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55 Things About America You May Not Know

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Is America the greatest nation on the planet?  Before you answer that question, you might want to check out the statistics that I have shared in this article first.  The reality is that the United States is in a deep state of decline, and it is getting harder to deny that fact with each passing day.  Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially we are a train wreck.  Many that are “patriotic” attempt to put a happy face on our growing problems, but the truly patriotic thing to do is to admit just how bad things have gotten so that we can start finding solutions. 

If you truly love this country, then you should know that this nation needs a huge wake up call.  We have abandoned the values and the principles that early Americans held so dear, and as a result our society is a giant mess.  The following are 55 things about America that you may not know…

#1 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.

#2 Americans spend more on health care per capita than anyone else in the world by far, and yet we only rank 35th in life expectancy.

#3 Only one state in the entire country has an obesity rate of under 20 percent.  11 states have an obesity rate of over 30 percent.

#4 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.

#5 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.

#6 According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of all food in the United States gets wasted.  In case you were wondering, that amounts to approximately 133 billion pounds of food a year.

#7 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.

#8 In America, we even put 81-year-old women in prison for feeding the birds.

#9 According to a Newsweek survey taken a few years ago, 29 percent of all Americans could not even name the vice president.

#10 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 36 percent of Americans admit that they have yelled at a customer service agent during the past year.

#13 Only 30 percent of all Americans can tell you in what year the 9/11 attacks happened.

#14 There are more “deaths by reptile” in America than anywhere else in the world.

#15 Right now, 29 percent of all Americans under the age of 35 are living with their parents.

#16 Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is a total joke.

#17 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#18 Americans spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs each year.

#19 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

#20 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

#21 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#22 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#23 According to the federal government, the number of heroin addicts in the United States has more than doubled since 2002.

#24 It is hard to believe, but 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

#25 America exports more weapons to other countries than anyone else in the world.

#26 The United States has the most complicated tax system on the entire planet.

#27 Corruption is rampant throughout our society.  In fact, America leads the world in money given to fake charities.

#28 America leads the world in soft drink consumption by a wide margin.  Today, the average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year.

#29 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.  In 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans consider themselves to be “middle class”.

#30 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#31 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.

#32 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6 Americans is on food stamps.

#33 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

#34 In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

#35 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

#36 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

#37 100 years ago, 4.52 were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

#38 According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

#39 For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

#40 At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

#41 In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old.  Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.

#42 America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

#43 Approximately one out of every four teen girls in the United States has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

#44 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#45 According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are 20 million new sexually-transmitted infections in the United States every single year, and Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age range account for approximately 50 percent of those new sexually-transmitted infections.

#46 As I wrote about recently, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the U.S. according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

#47 America produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

#48 America has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

#49 If you choose to be a “Constitutionalist” in America today, you may get labeled as a potential terrorist by the U.S. government.

#50 America has the largest national debt in the history of the world.  Back in 1980, the U.S. national debt was less than one trillion dollars.  Today, it is over 17 trillion dollars.

#51 According to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will nearly quadruple over the next ten years.

#52 Americans spend more money on elections than anyone else does in the world by a very wide margin.

#53 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#54 Only 8 percent of Americans believe that Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

#55 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

 

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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:36 | 4536491 DoChenRollingBearing
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I still prefer living in the USA to Peru.  But, the gap is closing.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:42 | 4536524 max2205
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100 years ago. Nobody had indoor toliets.....I'd say that things are moving in the right direction

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:50 | 4536557 zionhead101
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yep, 100 years ago everybody walked 50 yards to shit away from the house, now everybody shits in the house, ...

is this progress?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:53 | 4536572 The Gooch
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100 years ago, the FED was unborn.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:01 | 4536603 zionhead101
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In 1910 Lord Balfour said ...

"All I ask is that you allow is to control your currency, and we will let you shit in the house" - Lord Balfour, 1914

 

The rest is history, Rhodes got unlimited FIAT via the US FED, UK gave ZIO- the USA/PALESTINE. UK doesn't have to baby sit their colony of hair-lips anymore,...

"Why did the US public give it all up?", just so they could shit in the house, and live like a plantation owner, rather than a field nigger, or house-nigger.

Today every american gets to shit in the house, and ZIO-NEO rules the American/Palestine from Tel-Aviv, ... is Lord Balfour happy? Me thinks yes, ... what did the UK get from the arrangement?

It's always best to have a man 'work for free' for religious reasons, rather than pay him.

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Has the great 'experiment' been ran to the ground? Me thinks almost there, ... most telling will be when SYNDER sucides then we'll know the end is near.

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:11 | 4536640 prains
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Chicom Troll 101

 

everyone knows 'muricans can't count to 55 so this article is a nonsequitur.......duh

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:28 | 4536936 The Vineyard
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America rocks.  We're a little down on our luck right now.  But we'll right the ship.  Bitches.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:44 | 4536995 The Alarmist
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With respect to #46 A, how many of those are US Representatives or US Senators?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:48 | 4537237 Anusocracy
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Hitlery is an offense to the female sex.

Along with all of her ilk in the world.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:45 | 4536996 1fortheroad
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Luck has nothing to do with it.

 

The fricking ship is the problem

Wake up grasshopper

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:55 | 4537508 AldousHuxley
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Plentiful natural resources in diverse climate with very few native population = LUCK

Oceans apart from European world wars to come out as the only standing productive capacity = LUCK

 

That's about it America had going. Everything else they stole or purchased.

 

 

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:43 | 4537749 eurogold
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I love #43.......yikes !

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:14 | 4536862 ILLILLILLI
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...worse than this, the Government deliberately set out to deceive the Arab majority in Palestine as to their real intentions with promises and guarantees that they had 'nothing to be frightened about' and that Britain would 'never consent' to a Jewish Government being set up to rule their land. 

In reply to a memorandum from Lord Curzon, Balfour stated quite categorically that: 

‘in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country …. The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land’.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:02 | 4536606 sunaJ
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is this michael snyder's record?  just wonderin'

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:53 | 4537252 El Oregonian
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So what that I'm fat, addicted to cheetos, take down my Jack Daniels nightly by the quart with a 12 pack of malt liqueur beer chasers, and can still make you dance with my .45 Ruger. SO DON"T PISS ME OFF AND NOBODY GETS HURT! CAPICHE!!!

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:00 | 4537059 yellencrash
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Actually, the Fed was born in 1913.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:57 | 4537263 Anusocracy
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In reality, it was the spawn of two demons - born with the head of a bankster and the body of a government.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:35 | 4536965 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

100 years ago everybody walked 50 yards to shit away from the house

Must have been a real pleasure when it was 2o F. and your ass stuck to the frozen seat.

now everybody shits in the house, ...

is this progress?

