Let's compare and contrast a couple of news items from yesterday:Mine accident in West Virginia leaves a bunch of miners dead and others trappedOver a hundred miners rescued after being trapped for a week in China
(I'll grant that there are some nuances here. A few of the Chinese miners did die, and it's early in the rescue efforts in W.V. Still, not an impressive combo to have the articles on consecutive pages of the paper.)
Well, that's just an isolated instance. We're still the U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! After all:
The next country to send people to the moon will be ... China.
The most complicated machine ever made, which will cram the most energy into the smallest space, sits securely in ... France and Switzerland?!?
The U.S. education system is surpassed only by .. well, by everyone except maybe Zimbabwe. And I wouldn't bet on that here in California.
The World's Richest Person lives in ... Mexico.
My friend Ron has said for some time that he doesn't want to live in a Third World country.
[At least, like a wise Civ player, we invested all of our tech tree advances into weaponry. We can still kill everyone who looks at us cross-eyed.