american

n=74


a: American ~
b: funny person

What:

"The American is a funny person," he recalled. "He worships the result of things that are big, economies of scale, mass production, but he hates anything that is big and powerful, and the oil industry is seen as the biggest and most powerful industry"

From:
The Prize
The Epic Quest for Oil, Money,& Power
By Daniel Yergin
Page 692

Note: This book is a fantastic read
about the influence that oil has had on the US and world economy in the past 100-150 years.


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Writer: Clifton Garvin, former chairman of Exxon
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jun 21 2014 6:47 PM


American Culture Is Like A Prism

a: American culture ~
b: a prism

What: "Like the Indian society which has evolved over centuries and today, displays its gems of diversity, American culture is constantly being redefined by its new immigrants. Now American culture is like a prism, which illuminates the vibrant colors of every new culture within it. It is up to us to share our culture and educate others so that we may INTEGRATE, not assimilate into the American culture and help dispel prejudice and fear."

Useful?
Writer: Mona
LCC: G
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 27 2011 10:45 AM


American culture is like a sponge

a: American culture ~
b: a sponge

What: "Godard argues American culture is like a sponge that absorbs the cultures of other countries, but leaves a sticky residue of history behind that makes the absorbed culture meaningless. In Godard's view, American culture has no room for historical accuracy. The film most obviously illustrates this moment when the director stands before posters for Bresson's Pickpocket and The Matrix."

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Writer: Jean-Luc Godard
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:02 AM


American Culture

a: American culture ~
b: a giant slab of molasses

What: "George Will stated somewhere that American culture is like a giant slab of molasses and our decisions, like tiny channels, guide its lumbering movement to the right or left. With all due respect to Mr. Will, I suggest that our prayers guide the direction of American society."

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Writer: George Will
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:11 AM


American Culture Is Like A Stew

a: American culture ~
b: a stew

What: "American culture is like a stew. It is composed of many different ingredients (cultures), spices (beliefs), and often a secret ingredient (pride and freedom) to give it the unique flavor that people crave. It is the land of opportunity, and it tastes good."

Useful?
Writer: lrm090
LCC: G
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:16 AM


American culture

a: American culture ~
b: a steamroller

What: "I think that American culture is like a steamroller across the world. Some representations of that would be fast food like McDonalds, others would be Disney and another one would be hip hop. So it seems pretty fair game that hip hop would be satirized or even pummeled by a comedian"

Useful?
Writer: John Safran
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:22 AM


American Culture Is Like A Religion

a: American culture ~
b: a religion

What: See the discussion in the link.

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Writer: David R. Dow
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:36 AM


American Culture Is Like A Hypo-manic Person

a: American culture ~
b: a hypo-manic person

What: "It's one "controversy" every few days--nothing is solved, nothing is gained but hits for Web-Barons and a wage for the people paid to find outrage and push it on us. American Culture is like a hypo-manic person who can't stop talking about what they think--people just get sick of that person and after a while people just tune out. I've reached that point with the whole Internet."

Useful?
Writer: Sanford109
LCC:
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:42 AM


American Culture

a: American culture ~
b: the moving sidewalk in an airport

What: "I'm used to my big American freedom. By comparison, American culture is like the moving sidewalk in an airport - safe and sanitised. And if it's not, you can sue."

Useful?
Writer: Sarah Barrell
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:45 AM


American culture is like a mobius

a: American culture ~
b: a mobius

What: "American culture is like a mobius -- people, lifestyles, attitudes go away for a while, only to eventually return again upside down. Watch the passing scene long enough, and you'll see the lava lamp of social norms reverse itself, then reverse itself again. For the Webb legacy, the shift has been of the 180-degree polar variety, providing the kind of clarity and moral sledgehammer that Jack so favored. "

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Writer: PJ-Comix
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:52 AM


shit wrapped in chocolate

a: American culture ~
b: shit wrapped in chocolate

What: With all the fundamental problems in American, 2012 there is tendency among many to glaze over issues with light happy rhetoric. There are many examples, just about any advertisement fits into this category. And as it start to stink more and more, there is a tendency to double down and keep adding layer of chocolate. Eventually the enough people bit into the chocolate and taste the culture as it is.

