E-mail from my mom to FIEA/Into/State Department etc.

2013 May: Mikkel: Til US State Department ad FIEAs «Termination Letter»

U.S. Department of State

Ms. Ann Stock
Mr. James Alexander
Ms. Robin Lerner
Ms. Elizabeth Dickerson
Ms. Susan Geary
Ms. Maha Ammar
Ms. Karen Hawkins
Mr. Travis Parsley
Mr. Joseph Ereli

Dear Sirs and Madams,

We have previously sent a complaint about Forte International Exchange Association’s (FIEA) mistreatment of our son Mikkel Adrian Almenningen (2012 Oct 19). We have also sent a mail regarding the way FIEA have broken the regulations set by the State Department (2013 Jan 26).

We wish to illustrate the many lies told by FIEA about Mikkel through some of the claims made in their Termination Letter. FIEA’s claims are in cursive.

After this incident, the current host family, the :::::, were afraid for Mikkel to be around their children as he began acting “weird.” Mikkel had been accused of putting paint in the children’s hair, kicking the children, pushing them, and ordering the host parents to clean and vacuum.

When it comes to the accusations of putting paint in the children’s hair, both Mikkel and the two teen-age girls painted each other’s hair at the theater where Mikkel ended up having to spend all of his afternoons and week-ends so he would not have to stay in the Moe house alone. At the time, both girls laughed at the idea that Mikkel had done something bad.

Mikkel does not have any memory of kicking anyone. The only thing he could even remotely link to this statement would be when he managed to step on some toes while hugging the girls.

Mikkel did suggest that they could all clean the house – there was great need. When the host-parents told him no, he suggested that he, himself, clean it. They bluntly refused him. So Mikkel did the best he could and cleaned his own room.

The most upsetting action done by Mikkel was in front of his host siblings, where he would put his finger to his head like a gun and act like he was shooting  himself. 

Maggie Simpson illustrates our point about the ridiculousness of this statement perfectly: Watch 5:30-6:00http://gorillavid.in/x59mdffkr1ge

During one occasion on the way home from school, Mikkel asked his host dad, Malcolm, if Malcolm ever had dark thoughts. Malcolm questioned Mikkel what he meant by “dark thoughts”, but Mikkel said he couldn’t tell him because of Malcolm’s response. There was another incident where Mikkel saw a posting on Facebook about suicide and made the comment of “if you are going to commit suicide, you don’t talk about it, you don’t say anything, you just do it.”

All of these lies make me angry. I cannot believe how untruthful FIEA have been. This last claim is a perfect example. See below facebook conversation:

September 20

:::::: ok im ready to die but i caint pull the triger whow wants to do it for me”

:::::: “wow, i thought i had it bad. life cant be that hard… can it?”

“(Mike’s comment): (name) you have one of the kindest hearts I know and you have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people around you. You should watch Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. Great movie. God bless!”

:::::: “Spelling!”

:::::: “hey (name)? i aint seen u in a while, but i would like to, so don’t do anything drastic.”

::::::: “Let’s have a little talk tonight! I have enough dead people in my cast an yyou aren’t supposed to be one of ‘em!

::::::: “don’t do it”

(Mikkel’s comment): “i know that this is a despirate kry for help. i also know that you are not going to do that. because the people who take their own life do it without telling anyone about it. talk to me if you want to compare storryes or lifes. you or i will find out that our life is not that hard.”

(Mikkel’s comment): “i just talked to him. (name) what the hell is wrong with you. this is not something you are kidding about. i was woried. delite this post imidiately! sent from the crossing.”

Mikkel had phoned his friend (name withheld for privacy reasons) to see if they could talk about what was bothering his friend. That was when he discovered that his friend had been kidding.

For one think Mike – the host-father – was part of the facebook conversation (see above). Whether he or Becky Sanderson were lying about this event, is irrelevant to me. I tend to think that with her track-record, it is Becky who is the guilty one. The way FIEA misrepresent so completely what happened is both cruel and self-serving.

Whenever a student expresses such signs of abnormal behavior, Forte takes it very seriously. Which is why our area director, Becky Sanderson, called Mikkel and had a conversation with him on whether or not he was depressed. Mikkel did open up to Becky and said he was depressed and had suicidal thoughts. Mikkel also admitted he needed help. After that conversation, Becky felt Mikkel would be a danger to himself and was showing signs of mental illness and needed professional help. At the same time, the host parents felt Mikkel would be dangerous around their children and would either hurt himself or their children. The :::::: family no longer feels comfortable with having Mikkel in their home.

