For The United States Diplomacy Can’t Begin With A Bomb

24 2013 at 2:25 PM Flickr/jordansmall Los Angeles on a pretty day You can stop boasting to your family down in the south about how much better you have it on the Pacific side. According to this somewhat scientific map , the West Coast isn’t without its glaring flaws, which include air pollution, chronic homelessness, and yes, bestiality. Appropriately dubbed the United States of Shame, researchers used Census data (some from 2011), U.S. Health rankings, and some snark to craft this colorful map that details just how screwed up we all are. Keeping it local, California is absolutely the worst when it comes to air pollution (you can thank your buddies down in Los Angeles for that one) where there’s 15.2 micrograms per cubic meter — whatever that means. So we’re pretty filthy, but at least we’re not screwing our livestock (Washington) or incapable of passing the sixth grade (Maine). And it’s official: California no longer has the worst drivers — that’d be Massachusetts. So shut up about our driving already. In any event, have a quick scan of this map and see which state you’d fit in most (New Mexico for us). If anything, it’ll certainly make for interesting conversation at the next family reunion. Everyone sucks!

United States of Shame: Map Illustrates Each State’s Biggest Failures

No one cares for the bully on the playground, especially if the bully has nuclear warheads, conventional weapons and a proclivity for bombing countries. Solving the worlds problems isnt the role of the United States and acting militarily isnt the answer unless American interests are threatened directly. For decades, the U.S. has placed weapons in the hands of ruthless monarchies and autocrats in countries such as the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. When these governments look forward to controlling their population many times its by using weapons provided from the United States. Acting as the global police undermines the sovereignty of another country and not allowing another country the same rights to privacy, freedom and justice creates unwanted conflict. Americas overzealous tendency to bomb the shit out of everyone stems from arrogance and ignorance . The arrogance for believing the U.S. is the only country that matters in a global economy and ignorance for not understanding the cultural dynamic of other countries. A lack of education leads to a parochial and ill-informed America unable to render decisions based on diplomacy instead they resort to bombs like a bully who doesnt get their way. America is a super power both militarily and economically and protecting its global interests requires an approach that serves not only its best interests but is also sensitive to the needs of others in a global community. Bombing countries into submission will surely create more enemies and hostility in the world than it will bring about peace, lasting relationships and trust from other sovereign nations.