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We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it (minitrue barphalert)
Cable News Network ^ | 10:12 AM EST, Sat November 24, 2012 | Steven Johnson

Posted on 11/24/2012 11:45:48 AM PST by Olog-hai

We’ve finally emerged from the season in which Americans were asked by the pollsters and politicians: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” But sometimes it’s important to contemplate the question of progress from a longer view: How are we doing on the scale of a generation?

To answer that question, take this brief quiz.

Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air pollution, divorce, male-female wage equality, charitable giving, voter turnout, per capita GDP and teen pregnancy?
The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive. Almost all those varied metrics of social wellness have improved by more than 20% over the past two decades. And that’s not counting the myriad small wonders of modern medicine that have improved our quality of life as well as our longevity: the anti-depressants and insulin pumps and quadruple bypasses. …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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1 posted on 11/24/2012 11:45:57 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hee hee...these cretins actually believe ‘science’ and ‘medicine’ advancements will be focused on prolonging their miserable worthless, non-contributing lives, don’t they? At present with the re-election of their Messiah, they are living a fool’s dream that is at best a couple of weeks deep with regard to the support structure that continues their oblivious existence. It’s a pity they’ll be the first to get ‘voted off the island’ in the death panel game.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 11:50:31 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Olog-hai
The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive

In a word....bullsh!t.

3 posted on 11/24/2012 11:52:01 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Olog-hai
Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air pollution, divorce, male-female wage equality, charitable giving, voter turnout, per capita GDP and teen pregnancy?

The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive.

It sounds like he may get his statistics from CNN.

4 posted on 11/24/2012 11:54:57 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: Olog-hai
important measures

Says you (well, the author).
5 posted on 11/24/2012 11:57:09 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: rockrr

statistics can be manipulated according to one’s own bias quite easily
and the so called indicators of societal health are beyond suspect.

divorce rates are low because people are shaking up and women are choosing single motherhood over stable two parent relationships

is it really good for society when a large portion of society is currently ingesting anti-depressants?

sure you can lower high school drop out rates when the curriculum is dumbed down and students with failing grades are still issued diplomas

the chinese also thought things were great under Mao when 60million people starved to death... do not believe the hype


6 posted on 11/24/2012 12:01:27 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t have stats off the top of my head, but this report is saying that teen pregnancy is down. Okay, maybe it is. However, we have in the last couple of generations completely institutionalized the concept of out of wedlock pregnancy and broken homes and single mothers and other ad hoc living arrangements.

It’s not PC to talk about how we are raising so many of our children in less than ideal circumstances nowadays. So while teen pregnancy may be down, far more of the kids being born are not being raised in the best circumstances, with both mother and father in the home.

I know I just made a number of value judgements which you aren’t supposed to do in these politically correct times. Flame away.


7 posted on 11/24/2012 12:03:08 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: Olog-hai

What about the trend towards people in their 20s having massive student debt and no useful job skills to show for four more years of doing nothing but letting someone else take care of them, yet still feel entitled to the fruits of others’ labor?


8 posted on 11/24/2012 12:03:24 PM PST by JeffChrz (ObamaCare causes layoffs? Who knew? (I did.))
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To: Dilbert San Diego

That’s a statistic that can be manipulated, especially if the percentage of population that are in their teens in the country is lower than in the past. I wouldn’t worry about what Minitrue has to say about it; they’re counting on people having voluntary “memory holes” . . . the Innerparty doesn’t need to work as hard.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 12:06:48 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air pollution, divorce, male-female wage equality, charitable giving, voter turnout, per capita GDP and teen pregnancy?

The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive.

It sounds like he may get his statistics from CNN. He left out voter fraud, class warfare, anti-Caucasionism, unemployment, taxes, DUIs, "missing" and murdered children, loss of freedoms and liberties, communism, no jobs for college graduates, loss of useful college degrees, autistic-acting children who are fixated on their cellphones, children without two parents, illegal immigration and anti-Christian bigotry.

