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Sic transit gloria Americanae.

What a sad degraded world it is we live in:
Violent, adulterous, hypocritical cruds
Masquerading as celebrities, Hollywood heroes,
TV entertainers and basketball studs;
And that's just the half of it.

The once noble and respected USA
(slogan: e pluribus unum, not that anyone
Would ever have worked that one out,
not spotting 13 letters = 13 states,
mainly because they can’t count that high)
Now is ruled by a load of criminal neo-cons
And hard right racist misogynist nationalists,
Some flourishing impenetrable regional drawls
Spouting banalities and half-truths
(if you’re lucky - they’re mostly blatant lies,
at least as far as Trump and his cronies go).

I vaguely remember a golden age, (ah! halcyon days)
When the rest of the world liked Americans
And when American naivety was forgiven as being charming
And innocent and indicative of goodness.
But no longer. Now America is hated more than any other nation
In human history - except for the Israelis of course
(but everyone hates them – they even hate themselves).

And how about TV? Once there was a day when anchormen
Assumed their audiences might have a brain
But nowadays? You’d be lucky to find a TV show
With the intellectual content of the 50s Perry Como hour
And finding a news channel which is able to distinguish
Fact from fiction is like looking for a needle
In a field of decaying haystacks.

And now of course, in freedom's name,
Everyone can go to a so-called college or university
As long as you’re from a PC-approved minority
And can play basketball like holy fuck
(the OC Simpson Campus Technical University
of Baseball Management, Assisted Homicide
and Public Bathroom Maintenance is mighty fine
for prime-time retards I do hear, yee ha),
Provided you can half-spell your own last name (second attempt will do),
And as long as your Daddy can pay the bills;
And the average person's fondest dream
Is to win Big Brother or Fantasy Island
And to have sex with a soap star's illegitimate sister.

Sic transit gloria Americanae.

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Powerful read, sounds like we here in Britain have the same illness. Regards Roscoe...

Roscoe Llane,

Religion will rip your faith off, and return
for the mask of disbelief that's left.

Nice doggy!

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ell non-citizens


America used to be beloved by all....back when we were supporting and defending the world free of charge. and now we have a prez who has the temerity to as that you all pay your fair share and engage in fair trading practices. Our education system could use improvement but why is it that so many countries send their young people here for post secondary education? But you are correct that the so called news people have become propagandists.

I think "beloved by all" is a bit of silly exaggeration. And "free of charge" is just plain ignorant. The price paid by those "defended" was financial enslavement. Britain only finished paying off the costs of American "aid" quite recently. The main aim of American aid was to put other nations in the USA's debt,

You ask, "Why is it that so many countries send their young people here for post secondary education?" I assume you mean tertiary education. And the answer is I really have no idea, but I don't think any civilised country would send people to be educated in a country which can't spell English correctly. Maybe they are just plain stupid?

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A LOT of people overseas are just plain stupid

and I thought that we defended all these other countries because we wanted to spread so-called Democracy, [really it's Republicanism] LoL Quite the rant there! ~ Geezer.
P.S. Speaking of spelling... The word is spelled civilized!

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"Civilised" is correct.

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in London it is, but not according to my edition of the Funk and Wagnall or the Second edition of Webster's New World Dictionary or The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary!

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As far as I am aware, standard English is "British" English. All other versions are mere variations, some of them deliberately foolish. I suggest you invest in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary which gives American variants to standard spellings. I am not surprised that the dictionaries you mention are inadequate. They are naturally unavailable and unused in the world outside the USA. You may be amused to know that in Germany one can buy two versions of the main German-published German/English dictionaries; one is sold as "German-English", the other is "German-American English".

With kind regards from the heart of the English-speaking world.

PS Yoo shood noe that "geezer" iz ann "English" English wurd. I spoze it'z spellt "geyser" in parts ov the werld.

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Geezer is an American word meaning [old guy]. My name in French is "Gee" I am an old guy.
I regret my ass umption that your spelling is faulty. Please forgive my backwoods, barbarian ways, I apologize.
P.S. I am amused at the thought that we have our very own variation of a German dictionary!
Seems that we are coming up in the world!

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