Ranking America

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    The US is Number One in:

    - highest percentage of citizens in prison
    - higest percentage of citizens who believe in angels
    - highest military spending (as much as the next 26 nations combined)
    - highest rate of pollution from non-methane VOCs (volatile organic componds)
    - highest oil consumption per capita
    - most species of extinct trees
    - largest energy importer
    - most threatened fish species
    - highest per capita health costs

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    These are slightly random, but what impression can we draw of the US from these statistics?
     
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    - highest percentage of citizens in prison - Need harsher penalties for offenders.

    - higest percentage of citizens who believe in angels - We are a Christian Nation - regardless of what the POTUS thinks.

    - highest military spending (as much as the next 26 nations combined) - Best military in the world.

    - highest rate of pollution from non-methane VOCs (volatile organic componds) - More people fortunate enough to have cars than any in the world

    - highest oil consumption per capita - See Above

    - most species of extinct trees - More importantly most abortions in the world - Now that is a reason to be upset!

    - largest energy importer - About time we maximize our own and stop all the importing.

    - most threatened fish species - Again, most threatened fetuses - must more serious problem!!

    - highest per capita health costs - best health care - needs reformed for certain - doesn't need to gov't to take it over.


    There are my impressions!
     
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    That the US is somewhat less boring than Finland? :lol:
     
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    Since when did 'most expensive' = 'best'.

    Certainly many people in the US have access to first class healthcare in the US - but we also know tens of millions of people do not.

    I didn't know that about abortions - interesting stat.
     
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    thanks for the flame thread
     
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    Well, China would be first, but when you have stiff penalties people tend to not break the law. --- I'm not suggesting that as a new law...

    We easily have the best health care in the world. More expensive doesn't equate to best - but we have choices in medicine. If we don;t like our doctor we can go to another one. In some places in europe --- let's say your wife is pregnant she is assigned a midwife (not a doctor) by the gov't. You go to where that midwife practices -- no choice in the matter whatsoever. That is one method of lowering the cost of medicine.

    I had a back surgery about 5 years ago. I selected the doctor in a different city than I live in because I knew he was a great surgeon (I'm in the field myself), I had that choice.
     
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    It isn't a flame thread. It is a wake up call. Just the latest one. Sane Americans and concerned foreigners have been trying to wake half the country for decades.
     
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    Those with health insurance do. Those without do not. This is called 'rationing'.

    Where in Europe does this happen?

    I've never heard anything remotely like it.
     
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    You are a surgeon?
     
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    It's not intended as a flame thread, but I also admit it is a bit tongue in cheek.

    Of course the US is also #1 in a lot of great things - but some of these stats came up in the TV show "Newsroom" and I thought they made interesting discussion.

    As always - there are equally as many shit things one could say about Finland!
     

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