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Here's one where we're #1: Prevalence of mental illness in the population. "One-quarter of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, and fully a quarter of those had a 'serious' disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function day to day, according to the largest and most detailed survey of the nation's mental health.

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From the same study: "The United States is the wealthiest, mightiest country in all of human history, and yet it has a higher proportion of poor or, worse, hungry citizens than almost every other industrialized nation

Wow, don't you feel silly spending so much of our campaigning time on FISA?

Obama is tagged with the "elite" label.

Who are the "elite"

Obama  or the erudite bloggers here, who, day after day, write pompous overblown, far too lengthy and far too detailed diaries??

Bloviators ( "an intransitive verb which means to speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner"),(not all of them but you know the ones I mean) ,win hands down.

Good journalists know that the headline and first few paragraphs are enough to inform the readers.

Here are some other stats about how great our country is: note: if I published this on July 4 I would have been electrocuted.

"U.S. was ranked #72 on "Level of Health" (snuggled between Argentina-71 and Bhutan-73) and #37 (between Costa Rica-36 and Slovenia-38) on "Overall Health System Performance", according to the World Health Organization.

And more... How does this one frost you:

"The US child poverty rate is the highest in the developed world, 50 percent higher than the next country"

And look here:

New report ranks U.S. teens 29th in science worldwide.

http://www.csmonitor.com/...

Guess who's first in literacy (highest amount of literate people):

Zimbawee

Shouldn't these rankings be enough to win us this election if we concentrated on them instead of wasting time on issues which are way above the reach of ordinary ,almost illiterate, U.S. citizens?

Okay, then, I will give you one more defining issue which will shove the poll numbers from the present 4 to 8 pt range  to 80- 20 in Obama's favor:

In today's Sunday N.Y. Times, Frank Rich reveals that John McCain has admitted he does not know how to operate a computer. Damn, my cat knows how to operate a computer

I can hear your objections "yes Mr. Irrational but if we throw these stats about U.S. rankings worldwide out there, they will ask why Clinton and Carter didn't  do anything about these problems?"

Here is what you answer them with:

We agree, a plague on all thier asses; that's why we have a candidate this year running on "Change."

I couldn't find any links to support me but I will go out on a limb and surmise that we rank first world wide in number of men over 30 still obsessed with Video Gaming.

Had enough? Ok so now we can go back to the real issues like wearing a flag pin on our lapels.

Originally posted to irrationalbutsane on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 07:55 AM PDT.

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  •  probably should have said world-wide (0+ / 0-)

    lots of people don't know what globally means.
    damn screwed up again

  •  And most Americans don't know this (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, irrationalbutsane

    The Sean Hannity crew frequently tout that this is the greatest country on earth...?  These statistics should be repeated over and over, so the average Joe and Jane can start to wake up and stop listening to the propaganda.

  •  Hey sweet! (3+ / 0-)

    We can put this trophy right up there on the mantle, next to the others:  our 1st place for rates of incarceration, our blue ribbon for most debt per capita, and the sweet plaque we got for being #1 in energy consumption per capita!

  •  Hengh . . . while we're at it. (4+ / 0-)

    From Alternet.

    THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DOCUMENTS FAILURE OF US DRUG POLICIES

    WHO survey of 17 countries finds that we have the highest rates of marijuana and cocaine use.

    By Bruce Mirken, AlterNet. Posted July 2, 2008.

    The United States has some of the world's most punitive drug policies and has led the cheering section for tough "war on drugs" policies worldwide, but a new international study suggests that those policies have been a crashing failure. A World Health Organization survey of 17 countries, conducted by some of the world's leading substance abuse researchers, found that we have the highest rates of marijuana and cocaine use.

    The numbers are startling. In the United States, 42.4 percent admitted having used marijuana. The only other nation that came close was New Zealand, another bastion of get-tough policies, at 41.9 percent. No one else was even close. The results for cocaine use were similar, with the United States leading the world by a large margin.

    This study is important because it's the first time a respected international group has surveyed drug use around the world, using the same questions and procedure everywhere. While many countries have their own drug use surveys, the questions and methodology vary, and comparisons between countries are difficult. This new study eliminates that problem.

    Boo-ya! Numero Uno  . . . stupid loser planet!

  •  Mental illness, a symptom of consumerism (4+ / 0-)

    It seems very hard to pinpoint why Americans are crazy. I think the constant pressure to keep up, get ahead at all costs, etc. can simply break a lot of people.