Yes, unless you're shitting on the floor, in the bathtub, or in the kitchen sink. Most people figure that out pretty quickly, though.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:43 | 4536988 1fortheroad
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U lazy spoiled fuk u

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:17 | 4546444 MeelionDollerBogus
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Thanking the goodness we are still having AnAnonymous Shitizenism to 'show' us the way.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:02 | 4536815 RafterManFMJ
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I can't name the 5th Persian Emperor either; know why?

For the same reason most cannot name their Senator or the Vice President: It doesn't fucking matter to your life.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:46 | 4537005 Miffed Microbio...
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Especially when you don't vote. Why clutter your mind with useless facts?
;-)

Miffed;-)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:15 | 4537102 RafterManFMJ
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I'm starting to take a shine to you, MM.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:52 | 4537406 Miffed Microbio...
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And to that I am humbly honored. But I couldn't resist a friendly tease.

Your stance on woman's vote has validity and I acknowledge your point. If the Republic is ever restored I think it should be implemented. If you are correct, and this would prevent a return to our state today, I'm fully on board ( not that I would have a say in this matter). However, you may consider the likelihood of this even happening. Rome tried to return to a Republic several times unsuccessfully and they simply eroded to the point the Goths and Visigoths overran them. I am saddened to face the fact this is our more likely future.

Miffed;-)

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 22:51 | 4546345 MeelionDollerBogus
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What republic has existed in profit, sustainable even, without slavery? Maybe city-states or no-state would be better.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:24 | 4546466 Miffed Microbio...
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Absolutely;-)

Rome was built on slavery. It never could have achieved its historical greatness without it. Funny what this means ultimately. I await my virtual shackle to morph into the physical.

Miffed;-)

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 16:48 | 4540306 TruthHunter
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#7 Imprisonment rates

China keeps its rate of incarceration low by having people just disappear.

The work hours and food are better in American prisons than for most Chinese jobs.  Also you get time off

about as often.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:51 | 4536545 kaiserhoff
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#9 According to a Newsweek survey taken a few years ago, 29 percent of all Americans could not even name the vice president.

   100% of Americans don't care who Joe Biden is.

#15 Right now, 29 percent of all Americans under the age of 35 are living with their parents.

   The rest are in college or in prison, so what's the question?

#4  Mexico is a major industrialized nation?  Since when?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:55 | 4536581 Ralph Spoilsport
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Not quite 100%. There's a bunch of Delawareans who care about Biden. Before he got made the VP, Delaware was mostly known for corruption by all the Italian construction firms like the Capanos and the Radisson Hotel fiasco.

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/17/Columns/Did_Republic_Bank_lea.shtml

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536648 Dr. Venkman
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Biden is a joke in Delaware. He is infamous for being a cheapskate. His landscaper once had to block his driveway in order to get paid.

And the real estate corruption was the natural result of having a bunch of thieves on the New Castle County Board. Now let me see. . .what was Chris Coons (Biden's ultimate successor) prior to being in the Senate? Ah yes, New Castle County Executive.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:40 | 4536740 Ralph Spoilsport
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Lived in Wilmington/Newark from the mid 50s on until I escaped with most of my sanity around 2000. I even remember Mayor Babiarz and actually know some of the more notable slumlords in Wilmington. Biden is indeed "Delaware's Douchebag".

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:15 | 4536867 Dr. Venkman
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Hmmm I wonder if "Delaware's Douchebag" made it into that book Biden wrote that nobody read. I like it.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:47 | 4537006 The Alarmist
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Biden?  Who is that again?

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:22 | 4537452 KickIce
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I think the dems duct taped his mouth shut and hid him in a closet somewhere.  I could suggest several others that could use the same treatment.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:45 | 4536765 johnQpublic
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we do not care one bit who biden is, since he is doing nothing

which is prolly a good thing

ralph pretty much has the rest covered

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:05 | 4537077 yellencrash
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It's tough to know who he is, what with the plagiarism.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:57 | 4537265 post turtle saver
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Yes, it is the greatest, and Texas is its greatest state

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:36 | 4536499 NoDecaf
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I thought if we just click our heels and chant USA USA USA, everything will be alright.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:09 | 4536628 kaiserhoff
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I blame Whitey.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:47 | 4537398 El Vaquero
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Whitey...is something else.

 

(The book report at the end is fucking hilarious.)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:48 | 4537012 The Alarmist
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It only works if you are sporting a big We're #1 foam finger when you chant the magic words

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:37 | 4536502 General Decline
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#10 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

Ever been to Cairo?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:57 | 4536803 Leboob
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Or LA? Oops, I thought that was part of Mexico...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:40 | 4536515 Duc888
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Sounds like it's time to wipe the slate clean.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:45 | 4536538 Shad_ow
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If we rid ourselves of politicians we can take care of several of the bad things, including deaths by reptiles.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:58 | 4536806 ghengis86
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can we wipe the state clean while we're at it?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:35 | 4537176 Dugald
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can we wipe the state clean while we're at it?

Sure you can, why do you think your great leaders are trying to get you all involved in a large punch-up....

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:41 | 4536520 McMolotov
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#56 Most Americans don't read lists like this if there are more than ten items.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:43 | 4536528 fonzannoon
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It is starting to become clear to me that this author does not appreciate my constructive criticism.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:48 | 4536549 zionhead101
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Ten reasons to love Zionism ( snyder )

1.) Ziocon's have big dicks

2.) Ziocon's have all the money

3.) Ziocon's control all the cops, judges, and prison

4.) Zioncon's control the US-MIL

5.) Zioncon's control all media

6.) Zioncon's run and control ZH

7.) Your reading this so Zio-head control's you

8.) Zio's can fuck you anytime they wish

9.) Zion's can take all your wealth  anytime

10.) You mother, sister, granny, and dog were all fucked by ZIO, most likely you have ZIo- blood which is why your on ZH.

