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Borrowed from jimmyether:

Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters

PS. Yep, the OTT US politics coverage (and credit crunch shenanigans) is driving me nuts, but I hope this subtracts a fraction at least.

PPS. Sorry for the OTT number of posts today, but now I'm awake in the wee hours and feeling sick again :-(

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No, no, no, the republicans have changed the debate. It is now all about mooseshit.

*Nods head in an attempt to pretend he understands*

Oh, sorry. We are immersed in this nonsense.

The Republican Party chose a surprise candidate for Vice President. The governor of Alaska (the 47th largest state by population) who has less than two years in that office after being mayor of a village of 5000 people before that. Very little information is available about her, but apparent she hunts moose. Thus mooseshit.

LOL, no worries, we're semi-immersed in it here as well, bearing in mind the USA is the centre of the world - or so the media would like us to think.

On that basis I knew about Palin (which turned out to not be Michael Palin, which is a shame), but didn't quite make the moose reference. Ta for explaining :-)

(Do you folks get bombarded with election news from countries other than the USA?)

There are countries other than the USA?

No, we get very little news of any sort from other countries. Well unless we have recently invaded them, or they are next to a country we have invaded. Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan is about it. I doubt most people over here know that there is a election in Canada next month.

Edit: Some of us do get other sources. I am listening to BBC world service at the moment.

Edited at 2008-09-09 01:22 pm (UTC)

I find the US-centric nature of the BBC and other British news programmes annoying, along with just the general lack of balanced world news. I don't know how you folks can stand it!

Well, we do have the "advantage" of being a very large, very important country with no very distinct neighbors. You really can't get from the US to anywhere significantly different from the US without a large outlay of time and money.

You can hop on a plane or train and for less than a week's pay spend a weekend in a country where people speak a different language, have a different culture and lifestyle.

Our nearest neighbors are Canada, which is all but indistinguishable from much of the states, and Mexico, which is only a little different from our southwestern states, (Though they do speak a different language there, but not one we don't hear all the time here).

So we tend to think of ourselves as not only the center of the universe, but its epitome. We tend to only see the rest of the world from a viewpoint of how it affects us. We see some countries as scary, some as resources to be exploited, and others as adorable. Yes, we are a bunch of arrogant assholes.

Well, at least you admit it ;-)

We do have the advantage in Europe of having a variety of cultures I guess, although it's debatable whether we all get on and mix as much as we should.

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