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Robert Winner


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How well informed are we (the TED community)

After reading many conversations I begin to wonder if we, the TED community, are guilty of the same thing Congress does. Congress passes laws that have not been read ... many of us (me too) make comments on subjects that I / we are not well informed on. I watched a show that the interviewer asked questions both abroad and in the states on many issues and just general questions. Even on TED I find the non US responders often have a keen insight into US woes that make me reconsider.

So I made a list: Which of the following are you informed on or have read up on.

1. UN Article 21 .... 2. US Senate Bill S.744 .... 3. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act .... 4. Executive order 13575 (White House Rural Council) ... 5. DHS purchase of Ammo / armored vehicles / drones / police force ... 6. Quantitative Easing 3 ... 7. the fed buys 85 billion dollars a month in bonds ... 7. Education: CORE / STEM / PISA Exams.

Because I hold TED in high regard ... and this is a very informal survey .... it would be interesting to know if you have contacted your representatives about any of these or anything within the last year.

This is not about politics .... it is just a gage of how well informed we as a group are. Since TED members are mostly well educated and rounded I would say that our numbers would be higher that the average citizen.

By the way almost all of the above have been the topic of a TED conversation.

I will go out on a limb and bet that non US citizens are better informed on these issues that the US citizens.

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    Jul 10 2013: Agenda21 has been well and truly taken up by Australia The Federal Department of Agriculture Forests and Fisheries
    DAFF has major initiatives in place for sustainable agriculture and food bowl not only for Australia but also for the Asian markets as well


    Obama care as it is referred to for those of us who live in countries with national healthcare is a great idea why should people become bankrupt and even homeless because they cannot afford health care??? The Hippocratic oath was a long way from screw everyone for everything they've got to make them well again.

    as for the other questions sorry that is very US oriented can't say I know to much about them
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    Jul 8 2013: I'm more informed than most people because I know that I don't know anything about any of them. Ok maybe a little about 6
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      Jul 8 2013: You are one of the most informed people I know.

      Thanks for the reply. Bob.
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    Jul 5 2013: I am not informed about any of the 7 issues.
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      Jul 6 2013: Thanks for the look ups ... however, that was not the question.
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          Jul 7 2013: Those who replied to the question do not support your "most people are aware of these bills and programs" statement. As you again failed to address the question I do not know if you are aware of any or all.

          You appear to want to avoid the question in preference for a fight not a discussion and have made personal remarks toward myself. If you do not understand the question I will assist you. If you continue to push a fight I will not respond to time wasting tactics you employ. Do you need help understanding the question?
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          Jul 7 2013: "Which of the following are you informed on or have read up on."

          I isolated the question for you. I am not interested in your political or personal agenda.

          Replies to other than the question will be disregarded. Focus.
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    Jul 5 2013: I am completely uninformed on five of the seven issues you list, (I know a bit about 5 and 6). Since your question is about how well informed I am, I am ashamed to say my answer is, "I am 28.5% informed." Thank you?
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    Jul 5 2013: The only one of these topics on which I would consider myself well informed are the education topics.