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Ghitis: How strong, really, is America?

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Ghitis: How strong, really, is America?

Postby DistanceRunner » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:33 pm

How strong, really, is America?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Frida Ghitis: Boston Marathon aftermath shows vast resources, reach of America.
Ghitis: Yet, the country cannot pass a measure that can keep guns out of potential criminals.
She says America cannot seem to solve its bigger problems through its political process.
Ghitis: If America were strong, it would find ways to stop the gun violence and fix its debt.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/24/opinion/g ... =allsearch

There's a lot to be discussed about she says. I find her article to be very compelling and powerful. Does someone know if other countries have passed legislation which regulates gun control? I know that we recently tried with a bipartisan bill for the implementation of background checks for firearm purchases, but the bill still ended up not passing. Apart from other issues that America has, this is one of the most urgent ones to be addressed if we want to improve the state of affairs in this country.
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Postby zboy1 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:38 pm

America: #1 In Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc.

http://current.com/community/94105183_a ... ts-etc.htm
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-2 ... ssants-etc

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The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression. It isn't just our economy that is falling apart - the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside. The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling. They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline. We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors. Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people. Why is this? Why is America #1 in so many negative categories? Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives? Why are our families falling apart? There is vast material wealth all around us. So why can't we be happy?

The following is a collection of facts and statistics that prove that America is being absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression...

-Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of "injury death" in the United States.

-More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.

-As I mentioned in another article, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

-Nearly one out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.

-The percentage of women taking antidepressants in the U.S. is higher than in any other country in the world.

-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

-According to a recent article by David Kupelian, "one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all 'millennials' (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder."

-Tens of millions of Americans use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they are experiencing. In the United States today, there are about 28 million Americans with a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

-More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.

-There are also tens of millions of Americans that try to deal with anxiety and stress by eating. Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.

-Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese. Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.

-Many people try to escape from the pain of reality by getting lost in entertainment. Incredibly, the United States is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.

-The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

-The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

-According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

-At this point, approximately one out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.

-For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

-The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.

-In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.

-The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

-The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

-If you can believe it, there are 20 million new STD infections in the United States every single year.

-The U.S. has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

-It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.

-Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

-The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.

-Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.

-Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

-America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.

Fear is one of the primary things that motivates the American people, and that is a very powerful weapon that can be used against us.

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I try to have hope for America, but the sh!t is going to hit the fan. These statistics are just too out of control to sustain.



Americans love Their Indentured Servitude (starting at the 7:00 minute mark, refers to this story):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkg3Ts2gdqQ[/youtube]
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Postby E Irizarry R&B Singer » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:25 pm

Starting at 8:00, this is the best U.S. of Gay theme yet!
It's time to expatriate to evade your fate; it's time to expatriate before the barn door permanently closes on "US" sheep.
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Location: The fuckin' U.S. of Gay *ugh*

Postby Taco » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 pm

America's economy has been gradually rotting away for the last 16 years and that trend will escalate further very soon. The day will soon come when most if not all of its citizens will not want to live there anymore.

America The Fallen
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-2 ... -hellholes
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Postby clowny » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:40 am

zboy1 wrote:-The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.


This one is a blatant falsehood. The US does not have the highest divorce rate in the world, and all countries that are highly feminist have a very similar divorce rate to the US (i.e. sweden, australia, nz, united kingdom).
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