Everything Wrong With America In One Simple Image

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    Aug 15, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
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    This is why intelligence and knowledge is disparaged in the country that reached the Moon. These days, intellectuals are mocked as “faggy” and unmanly as if brute strength somehow contributed to the technical prowess, economic agility and innovation that made America a superpower.

    This is why our politics are a disaster. When you raise a generation to believe that throwing a ball is more important than fulfilling their civic duty to make informed decisions, you allow charlatans to sell their lies to the public unchallenged.

    This is where the Steubenville and countless other sports town rapes comes from, the vast majority of which are covered up and ignored. We literally worship at the altar of sports. The rape of young women is a small price to pay for glory immortal.

    Until we get our collective head out of our ass and treat teachers and cops and sanitation workers and firefighters and the men and women we send into combat as the priceless resources that protect our lives, care for our children and make our country worth living in, we’re doomed to a future of self-centered stupidity and civic ignorance.

    Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    You're singing my theme song. I don't think most people see the severity of this.
    I feel discouraged when I hear somebody say something like "I'm a book nerd" as if being intellectual is something to be embarrassed about.
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    You've cut off the right side where the chart legend explains what it is!
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    unckabasa saidYou've cut off the right side where the chart legend explains what it is!

    It's highest paid public employees.
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    unckabasa saidYou've cut off the right side where the chart legend explains what it is!


    I made the image smaller, but for future reference, you can always right-click on large images to see the entire photo. Sometimes we post larger images so you don't have to strain to see the fine print.
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    This is why intelligence and knowledge is disparaged in the country that reached the Moon. These days, intellectuals are mocked as “faggy” and unmanly as if brute strength somehow contributed to the technical prowess, economic agility and innovation that made America a superpower.

    This is why our politics are a disaster. When you raise a generation to believe that throwing a ball is more important than fulfilling their civic duty to make informed decisions, you allow charlatans to sell their lies to the public unchallenged.

    This is where the Steubenville and countless other sports town rapes comes from, the vast majority of which are covered up and ignored. We literally worship at the altar of sports. The rape of young women is a small price to pay for glory immortal.

    Until we get our collective head out of our ass and treat teachers and cops and sanitation workers and firefighters and the men and women we send into combat as the priceless resources that protect our lives, care for our children and make our country worth living in, we’re doomed to a future of self-centered stupidity and civic ignorance.

    Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”


    If sports was taken away, do you think the problem would be solved?
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    The_Tango said
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    This is why intelligence and knowledge is disparaged in the country that reached the Moon. These days, intellectuals are mocked as “faggy” and unmanly as if brute strength somehow contributed to the technical prowess, economic agility and innovation that made America a superpower.

    This is why our politics are a disaster. When you raise a generation to believe that throwing a ball is more important than fulfilling their civic duty to make informed decisions, you allow charlatans to sell their lies to the public unchallenged.

    This is where the Steubenville and countless other sports town rapes comes from, the vast majority of which are covered up and ignored. We literally worship at the altar of sports. The rape of young women is a small price to pay for glory immortal.

    Until we get our collective head out of our ass and treat teachers and cops and sanitation workers and firefighters and the men and women we send into combat as the priceless resources that protect our lives, care for our children and make our country worth living in, we’re doomed to a future of self-centered stupidity and civic ignorance.

    Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”


    If sports was taken away, do you think the problem would be solved?


    That's some real "Black or White" thinking. There's no reason to take sports away, but it's seriously out of control. A teacher should be one of the highest paid jobs, considering it's one of the most important, and yet a stupid football coach makes many times more?
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    This is why brutes need to be sent to the Arctic to do all our mining and resource extraction, be deprived of any political rights and always kept under the heel of technocrats.
    Isn't it obvious?
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREThat's some real "Black or White" thinking. There's no reason to take sports away, but it's seriously out of control. A teacher should be one of the highest paid jobs, considering it's one of the most important, and yet a stupid football coach makes many times more?



    But you blamed the problems on sports and if it were to be taken away, would the problem be solved?

