My father’s family were interned at Poston Arizona, after being detained at the Santa Anita Racetrack. My grandfather was arrested first, leaving his wife and two young sons to take whatever they could with them from their farm in Porterville to their internment.
Grandfather was taken to another camp with many other supposed ringleaders of the Japanese in California. His crime: sending money back to his family before the war.
We don’t know which camp grandfather was taken to. I think it was Tule Lake in California, but it could be these camps in New Mexico. He eventually rejoined his family in Poston, but didn’t speak about his time of separation. He died before I was born.
Granddad was a guy who boarded a freight ship to head off to America – a stowaway. He ended up becoming a ranch hand in Arizona before heading back to Japan to marry my grandma. He was a real pioneer, an adventurer. Had a farm in Terra Bella before moving to Porterville.
I wish I knew more about him, but I am sure that the first camp he spent time in was not a picnic. Neither was Poston.
This should not have happened then. It should never happen again.
Aleph Molinari – Bridging the Digital Divide
The Digital Divide is a mother that’s 45 years old and can’t get a job, cuz she doesn’t know how to use a computer.
Most news focuses on the roughly 2 billion people in the world who use the Internet. Economist Aleph Molinari chooses to focus on the other five billion people. He is working to close the digital divide and empower people, by providing widespread access to technology education.
In 2008, Molinari founded Fundación Proacceso and in 2009 launched the Learning and Innovation network. The network uses community centers to educate under-served communities and
enable them to use technology for empowerment. In about 2 years, the network has graduated 28,000 users through 42 educational centers throughout Mexico.
The Learning and Innovation network
employs a well-designed system to bridge this digital divide. The system is divided into 4 educational parts. The first focuses on computers. The second is the Internet. The third is office software. The fourth phase is a 72 hour technology program that produces, in the end, a digital citizen. While the program sounds somewhat trite, there is no doubt that the programs conducted by Fundación Proacceso and the Learning and Innovation network have made a huge impact on extremely poor communities in Mexico.
Molinari’s arguments are extremely persuasive. There is no doubt to me that, as he says, “Internet is a right, not a luxury.” We can do a lot to bridge this divide, enabling many of the five billion – most of whom are in the southern hemisphere and Asia – to become active participants as digital citizens of the world.
Although the work ahead seems daunting, it is even more daunting to consider what will happen to our world in the absence of a more fair and just distribution of wealth and opportunity. It is better to make do with less than to lose everything we love and cherish.
Molinari’s final message is full of hope:
The main message is that technology is not going to save the world, we are, and we can use technology to help us. Most technology is human energy, so let’s use this energy to make this world a better place.
- The Digital Divide: Who’s Being Left Behind (tech.li)
- COM22: Wk 2. Digital Divide (decuni.wordpress.com)
- Social Media’s Effect On The Digital Divide [Infographic] (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- Digital Divide and Social Media: Connectivity Doesn’t End the Digital Divide, Skills Do | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network (queuniversidade2.wordpress.com)
- Update on the Digital Divide (alleganylibrarydirector.wordpress.com)
- An Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide (impact.webershandwick.com)
- The Digital Divide [an infographic] (thetechscoop.net)
It seems that Bill Nye – the Science Guy – is way more well known than I know. Being away from the United States for 25 years and not one to pay attention much to TV in general, I don’t come across TV shows that air in the US – even on PBS – unless they are really popular or become important politically. Though sustainability and good science are extremely important, they certainly won’t win many popularity contests among the TV viewing public.
Reading about the Science Guy now, I find I’d appreciate his TV program. I really like his passion for bicycles and for personal health.
“There’s no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle. Bowl of oatmeal, 30 miles — you can’t come close to that.”
The first paragraph of Bill Nye’s biography on his personal website says this:
Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.
What a fabulous introduction! Making science entertaining and accessible is something I love doing, too, and hope to do for most of my life.
In the “crazy Bill vision”, Nye predicts that weather-tight “bicycle arterials” will be built. These, he says, will be cost-efficient when compared to a modern roadway. I fully agree. They would be much lighter than roadways and bicycles are unlikely to produce anything near the wear and tear produced by cars, buses, and especially trucks.
But is our society ready to make these commitments to green infrastructure? Tellingly, Nye says, “You could do that if you were committed.”
