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22 May 2011, 8:06 am

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Chevand - I know Canada moderately well from inside, mostly Ontario though we have friends in BC and I have hit Montreal for conferences. An upper midwesterner entering Ontario or NW coaster going to Vancouver does not notice a whole lot of difference except for some neighbourhoods looking a bit more British. Life style etc. pretty continuous. Especially in the academic trade. If I were going to change countries, I would likely want a bit more difference.


You're right, of course-- there's not much difference in actual lifestyle, which is one reason Canada appealed to me rather than any other country. I'm not really fluent enough with any other languages aside from English to use them in daily conversation, and I'm content to be only 7 hours by plane away from my family so that I can still see them about twice a year. However, I have to say, as someone who grew up in the Bible Belt, the one thing that really changed everything was the difference in attitude. As it turns out, that's the only thing about my environment I really needed to change to be happy. I certainly never fit in the South.


Got that. I did not fit in in my [brief, I am glad to say] sojourn in the Southland, nor did the climate suit me. The climate of Ontario [where I have spent somewhat more time as we count time] suited me rather better, but I fit in rather less well there than un the Upper Mid West. I do not dress or act in ways that please the Queen City, and visits to Ottawa showed that a worse fit.



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22 May 2011, 9:48 pm

I live in the US and want to move far far away. I have issues with how the government works, how the citizens are treated, the pollution, the greed, the corruption, and the lies.



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22 May 2011, 10:19 pm

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Does this mean I can send the ones that came here back? They're mainly whinging all the time how 'it's better back home' anyway, well except the ones that are kindred souls on the run from the state, they're welcome, you could even see them as refugees and as we're always recieving revugees from the worlds wars and the WC then they're as welcome as any - we welcome any decent person to our shores in as much as we can manage to accomodate a limited number at a time and have more regional obligations.

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I'm... you do realize we all "came here", right? We are a nation of immigrants. Frankly, you're just expressing racist tendencies.


We are a nation of immigrants who came to America to be Americans, freed of the troubles of their homeland, and - since the 50's - to live the American dream of consumerism and an easier path of upward mobility into the American middle class. It was never about being "just" a nation of immigrants, as most tend to end the sentence after the word "immigrant".


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23 May 2011, 12:13 am

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Does this mean I can send the ones that came here back? They're mainly whinging all the time how 'it's better back home' anyway, well except the ones that are kindred souls on the run from the state, they're welcome, you could even see them as refugees and as we're always recieving revugees from the worlds wars and the WC then they're as welcome as any - we welcome any decent person to our shores in as much as we can manage to accomodate a limited number at a time and have more regional obligations.

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I'm... you do realize we all "came here", right? We are a nation of immigrants. Frankly, you're just expressing racist tendencies.


We are a nation of immigrants who came to America to be Americans, freed of the troubles of their homeland, and - since the 50's - to live the American dream of consumerism and an easier path of upward mobility into the American middle class. It was never about being "just" a nation of immigrants, as most tend to end the sentence after the word "immigrant".


I didn't come to America, I was born there like any chipmunk, sparrow, child of a slave, Native American Indian or grizzly bear.and my mobility had nothing mobile about it. I gradually perceived what it was beyond the baseless talk of freedom and equality and democracy so I left it looking for and discovering sanity somewhere else.



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23 May 2011, 1:19 am

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Did you check where I am? And it's not racism it's provincialism - quite different things, it is also humour, mockery a little good natured elbow in the ribs and slap on the back to the poster quoted [whom I quite like] :roll:

Or are 'foreigners' forbidden this priveledge? Perhaps you should pull up your fellow countrymen for their overt racism and then I will take this comment seriously.

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My apologies. :oops:

I hear the suggestion that "they go back where they came from" quite a bit. It really makes my skin crawl, and I guess I have a knee jerk reaction to it.

I thought you were an American. And for that, I'm doubly sorry.


No problem cuz', I aren't even offended at being mistaken for a Yank :wink:

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23 May 2011, 12:08 pm

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I live in the US and want to move far far away. I have issues with how the government works, how the citizens are treated, the pollution, the greed, the corruption, and the lies.


What destinations do you have in mind? If pollution bothers you, do not move to China. It is the most polluted country in the world right now.

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23 May 2011, 12:25 pm

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Well, regarding any arguments on immigration at least, the USA is treated as though it's the world's welfare state. Kind of annoying when people who don't live here just off the bat assume that all Americans are rich. They somehow fail to realize that even with the overly luxurious minimum wage of $7.25 that the cost of living is absurd enough to make $7.25 worthless locally and if one is unable to find work they don't even have that.

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Mind expressing yourself more clearly than merely using a pretentious emoticon to show your lack of recognition of elementary sardonicism?

I guess I didn't pick up on the sarcasm.


I'm supposing you also assumed that since I'm just a "damn stupid fundie" that I'd actually think $7.25 is 'overly luxurious' even though it can barely buy two gallons of petrol or a single meal? Also with most apartments costing over $600 a month a lousy $7.25 an hour barely allows for rent to be paid assuming an employer schedules enough hours at random.


Given that the USA has some of the weakest labour laws and poorest social assistance programs in the developed world, I'd find it absurd that immigrants would treat it like a "welfare state". Ignoring the fact that most people who illegally immigrate to the US to find work, work below America's already piss-poor minimum wage, assuming immigrants get luxurious deals on average in America is laughably ignorant.


Those social programs sure worked out real well in Greece... :roll:



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23 May 2011, 1:05 pm

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How many of us living in the US of A would rather live elsewhere?.


While I'd like to visit other places, I would prefer to stay in the U.S. That's where my family and friends are and I'm afraid of the anti-American mentality in other countries. I'd feel like I wouldn't belong or fit in with the people in other countries. >.<



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23 May 2011, 4:28 pm

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Those social programs sure worked out real well in Greece... :roll:

So did the chicanery perpetrated by the center-right government that cooked the books for so long. :roll:


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24 May 2011, 10:57 am

I believe the united States,is the land promised to the tribe of judah( Black Race).THE NEW ISRAEL.What man has hidden for years,and taken out of the bible.



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24 May 2011, 11:15 am

The only strangers in the United States in the white race,not only that ,they stolen everything they have from the black race.Our GOLD AND JEWELS etc.,The white race was the poorest race on earth,They lie on blacks,and brain wash the world to hate us,so the world won't focus on the truth.Who they really are.GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH>Everything will soon be the way it should be.THE BLACK MANS WORLD,THE 12 TRIBES WILL ONE DAY COME TOGETHER AS ONE.



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24 May 2011, 11:31 am

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Those social programs sure worked out real well in Greece... :roll:

If a country going through a huge economical crisis is proof its policies were utterly wrong, I guess USAmericans will need to shut up for the time being.


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24 May 2011, 1:01 pm

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I believe the united States,is the land promised to the tribe of judah( Black Race).THE NEW ISRAEL.What man has hidden for years,and taken out of the bible.


Nonsense. The blacks are the sons of Ham, not Shem.

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24 May 2011, 4:37 pm

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"What the United States really ARE", an it please you.

Huh?
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Everyone in America says "the USA IS", nobody says "are".

... Part of me would prefer to return to the original and strictly correct usage [or say Union of States of America]. But modst of me knows I am porless to effect even righteous and reasonable change.

No, no, there is still more here:

1) These states united are/were sovereign states having/sharing/holding a common purpose;
2) The United States is a legal corporation presuming point-of-gun sovereignty over the above.


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