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>> No. 21696 Raoul
15th February 2014
Saturday 11:30 pm
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One in four Americans 'do not know the Earth circles the Sun'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640518/One-in-four-Americans-do-not-know-the-Earth-circles-the-Sun.html

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
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>> No. 21697 Cockernay
15th February 2014
Saturday 11:42 pm
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>>21696

There just aren't enough rampage shootings to go around.

Alright, that was needlessly edgy, but I wouldn't mind America being so bloody stupid if it wasn't also so... well it's everywhere, all the time, forever, isn't it?
>> No. 21698 Porridgewog
15th February 2014
Saturday 11:44 pm
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>>21697

Yellowstone save us!
>> No. 21699 Garlicfag
15th February 2014
Saturday 11:49 pm
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Apparently 45% think the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and 60% think the Noah's Ark story is litteraly true.

I don't have links on hand to back this up though.

'Murica!
>> No. 21700 Porridgewog
15th February 2014
Saturday 11:53 pm
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I read another statistic somewhere that claimed 1/10 teenagers in America is on anti-psychotic medication.

Surely, even in America, they don't just hand out Zyprexa or something of it's ilk to a kid suffering from depression?

That implies serious conditions like schizophrenia, manic depression and bi-polar disorder.

If true, that is a damning indictment. What are they doing to these kids?!
>> No. 21701 Britfag
16th February 2014
Sunday 12:01 am
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Statistics like 'one in four Americans' aren't really a useful indicator of education policy, the place is just too big and diverse. There are well-educated places in America as anywhere else, but it's no secret that a significant proportion of people have been thrown out of the boat there, economically. I won't comment on 'no child left behind', I don't really know the ins and outs of it. But I do know that a school won't function in an area where people don't work and nothing else functions. Schools often reflect the worst aspects of the surrounding area.
>> No. 21702 Redneck
16th February 2014
Sunday 12:09 am
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I completely don't give a fuck. I've been on an alien spaceship and I know what's going to happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1H0_NhJar8
>> No. 21703 Aki
16th February 2014
Sunday 12:58 am
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>>21696
Most of them are probably black, just saying.
>> No. 21704 Cockernay
16th February 2014
Sunday 1:16 am
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>>21703
You might want to watch yourself, lad; that edge is so sharp it'll have your finger.
>> No. 21705 Fairy
16th February 2014
Sunday 9:48 am
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Britain is thicker than the USA by a long shot.

Anyone who says otherwise has never left their suburb slash Student Union.
>> No. 21707 Porridgewog
16th February 2014
Sunday 12:01 pm
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>>21696
They outperformed Europeans.
>> No. 21708 Britfag
16th February 2014
Sunday 1:14 pm
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>>21707
Bear in mind that includes backward shitholes such as Bulgaria, Romania and Scotland.
>> No. 21709 Raoul
16th February 2014
Sunday 3:30 pm
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>>21708

:'(
>> No. 21710 Wastelander
16th February 2014
Sunday 3:58 pm
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>>21707
I don't think I've ever met anyone who professed to believe in geocentricity.

Those numbers sound like bollocks, to be honest.
>> No. 21711 Britfag
16th February 2014
Sunday 4:16 pm
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>>21708
I don't believe there's any evidence to suggest Britons are any better informed about heliocentrism (see http://www.gallup.com/poll/3742/new-poll-gauges-americans-general-knowledge-levels.aspx). I'm not quite convinced that you can attribute that exclusively to Scotland.

This just a dumb clickbait article which will be discussed for days because dim people like to think there are people dimmer than them.
>> No. 21712 Garlicfag
16th February 2014
Sunday 4:51 pm
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>>21711

Your Gallup Poll link is from 1999.
>> No. 21713 Raoul
16th February 2014
Sunday 5:04 pm
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>>21712
I'm aware.
>> No. 21714 Garlicfag
16th February 2014
Sunday 5:17 pm
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I wonder how Americans feel about the Iraq War now
>> No. 21716 Aki
16th February 2014
Sunday 5:45 pm
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>>21714
A majority has consistently viewed it as a mistake since about two years after the invasion.
>> No. 21720 Raoul
21st February 2014
Friday 7:41 pm
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Its absolutely pathetic to see some many British people grasping at straws for an excuse to make themselves feel superior to Americans. The United States utterly dominates this planet in a way no nation in history has ever done before and the United Kingdom is nothing more than a (increasingly) weak and poor vassal state. This situation isn't going to change during your lifetime either, so you may as well accept and get over the fact that America is a superior nation rather than twiddling your life away seeking out unimportant little things to nitpick America over.
America isn't perfect, but they're a lot closer to perfection than Britain ever will be.
>> No. 21721 Fairy
21st February 2014
Friday 7:57 pm
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>>21720
What on Earth are you talking about?
>> No. 21722 Garlicfag
21st February 2014
Friday 8:33 pm
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>>21721

I think that it's what they call trolling.

Or at least I hope as much.