I’d love to see a future in which Bill’s vision for bicycles form a critical component in a sustainable transit system. I’d like if it were not limited to places like Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington, where Nye believes that the commitment is likely to grow. While I realize that these cities and some areas in and around San Francisco – where I was once a bicycle messenger – have both the political perspective and the occasionally inclement weather that provide an impetus to build ideal infrastructure for cyclists, the need is even more fervent in communities hostile to cyclists such as Los Angeles, Manhattan, Washington D.C., and Tokyo.
I’m hoping that in the wake of the 3.11 disaster, many more Japanese start to awaken to the reality that on the one hand mass transit systems are important, but on the other distributed and local systems are required. While I look upon Shinkansen with admiration and awe, it is the local streetcar and the bicycle that I look to as critical in the ideal communities of the future. In this future, the sleek and elegant tubes would be bicycle highways, competing with the Shinkansen for technical prowess and hi-tech coolness. And bicycle manufacturers would supplant Ferrari and Porsche as the supreme designers of machines for transit. But the biggest winners: you and me!! (and Bill Nye!)
- Bill Nye: Scientist on Wheels (bigthink.com)
- Let’s put a sundial on Mars: Bill Nye at TED2012 (ted.com)
- We Are All Connected- Symphony of Science (Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye) (the2012scenario.com)
- Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Deny Evolution (bigthink.com)
- Happy Birthday, Bill Nye! (wired.com)
I believe in the LiveSTRONG Manifesto. I became a LIVESTRONG Leader for 2012 because I wanted to use my experience leading groups through adventure and sports to learn about cancer, cancer survivorship, and its prevention.
We believe in life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
This is LIVESTRONG.
I just read today in the LIVESTRONG Leaders group on Facebook about a young man who was fighting cancer until last weekend. His words from last year about how he was facing his fight says succinctly a lot about why I have joined the fight. His attitude is evident in the title of his post, which I used in my title as well. (Thank you Ruel, rest in Peace. You are now, in my mind, an exclamation point. That will keep screaming out forever!)
I’ve been wearing a LIVESTRONG wristband for around 7 or 8 years now. Long enough for it to become as fitting and natural as a watch or – really, as much as I love/hate to say it – my wedding ring.
I started wearing it around 2004, when I finally got one at the NikeTown Portland store. (The store was the first of the NikeTown concept, which has now been mostly phased out.) I’ve been wearing one full time since.
I started wearing the band mostly because I loved the way Lance Armstrong competed. I have been a fan for many years, since he came back from cancer and started winning the Tour de France. But I first started paying attention to cycling races because of Greg LeMond. I had already been a fan of cycling itself, but LeMond’s first victory at the Tour de France in 1986 coincided with my being a bicycle messenger in San Francisco.
Then, in 1987, LeMond was accidentally hit by a shotgun blast during a turkey hunt by his brother-in-law, nearly killing him. But after losing two years of professional racing, Greg LeMond won the Tour de France in 1989 and 1990. He was the first American ever to wind the race, but after coming back only 2 years after nearly losing his life, I became hooked.
Then came Lance. His story is now legendary. Never came close to reaching his potential (for 5 years he was projected to become a star) during his career leading up to 1996, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Spreads to his lungs and even his brain. Surgery, extensive chemo, and a long hard rehabilitation. Two lost years of professional racing. Then, in 1999, Armstrong amazingly wins his first Tour de France. Then, even more dramatically, Lance wins the world’s greatest race for 7 consecutive years.
We’re about the fight.
We’re your advocate before policymakers. Your champion within the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
And we know the fight never ends.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
This is LIVESTRONG.
Founded and inspired by Lance Armstrong, one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet.
I’m not as big a fan of the Tour de France as I once was. I don’t think it is because there have been no American winners since Lance. Nor is it because of the lack of media attention. Part of it is because of the media attention, especially the focus on doping. But much of it is because I’m more focused on just living and doing, rather than watching others compete.
I’ll keep on riding, running, hiking, climbing, and swimming. These things are important to me. They are me.
We are LIVESTRONG.
Come along for the ride of your life!
