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Really, Americans?


Congratulations, United States, you’re about to elect a mysoginistic, racist, anti-science, anti-vaccine, climate change denier as President. He’s also a guy who thinks only of himself, will erode the educational, scientific, and medical systems of the United States. Markets around the world are already dropping. 

Wow. Well, good luck. 

Forget Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and Carson

You know what I say? Forget about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson. I know the perfect team to be President and Vice President. Hear me out.

It doesn’t matter which one becomes President, but together as a team, they would be amazing. I wonder how many people would vote for this team. They’re intelligent, popular, and well-respected. People like them. They’re honest, they have high integrity, and they truly care about the world. They are wonderful educators, very peaceful, and would lead the United States to an intellectual golden age. They are the anti-Trump/Carson duo. Who are these wonderful people?

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Who’s with me? (Even though I’m not American, but a very concerned person from the neighbouring country of Canada)

Please Explain Donald Trump and Ben Carson

I’ve been interested in politics recently, both Canadian and American. Overall, it’s been very interesting.

On the Canadian side, we’ve got a new Prime Minister and government with a cabinet that seems well-chosen. I’m happy with how the Canadian government is going at the moment.

On the American side, the Democrats seem sane. However, it’s the Republican side that has me scratching my head. What the hell is up with Donald Trump and Ben Carson?

Donald Trump is edging into fascist territory with his recent policies. Ben Carson has been found less than truthful and incredibly ignorant about biological science, even though he’s a neurosurgeon. So, there’s one guy who’s blatantly trying to emulate the Nazis and one guy who’s making me wonder how he ever became a doctor.

Americans, can you please explain these two men to me? Why are they getting so much support? How in the world can Trump be the leader in the Republican Presidential nomination race? I really have to question the intelligence of Republican supporters.

If you’re a Republican, and offended by this post, please tell me in an intelligible and intelligent way why you’re offended. People with common sense would like to know.

Political Debates – Some Kind of Bizarre Reality Show

In both the US and Canada, there were a couple of political debates that could help decide the fate of a few politicians.

In Canada, we had the first political debate consisting of four of the five main political leaders (Bloc Quebecois seemed to be absent, not that they’re popular anymore). I didn’t watch it, but I had the impression that Trudeau liked to tell Harper that he was always wrong. The Conservative Party’s falling behind the NDP. Bye bye, Stephen. It seems that Mulcair has become the focus of several memes, using his humourous expressions caught on camera. And May was the apparent winner from what many people have said. Not that the Green Party will win any election. At the end, all of the leaders declared themselves the winner. Huh?

In the US, we had the Republican debate to help determine the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Now this was definitely a reality TV show. Again, I didn’t watch it. But it sounds like Donald Trump was being The Donald, as usual. In other words, insulting, misogynistic, and just an all around idiot. He’s out of touch with reality. He’s out of touch with everything. If he becomes the Republican Presidential candidate and wins the election and beats whoever beats Hillary Clinton (if she loses), then the United States has become a circus. No, it should become another reality show. Why not just slice the US up into little pieces, because there’d probably be civil war? It’s not just Trump, it seems the entire group of Republic candidates is full of religious fundamentalists who have no better things to do than try to tell people how they’re supposed to live, tell scientists they’re incorrect about evolution and climate change, and basically want the US to regress back to the time of the ice age. The Republicans are a train wreck. Next year’s election will be interesting, that’s for sure.

Canada’s election later this year is important. It actually seems sane, and is quite likely to completely change the face of politics in the federal government. The American election just seems like the audition part of the X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, or American Idol filled with rejects.

Are you looking forward to the elections?

Happy Fourth of July!

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgI’d like to give my American readers a big Happy Independence Day! You make up more than half of my readers, and your support is appreciated very much. I hope you have a wonderful day, a great barbecue, great beer, and great fireworks (if you do all of those).

I may be Canadian, but I do have a connection to the US. You see, my grandmother was born in the United States. North Dakota, to be exact. Yes, my grandmother was American, but immigrated to Canada when she was young. But being from North Dakota, she was Norwegian, as many Norwegians settled there.  Lots in Minnesota, too, right?

When I was a kid, my grandparents had an idea for one summer. They suggested that they take me on a road trip around the United States. They had given me some amazing maps of the US that were made in the 1980s, but incredibly high quality paper. Those were some of my favourite maps. All fifty states had their own map, and I looked at them a lot, being a geography geek as long as I can remember.  That trip never came to be, unfortunately, but it would have been incredible. We would have traveled around with their fifth wheel and stayed at campgrounds all over the country.

Now that I’m returning to Canada with my family, I’d love to take a few road trips around the States, as well as Canada.  Lots of places to see, and I think it would be incredible. So, this is your chance to convince me which places would be a must see in the US. Let me know in the comments.

Do You Know Anything About the United States?

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgWith the successful response about Canada, I thought I’d ask about the United States. It seemed not many people were very knowledgeable about Canada, unless they lived there. Of course, most of my readers are Americans, so why not see what they know about their own country? And what do other people know about the USA? So, without looking up the information, I’d like you to answer the following questions. No cheating, please!

  1. What’s the capital of the United States?
  2. What are the three largest cities in the US by metropolitan area population?
  3. What’s the population of the US?
  4. How many states are there?
  5. What is the largest state by area?
  6. Which state has the smallest population?
  7. If you go directly south from Detroit, where do you end up?

I will be marking your answers, just like I’ll be marking the Canada answers. If you don’t do well, then you can learn a lot about the United States with Geography Quick Facts, coming soon!

What Is the United States?

Most of you are American.  I can safely say that, because more than 50% of the readers of this blog are American.  In 2014, Americans made up around 60% of the readers.  So, chances are you’re American.  If not, forgive me.  I’m not American, either.

This is the first post in a new series where I explore each country that my readers come from, starting with the biggest and going down to the smallest.  However, I need your help.  I’m going to provide the most basic information that you can find, but I want opinions from you.

Are you American?  Have you lived in the United States?  Or have you visited the United States?  Even if you aren’t, please read on.

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgThe United States of America

It’s a big country.  With an area of 9,857,306 square kilometres, it’s the third largest country in the world.  It has a population of 320,061,700, which is also third in the world.  The capital city is Washington, D.C.  The largest city is New York City, with a population of 8,405,837 (metro 19,949,502).  English is the most common language, although not official.  The country became independent on July 4, 1776.  The leader of the country is the President (currently Barack Obama) and it’s a federal presidential constitutional republic.

The United States is so big, every region has many different things to see, do, and eat.  So, I’d like your help.  If you’re American, lived in the USA, or visited the USA, please answer the following questions in the comments below.

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly American food?
  3. What is a truly American activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) American author?

Thank you very much.  If you can, please share this.  I’d like to get many great answers.  Also, as a stereotypically Canadian thing to do, I apologise for all of the British spelling.