More ideas and information from Season's Best collection of articles.
Could the next Apple iPad be made in the USA?
May 29, 2012: Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal at the 10th D:All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif
By Mary Quinn Oconnor
Several key parts in Apples iPhone and iPad are actually made in America -- and Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes someday the entire product might be.
I want there to be [manufacturing in the U.S.]," Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday during an interview at the All Things D conference in Rancho Palo Verdes, Calif.
"This is not well known ... but the engine for the iPhone and the iPad are built in the U.S. in Austin, Texas," Cook said. "The glass is made in a plant in Kentucky," he added.
'U.S. factories can make anything a Chinese factory can.'
- Technology analyst Tom Halfhill
Insourcing the next iPad would be costly, requiring a capital investment as great as $10 billion. It would also bring tens of thousands of jobs to the United States, said Professor Z. John Zhang of the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business.
It is not impossible, Zhang told FoxNews.com.
An Apple plant would require tens of thousands of jobs. That is why in this case, the company at a minimum should take a look at this, he said.
U.S. factories can make anything a Chinese factory can, said Tom Halfhill, senior editor at The Microprocessor Report and a technology analyst with The Linley Group.
But for a product to earn a Made in USA label, it must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. , according to the FTC. Is Cooks wish reasonable? Could the next iSomething be entirely made in the U.S.A.?
The face of the iPhone is a glass panel manufactured in Asia by companies like Sharp, LG, and Samsung. But the glass itself is indeed made in the U.S.A.
Mr. Cook is correct: Corning does produce Gorilla Glass for Apple from our Harrodsburg, Kentucky manufacturing plant, Dan Collins, vice president of communication for Corning, told FoxNews.com.
We have produced such glass for Apple's iPhone since the product introduction in 2007, he said.
For the iPhone, Corning -- the New York company that Thomas Edison turned to in 1879 to make the glass bulb for its incandescent lamp -- ships massive sheets of glass to China for assembly.
If Apple wanted panels made in America instead, they would cost much more.
Roughly $4 billion would get them into the panel business, Alfred Poor, founder of the HDTV Almanac and a long-time monitor industry insider, told FoxNews.com.
Poor, who has toured the Corning plant, said that building an LCD fabrication line and assembly plant next to the glass factory in Kentucky would let Apple bypass Sharp and Samsung and make its own LCD screens.
Altogether, for a typical 10-inch panel that would cost $61, it might cost $67. We are talking a $6 increase for the price, maybe, Poor said.
The heart of any piece of technology is the central processing unit (CPU) -- and many of them are already made in the U.S. Last year Intel broke ground on new fabrication plants in Arizona and Oregon, and AMD-spinoff GlobalFoundries is building one in upstate New York.
These state-of-the-art plants can cost up to $5 billion to build and start up, however. That is why Apple turns to partners to make those chips.
Lately, Apple has been turning to Texas.
"The engine for the iPhone and the iPad are built in the U.S. in Austin, Texas," Cook said Tuesday -- a reference to a giant, $3.6 billion Samsung plant that recently began making the brains in the iPhone and iPad, according to a Reuters article.
Apple employs nearly 500,000 workers in China at about $4,524 a year, Zhang said. Let us imagine Apple just laid off everyone in China and used that money to hire people in this country.�
Total labor costs in China to employ those half a million workers are $2.26 billion. Apple would only be able to hire 33,705 workers in the U.S. without increasing labor costs.
Imagine that Apple wanted to use these 33,705 people to produce the same quantity of goods that implies that every worker has to be 15 times more productive than the workers in China, Zhang said -- clearly a challenge.
According to an in-depth January analysis by the New York Times, China provides engineers at a scale the United States simply could not match. Apples executives estimated that about 8,700 engineers were needed to oversee the 200,000 assembly-line workers building iPhones.
It would take as long as nine months to find that many engineers in the U.S., the Times said.
The biggest obstacle is the details. Making the myriad tiny electronic components in the U.S. is simply unreasonable, the experts said.
Apple would still have to ship some components from their Asian sources to the U.S. factory ... insourcing everything would be difficult, Halfhill told FoxNews.com.
But the final assembly could be done in the U.S. That is how the car industry works.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS is assembled in Montgomery, Ala. But 65 percent of the parts are actually manufactured in Korea. The 2012 Buick Lacrosse is assembled in Kansas City, Kan. -- but 40 percent of parts are made abroad.
