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White Supremacists and Medievalism

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Though this is not a recent argument, it is one that I ran into while I pondered the rigid feminist ideology Cathy Newman adhered to in her debate with Jordan Peterson. In fact, Cathy exemplifies the type of ideological blindness found with many types of ideas and ideologies. This led me to Dorothy Kim’s idea that professors who teach about the medieval period should explicitly condemn white supremacists in their classrooms. Why should that be done? I am stuck with the question of what will that accomplish?

If I take the premise that it will make white supremacists re-think their medieval use or racism as a whole, then this fails as many if not most supremacists are not college educated. How does condemning help if those people are not taking the class? In this element of Kim’s idea, it fails. Condemning in class is no solution for this situation.

The impressionable students can be indoctrinated by the incessant pounding of the professors if these professors follow Kim’s idea. Afterall, college isn’t about critical thinking or having as student think. It is about indoctrinating the student with the current societal approved ideology. We have filled the minds of students with doctrine and nothing else. Success, except it, isn’t. We now have students crying about their feelings and wanting to suppress other thoughts that were extrapolated based on the indoctrination. This doesn’t do much. In fact, if a student doesn’t have the white supremacist idea, then it was a huge waste of the student’s tuition and university promise of educating them. However, I have at tendency to believe that universities jumped the shark years ago.

One idea could be that if ALL of the medieval professors were to band together and ignore their medieval courses to condemn white supremacy, then everyone will have to believe them and white supremacy will go away. Sorry, that won’t work. As soon as a professor or two takes to belittling white supremacist ideas, their effect dies, and white supremacists do not care what these professors think anyway.

White supremacists, in general, have no clue about the medieval period. Their knowledge consists of what they have learned in the movies such as medieval soldiers wore studded gambesons, Vikings (raiding Norsemen) has horns on their helmets, an onager could knock down walls with huge stones, and the Knights Templar found some secret treasure. There are plenty of people that believe that swords go “shwing” when pulled out of a scabbard not to mention the idea one man can defeat twenty with ease. This makes me question Professor Kim’s intelligence.

Preaching to the choir solves nothing. In fact, it can very well create the opposite effect she desires. Does wearing an umbrella inside the house in order to keep from being rained do anything? If the roof is keeping you try, then the redundancy is useless. Even if there are some gains to her idea, are they even worth the cost?

Any form of hatred comes from the home where it was ingrained or a traumatic experience where the individual associates an entity with negativity, thus hatred. All of this is due to the lack of familiarity with that entity. Without familiarity, there is no empathy or compassion towards the entity and hatred persists. All of this needs to be addressed and a silly idea of “say no to white supremacy” in a classroom accomplishes nothing more than a false sense of accomplishment. You achieve the same accomplishment by silently wishing there were no white supremacists.

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Success of Homeschooling

January 8, 2018 Leave a comment

My youngest is now finishing the last half of the senior year while the oldest is finishing the last semester of a college career. These two have been homeschooled for most if not all of their life. There were predictions of how they would turn out and most were negative. In fact, I would venture to guess that most if not all homeschooling families have encountered opposition to homeschooling.

When our decision to pull my oldest out of school and homeschool was made, the teachers and principal notified us of how we would “ruin our child.” We were told of how backward our child would be. Our child would amount to nothing and be rather stupid. We were viewed as horrible parents who secluded our child from the world. Our oldest would be destroyed based on our decision to homeschool him after a horrible several years experience at a school.

My youngest never had the opportunity to go to school. The idea of destroying this child was prevalent within the community we associated with. School teachers told me of how my son wouldn’t learn anything and how public school was so much better. My youngest was ostracized by the public school families as these parents looked down upon my youngest. He was destined to be the second failure in our family and a lost cause to society.

How did it turn out? Are my two children ruined? Is my oldest finishing up some cheap online degree from a no-name school because he cannot handle a “real” college? This private university with an endowment of $88 million and some 5,500 plus students is not some no-name school. It sits within the top 10 of the Parents and Colleges ranking. It is in the top 100 colleges worth considering. Not that I buy these rankings, but it shows that my oldest goes to what is considerd a worthwhile school and is “earning” his degree in chemistry. Yes, that is right. He is earning his degree with a current 3.84 gpa. He has been accepted to graduate school from multiple major universities.

What about my youngest? He is attending a major university for his second year and holds a 4.0 gpa at the university as a high school student at this school. His SAT was higher than any of the averages of the local high schools. He has taken calculus, biology, and upper-level college courses. Nine classes are taken and nothing less than an A. He is currently deciding what university he would like to attend next fall.

What do you think? Are my children failures? Has homeschooling destroyed them? I would say no! Academically, they have succeeded beyond all naysayers expectations. So, what about their social skills? Obviously, they are socially awkward and cannot function within society?

