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today’s news … Wednesday, May 2

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.” –  Honore de Balzac

  • Bill Daley of Columbia was elected vice president or the Lancaster Chapter 1008, Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Park City Center community room. All Vietnam War veterans and Vietnam era veterans are welcome to attend.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • “Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law has been challenged with a “lawsuit, filed in the state’s Commonwealth Court, said the law violates the state constitution’s “free and equal” elections clause and another clause that establishes qualifications to vote in Pennsylvania.” – The Washington Times
  • Letters to the editors about roaming cats, “access” cards and life-saving police officers in today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • In a press release, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius states: “In May, we recognize Older Americans Month — a tradition dating back to 1963 to honor the many contributions of our nation’s older citizens.  This year’s theme “Never Too Old to Play” encourages older Americans to stay active in their own lives and in their communities.  Older Americans are living longer and are more active than ever before. With the aging of the baby boomer generation – the largest in America’s history – our senior population is expected to number 72.1 million by 2030.  This increase will present all of us with tremendous opportunities, as well as, new challenges. Read the press release here.

“You have been indoctrinated (oh yes you have)” – The Conversation

In Opinions on May 2, 2012 at 5:18 am

“Indoctrination is one of the key forces at play in any society. flickr/lets.book

“Despite its association with totalitarian societies of the left and right, indoctrination is also a common feature of societies that describe themselves as free: those where the coercive powers of the state are weakest and the population cannot be easily controlled by violence and fear.

“Although since the 1930s it has been primarily understood in pejorative terms, not all indoctrination should be seen as malignant.

“It underwrites every faith-based belief system including all monotheistic religions. It is the primary means for the transmission of values from one generation to the next. And it would be difficult to imagine any educational curriculum – or parental advice to young children – without propaganda of some kind featuring extensively.

“Indoctrination is particularly prevalent in minority and persecuted cultures, especially amongst 1st generation migrants, because it is seen as an essential tool for maintaining social cohesion, integrity, and ultimately, group identity.

“In establishing traditions which must be followed, or taboos which need to be avoided, indoctrination first erects and then patrols the intellectual boundaries within which legitimate thoughts can be freely expressed. These boundaries are tightly prescribed but they must remain largely invisible if they are to be effective and remain unchallenged.

“As Milan Rai argues, “we can no longer perceive the ideas that are shaping our thoughts, as the fish cannot perceive the sea.” Debate and discussion occurs, but within strictly controlled limits that may not be widely recognised.

“In this way, a degree of ideological control is achieved in free societies, not by threats or intimidation, but by defining the spectrum of permitted thought: a voluntary rather than a coercive constraint, but no less effective. To continue reading this article, click here.

Mini Day Spa … May 5

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 2, 2012 at 5:08 am