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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The real reason why I think the country is going to the dogs.

The following top twenty "not so good categories" that the USA leads the world in - see the whole sorry article here. But I just want to talk about #4 - highlighted in yellow below.

#1 The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe.
#2 According to, the United States has the highest percentage of obese people in the world.
#3 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.
#4 The United States is tied with the U.K. for the most hours of television watched per person each week.
#5 The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.
#6 There are more car thefts in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world by far.
#7 There are more reported rapes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.
#8 There are more reported murders in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.
#9 There are more total crimes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.
#10 The United States also has more police officers than anywhere else in the world.
#11 The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth.
#12 The United States has more people on pharmaceutical drugs than any other country on the planet.
#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.
#14 Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.
#15 More pornography is created in the United States than anywhere else on the entire globe.  89 percent is made in the U.S.A. and only 11 percent is made in the rest of the world.
#16 The United States has the largest trade deficit in the world every single year.  Between December 2000 and December 2010, the United States ran a total trade deficit of 6.1 trillion dollars with the rest of the world, and the U.S. has had a negative trade balance every single year since 1976.
#17 The United States spends 7 times more on the military than any other nation on the planet does.  In fact, U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.
#18 The United States has far more foreign military bases than any other country does.
#19 The United States has the most complicated tax system in the entire world.
#20 The U.S. has accumulated the biggest national debt that the world has ever seen and it is rapidly getting worse.  Right now, U.S. government debt is expanding at a rate of $40,000 per second.

Many of my British readers will recognise many of these as the way we are going over here, but let's talk about #4.

On the whole, television is debilitating and whilst the population are happy watching it night after night, they are not really talking with each other. When people start to talk to each other they start doing things together. When that happens they start questioning things. When that starts to happen they start taking an interest in politics.

What politicians really hate is when their voters start to take a constructive interest in what they do and start questioning the whys and wherefores.

Take the low percentage at elections and the government's claim that they are alarmed at this. Only the more stupid amongst the MPs are truly alarmed. The clerer ones are very happy that the public don't vote as the fewer which vote equates to the easier it is to manipulate the result.

My claim is that if we reduced our television watching by 75% it would (a) still be too much and (b) the whole structure of our country would slowly change for the better as people started to take an interest in their communities and the world around them.

But, dear reader, you know, and I know, that it isn't going to happen.


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