My oldest is giving a presentation at some event this spring and is favored by underclassmen for the classes he’s a lab assistant. He has many friends who are not homeschooled. He talks to strangers and interacts with them, too! He used his social skills for applying to graduate school, working, and many other things. He has dated young ladies without any issues.

As for my youngest, he is very active with his friends at the university. He has a friend from Pakistan as well as others from different parts of the country. He is not short on the activities he involves himself in at the school and outside of the school. He was capable enough to perform in front of an audience.

Even though I cannot go into too much detail about my sons and their social life, I have given enough evidence to show that my sons function in society. Now they do not pick on or make fun of people because of the societal disposition concerning what is normal. The treat everyone with respect and are eager to help those in need.

Is homeschooling a success for my family? Yes! The same can be found with many other families. In fact, had we not homeschooled my sons, I doubt if my oldest would be in college or my youngest would be out of trouble. I do not necessarily blame public school as much as I blame parents, but the influences found in public schools can be very detrimental towards our children.

For anyone struggling with homeschooling, take this post as proof that you can succeed and your children can succeed. If you are wondering if you should homeschool but are afraid homeschooling does not produce success, then keep this post in mind. Ignore the naysayers and trust yourself. It is a lot of hard work but the effort is worth it and success will follow. The success of your child is based on you, the parent, and not the naysayers.

We are finished with our homeschooling years and I won’t say it was easy. In fact, it was trying at times and even expensive at times for us, however, this was a sacrifice we were willing to take. We held a constant fear that we were not doing a good enough job with our children. I want to belay the homeschooling family’s fear of not doing a good enough job. You are doing a nice job of homeschooling.

Another Quick Resume Comment

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Reviewing resumes is a very tedious adventure and an adventure it is. Most of the resumes can be quickly discarded, but the rest leave you searching. As stated before, colleges do a very horrible job of helping students with resumes. People take the one opportunity to open a door and screw it up.

The majority of resumes that I actually open, read, and try to understand the prospective employee are riddled with issues that have me closing their pdf, doc, or txt file. Yes, the txt file is the evil one that should NEVER be submitted. There are free tools that mimic Word. What is one of the main problems? It is information. The resume is the initial introduction and needs to reflect you in a positive light.

For some reason, people will leave out vital bits of data that tell me about yourself in terms of your work and what you are interested in. What is worse is that the resume organization is poorly done. For some reason, a person looking for an engineering position or web development feels the need to let me know they studied music or won some vocal performance. These may be nice accomplishments, but they are not related to what you are applying for. I really do not care if you were voted “Most likely to succeed” in high school. Yes! That was actually on a resume. If you write that you are hoping for a job in Denver and you are applying for a position in Binghampton, NY, what am I to think? Your veteran with five points gets you nowhere with me if the points have no bearing on this position. Again, I do not care that you are able to handle raw meat if you are interested in an accounting position. Do you need to emphasize your leadership skills if you are applying for an entry-level position?

Most of what I see is sloppy and inattentive resume writing. One-size fits all resumes doesn’t work. I shouldn’t have to search the internet about you in order to see if you are worth calling for an interview. If I can find more about you on the net that is related to your skills and job hunting desires, then consider putting it on your resume. Take about the volunteering at the soup kitchen and add your advanced math tutoring. You can tell me about your volunteering when I interview you as this is when I am trying to gauge you as a person.

A resume needs to be relevant to the position be applied for. All pertinent information needs to be on the resume as this is what sells you. These two sentences are redundant, but somehow people can’t seem to understand this fact. If I have to search, you have likely lost the opportunity. I shouldn’t have to search your resume to get an idea about you. I should be able to quickly read the resume to know your abilities. There is a difference between searching a resume and reading the resume. If I am searching your resume, your information is lost and never to be found by me.

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The Christmas Card Review

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment

I had the habit of watching Hallmark Christmas movies until the more recent movies became so bad, that I’ve stopped watching them. There are few older movies that I continue to watch from time to time. I’m not sure what it is about some of them, but for some, there is something entertaining that keeps me watching. The Christmas Card is one of those movies.

I’ll come out say it, this is a bad movie. For some reason, there is something that keeps me watching. From the beginning scenes of the Afghan military base, you immediately recognize this as a bad, bad movie. The soldiers are dealing with some of the worst dialogue and stiff acting. Come on, “Jonesy.” Are we being serious? The writing is horrible and it doesn’t get any better. I’ll spare you from having to read some of the dialogue, but the writing is some of the worst. Continuing with the opening scene, the explosion that kills Jonesy, is cheap and brings you out of the story, if you were ever in it, and the reason why Sgt. Cody Cullen is sent home is just as silly. To end the military aspect of the movie, it is very bad acting when Cullen visits Jonesy’s wife in order to give her dogtags.

