Eight crazy things Americans believe about foreign affairs - Page 2




 
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Boots
 
October 21st, 2012  
LeEnfield
 
 
Like all countries you have a choice between a bunch of crooks and a bunch of thieves but I never know what label to hang on what party
December 8th, 2012  
Trooper1854
 
 
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Originally Posted by LeEnfield
Like all countries you have a choice between a bunch of crooks and a bunch of thieves but I never know what label to hang on what party
Absolutely!
Doesn't matter who you vote for, the government always wins!
December 8th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 
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Originally Posted by Trooper1854
Absolutely!
Doesn't matter who you vote for, the government always wins!
Amen the game is rigged!
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Boots
December 13th, 2012  
pixiedustboo
 
 
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Originally Posted by hamidreza
Americans have some astonishing misconceptions about international affairs.

* 9 per cent of Americans frequently worry about becoming victims of terrorism, according to a 2011 AP-GfK poll (Reason magazine has calculated that the chances of being killed by a terrorist are roughly one in 20 million, and that "in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist")
Well I worry about terrorism all the time, but I am not worried about foreign terrorists, I'm much more worried about the terrorists we have in our own country. (Hello mass shooting numbers).



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Originally Posted by hamidreza
* Nearly 25 per cent of Americans don't know that the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, according to a 2011 Marist poll.
Is this a joke because I seriously just passed out from laughing - how sad!



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Originally Posted by hamidreza
* 88 per cent of young Americans couldn't find Afghanistan on a map, 75 per cent couldn't locate Iran or Israel, and 63 per cent couldn't identify Iraq, according to a 2006 Roper Public Affairs/National Geographic Society poll.
Doesn't surprise me at all. Our education system sucks.
December 14th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 
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Originally Posted by pixiedustboo



Doesn't surprise me at all. Our education system sucks.

You mean suck the money out of student's parents bank accounts?

Yes , yes it does.
December 15th, 2012  
muscogeemike
 
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Originally Posted by hamidreza
Americans have some astonishing misconceptions about international affairs.
As the Washington Post's Dylan Matthews explained last month, the baffling fact that 15 per cent of Ohio Republicans believe Mitt Romney deserves more credit than Barack Obama for killing Osama bin Laden may have as much to do with polling psychology and sampling error as with self-delusion or ignorance. But here are some other statistics that may surprise you:
* 41 per cent of Americans believe China is the world's leading economic power, according to a 2012 Pew poll (the correct answer is the United States, which 40 percent of respondents in the Pew poll selected).
* 73 per cent of Americans could not identify communism as America's main concern during the Cold War, according to Newsweek, which administered an official citizenship test in 2011.
* 9 per cent of Americans frequently worry about becoming victims of terrorism, according to a 2011 AP-GfK poll (Reason magazine has calculated that the chances of being killed by a terrorist are roughly one in 20 million, and that "in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist").
* Nearly 25 per cent of Americans don't know that the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, according to a 2011 Marist poll.
* 71 per cent of Americans believe Iran already has nuclear weapons, according to a 2010 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll (Israel, the United States, and the International Atomic Energy Agency would beg to differ).
* The average American thinks that the United States spends 27 per cent of the federal budget on foreign aid, according to a 2010 World Public Opinion poll (the figure is more like 1 percent).
* 33 per cent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11 as late as 2007, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll (it's worth noting that the number was down from 53 per cent in 2003, and that more recent polls suggest the percentage has continued to decline since 2007).
* 88 per cent of young Americans couldn't find Afghanistan on a map, 75 per cent couldn't locate Iran or Israel, and 63 per cent couldn't identify Iraq, according to a 2006 Roper Public Affairs/National Geographic Society poll.
Uri Friedman is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...s-8217998.html
In 1999 less than 60% of Americans read a book - somehow I don't think this stat has improved..
December 15th, 2012  
senojekips
 
 
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Originally Posted by muscogeemike
In 1999 less than 60% of Americans read a book - somehow I don't think this stat has improved..
And I don't think that Americans are without a lot of good company.

I used to tread voraciously when I was at sea. What I wouldn't have done for a Kindle, my bags were weighed down with books. I think I've read no more than 3 or 4 books since I left 6 years ago.
December 15th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 
Here is another one.

"American's believe that things that say MADE IN AMERICA come from America".

I found an axe at work today that said that on it only to look it up and find out the steel in the blade originated in China.
December 16th, 2012  
VDKMS
 
The car with the most American made parts is a .... Toyota. The Japs know how to do it, most of their factories in the US have no union either, and it works.
December 17th, 2012  
Yossarian
 
 
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Originally Posted by VDKMS
The car with the most American made parts is a .... Toyota. The Japs know how to do it, most of their factories in the US have no union either, and it works.

Okay? I have visited one of their plants in Kentucky. Good stuff, but that still doesn't erase the image of downtown past Bay Street where all the abandoned warehouses and nail factory lie as a haven for homeless and meth dealers.
 


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