That would not earn the FTCs label, but it might earn good will.
If Apple were to do it, my guess is it will not be driven by straight economics. It will be driven by goodwill concerns, Poor said
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first
about the basics of survival: fresh water,
food, clean air and
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at
least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone
alert and extra batteries for both.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help.
Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic
sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
- Local maps
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Prescription medications and glasses.
- Infant formula and diapers.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies,
identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Cash or traveler's checks and change.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding
if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and
sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper � When diluted nine parts
water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an
emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular
household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or
bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
- Paper and pencil.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
source: Ready.gov, Dept. of
High school basketball team forced to apologise after 'USA! USA!' chant is deemed racist
UK Mail - March 8 2012
A Texas school district has filed a complaint alleging that students from a rival school engaged in racism by chanting �USA, USA� at a basketball game. The students involved in the incident were reprimanded and forced to apologize.
The San Antonio Independent School District filed the complaint with the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for athletics in Texas. They allege that students at Alamo Heights High School began chanting �USA, USA� after they defeated Edison High School to win a region basketball championship.
Edison�s team is predominantly Hispanic, said Leslie Price, a spokesperson for the San Antonio ISD.
�The implication as they are not American citizens,� Price told Fox News. �We understand competiveness and rivalry, but you need to choose your words and think about the meaning behind them.�
Price said she believes the �USA, USA� chant was racially motivated.
�It was chanted selectively at a school that is predominantly Hispanic and there was understanding of that,� she said.
Price said the school district was bombarded with a number of people who found the �USA, USA� chant to be �very disrespectful.�
�That might be chanted at international soccer games,� she said. �But this is not a chant that these students chant at all of their basketball games. It was selective.�
According to local news accounts, the chanting occurred immediately after Alamo Heights won the championship. It lasted about five seconds before the head coach ordered the students to stop.
Alamo Heights ISD Superintendent Kevin Brown told MySanAntonio.com that he had apologized to San Antonio ISD officials.
�Unfortunately, after the game, we had a handful of students who made a bad decision and we�re very sorry it happened,� Brown told the newspaper. �They made a mistake and we�re going to use this as a learning experience.�
Price said it�s not the first time their students have been victims of insensitive chants. Last year students at another school chanted �USA, USA� and �Arizona.� It happened during the national discussion on Arizona�s controversial immigration bill.
The school districts athletic director, Gil Garza, told the newspaper that the chant cannot be ignored.
�Our community is fed up,� he told MySanAntonio.com. �It�s really frustrating that kids work so hard to get to this level and there�s another group of kids degrading them.�
Jamey Harrison, deputy director of the University Interscholastic League, told Fox News that they have an �ongoing investigation� into the incident and at this point, it is unclear if the chant was racially motivated.
�Clearly, officials from San Antonio ISD felt it was,� Harrison said. �It�s my understanding they felt like it was motivated by the fact that most of the students on their team were of Hispanic origin.�
Harrison said they do not condone in any way �any type of derogatory chant or racially motivated chant at one of our events.�
Should the investigation uncover wrongdoing, he said the school could face a whole range of sanctions � from probation to potential suspensions.
Television station KSAT said the students who chanted �USA USA� were banned from the state title games and will be forced to apologize.
�We just hope that people know that that�s not who we are and we�re not going to let it happen again,� Brown told KSAT.
Pre-9/11 NYC Skyline
Twin towers of the World Trade Center burning
Post 9/11 NYC Skyline - Freedom Tower Being Built
At the site of unimaginable death and devastation, a memorial of breathtaking beauty has emerged.
The National September 11 Memorial opens today on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks and is a dazzling tribute to the lives lost, and to a city and nation that will never forget. It is the largest made man made waterfall in the world. They are bordered by bronze panels inscribed with the names of those who died there, at the Pentagon and in western Pennsylvania.
In the footprints of the old Twin Towers are now two square, below-ground reflecting pools, each nearly an acre, fed from all sides by waterfalls that begin just above ground.
Lower Manhattan will be in lockdown mode today as massive crowds and a host of dignitaries descend on the area for the solemn observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Throughout the morning, the names of the more than 2,600 people who died in the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks will be read aloud.
Ten years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and millions of citizens are pausing to reflect.
