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    What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/what-...countries-arou



    What's not to like. Looks like US covered the 3 major food groups - fries, dogs and 'za! . This is depressing though...

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    I am American, but I had to at the comments. Sure, there was outrage at the typical lunch of American children, but there was the whole "We are the richest most powerful country in the world."

    Last Saturday my city had a big fireworks show. On television before the display, a soldier spoke to the news about how great it was to be in this country. "You never hear people saying they want to move to Europe or Mexico, but you hear all about people from other countries like Mexico wanting to come to the United States!" So much ignorance.

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    ...I want to move to France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    Last Saturday my city had a big fireworks show. On television before the display, a soldier spoke to the news about how great it was to be in this country. "You never hear people saying they want to move to Europe or Mexico, but you hear all about people from other countries like Mexico wanting to come to the United States!" So much ignorance.
    Um, don't throw out the ignorant word without doing a little research.

    http://www.migrationinformation.org/...arts/6.1.shtml

    http://www.migrationinformation.org/...arts/5.1.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by JILEN View Post
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/what-...countries-arou



    What's not to like. Looks like US covered the 3 major food groups - fries, dogs and 'za! . This is depressing though...
    This article was discussed a few months ago here, beginning at post #74.

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    Really? I'm sorry bout that. Thanks for the info Jenny. How I'd miss that thread. This issue is so close to my heart as my 2 grown up boys dealt with school lunch/health problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    I am American, but I had to at the comments. Sure, there was outrage at the typical lunch of American children, but there was the whole "We are the richest most powerful country in the world."

    Last Saturday my city had a big fireworks show. On television before the display, a soldier spoke to the news about how great it was to be in this country. "You never hear people saying they want to move to Europe or Mexico, but you hear all about people from other countries like Mexico wanting to come to the United States!" So much ignorance.
    Really...wow so many have no idea that immigration to Canada, Europe and
    Australia are higher than that the US. Heck, we have some us citizen who want to migrate to Canada.

    sk8er that link you showed seems misleading. It says with the largest number of international migrants. The term migrant is a broad term that can be used in regards to both emigration and immigration. What criteria are they using for those stats? Because the country with the highest migrate rate per capita is Canada. The country with the highest net migration rate is Qatar.

    The US is 26th on list for net migration rate which measures the persons leaving and entering the country per 1000 person capita.

    My info is from the CIA world bank factbook stats for 2011.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    Last Saturday my city had a big fireworks show. On television before the display, a soldier spoke to the news about how great it was to be in this country. "You never hear people saying they want to move to Europe or Mexico, but you hear all about people from other countries like Mexico wanting to come to the United States!" So much ignorance.
    So much ignorance? From ONE guy? Who is proud of his country...that he serves? I don't hear much about people wanting to move to Europe, although I'm sure a great many would love to. But as someone who only live a couple of hours from the Mexican border I can tell you there are plenty of Mexicans chomping at the bit to get into the US and they kill Boarding Patrol Agents to do it.

    As for the lunches my daughter wouldn't eat any of that stuff, she may pick at the rice and eat an occasional tomato. My son eats the salad bar everyday for his school lunch. He really likes it.

    Also, I never remember hating the school lunches as a kid, they must have been equally as gross. The rectangle pizza that fit perfectly in the rectangle spot on the tray was my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    Also, I never remember hating the school lunches as a kid, they must have been equally as gross. The rectangle pizza that fit perfectly in the rectangle spot on the tray was my favorite.

    That's about the only thing my son eats at his school...

    I wish every community could have a program like this...

    http://www.wafarmtoschool.org/Page/3...Farm-Education

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    Quote Originally Posted by JILEN View Post
    That's about the only thing my son eats at his school...

    I wish every community could have a program like this...

    http://www.wafarmtoschool.org/Page/3...Farm-Education
    What a great program, I was wondering schools don't have farms and grow their own lunch food I guess it can be done. They can learn so much and eat great food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I don't hear much about people wanting to move to Europe, although I'm sure a great many would love to.
    seriously? any who, one thing I really have to give the Mexicans, who would probably love to move to France if it just wasn't so darn far away, is that they don't seem to burn down entire cities so often.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_ci...rest_in_France

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    Hmmmm the British one looks vaguely healthy (if utterly unappealing) and while Jamie Oliver has done a LOT to improve the standards of school dinners here in the UK, junk food is readily available for the older students who are allowed off premises for lunch. Colleges (such as where I work) offer healthy options but chips are never far from hand.

