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  •  Yeah, just a couple of clicks away. (4+ / 0-)

    Family policy in Europe? Just click here, on The Council of Europe Family Policy Database and on the sub topics.

    Of course that assumes some interest and curiosity. All it takes to remain ignorant is a sluggish mind. We have a large population dumb as a bag of slugs in that respect. Incurious and willfully ignorant fits. Hell, a survey of 18 and 24 year olds in 2006 found many could not place the Pacific Ocean!

    Pinpointing North America on a Map Is a Breeze Nearly all (94%) young Americans can find the United States on the world map, and Canada (92%) and Mexico (88%) are nearly as familiar. Wide majorities can find bordering bodies of water including the Pacific Ocean (79%) and the Gulf of Mexico (75%). Trends from 2002 suggest that more young adults can pick out Canada and Mexico (with few signs of change for other countries). However, it is concerning that one in ten of those with up to a high school education cannot identify the U.S., and one in five cannot find the Pacific Ocean.
    Yeah, how just specially positive! That means 21% of young Americans could not locate the Pacific and 25% were lost on the Gulf of Mexico!

    Oh well, we know about 25-35% of the population is dumb as a bag of slugs politically too. Oh well, a whopping 56% managed to place the Alps in Europe. We can strut with pride.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:15:38 AM PST

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    •  This would require Americans to accept (3+ / 0-)

      that our country is A country just like any other country and not some unique world where different standards apply. Compare ourselves to other nations? That's just crazy talk! Or treason! (Unless of course we're discussing our military prowess and the corresponding budget. Then comparisons are good because "WE'RE NUMBER ONE!!!")

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