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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:41 PM
reply to post by newcovenant

America needs to improve it's educational standards. We are currently at 25th and 22nd in Math and Science test scores internationally.

This applies to driver education as well. Look at US LEO, they are required to take driving courses that actually teach one how to handle an automobile in an emergency and not merely how to parallel park.

The Autobahn IS the National Interstate Highway system of Germany and not merely one Roadway as is commonly misunderstood here. the same as the AutoRoute in France and the AutoStrata in Italy.

Part of the difference in the number of roadway fatalities has much to do with the Education of it's drivers.
In Germany it's a 2 year education in which to earn one's license to drive. And it shows.

In the US earning a drivers license is nowhere near as stringent as it should be.

Traffic Related Death Rates

per 100K Inhabitants, per 100K Motor Vehicles, per Billion Vehicle Km

France 6.9 12 7.7

Germany 4.5 7.2 7.2

UK 3.59 7. 5.7

USA 12.3 15. 8.5

By improving our driver's education we could make our roads considerably safer.
The Statistics are proof.

But the American way is to keep everyone ignorant of the differences between over steer and under steer and instead extract money from people for exceeding artificially low imposed speed limits on highways due to safety concerns due to uneducated unsafe drivers.

edit on 5-9-2011 by nh_ee because: Unfortunately formatting isn't allowed in the quest to save server disk space.....Oh WELL...

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:49 PM
reply to post by nh_ee

Very informative and thank you for that. I have been on for a while doing some other business online so I can't give the reply you deserve here but I will be back a bit later to respond.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:49 PM
reply to post by newcovenant

Personally I would take a German, Swedish or British woman over a American woman any day... I love accents

Just MHO...

Really I'm sick of the demands from US women these days...

Thanks to Jersey Shore and Real Housewives for tainting our women...

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:03 PM
Well I love living in Canada because we have vast coastlines, unspoiled beauty and we don't take ourselves too seriously...not to mention we have Poutine, nuff said.

Oh Canada

edit on 5-9-2011 by sweetstuff because: Can't seem to embed the video

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:28 PM

Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I would say our News media is better in the UK than America. Television news is not as partisan as it is in America. We don't have the equivalent of a FOX or MSNBC, we don't have the ideological talking heads like the Glenn Becks or Rachel Maddow's. We also don't have right wing christian fundamentalism on anywhere near the same scale.

Haven't read the whole thread, and will put in my input a bit later on, but this post stood out.
Much of the British media is owned by Rupert Murdoch, Sky is the British FOX.
Just recently Murdoch was in trouble in the UK for owning a news paper that did horrendous things.
I wouldn't say it's much better.
Although, the reporters are better spoken, in general though and perhaps the bias isn't as clear/obvious, but still there.

No offense to the poster^^, I just wanted to bring in my view of British News.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:32 PM
Australian Defence Force and Special Forces. Nuff said

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:43 PM

1. Nobody knows it really exists
2. Ppl are nice and dont care - you can have osama bin laden living next door that if hes a nice guy ppl will say "what nice man" and save him the better potatoes and prolly order one or other article specially for that "nice man" that lives next door
3. Its still in europe, and altho ppl talk about the crisis and all that, its pretty much the same
4. The crime rate is moderate, and you can still beat the living crap out of someone whos trying to rob you, with as low as 1 or 2% chance of the guy carrying a gun and shoot you. We're not cowboys.
5. Either friend or for, good or bad, axis or allies (like it was in ww2) you can park in here... its like the immortal's holy ground - we dont have to worry about some terrorist attack because this can be the ideal safe haven because of - see point 2.
6. We dont have Obama. (this is def the best reason of them all, but sadly we dont have hot sarah palin either
7. Ppl only know my country because of football (or soccer for you americans)
8. Once in a year someone actually shoots someone. 1 in 2 or 3 years the shot actually kills someone instead of wounding.
9. Well... our history predates, includes and goes on after the roman empire - which gives us about 2000 years more history than the US - every single bit of european history includes us
10. We discovered the new world (that includes america - but we traded all that with the spanish)
11. We owned Brazil, Central Africa, Goa, Macau and much more.
12. We didnt nuke japan.
13. We dont have Yellowstone
14. We went through world war 2 being friends with the allies and the nazis.
15. We went trough the cold war being friends with the americans and russians. Altho we did get in a conflict fighting a proxy war where we had american support and our enemies had russian support.
16. We still dont have Obama... did I mention this before? This is huge!
17. Anything pointed at us for some form of revenge will prolly land in some area in spain. Its a natural shield since everyone thinks this is spain, they'll prolly attack madrid...
18. The best and most mixed collection of food and prolly the most globally accepted cuisine - least one of the richest in the world.
19. We only had ONE earthquake in all our history... (that completly DESTROYED the capital lol, but still... only one)
20. We dont bother with hurricanes or tropical storms unless we're traveling.
21. Our lexicon includes every single sound in human language, so we can mimic every language flawlessly without the slightest accent.
22. We have a common very very old word that you can translate in any language. You can be very close to it, but theres no translation for such a strong meaning. You can make an adaptation, but not a translation, thus not carrying the very sentiment. Its so hard to even explain it, that I'm here trying to find words for it, and even on my fourth sentence, I feel like noone actually understands. lol
23. And lastly ... we dont have Obama! Damn it feels good saying this.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:03 PM

