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Old 03-16-2005, 04:38 PM
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Found this interesting. I mentioned it to a few people I know, and it seems the only response I ever hear is "dont like it, leave". Why is this the only (supposedly) eduated response people will give? Are we truely "dumbed-down", and disgustingly complacent?

I think this guy might wake a few peeps up

America by the numbers
No. 1?

by Michael Ventura
February 23, 2005


No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Our broadcast media are, in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name "America Is No. 1." Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled "un-American." We're an "empire," ain't we? Sure we are. An empire without a manufacturing base. An empire that must borrow $2 billion a day from its competitors in order to function. Yet the delusion is ineradicable. We're No. 1. Well...this is the country you really live in:
The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).

The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth. Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).

"The International Adult Literacy Survey...found that Americans with less than nine years of education 'score worse than virtually all of the other countries'" (Jeremy Rifkin's superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).

Our workers are so ignorant and lack so many basic skills that American businesses spend $30 billion a year on remedial training (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004). No wonder they relocate elsewhere!

"The European Union leads the U.S. in...the number of science and engineering graduates; public research and development (R&D) expenditures; and new capital raised" (The European Dream, p.70).

"Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature" (The European Dream, p.70).

Nevertheless, Congress cut funds to the National Science Foundation. The agency will issue 1,000 fewer research grants this year (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004).

Foreign applications to U.S. grad schools declined 28 percent last year. Foreign student enrollment on all levels fell for the first time in three decades, but increased greatly in Europe and China. Last year Chinese grad-school graduates in the U.S. dropped 56 percent, Indians 51 percent, South Koreans 28 percent (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004). We're not the place to be anymore.

The World Health Organization "ranked the countries of the world in terms of overall health performance, and the U.S. [was]...37th." In the fairness of health care, we're 54th. "The irony is that the United States spends more per capita for health care than any other nation in the world" (The European Dream, pp.79-80). Pay more, get lots, lots less.

"The U.S. and South Africa are the only two developed countries in the world that do not provide health care for all their citizens" (The European Dream, p.80). Excuse me, but since when is South Africa a "developed" country? Anyway, that's the company we're keeping.

Lack of health insurance coverage causes 18,000 unnecessary American deaths a year. (That's six times the number of people killed on 9/11.) (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005.)

"U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower" (The European Dream, p.81). Been to Mexico lately? Does it look "developed" to you? Yet it's the only "developed" country to score lower in childhood poverty.

Twelve million American families--more than 10 percent of all U.S. households--"continue to struggle, and not always successfully, to feed themselves." Families that "had members who actually went hungry at some point last year" numbered 3.9 million (NYT, Nov. 22, 2004).


The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).

Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).

The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder (CNN, Dec. 14, 2004).

"Of the 20 most developed countries in the world, the U.S. was dead last in the growth rate of total compensation to its workforce in the 1980s.... In the 1990s, the U.S. average compensation growth rate grew only slightly, at an annual rate of about 0.1 percent" (The European Dream, p.39). Yet Americans work longer hours per year than any other industrialized country, and get less vacation time.

"Sixty-one of the 140 biggest companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are European, while only 50 are U.S. companies" (The European Dream, p.66). "In a recent survey of the world's 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were European" (The European Dream, p.69).

"Fourteen of the 20 largest commercial banks in the world today are European.... In the chemical industry, the European company BASF is the world's leader, and three of the top six players are European. In engineering and construction, three of the top five companies are European.... The two others are Japanese. Not a single American engineering and construction company is included among the world's top nine competitors. In food and consumer products, Nestl? and Unilever, two European giants, rank first and second, respectively, in the world. In the food and drugstore retail trade, two European companies...are first and second, and European companies make up five of the top ten. Only four U.S. companies are on the list" (The European Dream, p.68).

The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).

U.S. employers eliminated 1 million jobs in 2004 (The Week, Jan. 14, 2005).

Three million six hundred thousand Americans ran out of unemployment insurance last year; 1.8 million--one in five--unemployed workers are jobless for more than six months (NYT, Jan. 9, 2005).

Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt. (That's why we talk nice to them.) "By helping keep mortgage rates from rising, China has come to play an enormous and little-noticed role in sustaining the American housing boom" (NYT, Dec. 4, 2004). Read that twice. We owe our housing boom to China, because they want us to keep buying all that stuff they manufacture.

Sometime in the next 10 years Brazil will probably pass the U.S. as the world's largest agricultural producer. Brazil is now the world's largest exporter of chickens, orange juice, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Last year, Brazil passed the U.S. as the world's largest beef producer. (Hear that, you poor deluded cowboys?) As a result, while we bear record trade deficits, Brazil boasts a $30 billion trade surplus (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

As of last June, the U.S. imported more food than it exported (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

Bush: 62,027,582 votes. Kerry: 59,026,003 votes. Number of eligible voters who didn't show up: 79,279,000 (NYT, Dec. 26, 2004). That's more than a third. Way more. If more than a third of Iraqis don't show for their election, no country in the world will think that election legitimate.

One-third of all U.S. children are born out of wedlock. One-half of all U.S. children will live in a one-parent house (CNN, Dec. 10, 2004).

"Americans are now spending more money on gambling than on movies, videos, DVDs, music, and books combined" (The European Dream, p.28).

"Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable" (The European Dream, p.32).

Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified, according to a PEW Poll (Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2004).

"Nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year for which such data are available" (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2004).

"The International Association of Chiefs of Police said that cuts by the [Bush] administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever" (USA Today, Nov. 17, 2004).


No. 1? In most important categories we're not even in the Top 10 anymore. Not even close.

The USA is "No. 1" in nothing but weaponry, consumer spending, debt, and delusion.

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Old 03-16-2005, 05:36 PM
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Some of that rings true and some of it is embelleshed to make his point. Still, we have some big problems but not to worry. They'll (the foreigners who rank higher than us in this or that) all want to come here and raise their kids and they bring their expertice here as well. Like they have been doing since they first kicked the indians off their land.
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:28 PM
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NEGATIVE! AFTER THE NEXT ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL NO IDIOT WILL WANT TO COME HERE.AS SOON AS WE GO AFTER THE SYRIANS AND ERRADICATE THEM FROM LEBANON THE HEZBOLLAH WILL UNLEASH THE ALREADY DISSILUSIONED RADICALS IN THIS COUNTRY TO MARTYR THEMSELVES. THIS IS INEVITABLE THAT WE CORNER SYRIA AND IRAN AND OH! PAINT N.KOREA INTO A CORNER AND IF THESE NITWITS HAVENT ALREADY TOSSED A SPENT FUEL ROD OR TWO AHMEDS WAY FOR TO MAKE SOME DIRTY BOMBS TO UNLEASH IN HAWAII OR THE PHILLIPINES!



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Old 03-16-2005, 08:40 PM
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I agree with this. Have any of you ever been to Europe? Whenever I go to Europe, The Netherlands in particular, about once every 2 years, or more, I see more people biking in 1 day then I have in 2 weeks in America. of course, they have a "road" next to the sidewalk, specifically for biking, complete with lanes and all.

Also, I see 1 obese person the whole time, usually about 2 weeks. I also see more people on the streets, walking around, stuff like that, than in America.

Another thing is that the Teachers and such get paid more than Lawyers and such also. Less crime - I believe its guilty until proven innocent, which makes more sense.

Plus, European's get more vacations - 4-6 weeks of paid vacation. And they use them too.

They have less stress.

The Euro is curerntly worth somewhere around 16 cents more than the dollar.

Perosnally, I don't think America is so great, at all. Of course there is some awesome perks, IE the awesome fishing and such. But of course there is downsides too.


PLUS THOSE BASTARDS VOTED TO DRILL IN ALASKA'S WILDLIFE REFUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW, I am so angry about that, after donating 50 bucks to the protection thing 5 weeks ago... errrr......
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:31 PM
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The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).

