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Links 1 through 10 of 25 by Ron Mader tagged u-s-a

No politician will admit that the United States is no longer number one. But other nations do a lot of things better -- and we need to learn from them.

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The discovery of 13,000-year-old stone projectiles and fossilized feces indicates the existence of a second founding culture in the Americas, in addition to the Clovis culture, say researchers.

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Driving along the desolate, two-lane highway about 85 miles from Las Vegas, Sorrells tells us about a 600,000-year-old mammoth femur recently discovered in the nearby hills. We pull over near a gash of obsidian to examine a fault line, before circling back “downtown,” where bikers and German tourists are filling the Crowbar, meandering the sites in 100-degree temperatures and studying the artifacts in Shoshone’s museum.

That this tiny roadside town, built along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, is buzzing is a testament to the fourth-generation Shoshone resident who, along with her husband, Robert Haines, owns everything in town—the Crowbar, the inn, the gas station, the museum and the RV park—except for the Catholic church at the edge of town and the schools.

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Despite the fact that most Americans believe our country is still The Land of Opportunity, the greatest meritocracy in the world, the United States is actually a terrible place for fortune-seekers. Chris Hayes, author of the new book Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, notes that when citizens of different countries are polled about their perception of how easy it is to start off poor and work their way up to wealth, "the U.S. is near or at the top in terms of people who say 'yes.' And yet it is also near the bottom in terms of actual social mobility."

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