    Tons of people pay to go see football games and a lot of money for tickets, that's the reasons they're paid so high. When was the last time parents went to a middle-school lecture and paid good money to see them talk?
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
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    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREThat's some real "Black or White" thinking. There's no reason to take sports away, but it's seriously out of control. A teacher should be one of the highest paid jobs, considering it's one of the most important, and yet a stupid football coach makes many times more?



    But you blamed the problems on sports and if it were to be taken away, would the problem be solved?

    Tons of people pay to go see football games and a lot of money for tickets, that's the reasons they're paid so high. When was the last time parents went to a middle-school lecture and paid good money to see them talk?


    I'm failing to see where we disagree. Yes....people pay a shitload of money to see sports and buy sports related trinkets. This should be a wakeup call for Americans to look at where they're putting their money. What exactly are you disagreeing with?
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
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    The_Tango said
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREThat's some real "Black or White" thinking. There's no reason to take sports away, but it's seriously out of control. A teacher should be one of the highest paid jobs, considering it's one of the most important, and yet a stupid football coach makes many times more?



    But you blamed the problems on sports and if it were to be taken away, would the problem be solved?

    Tons of people pay to go see football games and a lot of money for tickets, that's the reasons they're paid so high. When was the last time parents went to a middle-school lecture and paid good money to see them talk?


    I'm failing to see where we disagree. Yes....people pay a shitload of money to see sports and buy sports related trinkets. This should be a wakeup call for Americans to look at where they're putting their money. What exactly are you disagreeing with?



    I disagreeing that sports decrease academic success. Can you show me research and studies to strengthen your point?
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    According to research studies, sports actually increase academic success.

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREHigh schools that succeed athletically are not necessarily punting on their academic success, according to an analysis published recently in the Journal of Research in Education.

    As it turns out, academic and athletic success may actually be correlated. The authors found that schools which emphasize athletic success and participation also tended to have higher scores on standardized tests and higher graduation rates.

    The authors, Jay P. Greene, the head of the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and Daniel H. Bowen, a distinguished doctoral fellow of education policy at the university, set out to investigate the link between athletic success and academic success in Ohio high schools.

    They weren't initially sure what they'd find. In the introduction of the analysis, the authors theorize that "producing success in one arena" (athletics) might cause a reduced "investment in success in another" (academics). However, they also suggest "the potential for synergies in education," with athletics being able to teach students skills such as self-discipline.

    As it turns out, the latter theory appears to be more on target.

    The authors examined data from 657 public high schools in Ohio over a five-year span and found that "a school's commitment to athletics is positively related to academic success," according to the analysis. A 10 percentage point increase in a school's overall winning percentage was associated with a 1.3 percentage point increase in an estimate of its high school graduation rate.


    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HERE"Based on these analyses of Ohio high schools, it appears that there is no necessary trade-off between emphasizing high school athletics and producing academic success," the authors conclude.


    Source:http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2013/02/schools_dont_sacrifice_academic_success_for_athletics_analysis_suggests.html


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    Aug 15, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    If you cannot find me any studies on sports being bad, you don't have a case.
    A graph showing who gets paid the most doesn't prove anything other than who gets the most money.
    Jeez OP, it appears you have such a huge butthurt towards sports. Why is this?
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    There's a lot of missing information. Mainly, how they came up with the numbers.
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    The_Tango saidIf you cannot find me any studies on sports being bad, you don't have a case.
    A graph showing who gets paid the most doesn't prove anything other than who gets the most money.
    Jeez OP, it appears you have such a huge butthurt towards sports. Why is this?


    Yes, anytime someone points out something we could be doing better, they're always "butthurt." What are you....12 or something? I'll discuss this with more mature members because I foresee interacting with you to be unpleasant to say the least.
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    Aug 15, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    hookerliningandsinking saidwell, the question is what are you going to do about it? nothing because you can't. nobody can. as long as you have money, a roof over your head and food in your mouth, you shouldn't be worried because it's bad enough out here is it already is. the system is the way it is. apparently, this place isn't that bad to you if you're still living here as well as other people that have complaints about this country. how many americans do you see trying to jump or swim over the border to canada, mexico or other countries because football coaches are getting more money than doctors? i don't see much people protesting or throwing up picket signs either outside football stadiums but everybody is in front of their tvs watching the super bowl or the nba finals when it airs.

