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Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich: The elite college admissions scandal in the US is a reminder that being born into wealth, not talent, is what determines the opportunities you have in life : TrueReddit
See these comments:

"one of my favorite books from college was "malign neglect." it was a long term sociological study of a two groups of kids living in a struggling/impoverished neighborhood.

they broke the kids into two groups -- those who were rule followers and worked hard, and those who felt like it didn't matter how hard they tried since the system was rigged against them. i'm sure i'm forgetting key details, but that was the general idea.

they studied these kids over the course of decades, to try to measure their life outcomes. there was absolutely no difference between the two groups. being black and poor was too powerful of a deterrent to success. hard work didn't really matter. rule following didn't really help. believing in the american dream didn't matter either.

and if my memory is anywhere close to correct, i think in the end a couple of the kids in the "give up, don't try" group ended up doing better with their lives than most of the "rule followers" did.

EDIT: the book was actually called "ain't no makin it" . also read malign neglect in the same course."


-> 'Americans get caught up in their own success'

defined as "cult of the self" and it dominates our cultural landscape.

This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt. This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations. It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. In fact, personal style, defined by the commodities we buy or consume, has become a compensation for our loss of democratic equality. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy, and to become famous. Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. Once you get there, those questions are no longer asked.”
text linked to: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7442191-the-cult-of-self-dominates-our-cultural-landscape-this-cult
wealth  psychology-wealth-power  culture  society  countries-united-states-america 
march 2019 by daguti
What Americans Don’t Know They Just Lost – Eudaimonia and Co
"Let’s take those one by one. They live three to five years longer than Americans. And American life expectancy is falling by a year every year, while European life expectancies grow — so this gap, three to five years — where will it stop? My guess — and it’s based on countries who have collapsed into autocracy, like Russia, in ironically similar ways to America — is around a decade or so. Then there are richer lives. In America middle income is flat — and it has been since the 70s. Hence, the middle class is shrinking, since costs have risen through the roof. But in Europe middle classes have grown, and incomes have risen. And when we look at life in Europe, it’s a much happier, gentler, saner exercise. Europeans aren’t shooting each other in schools, no opioid epidemic is ripping through their towns, there’s no skyrocketing suicide rate."
countries-united-states-america  politics  people-umair-haque  analysis 
november 2018 by daguti
Diana Young - sounds good
Ezra Klein's 5 point plan to improve American elections:
1) No one waits more than 30 minutes.
2) Election day is a national holiday.
3) Nationwide automatic voter registration.
4) Vote by mail available.
5) All voting machines produce paper readouts, post-election audits are standard.
election  countries-united-states-america  politics 
november 2018 by daguti
Only In The US Can A Party Win 10M More Votes And Still Lose The Senate - The Intellectualist
history-vestiges... = "The U.S. Constitution required many compromises in order to bring every state on board, and that included representation:

One of them was to create a legislature with two chambers, one that gave each state equal representation and one that based representation on a state’s population. Having a Congress solely based on population, which some people argue for today, was one of the stalled ideas that led to this compromise.

