America in Decline: Why Germans Think We're Insane
AlterNet / By Democrats Ramshield
A look at our empire in decline through the eyes of the European media. (December 26, 2010)
As an American expat living in the European Union, I’ve started to see America from a different perspective.
Crossposted from DailyKos. Promoted. -- GH
(Written by an American expat living in the European Union)
This mainstream German magazine Der Spiegel in their December 30th issue, tell us that Wall Street banksters committed nothing short of a monumental insider bank robbery, which is responsible for victims like Pam Brown who has become the face of America's nouveau poor and hungry in the minds of the Spiegel's vast readership within the European Union.
The Spiegel's article also tells us that America's has a short memory. Barely 2 years after the market crashed, Wall Street is in the process of creating a second crash by speculating just as shamelessly as they did before. The Spiegel article suggests this maybe happening because there were no criminal prosecutions ever brought. Therefore it looks like the Wall Street banksters are going to do this again.
To which this diary asks, how many more times do you want to bail out Wall Street? How much longer do the bread lines have to get, how many more millions have to lose their homes? Is 59 million without medical insurance enough? When will America say no to Wall Street and yes to Main Street European style social safety net?
Given the last week's Shirley Sherrod news cycle of pre fact checking trashing to a post fact checked resurrection, I find a little bit of humor in asking some in the traditional media to take an advance look at the most recent Wikileaks documents to help verify the fact that they were real. Ya know.... A little bit of fact checking before anybody runs with it.
Anyways, with the resources they have they can and did serve a purpose here as the Times, the Guardian and others confirmed the likelihood that the docs are the real McCoy, and even using the advance notice to take a moment to dig a story or two out of the Wikileaks documents and spin what they can:
For a fun-filled romp through some of the more eclectic stories of 2007, check out the online quiz from Der Spiegel -- 24 questions related to stories taken from the headlines over the past year.
Here's their teasing lead-in:
Were you paying close attention in 2007? Do you know what creature fell in love with an object? Or which animals made daring escapes? Know how a rabid rodent meet its comeuppance? If you think you know your onions, then hop aboard the SPIEGEL ONLINE Bumper End of Year Quiz.
Were you paying attention to the weird, wild and wackier side of life throughout all the normal chaos? Take the quiz and find out.
Stay tuned for a few of the stranger-than-fiction stories offered up by Der Spiegel's quiz, gently sauteed and seasoned with a little quirky ePluribus Media special presentation sauce and served with a side order of fluffy snark and a glass of wit, gently shaken -- never stirred.