November 20th, 2014
09:09 AM ET

Are MOOCs the future of education?

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

Fareed speaks with Stuart Butler, a Brookings scholar, who's written extensively on massive open online courses, or so-called MOOCs, and Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, a MOOC outfit founded by two bricks and mortar institutions.

Stuart, explain first the kind of crisis in what you've called the business model for higher education.

Well, it certainly is a crisis that they’re facing. First of all, the costs of traditional education have been going up and the indebtedness associated with it. Now student tuition debt in the United States exceeds credit card debt. Secondly...

And it's $1 trillion, right?

Butler: Yes, exactly. Secondly, you're seeing different kinds of information coming forward so that people can actually evaluate the success of going to one college or another, whether it actually pays off.

And then the third thing, which you referred to, is that you're seeing new kinds of technologies that, first of all, appeal to students who are not part of the regular market, but now that technology is being developed, such as through edX and through others, such that it is really beginning to break open the existing traditional market. So there's an existential threat to the very business model that, quite honestly, has been lasting for almost 2,000 years.

You point out the numbers are pretty staggering. You now have, among private, non-profit college graduates, 65 percent in debt. The average indebtedness is $20,000. Cost is obviously now at two, three hundred thousand dollars to go to college, at least. And it's not clear that they get that much out of it.

Butler: That's right. And that's the driving force. Once you combine information about whether you're getting good value for money, and then you combine that with new technologies, that gives you different ways of actually getting to the same result. That's what breaks open a market.

But of course, a lot of people say, that's fine, but you can't just sit in front of a computer and watch some professor – that's not education. What do you say to that, as somebody running an outfit that does sort of that?

Agarwal: Today's online education is not our grandfather's online education. Its completely transformed. We are doing short videos, interactive gaming technology where professors are using game-like technologies, discussions, segments such as yours, where various people get together, experts in the field get together to discuss a topic. So it's not just a video of a professor standing at the end of a classroom. So the technology has advanced tremendously. We bring discussion forums and the social into the classroom, into the online experience. And so this can be a very rich and very high quality experience.

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  1. Idiocracy

    An Idiocracy has emerged from America's universities producing grad students that can no longer pass an 8th grade final. (Ignorant voters electing smooth talking politicians)

    November 20, 2014 at 10:17 am | Reply
  2. Mel

    Yea. Ok Hindu raypist from India. Whatever.
    now go to the temple and begin your famous gang rayping.

    November 20, 2014 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Alter Boy (tainted)

      That's CHURCH, not temple. And Christian priest from the USA.

      November 20, 2014 at 10:39 am | Reply
  3. Ignoramuses

    Ivy league students pop SSRI antidepressant pills while cramming for exams, which produces ignorant graduates. Interestingly, roughly 70 million US adults do the same. Not cramming for exams. Cramming to make it through the morning.

    November 20, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  4. palintwit

    Test 1,2,3

    November 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow


      November 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby


        November 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Lmao @ Ignoramuses...SSRIs would NOT be the drug ANY student with a few brain cells would choose to use while cramming for a test as they generally make ya sleepy! I think they would be more apt to use drugs that are prescribed for ADD ie: Adderol or Ritlin! Get a clue!

    November 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Get a clue, Chru$$ty. Some Ivy Leaguers don't even think using prescription drugs to cram for exams is cheating! And they aren't even prescribed the drugs! And STILL they are stupid enough to think it's not cheating. These are your future leaders, btw.

      November 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        SSRI's are not what they're using.
        SSRI's were not mentioned at all.

        November 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
    • 9 yr. old boy

      Ritalin is an SSRI you maroon.

      November 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • 9 yr. old boy

        November 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
      • banasy©

        No, it's not.

        November 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
      • banasy©

        From your own source:

        [...]Ritalin) is used in conjunction (emphasis mine) selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the treatment of medical conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder with anxiety/depression comorbidity and major depression. [...]

        November 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
      • banasy©

        In conjunction WITH SSRI's.

        November 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
  6. Idiocracy

    Some 100 million US citizens are addicted to mind altering drugs. With millions more becoming drug addicts each year. This is how Idiocracies come to be. Dumbed-down voters electing slick talking politicians.

    November 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      What is it? 70 million or 100 million? The number keeps changing.

      November 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply
      • 9 yr. old boy

        70 million addicted to mind altering prescription drugs, 30 million street drug addicts. With millions more becoming drug addicts each year. Not that the exact number matters. What matters is Americans are in fact being made fat and stupid by Druggery.

