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The USA Isn’t Really One Country (And Some Post-Election Thoughts)

Of course the USA is one country from a technical perspective. Yet from a geographic-based ideological perspective, it’s hard to come to that same conclusion.

The results of the 2016 presidential election have only reinforced regional differences. It’s not so much a liberal-conservative divide but an urban-rural one. Judging from the attitudes of Washington insiders, things aren’t a simple Democrat-Republican divide. Prominent politicians of both parties often have similar ideals and goals.

What’s troubling is the lack of communication and understanding between urban and rural voters. It’s led to continuous anger at The Other Side.

Many liberals, confined to their “coastal citadels,” don’t venture outside of their bubbles. The same is true of many conservatives. For example, you won’t see many farmers or coal miners on a liberal arts college campus. What does an upper middle class Millennial college student from Los Angeles have in common with a 55-year-old lumberjack from West Virginia who saw a neighbor die of a heroin overdose last week? Not much, and neither group seems interested in talking to the other. The city-dwellers call the rural people “backwards rednecks.” The countryside-dwellers call the urban people “entitled smug idiots.” If you don’t interact with certain groups, they can become stereotypes – instead of individuals with unique hopes and fears.

It might seem strange that each area (neighborhood, county, state, etc.) has its own culture, but therein lies the rub: many people don’t realize the sheer diversity of the United States. Talk to people in 10 different states; they’ll give different answers about their concerns. (Even if this doesn’t seem strange to you, it’s not something which often comes to mind.)

Ideologically, the United States of America isn’t really one country. This idea is implied in the name: The United States. It’s a conglomerate of distinct states which have united under a central federal government.

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This week in news: November 6-12 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States
  2. Republicans win majority of Senate, House, and Governor positions
  3. Seven U.S. states expand marijuana laws
  4. Wildfire in North Carolina burns over 1,000 acres
  5. Concerns grow over French database of its citizens
  6. Egypt to get a $12 billion loan
  7. Battle for Mosul, Iraq, continues
  8. Suicide bombers strike in Afghanistan, killing or wounding 130
  9. Attack in Pakistan kills or wounds 150
  10. Protests in Hong Kong

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This week in news: October 30 – November 5 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Philadelphia transit workers strike
  2. Cubs win the World Series
  3. FBI investigations into Clinton, Trump
  4. Italy’s most powerful earthquake in almost 40 years
  5. Turkish crackdown/purge continues
  6. Car bombs in Turkey and Iraq kill or wound 200 people
  7. Continued fighting in Mosul and Yemen
  8. Train crash in Pakistan kills 17
  9. South Korean protests continue
  10. James Webb Space Telescope complete

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This week in news: October 23-29 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Obamacare prices to increase by an average of 20-25%
  2. North Dakota Pipeline protests continue
  3. Trump Hollywood star destroyed in California
  4. FBI reopening investigation into Hillary Clinton over new emails
  5. Calais migrant camp “The Jungle” cleared out
  6. Fighting continues in Iraq and Syria
  7. Pakistani college attacked, leaving 150+ dead or injured
  8. South Korean “Choi-Gate” scandal
  9. Some African countries will leave the International Criminal Court
  10. Large marine sanctuary will be established in Antarctica’s Ross Sea

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This week in news: October 16-22 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Third presidential debate between Clinton and Trump
  2. Wikileaks releases more emails
  3. British spies had unlawful databases of citizen private data for 17 years
  4. Russian and Syrian governments announce pauses in Syria conflict, humanitarian corridor
  5. Yemen cease-fire
  6. Operation begins to retake Mosul, Iraq, from Islamic State militants
  7. Protests in Philippines
  8. Train derailment in Cameroon
  9. Rockets lift off for the International Space Station
  10. Large-scale attack on DNS provider leads to global internet interruptions

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This week in news: October 9-15 rundown

tl;dr – top stories for the week

  1. Hurricane Matthew’s effects still felt in Haiti and the United States
  2. Second Presidential Debate featuring Clinton and Trump
  3. Wikileaks releases thousands of emails from John Podesta
  4. US Navy and Houthi rebels trade missile fire in Yemen
  5. Bombings in Iraq and Turkey
  6. Ethiopia state of emergency
  7. Sudanese civil war
  8. Colombian protests
  9. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 still explodes, even replacements
  10. World’s longest-reigning monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies

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This week in news: September 25-30 rundown

tl;dr

  • At least one mass shooting in the USA
  • US government to pay almost half a billion dollars to Native Americans for “mismanagement”
  • New Jersey train crash injures over 100 people
  • Congress overrides a Obama veto for the first time
  • Escalations in Syria
  • World’s largest radio telescope to begin testing
  • Forces prepare for more fighting in Iraq
  • Drone strike killed or wounded about 30 people
  • Colombian civil war officially ends after more than 50 years
  • NASA believes they’ve found water on the moon Europa

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This week in news: September 4-10 rundown

tl;dr

  • Wells Fargo Bank ordered to pay $185 million in fines/penalties
  • Hawaiian seafood caught by foreign crews confined to boats
  • Continued protests for Dakota Access Pipeline
  • NYC Commander-in-Chief Forum, political drama
  • Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint
  • Bombs hit various Syrian/Afghan locations
  • Massive strike in India
  • iPhone 7 news everywhere
  • Species added/removed from endangered lists
  • Shrinking global wilderness

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This week in news: August 28 to September 3 rundown

tl;dr

  • Hurricanes for each US coast, Louisiana still struggling to recover
  • Foreign hackers broke into US election databases
  • Trump visits Mexico, FBI releases notes on Clinton
  • First US-Cuba commercial flight since 1961
  • Continued clashes in the Middle East
  • Brazilian president impeached
  • Colombia cease-fire
  • Samsung recalling faulty phones
  • EU rules that Apple owes billions in unpaid taxes
  • Oldest fossil on Earth may have been found

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This week in news: July 3-9 rundown

tl;dr

  • Terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia
  • Nigel Farage resigns from UKIP, Brexit stuff
  • NASA’s Juno probe reaches Jupiter
  • Two men shot by police, sparking nationwide protests
  • Police in Dallas killed by a sniper
  • FBI not recommending charges for Hillary Clinton over emails
  • Pokemon Go released

July 4th was also Independence Day for the United States of America.

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