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    Aug 15, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    The_Tango saidIf you cannot find me any studies on sports being bad, you don't have a case.
    A graph showing who gets paid the most doesn't prove anything other than who gets the most money.
    Jeez OP, it appears you have such a huge butthurt towards sports. Why is this?

    I have a huge butt hurt again sports also (or more accurately, the overestimation of their importance in America).
    You don't have to agree with the opening post but all the information is there to see.
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    Aug 15, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
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    The_Tango saidIf you cannot find me any studies on sports being bad, you don't have a case.
    A graph showing who gets paid the most doesn't prove anything other than who gets the most money.
    Jeez OP, it appears you have such a huge butthurt towards sports. Why is this?


    Yes, anytime someone points out something we could be doing better, they're always "butthurt." What are you....12 or something? I'll discuss this with more mature members because I foresee interacting with you to be unpleasant to say the least.


    I was twelve years old years ago.

    I apologize for bad language.
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    Aug 15, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
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    The_Tango saidIf you cannot find me any studies on sports being bad, you don't have a case.
    A graph showing who gets paid the most doesn't prove anything other than who gets the most money.
    Jeez OP, it appears you have such a huge butthurt towards sports. Why is this?

    I have a huge butt hurt again sports also (or more accurately, the overestimation of their importance in America).
    You don't have to agree with the opening post but all the information is there to see.


    The graph doesn't prove anything other than earnings.Studies have shown that school sports increase academic performance. If too much funding goes into sport's budget, that's a different story.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    failscarf saidSay scruffy, if its so important, tell us why we should support the academics?

    Oh for heaven's sake, just ignore him, scruffy, until he learns some manners.
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    Aug 15, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Way off. THIS is what's wrong with America...in one simple video.

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    Aug 16, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    failscarf saidSay scruffy, if its so important, tell us why we should support the academics?


    You wouldn't understand.
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    Aug 16, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
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    This is why intelligence and knowledge is disparaged in the country that reached the Moon. These days, intellectuals are mocked as “faggy” and unmanly as if brute strength somehow contributed to the technical prowess, economic agility and innovation that made America a superpower.

    This is why our politics are a disaster. When you raise a generation to believe that throwing a ball is more important than fulfilling their civic duty to make informed decisions, you allow charlatans to sell their lies to the public unchallenged.

    This is where the Steubenville and countless other sports town rapes comes from, the vast majority of which are covered up and ignored. We literally worship at the altar of sports. The rape of young women is a small price to pay for glory immortal.

    Until we get our collective head out of our ass and treat teachers and cops and sanitation workers and firefighters and the men and women we send into combat as the priceless resources that protect our lives, care for our children and make our country worth living in, we’re doomed to a future of self-centered stupidity and civic ignorance.

    Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”


    Great post.
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    Aug 16, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    failscarf saidSay scruffy, if its so important, tell us why we should support the academics?


    The next time you use a computer, drive a car, take medicine, make a call on your cell phone, or any of the myriad of things that we are privileged with here in the first world...just remember that those things would not be possible without academics. Whether in the USA or abroad, it's the scientists and engineers that advance civilization forward. Penicillin, the combustible engine, and the internet weren't invented by professional athletes; yet these things benefited society immensely.

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    Aug 16, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    I think much of it is mainly taking the simple path, intellectual jobs can take years of study and training to obtain, more effort than some are willing to make. Sports is recreation which can translate into a career where six figures are possible even when you don't do much for a team. It's clear where the quick money is, plus a lot of poor students don't see anything but sports as a way out. As for coaching, even athletes who weren't that great on the field can land a cushy coaching position at a university sometimes.