If you continue with the movie, the dialogue is simply horrible and the actors are forcing their lines. The scenes do not blend and work as if the scenes are being held hostage and forced to mingle with each other. If we even take the premise that a family will take in a stranger, wouldn’t it be strange that a soldier searched a woman down based on a Christmas Card? The timeline doesn’t even work in this movie unless Cody, at the end of the movie, has decided to push his motorcycle to the memorial bridge in order to give Faith time to buy a meal and take it to him.

How bad is the acting? Cody’s character is a cardboard cutout without emotion as is the beau, Paul. They are one in the same. If they were to fight over Faith, it would be a battle of boredom. Faith isn’t much of an improvement, but the actress does occasionally provide life to her character. She shows no affection for this Paul, so you conclude early on she doesn’t love him, but she does, I think. She has more affection and life towards Cody when she first meets him than this Paul whenever Paul is around. Now to Ed Asner. He is too old for the part and shows it. His acting is actually rather good and is believable. Sadly, his character is too unrealistic, so thanks go to the writers. Uncle Richard has the most life but is used as a poor comedic relief that doesn’t fit the scene. Stuck with corny lines, this character meanders through the movie like a sideshow that distracts.

If there is poor acting, poor script writing, poor directing, poor plot design, and plenty of other poor and unrealistic issues, then what attracts me? I believe the character Faith has, on occasion, showed life much like a young girl that practices kissing on a cardboard cutout of the rockstar she admires. It may be the mother who appears to question who Cody is without ever saying so. You get the impression that she isn’t sure of the man. I really don’t know what it is as the more modern Hallmark movies are trash. It may even be a combination of Christmas, snow, woods, sawmill, and moments of decent acting that win me over.

If I were to rate this 2006 television movie, it would be two stars. The only reason it gets this is that there is an element that attracts my attention even though I am constantly cringing throughout the movie. I am cringing for the actors, audience, and myself for watching it. I now wonder if Hallmark is a place where people try to learn to write, direct, and act. Well, Linda Hamilton wasn’t too bad in her Christmas movie.

When it is too much on a resume?

October 13, 2017 Leave a comment

One of the biggest issues for a college graduate is the lack of experience. As most graduates construct their resume, they find there is little there and they find the need to pad the resume. To a person such as myself, this is annoying as I have to dig through mounds of goop to find everything about the person.

This young person graduated in May, and there is little or basically no relevant experience, so the person listed a half of a page of volunteer experience. Though nice, I do not need to see this much. If you find the need to include this, in the instance where it is not pertinent to the job, then make it very brief. Do not allow it to control the resume and stretch it into a second page. I may not be familiar with the event you volunteered at some consider combining your volunteer work highlighting the important aspects you did.

Another problem new graduate add are their classwork. Frankly, I have no idea what Math 452 Abstract Math, Compsci 422 Web Development, or Eng467 Sound and Vibrations mean. This is worthless. How do I know what you did with web development? Consider combining your classwork in a short three sentence paragraph describing the important elements. For example, you can explain how you didn’t use templates for web development and designed or wrote some section of the work. I need a pithy description. This adds meat to the resume and not some filler that has no meaning.

If you were a waiter at different restaurants, do not go into your role of waiting on table or cleaning tables or even providing customer service. I actually know what you did. You waited on people like me. Just say where you worked and that you were a waiter or dishwasher unless you did something special that should stand out. Waiting tables and washing dishes is not something that stands out. You can list the place you worked and your position. If it is a crew member at a fast food restaurant then only state that. I honestly do not care that you worked with a diverse team or it was fast-paced.

Do not oversell yourself with buzzwords or relevant skills that you really are just a novice in. As an example, I see many resumes for programming that list language after language within such a short timespan. To go along with this is the person that listed 21 bullet points underneath one of their elements of work experience. I’ve been at my current position for over 15 years and I do not 21 bullet points to list. Be honest with yourself and accentuate what you are truly good at. Everything else tells me you are taking a shotgun approach just to get an interview.

Finally, I am not interested in reading a book, so please keep the paragraphs to a minimum. Include it in your objective if you need me to know that you want a job. If you want to write a paragraph underneath your experience, then try to keep it within four sentences. In relation to this is the length of the resume. Try to keep it within two pages, but also know the field you are entering. There may be circumstances where a long resume would be applicable.

The resume introduces you to me and tells me if you are worth talking to. A bloated resume loses my interest especially if I am reviewing 100 resumes. The less fluff the more likely your special skills or that something about you will stand out and catch my eye. You want stand out from the others. Your resume is that fishing lure that will make me bite.