Useful?
Writer: LucyG
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 23 2012 12:34 PM



a: American academe ~
b: old South Africa

What:

"I agree, American academe is like the old South Africa, where a tiny elitist minority, operating on a thoroughly outdated belief system, controls a vast majority of relatively unwitting subjects/students. "


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jul 2 2015 9:20 AM



a: american culture ~
b: football with all cheer leading and no coaches

What:


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 8 2016 9:42 AM


But Don't Drink Too Much

a: American business ~
b: dry martini

What: "American business is like dry martini cocktail, when it is good, it is very good, and when it's bad, it is still good."

Useful?
Writer: Dr Nicholas Nvaradi
LCC: HF
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Apr 18 2012 9:58 PM


And Sometimes It Floods

a: American business ~
b: the Mississippi

What: "Today, more than ever, American business is like the Mississippi: fast moving and powerful, ever changing, reflective of conditions, and often perilous. But it can be successfully navigated with a clear sense of purpose and a strong mission."

Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC: HF
Where:
Date: Apr 18 2012 10:01 PM


American Politics=car Wreck

a: American politics ~
b: driving slowly by a car crash

What: "I realize that watching American politics is like driving slowly by a car crash. Frankly, I'm overjoyed to be a Canadian, and always have been. I have family living across the States and they used to seem skeptical that I wasn't the least bit envious of their country. Then I showed them what Canadian Parliamentary sessions look like..."

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Writer: davidhelpswo
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:39 AM


American Politics=thrones

a: American politics ~
b: a game of thrones

What: " We don't understand half of what goes on in politics and even less of what happens on Game of Thrones" I don't understand either Thrones or politics. But the comparisons seem relevant.

Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:42 AM


Dualing Couples

a: American politics ~
b: two annoying friends

What: "American politics is like two annoying friends you didn't really like breaking up and then chewing your ear off about it forever."

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Writer: umair haque
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:45 AM


North American Neighbors

a: American politics ~
b: watching a crazy neighbour

What: "I'm more interested in Canadian politics as it directly effects me, however watching American politics is like watching a crazy neighbour playing with a nail gun in their garage. You know it's not good for them and that they are only hurting themselves."

Useful?
Writer: Swing Left
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:46 AM


Donkey Screws The Elephant

a: American politics ~
b: the mating of their mascots

What: "Getting anything done in American Politics is like the mating of their mascots. One involves a big Dick and the other is done at high level and takes 2 years to get any results."

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Writer: PIX-JOCKEY
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:49 AM


He's Actually Making Sense.....

a: American politics ~
b: the matrix

What: "Our lives have been like that movie and it is not about Barack Obama. It's about Obama and Bush and Clinton and Bush. It has been going on for years, it is just a play and it goes back to the progressive movement - on both sides of the aisle."

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Writer: Glen Beck
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:56 AM


The Broken Auto

a: American politics ~
b: a car with a blown engine

What: "American Politics is like a car with a blown engine. Millions of hours of time and energy are wasted arguing about who gets to sit in the front seat and who has to sit in the back. It would be much more constructive to spend our time discussing how to actually fix the blown engine. Everything else is irrelevant. Some discussions, like this one, actually take us further from that goal."

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Writer: Rattling Bones
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:52 AM


The Bibolar Seesaw

a: American politics ~
b: a seesaw

What: "American politics is like a seesaw: one movement starts punching the established political wisdom, coming from nowhere, like the Tea Party. The more successful it is, it will engender a counter-punch hitting in the opposite direction."

Useful?
Writer: Oliver Geronilla
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 18 2012 11:58 AM


Money Vs Money

a: American politics ~
b: Wall Street

What: "For those unfamiliar with Ron Paul, he ran as a Libretarian in 1988 and then as a Republican in 2008 presidental elections. He unfortunately did not have the funds to compete with his wealthy opponents in the preceding elections. American politics is like Wall Street: money talks and ________ walks (well, you get the point). "

Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:03 PM


Dualing Parties.......

a: American politics ~
b: wrestling or a soap opera

What: "I think that American politics is like wrestling or a soap opera or dare I say it, sports, and that Americans don't understand that we are being manipulated and controlled."

