May 14th, 2011
02:43 PM ET

Quiz: The French veil ban and the Japanese Prime Minister's salary

How much do you know about the world?

This week, test your knowledge on questions about the punishment for wearing a face veil in France and how much Japan's Prime Minister is forgoing in salary until the nuclear crisis is resolved.

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  1. George Calmenson

    Eric Schmidt paints an exciting picture of the future for the technologically savvy and economically secure. But when he equates these developments to a new human experience, he leaves context behind. In the early 1800s the world's population was a billion, and even if they were all suffering, that is one billion sufferers. Now the world population is over six billion, and if even only half are suffering, progress has led to a tripling of the amount of suffering in the world. We will always push the edge of the envelope, but if we don't look IN the envelope, the entire enterprise ultimately will be a failure.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • svann

      "The poor will always be among you"

      May 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  2. alec

    It would be nice for once for a journalist to put aside his/her personal agenda. It is not a punishment. To go that route you would have to admit muslims punish westerners in western countries by flagrant abuses starting with the draining of social services, forcing their religion and sharia law down everyone's throat, and constant violence or threats of violence.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Derrick

      please show an example or examples of muslims trying to force Sharia on anyone or any community here in USA?

      May 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        How about CAIR suing the State of Oklahoma to instill aspects of Sharia Law. I hate the "play dumb" game. It's no secret what Muslims are doing. 85 Sharia Law courts in England and Mohammed the most popular baby name in England? Please.

        May 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • Ryan

        What a hilarious misrepresentation of the facts. Those "courts" settle family disputes and small money issues and for the rulings to be official in the eyes of the actual law (which oversees it) both parties have to consent to the ruling, England has similar things for the Jews. You cannot institute Sharia law in our country which clearly separates religion and law in our constitution, England has no such system.The Church of England is a part of the state.

        It's funny how you guys take a talking point and construe it as a scary fact with no context or actual details about what you jabber about.

        May 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
      • Liberal Ignorance

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEjGJUOr7MM&w=640&h=390]

        May 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
      • Liberal Ignorance

        Just keep drinking the Kool-Aid Derrick. You and your liberal friends would be the first ones against the wall with these people. Just keep rolling around with your silly "COEXISTENT" bumper sticker and everything will be just fine...

        May 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
      • Liberal Ignorance

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3YQANdvvbY&w=640&h=390]

        May 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Liberal Ignorance

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3YQANdvvbY&w=640&h=390]

        PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MOVE TO THIS COMMUNITY AND REPORT BACK ALL OF THE LOVE DERRRRICK

        May 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
      • Mariebythesea

        I notice on CNN a different opinion column that others. I don't like the fact that there is a forum for elites. In regards to this topic, I responded to an opinion about 1 page up about Islam trying to spread Sharia law. The politicians in this country would be very foolish by playing us against them. That is how Julius Caesar met his demise.

        May 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • Ryan

        Again, hilarious, you use a piece from the friggin Christian Broadcast Network as proof Muslims are taking over the world...and you spam like 4 unreplied posts. All I see is Muslim people praying...how frightening. We have lunatic Christians here who horribly protest soldiers funerals and every other thing that will get them in the news, Muslims praying is far from that.

        You're a joke.

        May 16, 2011 at 12:44 am |
      • Liberal Ignorance

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0relDfMQ4xQ&w=640&h=390]

        May 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • DCPinTX

        Derrick – Did you miss the guy that shot his 2 daughters (a cab driver), because they weren't complying with Muslim law and were becoming to "westernized"? If they don't want westernization, let them go back to their homeland – not come here and try to implement their law on everyone else. Honor killing – BS. Diahonorable by any standard.

        May 17, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  3. leeintulsa

    Your example seems obviously flawed.

    You said, for example – 1 billion in the world, all suffering, is somehow better than half (or 3 of 6 billion) suffering now. Doesn't that mean half aren't suffering anymore where they all were before?

    Where you see 3 times as many suffering, i see 3 million who came from suffering and no longer are.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  4. yaya

    I think they should hang these women not only make them take citizenship course...

    May 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • YaYa is a douchebag.

      Some one should string your ignorant uneducated sorry excuse for an organism self on a tree and then use you as a pinata. You can't even speak proper English yet you condemn women you have never even met. I wish I could meet you face to face. GTFO of my country.

      May 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • UMMNO

        Condemnation by one sex to another is in my opinion wrong but what you put forth that you cannot even speak english properly ... is also a wrong. If your theory were correct than there are many many that should GTFO of your country such as the germans, Mexican , French and many others.

        The point is that the world that terrorism is creating a link to religion and we are giving into this notion and encouraging terrorism. Instead of becoming one we are creating sub divisions. A painting without color is merely a blank canvas; Diversity is color and the world a painting without it we would be a blank canvas.

        I once heard a story of a Wise father was tiered of his 5 sons quarelling and decided to do something so he gave each a stick and told each of his sons that whichever son makes this stick unbreakable with his two hands will win the family farm so they all went quarelling off to find a way to make thier sticks unbreakable. The next day the sons came back quarelling and showed their father the sticks . Each stick broke effortlessly , the father sent them back on the same task three times each time the results would be the same. Then the father bound all five of the sticks together this time telling the sons to break the sticks and they could not. He explained that together the sticks were strong and unbreakable but each separte stick could break very easily.

        May 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Tika

      Yaya is trolling.

      May 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  5. Derrick

    lease show an example or examples of muslims trying to force Sharia on anyone or any community here in USA?