That system remains in place today in large part because it’s part of the Constitution, which is difficult to amend. Opponents wouldn’t be able to change the system simply by passing a new law."
countries-united-states-america  election  election-2018  history-vestiges-of-the-past-creep-into-the-present  politics  counterintuitive 
november 2018 by daguti
How the West Is Owned | Big Think
"Many thanks to Jonathan Leblang and Adam Hahn for signaling this map, which appeared as an illustration to ‘Can the West Lead Us To A Better Place?‘[1], an article in Stanford Magazine, a periodical for and about alumni from that university. Update: the map can be found in higher resolution – and with a long, long comments section – here [2] on Reddit. ............. [1]http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=32422 ....... [2]http://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/23z640/federal_land_as_a_percentage_of_total_state_land/"
maps  government  fight-the-g  resources-natural  countries-united-states-america 
january 2016 by daguti
If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland | Blake Fleetwood
"This is a sad, depressing state of affairs for the U.S. and is becoming more true every day. But the reality is still not accepted by most Americans."
finland  wealth-income-distribution  countries-united-states-america 
april 2015 by daguti
Interview: Kevin Kruse, Author Of 'One Nation Under God' : NPR
For the Republitards: "The words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase "In God we trust" on the back of a dollar bill haven't been there as long as most Americans might think. Those references were inserted in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration, the same decade that the National Prayer Breakfast was launched, according to writer Kevin Kruse. His new book is One Nation Under God. In the original Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy made no mention of God, Kruse says. Bellamy was Christian socialist, a Baptist who believed in the separation of church and state."
religion  atheism  politics  culture  society  politics-philosophies-republicans  countries-united-states-america 
march 2015 by daguti
Black Wall Street "Tulsa Oklahoma 1921" pt 1 of 12 - YouTube
The first 8 minutes or so of the first clip is just pictures of hanging bodies. I don't think this is part of the official documentary, since another YouTube video of this same documentary (full movie in one video) didn't seem to have that in the beginning. See reddit post about this bookmarked with the same tags 2014-10-16
movies-to-watch-documentaries  race  disaster  disaster-man-made  crime-violence  crime-against-humanity-shameful  countries-united-states-america 
february 2015 by daguti
How the GOP stopped caring about you - The Washington Post
wealth-income-distribution = Not strictly speaking, but in terms of how the rich are played against the poor. .............. Also see comment by Penny Saved: "It's an old-fashioned idea that history moves in cycles. The column above is pretty glib. One big note -- The biggest champion of 'deregulation' in the 1970s was a fellow named Jimmy Carter, a Democrat. But the column is, with all those faults, correct. Organized Money has represented the biggest anti-social force in American history since before the nation's founding. And what the author of the column has found is not 'cycles' of history of the Republican Party, but that Organized Money moves it nest. Sometimes, its at home in the Republican Party, and sometimes it hangs out at its summer place in the Democratic Party. The 'cycle' shifts when conditions become intolerable, and the political will arises to (and its always 'finally,' isn't it?) set things correctly, and have a country that is actually..."
politics-philosophies-republicans  me-stuff  me-stuff-foundational-influence  large-systems  politics  wealth-income-distribution  politics-money-in  countries-united-states-america  taxes-as-a-concept 
november 2014 by daguti
TIL squirrels were voracious pests in colonial America. Bounties were imposed to reduce populations and some colonies even accepted squirrel scalps as payment for taxes. Colonists became such marksmen from shooting squirrels, they later devastated the ra
The marksmanship required to hunt squirrels may have turned the tide towards the American side during the Revolutionary War. ........................... "TIL squirrels were voracious pests in colonial America. Bounties were imposed to reduce populations and some colonies even accepted squirrel scalps as payment for taxes. Colonists became such marksmen from shooting squirrels, they later devastated the ranks of British soldiers during the revolution."
small-things-causing-big-problems  history  animals  countries-united-states-america 
november 2014 by daguti
NetPotionNr9 comments on Red light camera industry fights to prevent citizen vote
"Ever since Al Gore capitulated the vote he would have won and we got a court appointed incompetent to lead us into thoroughly becoming infected with the virus al Qaeda injected. The bush administration with all it's incompetents and degenerates was the true sleeper cell that Al Qaeda couldn't never have even dreamt of. One day it will maybe dawn on people that Al Qaeda was probably the most successful venture in all of humanity; a few ragtag dirt rats took advantage of massive security gaps that had a far higher risk of failure than success and injected us with the self destructive crack of every "terrorist's" dream, and the biggest power humanity has ever seen has been freebasing ever since. It's kind of like if a hood rat drug dealer got his hooks into Warren Buffet and he just handed over everything in self destructive free fall."
terrorism-dont-erode-freedoms  terrorism-as-excuse-for-big-brother  companies-reddit  countries-united-states-america 
september 2014 by daguti
(3) Steve Harris's answer to What is an example of something true that nobody generally wants to admit? - Quora
republicans = Because they are always talking about the free market, smaller government, but then shit like this happens and you don't hear a peep. "That drug prices (even non-controlled drugs that the DEA doesn't care about, like blood pressure pills) are at least twice as high in the US as anywhere else in the world, because your congress was bribed by the pharmaceutical lobby into setting up a system where third party drug imports are outlawed, and US companies are allowed to gouge the US consumer at will. It's not a free market. A drug like Lipitor, all of which is made in Ireland, costs Canadians half what it does "