Useful?
Writer: CharlesB
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:05 PM


Tick Tock Tick Tock........da Da Da Da

a: American politics ~
b: pendulum

What: "American politics is like a pendulum. The further you swing to the left, the further the next president will swing to the right, and so forth. Carter.....Reagan/Bush1.......Clinton.......Bush2.......Obama....... ? You are probably looking at President Marco Rubio next. "

Useful?
Writer: Peter Grim
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:11 PM


American Politics=soft Drink

a: American politics ~
b: pick a soft drink

What: "American politics is like deciding whether to have Coke or Fanta with your McDonalds." A comment from a non longer being used twitter account.

Useful?
Writer: Grim Rabbit
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:13 PM


Hmmm, A Crappy Restaurant......

a: American politics ~
b: Woody Allen's restaurant

What: "Look, American politics is like Woody Allen's restaurant, you know the one with, "such bad food and such small portions". The best you can realistically hope for as President of the United States is a kinder, gentler, mafia don. That is more or less what we have got."

Useful?
Writer: David Seaton
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:14 PM


Is It Really A Game?

a: American politics ~
b: a football game

What: "American politics is like watching a football game played between the 40 yard lines. The players keep playing and the people in the stands get poorer as they watch. That is the reality. Can you handle the truth? "

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Writer: Bob Lonsberry
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:17 PM


The View From Australia

a: American politics ~
b: a time machine

What: "The truth is, what the American Government does, the Australian Government is sure to follow. Tyranny is just as much on our doorstep (in someways more so). American politics is like a time machine, a glimpse into our own future. Which is why I am so fascinated by the Freedom Movement. Well, it helps keep me positive anyway."

Useful?
Writer: AaronB
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:21 PM


North Pole Vs South Pole

a: American politics ~
b: magnetic field

What: A really cool comparison of how the American body politic is like iron filings in a magnetic field. This get an A in terms of being a very illuminating metaphor. "American politics is like a large sheet of paper covered with millions of tiny iron filings." Page 94 of the book, "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World."

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Writer: Walter Rus Mead
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:28 PM


Yes Yes And Yes

a: American politics ~
b: one giant homeowners association

What: Then I realized: American politics is like one giant and unwieldy homeowners association, rife with the sort of people who post lists telling their neighbors when they are forbidden to use the communal pool."

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Writer: jimmyboi2
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:32 PM


Ouch That Hurts, Stop It......

a: American politics ~
b: an abusive relationship

What: "What's happening here is that American politics is like an abusive relationship. The people who want Obama to walk on eggshells grew up in abusive families, or at least abusive school systems, so they feel in their bones that anyone who is not completely inoffensive will be crushed. They've lived their whole lives that way and they think everyone else should too. What really horrifies them is not that Obama will be radical and lose, but that he'll be radical and win, because that means they could have done the same thing, and they've wasted their lives."

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Writer: Ran Prieur
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:36 PM


A Screwy Family.......

a: American politics ~
b: an abusive family

What: "American politics is like an abusive family, and the Republicans are the abusive father, and the Democrats are the abused wife, and we're the kids, some of us broken and some of us still rebellious. The father can disobey his own rules, but the wife must obey them perfectly. Hillary Clinton,..." Read the rest in the linked archive of this blogger..........

Useful?
Writer: Ran Prieur
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 18 2012 12:40 PM



a: American Football ~
b: a nuclear explosion

What:

"American Football is like a nuclear explosion -- there are no winners, only survivors "


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jul 27 2015 10:54 AM



a: American football ~
b: World War One massed infantry attacks


a: American Football ~
b: gladiators of ancient Rome

What:


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Writer: Mary Pilon
LCC:
Where:
Date: Dec 4 2016 12:36 PM


American Aesthetic

a: American aesthetic ~
b: childlike design

What: "There is an aspect of the American aesthetic that approaches design like a child. There's a giddy lack of propriety, a joyful dismissal of taste, a love of big colors and sparkle."

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Writer: Stefany Anne Golber
LCC:
Where:
Date: Apr 6 2010 2:13 AM


The American Dream

a: The american dream ~
b: a belief in Santa Claus

What: "When I see those who contribute nothing to society getting further and further ahead while my parents, whom I have seen work their asses off my whole life, drift further and further behind, I find that belief in the American Dream is like a belief in Santa Claus - a story told to kids to keep them in line". This was a reader letter on Andrew Sullivan's blog. I really hate to agree with this guy, but at this point he's closer to the truth than a lot of people want to admit.

