Sorry if I go way OT here, but I can't find a suitable thread to put this in:
I came to this forum because I have been a regular reader of gcaptain newsletter for quite some time and find it informative, up to date and not too American centered.
I expected the forum members here to be mostly seafarer who had been around the world and knew a bit about it, but I find that there are many that know nothing, or very little or anything outside the confines of US shipping and US waters. (Not all I may hast to add)
Another thing that strikes me is the tendency to assume that any foreigner must be an ill-informed nitwit with no knowledge of anything American and most likely anything else.
Somewhere here I was told that; "if you don't live here you cannot know anything about cost of living in America". It is a matter of record and available on the internet for anybody to find, as it is for every other country you may want to compare to. (New York is usually 100. Anything above is more expensive, anything below is cheaper)
If we assume that somebody who do not live in the US cannot possibly know anything about America, can we then draw the conclusion that somebody who do cannot possibly know anything about the rest of the world??
This is the stereotype view of Americans by many people, but I was really hoping to be able to prove that wrong here.
(I better put on my tin hat now, I presume)
I have worked with Americans all over the world for many years, many of them originating from an area from around Route 20 and south and card carrying Red Necks. Even if they had worked International for many years there would be little or no interest in learning anything about the countries they were working in, or about the people they were working with, or learn their language, with some notable exceptions.
I have also worked with Americans who made an effort to learn as much as possible of local culture and customs, even politics.
Many ended up living and working in S.E.Asia for many years and some who never went back.
I especially remember working with one person who claimed he though himself to read and write after he turned 20. When I worked with him he was Area Manager for one of what was a major US Drilling Contractor at the time. He later went all the way to Vice President in the company and his Assistant Manager, (who was well educated) later became CEO in that same company.
What is the purpose of this ranting?? Just to show how obnoxious them for'ners can be.