    Didn't Abraham Lincoln have less experience than Barack Obama?

    by relikx on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 08:14:52 AM PDT

    •  Perhaps policies (5+ / 0-)
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      marina, luckylizard, JG in MD, relikx, Yasuragi

      related are things that are harmeful to the cental nervous system and the endocrine system which are intimately connected to mental illness symptoms. Examples: bovine growth hormone, pesticides, aspartame, corn syrup in 80 percent of packaged foods, industrial runoff and all the rest.  Much of this stuff is off limits in other parts of the world.  In addition extremely extraverted personality styles are valued more as they fit into the hard charging corporate world unlike areas such as scandanavia and Japan.  Other styles are not valued and often need to go outside their innately preferred manner of operating to fit into the environment.  Just some thoughts.

      •  And perhaps ... (1+ / 0-)
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        BeaRational

        ... we have people seeking attention who might not have gotten it otherwise.

        If you dig into just about any family history, you'll find a large number of people who could probably have used psychiatric treatment: people with alcoholism, undiagnosed PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and high-functioning autism (to name a few).  And you'll find acts of violence that were committed that might have been prevented, had those people been treated.

        It's common to take statistics at face value -- to assume, for example, that we had far lower ADHD rates forty years ago than we do today.  It's also common to use this to justify your particular cure-all: increased church attendance, or organic foods, or prohibiting the use of cell phones.  It's also completely silly.  The criteria we use today aren't the same as the criteria used a decade and a half ago, let alone the criteria used fifty years ago.  Levels of awareness have also increased.  Comparing rates of clinical depression is like comparing rates of self-reported homosexuality -- so much has changed that it's not clear the comparison is even meaningful.

        At any rate, any conclusions about these results are only preliminary.  The Washington Post article makes it clear that researchers have dramatically changed their methodology compared to previous studies, so mental illness rates were expected to increase.  Studies in 27 other countries haven't even been completed yet -- it's not clear how the first place ranking has been determined.

  •  Stupid Diary. Mental Illness, hunger, FISA... (4+ / 0-)

    are all important.  Why pose it as either/or?

  •  I think mental illness is a serious issue (3+ / 0-)
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    marina, two roads, irrationalbutsane

    Of course, I think FISA is serious, too.  And poverty. And hunger.

    I propose we have a single payer universal health insurance system that covers both physical and mental health issues.

    And I propose we have an effective food stamps program.

    And I propose we have a variety of related policies designed to provide basic support to the very poor and ensure that everyone who is able and willing to work gets paid a decent wage.

    And I propose we oppose legislation that undermines the Constitution and the rule of law, particularly legislation designed specifically to conceal and protect abuses of government and corporate power.

    I don't think time discussing any of these issues is wasted.  Personally, I think FISA is a huge opportunity to explain the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties, to take big picture concepts like the rule of law and corporate accountability and talk about them in a very specific, concrete manner to which people can relate.

    I would also propose abandoning use of the word bloviator, but I'm afraid I might be in the minority on that one.

  •  The incidence of psychiatric disorders... (3+ / 0-)


    ...which include things such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anorexia, Schizophrenia, and Dissociative Identity Disorder is not a function of which candidate wins an election.

    And the 'study' itself is questionable, as it is 'based on in-depth interviews with more than 9,000 randomly selected Americans'. But mental illness can't be gauged by interview, because by definition a mental illness must be diagnosed by a psychiatrist according to a strict criteria of symptoms laid out in DSM-IV before a person can be classified as 'mentally ill'.

    The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. - H.L. Mencken

    by two roads on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 08:53:12 AM PDT

  •  Didn't I TELL you guys (1+ / 0-)
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    irrationalbutsane

    you're all nuts?!

    Seriously, though, this is truly sad.  I blame Chimpy.  God knows he's given me fits of rage, insomnia, depression, alcoholic tendencies, feelings of hopelessness, etc.  When do we start getting Soma rations?

    Word to all sell-out, corporate-owned Democrats: No donation without representation!

    by big spoiled baby on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 08:54:02 AM PDT

  •  i'm only mental when... (1+ / 0-)
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    irrationalbutsane

    the voices tell me to...

    Hey, how 'bout we impeach the people who are supposed to do the impeaching and get some other impeachers who are more impeachy?

    by ronny mermaid on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 09:09:53 AM PDT

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