100 Great Things About America

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100 Great Things About America

 

 

 

 

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[url=100">http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/07/02/100-great-things-about-... Great Things About America[/url]

Happy Fourth of July to all of my Canadian friends!!!  WinkTongue out

 

Fidel

I thought the slam dunk was pre-NBA, as in Jackie Moon and the Flint Tropics? Laughing Or was that the alley-oop?

And there's Coney Island sauce, apple pie, and refrigeration. I was going to list roller coasters, but apparently Russia beat yas to it by a few centuries. Disney World and Cedar Point theme parks take some beating though. Beered with some Yanquis state side last night. Good people. Happy Independence Day, Sven.

al-Qa'bong

Buffalo and Hawaii?

 

I noticed irony isn't on that list.

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al-Qa'bong wrote:

Buffalo and Hawaii?

I noticed irony isn't on that list.

It isn't a list of thing created by America.  It's 100 great things about America.  Personally, I'd take Alaska over Hawaii, but maybe that's just me! (wink)

Fidel

I'll sell you Alaska, but you'll have to give up either California or Florida.

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Fidel wrote:

I was going to list roller coasters, but apparently Russia beat yas to it by a few centuries.

[url=Ten">http://travelaroundthe-world.blogspot.com/2008/01/kingda-ka-is-roller-co... Best Roller Coasters in the World[/url] (according to one aficionado, at least)

fidel wrote:

Happy Independence Day, Sven.

Thanks, Fidel!!

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Fidel wrote:

I'll sell you Alaska, but you'll have to give up either California or Florida.

Alaska for California?  You got it!

Fidel

I've seen Kingda Ka in my dreams. I realize now it's my destiny to make the Meccan voyage to New Jersey one day and ride the Ka.

remind remind's picture

2 threads for 2, have sucked so far.... jingoistic americana, and how wonderful Mormoms are.

wtg rabble!

Star Spangled C...

Happy Fourth, sven!

It's a beautiful day in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I'm grilling up some sausages and drinking Sam Adams.

al-Qa'bong

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It isn't a list of thing created by America. 

 

Ya got that right.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

add:

1. The struggle for the 8 hour working day, honoured, in perpetuity, by the (rest of the) world on May 1;

2. The first public National Park in world history (yes, they "mentioned" Yellowstone but not its importance!) ;

3. The other musical form (besides Jazz) invented by AFRICAN AMERICANS, i.e., the Blues;

4. Benjamin Franklin;

5. Edgar Allan Poe;

6. Herman Melville;

7. Ralph Waldo Emerson;

8. Henry David Thoreau;

9. Walt Whitman;

10. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address;

11. Emily Dickinson;

and so on, to the present ...

and, most of all,

it's proximity to Canada, of course.

ETA: that last should probably read something like, "that the Americas includes (a sovereign) Canada" ...

Happy July 4!

Sven Sven's picture

I know that my list for Canada would start with the Canadian Rockies.  That is the grandest geography that I've ever seen...and, for me, is mixed with a lot of good memories of hiking and camping there as a kid.

And, I agree, N. Beltov, about Jazz and the Blues (the clubs in Chicago and New Orleans are a delight for the ears and heart).

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Maysie Maysie's picture

Not things, but people:

bell hooks

Noam Chomsky

Tim Wise

Angela Davis

Margaret Cho

Queen Latifah

NDPP

What is indeed 'GREAT' about America [and its servile northern satellite] is a bottomless capacity for DENIAL! Here's a big happy July 4 from Layla Anwar - as an Iraqi woman, she's earned it even if the whole world has shamlessly forgotten/suppressed what America did to Iraq

The Final Solution - Extermination

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2010/07/final-solution-extermination....

6079_Smith_W

I don't think it's much of a challenge to find things wrong with the states.

To me one of the things that makes it a great country is the fact it has been a crucible for dynamic change, fusion and renewal. The Americans certainly aren't the only ones on the cutting edge, but there are countless artistic, political, philosophical  and social ideas that have come from there. I think it's an amazing paradox that the U.S. has been a scourge to other nations, to the world's resources, and to its own people, and yet  has also been the conduit (if not the source) of so much revolutionary positive change in the world.

I expect our culture could also learn a lesson from them in optimism and self-assurance, just as they could learn a lesson from us in humility and thinking for the common good. I would still never want to live there though.

al-Qa'bong

Didja ever notice how yanquis refer to states as "great,"as in "He's from the great state of New Hampshire"? 

Try saying, "She's from the great province of New Brunswick." It just sounds wrong, like saying "God bless Canada."

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al-Qa'bong wrote:

Try saying, "She's from the great province of New Brunswick."

This would be more Canadian: "She's from the nice province of New Brunswick." Wink

al-Qa'bong

The Canadian way would be to do without adjectives altogether, and just say "She's from New Brunswick."

