Didn’t think it was terribly hard, although deciphering the antiquated grammar/question formulation, the jumbled resolution of the pic, and unfamiliar abbreviations of the arithmetic section made it unnecessarily difficult. And the grammar section, which I never pay attention to and think it’s a lot of hoopla over arbitrary nonsense.
Everything else I passed with ease, more or less.
California would be in the largest states of the time, I think.
…Judging from what you’ve said, though, I’d have to agree w/ F_alk that your History instructor is an out-and-out Nazi!!! No one in Germany (without a shaved head & white bootlaces) would DARE publicly advocate something like “union w/ the territories ‘lost’ in WWI/WWII”! That borders on Nazi-type hate speech (and is definitely right-wing propaganda), which is illegal in Germany. Makes me wonder why he came to the US to begin with–you should ask him!
Well I dunno. If you asked me (when he wasn’t busting my chops), he was one German I actually liked. I don’t think he was a Nazi, because even as a European, he liked to put down Europeans himself. Always making jokes about German/French women with hairy armpits and how stupid they were for not listen to President Wilson after drinking coffee. He definitely wanted to expand Germany, but not in a shooting way – more like annexation. And he goes back to Germany every year, so it wouldn’t be like he was deported or anything. I think he came here to America because he likes it here (well except, like F_alk, he likes to put down American beer and coffee)
Maybe its just the way you put it but this whole account sounds distinctly creepy to me. “Sea shanties in Deutsch…”? WTF? “Germany can’t do anything about it 'cuz they’d look like Nazis…”? Like what exactly does he have in mind here? “If the Jews (BTW, Germany still has Europe’s lowest per-capita Jewish population; you figure it out) take action, Germany can’t be branded as Nazis…” OK that is just too wierd! What’s with this guy–how old is he? I’ve GOT to know!
For age, he’s a baby boomer, I reckon. But as I said before, he said that Germans are especially kind to Jews and want them to return to their homeland. As for the other comment he made, I can definitely see Germany getting branded as neo-Nazis if they try to restrict the flow of immigration. Remember all those German jokes from Family Guy?
P.S. TG– I’ll let it go this time, but don’t EVER compare Sonoma & Orange counties like that! Did we produce Ronald Reagan? Pete Wilson? The Duke? The Mighty Ducks?;it’s been said that everything bad that ever came from California came from Orange County. If you are from there, I will exclude you, but I assume by the fact that you put “L.A.” in your profile you are not…
What I meant is that many people expect Orange County to be this “model” of American suburban life, when in fact, it isn’t (or at least not today). It’s just as messed up along with the rest of California. Anyways, be glad you live in Santa Rosa. And I happened to like Pete Wilson! Those stupid Republicans screwed us over, when they didn’t choose him! Now, I’m stuck with a “second stringer” to make due against Davis! :x
Perhaps this needs to be moved to political discussion after my comments:
Shanghai is quite nice, and, yes, Beijing needs a ton of work. Although I don’t think when people say that they think that Beijing city authorities should kick out thousands of poor residents on the city outskirts in preparation for the 2008 Olympics.
Overall, though, China has some significant problems that it needs to work out if it’s going to overtake the U.S. Their environmental policy is god-awful. 90% of their water is undrinkable, and the dust storms that roll off the northern border are large enough to create their own weather systems. There was also that benzene spill that happened last year, the one that was 50 miles long. Unfortunately, while that was a notable case, it’s not the only one.
Also, China is definitely benefitting from its cheap labor supply right now. The problem, however, is that their current birth rate is not high enough to maintain the population (1.73 children/woman versus the 2.3 widely considered necessary to prevent population declien), and in about a decade or 15 years, they will have an elderly population that makes the baby boomers and the problems associated with it look like nothing. The Chinese need to start shifting to service industries, like India has, in order to keep their economy rolling. It’s fine for a time to develop manufacturing capacity, but they don’t necessarily have the supply of educated workers that can compete and perform the way the country needs. Also, some estimates of public debt mark it as 85% of GDP.
This isn’t to say that the U.S. doesn’t have massive problems as well. But the infrastructure in the U.S. is well-established, and the procedures time tested but still open to change and challenge. I think that’s a significant advantage over China, and while I know you aren’t saying that China will overtake the U.S., I think these are all points in favor of caution.