Oh this is going to be fun have a laugh...:
* The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).
Yeah - butts I'ze got da shizzle dope ass spinners on my Escalade....
* The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
So - Wal-mart adds everything up for me anyway....
* 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).
Comparison stat - a bunch of crazy EU people actually care about this and think we suck?? My world revolves around my 40 ouncer and a blunt...
* "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).
So - we make more money even if we are dumber.... Criminals miss the stats you know....
* 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!
Velcro makes shoe tying obsolete - so what....
* "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).
State supported - we still spend a boatload and it gets tied into lots of corporate reports, lots of math there and since we suck at it, it's a bit
tough to add properly....
* "Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature" (The European Dream, p.70).
Not - been on Medline or Lexus/Nexus lately....
* Nevertheless, Congress cut funds to the National Science Foundation. The agency will issue 1,000 fewer research grants this year (NYT, Dec. 21,
So - it's still huge and we have large corporations that foot a lot of this these days....
* 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.
Good - stay the fack home - we don't want you here....
* 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.
No universal health care here - we gave the world Viagra - nuff said on health care costs. You been down the aisle at Walgreens to see all the crap
we make and buy....
* "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.
So - we take a more personal view of our health care - we can also buy guns....
* 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.)
Got to keep natural selection going somehow - gene pool is getting severely watered down....
* "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.
Yeah - butt I'ze got da shizzle dope ass spinners on my Escalade.... Damn, girl I forgot to buy dat baby formula.... You got the blunt girl??
* 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).
Get out of Arkansas now....
* The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
Natural selection again - is this a percentage or absolute numbers - big difference there people....
* Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
It's a big ass country and we have lots of folks that are not close to health care providers. We also have bad traffic in big cities....
* The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder (CNN, Dec. 14, 2004).
Is that cool or what - two natural selection hits at once. The bad genetics are stopped in their tracks....
* "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.
What - did they miss the tech boom that made millions of people millionaires overnight..??
* "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,
Look at the source - I need to check but aren't Exxon, GM and Microsoft at the top of the list..??
* "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, Nestlé 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).
Source again - yeah the banks in Europe are a boatload older than ours - transparency issue too over there.... Since Nestle and Unilever get lot's
of money from us, did they take that piece out when they made the comparison..??
* The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).
They can have them - making crappy toys and stuff for WallyWorld that pays $1 per hour.... They don't have any dope ass Escalades either....
* 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).
Um - as a percentage, the EU member countries are worse in terms of true unemployment. Gov propped programs are not the answer....
* 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.
Doh - secure investment. At least we pay off our debt (buy back our paper) and who would want to hold the paper from any of those countries..??
* 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).
Let em have it - we like cheap produce and it's cheaper to grow there and ship here. Simple economics since shipping rates are so low these
* As of last June, the U.S. imported more food than it exported (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
We be fat and like to eat - word....
* 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.
We already know about the alien NWO thing so why bother....
* 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).
Is that cool or what - no strings....
* "Americans are now spending more money on gambling than on movies, videos, DVDs, music, and books combined" (The European Dream, p.28).
Viva Las Vegas - and every 2nd person on the street in Vegas is a foreigner spending their money here - hee hee....
* "Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable" (The European Dream, p.32).
"Mama said knock you out" - LL Cool J....
* Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified, according to a PEW Poll (Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2004).
Hell yeah - why is that number so low..??
* "Nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year for which such data are available" (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2004).
Define abused and/or neglected and lets take that as a percentage and compare to other countries.
* "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).
Neighborhood watch - i.e. people with bats and guns....
* No. 1? In most important categories we're not even in the Top 10 anymore. Not even close.
Highest paid actors
Highest paid musicians
Highest paid executives
Most dope rides
Most yachts and pleasure crafts
Most ski resorts
Most McDonald's - ding ding ding - we have a winner....
* The USA is "No. 1" in nothing but weaponry, consumer spending, debt, and delusion.
See last short list - largest GDP, still a very high GDP to debt ratio and far better than all of the EU member countries. Largest investment markets
and the fattest, dopest people on da planet - we win!!!!!