11 posted on 11/24/2012 12:09:19 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: Olog-hai
There is nothing positive about giving up freedom. Our generation is much less free than our parents. And we won't even recognize the next unless we and our children can band together to vote out the godless wannabe totalitarians. The barbarians are inside the gate.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. --Ronald Reagan

12 posted on 11/24/2012 12:10:51 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: JeffChrz

Like Face in the A-Team movie, when he’s about to be set on fire?

If they mean THAT kind of “living the dream”, well then, yeah.


13 posted on 11/24/2012 12:11:42 PM PST by stanne
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To: Olog-hai

minitrue? is that something truthy, but in a small way?


14 posted on 11/24/2012 12:13:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It breaks my heart every time I see or hear about broken homes and the kids involved. I really just want to strangle the so called adults.

I just cant understand how two people were in love enough to produce a child and now they can’t stand to live on the same planet with that person. Does the ex represent all the bad choices they have made?


15 posted on 11/24/2012 12:14:02 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: Olog-hai
"The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive."

Yes, life in the United States, for now, remains better than much of the rest of the world, but still, many insist on following one who has vowed to 'fundamentally transform' the nation.

16 posted on 11/24/2012 12:14:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

and hos much of this is momentum from more conservative times?


17 posted on 11/24/2012 12:16:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: pennyfarmer

love is not required to produce a child


18 posted on 11/24/2012 12:18:07 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Comes from 1984; it’s the Newspeak abbreviation for “Ministry of Truth”.


19 posted on 11/24/2012 12:20:14 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I would wager all of it is.


20 posted on 11/24/2012 12:21:03 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: longfellowsmuse

Yup, lust suffices.


21 posted on 11/24/2012 12:21:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Olog-hai

Following important measures of social health:

1)high school dropout rates—Not for the blacks or Latino’s

2) college enrollment—We place the SAME high school dropouts in remedial college classes and Voila: call it increased college enrollment

3)juvenile crime-—whites have dropped: blacks rate is so high the media hides the stats

4) drunken driving—for whites it;s down—for illegals it has skyrocketed

5) traffic deaths—once again, illegals and minorities have a higher rate

6) manufacturing infant mortality—does this include the aborted?

7) life expectancy—For whites it’s gone up, minorities are falling, and the Homo’s have a MUCH shorter life expectancy then the media will admit,

8) workplace injuries...fewer workers in dangerous jobs due to increased productivity via technology; lawyers are still suing the sh!t out of companies for hot coffee etc.

9) divorce-—fewer marriages, more cohabit due to higher tax rates and generous social benifits for unwed mothers.

10) male-female wage equality—fewer blue collar jobs for men,

11) charitable giving-—ALWAYS more conservatives than lefties

12) voter turnout-—illegal and multiple votes cast by the dead ,

13) teen pregnancy-—please, MTV has shows about the joys of teen pregnancy.


22 posted on 11/24/2012 12:27:26 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: pennyfarmer

the kids will NEVER understand it. Not even when it happens after the child is an adult.

NEVER. They just don’t have the language to articulate it.

It is ultimate abuse and neglect.


23 posted on 11/24/2012 12:27:40 PM PST by stanne
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To: Olog-hai
small wonders of modern medicine that have improved our quality of life as well as our longevity: the anti-depressants ...

Pretty telling that anti-depressants are first on the liberal list. That's what makes liberals all so highly subject to suggestion.

You must go vote for the Democrat ... must vote Democrat ...

Evil is good ... evil is good ... evil is good ...

What??? Racist!!!

24 posted on 11/24/2012 12:30:41 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Olog-hai

Fantasy island. The plane boss, the plane. Uh, oh ... boom.


25 posted on 11/24/2012 12:32:25 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
minitrue?

It is short for "Ministry of Truth", from Orwell's 1984, I believe.

26 posted on 11/24/2012 12:32:44 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Olog-hai
Somehow, employment and wealth failed to make the author's list of important things.