From Sydney to Atlanta, formal ceremonies are planned or already under way to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished from more than 90 countries. And, in a reminder that threats remain, authorities in Washington and New York are beefing up security in response to intelligence about possible plans for a car bomb attack.
For some people, the pain never stops. In Malaysia, Pathmawathy Navaratnam woke up Sunday in her suburban Kuala Lumpur home and did what she's done every day for the past decade: wish her son "Good morning." But Vijayashanker Paramsothy, a 23-year-old financial analyst, was killed in the attacks on New York.
"He is my sunshine. He has lived life to the fullest, but I can't accept that he is not here anymore," said Navaratnam. "I am still living, but I am dead inside."
In Manila, dozens of former shanty dwellers offered roses, balloons and prayers for another 9/11 victim, American citizen Marie Rose Abad. The neighborhood used to be a shantytown that reeked of garbage. But in 2004, Abad's Filipino-American husband built 50 brightly colored homes, fulfilling his late wife's wish to help impoverished Filipinos.
The village has since been named after her.
"It's like a new life sprang from the death of Marie Rose and so many others," said villager Nancy Waminal.
HISTORY of NEW YORK
New Yorkers are rightfully proud of their state's many achievements and contributions. This synopsis is adapted from a brief history previously printed in the Legislative Manual.
Duke of York
New York harbor was visited by Verrazano in 1524, and the Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Dutch settled here permanently in 1624 and for 40 years they ruled over the colony of New Netherland. It was conquered by the English in 1664 and was then named New York in honor of the Duke of York.
Existing as a colony of Great Britain for over a century, New York declared its independence on July 9, 1776, becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union. The next year, on April 20, 1777, New York's first constitution was adopted.
In many ways, New York State was the principal battleground of the Revolutionary War. Approximately one-third of the skirmishes and engagements of the war were fought on New York soil. The Battle of Saratoga, one of the decisive battles of the world, was the turning point of the Revolution leading to the French alliance and thus to eventual victory. New York City, long occupied by British troops, was evacuated on November 25, 1783. There, on December 4 at Fraunces Tavern, General George Washington bade farewell to his officers.
The First Government of New York State
The first government of New York State grew out of the Revolution. The State Convention that drew up the Constitution created a Council of Safety which governed for a time and set the new government in motion. In June 1777, while the war was going on, an election for the first governor took place. Two of the candidates, Philip Schuyler and George Clinton, were generals in the field. Two others, Colonel John Jay and General John Morin Scott, were respectively leaders of the aristocratic and democratic groups in the Convention. On July 9, George Clinton was declared elected and he was inaugurated as Governor at Kingston, July 30, 1777. Albany became the capital of the State in January 1797.
The First Capital of the New Nation
Alexander Hamilton was a leader in the movement which ended in the development of the Federal Constitution, and he was active in its ratification. New York City became the first capital of the new nation, where President George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789.
The Empire State
In following years, New York's economic and industrial growth made appropriate the title "The Empire State," an expression possibly originated by George Washington in 1784. In 1809, Robert Fulton's "North River Steamboat," the first successful steam-propelled vessel, began a new era in transportation.
The Erie Canal, completed in 1825, greatly enhanced the importance of the port of New York and caused populous towns and cities to spring up across the state. The Erie Canal was replaced by the Barge Canal in 1918; and the system of waterways was further expanded by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Overland transportation grew rapidly from a system of turnpikes established in the early 1880s to the modern day Governor Thomas E. Dewey New York State Thruway. By 1853, railroads, that had started as short lines in 1831, crossed the state in systems like the Erie and New York Central.
Statue of Liberty
Located in New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty was formally presented to the U.S. Minister to France, Levi Parsons on July 4, 1884 by Ferdinand Lesseps, representing the Franco-American Union.
The cornerstone was laid in August 1884 and the Statue of Liberty arrived in June 1885, in 214 packing crates. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886, when the last rivet was put into place.
During the nineteenth century, America became a haven for many of the oppressed people of Europe, and New York City became the "melting pot." The Statue of Liberty (dedicated in 1886 in the harbor), with its famous inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," was the first symbol of America's mission
The international character of New York City, the principal port for overseas commerce, and later for transcontinental and international airways, has been further enhanced by becoming the home of the United Nations, capital of the free world. Here the people of all nations and races come to discuss and try to solve the world's problems in a free and democratic climate.
