10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

  • metta

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    May 31, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

    http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/10-things-most-americans-dont-know-about-america/
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 01, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Very good article, and he`s right: its a nod-a-thon!

    I`ve often thought Americans mistakenly interpret the rest of the world`s indifference to them as hostility. Unless we foreigners think of the US as wonderful as you do, we must hate you. The US` cultural paranoia allows no middle ground or nuanced debate.
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    Jun 01, 2013 6:13 AM GMT
    There seems to be a big superiority/inferiority complex in the US.
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    Jun 01, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    Lincsbear saidVery good article, and he`s right: its a nod-a-thon!

    I`ve often thought Americans mistakenly interpret the rest of the world`s indifference to them as hostility. Unless we foreigners think of the US as wonderful as you do, we must hate you. The US` cultural paranoia allows no middle ground or nuanced debate.


    Actually, Americans don't really pay much attention to what the rest of the world thinks of us. With all our faults and short-comings, it has always been us that other countries use as a yardstick for measuring their own achievements in terms of standard of living, etc.

    Had it not been for the United States, many countries in Europe would now be speaking German.
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    Jun 01, 2013 8:02 AM GMT
    turbobilly said
    Lincsbear saidVery good article, and he`s right: its a nod-a-thon!

    I`ve often thought Americans mistakenly interpret the rest of the world`s indifference to them as hostility. Unless we foreigners think of the US as wonderful as you do, we must hate you. The US` cultural paranoia allows no middle ground or nuanced debate.


    Actually, Americans don't really pay much attention to what the rest of the world thinks of us. With all our faults and short-comings, it has always been us that other countries use as a yardstick for measuring their own achievements in terms of standard of living, etc.

    Had it not been for the United States, many countries in Europe would now be speaking German.


    You should read the article icon_smile.gif
    Europe has been delivered by the Americans and by the Russians (and maybe even more by the Russians). Still, only Americans say "if it had not been for us, now you would speak German". I've never seen a Russian say that.
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    Jun 01, 2013 12:09 PM GMT
    Isugemi said
    turbobilly said
    Lincsbear saidVery good article, and he`s right: its a nod-a-thon!

    I`ve often thought Americans mistakenly interpret the rest of the world`s indifference to them as hostility. Unless we foreigners think of the US as wonderful as you do, we must hate you. The US` cultural paranoia allows no middle ground or nuanced debate.


    Actually, Americans don't really pay much attention to what the rest of the world thinks of us. With all our faults and short-comings, it has always been us that other countries use as a yardstick for measuring their own achievements in terms of standard of living, etc.

    Had it not been for the United States, many countries in Europe would now be speaking German.


    You should read the article icon_smile.gif
    Europe has been delivered by the Americans and by the Russians (and maybe even more by the Russians). Still, only Americans say "if it had not been for us, now you would speak German". I've never seen a Russian say that.

    This. Dumb Americans say what you wrote and other lies like "we have the best healthcare in the world."
  • musclmed

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    Jun 01, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    this is not really an article. Its a blog.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 01, 2013 7:47 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    Lincsbear saidVery good article, and he`s right: its a nod-a-thon!

    I`ve often thought Americans mistakenly interpret the rest of the world`s indifference to them as hostility. Unless we foreigners think of the US as wonderful as you do, we must hate you. The US` cultural paranoia allows no middle ground or nuanced debate.


    Actually, Americans don't really pay much attention to what the rest of the world thinks of us. With all our faults and short-comings, it has always been us that other countries use as a yardstick for measuring their own achievements in terms of standard of living, etc.

    Had it not been for the United States, many countries in Europe would now be speaking German.


    That lack of concern is part of the US` problem: ignorance, and complacency.

    Yes, once the USA was the gold standard by which other countries, especially western ones, judged themselves. But in he last few decades rivals have increasingly appeared: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and ironically, Germany!

    Their material standards of living match the USA but their overall quality of life is the key.
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    Jun 01, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    We don't sit around talking about you. icon_wink.gif

    Hint?