There just 10 reasons to love Snyders bullshit, but never forget the big-dick, ... its all about dick, just ask Obama, Cass Sunstein, or Nuland, or Clinton, or Pelosi, or Feinstein

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:32 | 4536705 Balanced Integer
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11.) Zio's forgot to reload zionhead101's lithium prescription

12.) Zio's will get right on it, before zionhead blows the worldwide Zio conspiracy wide the fuck open

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:54 | 4536794 Bobby Bottles
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I just googled "ziocon" because I didn't know what it meant outside of the big dick part...then I checked out this Snyder fellow...he doesn't look very trustworthy not to mention he's trying to push doomsday merchandise on his website like the sky is falling...it was next to an Amex ad. I'm with you that the guys a phoney but, what about ZH?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:01 | 4536601 AlaricBalth
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Fonz.
Now I am firmly convinced Michael is just taunting us.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536646 fonzannoon
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You think? It's definitely possible. I'm convinced he puts these lists together on his laptop in a starbucks in Boca Raton. Then walks around with a latte whistling before his tennis lesson. 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:26 | 4536921 TheFourthStooge-ing
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fonz, these lists are just expanded drivel, much in the same way that styrofoam is just expanded polystyrene.

Americans

are fat: #3, #4, #5, #28

are pissed off: #10, #11, #12

are poisoned for profit: #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #23

are poor: #15, #24, #26, #29, #31, #32, #50, #51

are unfree: #7, #8, #22, #48, #49

like to fuck: #34, #39, #40, #42, #43, #44, #45, #46, #47

are contradictory: #15 & #36, #33 & #35, #41 &#42

are stupid: #1, #2, #9, #13, #16, #27, #52

and yet are still smart enough to figure out who is assraping them: #53, #54, #55.

It would be trivial to whittle this down to a dozen, but then Michael Snyder wouldn't feel as smug and as smart, as he obviously mistakes quantity for quality.

Incidentally, WTF does deaths by reptile (#14) have to do with anything?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:44 | 4536994 plane jain
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Incidentally, WTF does deaths by reptile (#14) have to do with anything?

 

I wondered the same damn thing.  Thanks for saving me a lot of typing.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:55 | 4537034 CrimsonAvenger
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It's because they get stuck in our throats as we try to eat them live. We truly are a vile people.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:00 | 4537416 AGuy
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We'll if your a reptile is probably difficult to determine the difference beween Pigs and Obese Americas. Now that I think about I don't see the difference either.

 

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 05:40 | 4542127 StandardDeviant
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Florida?  Lots of alligators, and lots of tasty-looking elderly, obese, slow-moving people?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:59 | 4537054 Serenity Now
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He ran across that obscure "fact" once and has been waiting to put it in one of his "articles" ever since.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:41 | 4537190 Dugald
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and yet are still smart enough to figure out who is assraping them: #53, #54, #55.

But not smart enough to figure out how to stop it #66, or should that be #69

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 02:56 | 4537499 New World Chaos
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India has a much higher population than America, and its snakes are deadlier, and there are a large number of people who walk barefoot and/or go to a traditional healer at the first sign of trouble (including snakebite).  Probably more Indians get eaten too.  Therefore, the statistic about American deaths by reptile must include vampirism by shape-shifting alien lizards.  They run America.  Try dropping acid in NY or DC.  You will see.  They're not just in Vegas.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:21 | 4550988 MeelionDollerBogus
Wed, 03/12/2014 - 03:54 | 4537619 Manipuflation
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LOL!  Nicely done.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:20 | 4537122 Serenity Now
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fonz,

I already debunked the teen pregnancy rate one down the thread.  His link listed births per country, not per capita.  Ergo, a bullshit statistic.  

I once won a high school debate with 100% made up facts, statistics, and sources.  It was a huge lesson.  I don't believe anything I read and only half of what I see.  LOL.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:44 | 4536535 zionhead101
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99% of americans don't read

90% of the keyboard army gets  all their FACT from YOUTUBE

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Been late, about 60 years late, or in actulity this country was taken over by foreign power +100 years ago

How low can it go is the only correct question.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:09 | 4536627 prains
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AnAnalogous Anus posing as zionhead101

 

your avatar looks like the child of Steven Hawkings and Bitchlery Clitnoton.....just as I imagined you'd look.....there is order in the universe after all

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:46 | 4537228 Dugald
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How low can it go is the only correct question.

Here's a clue.....

                       The wretched refuse of your teeming shore 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:51 | 4536560 Manipuflation
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#57  The government can.  This is an abridged musical version of the list.  It has been a while since I last posted it.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:45 | 4536534 SilverIsMoney
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Kinda lost me at 33-42 not sure why more and more bachelors are a bad thing. The family unit moralist thing is lost on me.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:04 | 4537067 Serenity Now
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Demographics matter to a nation's outcome.  

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:50 | 4537241 Serenity Now
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To clarify, people who don't get married are less likely to have children, which upsets the nation's demographic Ponzi scheme.  (Think Russia and Japan.)

The family unit argument is not just a moral one.  Children who are raised in a family unit with both parents are MANY times less likely to end up in poverty.  The other two things are graduating high school and not getting pregnant before marriage.  Those three things make a child almost 100% insured against ending up in poverty.

So, taken as a whole, yes, it matters.  (I didn't junk you!)

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:06 | 4537664 Kobe Beef
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You couch your privilege in common sense and empirical observation, but that's just raycist, sexzist, homofobic patriarchanalism; you raycist, sexzist, homofobic patriarchanalist oppressor, you. The National Association for Advancement of Crimethink Prevention has been notified, expect your process server shortly.

signed,

Dr. Lilith Frankenstein Hakuna-Mattata, Ph.D, Director of Lucifarian Liberation Studies, Columbia University, USSA.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:17 | 4537724 Serenity Now
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LOL, Hakuna-Mattata almost made me spit my wine out.  That was funny.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:39 | 4537748 Kobe Beef
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Cheers,

Beef

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:13 | 4550966 MeelionDollerBogus
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Who's rationale is this? You know how many children are born without a married set of parents?

And, for that matter, you know how many married parents get divorced pretty quick because they can't live with each other, can't stand each other?

Poverty?

How old are these rules of thumb you're going by? I've got news for ya. Nearly everyone is going to head into poverty. First a relative measure, the real tangibles & opportunities in life will be lesser to your parents' generation, then abject, where the total sum of all currency & goods in your life will not really add up to anything more than meager survival and for some, not even that.

3rd world, bitches: that's your future. It's the banks, not your family unit, that dictate this.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:44 | 4536536 _SILENCER
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#56 A good percentage of Americans have let themselves be browbeaten into believing they're racist.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:10 | 4550959 MeelionDollerBogus
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A very large number of Murrkinz of every variety of language & skin colour think it's not racist to hate a person or take their stuff or put them down in public simply for having another heritage, lineage or past citizenship.

It's getting pretty sick.