Useful?
Writer: LucretiaGermanica
LCC: GN
Where:
Date: Oct 15 2010 6:42 AM



a: American democracy ~
b: The Wizard of Oz

What:


Useful?
Writer: Michelle
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:50 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: a jumbo jet

What:

"Israeli democracy, like American democracy, is like a jumbo jet with multiple engines, backups and fail-safe systems, than the kind of single engine populist touches displayed in Morsi's Egypt. Functioning democracies combine widespread popular legitimacy with a vigorous culture of criticism, resulting in tremendous structural stability buttressed by the true genius of a working democracy, overlapping self-corrective mechanisms."


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Writer: GIL TROY
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:53 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: casino game

What:

"Two of Obama's favorite pet constituencies, however, would seem to be the WEF (World Economic Forum) and the globalist aristocrats - after all he is their Frankenstein's monster! And it's become clear as day, that the sham of American democracy, is like a casino game that's rigged six ways to Sunday! The two figureheads of the two corporatist behemoths, sling barbs, and invective back and forth at one another, and shovel multi-millions into propaganda spots that would have made Goebbels chuckle! "


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Writer: Sean Fenley
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:54 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: restaurant with only two items

What:

"American democracy is like a restaurant with only two items on the menu, and no matter which one you order, ass or pachyderm, you're served a toxic and bloody mess. Dissatisfied, you must wait four years to order again, only to receive, once more, a toxic and bloody mess. Bon appetit!"


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Writer: Linh Dinh
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:56 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: Marily Monroe

What:

"As I have said before. American Democracy is like Marily Monroe, all Glitz and glamour, Platex support Bra's and Panty Girdles, but strip it down and all you've got is an Obese Junkie that everybody wants to sleep with, but nobody wants to Marry."


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Writer: jackal01
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:59 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: state of New Jersey

What:

"I guess in some ways American democracy is like the state of New
Jersey - most of it is something to be really proud of, but there are times on the turnpike when you absolutely have to hold your nose."


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Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 3:02 PM



a: American democracy ~
b: a modern hotel room

What:

You can turn on the air conditioner, but you can't open the window...


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jan 30 2015 3:04 PM


American Capitalism

a: American capitalism ~
b: a beautiful woman with a bad temper

What: "I've often thought that American capitalism is like a beautiful woman with a bad temper. You want to live with her forever but wonder if you are going to make it through the day. "

Useful?
Writer: Chris Gibbons
LCC: HF
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Dec 17 2010 2:03 AM


American Capitalism

a: American capitalism ~
b: a sailboat trying to go up-wind

What: "American capitalism is like a sailboat trying to go up-wind: it will have to wildly zig and zag in the hopes of ultimately reaching its destination. Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to catch up to us.".....I believe the nautical term is "tacking".............

Useful?
Writer: Leo
LCC: H
Where:
Date: Dec 17 2010 2:12 AM


American capitalism

a: American capitalism ~
b: a wine press

What: "For we who do the producing (or once did the producing back when workers were still considered a necessary evil)the truth is that American capitalism is like a wine press. It squeezes the masses for the money representing their productivity, in a process otherwise known as the virtual economy."

Useful?
Writer: Joe Bageant
LCC: H
Where:
Date: Dec 17 2010 2:30 AM


The American public is like a dog

a: The American public ~
b: a dog

What: "The American public is like a dog that's been kicked one too many times. The cascade of failures, the massive job loss, and the huge declines in home equity, have altered sentiment, psychology and actual behavior. Each time there's a new trauma - a month in which there is no jobs growth brinksmanship that almost results in default, a downgrade by Standard & Poor's, a damaging hurricane - Americans suffer flashbacks."

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Writer: Daniel Gross
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Oct 14 2011 2:08 PM


Self Eating Value Free Market America

a: American capitalism ~
b: monster eating its own asshole

What: The cold war is over. It been done for about 20 years, as this is written. Yet there is whole generation of US elders who still think it needs to be defended from the external threat of international and domestic communism. American capitalism, with its many problems, was defended because relative to a totalitarian state, it was preferred. Now this system, so defended, has evolved, degenerated, into a giant sucking monster that seems to be financially raping the culture that spawned its existence. A monster eating it own asshole it is.