On which note, 2/10.
>> No. 21724 Cockernay
21st February 2014
Friday 8:41 pm
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>>21720
>The United States utterly dominates this planet in a way no nation in history has ever done before
大声笑
>> No. 21725 Fairy
21st February 2014
Friday 8:49 pm
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>>21720 Do you really equate a nations international power to the well being and prosperity of it's people? America resembles a third world country more and more as time goes on and sadly, it seems if the rest of the western world is trying to embrace the neo-liberal wankfest as fast as possible too. But by all means, if being proud of the ability to beat up foreigners brings you some solice while the majority of people get poorer then by all means enjoy it while it lasts.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 21726 Aki
21st February 2014
Friday 9:05 pm
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>>21720
>The United States utterly dominates this planet in a way no nation in history has ever done before
u wot m8?
>> No. 21751 Yankee
28th February 2014
Friday 9:06 pm
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>>21707
Haha lol.
>> No. 21873 Kraut
22nd April 2014
Tuesday 4:52 am
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Its absolutely pathetic to see some many British people grasping at straws for an excuse to make themselves feel superior to Americans. The United States utterly dominates this planet in a way no nation in history has ever done before and the United Kingdom is nothing more than a (increasingly) weak and poor vassal state. This situation isn't going to change during your lifetime so you may as well accept and get over the fact that America is a superior nation rather than twiddling your life as seeking out unimportant little things to nitpick America over.
America isn't perfect, but they're a lot closer to perfection than Britain ever will be.
>> No. 21874 Fairy
22nd April 2014
Tuesday 5:05 am
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>>21873
You reposted >>21720 but removed the word 'either' and the comma that followed it. Strange behaviour.
>> No. 21977 Cockernay
1st May 2014
Thursday 11:41 pm
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Howdy cowboys.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/01/presidential-proclamation-loyalty-day-2014

I knew you lads had a bit of a chip on your shoulder about pinkos, but what the christ? Do real people actually celebrate this North Korea shite?
>> No. 21978 Raoul
2nd May 2014
Friday 12:40 am
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>>21977

America has always been crypto-fascist.
>> No. 21979 Gazza
2nd May 2014
Friday 12:45 am
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I don't see the problem with being loyal to the ideals of a nation's founding.
>> No. 21980 Boyo
2nd May 2014
Friday 1:20 am
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Good god. What a loathesome thing.
>> No. 21983 Cockernay
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:00 am
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>>21979
Apart from the fact that being born on a particular piece of land shouldn't mean you have to identify with the political ideology of one particular set of dead guys, May 1st is international worker's day. Changing it to "loyalty day" is decidedly Orwellian. I'm pretty sure Hitler did a similar thing, actually.
>> No. 21984 Fairy
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:16 am
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>>21983
That doesn't contradict his post.
>> No. 21985 Cockernay
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:21 am
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>>21984
I believe it does, so you may have to elaborate!
>> No. 21986 Fairy
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:24 am
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>>21985
Nothing about his post suggested that you should have to affiliate with a particular ideology.
>> No. 21987 Cockernay
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:29 am
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>>21986
"The ideals of a nation's founding" is a woolly term for ideology. Loyalty day is an encouragement to Americans to affiliate themselves with the ideology of their founders instead of labour movements.
>> No. 21988 Fairy
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:30 am
21988 this is getting silly
>>21987
Nothing about his post suggested that you should have to affiliate with an an ideology, wooly terms used or otherwise.
>> No. 21989 Cockernay
2nd May 2014
Friday 10:38 am
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>>21988
If you totally ignore the context I guess that would make sense.
>> No. 21991 Redneck
2nd May 2014
Friday 11:05 am
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>>21987

> affiliate themselves with the ideology of their founders instead of labour movements.

You what
>> No. 21992 Raoul
2nd May 2014
Friday 11:19 am
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Hidden for making me feel sad.
>> No. 21993 Boyo
2nd May 2014
Friday 11:57 am
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>>21991
That's exactly what it is (and I'm not even >>21987). It's a cynical move to appropriate May Day (or International Labour Day as it is in most of the western world) and replace it with a load of fluffy nothingness. It was introduced in 1921 in an explicitly anti-communist move, and yet still Obama has the gall to go out and quote Lincoln on the importance of a nation 'dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal',', and hail it as a day to 'to trade ideas, question antiquated notions, and ensure our Nation's course reflects the will of the American people', when that's precisely what it was established to avoid.
>> No. 21994 Fairy
2nd May 2014
Friday 12:05 pm
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>>21993
Communism is hardly equality.
>> No. 21995 Boyo
2nd May 2014
Friday 12:24 pm
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>>21994
Perhaps not in practice, but this 'Loyalty Day' malarkey is about shutting down debate, rather than dismantling existing non-functioning communist systems. Indeed, in 1921 it was all still lofty ideals, and the only imaginable motivation for trying to discredit communism at that time is so that the rich and powerful could remain rich and powerful. Even if we overlook the explicitly communist element, for most people Labour Day is a general call for better conditions for workers, and trying to appropriate that is pretty low in my books.
>> No. 21996 Fairy
2nd May 2014
Friday 2:01 pm
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>>21979
Those 'ideals' are a retrospectively reconstructed load of old huff. This kind of rubbish fits in perfectly well with Obama's subdued campaign against cynicism in America ( http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamas-war-cynicism ). The American trend of revising their history as some kind of philosophically-founded 'spirit of 76', ragged and brave Americans against overwhelmingly better-armed and supplied Redcoats is just garbage.

Have a read of this, it's fairly long but not too dense:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/myths-of-the-american-revolution-10941835/?no-ist

Iirc there was a book that came out a year or two ago which critically examines the evidence for the American Revolution as an 'ideological revolution' and came up with findings concerning the broad extent of revisionism that Americans apply to the Revolution. There weren't thousands and thousands of men flocking to fight for 'liberty'.

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