Americans are fucked up. Taking those same people & living outside of America I wonder if they'd turn out quite different. It's like some kind of retard-drug is in the water.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:47 | 4536544 Ralph Spoilsport
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Whew. I was starting to worry that there wouldn't be another numbered list article today.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:54 | 4536578 zionhead101
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Soveriegn Twat list ... check

bitcoin .. check

bash china ... check

bash putin ... check

eat zio-neo-con shit... check

praise AIPAC/ZH, ... check

/sarc,/snide,/stupid 24/7 ... check

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ZH mission complete today, bots can sleep now

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:57 | 4536587 fonzannoon
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Bash Putin?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:58 | 4536592 Ralph Spoilsport
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The troll is on a roll.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:48 | 4536551 yogibear
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Wall Street says America is great and getting better.  

Guests on CNBC the last 2 days...

"Why else would people be pulling money from their stock markets and putting their money into  US stocks?"

"The  US is going to pull the rest of the world out of the recession"

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:49 | 4536554 1stepcloser
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What no 56 spooky action @ a distance

What no 57 WTF is that 777 Airliner

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:50 | 4536558 easypoint
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#56 Less than 1% of all Americans are willing to contemplate the implications of #1 through #55.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:52 | 4536567 Dr. Engali
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Sheesh only 55? Come on Michael you can do better than that. Next time I expect 100 at a minimum each with a link to somebody else's work.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:53 | 4536571 asscannon101
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Well... 'They took 'er JOBS', ya know...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:55 | 4536579 tempo
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First HFT billionaire IPO, 20% of trAdes, 75% of orders. Mish

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:00 | 4536598 Chupacabra-322
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#1 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.

Of the people, and by the people. WRONG!!!

What we do have is a Criminal UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. posing as a functional Government of the people, and by the people working off the Criminal CORP. version of THE CONSTITUTION.

Its the reason the Criminals continue to rape, murder, pillage, torture, wage illegal wars, spy and.....

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:18 | 4536670 zionhead101
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99% of the People don't even realize that your WASH-DC is a facade, that all REAL descisions about the USA are made in TEL-AVIV,

It's like the entire USA a nation of sheep, and they think that the guy who controls the FARM is the boss, but they never heard about the AGRI-BIZ that controls the FARMS.

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You can't even discuss shit like law, or leadership, when in fact the US Constition and the US-LAW was fucked some 50+ years ago, when they put the USA under martial-law.

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Just like you CHUP, you sort of smell the problem, but your not willing to step back far enough to see outside your little farm, and the scraps of paper on the ground called "LAW", ... which don't mean shit.

Even CHENeY long ago said the "LAW" don't mean shit, when one is above the law.

Law is for little people CHUP, Big people know that real freedom and can only be found in Tel-Aviv, where the real people live.

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:57 | 4536797 Chupacabra-322
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Law, what law. We have the illusion of law & Judges. What we do have is Maritime Law which enforce Statues, Ordinances, Codes, Act s & Mandates enforced by the costume wearing Pinkerton Corp. Inc Thugs & "Judged" upon by Executive Administrators with the help of British Nobility Esq. Attorneys.

We practice UCC Commercial Code Commerce that's all.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:01 | 4536599 Dr. Venkman
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Wait -- The American Dream Blog? or The Economic Collapse Blog? This man has two sites of lists. Lists out the ass. Soon he will have to have a list of sites with his lists. It will be like sitting in the barbershop gazing into infinite reflections. And the barber just cut off your ear.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:02 | 4536604 nmewn
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#16 Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is a total joke.

Thanks to socialists.

Public education is based on the Prussian model of little subservient worker bees instead of independent thinking individuals isn't it?

Bell rings...march down the hall, enter the class, sit down, come to attention, sit up straight, do not speak unless called upon by the master, did you eat a good breakfast this morning? Don't inflict harm on the states health system with your diet. Now, pledge allegiance to the state. 

Bell rings, march down the hall, enter the class, sit down, come to attention, sit up straight, do not speak unless called upon by the master, todays history lesson is, all rights are granted to you by the state. Any questions?

Bell rings, march down the hall, enter the class, sit down, come to attention, sit up straight, do not speak unless called upon by the master...

Order is the order of the day.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:06 | 4536621 kaiserhoff
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#69

Times have neve been better for Federal Fucktards and Gubbermint Drones.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:13 | 4536652 zionhead101
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Never been better,

Every GUBMINT worker is a millionaire,

Every ZIO-TARd is a billionaire,

and Every ZIO leader is a trilonaire,

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In the meantime, proles eat at the FSA pig-trough

most likely this shit will continue for a long fucking time,... e.g. until leadership steps forward and keeps the PROLES fixated on a causation, rather than SYMPTOM

Look at KIEV, hand weapons, but organization that stood up to the MIL,... why can't the USA hairlip have 'organization'? Probably because he is too drugged, and stupidifed by free TV, free junk-food, and indoor toilets.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:44 | 4536992 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

why can't the USA hairlip have 'organization'? Probably because he is too drugged, and stupidifed by free TV, free junk-food, and indoor toilets.

Ah, yes, Americans would be so much better organized if they just squatted down and shit on the roadsides. Makes perfect sense.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:01 | 4537061 Miffed Microbio...
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I have a friend who is an active advocate of homeschooling. He told me studies have shown the average class has 10 min/hr of real teaching and 50 minutes of crap. Dealing with disruptive students, busy clerical work etc. he showed me the material California requires to be covered daily and he could finish it easily in 3 hours. So his kids got a lot more additional study time. No wonder homeschooled kids score much higher in standardized testing. Teacher unions are always trying to stop homeschooling claiming the parents aren't qualified teachers. Have to laugh at that.

Miffed;-)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:29 | 4537152 Serenity Now
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I saw a great expose / documentary (can't remember where) that discovered the majority of teachers can't pass their own tests.  Some were proven downright illiterate.  I was lucky to have mostly great teachers, but I certainly had a couple that were borderline retarded and shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near a school.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:05 | 4550953 MeelionDollerBogus
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Many an English teacher I had fell into this category. Teaching "English" in high school amounts to dictating morality & opinion and failing all students who don't agree with that teacher's brand of each. I was impressed to finally have an English teacher who actually taught the details of the language, structure, syntax, grammar, was very serious about it and had zero opinion on the subject matter itself because what's wrong is wrong for a reason. Express what you please but do so correctly.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 22:55 | 4546365 MeelionDollerBogus
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Sounds good until racism, homophobia or anti-evolution is in the homeschooling curriculum. In the wide, vast world of public exposure kids get to learn early when their parents are full of bullshit & beliefs. With homeschooling those beliefs which defy reality become a part of their full adult composure, never to be removed. The species is degraded a little by that act, in my opinion. Your own job can't exist in defiance of evolution's reality so I doubt many homeschooled kids could or would do your job. It flat out goes against the creationist clap-trap that I've seen from many a self-acclaimed home-schooler.

