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    By 2060 the Hispanic population of the US is projected to double to 110M.

    CLICKERS -- "The new household names:
    Garcia is now the sixth-most-common surname in the U.S.," by Vice's Spe Chen: "The 2010 [Census] data ... show that six of the 20 most common last names in the U.S. now have Hispanic or Latino origin. In 1990, just 2 of the 20 most common names were Hispanic. ... The Hispanic population in the U.S. grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. That year there were some 50.5 million Hispanic-Americans, or 16 percent of the overall population."


    https://news.vice.com/story/most-common-last-names
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    The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

    There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

    Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."

    There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in America, unlike most other Western countries. Richard Hofstadter, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his book, Anti-Intellectualism In American Life, describes how the vast underlying foundations of anti-elite, anti-reason and anti-science have been infused into America's political and social fabric. Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said:

    "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."


    Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective:

    "The rise of idiot America today represents - for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power - the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert."

    Part of the reason for the rising anti-intellectualism can be found in the declining state of education in the U.S. compared to other advanced countries:


    11 reasons here (pay attention to the nrs in the first)

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    Very troubling. But even more depressing to read some of the comments...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    By 2060 the Hispanic population of the US is projected to double to 110M.

    CLICKERS -- "The new household names:
    Garcia is now the sixth-most-common surname in the U.S.," by Vice's Spe Chen: "The 2010 [Census] data ... show that six of the 20 most common last names in the U.S. now have Hispanic or Latino origin. In 1990, just 2 of the 20 most common names were Hispanic. ... The Hispanic population in the U.S. grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. That year there were some 50.5 million Hispanic-Americans, or 16 percent of the overall population."


    https://news.vice.com/story/most-common-last-names
    Is "Hispanic" really an accurate term ?

    Would "American Indian" not apply ? Is this not just a case of the pre-European peoples of the Americas re-establishing themselves in the areas from which they were driven out ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Is "Hispanic" really an accurate term ?

    Would "American Indian" not apply ? Is this not just a case of the pre-European peoples of the Americas re-establishing themselves in the areas from which they were driven out ?
    Hispanic refers to the peoples of north, central and south America who speak Spanish ... that includes nearly all of the original Amerindian peoples and all others of European descent that lived in those countries and emigrated to the US... it is the way the American Fed Gov uses to catalog all programs that support them to help them gain a political voice.

    The Hispanic category does NOT include Brazil bc they speak Portuguese.

    The term Latino is generally used to include all Hispanics + Brazilians although for Federal programs I know that Brazilians often apply as hispanics and are accepted.

    For example, most American Universities have quotas for Hispanics, African Americans etc and if you are from one of those countries applying as a student you may get a competitive edge and get in.

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    Commodification of protest. Outraged or not, cola flavoured fizzy drink gets massive publicity.

    https://www.wired.com/2017/04/pepsi-...rnet-response/
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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    Hispanic refers to the peoples of north, central and south America who speak Spanish ... that includes nearly all of the original Amerindian peoples and all others of European descent that lived in those countries and emigrated to the US... it is the way the American Fed Gov uses to catalog all programs that support them to help them gain a political voice.

    The Hispanic category does NOT include Brazil bc they speak Portuguese.

    The term Latino is generally used to include all Hispanics + Brazilians although for Federal programs I know that Brazilians often apply as hispanics and are accepted.

    For example, most American Universities have quotas for Hispanics, African Americans etc and if you are from one of those countries applying as a student you may get a competitive edge and get in.
    Interesting innit, that these terms don't admit there was a pre-European population in the Americas ? Whatever happened to the "Native American"/"Indigenous/Amerindian Peoples" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Interesting innit, that these terms don't admit there was a pre-European population in the Americas ? Whatever happened to the "Native American"/"Indigenous/Amerindian Peoples" ?
    They don't deny it either, there's a box on the census form Native American. Easiest way to think about Hispanic/Latino is that the former concerns language, and the latter geography. Brazil is not Hispanic and Spain/Portugal are not Latino, but Brazil is.

    On the issue of native Americans, they have fared much better than the broader population over the last 120 years or so, albeit from a small base. By 1900 their population had declined to about 300,000 from estimates of 2M in pre-Columbian times. Today, there are about 2.9M single race natives, plus another 2.1M who report native plus one other race. That's a 900 to 1500% increase compared to about 500% for the broader population of the same period, and that includes all the immigration. Better health care is the primary reason.
    As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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    that moment when another mother is thanking you for taking the girls to the concert this weekend

    errr.. concert?

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    Southwest new online ad: We beat our competitors, not our customers.
    As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Southwest new online ad: We beat our competitors, not our customers.
    pure gold mate....

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    anyone see any swallows this year yet???? i never saw 1....

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    well

    wishing you all an enjoyable Pesach/Pascoa/Easter and seder/lunches/chocolate bunnies and eggs etc and family stories.

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    Thank you RNY...and the same to you! Lots of swallows in Cork this past week dedogs.��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Og View Post
    Thank you RNY...and the same to you! Lots of swallows in Cork this past week dedogs.��
    still didnt see 1 and theres 1 depot i do collect from that they always build nests under a shelter outside it but none this year so far....

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