|some real news
||[Dec. 4th, 2001|11:18 am]
hey, I know you Amercans don't see much outside your borders ;) so here are a few links from the BBC
* Enron opts for bankruptcy *
The once-mighty US energy firm is firing 4,000 staff in the first stage of its
attempt to avoid total collapse.
* US goes cheap car crazy *
A rush for discounted cars gives US consumer spending a record boost, but job
losses and factory problems could spell trouble ahead.
* Gloom deepens in UK economy *
The economic slowdown in the UK is getting worse with the manufacturing sector's
problems spilling over into the service sector.
* US tightens security on Canada border *
The US and Canadian governments are to increase security on their shared border
following the 11 September attacks.
* Embryo clone leads to fall-out *
An editorial advisor to the online journal that published details on the "first
human embryo clones" is resigning.
* Scrap bad dams urge Greens *
Conservationists say politicians should be prepared to phase out dams that do
* Tiny gecko is 'world's smallest' *
A gecko measuring just 1.6 centimetres in length is described as the world's
Sorry they are not "real" links - this was a quick cut and paste job
Some of us americans do already check out the news outside our boarders :)
Glad you're awake :)
I tried to call but couldn't get through :(
Yes, but when you check news outside your borders it is outside the borders of your town :)
same here. i read the bbc site as well as the independent.
I hope you all appreciate my toungue was firmly in my cheek with this? mind you I /know/ JoLandra takes things literally just to try and wind me up :)
Liz, do you think the "average" American (whatever that vague term means) gets any significant news input about non-American subjects? I've found that Americans I know are either v well informed or are completely ignorant about everything outsie their own state.
Comments, discussions and flames ....
i'd say the 'average american' actually doesn't even know terribly much about what's going on in america, and generally doesn't care. even many of the intelligent people i know say they don't "like" to read/watch the news. add in that television news has been steadily decreasing their international coverage over the past 5-10 years and most americans don't even know that, and...
Was there some thing else? Is that hanging "and..." meant to indicate that more is following or did it just fall off your post?
We are waiting with bated breath to see the conclusion of your ...
How do 1,2 and 4 count as outside our border? :-)
Ohh - you can be /so/ picky ;)
just cos I'm trying to educate you all :)
actually, to tell the truth, I didn't think
anyone would notice that they were actually American stories :) How different is the presentation compared with your local news reports?
I don't know I don't get the local news reports :-) if something truly interesting is going on I'll check CNN for updates, but most of my news comes from obscure specialty sites, or forwards from friends.
I know, doesn't that just make me the typical American bumpkin with no regard for global events.... :-P
Bumpkin? No I don't think so. You wouldn't get my obscure humour if you were a bumpkin :) (but then maybe you don't want to?)
I guess the bottom line is what affects people in their day to day lives. Does Elron filing for bankruptcy affect me. Well not directly no, but there are many employees in UK associated companies and it is a specific indication of a general condition in the world economy.
My company recently made 10% redundant, a friend of mine was made redundant when a third of their central support group went (and my wife is in a different group in the same company). I am way down the "food chain" of companies - IT support and consultancy is way away from the cutting edge of manufacturing, but we are all dependant upon the economy working.
I can give other examles, but I'm sure you all see the interconnectedness of the world - you wouldn't be reading this at all if you weren't interested in things and life.
The other extreme is the "news addict" which I don't consider myself to be. I can survive for several days without a news "fix", although I generally listen to a news programme on the way in to work, scan the BBC site during the day and catch an evening news as well. We don't have a TV at home, so it is all radio news, which I think is better.
If you want a truly global perspective look for the world service of the BBC either on-line or on short wave radio. They are less UK/Europe centric than the main BBC site/stations.