The United States Of (non)reading: The End Of Civilization Or A New Era?

“Coaching helps people build a much broader perspective so they get to understand where someone else is coming from,” life coach Chrissy Carew, author of Insightful Player explains. Often times, daily life uncovers blocks to inner peace. Conflicts such as the standoff leading to the US government shutdown on Oct. 1, 2013, bring hardened misconceptions to the surface. Elements such as: placing the desires of a few over the needs of the whole, grasping for personal power, feeling “right” and regarding others as “wrong” all act like boulders in groundbreaking for peace, the harmonious flow of growth. “Pride can lead to grudge-holding and selfishness, making the relationship about ‘me,’ instead of ‘us,'” says perceptive comedian, Lawrence Owens as he explains common human conflict. Each person involved in the face-off, including each one of us who has an opinion on the situation, has the opportunity and responsibility to find our personal blocks that contribute to the dysfunctional circumstances. Perhaps we need to take our “pride temperature” when conflicts get hot. Sometimes a stream of thought, like a political concept, can interfere with the construction of peace. Streams flowing through the foundation of a building will eventually bring the building down. A contractor, understanding the power of a constant water flow, constructs an alternate path for the stream, and then protects his foundation with a waterproof barrier. Our nation’s leader should engineer a path for the far right political stream with respect for the thoughts to flow while protecting the growth of a peacefully prospering society. The conflict between water flow, earth and concrete requires each side to adjust. Thoughts can be seen as water; earth, as the current situation; and concrete, representing the desired future state.

The presence of Global Hawks in East Asia is sure to irritate China, which has increasingly pushed back against the US military presence in the region. Officials in Beijing had criticised Tokyo in recent days over reports that the Japanese military was considering acquiring its own Global Hawks, saying the move could escalate tensions. China is also engaged in a bitter territorial dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, an uninhabited group of outcroppings in the East China Sea that Japan nationalised last year, sparking confrontations between the two countries ships deployed in the area. Besides flying missions over North Korea, the Global Hawks would presumably give the United States and Japan better information about the movements of Chinese ships in the vicinity of Senkaku. The same goes for Chinese ships elsewhere in the region, such as the South China Sea, where China is mired in territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries. The US military has flown drones over Japan in the past on a temporary basis, including after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but next year will mark the first time it will base them in that country, according to US officials. They said the drones would be deployed on a rotational basis, meaning they could be moved elsewhere, such as Guam, for months at a time. In addition to the Global Hawks, P-8 maritime surveillance patrol aircraft will also start to be deployed in Japan in December, US and Japanese officials announced. It would be the first time the aircraft will be stationed outside the United States. The cutting-edge capabilities of the P-8, which I saw demonstrated last summer, will greatly enhance the allies ability to conduct surveillance, particularly over the open seas, Hagel said at a joint news conference with Kerry, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. US President Barack Obama’s administration has made a point of stressing its ties to the Pacific region and showing up for Asian events as part of its pivot to Asia policy. The joint US Cabinet visit went ahead despite the government shutdown that led President Obama to curtail his own planned trip to Asia next week. Kerry will fill in for Obama for visits to Malaysia and the Philippines. The security measures announced Thursday should give both Japan and the United States greater protection and better intelligence about the activities of North Korea and China, one an adversary and the other a wary partner and sometime competitor. There are different threats and different kinds of threats, Kerry said at the start of the joint session on Thursday.

United States to fly long-range drones from Japanese base

Professors are shocked. Several years ago a student told me that she regarded all assigned reading as “recommended,” even if the professors labeled it “required.” Were professors so dumb that they didn’t know that? The idea of assigned reading, as the core activity of college students, is old. Students don’t see it as central ; faculty do. And though I used to, and sometimes still do, spend a lot of energy lamenting this, by taking a broader view of the nature of reading and writing, I have come to understand it and even to some extent accept it. Student avoidance of reading is not an entirely new problem. When I was in graduate school, in the 1980s, one of my most indelible memories was of a new classmate, straight out of a first-rate college, complaining in our anthropology theory class that we had to keep finding out what other people thought. When was it time for us to convey our viewpoints? Why all that reading? Some college course evaluations ask students what percentage of the reading they did. Some report they did as much as ninety percent.