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How did my fellow Irish-Americans get so disgusting?

When the Provisional Irish Republican Army agreed to end its paramilitary insurgency (and/or terrorist campaign) against British rule in Northern Ireland with the Good Friday accords of 1998, it was unambiguously a good thing for the people of Ireland and their British next-door neighbors. It’s not like everything suddenly became hunky-dory in the long and troubled historical relationship between those islands, but the peace has largely held – splinter groups and isolated sectarian violence aside – and an era of relative normalcy and increasing prosperity has followed. Given the global context of the 21st century, an intractable religious-cum-nationalist dispute between two tiny groups of white people in the northwest corner of Europe looks pretty close to irrelevant.

But the end of the IRA’s guerrilla war had a less salubrious effect on the Irish-American population, and I say that in full awareness that on the surface that’s an offensive statement. What I mean is that the last connection between Irish-American identity and genuine history was severed, and all we’re left with now is a fading and largely bogus afterlife. On one hand, Irishness is a nonspecific global brand of pseudo-old pubs, watered-down Guinness, “Celtic” tattoos and vague New Age spirituality, designed to make white people feel faintly cool without doing any of the hard work of actually learning anything. On the other, it’s Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan and Rep. Peter King, Long Island’s longtime Republican congressman (and IRA supporter), consistently representing the most stereotypical grade of racist, xenophobic, small-minded, right-wing Irish-American intolerance. When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.

It’s no secret that much of the IRA’s moral and financial support during the 30-year conflict came from the American descendants of Irish immigrants, many of whom were several generations removed from the ancestral homeland, understood the contemporary Irish context poorly, and were motivated by a sentimental and mythological version of nationalism. Supporting the ‘RA’s campaign of anti-British violence, either openly or (this was even more common) in private after a few drinks, was a uniting aspect of 20th-century Irish-American identity. It went along with Clancy Brothers records, covering up for abusive Catholic priests, a certain domestic style of monogrammed lace curtains and china knickknacks, and long St. Patrick’s Day pilgrimages to the kinds of decrepit, wood-paneled big-city bars that today exist largely as upscale simulacra of themselves. (I’m aware there are some real Irish bars left, but if you don’t know I’m not telling.)

That dim connection to a faraway romantic dream fueled by the doomed rebellions of 1798 and 1916, that kitschification of violence, was never entirely healthy. (Indeed, to the extent that American financial support helped lead to the deaths of both British and Irish civilians, it was shameful.) But galvanizing events like the Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry in 1972, or the Long Kesh hunger strikes of 1981, also led more than a few Irish-Americans back to the true complications of their history, and helped them to see that there was an inextricable connection between the long-running Anglo-Irish conflict and other events, in America and around the world.

In its finer moments, the Irish republicanism of the ’70s and ’80s sparked a global consciousness among a population of privileged white Americans whose cultural distinctness was fading fast. You didn’t have to support Angela Davis, Che Guevara and the PLO to understand that there was a historical relationship between their issues and the Irish Troubles. Ireland was the original colonized nation, and was subjected to a near-genocidal conquest centuries before the Holocaust. It was where the policies of the British Empire were road-tested for use in India and Africa, and where a subject population stripped of property and political rights was then blamed for its own poverty. The island’s native people, despite their white skin, were viewed as savage and barbaric because they did not speak English, practiced an alien religion and hewed to unfamiliar cultural customs. During the Great Famine of the 1840s, which produced a huge wave of Irish emigration to America, the Irish poor were starved to death or driven off their own land by the millions. Yes, the potato a plant imported from South America by the British had been ruined by blight, but the famine itself was avoidable. Its true cause was not the black fungus that turned the prátaí to inedible mush, but a pseudo-Darwinian, proto-Milton Friedman free market ideology, insisted upon at a time when Ireland as a whole was a net exporter of food.

As the title of Noel Ignatiev’s important if overly harsh academic study “How the Irish Became White” makes clear, Irish immigrants first arrived in America as despised outsiders, who were white in terms of complexion but not culture. In my colleague Joan Walsh’s “What’s the Matter with White People?”, she discusses Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676, a little-noticed event in which black and Irish indentured servants rose up against British colonial rule. (This led to the creation of the slave codes, which made African-Americans slaves for life, and the conferring of limited white privilege on the Irish.) As late as the 19th century, Anglo elites in New York perceived the drunken and disorderly Irish newcomers as an unhealthful influence on the city’s industrious and long-settled black population.

But Irish-Americans rapidly absorbed the lesson that the way to succeed in their new country was to reject the politics of class and shared economic interests and embrace the politics of race. One disgraceful result was the New York draft riots of 1863, the low point of Irish-black relations in American history, when Irish immigrants by the thousands turned on their black neighbors in a thinly disguised race riot. Irish-Americans were under no delusions that the ruling class of Anglo Protestants liked or trusted them, and anti-Irish and/or anti-Catholic bigotry endured in diluted form well into the 20th century. But by allying themselves with a system of white supremacy, the Irish in America were granted a share of power and privilege most notably in urban machine politics, and the police and fire departments of every major city.