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  corruption  government  prices-or-cost  politics-philosophies-republicans  countries-united-states-america 
august 2014 by daguti
10 Reasons America Is A Weird Place - Answers.com
Answers.com is usually click bait crap, but this is actually a great list of why America is such a bizarre place.
culture  society  weird-bizarre-oddities  countries-united-states-america 
july 2014 by daguti
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era : Code Switch : NPR
In 1940's America, race was literally a black and white issue. If you weren't black, you were white - or at least treated as one. As such, "A turban makes anyone an Indian."
race  interesting  survival-urban--disguise  crime-impersonation-catch-me-if-you-can  countries-united-states-america 
july 2014 by daguti
American ages through history [gif] : lostgeneration
An animated GIF showing how the baby boomers rippled through American society. Amazing how much it looks like a wave, starting out large at the left and then rippling right, while losing height.
time-age  visualization  statistics  countries-united-states-america 
july 2014 by daguti
John Wesley Powell 19th Century Maps of the American West | New Republic
These maps of the then-developing American West, based on watersheds instead of arbitrary boundaries, could have changed the drought problems we are experiencing now.
maps  history  resources-natural  resources-natural-water  conservation  countries-united-states-america 
june 2014 by daguti
Student Uncovers US Military Secrets - Slashdot
About 10 years ago I read two unrelated articles within about a week of each other. The first stated that some smart chap had just figured out how to read the blacked out words in redacted government documents. The second stated that the government was changing it's default font for classified documents from Courier, which looks like this to Times New Roman, which we all know and loathe. Neither article mentioned the other, but it was starkly obvious why the government decided to change its default font.
fonts  government  countries-united-states-america 
march 2014 by daguti
Goodbye to the Courier font?
About 10 years ago I read two unrelated articles within about a week of each other. The first stated that some smart chap had just figured out how to read the blacked out words in redacted government documents. The second stated that the government was changing it's default font for classified documents from Courier, which looks like this to Times New Roman, which we all know and loathe. Neither article mentioned the other, but it was starkly obvious why the government decided to change its default font.
fonts  government  countries-united-states-america 
march 2014 by daguti
Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship : Parallels : NPR
capitalism-greed = Not exactly, but the US is the only country that taxes citizens living overseas. That's pretty greedy.
legal-or-law  capitalism-greed  countries-united-states-america  taxes-as-a-concept 
march 2014 by daguti
US the biggest threat to world peace in 2013 – poll — RT News
This is why you always have to provide an "out" for an enemy. Surround them on 3 sides. If you surround them on 4 sides, they have no choice but to retaliate. A smart empire would not surround the world and make it a boiler room - they would have a release valve like a pressure cooker so that the pressure never gets too high. Learn to "lose" a little, it could save your empire.
big-brother-prism-scandal  war  fight-the-g  countries-united-states-america 
january 2014 by daguti
Cool Tools – Hello! USA
A book on all the little things you need to know when you land in America as a foreigner (how to write a check, how to be pulled over by the police, etc)
books  society  cool-tools  culture  countries-united-states-america 
october 2013 by daguti
▶ US Prison Population: The Largest in the World - YouTube
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more even than China or Russia. Prof. Daniel J. D'Amico explains that as of 2010 more than 1.6 million people were serving jail sentences in America. Professor D'Amico suggests that "prisons are not what we think about when we think of America, and they shouldn't have to be." According to D'Amico, a free country should not have 1.6 million people in prison, and a fiscally responsible country cannot afford to. As Prof. D'Amico points out, it is time for Americans to recognize that the U.S. criminal justice system is desperately in need of reform. Learn More: 1. "The Caging of America" [article]: Wide ranging New Yorker piece, discusses history, ethics, everyday prisoner experience. Explores a few theories as to why our prison system is the way it is. http://nyr.kr/OGTXrd 2. "The Business Ethics of Incarceration: The Moral Implications of Treating...
prison  corruption  video  statistics  countries-united-states-america 
september 2013 by daguti
Founding Fathers | Restart Congress
"When the Founding Fathers deliberated over the blueprints for this great nation, they made no secret of the fact that, overwhelmingly, they believed anyone given power in government would eventually be corrupted by it."
corruption  philosophy  government  countries-united-states-america 
may 2013 by daguti
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission - Washington Times
An off-duty U.S. navy sailor wrestled a Dubai bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he tried to rape her at knifepoint on Jan. 19, a courtroom heard Wednesday.
justice  crime-rape  meetup-movnat-be-fit-to-be-useful  military  countries-united-states-america  countries-dubai 
april 2013 by daguti
Oregon House Approves Plan To Effectively Abolish The Electoral College | ThinkProgress
"Three times in American history, the loser of the national popular vote became President of the United States — most recently when George W. Bush entered the White House with an assist from his fellow conservatives on the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, even in elections where the American people ultimately see their choice become president, candidates focus their efforts on just a handful of key swing states — Ohio, Florida, Colorado, etc. — while largely ignoring most of the country. If a plan passed by the Oregon House yesterday becomes sufficiently widespread, however, these practices will end and future presidents will be determined solely according to the will of the voters"
election  paradigm-shifts-new-or-emerging-things  paradigm-shifts  countries-united-states-america 
april 2013 by daguti
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