No, Us Americans helped Wal-Mart move them there

U.S. employers eliminated 1 million jobs in 2004 (The Week, Jan. 14, 2005).

Sent them to China, Indonesia, Veitnam, Korea etc

Three million six hundred thousand Americans ran out of unemployment insurance last year; 1.8 million--one in five--unemployed workers are jobless for more than six months (NYT, Jan. 9, 2005).

They put themselves out of work. In order to have their SUV's, Boats and RV's they turned to Cheap Imported Goods

Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt. (That's why we talk nice to them.) "By helping keep mortgage rates from rising, China has come to play an enormous and little-noticed role in sustaining the American housing boom" (NYT, Dec. 4, 2004). Read that twice. We owe our housing boom to China, because they want us to keep buying all that stuff they manufacture.

And if these countries stopped financing our Debt they too would fall into rapid recession.

PLUS THOSE BASTARDS VOTED TO DRILL IN ALASKA'S WILDLIFE REFUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah blame us for that too, by fueling China's economy their use of petroleum products is rapidly growing, I guess they all want the American dream now too
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Old 03-17-2005, 02:11 AM
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NEGATIVE! AFTER THE NEXT ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL NO IDIOT WILL WANT TO COME HERE.AS SOON AS WE GO AFTER THE SYRIANS AND ERRADICATE THEM FROM LEBANON THE HEZBOLLAH WILL UNLEASH THE ALREADY DISSILUSIONED RADICALS IN THIS COUNTRY TO MARTYR THEMSELVES. THIS IS INEVITABLE THAT WE CORNER SYRIA AND IRAN AND OH! PAINT N.KOREA INTO A CORNER AND IF THESE NITWITS HAVENT ALREADY TOSSED A SPENT FUEL ROD OR TWO AHMEDS WAY FOR TO MAKE SOME DIRTY BOMBS TO UNLEASH IN HAWAII OR THE PHILLIPINES!
Holy crotch, thats tha smahtest thing I've heard yet this week! NOICE!

Kev, ya definitely gut ya head on straight bud. I agree with your statements.

It's unfortunate that I have to agree and say that America and its people are just totally out of it. It's as if we're in some drunken haze or something. And I'll tell ya who (in general) gets on my nerves the most......THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS! It's seems (for the most part), I either have an emotional, drug addicted Liberal screaming in my ear, OR, a Kooky, religious Repub blattin' about some foolishness. And it usually seems to me like BOTH are totally out of it and have no real conception of reality whatsoever. This 2 party system really sucks in my opinion. I think since we cant get it straight with 2 parties, it's time for a change. Independence will set you FREE. Believe me.

I also hear from more and more people every month it seems, how much "nicer" Europe is. Why is that? What is going on here? I think this country is BLOWN IN HALF.

Next thing you now, tha Seabrook Nuke Plant will get attacked, and I wont be able to fish in tha marsh!!!!!!!!!



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Next thing you now, tha Seabrook Nuke Plant will get attacked, and I wont be able to fish in tha marsh!!!!!!!!!
Sure you will, the fish will just be a little bigger! With 3 eyes
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Sure you will, the fish will just be a little bigger! With 3 eyes
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haha. Well, I guess 3 eyes wont be so bad, as long as the fish are biggah!

This season I am going to be the one to nail the 40+ inchah that comes wondering in under trestle one night on the incomin tide :)



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Johnny if that happened it would be hard not to beat 76.6 pounds.
Hahah!
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Johnny if that happened it would be hard not to beat 76.6 pounds.
Hahah!
You mean 78.8 dont ya?

Ya, I could destroy Al's reckid!



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Right! That is what I meant! Haha! Imaging catching a 40 poundah and throwing it back cause it was too small...
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Right! That is what I meant! Haha! Imaging catching a 40 poundah and throwing it back cause it was too small...

Thats what i did last season Kev.....that big cow on the homepage was thrown back to be caught as a world record holder at a later date, hahaha.

Trust me, it wasn't easy, if i didnt have my digi camera, i might have taken her home with me.

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