        November 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
      • banasy©

        Alcohol is classified as a drug, also. Tobacco, also.

        Better add more to that total.

        Self-medication is self-medication, no matter what form it takes.
        One is not morally superior to another.

        November 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
  7. 9 yr. old boy

    Ivy league students use drugs to cram for exams. SSRIs AND SNRIs. And they think it's not cheating. Maroons and future leaders of a drugged society. An Idiocracy to be sure. Complete with monster trucks and girls boxing.

    November 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      No, they don't. They do not take SSRI's and SNRI's to cram for tests. They take stimulants.

      Repeating wrong information doesn't make it true. Sorry.

      November 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    And soon to be added to the Mind Altering list: cocoa, sugar and PROPOGANDA!!! Stay tuned!

    November 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  9. palintwit

    And I know plenty of people who would pay good money to see Sarah Palin swallowed by a giant sinkhole. Really. I am not making this up !

    November 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    "Amnesty International is calling for an impartial investigation into mass graves found in Indian-Occupied Kashmir. Sunday, India's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission released a report saying a three-year investigation had uncovered 2,156 unidentified bodies in 38 sites in the region.

    In a statement released Monday, Amnesty International asked Indian officials to allow impartial forensic experts to carry out a thorough investigation of the skeletal remains. The rights group also urged Indian authorities to ensure the safety of the witnesses who gave statements to police during the investigation. Indian authorities conducted the inquiry in response to allegations that Indian security forces have committed rights abuses in fighting a more than two-decade-long Muslim separatist insurgency.

    Rights activists say at least 28,000 people have gone missing in Indian Occupied Kashmir since the freedom fighters began fighting in 1989 for independence from Hindu-majority India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan. Indian government crackdowns have killed at least 150,000 people."

    November 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    @ my i at least get an honorable mention when THAT book gets published??? Lmao

    November 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      And in other literary news, Sarah Palin will be hosting a book signing this weekend at her trailer park. Tens of people are expected to show up.

      November 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  12. Just say No to druggery

    @Banazi. Stop defending drug use of students cramming for exams. Thank you, you big fat sweat hog pill popper you.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I'm not defending it at all, PED, oh why do you lack reading comprehension of your own sources?

      That is your failing, not mine.
      I correct. You lie.

      November 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • Just say No to druggery

        Ritalin is in fact a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor laced with amphetamines you freaking dumb old lady.

        November 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm |
      • banasy©

        Again, from your own source:

        BACKGROUND: The serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are effective in treating major depressive episodes. However, for the subgroups of patients who remain refractory to therapy, augmentation strategies can improve the efficacy of these agents. METHOD: We report the results of an open trial of methylphenidate to augment SSRIs (Again, emphasis mine) in the treatment of five consecutive cases of DSM-III- R diagnosed major depression. RESULTS: Self-reported symptom reduction was achieved rapidly in all cases, with methylphenidate dosages ranging from 10 to 40 mg/day. Symptom remission was independent of the presence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Also, the beneficial effects of the methylphenidate-SSRI combination appeared to be robust and sustained. No patients abused or misused methylphenidate.

        CONCLUSION: The empirical use of methylphenidate added to ineffective or only partially effective SSRI treatment appeared to be a rapid, safe, and efficacious alternative to existing augmentation strategies for the treatment of major depression. Prospective controlled studies are required to confirm or refute these findings.

        This is ritalin ADDED TO SSRI's you retarded moron. Learn to read, idiot.

        November 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm |
      • Columbine Kids

        This added to that or That added to this. It's all the same Druggery you maroon. Hag, rather. Harpy even. Succubus for sure.

        November 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
      • banasy©

        You're simply wrong, and instead of admitting it, you try to insult. And you even do that badly.

        Now shut up, you bloody imbecile.

        November 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm |
      • FACT

        I am NOT wrong. Americans have been made fat and stupid by pharmacy Druggery. Just exactly as Germany was before us.
        You are just to stupid. And too lazy to spend a few hundred hours researching instead of gossip news blogging. Typical Chicago welfare mom.

        November 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
      • banasy©

        Ritalin is not a SSRI, which is the mistake I was referring to that you made, repeatedly.

        Keep up.

        And your posted "research" shows that I am correct on this; you should try actually reading it.

