But I think East coast cities have smarter people than west coast cities.
@Tea-Spaghetti It depends on which East Coast cities. If you are just thinking of Manhattan and central Boston, then maybe. If you include the other boroughs of New York and outlying neighborhoods of Boston then it’s doubtful.
I don't even think it is maybe. New York and Boston people are just incredibly smarter than west coast city. Especially here in the PNW I think people in these cities are just fake, superficial, and unintelligent. Just having a college degree doesn't necessarily mean these people are smart. There isn't any cultural intelligence to them. This is why I think west coast people are not smart
@Tea-Spaghetti Yeah, that's why Apple (Northern California) and Amazon (Seattle) are the most valuable companies in the world. They got lots of stupid people to work for free.
Even SF is more smart than Seattle though because it is more international and attracts more world wide talent. Seattle is stupid as fuck as well as Portland. People there are leftist idiots. A few rich nerds doesn’t make up for the population as a whole. The culture of Seattle and Portland are trash
Can't believe the insanity.. Seattle moves to abolish the police department. What does everyone think? I think its utter stupidity? ↗Seattle people are stupid
Isn’t Seattle an overrated white city? ↗
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What the (right-wing) media and social media say would not have the impact it's having, if it weren't for the president and the Republican party lying to us (if only by not telling the truth)."While 60% of Americans believe Biden won the election fair and square, 32% say he only won it due to voter fraud. Three-quarters (77%) of Trump backers say Biden’s win was due to fraud."www.monmouth.edu/.../A third of the country won't accept they're being lied to.
@goaded I’m not even talking about right now... this problem is much bigger and has been going on for years. “there is a massive divide in this country, due to dishonest media and the massive echo chambers that are created by social media”. I’m not saying either side is right or wrong... I think the media on both sides are misleading people. I also believe that the people on both sides are willingly putting themselves inside massive echo chambers and refusing to listen to other people’s point of view... And we are already so far down these 2 separate rabbit holes, that I don’t see a way for people to reconnect. They have divided us and will now conquer us!
If you're genuinely interested in what has divided you, you would do well to read this article, about someone who actively built the right-wing alternate "reality" (actually belief). There's a difference between bias and dishonesty.www.nytimes.com/.../...ty-became-so-prominent.html"He now blames right-wing media for undermining faith in American democracy by spreading unsubstantiated claims by President Trump and others that the election was rigged. Through websites and platforms like Facebook and YouTube, Mr. Sheffield said, right-wing media has created an environment in which a large portion of the population believes in a “different reality.”"(in my opinion, much of the blame for that, right now, also falls on Republican lawmakers, who are keeping silent while democracy is under attack.)
Haeverybody come together in their response to covid?
Nope, Covid is unlike 9/11 or Pearl Harbor
Trump is unlike FDR or even GW Bush.
People came together because of the military conflicts, not the president
No, they came together in adversity, because the president worked for it to happen.
Well, that's 27 countries with their own languages, but they don't hate each other (that much).
If we include Russia I think Europe is really really really divided ha ha. I see them as European personally.
But I know you’re originally British living in Germany now so I’ll just review those two really quick. UK I think is similarly as divided as US if not more so because power is centralized in London and the rest of the country feels I represented. During Brexit London people voted to stay in the EU and the rest of the country voted to leave. There has even been talk that London wants to separate from the UK. Also world fragility index shows that in the last ten years UK and US both dropped drastically but UK dropped slightly more. Therefore I think UK is as divided or even perhaps more divided than US within itself.
Germany though is very United. In the past it was divided between West and East Germany but now it has United. The only part of Germany that has talked about seceding is Bavaria but I don’t know how serious it is. In the past Germany was a bunch of village states and I wonder if that’s how it should be in the future although I doubt many Germans today would like that idea. They might see it as going backwards maybe yes or no. I can’t say I understand how they think all the time.
Just for fun I’ll do France and Italy my two favorite European countries. France is centralized around Paris and is probably more United than most other countries because French national identity is really ingrained throughout the whole culture. The provinces that might secede are Brittany, Alsace, and Corsica but all of them would suffer from the decision so I don’t think it’s going to happen. Italy however is a mess of a country. You have an industrious Northern metropolitan and slack southern metropolitan. It seems like Italy wants to split up from the get go. It’s definitely the most extreme example I think of all I’ve considered. I see Lombardy sectioning off into its own country and Naples taking over the entire southern half of Italy. And the rest fraction into villages just like the 14th century again maybe
Point taken about Russia! But Russia is Russia, and it's very much in the hands of a dictator running a oligarchy (who's currently getting the government to write him a get out of jail free card). I don't understand why people can't see that leaders talking about pardoning themselves or giving themselves immunity from prosecution is prima facie evidence of wrong-doing.London leaving the UK is a ridiculous idea, but Scotland (which also voted to stay, by the way, as well as partly stayed in the UK in order to stay in the EU) might. I can't really speak for the UK any more, I haven't lived there for quite some time.I know people who'd quite like to give back East Germany; that's where the right wing is making a come-back. Presumably they're upset about all the new development funded by taxes on the old West Germany. :(
I missed your message about France and Italy. The thing is, though, that the smaller regions are capable of gaining more autonomy because of the umbrella of the EU; nobody other than Russia is going to be invading any other countries in Europe any more.
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