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12 Dec 2012, 8:07 am

Why to visit but not live in USA..
http://www.fluentin3months.com/no-usa-for-me/

Perhaps some especially interesting points for people with asperger.



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12 Dec 2012, 9:32 am

He sure seems to like to whine.



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12 Dec 2012, 10:26 am

Some things in that are true, some are just his opinion, some are just the result of where we live.

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A country designed for cars, not humans


This is true in a lot of places in America, but also there are many places it is impractical to have public transportation.



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12 Dec 2012, 11:52 am

thewhitrbbit wrote:
Some things in that are true, some are just his opinion, some are just the result of where we live.

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A country designed for cars, not humans


This is true in a lot of places in America, but also there are many places it is impractical to have public transportation.


Maybe he thinks USA has to be designed as Ireland, because you know, USA is as tiny as Ireland :lol:


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12 Dec 2012, 1:21 pm

I have to agree with alot of that, Especially everyone always being in a rush while eating out having the waitperson ask if everythings ok every 4 minutes. Also when you are shopping having the store employees ask if you need help finding something every 2-5 minutes=annoying. The only other country I have been to is mexico so I dont have alot of things to compair america too, But also The police are pretty bad in america. they are some of the most paraniod people in the usa. standing in the grocherie line is also a mad dash and I dislike it. Everyone does seem like there in a hurry, and like that guy said I guess its because Time=Money? :?



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12 Dec 2012, 11:41 pm

Here is a quick summary (with the less aspie friendly ones in quotes below):

1. Americans are way too sensitive (political correctness is in the constitution..?)

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It seems that speaking your mind to individuals is a major taboo. You can’t tell a friend straight when he has f****d up

2. Everything is “awesome”!
3. Smiles mean NOTHING
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But all the time? When you smile all the time in public it means nothing.

4. Tipping (nagging)
5. False prices on everything (VAT is free? ;))
6. Cheesy in-your-face marketing
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bombarded with irrelevant spam

7. Wasteful consumerism (must have the latest)
8. Idiotic American stereotypes of other countries
9. Heritage (overvalued)
10. ID checks & stupid drinking laws
11. Religious Americans (Jesus all the time)
12. Corporations win all the time, not small businesses
13. A country designed for cars, not humans
14. Always in a hurry
15. Obsession with money
16. Unhealthy portions
17. Thinking America is the best

Positive qualities:
* Well connected
* Conferences and conventions with high number of people in a specific niche
* American girls (why?)
* Many friends
* Countryside diversity and so much to do
* Open mindedness and diversity



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13 Dec 2012, 8:51 am

All this may be true, but what I remind people when they complain about America is: Apple Computers, Microsoft, IBM, Assembly Line, Cotton Gin, Sending our aid to other countries, telephone, lightbulb, sewing machine, Man on the Moon....

Yes, we're uptight busy people. Yes, I have been to Europe and visited countries that are very laid back, like Italy...but, that's also why none of the above was invented in Italy!

I would totally use public transport, but our society (because of the auto industry) has placed a lot of emphasis of the fact that owning and driving a car = freedom.

If it was so bad millions of people would not immigrate/sneak in here every year 8)


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13 Dec 2012, 8:55 am

If America is so bad, then why are there more Irish who emigrate to America than Americans who emigrate to Ireland?

One man's opinions do not a reality make.


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13 Dec 2012, 10:24 am

There are places in America that public transit makes sense. There are a lot of places it doesn't.