Useful?
Writer: LucreitaGermanica
LCC: HF
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 7 2012 1:21 PM



a: American Revolution ~
b: fight with the parents

What:

"For example, ask her how the American Revolution is like a teenager having a fight with her parents to leave home"


Useful?
Writer: Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.
LCC:
Where:
Date: Nov 3 2015 5:46 PM



a: American journalism ~
b: American judiciary

What:

"American journalism is like the American judiciary: the truth is irrelevant and whoever can produce the more convincing story wins."


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 17 2016 11:04 AM



a: american capitalism ~
b: a rotten spoiled child

What:

trying to grab as much as possible for itself...


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 13 2016 8:17 PM


American Culture Is Like A Filter

a: The american culture ~
b: a filter

What: "You can also mention all the awesome food we got from multi-culturalism. We wouldn't have pizza. That alone is worth it. We get the best food from around the world. The American culture is like a filter. It filters out the crap some cultures eat, and the good stuff becomes Americanized. I wouldn't have it any other way. "

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Writer: Just music
LCC: G
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:33 AM



a: American corporation ~
b: beauty contest

What:

"Its a problem with American stereotyping. American employers expect men to look like pitbull dogs, yet with demeanor of an indentured servant. After all, management likes "yes-men" who won't give them any competition. Well groomed men have far more self-esteem and give the aire of independence and control, that seems to be threatening to management. Seen this too many times, particularly working in government."


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Writer: Sayaka Soreson
LCC:
Where:
Date: Apr 20 2015 10:40 AM


American Culture As A Fat, Drunk Movie Star

a: This american culture ~
b: a fat, drunk movie star

What: "I grew up in an alcoholic family, and I understand that impulse," he added of the daughter's reasoning with her father, calling the video heartbreaking. "And it's roughly analogous to where we are. This American culture is like a fat, drunk movie star," heedless of its effects on others."

Useful?
Writer: David Neumann
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:29 AM


North American culture is like pizza

a: North American culture ~
b: pizza

What: "North American culture is like pizza; Chinese culture is like dumplings."

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Writer: Kathleen Matthews
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 10:39 AM



a: American exceptionalism ~
b: telling their kids how special they are

What: One could also say American "exceptionalism" is like Americans telling their kids how "special" they are - even when they aren't. It's also like spoiled children who can't tolerate any disagreement with their opinion.

Useful?
Writer: Nancy Keaton
LCC:
Where:
Date: May 10 2014 1:45 PM



a: American exceptionalism ~
b: belief in Santa Claus

What:

"American exceptionalism is like the belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or some other fictional entity. We are exceptional in the manner to which so much of the population continues to be hoodwinked by that biggest lie of all - that we are better than everyone on the planet because we will eagerly feed our young military men and women into the meat grinder of wars, invasions and occupations as a blood sacrifice to the defense industry and the big banks to hoard more treasure. "


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: May 10 2014 1:47 PM



a: American exceptionalism ~
b: religious cult

What:

"American "Exceptionalism" is like a religious cult most of which is based on lies. Our Constitution is said to come from God himself although our government is totally dysfunctional. Our foreign policy is based on what is most profitable for the military industrial complex. Our infrastructure is falling apart and our health care system ranks 37th. We have more people in prison than any country in the world - not per capita but numbers. Doesn't look like it's all that exceptional to me."


Useful?
Writer: Ron Beasley
LCC:
Where:
Date: May 10 2014 1:49 PM



a: American exceptionalism ~
b: Anglosphere

What:

American exceptionalism is like the "Anglosphere" -- an idea based on the exceptionalism of the English-speaking peoples. You can believe in the idea and act on it -- it could very well be true -- but if you talk about it too much it will really get on people's nerves.


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: May 10 2014 1:55 PM


chaos of American culture

a: chaos of American culture ~
b: leading a small patrol through enemy-occupied territory

What: "Leading a family through the chaos of American culture is like leading a small patrol through enemy-occupied territory. And the casualties in this war are as real as the names etched on the Vietnam Memorial." (Quoted from Point Man, by Steve Farrar)"

Useful?
Writer: Steve Farrar
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:24 AM



a: American college football ~
b: international cricket

What:

"American college football is like international cricket in some aspects, which no one will understand cause no one watches college football AND cricket."