New York Stock Exchange
As one of the wealthiest states, New York made tremendous strides in industry and commerce. The New York Stock Exchange, founded in 1792, has become the center of world finance. Diversified and rich natural resources, together with unmatched facilities for transport, produced a phenomenal growth in manufacture and industry. Research and inventive genius have been extensive, especially in the field of electronics, power and the peaceful and productive use of atomic energy.
Center for Art, Music, and Literature
New York City also became a leading national center for art, music and literature, as exemplified by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera Company, and large publishing houses.
The state has supplied more than its share of national leaders, beginning with Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury; and John Jay, the first chief justice. Aaron Burr and George Clinton served as vice presidents. Martin Van Buren, Chester A. Arthur and Grover Cleveland went from New York politics to the presidency. In the 1900s, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt achieved the presidency; and Nelson Rockefeller served as vice president. Governors Charles E. Hughes, Alfred E. Smith and Thomas E. Dewey all were candidates for the presidency.
September 11 attacks
The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11, pronounced nine-eleven) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.
2,974 victims and the 19 hijackers died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 different countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse.
The 9/11 attacks had immediate and overwhelming effects upon the American people. Many police officers and rescue workers elsewhere in the country took leaves of absence to travel to New York City to assist in the process of recovering bodies from the twisted remnants of the Twin Towers. Blood donations across the U.S. also saw a surge in the weeks after 9/11. Not only were New Yorkers united during this horrific tragedy but all of America and the entire world shared their pain.
OSAMA BIN LADEN KILLED!! BREAKING NEWS!!
On May 2, 2011, US Special Forces killed Bin Laden in Pakistan. A small US team had conducted the raid in about 40 minutes.
Three other men were killed in the raid - one of Bin Laden's sons and two couriers - the official said, adding that one woman was also killed when she was used as "a shield" and two other women were injured.
Americans Celebrate this great feat. "America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done�. -
George W Bush
Former US president
Daniel Galli was ordered by administrators of his suburban San Jose, Calif., high school to turn this U.S. flag T-shirt inside out when he wore it to school on Cinco de Mayo, 2010.
Warning: This article may cause you to feel patriotic. Should you experience an urge to flaunt your best red, white and blue T-shirt, please inform Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. They will talk you down.
According to the school, patriotism is a dirty word and could hurt someone’s feelings. On Cinco de Mayo, five students wore American flag attire to school. T-shirts, shorts, even a pair of shoes with red, white and blue on them. A handful of Hispanic students tattled, and the five boys were asked to turn their shirts inside out. The boys felt that would be disrespectful to their country and refused. I give these boys three cheers for staying strong.
One of the boys, Daniel Galli, was interviewed. They said [staff members] we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it is supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today. So, the boys would have been allowed to dress like that on St. Patricks Day? That’s not PC. The vice principal sided with the complaining students and felt the American flag T-shirts were offensive to the Mexican-American students. Joke is on him because one of the Offending students is half Mexican. Nothing like egg on your face to get the blood pumping, eh? The VP thought it would cause a fight among the student body even though the boys had not been aggressive toward anyone. The boys were told if they returned to class wearing the T shirts, they would be suspended. To avoid the suspension, they went home.
One Mexican-American student said, I think they should apologize because it is a Mexican Heritage Day. We do not deserve to be disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July. First of all, if that is not the most disgusting argument you have ever heard, I do not know what is. This girl is an American, yet she feels disrespected by the American flag. That doesn’t even make sense. Second, Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday recognized by the United States. She doesn’t have any right to celebrate on school grounds. As far as I am concerned, this girl and the rest of the complaining students are an embarrassment to this country. And who told her she couldn’t wear red, white and green on the Fourth of July? If anyone did raise a voice in protest, you and I both know the ACLU would be all over that like white on rice. Or if you prefer, like Caucasian on rice – you never know when the PC police will strike.
I feel disrespected when non Christian families celebrate Christmas, the day that represents the birth of my Savior. But I’m not allowed to complain about that because that makes me prejudice. It’s also disrespectful when illegal immigrants protest our right to secure our own borders, but saying that out loud turns me into a racist. Here’s a question. When is it OK for me to feel disrespected? Is there ever a time when I can say that I feel wronged without being called racist or closed-minded?