On youtube one such example is wranglerstar. He's got a great channel, great skills & what appear to be good morals. But he's a creationist. His child will never be free of that belief and that belief defies surely what you would know already of evolution. You can see it happen almost right in front of you at your job.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:40 | 4546519 Miffed Microbio...
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You prejudge too much. Yes, I will concur what you point out does occur how ever ALL childhood is about indoctrination into the collective. It is inescapable in all lives human. Miguel Ruiz in the Four Agreements termed this as The First Attention. All cultures try to indoctrinate as one would train an animal. You have no choice. You must learn a language. You can't even choose your name. You are subjugated by your parents and must learn society's mores or risk punishment. Bad Jonny and bad Susie must comply because as children they can't live autonomously.

Then comes the Second Attention where as an adult you have a choice. Do you adapt your programming or do you break free and define yourself? This is the great test all humans must face. Red pill or blue? The choice is ultimately ours.

Miffed;-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:42 | 4550655 MeelionDollerBogus
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But do you simply make the choice or must you re-make your self and the locale around you to have even the opportunity for a choice, before you can then make the choice? One situation is far more difficult than the other.

Or as Agent Smith said to Neo early on in the 1st Matrix: tell me Mister Anderson, what good is a phone call if you're unable to speak?

No matter the difficulty a good parent should at least try to force into the mind of the offspring, a few times in his/her life, the ability to have, or create, choice. It's so easy to lose that completely.

Indoctrination into the/a collective is not the/a goal. It's either an accident or a failure. It's something which can be avoided, should be avoided, and that avoidance can take the form of camouflage.

Merely knowing the right words & facial expressions to use to appear to be among the sheep is enough while having the mental stability not to be over-run by their nonsense and to have the ability to ask the questions the sheep do not ask, can not ask, or are punished for asking.

I have no doubt many parents will not do this or can not, and that many children will not use the chance when it is given but a few will & to take away that opportunity becomes silly. Exposure to others who do question is at least a chance. Homeschooling pretty much ends that. It's not conditioning to the general public, to absorb it into the child that is good, it's exposure to them so they are not completely alien.

One day they must be faced and to do so at a later adult or near-adult stage of life and have no idea how they really act or think would be a horrible clash.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 00:39 | 4551190 Miffed Microbio...
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Here is an example of my life as a parent. My 12 yr old daughter comes home from her first day at high school:

M: Mom, the teacher told me you were to speak to me about drugs.

MM: What about them?

M: Well, you supposed to tell me not to do them.

MM: Ok... Don't do drugs.

M: Mom, I'm sure that not what they meant!

MM: Ok. fine. You want to hear about drugs? I'll let you know what I think about them. Some people can mess around recreationally doing drugs with friends on the weekends and do fine. No big deal. Others, the first line of cocaine or hit of meth is their undoing. There is no experience on planet earth that can match the intensity of a drug high. Their family means nothing. Their profession seems pale in comparison . NOTHING will come close to the pleasure drugs bring and they will be consumed chasing the next hit until their death. And if they die in a gutter, so be it. Ok, your mileage may vary. I have no idea what would happen to you if you tried. I didn't do them myself because I thought I would be an addict. This is the best I can tell you on the subject but the choice is yours and my job as your mom is to give you my honest perspective so you have the best informed choice possible.

M: Mom, I really don't think this is what they had in mind but thanks for telling me your opinion. I think Ill just tell my teacher you told me not to do drugs.

MM: that would probably be best. I really have no interest being hauled to talk to her so soon.

MDB, this is simply how I approached raising kids. I gave guidance and provided for their well being but I gave a lot of freedom. I believed it was more instructive to learn from falling on your ass than being protected from making any mistakes. I was often highly criticized for my approach because it " wasn't safe". Yes, I did have to teach them how to survive in this world. I hope I did an adequate job but I did the best I could. They both think critically because this was encouraged. They both are a bit cynical as I but they do have kind and caring hearts. I certainly could have done much worse. The whole process is quite difficult and only if you do have children can you fully understand.

Miffed;-)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 21:25 | 4553590 MeelionDollerBogus
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At our school our teachers didn't take that approach. They did the basic "don't do drugs" speeches you can expect for the early 80's and they had these annoying programs on the Unisys Icon computer labs to test if you were willing to try making the computer characters you play do drugs.

Me, not being stupid, understood completely the purpose of this test is to know which student actually would be willing to do so in the game and to track that. Duh. Doesn't matter if these computers ran off the actual intel 80186 chip (yes, it did exist!) and doesn't matter if this was an era when going online meant using a BBS.

I figured it out right quick.

As for the home approach my parents were both in medicine. There's no little speech that could do justice in explaining what drugs are & what's good or bad about them, especially with most of us sheeples having no idea how big pharma had been messing with us with the legal drugs.

I got to read the CPS, that's what worked for me for an introduction.

Once the Internet really kicked off I got to find out from thinks like erowid what else is going on around the world, what's been researched, what once was legal (heroin, LSD, MDMA) before no longer being legal, eventually figured out cannabis wasn't always illegal, and figured out a lot more.

I think you did right by saying it's a crap shoot, anyone could be an addict or not and the only way to find out is to do it, so the safe path is not to do it. Of course the ignorant teachers wouldn't want anything but the propaganda lesson given, "drugs R bad mmm K? You'll die from your first hit of crack! AND EVEN POT!"

All the while, in line with the law, having much less negative to say about cigarettes or tobacco as while no one today doubts the harm they cause they are both legal & a source of tax revenue for the state.

In the right hands, in the right doses, drugs can do amazing things, whether it's stopping formation of blood clots or it's augmenting memory or reflexes, and every drug can do bad things.

That's the one thing they really do not want you to say: is that even legal drugs even under prescription from a "watchful" doctor can kill you or ruin your brain or hormones or liver forever.

The last thing they want you to say is that the most trusted, legal drugs of the most powerful financial lobby on Earth next to the banksters themselves are in fact potentially going to kill you dead on the spot. After all, they're the legal ones.

I'm glad (that from what you repeated here) you didn't clarify that somehow the legal drugs were so much safer than the illegal ones. I hope your daughter doesn't somehow come to that conclusion accidentally because it is the will of the state-driven collective that is itself powered medically & financially by the Big Pharma cartels.