        November 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
      • banasy©

        How many welfare moms from Chicago do you know, anyway, Philip?

        I don't know any.

        We must hang out in completely different circles, you and I. Huh.

        November 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
  13. Columbine Kids

    We Columbine kids ate SSRIs like candy. SSRIs inhibit digestion and REM sleep. So we pill popping youth dream during the day as we play violent video. Every once in awhile our daydreams become daytime walking nightmares where we act-out our PlayStation fantasies in real life and shoot our fellow students. US troops prescribed the same drugz we eat shoot themselves and each other, btw. Suicide among prescription drug addict troops is the number 1 killer of troops. But you blame enemies. Because you are a stupid fat old lady.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Talking to yourself in the mirror again?

      November 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Columbine Kids

      One of our moms was an SSRI junkie too. After we acted-out our nightmares during the daytime and shot our fellow students, she went to a store and bought a gun. And blew her own brains out all over the counter exactly as US troops addicted to SSRIs not FDA approved for treating trauma do.

      November 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  14. chri§§y

    Lol @ palintwit nice try! That was a subtle move to try and change the subject...but im pretty sure it wont work! But you get an "A" for effort anyway!

    November 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  15. chri§§y

    And im relatively certain after today...there will be MORE people trying to get "mind altering drugs" to erase this episode of "the world according to philip!"

    November 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  16. Columbine Kids

    Chrissy is ignorant of how Rx pharmacy products make people fat, stupid, and more violent than depicted in Grand Theft Auto 5.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  17. Aurora Theater Shooter

    My dad was one of the men who blew the whistle on banksters LIBOR scandal that has cost citizens at least 40 trillion dollars over the past 6 years. The other whistle blower was the Sandy Creek School Shooter's dad.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  18. chri§§y

    Lol @ columbine kids...HOW could i be ignorant when we have living proof ESPECIALLY on the stupidity factor right here with Philip!!!

    November 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    And im also relatively sure there isnt a prescription available that could work HALF as well at bringing out VIOLENCE in people as 15 mins of non quality conversation as Philip!

    November 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • Columbine Kids

      It's not about Philip you stupid old hag. Troops and citizens are dead and you narrow in on Philip? Philip isn't the one over-prescribing drugs to pill chasing Americans! Philip didn't rob or kill any of you! Philip didn't make campaign lies and you believed them!
      What meds are you on now, Chru$$ty.

      November 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  20. FACT

    Since Americans began using German engineered medications, Americans have been becoming fatter and stupider.
    5 year old American girl's rayped by their own uncles are being prescribed PROZAC now. It used to be illegal to give children under 18 aspirin. Now look at yourselves. Disgusting.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  21. America in the mirror

    Look at how fat and stupid most of you are now. This was by no accident.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Your lack of self-awareness is stunning.

      November 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  22. chri§§y

    Lol obviously im not on enough, you bug eyed old goat! Now HOW did that make YOU feel? And YOU make it all about you everytime you post YOUR propoganda and then slander anyone who doesnt believe you!

    November 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      This is the MO, Chrissy.

      Post wrong information.
      Gets corrected.
      Posts more wrong information; gets corrected.
      Realizes he's wrong; turns it into an insult fest rather than admit he was wrong.
      Whines when someone insults him back; says it's not about him, when he initiated the personal slurs in the first place.
      Lather, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum.


      November 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  23. Philip

    My issue isn't just with the desperate / lonely / fat house women posing as serious news bloggers here. (But theirs is with me)
    My issue concerns a fact: The average US adult is fat and stupid now. We used to be the brightest and most physically fit people ever!

    What happened to US? In a word, Druggery.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Your issue is the inability to admit you're wrong when those you choose to slander attempts to correct your erroneous information.

      You're transparent in your desperation.

      That your failing; it isn't ours.

      November 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        All you did was nitpick my posts, banacy. You ignore the thrust of my comments. Americans are fat and stupid now just as Germans were before WWII. Germans stupid enough to feel obligated to vote for a popular candidate. Germans like you.

        November 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
      • banasy©

        No, I didn't.
        I corrected your "Ivy league students pop SSRI antidepressant pills while cramming for exams, which produces ignorant graduates. Interestingly, roughly 70 million US adults do the same. Not cramming for exams. Cramming to make it through the morning." because what you wrote was untrue, which your own posted link confirmed.
        You then went on to say Ritalin was a SSRI, and the citations you yourself posted confirmed what I said: that Ritalin was NOT a SSRI. Because it isn't.
        And, as is your MO, you started insulting me, because you cannot admit you were wrong.
        Which you are continuing to do because your ego will not permit you to admit you are wrong.

