Would it be too demanding from the US citizens here on A|N, at least those who post in non-localized groups, to avoid starting discussions on general topics, and then write things like our government, our Nation, our country, our Constitution, our education system, or our Health and Welfare, without even mentioning they're writing from an US of A perspective first? At first it may be amusing, after a while it becomes boring and offensive. As if US citizens weren't aware there's a world beyond their borders (a common gripe towards Americans).

It's OK to behave like that in the American Atheists or Texas Heathens groups, I think it's not in, eg, the ORIGINS group or the main forum. I'm well aware that most of its members are from the USA, but isn't A|N an international community?

Pardon the rant, but I've been around for only a few months, and I've seen this happen at least half a dozen times already. I thought it had to be reported.

Thanks for your attention and consideration.

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...useless to say, that in Turkey or Arabian countries they mostly don´t use toilet paper - they simply use water to wipe their asses, which is similar the more civilized "boudoir"...and much better for the environement ;-)
...I´d like to state, that most of the worlds people don´t live in the states - as do most of the technically advanced; how could a minority of 250 or so million people think, that they´re the navel of the world ? Don´t you States citizens imagine, that your (exceptions are made) way of life and your way of thinking, your States-centered position is the reason for your government to interfere with almost every national affair on the globe, relying on the power of the US-army and an unbeatable ignorance to international duties (your country hasn´t even paid your debts to the UNO for a long time, but lays claim to a leading position in there, including a permanent mandate in the UN security council) and agreements. The States have the worst economical system on the whole globe (producing one joule worth of food in the States uses up 128 joule of energy, for example), produces over a third of whole global pollution but not even signed the Tokio protocol (at least, you did now, of course with lots of exceptions and special annotations), US-American extremely turbo-capitalistic banks and broking companies caused the actual world-wide financial and economical crisis, but no one in the States feels guilty about it - only moaning about your own interests and so-called life standard.

Not to say, that we Austrians (a small country in the heart of Europe, we don´t have Kangaroos here) are so much better in this, but at least we don´t all the time interfere with foreign concerns, and if we do, we don´t see it as our natural right and destiny. And, we are less people here, of course...

We are used to differ between "our country" or "our affairs" and foreign ones, maybe because Austria is a small country, but I guess, it´s because we do learn so in school and when we grow up. We don´t look for the next McD (though meanwhile I wouldn´t bet on this, `cause worst parts of American culture have polluted our country too), when elsewhere, nor won´t we usually bring issues about "toilet paper" as our main expressions back home...;-)

As a conclusion, I´d like to remark, that you, the citizens of the United States are making possible most of the facts, that are making foreign people dislike your country and it´s international behaviour, and it should be patially) your duty to change them.

No personal offense claimed here, I`ve seen most of you people in here much more open-minded and socially advanced than the average "American", maybe `cause it´s not a stand-alone process of thinking to free oneself from the bondage of religiousity...
Yeah you're right about much of what you say, but you have to admit that people are legendarily bad at admitting fault. I've traveled around a little bit while in the military and I met quite a few people who were outside of their native countries and only a few stationed where they lived. Of all of those people, the people of Iraq and Saudi Arabia were the only people I met who consistently stated of their own free will that their country has and makes serious problems. Notice I said consistently as there's always that fringe element who could admit to the faults of their country. At the risk of sounding generalized Americans and Europeans were the worst at admitting to their own faults and best at pointing out each others (I think everyone agreed things were bad in Iraq/Saudi). Oh and the worst at admitting to the faults of their countries were Marines (US and Royal). Holy crap, those guys wanted to fight if you even mentioned it a lot of the time.
addendum: Almost all of the people I spoke to on this matter were soldiers so I'm sure that color's the information more than a little. ;)
Er, Klaus, I think you meant "bidet", Kyoto, and a population number closer to 330M for the US. And I'm willing to bet there are at least a few kangaroos in Austria. But yes, the US makes most of its own foreign relations problems by throwing its weight around, often where it doesn't even have anything to gain.
Man I just had deja vu! I've actually had a conversation like this once and we came to the same conclusion. The because we can syndrome is a really good way to put it too. How the hell does that make sense to anyone? It completely disconnects from any ethical or moral sensability. One simply does something (build a house, paint a tree, molest a mailbox...) because one is able to do it. Inspiring.
I guess I sort of take it for granted that when I write "Constitutional Rights" people know what I mean, I probably should premise that better.
@Jason

...of course, you`re right, but I´ve been a bit in a hurry, plus rather emotional on this theme, so a few mistakes slipped by, as usually I don´t doublecheck my postings. As for the kangaroos, I guess, logos on sneakers and a few living ones in a zoological garden won´t count, and it´s a common phrase here in Austria (many englishspeaking people confound my country with Australia, not only "Americans", which is, I´d like to state, on the opposite side of the globe...).

And I´ve to concur with @Larry, empires do act this way, but every empire in history has fallen till yet...so I refer to my former post, States government has to change it´s behaviour (I think of O`Bama as a good first step), or sooner or later this will happen to the States too (as it happend to the SSSR and the Soviet block before)...not on the power of weapons, but (I guess) on economical and sozio-political reasons. I´m curious to see, whoever would step in: the EC, China, or India ? Or maybe an alliance of 3rd-world-countries (expecting this one for a long time, seems to unfold by now slowly) ?
LMAO, I can feel you on this one. I'm from the state of Iowa, known for growing corn. But there's a state to the west called Idaho that is known for growing potatos. Somehow my fellow American continuously confuse these places. Geography anyone?
Of course in your country's case it's more like "History anyone?" I seem to remember a teacher mentioning Austria in a few of our 12 WWII lessons... lol
Well, I've long thought Iowa and Ohio should just merge into Ohiowa. I suppose we could graft on Idaho to get Idahiowa. That would seem to include Hawaii and Washington, or at least their postal codes, so there's five. I'm not sure we'd all agree to the loss of eight senators in the bargain, however.

And it's not the fault of geography-challenged USAmericans that Australia was once the colony of the wrong empire. If the Austrohungarians had shown a little more hustle, Australia's name would have made sense. Or perhaps it would have been called Hungralia. Either way, Austria today would be home to a lot more kangaroos, and host to a lot fewer confused tourists.
...sorry, but I can´t get the point ?!?

As for wwII, we did participate, though as part of the so called "3rd Reich", Austria was the first of the invaded and occupied countries, and a lot of Austrian citizens were happy about - nothing to be proud of, I fear.

But I really can´t imagine, what´s the meaning of the "Austro-Hungarian" annotation or how it would interfere with the confusion of the countries names ? Austria is a stand-alone nation since 1918, and former heartpiece of the Habsburgian "Österreich-Ungarn" monarchy. As you see, we call it "Österreich", so there´s no way to mix up with "Australien", those two only sound similar in your funny little language :-))....If you would call names of countries and cities by the way their inhabitants do, there would be a lot less confusion (most Austrian people don´t do so, though)..., I guess, that´s a kind of courtesy, people can demand from a foreigner and deserve it, and besides it would help a lot to stop confusions.

But for me, as long as you don´t adress me as "kiwi, Crocodile Dundee" or alike, I won´t mind...;-)
Kiwis don't mind being called kiwis though! We just don't like being called Australians.

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