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Is the US really the land of opportunity?
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:08:42 PM »
Here is an interesting and eye opening article from the Spanish version of yahoo.  I copied it into the google translate so we can all understand it.  I do not have time to translate the entire article myself.  It is rather alarming, considering I am American and live here also.  I have seen many fsu women prefer a man from Germany or England, but if this article leaks into Russian channels, it will be far worse for the American fsu bride seeker. 

Six reasons to call the United States 'Third World'

Maribel Rodrigo.- When Donald Trump mentioned him in the electoral campaign, there was laughter. Today there are several reasons to qualify the first world power as a third world country, according to a recent report by the BBC. They are based on US performance compared to other countries in the world in matters such as life expectancy, education or adolescent pregnancies.

Several indicators of well-being place the United States at the tail of rich countries and even lag behind in some aspects. Thus, a study by the Pew Research Center indicates that a majority of upper and middle class Americans believe that "the poor today have things easy because they can receive benefits from the government without doing anything". Nothing to do with what two-thirds of low-income citizens think because "the social benefits are not enough to help have a decent life."

The BBC study has highlighted six indicators that question the myth of welfare in the United States. Together with the above cited are infant and maternal mortality and the homicide rate.

According to reports from the UN Human Development Program, life expectancy in the United States is only 79.2 years, far from the 83.7 years of Japan and certainly far below the rates in Spain and even of several Latin American countries with a much lower per capita income. The US ranks 40th in the world, but the issue is not there because the life expectancy of Americans is decreasing and, furthermore, the distance between white and colored citizens grows (80 versus 66 years).

It does not improve its position when analyzing the life expectancy of children (ranked 44, behind countries such as Cuba or Croatia), with the aggravating circumstance that in African-Americans the rate is more similar to that of underdeveloped countries such as Togo. Overall, 23.1% of American children live in households with average incomes below 50% of the average.

The United States has always been a country of contrasts, but some data that place it in a very unfortunate situation from the point of view of human rights and the protection of children are surprising. If we talk about maternal mortality, the rate has risen almost 50% in five years, going from 17.5 deaths per 100,000 births in 2000 to 26.5 in 2015. Of course, the rate among African-Americans triples the of white population.

Something similar happens with the delivery of adolescents (between 15 and 19 years old): 21 per 1,000 women, very far from countries such as Japan (4), Germany (6) or Spain (8).

The ease of access to weapons and the growth of homicides is the other great workhorse of American society. Trump will not have easy to defend his theories in favor of the possession of weapons in a country with 4.88 deaths per 100,000 citizens, a fact that puts him in a shameful position 59 of the world ranking. Even more if one takes into account that, the higher the level of poverty, the more deaths. In American cities of more than 200,000 inhabitants and with a poverty of 25%, there is an average of 24.4 homicides (five times more).

In view of these data, we should ask ourselves if the United States is really a country of opportunities for all and if racial integration is only a recurring theme in the fantastic Hollywood industry.

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Re: Is the US really the land of opportunity?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 08:41:39 PM »
Omega, why do you feel that this article in particular would be 'far worse for the American FSU bride seeker (if the article leaks into Russian channels)'? This might just be my inexperience talking, but I can't imagine a potential partner of mine being concerned about such things. Sure the United States has its problems, but for many it's still the land of opportunity.

I've been under the impression that Russians don't like black people anyway. Admittedly, the blacks do seem to be at a disadvantage at times, but often this can be attributed to their poor life choices. When it can't, remember that those people were bought and sold as commodities not too long ago, so cut them some slack.

As to readily available firearms (and such), Trump need not work to defend those principles. Just today I took delivery of a large mortar that I had ordered back over the summer. It had the rump of my tractor taking flight until a pal rode the rear (I loaned my ballast box to another machine). Would this frighten away m'Russian Lady? I really don't think so (but perhaps amuse her a bit).
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Re: Is the US really the land of opportunity?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 12:31:03 AM »
With regard to infant mortality it may be instructive to read this:

Why American infant mortality rates are so high

It has been widely reported that the United States has a relatively high infant mortality rate compared with other developed countries: More than 23,000 American infants died in 2014, or about 6 for every 1,000 live births, putting us on par with countries like Serbia and Malaysia. Most other developed countries -- as geographically diverse as Japan, Finland, Australia and Israel -- have lower rates, closer to 2 or 3 deaths out of every 1,000. However, carefully parsing out the data shows that the story is more complicated than those simple statistics.

Explaining the numbers

The first nuance is one of definition. Infant mortality is defined as the death of babies under the age of one year, but some of the differences between countries can be explained by a difference in how we count. Is a baby born weighing less than a pound and after only 21 weeks' gestation actually "born?" In some countries, the answer is no, and those births would be counted as stillbirths. In the United States, on the other hand, despite these premature babies' relatively low odds of survival, they would be considered born -- thus counting toward the country's infant mortality rates.

These premature births are the biggest factor in explaining the United States' high infant mortality rate. Pre-term births can have many different maternal causes, many of which -- such as high blood pressure, diabetes, Zika and other infections and age -- are not entirely within an expectant mother's control. Other factors, such as stress level, might be able to be managed, but are not entirely controllable. On the other hand, some controllable risk factors include the use of tobacco, alcohol, cocaine and other drugs. The major issue of the lack of universal access to quality prenatal care should also be considered in any discussion of preterm births and infant mortality. Also, because about 50 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, some women might not be aware they are pregnant in time to get early prenatal care, and this may be part of the reason for premature births in this country.

Across all categories, larger, heavier babies and those at later gestational ages tend to have better survival rates. "Still, at any given gestational age, American physicians are just as capable -- if not more so -- as other health care professionals around the world at expertly caring for premature neonates," said Mark Sicilio, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Infertility treatments, which often lead to twins or triplets (who have poorer survival rates, perhaps primarily because they are likelier to be premature), have also been blamed for infant mortality numbers.

Or perhaps the blame for infant deaths lies in some sort of pollutant, virus or other toxin causing birth defects? Although these may be factors, and a major Zika outbreak causing miscarriages and microcephaly wouldn't help the United States' numbers, these are not currently the primary documented causes either.

The widening gap

Generally, especially compared to the worldwide statistics, American babies have good survival rates in their first few weeks of life. It is only after they reach one month of age that differences between the United States and other developed countries start to widen.
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