Sorry out there folks, but I couldnt resist replying.
>The Top 10 reasons why the US rules the world:
> 1) Economy. Ours is colossal. This is not to say that other nations do not
> have large, vital economies. It IS to say, however, that ours is larger,
> more vital, and more directly influential on those of other, lesser nations
> than theirs are on ours.
Ok. So why do the major American auto companies (from what I understand, a good
measure of the economy is the auto industry) moving most of their auto parts
factories to Canada? Three words: superior production quality.
> 2) Military. There is NO MILITARY FORCE ON THE ENTIRE PLANET WHICH CAN MATCH
> THAT OF THE UNITED STATES. NONE.
So why do the regular Canadian infantry kick the American Special Forces
collective butts time and time again in the wargames? And, unless Im mistaken,
this years ‘Top Gun’, a competition to see who the best military pilots in the
world are, was won by a Canadian. And if I also recall correctly, the only
pilots who had the guts to perform those dangerous Gulf War bombing runs werent
the Americans, but the Canadians. Conclusion: larger military budgets dont
necessarily make better armies.
> 3) Culture. Where Europeans spend their time sitting around cafes wearing
> berets and discussing how decadent and predictable American culture is,
> American culture produces the premier authors, poets, painters, film
> makers, playwrights, sculptors, and critics in the world.
I wont bother with this one. All Canadians know better.
> 4) Natural resources. We’ve got it all, from gold to oil to uranium to wood to
> fresh water, America is your one-stop shop.
Oh, really? So why are you Americans either, a) trying to get your greedy mitts
on our natural resources through the Free Trade Agreements, or b) slapping huge
tariffs on our natural resource exports into your country?
> 5) Agriculture. Americans have made a science out of agriculture where our
> ‘big Asian competition’ is slogging around in leech-infested paddies
> wearing lampshades on their heads.
And where does the world go for its wheat, including the US? 'Nuff said.
> 6) Education. Sure, our kids score below average on world math tests, but this
> is hardly surprising given that we have a bunch of Communists running our
> schools. We’ve got so many colleges of such high caliber that we have to
> bring foreigners here to teach them how to run their own countries.
Most American students couldn’t find their own country on the map.
> 7) Music. Who listens to Canadian music except Canadians? German music except
> Germans? Our music drives the beat of the world, and sets every trend of
> any cultural significance. The only nation that comes close is the UK, and
> that’s largely because we’re nostalgic about the good old days when the
> Beatles weren’t a bunch of pot-head has-beens.
I’d list the all the Canadian artists who have huge followings in the US, but I
dont have enough fingers.
> 8) Cuisine. The French sop cream onto everything and let their cheese go moldy
> before eating it. The English eat organs. The Africans drink beer made out
> of cow blood. The Indians eat cats before taking a bite of a big juicy
> steak. The Russians live on potatos and turnips. The Italians eat noodles
> (which are not significantly different from those $0.15 packages of ramen).
> Americans have taken the few good ideas in food foreigners have come up
> with and amalgamated them into a cohesive, delightful cuisine.
Any time Ive travelled in the US, I couldnt eat the food, because it was so
weighed down with grease. Anybody care to comment?
> 9) Technology. The only people who come close to us are the Japanese, and most
> of their scientists learned everything they know (including how to play
> violin) in America from Americans. They’ve got CD players. We make
> semiconductors and microchips. Who is making the scientific contribution
Canada leads the world in telecommunications. All that lovely fibre optics was
made by us. And we could just very well take back our Canadarm, thank you very
much. A huge number modern day luxuries, and necessities, can be attributed to
brilliant Canadian inventors.
>10) Freedom. There is no other nation on Earth whose citizens enjoy a greater
> measure of freedom. None. This is what makes Americans courageous and
> moral, because the best of us cherish and shepherd this freedom carefully.
> Foreigners, who have never known this freedom, lack the willingness to
> fight for it as we do. They will fight for the vote, and they may get it,
> but their societies will never be as free as ours is.
So, if thats so, why has Canada been deemed the best country in the world to
live in, in terms of quality of living, education, and human rights three years
out four by the UN? I dont recall the US ever coming in much better than 3rd.
>There. That settles it.
Hmmmmm indeed. Seems to me the US isnt the best country in the world to live in.
Any country where they fire you on the spot without notice, charge you $3000 for
a splinter in your foot, or park your cooling carcass outside the local hospital
because you cant pay for that emergency surgery up front, isnt a country Id like
to live in.
(I know, I know, i shouldnt have responded to this drek, but I guess Ive been
lurking in the background too long. )