Political correctness is the cancer that has infected our nation. Instead of making everyone equal, this cancer has made Christian Americans and Caucasian Americans the bad guy. PC has corrupted the minds of otherwise intelligent people and will continue its course spreading like wildfire until we say, No More. It is one thing to be tolerant and understanding of each other, but favoring one voice over another is just plain wrong. PC should apply to everyone. Not just a select few.
Not only did Live Oak High bring shame to its country, but it also brought in Mexican dancers for the celebration on campus. Riddle me this if I wanted to bring the Bible to school and talk about Jesus birth around Christmastime, I would have been probably be arrested. I know for certain that when I was in high school and the National Day of Prayer came around, we had to be off school grounds if we wanted to pray as a group. Yet it is OK for a school to bring Mexican dancers on campus to acknowledge and celebrate a Mexican holiday.
I have a question for the blatantly leftist Live Oak administration. Did your students say the Pledge of Allegiance on Cinco de Mayo, or were the disgraceful Mexican-American whiners offended by that too? As far as I am concerned, wearing American flag clothing to school and saying the Pledge of Allegiance are one in the same when it comes showing patriotism. Why would one be acceptable and the other disrespectful? This administration ought to be placed in the center of town and have tomatoes thrown at them for their revolting mistake. In the edited words of John McEnroe, You are a disgrace!
It is clear that this school wasn’t thinking straight. Even the school district disagreed with the VP’s decision and told the boys they had every right to dress the way they did. Though the district explained that the boys would not face suspension, I’m still fired up. I have decided to prescribe two doses of honesty this week. The first is for this pathetic display of Authority: You should have given the lifes tough deal with it speech and reminded those bellyaching students that Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday so just be thankful that the school celebrated, period. The second dose is for the irrational crybaby students who complained: You don’t deserve to be called American if you are offended by the American flag.
Update - on Oct. 17 2013 - A Californai Court Hears From Students Suspended For Wearing American Flag Shirts On Cinco de Mayo
Former high school students argue violation of free speech when they were not allowed to wear American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
--Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
To this day, the westbound crossing record of the SS United States stands unbroken
The SS United States - America's Flagship faces an unknown future
She broke the transatlantic speed record in both directions on her maiden voyage from New York to Europe by the greatest margin in history. (That record still stands, 59 years later.) The top political, military and entertainment figures of the day regularly sailed aboard her, along with everyday Americans and immigrants to our shores. She became the living embodiment of America's post-World War II industrial might
So significant were the accomplishments of the firm Gibbs & Cox, that founder William Francis Gibbs remains the only individual ever to be awarded both the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers' gold medal for both his naval architecture and marine engineering accomplishments.
Gibbs passed away in 1967, but his enormous legacy lives on in the design firm of Gibbs & Cox, which continues to supply marine engineering for government contracts, though it has long been out of the passenger ship business. Of the numerous passenger ships designed by Gibbs & Cox, only the SS United States remains extant, stripped of all interior fittings, with the exception of heavy machinery.
Interior fittings and furniture, auctioned off in 1984, have found their way into museums and private collections around the world. So significant was the interior design of the SS United States, it is still lauded over 50 years after the ship's maiden voyage. In summer 2004, Modernism Magazine celebrated the forward thinking 1950s female design firm of Smyth, Urquhart & Marckwald. The magnificent interiors and custom furniture they created are displayed in museums and still evoke a sense of the classic elegance of mid-20th century design.
The significance of the SS United States to the American Merchant Marine cannot be overstated. The ship remains the largest passenger vessel constructed in the United States and the fastest ocean liner to ever cross the North Atlantic (both eastbound and westbound). As the nation's flagship for over 17 years, the ship's service was exemplary and it was never plagued by mechanical difficulty.
For over 35 years the ship has been spared from the worst humiliation a vessel can endure: the breaker's torch. It is not only unusual that a ship, out of service for well over three decades, remains intact, it is extraordinary. In the past decade, a tremendous awareness has emerged of the liner's plight, and former builders, passengers and crew have come forward in large numbers determined to ensure that the SS United States is preserved as an amazing technological and engineering triumph, and American cultural icon.
