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Spectabilis
27-11-2013, 09:35 PM
Greetings to our American posters. For the first time in aeons the public holiday for Thanksgiving and the festival of Hanukkah coincide. Lots of menus choices then. All the best for your get-togethers.:D

Dr. FIVE
27-11-2013, 09:40 PM
from Chelsea Manning

http://time100.time.com/2013/11/25/time-for-thanks/slide/chelsea-manning/



I’m usually hesitant to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. After all, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony systematically terrorized and slaughtered the very same Pequot tribe that assisted the first English refugees to arrive at Plymouth Rock. So, perhaps ironically, I’m thankful that I know that, and I’m also thankful that there are people who seek out, and usually find, such truths. I’m thankful for people who, even surrounded by millions of Americans eating turkey during regularly scheduled commercial breaks in the Green Bay and Detroit football game; who, despite having been taught, often as early as five and six years old, that the “helpful natives” selflessly assisted the “poor helpless Pilgrims” and lived happily ever after, dare to ask probing, even dangerous, questions.

Such people are often nameless and humble, yet no less courageous. Whether carpenters of welders; retail clerks or bank managers; artists or lawyers, they dare to ask tough questions, and seek out the truth, even when the answers they find might not be easy to live with.

I’m also grateful for having social and human justice pioneers who lead through action, and by example, as opposed to directing or commanding other people to take action. Often, the achievements of such people transcend political, cultural, and generational boundaries. Unfortunately, such remarkable people often risk their reputations, their livelihood, and, all too often, even their lives.

For instance, the man commonly known as Malcolm X began to openly embrace the idea, after an awakening during his travels to the Middle East and Africa, of an international and unifying effort to achieve equality, and was murdered after a tough, yearlong defection from the Nation of Islam. Martin Luther King Jr., after choosing to embrace the struggles of striking sanitation workers in Memphis over lobbying in Washington, D.C., was murdered by an escaped convict seeking fame and respect from white Southerners. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the U.S., was murdered by a jealous former colleague. These are only examples; I wouldn’t dare to make a claim that they represent an exhaustive list of remarkable pioneers of social justice and equality—certainly many if not the vast majority are unsung and, sadly, forgotten.

So, this year, and every year, I’m thankful for such people, and I’m thankful that one day—perhaps not tomorrow—because of the accomplishments of such truth-seekers and human rights pioneers, we can live together on this tiny “pale blue dot” of a planet and stop looking inward, at each other, but rather outward, into the space beyond this planet and the future of all of humanity.

Read more: Chelsea Manning | Thanksgiving Gratitude With Michelle Obama, Rick Warren and More | TIME.com http://time100.time.com/2013/11/25/time-for-thanks/slide/chelsea-manning/#ixzz2lstv2mrA

eamo
27-11-2013, 10:07 PM
One comment under the Chelsea Manning article is:

"And who the heck cares what Chelsea Manning thinks?"

And here is the class riposte.

"fortunately, millions more than who care what you think."

give that poster a prize :D

Holly
28-11-2013, 01:34 AM
http://www.palwebs.co.uk/pstemplates/masks/animations/unclass/tgd.gif http://www.netanimations.net/hanuka34.gif

random new yorker
28-11-2013, 02:03 AM
ohhhh

that's really nice!

C. Flower
28-11-2013, 10:00 AM
Belated ones! :)

fluffybiscuits
28-11-2013, 01:40 PM
One comment under the Chelsea Manning article is:

"And who the heck cares what Chelsea Manning thinks?"

And here is the class riposte.

"fortunately, millions more than who care what you think."

give that poster a prize :D

I laughed at that!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends :)

Count Bobulescu
28-11-2013, 05:47 PM
Thanks, after twenty years plus, I still haven't adjusted to it. When I first arrived I was inundated with offers to eat at other people's houses. One year we went with an English couple to the Smithsonian Museums in DC. We thought the crowds would be light with most Americans at home watching football if the media are to be believed. Boy were we wrong. Everywhere was standing room only, and not even much of that, and not a native born American in sight. Only Africans, Asians, Middle Easterners, and Hispanics. Seemed we were the only Caucasians in America that day. We gave up and went to the movies.

Traditionally dept. stores etc. were closed on the day, and tomorrow is "Black Friday", Retailers move from being in the red to the black, financially. A few years ago some retailers started opening early at 6.00am to get a jump, Then it became midnight. Now it's 6pm Thursday, just as grocery stores are closing early to let their staff off. Monday is Cyber Monday, when people who didn't shop over the weekend, flock to their computers on their work lunch breaks to buy online. I can't offer any rational explanation for it.

fluffybiscuits
29-11-2013, 03:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xL8rE9DT4g

random new yorker
29-11-2013, 08:17 PM
Since this is my favorite American Holiday which this year coincides with the only Jewish holiday I remember celebrating as a child, I suppose it is appropriate to dedicate my thanks to:

- Family
- Friends
- Good Health
- A Job I Love
(˜)
- A Modern Urban Life
- Planes
- 5 star hotels (although 4 star will do)
- And you, PW, too.

(big hug out to whoever started this thread)

Spectabilis
29-11-2013, 09:41 PM
Ah gee. Thanks for the hug, RNY. I love 'em.:D

morticia
29-11-2013, 10:32 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all...