As Joan’s book and many other sources have discussed, over the course of the last century the bulk of the Irish-American population drifted rightward through the Democratic Party and then out the other side into Archie Bunker-land. A key constituency of the New Deal coalition became, 40 years later, a key constituency of the Reagan revolution. But throughout that period there was always a countervailing social-justice tendency in Irish-American life, the tendency of the antiwar activist brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan (quite likely the only Jesuit priests ever to make the FBI’s most-wanted list), or of 1952 left-wing presidential candidate Vincent Hallinan and his firebrand San Francisco family. This was the tradition of the radical Vatican II priests, nuns and theologians, who kept many of us from abandoning the Church altogether, and of the 1968 reawakening of Robert F. Kennedy and the subsequent career of his brother Teddy.

Without exception, those people started from an understanding of their own cultural and national history. They began with Irish nationalist or republican politics, and moved from there to consider how Ireland’s story fit into a worldwide pattern that transcended the specific racial paranoia of the United States. Of course Irish history did not end in 1998, and the current situation in that country – a land of immigrants for the first time in its modern history – is exceptionally interesting. But Ireland is no longer a divisive and charismatic “issue,” capable of galvanizing people who live thousands of miles away. With Irish-American identity now split between an optional lifestyle accessory and a bunch of unappealing right-wing guys yelling at us, its social-justice component has evaporated as well.

Am I proud of my Irish heritage? Sure I am, up to a point: We’re all born with something, and I was born with a name no one can spell or pronounce, which is specific to a few townlands in County Clare. I ve actually made it more Yank-friendly by inserting the apostrophe; my dad insisted upon O Hehir, and in retrospect I m surprised he didn t go all the way to Ó hEithir or Ó hAíchir. (As I have told strangers roughly twice a day for the last several decades, you say it “just like the airport.”) I inherited some of my Irish-raised dad’s snobbery about the hopelessly Americanized character of St. Patrick’s Day, which a serious alcoholic like him could only view as amateur hour. I don’t miss Irish-America’s dishonest relationship to Irish violence (although the worst offenders in that department were almost always the racist and homophobic old guard). But I’d put up with many choruses of “Danny Boy,” and many rounds of green-label Budweiser, to get back that feeling we briefly had of being an immigrant group that was trying to confront its history, and to see the prison of whiteness for what it really is.

Andrew O’Hehir is executive editor of Salon.


01/10/2017

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Activities for People with Disabilities- Services for People with Disabilities #cheap

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Personal and Leisure Services (PALS)

Leisure Express Local

The Arc of San Diego’s Leisure Express Local provides community based therapeutic recreation activities for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Diego. The goal is to provide recreation activities that aide in improving skills such as: socialization, communication, health wellness, independence, and self-esteem. Each activity maintains a minimum 1:3 staff to participant ratio to ensure safety and personal needs are met. Activities are held Friday evening to Sunday evening. A monthly calendar is published and contains activites such as: rock climbing, Padres baseball games, kayaking, arts crafts, cooking classes, hiking, movies, dances, plays, Chargers football games, trips to the San Diego Zoo, and much more.

Leisure Express Trip Travel

The Arc of San Diego’s Leisure Express Trip Travel offers a wide range of quality vacations for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disablities. Our goal is to provide diverse travel opportunities to support and empower individuals to achieve their life goals. Each trip maintains a minimum 1:4 staff to participant ratio to ensure safety and all personal needs are met. If additional assistance is needed, we can provide more personalized support for an additional fee. The cost of each vacation includes airfair and/or transportation from San Diego, hotel/lodging accommodations, tour packages, admission to events selected by the travelers, and all meals. Payment plans can be arranged.

The Arc of San Diego’s traditional resident summer camp for children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities offers a relaxing week at a local residential camp. Days are filled with swimming, hiking, sports, field trips, sing-a-longs, talent shows, dances, arts crafts, and carnivals. Staff to camper ratios are based on each individual’s needs, but do not exceed a 1:5 ratio. Camp-A-Lot is accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp profession, the ACA focuses on program quality, health and safety issues, and requires us to review all areas of our camp program yearly.

Internship Opportunities

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities? The Arc of San Diego’s Personal Leisure Services department is offering an internship for undergraduate and graduate students studying recreation therapy, community recreation, psychology, special education, and other related fields.





08/09/2017

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Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #no1 #travel

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Tibet Travel Guide

Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

Abbreviation: Zang

Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

Namtso

  • Tashilhunpo
    Monastery
  • Baksum Tso

    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    14/07/2017

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  • Singles Vacations for People Over 30 #my #travel #holidays

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    Singles Vacations for People Over 30

    Going on a singles vacation can save a lot of wasted time in the dating game. (Photo: Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images )

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    The “singles” market concentrates not on single people per se, but on single people who wish they weren’t. Singles nightclubs are where single people go to meet other single people who also wish they weren’t, as are singles parties — arranged and advertized by professional organizers — and singles websites. Singles vacations are no exception; they are arranged for and taken by single people looking for partners.