    May 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Ignorance

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPod-hxD7g&w=640&h=390]

      May 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
      • forreal89

        excellent report we need to take note

        May 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
      • Xugos

        Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal.

        Prove that this applies to even 0.01% of the U.S. Muslim community.

        May 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
      • Kdwhoadude

        what a stupid video. that guy was just looking for drama.

        May 16, 2011 at 1:17 am |
      • Micky

        you are just trying to cover the sun with a finger and say that it isn't there....

        May 16, 2011 at 1:52 am |
      • John Jurac

        This is an excellent example of what is spreading with Sharia based muslim antics! I've personally witnessed the same with muslim children picking on a young white boy at a playground like a pack of hyena's. Shameful that America is muslim hooliganism and this is shameful! Those security guards should have been arrested! Stand up for a United States and Canada where others don't dictate how corruption, and coercion will hide behind a muslim religion! Not one of those American muslims , with their heavy middle eastern accents, has the United States in their best interest or cares about where they live! They even shout "No way!" when the reporter says "this is the U.S," I respect other religions, but when they impose on my civil liberties...it's time to clean house!

        May 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  6. Derrick

    please

    May 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Ignorance

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT8s1a1E4nk&w=640&h=390]

      May 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Reply
      • John Jurac

        Yet, 2 muslim radicals Youssef and Hussein can publicly walk on our American flag in downtown New York and desecrate the symbol of our pride! The right thing to do was for the Christians to be permitted to distribute their flyers and even have a booth in the arab festival...sorry, was it a Arab festival?? I know Arabs that are Christian! That was a Sharia and shameful festival.

        May 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Liberal Ignorance

      keep drinking the Kool-Aid Derrick

      May 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  7. Annatala

    When you make a quiz, it becomes useless trivia if you're supposed to select between "1909", "1910", "1911", and "1912". A much more interesting set of answers would have a wide range, so you'd be testing on general knowledge rather than memorization of esoteric historical dates or exact percentages or statistics. Ask about the war it happened in or what country it was dropped on, not what exact year it was done, with a range of neighboring years. Questions like that are silly because you have little hope of using logic to narrow down the possible answers.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  8. wjeri

    The French do not like the game of "Peek-a-Boo."

    May 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • US Girl

      Its a good thing that Kate is a British citizen. I wonder had she married in France, what her punishment would be for wearing a face veil during her wedding..Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! I really do feel sorry for all the future brides in France...may be this law only applies to muslims...hmm

      May 16, 2011 at 12:11 am | Reply
  9. persiangirl

    Stop all the crying about where women can't wear a veil. I think men should wear something over their eyes that obscures everything but shadows, then women wouldn't "have to" wear clothes that obscure their fiture to keep men from lusting Islam today is a joke, I hope other women follow me out of it.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  10. Notaveggie

    In order to understand why they are here in the first place, you would first have to use yourself as an example. Why would overly conservative folks move to someplace like the USA, a region that defies the very core of their belief system/structure. Why? It would be equivalent to a true American conservative Christian moving to a country of nudist. Why would they do that, other than for the purpose of a slow but sure coup! No other purpose. Makes no other sense. They have no reason or real other purpose to be there and obviously they are not happy because they are already changing the legal structure of that country to accomodate them. I thought the rule was – when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Not go to Rome under pretense, only to eventually overtake the Romans...and may I add, stupid Romans at that, if they allow it. Wake up folks....these people should NEVER be called "sleeping" cells...the proper label should be "sleepwalking" cells. They are WIDE AWAKE AND READY TO POUNCE!

    May 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  11. gwats

    It looks like the next conquering of France will occur from within. A chilling lesson about what happens when you don't control the immigrant flow into your own Country.

    May 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Allocer

      Theres a simple way to counter this. Don't F up other countries by supporting dictators and sucking the wealth out of them.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  12. Mariebythesea

    As a non-believer of any God, it sickens me to hear people who go on and on about the invisible and all the stories and fables of their (on-drugs, or pedophile prophet) words of wisdom. To actually see people all lining up to bow down, pray or give thanks, I shake my head at how many mentally ill people there are in the world. I think the prophesy of only 144,000 will be saved. None of them will be religious!!!

    May 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  13. forreal89

    Again we are faced with an arrogant ignorant muslim population of parasites that come to another country then force their beliefs and crazy terroristic actions. I have never seen a group of people that no one wants in their country but continue to immigrate

    May 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  14. Joshua Ludd

    Nothing says freedom like actually being banned from choosing to wear a veil or a burqa.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Ignorance

      Funny thing is that these women don't have a CHOICE to wear a veil or burqa Joshua Ludd. It is MANDATED by the Islamic zealots under SHARIA LAW. I would love for you idiots to spend a week amongst these folks and see how it goes for you. Your heads would be hanging from a stick...

      May 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Ignorance

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smw9QuH1xkA&w=640&h=390]

      May 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  15. Mark

    wow

    May 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  16. John Jurac

    I am so proud of Nazeem, Paul, David and anyone else who is standing up against Sharia Law and the obvious discrimination that they are facing in Dearborn. I hope that we all do our part in being a good, just society by not allowing the disentigration of life as we know it through a coercive Sharia community. We all deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those men were respectful, knowledgeable, and non-aggressive...why would they be persecuted falsely? Message to the Political entities and law enforcement in Dearborn: don't do the work of the devil and stand for the rights and truths that we see ourselves! Sharia brings chaos, fear and takes away freedoms..isn't that an example in a small town already?? My children are taught to be kind and good, not to hate muslims or any other group of people! So why do I repeatedly see hatred displayed against Christians and myself?

    May 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply

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