 

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:13 | 4557255 Miffed Microbio...
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Hmmm, I thought the Unisys ran on the 286? At least , back in the days when I was hanging with nerds this is what I picked up. And who knows, may be with all this monitoring, the internet will be hamstrung to the point we return to BBS? ;-) Not a pleasant thought I must say.

I have found this medium of communication most rewarding and fulfilling. I have connected with people who have understood my point of view in a way impossible before. Meeting a like minded person had been random chance. Now, through internet searches, the process is so much simpler. Then again, I work with people who'd rather watch TV and not even utilize this wonderful technology. So, I guess you must start with a person who is willing to sail off into the unknown where all moorings are gone. Many people have lost their inquisitiveness and sense of adventure IMHO.

I think the failure of school lies primarily in the bright student. You are an example of this.Unfortunately for me I have the lowest IQ of my family. I would have been completely content being average but that wasn't permitted. I was pushed to excel in private high school and college. My brother blossomed, I struggled and my life was always one of trying not to disappoint. I often failed in that regard. So, I made a vow never to do this to my children. I suffered with a boot on the back of my neck for so long I had a tendency to not provide enough guidance and limits. As with the pendulum, I swung defiantly to the other side. My youngest does wish she had more direction from us and I am trying to offer more. We all must break free from our past and children suffer if this is not accomplished.

As you probably have surmised in past postings, I have no love of Big Pharma. I have seen FAR mor deaths with legal drugs today than illegal and the numbers are growing. Pill popping for the cure of all ills has risen to a level unheard of historically and certainly is part of our problem. Who knows where it began. Did we use pills because we were too lazy to confront our problems or did using pills lull us into laziness? A tough cycle to break. I really hadn't elucidated this to my children completely but they know I take no meds and prefer to address my problems by other means. Hopefully my living by example has made an impression. At least I've not been hypocritical.

Miffed;-)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:26 | 4570147 MeelionDollerBogus
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I took them apart & repaired motheboards on them. Those all had the 80186.

The phone lines are monitored as much as the Internet and much of the real phone lines are fibre-optic anyways with just a modular subnetwork to simulate the old landline technology that existed before as only-copper so phones don't need to be re-designed. That effort would be especially pointless now with mobile phones, skype & whatever else there is.

"Did we use pills because we were too lazy to confront our problems or did using pills lull us into laziness"

Option 3: the authority, as used in the Milgram experiment, trusting the father-figure in the white coat.

 

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:48 | 4575656 Miffed Microbio...
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The problem lies with those who have not been indoctrinated to respect authority. At an old job I was asked to participate in a mock hostage situation drill the hospital did every year. I was to be one of the "hostages" and the "swat" team was to use their skills and equipment to practice. This was done by ex military so it was quite life like. We were screamed at and forced to the ground ( one of my fellow " hostages" had to have psychological counseling after this experience). I couldn't stand it. I have massive claustrophobia and something just triggered me. When my captor wasn't looking I rammed into him, knocked him down and escaped. The scenario continued as if this was part of the event. I know if this had been a real event I probably would have been shot. Perhaps it is partly my upbringing to not respect authority that caused this. All of the hostages were woman and they tend to be more respectful to authority than men. Or may be its as my husband surmised " Your just fucking nuts" ;-)

Miffed;-)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:27 | 4578162 MeelionDollerBogus
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to me authority is granted with permission, not taken by force.
I say, then, there is no authority from anyone who is a threat and commands me, merely a threat to be assessed & reacted to.
If I delegate someone else to do something for me that's authority.
Any other definition of authority I reject as a fraud.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 03:20 | 4546826 Serenity Now
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Funny, you Leftists don't have any problem teaching your hatred toward whites, straights, Christians, the country, the Constitution, the military, etc.

That's what home-schoolers are trying to get away from.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:02 | 4550939 MeelionDollerBogus
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No such thing. There are no leftists & no rightwingers.

That entire delusion is a puppet-show for children & imbeciles.

The entire battle-zone you imagine is purely in your imagination.

There's simply fact & lies.

There's simply kings & serfs.

That's it. Very simple.

Christians? You mean the master race of rape & genocide? You really think anger against liars & thieves is misplaced? They called themselves Christians when they did it so I suppose if you're Christian and don't agree, maybe you have an image problem to deal with.

A bunch of us have been attacked, had opportunities or even jobs robbed of us, for refusing to be Christian, refusing to be brainwashed and being told we're second-class citizens for having no such belief, especially those of us who are atheist.

I happen think "Christians" doing that are evil shit-faces.

You? You think it's good to demonize and rob people of their safety, property or opportunities for being UNABLE to believe in a magical sky fairy?

I don't give a flying fuck if you believe - that's fine by me - but you have no right to dictate I must believe the same thing. None. Most Christians seem to have a serious mental problem with this and believe I should be put to the streets or punched in the face until I change my mind.

I have a problem with that. Is that a mystery to you?

That's not hatred, it's self-defense against bad people who are calling themselves Christians. If you happen to be Christian and don't like this then maybe you have an image problem.

Military?

Homeschooling has zero to do with getting away or into the military. If you're still confused about this then you don't understand how the military machine really works on the recruiting end.

"hatred" of "straights"?

Are you FKN SRS? Seriously? Doesn't exist. Hasn't ever.

Here's the facts.

Gay people are born gay.

The facts: lots of gay people get beat down, some to death, for being born gay.

Now the way I see it is that doesn't fix people from being gay, doesn't make you money, doesn't make you secure, doesn't make you a good person, and doesn't in any way, shape or form turn out to be hatred against "straights".

That's the facts.

Are you telling me there's any damn benefit at all whatsoever in being racist, homophobic or a creationist? Really?

Because if you think yes then you are a fucking retard.

By all means be a retard but don't you fucking dare fuck with my life in the process or I'll slice your nuts off with a sword. I've had enough of racist fucked up religious assholes who think their right is to kill in the name of god, steal my shit and sabotage my life just because I lack the ability to believe in imaginary friends or happen not to be white.

Got it? Good.

a) have a nice life, no problem or b) fuck with my life, slice off your nuts.

Simple choice and any real Christian should be able to make the right choice without much difficulty and everyone's happy.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 00:55 | 4551217 Miffed Microbio...
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Wow! What passion and feeling. Very refreshing. There is a story there under all of that and it does seem quite sad and personally painful. Dark and festering wound of judgment and cruelty. I'm am saddened. Nihilism and melancholy. Alone and not wanting love. Pieces fall into place to form a hazy image. Maybe someday I will hear the story and finally see. Best wishes always.

