it is and definitely not with all the American money being poured into it over the last 30 years alone.

Anywho my point is it might not be such a bad idea to at least open yourself to the idea of living abroad. You can live outside the U.S. and retain your citizenship. There are lots of countries in which you can have a fairly smooth transition. Obviously some planning would still be necessary. This is something I have been thinking about since 2009 personally believe it or not.

If I were to pick a country to live in either short-term or long-term–or even permanently–here’s my Top 5:

 

  1. The Philippines: A former U.S. Territory, English is one of the official languages. The country has alot of untapped potential for anyone willing to invest in it. This is my top choice simply because I would be able to make a new life for myself here and not think about what I leave behind in the U.S. I would also have a fairly easy time getting settled and national politics can be safely ignored the further away from the capital you are.
  2. Kenya: Based on what I am hearing, there is ALOT of promise and of reasons to invest in this country’s future. It has fast become a powerhouse in the region and another light on The Dark Continent. I considered South Africa but the comparisons to the U.S. are a bit too strong.
  3. Canada: Goes without saying I technically don’t need a passport to go here. Toronto is 500 miles from Boston. There is already a mass migration of Americans crossing into Canada, after all. The political climate is certainly more stable than the U.S.
  4. Japan: Ah, the Anime Capital of the World. Probably not live permanently but I definitely would love to spend some time here. If not mainland Japan then one of islands far to the south.
  5. American Samoa: It has the same status as Puerto Rico but is in the Pacific Ocean. There wouldn’t be a language barrier either.

…Those are it. All of them are democratic countries or territories as well.

The way I see it, there are too many Americans who are ignorant of what is going on outside the U.S. They simply go by what they see on the evening news and assume that’s it. My point is there’s no harm in traveling. I certainly plan to once I am able to afford it. LOL.

On a more serious note, if you wait until things are dangerous for  you to try to travel then you waited too long.

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My Fellow Americans: If you don’t have one already, make a blog and use your voice!   Leave a comment

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…Here are ten Free Blogging Platforms. Obviously you’re reading this on one of them: WordPress. I have a Tumblr, Live Journal and Xanga account as well. I am challenging my fellow Americans who don’t already to make a blog of their own and use their voice. For this reason, I am offering to help people start their own blog free of charge.

We have reached a point as a society where Mainstream Media has begun to reassert themselves as “The most trustworthy source of information” even when what they report and comment on is not only intentionally inaccurate to create buzz but is oftentimes biased. CNN in particular feels so threatened by Social Media they take every opportunity they can to discredit it. THEY and the Washington Post alone have been pushing hard to make the case Social Media is the source of “Fake News” and that “Only reliable sources can be trusted”. CNN has proven over and over again it can’t be trusted so…yeah.

Ben Franklyn once said “The only people who should have freedom of the press are those who have their own press.” Today, that’s having your own blog.  Mainstream Media doesn’t want anyone outside their industry to share news BECAUSE platforms like WordPress are a threat to them. That’s the reason at the end of the day.

There are two other reasons I am calling on everyone to start blogging: The first is your voice matters. Some of you are dealing with tough times. Some of you are tired of the negativity they see on the evening news every day. Some of you want to make a difference. You can do all of these things if you have your own blog. Some of you know this but Serene Adventure.net was a real website I ran from 2003 to 2011.  A year after I shut down my website for good, I found WordPress purely by accident.

This blog was born.

That was when I realized I had found the type of platform that would be most effective for me to do all the things I wanted to do with my website. I could have my cake and eat it too ^_^

The other reason to start blogging: Anyone can do it. Literally anyone. No experience required.

I want to end this blog on one more point and this is regardless of your politics: America is most knew it has changed dramatically and very quickly since 9/11. That’s a fact. It’s all the more reason today than 2004 for people to express themselves while they are still able to do so. When Bush 43 was in the White House, the Dems expressed concerns about minoritiy groups’ rights in this country but did nothing to help. When Obama was in the White House, the GOP and Conservatives expressed concerns over their way of life being ignored and infringed upon but did nothing meaningful other than voice differences of opinion. With #45, most Dems and Republicans have voiced their displeasure of the current administration.

The thing about America that Americans both love and hate is everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Think about that.

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Eminem FLAYS Donald Trump in 5-minute Freestyle   Leave a comment

Here is the video so many are talking about:

And here are my thoughts on it:

…You can be sure this is FAR from over. LOL.

The video was done last week but its release was delayed so it could be edited for airing during the BET Awards the other day.

…Know what I just realized? Aside from the typical internet trolls and usual Yes-Men, no one is bashing Eminem for this. I mean NO ONE. That should tell you something.

I’ve decided to stop writing about new mass shootings in America   Leave a comment

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…This tweet has been reshared after every mass shooting since the one in Charleston, South Carolina. That was two years ago. It makes reference to the Sandy Hook mass shooting in which 6 and 7 year olds were murdered in their school back in 2012. 5 years after that, I have reconciled with those who are convinced beyond reasonable doubt it was a hoax. Their reasoning for that is they just cannot wrap their minds around the idea that there is someone in this world who would knowingly gun down 14 innocent children, 3 teachers and the school’s principal. The truth is this heinous act actually happened.

Nevermind the fact the people who carry out these mass shootings are almost always white men. Nevermind the fact the media makes sure everyone knows who the shooter was, what they did and why they did what they did. Nevermind the fact nationwide gun sales always see a spike the day after a mass shooting takes place. Nevermind the fact something most Americans see as common sense is politics to our elected “Officials”.

Nevermind all that.

The fact of the matter is in the United States, we as a society decided after Sandy Hook we don’t value human life. Forget about who the current president is. WE neeed to demand change. We can’t and should not rely on the government to fix this problem. It hasn’t been working and clearly hasn’t gotten us anywhere. WE need to step up. Our future as a nation depends on it.

I won’t comment on Mass Shootings anymore because we all know what’s going to happen in the end: Nothing. That’s 100% guaranteed. To my fellow Americans, I DARE you to prove me wrong. Don’t call for people to pray. Call for ACTION. Clearly just praying alone hasn’t been working.

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