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  •  How do you figure we're number one right now? (4+ / 0-)

    We're number one in debt, prisoners, wars & militarism, cocaine use, depression, percentage of obese citizens, divorce rate, television watching (tied for first), gun ownership, health care expenditures (we don't get what we pay for)...

    What else are we number one in?

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      We are the worlds only remaining superpower as measured in the metrics of being able to project hard and soft power to any area of the globe and our GDP

      As our ability to borrow money decreases the militarism will be the last thing to go, unfortunately.

    •  Der Speigel has a long article on the (1+ / 0-)
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      decline of the US (picked this up from Barry Ritholtz).

      The article agrees with you that we are #1 in incarceration and the military, but not much else (the number of adults who believe in angels?).

      The quote that really got me is this:

      The power lines in Brooklyn and Queens, on Long Island and in New Jersey, in one of the world's largest metropolitan areas, are not underground, but are still installed along a fragile and confusing above-ground network supported by utility poles, the way they are in developing countries.
      No lecturing or gloating, simply disbelief.

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