Context : ThoughtStormsAtlas

Just got back from America (sorry, the US. I am, of course, still in America (south) :-)

And, whatever else, it always feels so happy / optimistic / positive etc. America always feels like being on holiday ... (OTOH I was in LasVegas ...)

Anyway, on with the links ...

  • UsElection2004

** AfterAmericanWarOnIraq

  • GeorgeMonbiot, America is at war with itself The “precautionary principle” is applied so enthusiastically to matters of national security that it now threatens American civil liberties. But it is rejected altogether when discussing the environment.

: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2004/12/21/americas-war-with-itself-/

UmairHaque : I've lived all over the world. Life in the States is incredibly stressful, relative to anywhere else.

That's because unless you've really made it, you're always just a few months away from the end of the line - especially in a society with zero social protection for the poor and less fortunate. Your entire life can be undone in the space of weeks, no matter how 'hard' you work.

There is nowhere else in the world like this - no, not even the 3rd world. I've lived there too, and at least there, social institution like extended families are there to catch people when they fall. People are not nearly as stressed out.

US Economy 2007