- LIVESTRONG Celebrates 15 Years Strong (freshnessmag.com)
- Lance Armstrong Foundation, Ironman Announce Partnership (swimmerjoe.com)
- Livestrong Partners With Ironman, Armstrong Announces 2012 Racing Plans (christostriathlon1.wordpress.com)
- Lance Armstrong Investigation Dropped, Livestrong Bracelets Everywhere Rejoice [Scandals] (gawker.com)
- Greg LeMond to be guest of honour at Tour of the Battenkill (velonation.com)
- Who will be the next great American cyclist? | Matt Seaton (guardian.co.uk)
- Lance Armstrong Doping Inquiry (blogs.theprovince.com)
This list was compiled by John Taylor Gatto, a teacher in New York City for 30 years and selected the state’s Teacher of the Year three times. Gatto is the author of 6 books, including the wonderfully and colorfully titled Weapons of Mass Instruction (2008).
It is a wonderful and succinct list, one that I believe everyone should thoughtfully consider and most to enthusiastically adopt. I am particularly fond of #s 4 and 5 on his list.
Where do you want to get money for your venture?
That question is a critical one for nearly every startup. Many would be entrepreneurs never get started because they don’t have the answer to this question. Obviously, it is a tricky question. How much do you want? How much do you need? What do you need it for? Is that really necessary? When will it be necessary? What can you do instead to get the same or better result?
But beyond answering these kinds of questions, every successful entrepreneur should reach some point when you think, “How much more quickly could I get to where I need to be if I had some more money?” When this time comes, do you know when and where you would get yours?
More importantly, how do most companies get funded? At least for companies in the United States, here’s your answer. For the rest of the world, it is a good place to start.
The question was asked to Henry Rollins, the outspoken American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, writer, comedian, publisher, actor, and radio DJ. He was the former frontman of hardcore punk band, Black Flag, and the lead of his own Rollins Band.
In addition to his prolific career as a musician, artist, actor, and dj, Rollins has also become quite well-known for his political activism. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, and an end to war in particular, and tours overseas with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops.
On October 1, 2011, just over one month ago, Rollins published a book, Occupants. The book is about Rollins’ extensive travels around the world, to places such as Afghanistan, Mali, South Africa, Iraq, Thailand, Burma, Northern Ireland, and Saudi Arabia, sharing his photographs and observations about the suffering, anger, and resilience of the people throughout the world.
Rollins’ disappointments with American foreign policy don’t just end there. He is very well voiced in Patriotism, based in careful study and thought about American and world history.
And so when some politicians say when a hurricane comes through Texas New York’s tax dollars shouldn’t be diverted to Texas to help, because Texas is Texas, 10th amendment, I say “No! It’s the United States.” We’re a team, America. I want to help the people in Texas. They are my neighbors. Take my California tax dollars to help these people. I don’t want to see them flooded. I want to see them rescued and that’s where we stick up for each other.
That is what the founding fathers (who some people like to mention so often), that is what they were beating each other up over in un-air-conditioned rooms in sweltering Philadelphia – that we stick together through thick and thin. That, to me, is being patriotic. That is what paying taxes is all about. That is what you see in great American cities. You see people looking out for one another. When we lose that, we lose the whole ball of wax.
It’s pretty obvious that we’re already losing “the whole ball of wax” when the next Presidential election is likely to be between the increasingly unpopular President Obama and the only person left standing on the right, Mitt Romney. Obama has become not only disappointed many of his 2008 supporters who were swept enthusiastically into politics for the first time by his emotionally charged, dramatic, and dynamic campaign, but also angered many of them for his apparent pandering to the political, economic, and military elite in order to secure small advances out of the quagmire that Washington has become. Romney, on the other hand, is most well known for his handsomeness and whose primary strength as he seeks to be the Republican nominee is that he is not crazy, mean, stupid, or lazy. Kind of sad, that the “Supreme Leader of the Free World” in 2012 will be a choice between a guy who has been accused of betraying his commitment to the 99% and another guy who won mostly because he is not pathetic. For many, apathy is more interesting than the alternative.
Apathy, of course, is not the solution. We need to return to the thinking that we can each do our part to change the world. Self reliance and personal responsibility, of course, will enable us to gain control of the things we can change and make better. But it is quite interesting to consider what impact a different leadership would have.
So when the Big Think went to ask Henry Rollins what he would do if he were elected President of the United States, this is what he had to say:
Henry Rollins on Big Think