There is much that is good in the United States,* but some things could stand improving.

The following is for people who feel that they should just sit back and enjoy things the way they are. Are there some ideas for documentaries here?

The U.S. As Number One

Among the leading industrialized nations of the world the United States is:

#1 in murder
#1 in obesity
#1 in citizen anxiety
#1 in suicide by guns
#1 drug use per capita
#1 in childhood poverty
#1 in lowest voter turnout
#1 in personally owned guns
#1 in air pollutants per capita
#1 in hazardous waste per capita
#1 in child abuse among industrialized nations
#1 in likelihood of children being killed by gunfire
#1 in corporate influence over democratic processes
#1 in having the largest percentage of its citizens in prisons

*CyberCollege and InternetCampus visitors come from more than 50 countries. If you are not from the United States, I'm sure a list could be drawn up for your own country.

Many believe that broadcasting is a more powerful influence on most young people than the home, the school, or the church.

Assuming you secure a position in the industry, one of the ways you can give your life added meaning is to be a bit of a change agent.

This means that you invest some of your energies, talent, and training in bringing about a positive difference in the world.


" Every two and one-half seconds -- the time it takes you to read this sentence -- a child dies in the world from malnutrition or preventable disease." 

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In the United States -

>> You might think the following examples are more applicable to some impoverished third-world countries. If you do, you  haven't looked at recent data.

In fact, each year the difference between the "haves" and "have nots" in the U.S. increases.

>>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on any one day in the United States, more than 13-million people don't have enough to eat.

While many of our elected officials concern themselves with enhancing the profits of their primary contributors -- mostly millionaires and billionaires -- poverty in the U.S. remains the root cause of a wide range of social problems, including child prostitution.

The "get tough solution" may fill our jails and prisons and thereby enhance the profits of the corporations that run them, but it does little to get at the underlying problem.

In the World -

>> The top 10% of the adults in the world owns 84% of the wealth and the bottom half owns about 1%.

* If you don't live in the United States, there are undoubtedly needs in your own country that need addressing.

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