Originally posted by newcovenant

Originally posted by eyespying


Where are you and how is your bacon better?

Are you in Canada?

Bacon in Europe (especially uk, netherlands, denmark) is diffrent it s a diffrent cut than what we would call streaky bacon bacon (that you get in america) i mean i like crispy american bacon, but its really not the same as a tastey decent bit of European bacon...

Beer in general in europe has more variety and flavour as does the wine.. no particular country just across mainland europe.. (they have had many years head start though)
This goes for food too, strange someone mentioned foods from germany, although America has many influences for cuizine, the biggest players in the states are of germanic origin, burgers, hot dogs, sausages, various cakes and dohnuts, they all have a germanic origin.
Most of the foods from france spain and italy are delightful
again its an age thing though.

Car engines... controvertial i know but you get more BHP out of a European car than you do out of an american engine.. not really sure why though, handeling is usually better too...

I love America.. i love the excess of it, i love the cheery atmosphere of being around americans they genuianly seem to enjoy the "campness" of life that the rest of the world doesnt..

but in mainland europe there is a more subtle calming way of life, being out in the country in Italy or France is breathtaking, i have been all over the world, mainland europe is a wonderful place.

Heritage.. it hard to explain, like i never really look at my surroundings any more in cities, but in Glasgow, edinburgh, manchester, florence, paris, lyon, milan... all these cities have a proper old feel to them, there is breathe taking stonework and architecture that wouldnt pass building regulations these days, but bring a level of class to the cities..

anyway these are a few things as a european i am proud of. as i said though i love amrieca too, (maybe not the government but georgrphically, and the people)

Just my thoughts

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:05 PM

Originally posted by daaskapital
Australian Defence Force and Special Forces. Nuff said

Surley you mean SAS and SBS as far as things Go Birtish special forces own

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:09 PM
Australia here,
Our soldier's are better paid and recieve better post battle medical treatment when they get home. they also get better battle kit (individual equipment) and a higher level of training prior to postings. benefits of service are also generally much better as well.
My source? Several serving members of the Australian defence force.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:15 PM

Originally posted by sweetstuff
Well I love living in Canada because we have vast coastlines, unspoiled beauty and we don't take ourselves too seriously...not to mention we have Poutine, nuff said.

Oh Canada

edit on 5-9-2011 by sweetstuff because: Can't seem to embed the video

Hell yeah! my commonwealth brothers and sisters from Canada take a bow, you guys have one of the greatest countries on earth!
pity you touch america though, you should get some disinfectant for that before it spreads

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:26 PM

Originally posted by GonzoSinister

Originally posted by daaskapital
Australian Defence Force and Special Forces. Nuff said

Surley you mean SAS and SBS as far as things Go Birtish special forces own

Let's not get into this argument, everyone thinks that their special forces are the best.
Israil and Switzerland hold that vaunted position with the foreign legion............DO NOT MESS WITH THE LEGION, honestly, those guys don't mess around, i don't think they even smile.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 07:22 PM
Has any one said hula hoop's yet? And I mean the crisps not the toy hoops that you can get lol

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 07:56 PM
Aside from the brain dead that think the US is the best...I'm more concerned with those who think "their" Elite troops are the best.

