Owl: USA #29 Out of 30 in Family, Health, Etc.

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

USA Not #1 in Health, Family, Income and More: Ranks #29 Among 30 Countries

When someone tells you the United States is the best country in the world to live, ask them on what grounds or with what data do they make this claim. They would not make such a statement if they had all the facts marshalled in the ebook-report summarized in this article. The author looks at, according to Paul Rosenberg, “eight indicators each in seven categories, ranking counties in order along with precise figures for how they score. The seven categories are: health, family, education, income and leisure, freedom and democracy, public order and safety, and generosity. Indicators include things like life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, share of income received by richest 10 per cent, years of life lost in injury, etc.”

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America in denial: We’re number 29 (of 30): US embraces policies and practices that place it at the bottom of advanced industrial nations for social outcomes

 

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Jul 1

Robert E. Hunter: US – Iran Converging Interests

Categories: Peace Intelligence
Robert E. Hunter

Robert E. Hunter

Robert E. Hunter served as US ambassador to NATO (1993-98) and on the National Security Council staff throughout the Carter administration.

Iran Talks: Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few

EXTRACT

The United States and Iran have some complementary if not coincident interests that call for, at least, clear thinking in Washington about what might be possible – and what should be tested – in improved relations. Both countries want stability in Afghanistan: Iran because of the neighborhood, the US in hopes that it will not have to admit, after 14 years of trying, that the government it supports in Kabul is not likely to prevail over the Taliban once Western forces depart. Both countries want freedom of the seas and security for the Straits of Hormuz. Both want, in President Obama’s words, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). Iran is more whole-heartedly committed to that objective and is more useful to the United States than are regional Sunni states, notably Saudi Arabia, whose people have done so much to inspire, fund, and thus arm the various Islamist terrorist groups. And although the US and Iran have different views about Iraq’s longer-term political orientation, they do share a form of devil’s bargain in Syria. Neither wants the regime of its president, Bashar al-Assad, overthrown: Iran because of the tactical if not strategic value it sees in this Alawite (Shia) regime and the US because of President Obama’s correct fear that getting rid of Assad, without a clear path to a stable future, would be a fool’s errand. Washington says otherwise, but its true policy is obvious.

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Jul 1

Anthony Judge: Strategic Self-Reference and World Futures — An Integral Approach to Doing the Right Thing Instead of the Wrong Things Righter

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Embodying Strategic Self-reference in a World Futures Conference

Transcending the wicked problem engendered by projecting negativity elsewhere

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Jun 30

Sepp Hasslberger: EU Not Greece Is Source of Collapse

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

The problem is not Greece, the problem is in how the EU set up its finance and banking system. And yes, unless we get a serious reform going, the EU is likely to see economic collapse.

The U.S. And EU Will Collapse Regardless Of Economic ‘Contagion’

EXTRACT

Never forget this: The EU is in trouble not because of Greece, but because of forced supranational interdependency. The EU by all rights should not exist, nor should any centralized supranational single currency system.

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Jun 30