The tremendous red, white and blue funnels, while somewhat faded, still stand strong and are a testament to the ingenuity, vision, determination and pride that represent the American dream. As the stewards of her historical legacy, the SS United States Conservancy remains committed to the vision of a revitalized United States that can serve as a brilliant example of American industrial might for generations to come.
Save Our Ship
After the ship had been listed for sale for a year, in early 2010 NCL announced that it would be accepting bids from scrappers. After this announcement the SS United States Conservancy launched a major campaign, "Save Our Ship", to raise funds and awareness in support of the vessel.
In July of 2010, the Conservancy announced that it had received a $5.8 million pledge from Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, allowing the Conservancy to buy the ship outright and maintain her at her current berth for 20 months while redevelopment plans are made and funds for her restoration are raised. This marks the first time in the history of the SS United States that a group concerned primarily with the vessel's historical significance and preservation has owned her.
While this great ship is safe for now, she has not yet been "saved". Funds must yet be raised for her restoration and redevelopment. Once this significant task is completed, the Conservancy envisions a future where the SS United States is a sustainable waterfront attraction, providing jobs and important public amenities, while educating and inspiring future generations.
The SS United States Conservancy began as an initiative of the SS United States Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1992. For more info on Donating,
Oct. 21, 2011
Steve Jobs Slammed Obama at Meeting
The unreleased Jobs biography reveals a contentious secret meeting between the Apple co-founder and President Obama.
Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, 'You're Headed For A One-Term Presidency'
One of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, "Steve Jobs," author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration's policies and that Jobs refused potentially life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer because he felt it was too invasive. Nine months later, he got the operation but it was too late.
Those are just some of the tidbits about Jobs' life revealed in the upcoming biography, a copy of which was obtained by The Huffington Post. The publication date of the official biography of the notoriously-secretive Apple co-founder was pushed up after his death in October. "I wanted my kids to know me," Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying in their final interview. "I wasn't always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did."
Among other details unearthed in the book on the notoriously-secretive Apple co-founder:
Jobs' Meeting With Obama
Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you," Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days. When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.
Jobs also criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.
Aiding Obama's Reelection Campaign
Jobs suggested that Obama meet six or seven other CEOs who could express the needs of innovative businesses -- but when White House aides added more names to the list, Jobs insisted that it was growing too big and that "he had no intention of coming." In preparation for the dinner, Jobs exhibited his notorious attention to detail, telling venture capitalist John Doerr that the menu of shrimp, cod and lentil salad was "far too fancy" and objecting to a chocolate truffle dessert. But he was overruled by the White House, which cited the president's fondness for cream pie.
Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can't get done "infuriates" him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times.
Air Force makes ‘God’ reference optional in oath.
Air Force makes God reference optional in oath
Fox News - Oct. 25, 2013
The Air Force Academy has decided to make the phrase SO HELP ME GOD optional in its honor code in what it called an effort to build a culture of dignity and respect.
The decision to make the reference optional came after the Academy’s Honor Review Committee met to consider a complaint filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
Here at the Academy, we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, Airmen and civilian Airmen to freely practice and exercise their religious preference or not, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said in a prepared statement.
The current version of the Academy’s oath reads: We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”
In the spirit of respect, cadets may or may not choose to finish the Honor Oath with SO HELP ME GOD said Johnson, the superintendent of the Academy.
The Honor Oath was created in 1984 and is administered to cadets at the conclusion of Basic Cadet Training.
The phrase SO HELP ME GOD was added later in the aftermath of an alleged cheating scandal.
To add more seriousness to the oath, we decided to mirror the commissioning oath and add the words, SO HELP ME GOD said retired Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Hans Mueh, a member of the committee that made the change.
Ron Crews, executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, commended the Air Force Academy for allowing cadets to say So help me God.
These young Americans being trained to defend the rights of Americans should be able to exercise their religious convictions by solemnizing their oath with so help me God he said.
Last week, the Colorado Springs Independent newspaper published a photograph of a poster at the academy which included the oath. The newspaper then forwarded the photo to MRFF President Mikey Weinstein.
Weinstein, a frequent critic of Christianity in the armed forces, wrote a letter to Johnson. Weinstein said she responded 68 minutes later and ordered the art work removed.
Johnson said the focus of the Air Force Academy is to develop leaders of character.
This all begins by living honorably, she said. “The Honor Code and Honor Oath reinforce this fundamental value.”
