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1st Thanksgiving 1621 :: After the Mayflower :: american experience :: PBS documentary
In 1621, the Wampanoag natives of what became New England befriended judeo-christian invader families from Britain. The British betrayed the Native Americans trust with a brutal massacre followed by 4 centuries of expanding occupation + genocide of Native Americans to steal their land + exploit their resources. The next documentary jumps to 1800s discovery of gold in Cherokee lands of SouthEast that became Georgia + how those Native Americans were death marched away.
Now, the USA government that rebelled from British rule by war, then continued the genocide, "recognizes" the surviving descendants of estimated 15 million murdered Original Americans in only 562 Native American tribes as sovereign Nations within the USA. After 400 years of exterminating + exiling Native Americans from their homeland + culture, Native American Nation Citizens are also USA citizens subject to the laws of both governments, surrounded by "immigrants" who celebrate their "god given right" to conquer them.
by ~mod*mom~ at 25.11.14 Â©
peek in private lounge at public airport :: The Centurion Lounge :: San Francisco
“I participated in this influencer activation program on behalf of Influence-Central for American Express. I received thank you items for my participation.“
Amex invited us to check out their newest private lounge for platinum card members that's artfully tucked up above the check in and homeland security search area in Terminal 3 at San Francisco Airport. They sent a car to pick us up and whisk us into this brand new exclusive modern styled space with family playroom, private cafe, luxurious restrooms, shower suites, computers, airline status displays, and lots of attentive staff to inform and assist Centurion Lounge guests.
We sampled from the contemporary cafe's brunch buffet, chatted with families, and toured the variety of spaces in the Centurion Lounge. There were photo portraits of iconic San Francisco people included with the contemporary style furnishings, wallpaper, lighting and carpets. A magician amazed us and a face painter decorated us in the large main lounge, which has a variety of interesting sofas, chairs, cubicle cubbys, apple computers, and a large conference table.
The Centurion Lounge has lots of natural light and amazing airport views from the large windows and skylights. The lounge was calm and quiet; i think they might have soundproof windows. You can look down into the busy Terminal area on one side of the Centurion Lounge, or into the Airport and coastal mountains on the other side. The grand stairway up to the Centurion Lounge has a living plant wall.
As the busiest travel time of the year approaches, private lounges within public airports are a luxury we are lucky to have experienced, and a model for how the public spaces can improve comfort for travelers.
i took these pictures with my iphone inside the Centurion lounge at SFO.
steve jobs, clint eastwood, tony bennett, jimi hendrix, robin williams, the grateful dead, carlos santana + other photo portraits hung in the Centurion Lounge are for sale by the photographer, like a gallery.
"American Express is excited to introduce The Centurion Lounge in San Francisco International Airport on November 6th 2014. The new Lounge is the 1st on the West Coast + the 4th location in a network that’s expanding in major airports across the United States.
Unlimited, complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge is among a suite of curb-to-curb benefits designed to create a more seamless travel experience for Platinum Card Members. The 8,200 square foot Lounge, features world-class amenities that allow Card Members to:
· Dine: Featuring Napa Valley inspired, seasonal cuisine curated by The Restaurant at Meadowood.
· Work + Play: Connected work spaces include high speed Wi-Fi + outlets near every seat, + a sound-proof family room allows a safe + fun place for kids to play.
· Relax + Recharge: relaxation areas + luxurious shower suites provide an optimal place to refresh, + Member Services staff can help assist with Card inquiries + travel services.
The Centurion Lounge has locations currently open in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) + New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). American Express will unveil a new Centurion Lounge location next year at Miami InternationalAirport (MIA)."
by ~mod*mom~ at 17.11.14 Â©