I have no doubt Mikkel was a little depressed by this time. But at no time did he, himself, express suicidal thoughts. This was one of the things Forte tried to get his families to sign off on, but did not succeed despite pressuring them. See below facemails from :::::: – first host-father:

10/15-2012: Conversation between Mikkel and ::::::

::::::: Everything you are doing to fight this company is causing drama for the families here that may or may not care about you. We are being asked to sign something that says Forte did not take you out of a home that wanted you there. I have not read the actual paper yet, so I do not know if what it says is true enough for me to sign. I do know this…yes, we wanted you to stay. Forte did not make the decision to take you from this home that wanted you. You, yourself wanted to leave a home that wanted you. And while that is perfectly okay to want to leave somewhere, it somewhat defeats you’re argument that the company treated you wrong by pulling you out of homes. You also did it yourself, and had your reasons. I don’t know all that happened with other families, but if the company made the decision for you to leave their homes, I’m certain they had their reasons just as you did when you decided to leave our home. I’m not going to lie for you or for the company or for anyone. I guess is what I am trying to say is fight the company if you want, but could you leave me out of it somehow and quit causing us drama? I see the good in everyone, and you’re not a bad guy, but I am starting to regret that we let you come stay with us.

And :::::: continues on 10/16-2012

::::::: Forte is trying to get me to make written statements about anything that will help them with their case. I don’t like what they are doing or what you are doing as I am getting stuck in the middle. I wasn’t trying to be mean Mikkel. I was even told not to talk to you at all. I just had to state that for the record. I will be honest and say this…I don’t trust Forte and I don’t trust you. I don’t hand out trust easily, and I know how one can keep enemies close for certain reasons. I did not tell them you wanted to kill yourself fyi. They have tried to get me to make statements against you and I refused. I wrote something that would not help them or you and shouldn’t have hurt either, but apparently they believe if it won’t help them win they can leave out certain truths. I just want out of it, but I had to tell you that for record purposes. I’m sorry if anything I have to do hurts you, but it can’t always be helped.

After discussion among management at Forte, due to Mikkel’s current mental stability, admittance to depression, and thoughts of suicide, we feel he should be dismissed early from the exchange program to seek professional, psychological help in his home country with his natural parents. Forte cannot shoulder that burden onto our host family to endure. Although our host families agree to host our exchange students, they should not have to deal with the effects of what depression does to a teenager.

Forte have behaved despicably throughout Mikkel Adrian’s stay. How he could have been placed with the families that he was and how on earth FIEA could possibly keep on letting Becky Sanderson get her claws into kids who are supposed to get a good impression of the US is unbelievable. Why has she not been held responsible for her actions? Into Education are no better for having supported FIEA through the whole process. Amazing that companies that claim to keep our children safe do such a poor job of it.

Please do something about this situation. Exchange students coming to the US need to feel safe, not used and abused.

Sincerely

Lise Lotte and Jonny Almenningen

CSIET
Mr. Chris Page
Ms. Lindsay Poehlman

FIEA
Ms. Diana Latvala
Ms. Ava Chen

Into Education Ltd.
Mr. John Douglas Fisher
Ms. Constanze Fisher

Into Education Ltd. (Norway)
Ms. Marit Åsenden

CSFES USA
Ms. Danielle Grijalva

Mikkel Adrian Almenningen
Jonny Almenningen

The Wars of Media and why you?re getting brainwashed.

The Wars of Media and why you?re getting brainwashed.

I had a school pressentation, and the I started the presentation with a two minute long film. So if you want to check it out please press the link.

 

The Wars of Media and why you?re getting brainwashed.

All media is trying to brainwash you, I will explain this in further detail so just keep on reading.

In ?This is England? the main character had a conflict with himself about what it meant to be British, or English if you prefer. My task was ?Present two or more different English-speaking media and discuss how they shape the opinion of the international community.?

If the population of the UK in the 1980?s was unable to have one common opinion, I do not see how I?m supposed to find out what the opinion of the international community is. I don?t even know if we can say there is an international community that all people belong to. If there is one, it has to be Facebook or YouTube. They both have more than 1 billion regular users across the whole world, except from China that is. Other countries ruled by dictators probably also ban Facebook.

