From the Publisher's Desk
"The fantastic advances in the filed of electronic communication
constitute a great danger to the privacy of the individual."
- Earl Warren
Things ain't what they used to be!
Wellington Grey has produced a surprising rank tally across 12
categories for nations of the world. The United States does not fare
well, a clear reflection of the harsh growing Third World reality. It
is not in the top 10 in any category, but it does possess many nice
amusement parks, oodles of great movie theater complexes, countless
gigantic malls, impressive wide multi-lane highways, many sports
stadiums, beautiful urban skyscrapers, stunning national parks, and
some of the best beaches on earth.
* Life Expectancy has the US #30, but led by Andorra, Japan,
San Marino as #1, #2, #3.
* Democracy has the US #17, but led by Sweden, Iceland, the
* Freedom of Press has the US #41, but led by Iceland, Luxembourg,
* Internet Speed has the US #15, but led by Japan, South Korea,
* Smallest Prison Population has the US #40, but led by India, Iceland,
* Lack of Corruption has the US #22, but led by Finland, Iceland, New
* Education Effectiveness has the US #35, but led by Taiwan, Finland,
* Mobile Phone Saturation has the US #16, but led by Germany, Russia,
* Renewable Energy Usage has the US #27, but led by Iceland, Brazil,
* Scientific Literacy has the US #33, but led by Iceland, Denmark, Sweden.
* Healthcare Quality as the US #37, but led by France, Italy, San Marino.
* Infant Survival has the US #31, but led by Japan, Iceland, Sweden.
* The leading nations tend to be in Scandinavia, but one must wonder
about the financial stupidity meter on Iceland, whose nation just collapsed.
The United States has for too long emphasized war, sports &
entertainment, suburban life, while permitting large corporations to
dictate a deadly dependence on foreign oil. New priorities are
The above is a very shocking survey if I say so myself. So much for
the land of the not so free!
Happy Holidays from PT Shamrock!
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"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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