We already know it's a province, and Canadians also know that no province is any friggin' better'n any other.

oldgoat

The exeption being, that Canadians outside of the GTA would say "she's from fucking Toronto".

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Yep, and then we roll our eyes at each other...

oldgoat

And the great thing is, we couldn't care less what anyone outside Toronto thinks, so it's a win win.

Caissa

The rest of us know you are only pretending, oldgoat.

And NB is the Picture Province, neither great nor nice.

Our old slogan is better than the current one " Be in This Place."

remind remind's picture

Welllll....BC is 'Supernatural' so there ;P

Caissa

We can believe that out East. Wink

lagatta

They mean buffalo as in bison, not Buffalo as in the city not far from the Golden Horseshoe.

Actually Buffalo, while in deep and sad decline, perhaps for that reason has some beautiful architectural districts.

But the main problem is ... America ... when they mean the USA, not all the other American nations to its north and south.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I've been to some amazing places in the US.  I love New York City, I love Washington, DC, Boston/Cambridge, too.  Virginia and Maryland are beautiful.  Sanibel Island in Florida was a magical place.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The greatest thing about America, I mean the United States of America, is its great working class that produced the wealthiest society in world history. It's a real shame about the distribution of that wealth but that has more to do with the primitive capitalistic sort of society they've got. Can't blame the regular Joes and Janes for that.

Some would say, "good old American know-how" but that is, well, what with the export of so much know-how, kinda embarrassing now. You can't talk about knowing how to make the best steel in the world, or the most of it, or something like that, when you don't make hardly ANY steel anymore. Sad. Same with cars, almost all the motorcycles in the world (except Harley Davidson), high tech gadgets, etc., etc.

America's productive people. That's it. Plenty of 'em are dumb as a post, racist as George Wallace, and insular as all hell. But somebody produced all this wealth that they're not sharing in as much as they deserve. The farmers and workers of the good old USA. They're the greatest thing about America ... and always will be. Amen.

 

 

6079_Smith_W

@ N. Beltov

Regarding your comment, there is a fair bit of unsubstantiated BS in this article, but some of it - in particular the bit about education funding - is interesting.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/17/f-vp-newman.html

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Newman is often interesting but not this time.

Productivity and the use of averages in income to make social generalizations? ha ha.

The USA is also becoming a more polarized, socially, sort of society. AS in, the class differences are BIGGER in the USA than in (gulp) the UK and some other European countries. (See the Monthly Review Zine or MRZINE and do a google search for the data and article with links) So the super rich and the rich may be getting very, very much richer. Not so true with the Joes and Janes. That's the problem with averages, like average income. They're not all that useful.

Productivity. What's missing from Newman's remarks is that while the US data indicates that their productivity has risen, rather a great deal, the social share of wealth that ought to go to those with the increasing productivity isnt going to them.

People are producing more wealth, more effectively, but theyre not seeing the result of that. Again, the rich and the super rich are getting, well, filthy rich.

I still like Newman. He's a clever guy. But if I ever meet him in person, or on TV, and I get half a chance to prepare, I WILL kick his ass and have a good time doing it.

Thanks for the link anyway. I like a workout.

6079_Smith_W

Yeah, there is plenty I disagree with too - the hint that we might be spending too much on social programs,, and little pitch for the HST, as well as your points. But there are a few interesting nuggets even if his analysis and conclusions are flawed. The old blind pig thing..

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I would merely say about the NB'er that he was from Down Home.  As for people outside the GTA not liking Toronto I think you should be happy that people from Scarborough can't complain about Toronto any more like they used to.

I love the Americans for their predictability.  Guaranteed every new generation has a war to fight. 

al-Qa'bong

oldgoat wrote:

The exeption being, that Canadians outside of the GTA would say "she's from fucking Toronto".

Not really.  We might say, "She's from down east" though.

When Cueball stopped by he seemed a bit surprised when I told him that where I live, Toronto is some place on TV, and means about as much to us as Chicago or Calcutta.

lagatta

Timebandit, I think you'd like the Bay area and some parts of Northern California as well, where they have such an ideal climate for local, organic agriculture (including vino!)

Al Q, Chicago is actually closer to where you live, despite it being a bit farther south than Tranna. Think the east-west distance is much larger.

al-Qa'bong

Hi lagatta.  I'm not sure why you told me about Chicago's proximity to us here.  There's a regional legend that Al Capone used to scoot across the border and hide out in the tunnels of Moose Jaw when things got to hot for him in Chitown.  I can't verify Capone's visits, but the tunnels are real enough.

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lagatta wrote:

Timebandit, I think you'd like the Bay area and some parts of Northern California as well, where they have such an ideal climate for local, organic agriculture (including vino!)

Al Q, Chicago is actually closer to where you live, despite it being a bit farther south than Tranna. Think the east-west distance is much larger.

Hi, lagatta!!!

Yes, I probably would like the Bay area...  I've been to LA, but it's too spread out.  There are some lovely spots along the coast near there, though.