Although the Almighty reference is now optional, the recitation of the remainder of the Honor Oath is required.
Buy American This Season
Birth of a New Tradition
As the different holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide
Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been
produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year
Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer
an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American
hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box,
wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your
local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops
and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamin's
on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway
sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your
intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast
joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your
home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop
run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady
for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling
to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and
knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house?
When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have
those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another
glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses
to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!
School Bans Kindergartners From Singing 'God Bless the USA'
controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.
Posted by Julie Ryan Evans on June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I don't care where you stand religiously or politically, when kids are allowed to croon a Justin Bieber tune for a school performance but singing a patriotic song isn't allowed, I think we have a serious problem. The problem in this case is an incident that happened last week at a grade school in Coney Island, New York, when the school's kindergartners were banned from singing "God Bless the USA."
According to the New York Post, five classes of kindergartners had been practicing the patriotic song for months. It was going to be the finale in their big graduation performance on June 20. Only when the principal, Greta Hawkins, happened upon a rehearsal, she pulled the plug on the song and told them it wouldn't be allowed in the show.
Her reason is ridiculous.
�We don�t want to offend other cultures,� teachers told the paper she said.
Offend them how exactly she didn't say, but parents are outraged, as they should be. It doesn't mean that God shouldn't bless any other country, but this is the one we're living in, so it makes sense to sing about it. If her real objection is about mentioning "God," I understand the importance of separation of church and state, but this is so far overboard, it's unbelievable. Whether you believe in God or not, I think you can agree the sentiment is a lovely one, and parents aren't objecting to their kids singing it. So why should the school? God is part of many people's lives in this county and an important part of our heritage as nation. To just wipe his name from the slate is not only ignorant, it's also offensive to plenty of cultures as well.
Also, why did she pull the plug at the last minute when they'd been practicing for so long, and the same song has reportedly been sung in years past?
The school board is backing her up too, but for different reasons. Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti told the paper the lyrics are �too grown up� for 5-year-olds. You can read the lyrics of the song here, but there's nothing in there that kindergartners shouldn't hear. The refrain:
And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.
The outrageous topper to this whole maddening case: They will be allowed to sing Justin Bieber's hit "Baby", which contains lines like: "Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.� You tell me which song you'd rather have your kindergartner sing.
Do you think children should be banned from singing "God Bless the USA" in school?
A GM Unit in China's Hands
AP - November 12, 2010
GM sells US based Factory to China
You don't need to understand exchange rates and trade wars to grasp the economic change that has come to Saginaw, Mich. Remarkably, the largest private employer there will soon be the city government of Beijing.
In the weeks ahead, a 104-year-old unit of General Motors will be sold to new owners from China. The unit made steering equipment for decades under the name Saginaw Steering Gear. Now known as Nexteer, it employs 8,300 people around the world. Its new Beijing owners call themselves Pacific Century Motors.
You and the rest of the world probably missed this $450 million deal. General Motors, still controlled by the U.S. government, gave it little attention this summer as it readied its own high-profile return to the stock market.
But it is one of the landmark deals of the era, the first time Chinese investors have bought a U.S. industrial operation of such scale and history: Twenty-two factories around the globe, six engineering centers, 14 customer-support centers. All of it will be run from Saginaw, where devotion to the company extended to a now-defunct hockey team. It called itself the Gears.
The deal will, of course, test China's nascent foreign investment and management prowess. But it is shaping up to be more of a test stateside, where attitudes against China continue to coarsen as unemployment stays stubbornly high and politicians complain about China taking U.S. jobs, if not U.S. pride.
During World War II, Saginaw Steering Gear manufactured M1 carbines used by Marines in the Pacific.
"Did it really need to be sold to the Chinese?" asks Roger Kahn, a Michigan state senator from Saginaw. "I want to see businesses successful in the U.S. owned in the U.S. This doesn't meet the standard."
The feeling is more begrudging for the workers inside the company. One, who called the Chinese "commies," complained to a union official that the U.S. flag and a P.O.W.-M.I.A. memorial flag were taken down when Chinese officials visited recently. A company spokesman said he had no knowledge of any flags being taken down.
And while they like the stability of new owners, "everyone is concerned about long-term viability," said one United Auto Workers official who asked not to be named. The union recently took a pay cut ahead of the transaction.