Miffed;-)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 20:45 | 4553469 MeelionDollerBogus
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I call it general religious persecution. It's the religious who are doing the persecuting. I regard the brainwashing & mental delusion of religion as one of the most dangerous things man-kind invented next to nuclear waste.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:40 | 4557304 Miffed Microbio...
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Religion is just one of many ways to hook you attention. For me, it isn't special. I was raised an Anglican. My mother force fed the dogma. My dad didn't care especially. A deeply spiritual man that fought many inner demons. He let me be me. Well, it didn't stick but I don't have much animosity to those caught in the web. I have pity mostly. I've seen it hurt many people.

I once worked with a hard core fundamentalist. She once asked if I was " Born Again". Of course I had to say no even though I knew where it would lead. She started to try and convert me and this was back in the days when the work environment allow such things. Finally I had enough and told her I simply wasn't interested and if God was going to damn me to Hell for it, so be it. Well, she fell apart and started to cry that she liked me so much and couldn't bare the fact she was going to observe me writhing in Hell as she sat in heaven. Well, that did touch me so I sat her down,took her hands and looked her in the eye. Please don't cry. I am truly happy. I have the love of a wonderful man and am living a life of joy. I am content. If, truly, there is a God and He is Love how could he damn me as you say? I must be myself and honor what I believe. God would see through some pathetic attempt to buy Salvation don't you think? She was still sniffling and looking at our hands clasped. I made a stab at a moment of Epiphany. Don't you think Hell is a state of mind rather than a physical place? Rather than going to Hell I think we live in Hell as a state of mind we create. She stare right at me and, for a second, I had hope. She quickly got up and announce she had to get back to work and left, never to speak to me again on this matter.

MDB, try not to hate those who are consumed by religion. Some are living in fear and are grasping at a life saver frantically to keep from drowning. I've noticed there are quite a few here with this hatred. It must be personal for it to be so strong. Open your heart, unclench your jaw and relax your fists. Except for those in religious power perpetuating evil, most deserve your pity.

Miffed:-)

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 02:22 | 4570129 MeelionDollerBogus
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I hate the damage, not the person. The religion is the disease, the humans attached to it are more the host than the source of the problem, so to speak.
That's without delving deeper into the defect that makes humans the animals that act this way while all the other living things seem to be clued in enough not to behave this way.

As for pity... I'm not that kind of a person. Once upon a time I used to be but I no longer care for it. If a person is deserving of help & I am able to give it, planning & action will do far better than pity. If a person isn't deserving I won't feel bad, won't help & won't pity. If I simply have no ability to help I just won't, but I wont be nasty about it and I will try to get someone else or some other way.

As I got older I just got more practical-minded about it. Pity doesn't really do much for people. If I really, really feel the need due to chain reactions socially I'll pretend pity but I won't actually feel it. It does nothing.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:09 | 4575538 Miffed Microbio...
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Your thoughts are more in line with my husband. He will protect his own. It is a pragmatic impartial approach. It is the masculine way and I respect that. If anything were to go down I would be thankful for this characteristic which would probably save my life. Mine is more feminine and empathetic. I don't claim it's better, just describing the nature of my being. The advantages are sensitivity and insight before overt empirical evidence. The disadvantages are indecisiveness and lack of quick action when needed.

Pity has no use for the person being pitied. However, it does have benefits for the individual feeling it. By pity I mean empathy. The word pity does evoke a sense of haughtiness. Someone who pities someone for not being as rich as they for example. Working in the medical field and being a bit too sensitive makes me highly empathetic. Seeing people die all the time, many by no fault of their own, makes me appreciate my everyday life more. Whereas some may bitch they can not afford a new shiny bauble, I'm happy it don't have brain cancer or drove home without being killed. It makes me able to live much more simply and savor what I do have.

Miffed;-)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:42 | 4578209 MeelionDollerBogus
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I guess I boiled down empathy to information. Once I know what the other person is feeling, thinking, doing, planning, I don't need empathy anymore so I will ignore it. It doesn't feel like pity to me, that feels entirely different and it's off for good.

As for driving, my solution was: no more driving. It's a rare thing to get hit in a cab or bus so that's what I do.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:12 | 4537669 Kobe Beef
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@nmewn,

Hell, the discipline inculcated by the Prussian system would be an improvement over the Public Zoo System of today.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:44 | 4537751 nmewn
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lol...good point Kobe.

And it would be fine, if public schools were meant to be "correction facilities" ;-)

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 14:50 | 4539775 karzai_luver
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not thanks to socialist - look at what their masters are looking for as a "workforce".

 

You do see the vocation don't you?

 

 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:02 | 4536605 g'kar
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"Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is a total joke."

 

Even lowering the bar below ground level doesn't seem to help.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:03 | 4536610 mayhem_korner
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Freedom that is not paired with the discipline to preserve it simply erodes, and individual sovereignty becomes subservient to indifference.  All 55 of these signs evidence this.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:09 | 4536630 zionhead101
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Tertiary Symptoms,

First Synder (AZC(1910)-AIPAC(1963)) destroys the USA with 100+ years of Handi-Work,

Then re-hash daily the 100+ tertiary symptoms of USD declinel

Why don't we focus on the top ten reasons why the USA is in decline?

*

Synders 'symptoms' are just to toss blame to other places, by ignoring cause of blame.

Like piles of shit every where and Synder lists the FLY problems, but SYNDER will never mention that bitch that dumps the shit everywhere she goes.

Kill the shit bitch, end the problem

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536643 D-Fens
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I don't think there's such a thing as the "greatest nation" on the planet but in the past America could have claimed that.

 

I am willing to bet that the United States of America won't even exist in 15 years time, so the whole discussion is moot.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536644 Bohm Squad
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56% of Americans have subprime credit.  Time to move the bar...  

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536645 I Write Code
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You harshing my mellow, man.

Some responses:

#1: I remember when we had a functional senate, before Harry Reid.
#4: American is obese?  How much does it weigh?
#9: I hereby name the vice president "Chewy".
#13: 9/11 attacks?  1941?
#29: I got no class.
#31: 1968 was a one-time peak in real value of minimum wage, but 40% now is a depressing stat.
#47 & #48: you repeat yourself
#50: better add fed book to those "debt" figures, take us over $20t already

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:15 | 4536655 Bohm Squad
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Guess I'll post this Fact from Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMqcLUqYqrs

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:18 | 4536669 pragmatic hobo
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the "people" was in reference to top 0.01% from the very beginning.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:18 | 4536671 f0shijapan
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i woudl bet that the % of these stats that are incorrect, is higher than the percentage of obese people in America 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:34 | 4537170 Serenity Now
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Exactly.  As Mark Twain (I think), "There are lies, damn lies, and then there's statistics."