    Reasons for Considering a Singles Vacation

    According to Best Single Travel (bestsingletravel.com), almost one in three adults in the U.S. are single, and the typical American spends more years alone than in a partnership between the ages of 15 and 85. Traveling alone is something many people dread, but a financial incentive exists also: Hotels and cruise lines almost invariably impose a “single surcharge” on a traveler who reserves a room solo. The surcharge can as much as double the cost so that the operator doesn’t realize less than his accommodation is worth when fully occupied. Booking through a singles-specific vacation organizer can pair like-minded and compatible people who enjoy the company and save each other a considerable amount of money.

    Groups of Singles

    Groups of singles are seldom arranged on a random basis. Organizers advertize their products based on age ranges — 18 to 35 is common, then 36 to 50, then 50 and above — and on interests, occupations and destinations. Singles vacations for people over 30 are designed to weed out disruptively immature people, those without a steady income and those whose interest, clothes and style clash with others. Singles clubs often make their own mass-reservations at resorts, which helps keep down costs. Athletic interests, car shows, balloon rides and gourmet food events all draw well-matched people into environments where everyone else is relaxed, single and open to being approached. Companies such as Best Single Travel (bestsingletravel.com), Singles in Paradise (singlesinparadise.com) and Singles Travel Company (singlestravelcompany.com) are representative of these organizations.

    Special Interests and Tours

    A number of companies operate singles vacations based on special interests and destination-specific tours. These itineraries can involve anything from a bus filled with older Angelino women looking for younger men descending on a nightclub in Las Vegas — the infamous “cougar cruises” — to fishing, skiing or scuba diving trips for retirees, and world travel for those who can afford it. For example, single people fascinated by the ancient Egyptian pyramids typically enjoy finding themselves on a plane filled with other singles with identical interests.

    Singles Cruises

    Singles cruises set sail with a boat packed with single people all looking to find a partner for a night, the length of the vacation or a lifetime. The only certainty is that you know that when you approach a new face they are in the “market” for the same result from their investment as you: someone to be with for a while. This radically reduces the chances of embarrassing refusals and increases the chance that — even if two people aren’t right for each other — they will have sufficient common ground and experience to become friends or drinking buddies, at the very least. This chance is increased further when ages are compatible. Singles cruises typically take place as charters on smaller vessels, but all the facilities of the liners are afforded: restaurants, bars and nightclubs, swimming pools and sports facilities.

    All-Inclusive Singles Resorts





    27/05/2017

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    GetGoing: Cheap Flights for People Who are Willing to Take a

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    GetGoing: Cheap Flights for People Who are Willing to Take a Gamble

    Every time an airplane takes off with even one unfilled seat, an airline is making less money than it could. Selling that seat to someone at some price even not very much would be better than leaving it empty. But an airline can t just start slashing fares willy-nilly; it doesn t want to give everyone  an aggressively good deal.

    A new travel site called GetGoing thinks it s found a way to make both airlines and cheapskate consumers happy. The startup competes against well-established companies such as Priceline and Hotwire, which offer deep discounts to travelers who are willing to commit to paying for a flight or a room before they know which airline or hotel they re buying from.

    But GetGoing doesn t just mask the airline; it also requires that you choose two different destinations, and commit to buying tickets before you know which one you ll get. (You can choose any two you like as long as they re at least fifty miles apart.) The company then selects one destination and sells you your tickets which it says are marked down by up to 40 percent, beating even other sources of cut-rate fares.

    Why the forced choice? Air carriers are willing to give deep discounts to vacationers, who might not fly at all if the price isn t right. But they d rather not offer the same deals to business travelers, who are usually spending their companies money and are therefore less price-sensitive. By requiring customers to be willing to choose two potential destinations, GetGoing weeds out the corporate crowd.

    Of course, it also weeds out plenty of vacationers, including anyone who s unwilling to commit to pay for a trip without knowing the destination. But GetGoing CEO Alek Vernitsky told me that there s a class of cost-conscious consumer who will find the proposition appealing, especially when multiple people are traveling at once. And for some of them, the surprise factor is fun or even helpful, such as when a couple can t agree on where to go.

    I wondered if GetGoing uses some fancy algorithm to match up travelers and seats in the most efficient way possible. Turns out that it s basically flipping a coin: after you ve picked two destinations and proceeded with the transaction, it chooses one at random. I was also curious if the company s business model only worked for last-minute flights, when airlines are desperate to fill seats. But Vernitsky told me that the airlines pretty much know how full flights will be, and are therefore happy to offer discounts even months in advance.

    GetGoing s site is slick and engaging, but I m not part of its super-price-sensitive target audience; I don t even like the idea of not knowing which airline I m going to be flying, let alone where I ll be heading. Then again, my wife and I have been debating destinations for our long-planned, much-delayed honeymoon for more than two years now, and haven t managed to settle on one so you never know.





    22/04/2017

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    Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #travel #packages

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    Tibet Travel Guide

    Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

    Abbreviation: Zang

    Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

    Namtso

  • Tashilhunpo
    Monastery
  • Baksum Tso

    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    13/04/2017

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