Mental conditioning has it's advantages and it's disadvantages.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 08:13 PM
we here in ireland are a very welcoming lot, enjoy a strangers company, like a good laugh.
we're a neutral country with no nuclear facillities.
we get the four seasons weather in one day, with the greenest grass you ever seen.
ive no links to any of this but sure to be sure its already well known

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 08:46 PM
reply to post by SecretKnowledge

I vote this up! You will be more hated for it. History became more interesting for me the more I found a people that were treated horribly.

I eventually came to love history.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:22 PM

Originally posted by newcovenant

Originally posted by DISRAELI
A Constitution in which the party which controls the legislature also, by definition, controls the government, so that they can't have damaging stand-offs and stalemates.
I'm from the UK.
edit on 5-9-2011 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)

Interesting. I wonder why we did not carry that over? I am sure some Constitutional Scholar on ATS has the answer to that. I am sure it has something to do with checks and balances but you're right. Why not allow those who were legitimately elected have their say and put forth their policies?

I can only speculate not being a political scholar-- that controversy might have been
construed by our founders as the fine tuning of public intent. The act of lobbying and
'special interests' in general were severely cautioned against, as it UNDERMINED the
public interest and will in almost every case. Looks like that was one of the first
casualties of the Republic; and the degeneration of any real representation toward
the final destination of tyranny is about complete. Good old human nature, Lord Acton.
Where the representative's dependence (on his constituents' continued support) is
supplanted by 'autonomy' of action [or acquiesence to lobbying with the promise of
tenure], we begin to slide into that T-word when the former dynamic is lost. May our
approval polls of the Congress' performance speak for themselves...
just my humble take on it. By now it looks simply like a bunch of hungry mutts
over there in D.C. fighting for the last scraps of what we entrusted to them: and
in order to retain control they had to pass laws to enable their taking from us.
How long in fact, friends, has it been since the people's will was manifested by
appropriately legislated policies reflecting it? The people are disenfranchised.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:47 PM
"Political Scholars" would have to agree that since the inception of this Nation, special interests have been vying for control.

There were no "glory days" there were no "hero's".

Today we are fed with diatribe that is unpalatable because it is untrue.

We are engaged in a timeless battle of "Freedom" vs against those who love "Government Control".
Who do you support?

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:54 PM
I live in Australia. As for what we have better here than in America; where do I start?

  • Food, by a mile. Our food industry is less evil than America's in general terms. Less GMOs, the chocolate is still made by people who give a damn, unlike demonic American rackets that use exchange student slave labour like Hershey's, and we still actually have real sugar in Coke, as opposed to the evil HFCS crap. We also don't have paramilitary crime syndicates like the Food and Drug Administration or the USDA, travelling around the country and randomly intimidating organic farmers, and seizing/destroying their property.

  • The environment. Melbourne is AFAIK vastly less polluted than any American city.

  • A less morally degenerate society; although not by much, and truthfully I blame American influence for this having deteriorated in recent years. People over here don't worship Ayn Rand as God, however, so it's still possible to occasionally find someone who doesn't think that making money is more important than being alive to spend it.

    On this score, we also don't have things like entire cities devoted to porn and prostitution; although Sydney is apparently fairly sleazy in places, and we have St Kilda down here.

  • Decent, widespread public transport. I live nearly two hours out of Melbourne, and can still get a train ride into the city every hour, between 5 AM and midnight.

  • We don't have brainwashed, white supremacist, militaristic fascists walking around who won't hear a word spoken against the government, irrespective of the degree to which it continues to sodomise them.

  • We don't have our very own domestic network of death/slave labour camps waiting to be turned on. That's really something to be proud of, Americans; you're the envy of the rest of the world, there.

  • We don't worship violence. We don't necessarily think it's cool or awesome when someone gets shot.

  • We have a social welfare system. I'm on it myself. It's great. It lets some of us live the way we choose, rather than having to be owned by a psychopathic employer for 45 odd years of their life.

So, yes. Australia does have a couple of minor benefits.

posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:17 AM
reply to post by Raivan31

There are several Legion Barracks around my area, one in the centre of Toulouse and a couple near Carcassonne. I am sure that they hand their smiles in before they are issued with their uniforms. You hardly see them off-base as everything is located within the wire. They pretty much keep themselves to themselves. Hard? You had better believe it. They undergo a gruling training regime and are issued with the cast offs from the regular French Army. However, they make do and are some of the toughest guys I have seen, and that is tough. In my 20 years experience in the British Forces, I would highly rate the capabilities of The French Foreign Legion.

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