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:27 | 4536693 Spungo
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Are these all supposed to be bad? I think it's good that women are no longer having children at age 21. How many 21 year olds have their shit together?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:59 | 4536807 Brindle702
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Today, none of the 21 year olds do.  In 1812 I'd venture that all of them did.  Look at Admiral Ferragut (from Wiki) A prize master by the age of 12, Farragut fought in the War of 1812, serving under Captain David Porter. While serving aboard the USS Essex Farragut participated in capture of HMS Alert on August 13 of 1812 [11][12] and then helped to establish America's first naval base and colony in the Pacific, named Madisonville during the ill-fated Nuku Hiva Campaign.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:09 | 4536843 Hulk
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I nuked a fisherman with a malfunctioning estes rocket at the ripe old age of 17 !!!

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:37 | 4536727 IridiumRebel
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I'm luckily not most of these. I am overweight, but not obese. I'm working on it. We walked !over 10 miles in Chicago the other day with no problems and my wife is hella preggers. I used to be scared about the "coming collapse". I see more of a hellish decline that staggers on for decades as it already has. Learn to farm/garden and get to know your neighbors. I'm becoming a little more optimistic. This shit cannot sustain. It'll collapse and hopefully those that need to be got will get got. I've got collapse fatigue.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:19 | 4537116 Manipuflation
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I didn't know Mrs. IR was pregnant.  Congratulations Sir!  Is this your first?   

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:44 | 4536758 Radical Marijuana
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#47 America produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

#48 America has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

Finally "proof" that correlation is causation. Hah! Meanwhile, of course, we have not seen anything yet, since America is still changing at an exponential rate, which means that these trends will get worse, faster ... After all, my stating the obvious is obviously one of the ways that the overall quality of comments on Zero Hedge appears to be deteriorating, as another consistent aspect of the rest of these trends.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 03:49 | 4537614 object_orient
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+1 for under 10000 words.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:52 | 4536785 Serenity Now
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99% of what's on this ridiculous list is due to a Leftist policy or ideology.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:09 | 4537086 Serenity Now
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Okay junkers, name one item on the list that is a result of the nation becoming MORE conservative.

Every item on the list (except the weird reptile one) is a direct result of the nation becoming more liberal.  That's why I said 99%.  One out of 55 is actually 98.1818%, so I'll concede that.  ;)

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:38 | 4537377 Leraconteur
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This is a problem of the American Left. I know it's common to state IT"S THE COMMIES, but China, Cuba, Venezuela and Russia don't enact self-destructive policies like this. Russia has very pro-family policies and the Chinese are fanatics about their kids and intact families (husband and wife mandatory to have kids) - no out of wedlock births allowed - they are illegal in China. Really.

China and Russia have biased history books and education, except their stories FAVOUR their nation and don't tear it down as USA texts do.

As I stated, this problem is unique to the USA and comes from within.

A unique brand of self-destructive leftism.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 03:06 | 4537574 Serenity Now
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What a great comment.  It IS a unique brand of self-destructive leftism!  Those other countries are certainly self-destructive in their own right, but they do practice nationalism.  That is a dirty word in America.  We are supposed to be self-hating but lovers of all things non-American.  

We are definitely being destroyed from within.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 07:41 | 4537838 Debt Slave
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We've been infected with an ancient virus.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:57 | 4539080 headhunt
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You are correct - brought to you with the compliments of the Dept of education and the teachers Union

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:19 | 4539162 Accounting101
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Stop with the political tribal bullshit. It doesn't mean a goddamn thing. There isn't a bit of difference between the two major political parties, and don't pretend that liberal or conservative have political implications. The dominant economic thought and application over the last 40 years is neoliberalism, and it has absolutely nothing to do with political parties.

You need to pay attention and stop believing everything your radio tells you.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 04:14 | 4542062 Serenity Now
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How dare you tell me to stop doing anything?  Spoken like a true liberal.  You can't tolerate someone else's opinion.  The only time you see the "There's no difference between the parties" argument is when a liberal is responding to a conservative.

It's old.  It's played out.  It's very lazy.  You don't have to take a position (much less defend one), you get to act all high and mighty (without saying anything of substance), and generally be an ass to someone who doesn't deserve it.

You gave yourself away with your snide little comment about "my radio."  Yes, I listen to talk radio.  I love it.  I AM A CONSERVATIVE.  I am intellectually honest about that.  I never hide it, and I never (at least almost never) bash someone else for their beliefs.

So you can kiss my grits.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:04 | 4536820 A Lunatic
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57. So is Justin Bieber like cool or what.........??

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:14 | 4536858 Notsobadwlad
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America is a great geographical location with a great constitution and wonderful people, but with a checkered past and exceptionally poor management.

One should not confuse the great country with the heads of banks, industry, the military and government who have completely abused their positions of power to screw over the people and the world.

It is an epic tragedy worthy of a classic play.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:15 | 4536868 moneybots
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#8 In America, we even put 81-year-old women in prison for feeding the birds.

 

But no bankers

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:55 | 4536899 Leraconteur
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Lots of things wrong, lots of things right.

-North America is very beautiful and clean. Not as clean as Scandanavia or Northern Europe, but cleaner than most nations.

-Cheapest electronics on earth. To keep the sheeple passive and occupied in front of a screen.

-Rule of Law residual effect, still. Elites have one set of rules but the rules and regs for business, if now onerous, are known and aren't arbitrarily appled for the most part. This is, sadly, changing and a Banana Republic is coming to the USA.

-Education is now shite and nothing more than brain-washing and errant facts. New graduates are idiots, cannot write nor do maths in their heads, gargantuan self-esteem view of themselves, no work skills, experience, abilities and the usual temperaments of 20-somethings. It's why the 55+ crew is employed and they are not. This extends to most Anglo-Cultures; the bullshit I have heard from recent grads is beyond stunning.

-Obamacare has no upside unless you are a statist. Destruction of the country, plain and simple.

-Good freeways, great continent to do cross-country (CA-US-MX) road trips with ease and comfort.

-Great food if you look at the variety of 'ethnic' restaurants and multiple imported cuisines at good restaurants.

-Huge problem, since inception, with drugs and booze. This is now becoming the way of life for the dispossessed former middle class.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:21 | 4536901 moneybots
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#54 Only 8 percent of Americans believe that Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

 

Yet most will be re-elected, just like last time.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:23 | 4536905 TheCosmicTaco
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56. Kim Kardashian.

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