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QITNL

climber
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:48am PT
Cool.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:19am PT


Photographer Larry Burrows - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

http://life.time.com/history/life-behind-the-picture-larry-burrows-reaching-out-1966/?iid=lf%7Cmostpop#1
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:42am PT
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Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:18am PT
This thread wasn't posted as an Us And Them thread at all, but more as an Us Is Us, We Are We, We're all in this together thread.

I appreciate your sentiments and attempts. But the sad reality is that America's heydays are over.

50% of the Americans don't like having a black President
50% of Americans believe a woman's place is in the kitchen
50% of Americans don't want no damn immigrants in this country
50% of Americans want to impose a Christian version of Sharia
50% of Americans try to block any social justice or progress

My grandparents were illiterate immigrants and served in the US Army. My parents went to college. My father is a Korean War veteran. I am a veteran of the Gulf War. My brother is a lawyer and I am a doctor.

Grandpa in the US Army in World War I
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We had one of the first Naval Aviation classes with women
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Sierra Ledge Rat on his combat jet on the deck of the aircraft carrier...
Sierra Ledge Rat on his combat jet on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy.
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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:30am PT
^^^^^



DMT
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:31am PT
I appreciate your sentiments and attempts. But the sad reality is that America's heydays are over.

50% of the Americans don't like having a black President
50% of Americans believe a woman's place is in the kitchen
50% of Americans don't want no damn immigrants in this country
50% of Americans want to impose a Christian version of Sharia
50% of Americans try to block any social justice or progress

I don't follow that logic at all.

You need to define "heyday"

It's common to think of America's "heyday" as the 1950/60s, when our economic power seemed to be unchallenged.

But back then, the percentages you cite above were much higher.

I don't think "heyday" should be measured by economic power or cultural influence. So the US dominated the auto industry in the 1950s, and won the space race in the 1960s - good times, for some, but IMO not the important measures of success.

I claim your numbers above are off -- all the above are much lower than 50% today.

And the trend is positive.

Our heyday is NOW -- it's what we make of every day that matters.

And there are many more to come...


Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
The BGI Cognitive Genomics Project is currently doing whole-genome sequencing of 1,000 very-high-IQ people around the world, hunting for sets of sets of IQ-predicting alleles. I know because I recently contributed my DNA to the project, not fully understanding the implications. These IQ gene-sets will be found eventually—but will probably be used mostly in China, for China. Potentially, the results would allow all Chinese couples to maximize the intelligence of their offspring by selecting among their own fertilized eggs for the one or two that include the highest likelihood of the highest intelligence. Given the Mendelian genetic lottery, the kids produced by any one couple typically differ by 5 to 15 IQ points. So this method of "preimplantation embryo selection" might allow IQ within every Chinese family to increase by 5 to 15 IQ points per generation. After a couple of generations, it would be game over for Western global competitiveness.

Geoffrey Miller
Chinese Eugenics
http://www.edge.org/responses/q2013
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
A couple more from West Point graduation day, 2011:





The lady is the sister of the grad wearing a white shirt in the last shot I posted, and her brother is the middle guy in the shot before thst. ( great smiles run in the family ). The guy in these two shots is my cousin, Brad.

( I didn't take these photos, but I'm in both of them. Look for the bald headed white guy wearing a tan golf shirt )

this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:09am PT
I still see Paisley...It's a vast mishmash.
We just forget to live Paisley, sometimes.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Hey Survival.

“I didn't mention any political stuff at all in fact.
So take your sour puss somewhere else.”

I thought this was a climbing forum , when you open a patriotic political thread, expect some opposing viewpoints. I live 6 months a year in Canada and 6 in the US, my sour puss will comment equally on both countries.

Excuse me if I find your thread patronizing , but I guess you just want ethnic confirmation not opposition .
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:41am PT
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John M

climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:50am PT
Excuse me if I find your thread patronizing ,

Now what burr got under your saddle blanket? what in blue blazes is wrong with people right now. Bruce is one of the good guys.



I love this video... I found it because Hankster posted the Lush at the beach version.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:55am PT
This is a thread about our magnificent and diverse country.. Screw the rest of the dribble..Ive had kin die in every skirmish from the revolutionary war to desert storm. Weve a right to be proud.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:58am PT
I'm getting a sense of "diversity envy" from Rolfr.

We ( The United States Of America ) did the racial outreach. Now, we are enjoying the benefits of a fully diverse society.

Canada needs to step up to the plate, and do the same outreach to minorities that Americans have, if they want to have a truly diverse society, like ours.

If Canadians don't want a diverse society, then I guess it's up to them. Maybe they like it that everybody they see every day is white, like they are. Apparently they do, because they haven't done the required outreach to minorities neeed to change their national demographic, like we have here in The United States.



Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Walk, stumble, fall.
Get up.
Walk.
Repeat.
What color is that? It's a wondrous Paisley. Wondrous!
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:09am PT
This is a thread about our magnificent and diverse country.. Screw the rest of the dribble..Ive had kin die in every skirmish from the revolutionary war to desert storm. Weve a right to be proud.


Well i’ve had kin die in concentration camps by flag waving nationalists , so i’ll keep spewing my dribble , Bubba. Thanks for making my point on tolerance for opposing viewpoints.

Chaz , I don’t have diversity envy, I am part of the Canadian diversity!



And thank you Captain, I'm Paisley too.
John M

climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:27am PT
tolerance for opposing viewpoints????? you were the one all bummed out and spreading the negativity. I'm just confused about why people have to take a thread started by someone good like Bruce and turn it into some political statement when it wasn't meant as such. Thats all. If you have to have a negative view, then go for it. But it would be nice if once in awhile we could just chill. I think thats all Bruce was shooting for. He isn't stupid. He knows that the world is full of nasty sh#t. And he definitely isn't for blind obedience to some nationalistic call. So maybe try chilling a little and watch the video I posted. The songs saweeet, even if some of the pictures are a bit cheesy.

But whatever dude. I hope things are going okay for you.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2013 - 04:05am PT
but I guess you just want ethnic confirmation not opposition .


Whatever man. Actually, you told me to take my flag waving elsewhere first, on my thread. I merely returned the favor.

I don't remember requiring you to participate in the first place.

Besides, I stated in the OP that we had a lot to do to live up to the expectations of ourselves and the world. I've posted bikers, punks, homeless people, dirt poor American Indians and more. Does that really qualify as mindless flag waving nationalism? Me thinks not.

We've all had ancestors die at the hands of as#@&%es. I had relatives escape from Germany, and relatives that died in the Civil War, even one who died on Bataan Death March. Does that make me more American than you are? Me thinks not.



survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 1, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
A tip of the hat to Dave Kos, thanks man.



For you, an American "sandwich", if you will....

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