        It's not nitpicking to correct bs information. It is the right thing to do.

        I understand the thrust of your comments, but when one part of it is WRONG, it throws the rest of it into question.


        November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  24. Philip

    Like I just I.formed you that the fathers of both the Aurora Theatre Shooter and the Sandy Creek Shooter are the two whistle blowers that exposed the mulri-trillion dollar LIBOR fixing bankster scandal that has implicated all major banks. And you didn't even bat an eye. You got out your calculator and determined 100 million drug addicts might be 8 million high. You strain gnats and gulp camels. As all Catholics do. Especially gay priests caught ray ping boys.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Your inability to admit you're wrong is your own failing.
      You lie, get caught out, and then accuse of staring the gnat. Tedious.

      You do not drive my conversations, Philip. If you don't like it, tough. Deal with it like an adult.

      November 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        *straining the gnat.

        November 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
  25. Philip

    Who gives a ratz ass if ritalin in methamphetamine or not. My point stands.
    Ritalin is just one of dozens. Americans like pills and are not very particular about which kind. They don't even bother asking their doctor exactly what's in those pills he prescribed. Americans just eat pills now no matter what. Is how it is.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Ritalin is a methamphetamine; what it is NOT is a SSRI, as you claim.
      Americans also like their booze, don't they?
      "Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." (Paraphrased)

      November 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        But if you need a reminder of what you said, posting as "9 yr. old boy"

        Ritalin is an SSRI you maroon.

        November 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
  26. Grand Poobah

    Meanwhile in Mother India:::::

    1. India holds more poor than all the poor in the entire African continent

    2. India is 4th worst country for women to live in after Afghanistan and Somalia

    3. India's gender equality is worse than Bangladesh.

    4. 96% Indians still do not have simple toilets in this day and age

    5. India has the most slavery -more than any nation in the world

    6. India's Per Capita GDP – lowest 138 out of 183 countries. The bottom countries include Somalia, Afghanistan...

    7. India is the worst place for mothers according to Save the Children's “State of World's Mothers” report

    8. India is among worst countries where children never go to school. Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Timor and INDIA. Yemen, Ethiopia and Pakistan do better than India.

    9. India is the worst country in suicide rates in G20 countries

    10. India does not have a single university in top “200” worldwide, let alone in top 50

    11 Life expectancy in India is in bottom half – at 128th in the world

    12. There is a raipe every 2 seconds in India. World's highest rate

    Raipe is actually THE oldest indigenous sport of India invented some 6000 years ago.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  27. Grand Poobah


    1. National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)

    2. United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)

    3. Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    4. Bodo Liberation Tiger Force (BLTF)

    5. Dima Halim Daogah (DHD)

    6. Karbi National Volunteers (KNV)

    7. Rabha National Security Force (RNSF)

    8. Koch-Rajbongshi Liberation Organisation (KRLO)

    9. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    10. Karbi People's Front (KPF)

    11. Tiwa National Revolutionary Force (TNRF)

    12. Bircha Commando Force (BCF)

    13. Bengali Tiger Force (BTF)

    14. Adivasi Security Force (ASF)

    15. All Assam Adivasi Suraksha Samiti (AAASS)

    16. Gorkha Tiger Force (GTF)

    17. Barak Valley Youth Liberation Front (BVYLF)

    18. United Liberation Front of Barak Valley

    19. United National Liberation Front (UNLF)

    20. People's Liberation Army (PLA)

    21. People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)

    22. The above mentioned three groups now operate from a unified platform,

    23. the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF)

    24. Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)

    25. Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)

    26. Manipur Liberation Tiger Army (MLTA)

    27. Iripak Kanba Lup (IKL)

    28. People's Republican Army (PRA)

    29. Kangleipak Kanba Kanglup (KKK)

    30. Kangleipak Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    31. Revolutionary Joint Committee (RJC)

    32. National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM)

    33. People's United Liberation Front (PULF)

    34. Kuki National Army (KNA)

    35. Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA)

    36. Kuki National Organisation (KNO)

    37. Kuki Independent Army (KIA)

    38. Kuki Defence Force (KDF)

    39. Kuki International Force (KIF)

    40. Kuki National Volunteers (KNV)

    41. Kuki Liberation Front (KLF)

    42. Kuki Security Force (KSF)

    43. Kuki Liberation Army (KLA)

    44. Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF)