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Writer: dlm891
LCC:
Where:
Date: Aug 1 2015 1:38 PM


American Corporate Stalinism

a: An american office manager ~
b: Soviet bureaucrat

What: "She didn't insist too much on what she was telling us, and it became clear she was in a position similar to that of a veteran Soviet bureaucrat who must work on two levels at once: reality and official ideology". This is a great essay that's more about working with your hands, but it makes some great points about the mindset of the contemporary American organizational style. Well worth reading.

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Writer: MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD
LCC: J
Where:
Date: Sep 30 2010 9:45 AM



a: Central American democracy ~
b: desert flower

What:

"Central American democracy is like a desert flower in a very parched land; fed by intermittent rainfall, it quickly blooms and dies. This is not true of Costa Rica and Belize, of course, and some would say it is not true of Nicaragua. For most of these countries, the military is the political force whether or not civilians are the titular heads of government. This has been true for many years and the drug trade has not cause"


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Writer: Donald J. Mabry
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 30 2015 2:57 PM


It's Not A System

a: American health care system ~
b: buying a car by parts

What:

"O'Kane, of the NCQA, trots out a metaphor that she's heard at health care conferences she's attended over the years. "The American health care system is like buying a car where they come and put the parts on your lawn. What we're all looking for is the entity that puts it all together and that is able to be accountable for the performance of the vehicle, rather than whether you got good spark plugs."


If this is a system, it's not a very
good one.


Useful?
Writer: Margaret E. O'Kane
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jan 23 2014 8:38 PM



a: Money and American politics ~
b: space and time

What:

"However, the overwhelming majority of people in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans, are proud supporters of global capitalism and the imperialism that goes along with it. And why wouldn't they be? Money and American politics is like space and time, they just go together."


Useful?
Writer: Conor Lynch
LCC:
Where:
Date: Sep 19 2015 7:52 PM


Challenging American culture is like attacking ...

a: Challenging American culture ~
b: attacking Mom and Apple Pie

What: "Living outside of cultural norms is difficult because we all want acceptance. Challenging American culture is like attacking Mom and Apple Pie. It is infinitely more difficult than sharing your faith with a stranger or even moving to another part of the world. Confronting American culture in America is like fighting a grizzly in his den."

Useful?
Writer: Glenn
LCC: G
Where:
Date: Aug 27 2011 11:09 AM


The Dr. Cartel?

a: American medical association ~
b: another lobby group

What: "Yes, Americans want health-care reform, and Obama is right that America's health-care system is not providing value for money. But, Obama is barking up the wrong tree(s.) In my humble opinion, here are few suggestions: - American Medical Association is like another lobby group, AMA essentially controls how many students can get into medical schools. This is dumb. We should increase the number of medical students, increase the supply of doctors, with more supply, the cost will come down."

Useful?
Writer: DevilC
LCC:
Where:
Date: Mar 8 2013 4:16 PM


Ama Stuff Is No Good...

a: American medical association ~
b: a union

What: "American Medical Association is like a union it respresents the doctors- not the patients. The FDA protects the legal drug dealers, and Congress protects all of them. Wake up people it is not about Race- it is about class."

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Writer: Raymond B. Brown,
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Date: Mar 8 2013 4:18 PM


Everyone Agrees

a: American medical association ~
b: a cartel.... that has restricted health care

What: "The American Medical Association is like a cartel or Union that has restricted the supply of health care driving up prices, along with the cartel of drug companies tht use the FDA to restrict supply of medicines. This is about to get much worse as the ratio of over 65 to working age population drops from 1:3 to 1:2 over the next 20 years. An increasing percentage of the health care will be paid by the Government with dollars they create out of thin air."

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Writer: HungryBear
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Date: Mar 8 2013 4:20 PM


Ama Not Deserving Of Respect......

a: American medical association ~
b: a union for doctors

What: "The American Medical Association is like a union for doctors. The AMA is typically given the kind of respect that the public gives to doctors, but it is a lobbying organization that has always profited from selling its influence. Its entire history, the AMA has behaved more like a greedy, for-profit corporation than like a public-interest group and it has promoted drugs and even tobacco in exchange for corporate cash."

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Writer: Jonathan Andreas
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Date: Mar 8 2013 4:22 PM



a: War on the american one percent ~
b: demonization of jews

What: A thin historical analogy it is.

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Writer: Tom Perkins
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Date: Jan 27 2014 4:32 PM



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