(Original post by Higgy)
Yeh but most of them dont own a passport, know sod all about the rest of the world, think they are the greatest people on earth, i would rather live in the economic powerhouse of the world, europe anyday than that arrogant unsafe mess.
I find it amusing how you have to condense an entire CONTINENT into your idea of a "powerhouse" in order to "compete."
(Original post by Johnny)
Right. Would the most advanced nation on earth, as you so modestly put it, have the highest percentage of its citizens living in poverty in the developed world?
Thats right, 37 million Americans, a whole 12.7% of the population live in poverty and every year since 2001, that number has grown. Indeed under George Bush alone, an extra 5.4 million people have slipped into poverty.
Gosh that sounds extraordinarily advanced doesn't it? not.
The United States also has the highest number of billionaires in the world at 269 yet almost a quarter of all black americans live below the poverty line and 22% of Hispanics fall below it as well, despite the figure for white Americans living in poverty being just 8.6%
"Gee" this is just sounding better and better isn't it?
I spent almost eight weeks in America two years ago travelling along the east coast. I hated it. Oh sure the people are friendly enough, the majority are totally ignorant as to where Britain is in the world, but frindly all the same.
The thing that really go me though is the black and hispanic "underclass". Do you know that at every hotel we stayed in, not one cleaner was white? Not one suit in Washington was black or hispanic? The divide is pretty shocking but even more worrying than that was that no white American that we mentioned this to, seemed at all bothered by this divide. I doubt they would have even noticed if "us crazy aussies/scottish/french" (yes, some actually thought we were french!) hadn't pointed it out to them...
When I read this article in Sunday's observer, I would love to say that my mouth dropped open with surprise, but (having spent some time in America), this just wasn't the case. It just sadly confirmed what I already suspected.
Having spent the first half of my life in "poverty" (no TV, no car, government subsidized housing, government aid food program, etc) I will testify that, although our version of poverty is difficult to live in, it is in no way comparable with the rest of world's version of poverty. You visited for eight months blah blah blah. You think because you took an extended vacation here you got a firm grasp on American life?
(Original post by SamTheMan)
Americans have used their "ignorance" to their advantage. Americans have a "clever" way of simplifying things. For centuries, American culture and language has had to be simplified to integrate more easily new immigrants.
In situations, where Europeans would waste hours with implicit statements, trying to make themselves sound clever, Americans will say it, nice and simple, straight-forward.
As for the cliché, it's mostly the fact that Americans know little about things outside the US which has created it. What's more, the level of its secondary schooling is mediocre. The only thing that compensates that, is its fierce attitude towards research which is behind the prestige of its universities.
America is a competitive front. Unless you come from a little bit of money, or unless you make it career oriented, or a hobby, it is very difficult to find TIME to learn about the rest of the world from an in depth perspective. I got to school for 6 hours a day, I study for 2, and I work for 8. You tell me when I am supposed to find time to leisurely study the economies and governments of the world? The time I don’t spend sleeping I usually spend on the net because I have strange work hours and most of my family and friends are sleeping.
That and think of it this way. You bash people from the United States about not knowing "the rest of the world." That's like criticizing a teacher for not knowing the names of every student in a large lecture. There ARE over 200 countries in this world. The bottom line is that people from other countries get pissy when people from the US don't know a lot about THEIR country, because then they feel as if the people of the United States are portraying them as inferior. That’s totally not the case. Here in the US, where I assure the way of life is more fast paced that 98% of the rest of the world, as an entire nation, if you don’t keep up, you will get lost in the shuffle.
(Original post by j4mes_bond25)
Now as far as your sodding claim about "production of medicine & ammonia" is concerned, it really amazes me the way your use your malfunctioning brain cells. Do you seriously think the 6 billion individuals would've NO existence IF Yanks weren't around ???
Cos bearing in mind your nonsensical logic, it can be concluded that:
>> If a Briton like Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee didn't discover the World Wide Web, Bill Gates wouldn't have been no. 1 richest person in the world
>> If a Briton like John Logie Baird wasn't around, the world would be a rather boring place without TELEVISION
>> If a Briton like Roger Bacon wasn't around, the world would've had problem seeing Bank's small print without the MAGNIFYING GLASS
>> If a Briton like John Stringfellow wasn't around, we would've been STILL travelling by ships to cross the sea & not the AIRPLANE
>> If a Briton like Issac Newton wasn't around, the world would've been ignorant about the FORCE OF GRAVITY
>> If a Briton like Alexander Graham Bell wasn't born in Britain, the world would've been still communicating with telegraphs & not the TELEPHONE
Now your gurantee is just as good as Bush's policy
99% of people would rather live in America ??? What is the basis of this particular claim, I wonder ??? Did it pop-up, all of a sudden, in your bird-brain ??? Was it confirmed in your dreams by some fairy ??? OR was it merely your utter ridiculous claim ???
Have you seen any sensible soul around making any claim whatsoever WITHOUT backing it up with a reliable source ??? No, I don't think so .......... so may be there's a lesson for you to learn from people around
Some people learns from mistake & some from experience, but sadly your case seems HOPELESS
In fact, your post in itself portrays the image of how blithering idiot Americans are
Do they actually use their brain BEFORE they say anything OR are they all as wise as Bush
Tell me the United States isn't the single most influetial country in the World. Tell me it doesn't have more than double the GDP of the next closest competitor. The US runs ****. Flat out. And, denying that would be quite a moronic move on your part.
(And, do you honestly have to follow every sentence with a smiley face?