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America and Americans - What exactly are we good at? What makes us "the best"?

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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:26 PM
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Quick question that has been bothering me for awhile now.

As I watch nasa being dismantled and ripped apart, as I watch legislation trying to be passed to retard the scientific process even more, I wonder...What are we good at now

What is the vision? In the 60s, it was going into space...in the 90s, it was all about pushing the internet to be the medium that connects the globe, but where is our vision now?

Robotics are now gone to the far east for superiority
Physics is the domain of europe
Medicine is also becoming a european breakthrough area
Serious money is now being pushed into places like bollywood and other foreign entertainment industries (not to mention the massive rise in japanese entertainment)

What is our place in this new world? Are we becoming redundant? Have we lost the will to strive for great things? Do we even have the right to call ourselves the best at anything anymore (beyond military, but lets be honest...that is not a point of pride...just because someone carries the largest stick doesn't mean he is the best person to know).

So...this is actually -not- an america bashing thread...its actually a where do we go, what can we do type thread. I love the global community, but I sit currently in America, and I don't like this sunk ship feeling.

What national projects should we unify and push for? or should we simply give up and give the greatness name to some other nation that will step up and lead the new century




posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:31 PM
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your post reveals that innovation is ours others may follow, expand and exploit but often we blaze the trails. i think we have a ways to walk yet



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:31 PM
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We demand that the money that's being funneled into these other places be spent in the U.S. Because I guarantee you that American corporations have a huge hand in every bit of it, except for possibly the physics one.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:32 PM
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One way to help is to start teaching advanced math to kindergarten and never stop teaching it throughout elementary, middle and high school.

Ban school boards.

Give the power over schools back to the states.

Keep the federal government out of local education



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:34 PM
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You are good at making reality distortion bubbles.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:37 PM
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We are the best at...

1.) Outsourcing
2.) Corporate Greed
3.) Fiscal Mismanagement
4.) Under production
5.) Over production of Fast food
6.) Burying our heads in our favorite BOOBTUBE programing instead of seriously looking at the real world issues of our day.

I could go on.

But anybody who reads this thread and cries about the Fall of the US who then turns right around and buys crap made elsewhere at places like Wal-Mart [who turned a nearly 380 Billion profit last year doing so] should take a good hard long look in the mirror. Then after reality comes crashing in should sit down and see how they voted over the past 20 years or so. [IF THEY VOTED AT ALL]

What made us "the best"?

Look in the mirror America that's what!

But, hows it looking lately?

GET UP OFF YOUR ASSES!
edit on 17-8-2011 by SLAYER69 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:42 PM
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Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
reply to post by SaturnFX
 


We demand that the money that's being funneled into these other places be spent in the U.S. Because I guarantee you that American corporations have a huge hand in every bit of it, except for possibly the physics one.



Except for physics?

Area 51?

Edit - sorry, that is Germany.
edit on 17-8-2011 by ThinkingCap because: (no reason given)


P.S.S: NASA is/was also Germany. Nazi scientists. Without them, no landing on the moon.
edit on 17-8-2011 by ThinkingCap because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:44 PM
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i always admired you Americans for being just ahead in regards to psychology. the newest and best ideas on self development mostly comes from your way.

i think this happened ever since many psychologists who were at the pulse of a holistic understanding and analysing the human situation, and incorporating new ideas that came from the east, migrated to America from Germany and founded the ‘gestalt’ movement. although gestalt is not taught at universities as such, it now is part of every psychological and even philosophical insight.

I think America still ranks first in that domain. even in Buddhism i have heard and noticed this influence.

and also in my opinion: American women are beautiful



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:44 PM
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Good question !! Well I don't know anymore. We have become good at Big Business Running Our Elected Officials and Calling The Shots In The Country !! As an American I think Our Govt is The Best at Lying To The American People !!



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:48 PM
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That math things not a bad idea, theres a thing called kumon, which is voluntary for your kids and the parents have to enforce it but you basically can make your kids great at math, better than the average man, even before they're 10 years old, its what the Japanese kids do, that's why they grow up to be human calculators.

So the US should do that with all their kids, because that's what you want to do if you want to stay as a superpower, its all about education, especially maths, It's what physics, engineering, and accounting is based on.

So what I'm trying to say is, the US Will be fine, just forget about sports and that, and force all your kids into a better education.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:49 PM
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Bottom-line:

Making a lot of noise!



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:50 PM
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What we americans' are good at is being consumers.
I don't know what else our population will be allowed
to do?



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:53 PM
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your post is right on the money. so what do we do? how do we turn it around? I'll tell you how; get rid of the GOP. I'm serious. they are not about America. they couldn't give a flying fruck about Mr & Mrs Middle America. they serve their corporate /big oil & banker masters. break the GOP's strangle hold on America and you will see this country return to prosperity. you will see much needed infrastucture replaced & created, mind tingling innovations in education, a return to a new & improved manufacturing here in America, medical breakthroughs based on much needed research; you will see much of the good old days but in a new and better light. it's actually pretty easy IMHO. if America would wake up and shut down the greed driven GOP things will change. our attitude will change. we will once again know what purpose is. ............



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:53 PM
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And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee...




...and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee...




…and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy MERCHANTS were the GREAT MEN OF THE EARTH; for by thy SORCERIES were ALL NATIONS DECEIVED. (Revelation 18: 21-23)


…and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. (Reveleation 16:18)





..For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies….




…And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she has filled fill to her double. How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow….

…And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing far away for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is your judgment come. And the MERCHANTS of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their MERCHANDISE any more!..





posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:55 PM
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The Greeks
The Romans
The British Empire
America

Things rise then fall. That's the way it goes



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:56 PM
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My husband would agree with you Slayer.He doesn't want
me to shop at wally world.Pssst,that is where we get his
prescriptions.
I know,I am so bad...that's where I buy my BIG cans of peanut
butter,cocoa mix,raisins and those little,single serving pies.I
like the pecan pie myself.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:57 PM
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America and Americans - What exactly are we good at?


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  • posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:59 PM
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    Playing farm-ville,

    speaking of.........................




    posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 03:00 PM
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    no one is the best. all country has different good and bad things.

    America is not No.1 none is.



    posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 03:00 PM
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    bring fast food to all americans at a low cost at the expense of your belt size

    edit on 17-8-2011 by camaro68ss because: (no reason given)



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