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Old 10-06-2001, 04:28 AM   #46
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Hitman: I think that you are wrong! Ask those kids and they will know at least 20 US states (but they all know the country - US as the whole with all the details - Alaska, Hawaii...), and they also know all major countries in S.America, Africa, Asia etc - at least. And ask your friends if they know to show you Italy, France Spain on the map. And thatn ask them if they ever heard for Croatia. I talked with many americans, and I liked them as people, but I had to, 9 out of 10 cases, explain to them where Croatia is. They never get it so I just say Europe to end my worthless explenation.
One thing that I find right in this article is the way that US government (and public) tells other countries in the world to solve their problems. When you said to former Yugoslavia to just get along - and all thet without finding out why we don't get along in the first place. Like a week age when three were a terorist atack in Israel and you told them to keep calm, not to revenge to plaestinians, to solve everything with dialog - and on the other hand you pride yourselves in NOT talking with terorists, and you don't have dialog with pakistan, you just tell them what they have to do to not get under your attack - you are making yourself another big enemy n the world. Did you see on the news that when Blair was there to get pakistan support there were big protest against it - but their government has to do what the US tells them - it's too complicated and you don't take that in account.
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Old 10-07-2001, 03:46 AM   #47
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I have personally run across ignorance of not only US geography among Europeans...but of the geography of the entire Western Hemisphere...

People putting states in New England that aren't there...getting Washington State and Washington DC mixed up...getting Mexico and New Mexico mixed up...not knowing West Virginia is a separate state...and on and on.

But the thing is...we don't care! I could care less if you can name all the 50 states and their capitals...or if you know all the Canadian provinces or not...or where Costa Rica is....if you know..fine..if you don't...we'll tell you and we won't make a big deal of it and call you ignorant. Why can't you extend the same courtesy?????

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Old 10-08-2001, 03:04 AM   #48
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But the thing is...we don't care! I could care less if you can name all the 50 states and their capitals...or if you know all the Canadian provinces or not...or where Costa Rica is....if you know..fine..if you don't...we'll tell you and we won't make a big deal of it and call you ignorant. Why can't you extend the same courtesy?????
Because political correctness and multiculturalism don't require them to extend the same courtesy.

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Old 10-08-2001, 01:40 PM   #49
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Well, you missed one point, Matt...

Most don't watch the news anymore. The average age of people watching the news is around age 60. Hence, all these commercials for Depends and Geritol during the news. And, yes, this does cover CNN, along with NBC, CBS, and ABC.

So how could the news media contribute to an "ignorant American public" when that same public doesn't even watch the news?

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Well, I wrote that before the current war hysteria. But look back at before September 11th. How much television news did you watch? How much television news did your friends watch? How much television news did your family watch? And I'm not talking about special reports. I'm talking about the 6:30 pm national news.

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When you come with hard numbers, ie, "The average age of people watching the news is 60", you should support that number and not just grab it out of your ass. Or, you should say, "I believe that the average age of people watching the news is 60."

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I didn't "grab it from my ass." Check the Nielsen ratings for yourself. I'm not everyone's mother.

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Old 10-10-2001, 01:33 PM   #53
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This is great. America is the stupidist, laziest, most careless nation on earth, yet somehow America is the richest and most powerful nation in history. Somebody wanna explain how that happened? I'm curious.



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America always gets a bad rap. Why? Because we are the leaders of the world.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

God, you're funny!

America, leader of the world...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

God, you're funny!

America, leader of the world...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
If not America, then who?


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