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bodkin_ra
May. 11th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Honoured to meet your Majesty.
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Chahmed.
fafojoy
May. 11th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Before deciding on Canada as your final destination, you might want to read up on the CSE (Canadian spy group) and Echelon (the international intelligence shared by Canada, US, Britain, the Aussies, NZ etc).

IF you want to find someplace free of all intererence, you might try buying a deserted island with no method of outside communications at all.
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
One does have to look at the aggregate after a while. Canada at least has legal pot, gay marriage, a working health care system, and competent doctors to staff it. And they are the source of "For Better Or For Worse."
gwynhyffar
May. 13th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
In all fairness to Canada, their healthcare system does have some big problems (mainly of the financial sort). On the other hand, when I was sick with minor illnesses I never had a problem getting in to see a doctor (which was free) or getting a prescription filled (which was never unaffordable, even to a student). Everyone is entitled to basic health care. The problems come in when someone has a major illness. Too few specialists in some fields (there is a big braindrain to the south) have created very long waiting lists for some procedures.
frenchpony
May. 14th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
It's the bit about how "everyone is entitled to basic health care" that does it. If you get basic health care, you're much less likely to have a small problem morph into a bigger one that requires a braindrained specialist.
meggins
May. 12th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
So young. So cynical. So....absolutely right.
frenchpony
May. 12th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm not that young. I'm twenty-nine. And I call 'em like I see 'em.
gwynhyffar
May. 13th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
I had a hard time leaving Canada to come back to the US. I wasn't sure I wanted to live in a place where exercizing my right to criticize was seen as a nearly capital offense by not only the 'leaders' but a good portion of the population as well. I didn't remember it being quite so bad when I left, but there were times when I drove down to visit friends and found myself really uncomfortable not only because of my inability to listen to Bubba spouting neo-facist bullshit, but also because I did it while driving a vehicle with Canadian plates. I thought that perhaps as time went by (it seemed to be at it's worst right after 911) things would get better. Sadly, they don't really seem to be- everyone is paranoid and looking for an enemy, the economy is on a downslide, and we have a government that doesn't trust its down people. Sounds eerily familiar to me.

/rantoff
frenchpony
May. 14th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Canada is looking more and more like the safer, saner version of the U.S.
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