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  •  Nice Diary (19+ / 0-)

    You are obviously one of those folks who talks to their seat partners on airplanes- I actually envy people like you.  I put on my earbuds and pull out my knitting and hardly say a word.

    It amazes that anyone in this country would be unaware of the state of health care.  It just goes to show how isolated people can be.  I tend to think its because the US is a big country and we really don't have to deal with other nationalities (unlike the Europeans), so of course we can't image that any other country would have a better anything than the US.  Most of us don't live in cities that have tons of foreign visitors so we are even more isolated and our only source of info is the MSM, which is decidedly one-sided.  It gives us a very narrow view of the world; its no wonder that we think the US is the center of the universe and has the best of everything.

    •  Being unaware (27+ / 0-)
      She told me she did not watch TV or read newspapers and as such knew very little about all that was occurring in our national discourse.
      I think she may be in the majority.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 02:34:50 PM PST

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    •  When I was a world traveler in the USAF... (5+ / 0-)

      ...one of the really obvious differences I saw was that the entire English-speaking world acted like one cultural country, in the sense that it seemed that the Brits, Aussies, Kiwis Canadians and Brit Expats all over the world all seemed to know what was going on all over the English-speaking world, the news in all of the countries talked about what was going on in all the other countries.

      They even knew what was going on in Oklahoma.

      Meanwhile, back in the Leader of the Free Whirled....

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:25:32 PM PST

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      •  Dare I say it? (2+ / 0-)
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        Carol in San Antonio, leftykook

        The likely reason is that they all have national broadcasters which are based on the model established by Reith at the start of the BBC that the aim of radio services were to "educate, inform and entertain".

        Although their funding models are not now usually based on the BBC Licence fee model and virtually all have commercial rivals. this public service ethos tends to extend to their rivals.

        Of course many started as local relays of the BBC Empire, now World Service radio and later the populations picked up the British Forces Broadcasting service if they were near army or naval bases.  

        There is also another factor which goes back to the end of WWII. At that time the two international English services, the BBC and VoA went in different directions over the way they promoted English language learning. VoA concentrated on imparting a fairly limited vocabulary essential for business use. The BBC World Service promoted a wider language and appreciation of literature, rather like an adjunct to the British Council which promotes English culture. It later moved from the classics as a tool to the use of everyday situations to teach demotic English. It's one of the main sources of learning English in China and uses in some cases examples from the news to teach idioms (like this)

        Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:25:24 PM PST

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