It's worthwhile to remember that in the Fall of 2001, an earthquake of 6.X hit the San Fransisco area, and 3 people died (from heart attacks, but they were counted as caused by the earthquake.) A few days later, a slightly less powerful earthquake hit Iran, and 30,000 people died as a result, mostly because their mud hut crushed them when it fell down.

Moral of the story; there is an enormous social value in the existence of building codes and the accumulated wealth and social will to comply with those building codes.

A lesson lost of the morally bankrupt social engineers who fail to recognize that one true law exists in nature; the parasite must be smaller than the host. If there are no Sharks, there are no Pilot Fish.

27 posted on 11/24/2012 12:35:18 PM PST by Bernard ('He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else' - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: meadsjn
The word “Minitrue” appears in the seventh paragraph of the first chapter of that book.
The Ministry of Truth—Minitrue, in Newspeak—was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 meters into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The Ministry of Truth contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below. Scattered about London there were just three other buildings of similar appearance and size. So completely did they dwarf the surrounding architecture that from the roof of Victory Mansions you could see all four of them simultaneously. They were the homes of the four Ministries between which the entire apparatus of government was divided. The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order. And the Ministry of Plenty, which was responsible for economic affairs. Their names, in Newspeak: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty.

The Ministry of Love was the really frightening one. There were no windows in it at all. Winston had never been inside the Ministry of Love, nor within half a kilometer of it. It was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests. Even the streets leading up to its outer barriers were roamed by gorilla-faced guards in black uniforms, armed with jointed truncheons. …
I always wondered what a failure of technology would have done to the Party’s power. But Orwell never went there . . .
28 posted on 11/24/2012 12:52:33 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: longfellowsmuse

Good point, biologically speaking. :)


29 posted on 11/24/2012 12:57:34 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: Olog-hai

As the majority white middle class population decreases, the social statistics are only going to get worse and worse.
Had boomers kept the American cultural melting pot in institutions and culture, that would be different.

But we permitted liberals to ghettoize minority and white youth with the socialist slogan “don’t act white.” We permitted them to feminize and drug males. Well then, expect statistics to match the ghetto culture that has been imposed upon American children.

As go white males, so goes America.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 1:08:01 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Olog-hai
Despite the propaganda of the LeftSM, the French millenials have experienced the lie that "The trend is positive" "from a longer view" and are ready to revolt. I only hope our millenials soon discover the error of their ways. But it's a tough battle to overcome the indoctrination by public schools, Hollywood 'culture', academia, and the LeftSM.


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31 posted on 11/24/2012 1:30:22 PM PST by rocksandbroncs
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To: Olog-hai

We are in a nightmare....from which we can not awaken.


32 posted on 11/24/2012 3:08:05 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: longfellowsmuse

“sure you can lower high school drop out rates when the curriculum is dumbed down and students with failing grades are still issued diplomas”
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Of course and even more so when college graduates are incapable of passing a tenth grade final exam from a public school circa 1960. I am serious when I write this, it is no joke, we would have a real need for only a tiny percentage of the current number of university classrooms if K-12 education was anything like what it used to be.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XScQCaLmtAw


33 posted on 11/25/2012 11:29:02 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: Jim Robinson

“The barbarians are inside the gate.”
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I wish it could be no worse than that. The fact is that the barbarians entered the gate long ago, they now occupy the palace and rule over the rest of us.


34 posted on 11/25/2012 11:33:03 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: SaraJohnson

“As go white males, so goes America.”
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Then we’re headed for hell on greased skids! The average young white male is about as mature at 30 as the average ten year old was before 1950. Even less so in some ways.


35 posted on 11/25/2012 11:40:03 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: RipSawyer

Yep. The human brain on drugs...starting at age six. That’s a lot of it. They were acting up in the femenazi schools.


36 posted on 11/25/2012 12:20:34 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Olog-hai

Are you better off than you were 20 years ago? For me, no. Not even close.


37 posted on 11/25/2012 4:01:51 PM PST by Hessian (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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