 

 

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October 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Listening to a podcast about Fred Korematsu, the man who sued the government, Korematsu v United States, the podcasters mentioned a difference between the treatment of the Japanese and Germans living in America. I am not sure which person mentioned German-American rallies in Madison Square Garden supporting Nazi Germany as evidence of bias, but I started thinking, how accurate is this and is it relevant? This isn’t about the right or wrong of interring Japanese-Americans, but whether or not there is a fair comparison between those of Japanese descent and German descent.

The first thing to understand is the fact the Japan attacked American held territory while Hitler was trying not to aggravate the Americans. Germany did declare war on America on December 11.  There is a huge difference between the two as one attacked and killed Americans in an aggressive act while Germany and America played a game without going to war. There is an understandable reason why America would target Japanese-Americans and this is evident by the draconian measures taken in Hawaii and the West Coast. Spying on Pearl Harbor was a real issue, so it was prudent, in the minds of leaders, to not only question the loyalty of Japanese-Americans but also isolate people that were relatively easy to identify.

For the German-Americans part, there were attempts by the Un-American Activities Committee to restrict any Nazi supporting rally. Prior to December 11, 1941, there was no reason to restrict any activities by German-Americans as the two nations were not at war and Germany had not attacked American territory with the intent of going to war. The only Madison Square Garden rally that I came across was a 1939 rally. This is clearly well before American and Germany went to war, thus there was no need to censor the German-Americans supporting Nazi Germany. In fact, it was before Germany invaded Poland. It was only after the declaration of war by Germany that we see the suppression of pro-Nazi feelings. In fact, Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund, was targeted by Thomas Dewey and the White House. They were successful in taking down Kuhn as they got a conviction for tax evasion and upon his release in 1943, he was again arrested as an enemy alien. As for the Bund, it was defunct by 1941.

What we fail to recall is that 11,000 German-Americans were placed in internment camps during the Second World War, though not at the levels of Japanese-Americans. Latin America was pressured by America to arrest German-Latin Americans. There is also a failure to recall how German-Americans were persecuted during the First World War. What was being done to the Japanese-Americans was not uncommon as the past history of America shows the drastic actions America takes to protect herself.

Hawaii and the West Coast saw the worst of the treatment towards Japanese-Americans as the main threat from Japan came from the Pacific. Executive Order 9066 forced the Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. Fear was a key factor more so than racism, but we cannot forget how racism also affected the decisions made by those in power. When this event is discussed one term is often mentioned – paranoia. That is the prevailing issue after the bombing of Pearl Harbor much like of the fear and paranoia during the First World War.

I have several friends whose grandparents and even parents were interred at these camps. They have strong feelings about how people are treated as they are directly descended from wrongfully interred Japanese-Americans, and I know they do not approve of the distortion of facts to make this event sound even worse. How much worse can it get for those interred who had to suffer from the harsh conditions? Marginalizing or distorting what happened to the German-Americans does not help anyone understand why Japanese-Americans were interred, nor does it add to the event. I am not a believer of learning from the past as past issues are not similar to current issues. What I do believe is we can make drastic and horrible mistakes when we distort the past to satisfy, support, or validate an ideology whether it is political or social.

 

 

September 25, 2017 Leave a comment

I have finally given up on the NFL with more sports likely to follow. It has nothing to do with the commissioner or any thoughts of the players being greedy. As much as I do not like some of the activities done by players outside of the sport, this too isn’t the reason why I am not longer following the NFL or the team I used to support. It has to do with the political/racial agenda Colin Kaepernick created.

He isn’t the first to use sports as a billboard for an ideology, belief, or some type of agenda. I neither agree nor disagree with his belief whether or not it is a bit skewed from facts or not. It is the fact that I watch sports for enjoyment and not to learn about the latest agenda or political statement. If I want that, I’ll watch or read the media-based propaganda. Kaepernick took a simple way out to make a statement and forced me to endure this unless I quit watching football. Well, I have.

I have never enjoyed the NBA or even the NCAAB, so this is no loss for me. Sports should be unrelated to social causes or political fighting. Do I care about Trump’s runaway mouth about the NFL players kneeling? No. Do I care about the message Kaepernick was trying to say? No. I found him to be annoying in the fact his antics created more drama than it was worth. When I watch a sport, my concern is about enjoying the game and not putting up with someone’s message.

Whether I agree with him or not, I do not believe sports is the place to make statements like he was trying just as I believe Presidents shouldn’t be hosting winning sports teams. I enjoy sports for a simple reason that it is almost always excluded from the societal stupidity we see, read, and hear. The men kneeling or holding hands push me further away from sympathizing or caring about their cause. It is understandable to join together and kneel because a rampant mouth makes an ill-advised statement, but this indulgence of social views makes sports less entertaining and that was the reason I was watching. Goodbye sports as a whole as I expect different sports teams and leagues to replicate this type of stance with whatever message is being sent. I’ll just read a book or go outdoors.

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