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Originally posted by brill
The following article has some incredible statistics on the good ol U.S of A. Now before anyone gets their knickers in a knot I am not anti-american. I believe the Americans have achieved wonderful things and also made many mistakes along the way. I do however detest the american gov't since I attribute alot of the global problems solely on their past & current agendas. American citizens are not the intended targets here but the unfortunate casualties of ignorance:
"The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004)."
"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 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".
"U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower"
"The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher"
"Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable"
The last 3 quotes are disturbing, especially the childhood poverty. I would have expected better from #1
What say you American citizens?
Came back to the UK.
Originally posted by Teh_Gerbil
So the US isn't the biggest and best at everything.
See, the US can do as it bloody pleases because there is no longer anyone who can threaten it, the USSR is dead, China isn't that powerful. Although they could threaten to stop making everything the US imports... Good God, that'd cause Choas!