    45. United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF)

    46. Hmar People's Convention (HPC)

    47. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    48. Hmar Revolutionary Front (HRF)

    49. Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA)

    50. Zomi Revolutionary Volunteers (ZRV)

    51. Indigenous People's Revolutionary Alliance(IRPA)

    52. Kom Rem People's Convention (KRPC)

    53. Chin Kuki Revolutionary Front (CKRF)

    54. Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC)

    55. Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC)

    56. People's Liberation Front of Meghalaya (PLF-M)

    57. Hajong United Liberation Army (HULA)

    58. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) – NSCN(IM)

    59. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) – NSCN (K)

    60. Naga National Council (Adino) – NNC (Adino)

    61. Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)

    62. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)

    63. International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

    64. Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)

    65. All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)

    66. Bhindala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK)

    67. Khalistan Liberation Army (KLA)

    68. Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF)

    69. Khalistan Armed Force (KAF)

    70. Dashmesh Regiment

    71. Khalistan Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    72. Khalistan National Army (KNA)

    73. National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)

    74. All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF)

    75. Tripura Liberation Organisation Front (TLOF)

    76. United Bengali Liberation Front (UBLF)

    77. Tripura Tribal Volunteer Force (TTVF)

    78. Tripura Armed Tribal Commando Force (TATCF)

    79. Tripura Tribal Democratic Force (TTDF)

    80. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)

    81. Tripura Liberation Force (TLF)

    82. Tripura Defence Force (TDF)

    83. All Tripura Volunteer Force (ATVF)

    84. Tribal Commando Force (TCF)

    85. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)

    86. All Tripura Bharat Suraksha Force (ATBSF)

    87. Tripura Tribal Action Committee Force (TTACF) Socialist Democratic

    88. Front of Tripura (SDFT)

    89. All Tripura National Force (ATNF)

    90. Tripura Tribal Sengkrak Force (TTSF)

    91. Tiger Commando Force (TCF)

    92. Tripura Mukti Police (TMP)

    93. Tripura Rajya Raksha Bahini (TRRB)

    94. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)

    95. Tripura National Democratic Tribal Force (TNDTF)

    96. National Militia of Tripura (NMT)

    97. All Tripura Bengali Regiment (ATBR)

    98. Bangla Mukti Sena (BMS)

    99. All Tripura Liberation Organisation (ATLO)

    100. Tripura National Army (TNA)

    101. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)

    102. Borok National Council of Tripura (BNCT)

    103. Mizoram

    104. Bru National Liberation Front

    105. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    106. Arunachal Pradesh

    107. Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF)

    108. Left-wing Extremist groups

    109. People's Guerrilla Army

    110. People's War Group

    111. Maoist Communist Centre

    112. Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)

    113. Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Janashaktih

    114. Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT)

    November 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Over 33,000 gangs of armed and organized Americans terrorizing US streets, dipwad.

      November 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • Crockett

        Your mother raiped by them?

        November 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
  28. Philip

    Again. No matter what "discrepancy" you have found in my posted stats, the fact remains the same: The average American is now obese and cannot understand info delivered above the 8th grade reading level.
    Americans made fat and happy with lots of cheap stuff from China, and stupid enough to vote for adulterous men.

    November 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      It's not a "discrepancy". They are completely different classifications.
      Sorry. You're wrong.

      November 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Sorry. You are wrong. Americans have been made fat and stupid by pharmacy products such as ritalin. You are ignorant if this because you yourself use pharmacy products that make people stupid and ignorant. Just as in the case if the avg. Ivy League Grad Student. Totally unable to pass an 8th grade final exam.

        November 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
      • banasy©

        You. Are. Incorrect. Ritalin. Is. Not. A. SSRI. And. Never. Has. Been.

        I'm not wrong. You are.

        You are ignorant of this due to your inability to put down the alcohol that you consume on a daily basis, even while you natter on about what other people are doing, oblivious to the fact that you, yourself are addicted to a substance.

        Grow up. Admit you're wrong. Put down the bottle. Free yourself from addiction.

        November 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
    • banasy©

      And I find this line especially humorous, considering you couldn't comprehend your own sources:
      [...]and cannot understand info delivered above the 8th grade reading level.[...]

      November 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
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