I will look into several English speaking media. All of them have different points of view. One of the mediums I?ll talk about is CNN vs. BBC.

As previously stated if I have to mention an international community it would be Facebook or YouTube. So let?s have a look at how Facebook has contributed to the revolutions in the Middle East, Egypt and Syria.

 

Syria:

This is information gathered from a YouTube video by vlogbrothers.

A long time ago some Europeans sat down to draw lines on a map of Africa and the surrounding areas. They gave one of the marked areas the name Syria and it suddenly turned into a country. Later the USSR stole Syria. Many years later Facebook allowed different communities to communicate effectively. This is one of the factors responsible for the revolution in Syria, where a strong minority fights a disenfranchised majority.

The International media, CNN among others, ignored the demonstrations in Syria for a long time. No major news firm informed the International Community (which in this instance is a long list of countries like Norway, Canada and the UK) that demonstrators were put in jail. This led to more demonstrations and the demonstrators were killed by the military as ordered by their current president. Few countries cared that this led to the torture of loved once.

The International Media finally started caring when the Syrian military started using chemical weapons against its citizens. President Obama of the US had warned the Syrian president that if he did this then something ?. Something happened, Russia used its veto power against the UN interfering. The Syrian president ended up giving the chemical weapons to Russia, so that the Russian president finally got to wear his good diplomat hat.

 

Egypt:

Just like in Syria, Facebook has played an important role in the Egyptian revolution. Egypt has four powerhouses: The old regime, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Egyptian Military and the revolutionary individuals.

The Egyptian military is immune to the Egyptian laws, and are therefore in control of 40% of the Egyptian economy and have huge factories run by free labor. Hussain Mubarak and the Old Regime managed to piss off the three other powerhouses in Egypt. Then, the internet and Facebook arrived, and his regime was no longer able to control the information flow through censorship.

The imperialists and the Muslim brotherhood starts demonstrating. Hussain goes to the military and says we have a problem here. They reply ?No not really?. After a while the Egyptian military removes Hussain from office with force.

The conflict continues because the Muslim brotherhood and the Egyptian military rushed the election of a new president so that the Egyptian people did not have time to make a new constitution. The person elected became a new dictator and the Egyptian military removed him from office as well. This may be the strangest military coup of all time, a coup that is supported by a lot of people. The military installs the head of the constitutional court as the interim president.

A Facebook group led to millions of demonstrators in the streets and a military coup. It changed the opinion of many local communities, perhaps even the international community.

 

Alternate History:

Alternate history science fiction is about the way things might have turned out. TV14v on YouTube show such a history and has a pretty large community of interested people. The show I?m going to present is about Hitler and what could have happened:

Commercials are trying to brainwash you, or change your opinion about their products. Just like Hitler tried to change the view of the German population through propaganda. The American media said that some of their captured forces where brainwashed during the cold way. All the enemy did was change the opinion of the captured American forces. This begs the question. Did the US use media as a vepond of warning to stop other countries from becoming communist, and was this the start of English being the standard for international media?

So what would have happened with America if Germany won WW2? You might say this would not happen, but it might if two of history?s turning points had turned another way. Hitler failed to realize the tactical advantages of the Messersmith. The Messersmith had a machinegun as well as a cannon, and could go twice as fast as the airplanes of the allied forces. The Messersmith was being tested 3 years before D-day and if Nazi-Germany would have mass-produced it, they would probably have won D-day and then been able to bomb all the allied boats in the English Channel.

Hitler started testing ballistic missiles in 1942. He could have put an atomic warhead inside of two of them and made Boston and New York our Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Germans did after all start development of atomic bombs 3 years before the Americans in 1941, but Hitler did not see their potential, and therefore underfunded the projects.

If the US surrenders unconditionally, suicide increases rapidly as Americans refuse to live under Nazi rule. The international community will not be the same as today and it will not be for a very long time.

Hitler takes control of all American media channels and uses them for propaganda. America becomes a mass producing super power, with lots of factories run by slaves like gays, blacks and Jews. As technology develops, the internet arrives. It?s a government-controlled internet. The internet grows out of Hitler?s control, and resistance movements develop. Just like in Egypt and Syria the internet plays an important role in the new American Revolution.