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    From that link, Italy's looks the most appetizing to me. School lunches as a whole remind me of airplane food. Not good, but if you're really hungry, it will sustain you for a while. I brought my own lunch to school whenever I could to avoid it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribbon View Post
    From that link, Italy's looks the most appetizing to me. School lunches as a whole remind me of airplane food. Not good, but if you're really hungry, it will sustain you for a while. I brought my own lunch to school whenever I could to avoid it.
    I actually skipped lunch right up until college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post
    seriously? any who, one thing I really have to give the Mexicans, who would probably love to move to France if it just wasn't so darn far away, is that they don't seem to burn down entire cities so often.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_ci...rest_in_France
    My friends and I certainly don't sit around here and talk about how much we wish we could move to France; do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I don't hear much about people wanting to move to Europe, although I'm sure a great many would love to. But as someone who only live a couple of hours from the Mexican border I can tell you there are plenty of Mexicans chomping at the bit to get into the US and they kill Boarding Patrol Agents to do it.
    I'm not sure what a "Boarding Patrol Agent" is, or how many of them have been killed by "Mexicans chomping at the bit to get into the US" but apparently the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. has exceeded the number entering for a while now. There are about 1.5 million fewer unauthorized Mexicans now in the U.S. than in 2005. Some of these have been deported, others have chosen to leave of their own accord, and many others have not come to the U.S. who might have tried to do so in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8er1964 View Post
    Um, don't throw out the ignorant word without doing a little research.
    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I don't hear much about people wanting to move to Europe, although I'm sure a great many would love to.
    Did you actually read what Brina posted?

    Apparently you didn't, so let me rephrase it for you:

    The comment Brina has quoted presented US as the only country potential migrant think of immigrating to.

    Figures show that this is very far from the truth.

    P.S. Julieann, somehow I doubt that you have many friends in developing countries, living beyond the poverty line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    My friends and I certainly don't sit around here and talk about how much we wish we could move to France; do you?
    Yes! Although truthfully, we usually talk more about how much I miss Belgium and if I'll move back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topaz View Post
    sk8er that link you showed seems misleading. It says with the largest number of international migrants. The term migrant is a broad term that can be used in regards to both emigration and immigration. What criteria are they using for those stats? Because the country with the highest migrate rate per capita is Canada. The country with the highest net migration rate is Qatar.

    The US is 26th on list for net migration rate which measures the persons leaving and entering the country per 1000 person capita.

    My info is from the CIA world bank factbook stats for 2011.
    The source data is from the UN, but yeah, I can see what you are saying. The link's not that clear. I wonder, though, how much the policies and economic climate of a particular country (not Canada, obviously) can skew the net numbers. If people want to leave and cannot afford to, while rich people come in to take advantage of opportunities, does that make a difference? If the people coming in are fleeing unrest in a neighboring country, does that make a difference? Social sciences are funny that way - one can manipulate data pretty much any way one wants. I don't know the industry standard for immigration comparisons enough to know what the common variables are in regard to net vs simple immigration numbers.

    However, I think that most lay-people tend to think in terms of incoming and not net, and I also think it's assumed by most - at least here in the US - that the US is at the top for that. Here's an article from 2011 saying that the US was #1 and the UK #2. I don't know the reliability of the source, but it's something that popped up when I did a search.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Did you actually read what Brina posted?

    Apparently you didn't, so let me rephrase it for you:

    The comment Brina has quoted presented US as the only country potential migrant think of immigrating to.

    Figures show that this is very far from the truth.
    Hmm. Looking below, I don't see the word "only" anywhere in that comment, which, by the way, is paraphrased, not quoted, so we cannot know the soldier's intent. I doubt that he intended to say that the US is the only country anyone in the world would ever want to move to. If he in fact did, well than yes - that would be an ignorant statement. That's not how I read Brina's re-telling of what he said, rather I read Brina's statement as saying that she thought the soldier was ignorant because he had an opinion that America is a great country and people want to come here all the time. (If that was incorrect, then I apologize to Brina.) The links I gave show that people do want to come to the US in greater numbers than elsewhere (with my respect given to the confusion pointed out by topaz ).

    Try again, my anti-American friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    Last Saturday my city had a big fireworks show. On television before the display, a soldier spoke to the news about how great it was to be in this country. "You never hear people saying they want to move to Europe or Mexico, but you hear all about people from other countries like Mexico wanting to come to the United States!" So much ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Did you actually read what Brina posted?

    Apparently you didn't, so let me rephrase it for you:

    The comment Brina has quoted presented US as the only country potential migrant think of immigrating to.
    No rephrasing needed, I got it right. She quoted ONE soldier; that's it, and she may have miss-quoted him/her at that.

    P.S. Julieann, somehow I doubt that you have many friends in developing countries, living beyond the poverty line.
    I doubt you do as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by berthesghost View Post
    Yes! Although truthfully, we usually talk more about how much I miss Belgium and if I'll move back.
    So you are from Belgium?

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    I'm not sure what a "Boarding Patrol Agent" is, or how many of them have been killed by "Mexicans chomping at the bit to get into the US" but apparently the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. has exceeded the number entering for a while now. There are about 1.5 million fewer unauthorized Mexicans now in the U.S. than in 2005. Some of these have been deported, others have chosen to leave of their own accord, and many others have not come to the U.S. who might have tried to do so in the past.
    I'm glad you have the illegal immigrant problem in AZ taken care of, I'll let our Governor know

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