Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stupid Meme Is Stupid!

This failworthy meme currently has the highest upvotes on r/politicalhumor. (And if you think that's bad, check out its equally failworthy top comment!)

I would personally debunk this meme, but since I'm feeling lazy today, I'm merely going to repost a comment thoroughly refuting it:
We pay teachers like doctors
False. Teachers in Finland make about half what physicians make.

There's no mandatory testing
False. Here's a website all about the National Matriculation Exam at the end of Finnish high school.

We decriminalized all drugs
False. Possessing more than a ten days' supply of any of the many drugs that are still illegal in Portugal is a crime.

[We] treat addiction as a public health issue instead of a crime
False. Mandatory public service is a judicial punishment for addiction in Portugal - not for possession, addiction.

[Iceland] bailed out the people... the opposite of what America and the rest of Europe did.
False. Virtually the entire American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was spent directly on the American people. That is why, unlike the largely-overhyped Icelandic "recovery," the United States has recovered significantly faster than Europe and Japan.

Is this in r/politicalhumor because its author is a joke..?