 

The console war:

Now let?s have a look at commercials, another English speaking medium. Microsoft vs- Sony, PS vs. Xbox.

Microsoft came up with the concept Xbox Live, this is a service that enables people to talk to each other while they play together, you may talk to your friends even while playing different games (cross-game chat). Most blockbuster games and games in general are published in English, that?s also the most common language spoken on Xbox Live, as well as on other platforms. This improves the English skills of gamers. I know one person that has learned English this way, not by attending school, but trough online gaming. Online gaming is even newer than the internet (as it has to be since it?s a service that requires an internet connection).

Microsoft sold the Xbox 360 to its brand loyalists, and got a huge part of the market share due to a premature realize. The premature realize resulted in a lot of problems with the console like the ?red ring of death?.

One year later the PS3 arrived, but mom and dad had already bought little Tom a 360, so it struggled in the beginning, no matter its superior technology. Japan is known to improve on American concepts.

The PS3 ages like fine wine, and shows its best projects at the end of its life cycle. People who bought a 360 are now buying the PS4 because it?s more powerful and Sony seems more trustworthy.

Microsoft saw this coming and has therefore marketed the Xbox One as an all in one console. Gamers will probably buy a PS4, but that doesn?t bother Microsoft at all. They have come up with a new concept. So as Sony is adapting cross-game chat, Microsoft includes services like using Skype while playing a game. People will learn English this way. The English speaking media will grow through the medium of game consoles.

 

The Fox:

As you?ve probably already understood there is no one international opinion, and there are many English speaking medias, also outside countries where English is the Native tongue, like Norway. TheFox is a music video made by The Ylvis Brothers as part of a TVN program. It has been seen by about 260 million people as of the 1st of December 2013. That?s 10 million more than last week. It has 2.43 million likes and 261 000 dislikes.

Let?s put that number, 260 million into perspective. Norway has a population of 5.1 million, while the US has a population of 317 million. If said views were citizens in a country, it would be the 4th biggest country out of 242 on the planet TELLUS. The Fox just got spread by word of mouth.

 

YouTube:

Are You Tubers Revolutionizing Entertainment?

YouTube has many big communities and even more sub-communities. Almost anyone who watches YouTube can make a YouTube video. The content has a superfast feedback loop, comments and likes. It has made people rethink how they talk to a camera, as you now can publish movies on your own. We have access to many million YouTube channels and can therefore watch what we want when we want. ?YouTube has been totally disruptive for the media business?. YouTube networks like Machinema has evolved. YouTube fosters a very rich community. YouTube is the biggest development in the Entertainment Industry since the creation of TV-Channels.

 

News Firms:

BBC is a more reliable news source than Fox news or CNN it?s controlled by a council to ensure it delivers natural rather than bias news. BBC or British Broadcasting Corporation is the world?s oldest national broadcasting organization with a 23,000 staff. It?s funded like NRK. Everyone with a TV in the UK pays a fee. BBC World News is a part of this organization. BBC is available in 274 million households compared to CNN?s 200 million. BBC is owned by The Crown (publicly owned).

CNN is Democratic and funded by commercials. CNN usually devotes many hours of airtime to the U.S. presidential elections. Chief political correspondent Candy Crowley acted as moderator for one of the three debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Some say she has been overly biased due to her attempts at correcting statements by both candidates on the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack.

Fox News runs Republican advertisement and is funded by commercials.

All three TV-channels influence people?s opinion.

 

Conclusion:I conclude that there is no single International community, and that different communities both online and in the real world have different views on most subjects. There will always be individuals of a different opinion than the community they live in.

All media is propaganda, that?s why Hitler was so successful in changing the opinion of his population. He had monopoly on all media channels, and dealt with the individuals who presented their own point of view swiftly. If he would have conquered the US the English speaking media would probably never be the same again, and German would probably be the world language. Our history books would have been different as well, as they would have been made by Hitler and his allies, not the allied forces.

As the internet has developed not even China with its 10.000+ staff is able to control all media that enters their borders. The internet has started a whole new community and revolutionized the way we view media forever, through YouTube and Facebook for instance. There is no one way street within mass media anymore, something the Egyptian population should be grateful for. If not for the Internet there might not have been any revolution in the Middle East.

 

 

 

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http://www.census.gov/popclock/

http://globalis.no/Land/Norge          

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population

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The Movie: «This is England».

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_news

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