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14-05-2011, 03:21 AM
What's your country like?
It's time we got to know more about each other's countries/states. That should give us a better view of the world and its cultures.
I'll start:

BELGIUM


A funny video about the government structure; surely the most complicated in the world






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It's not perfect, but I'm happy here. What's your country like?

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14-05-2011, 01:31 PM
RE: What's your country like?
WOW, I knew that Belgium had kind of a complicated government but I didn't knew it was this chaotic Big Grin I've been to Brussels once for a very brief visit on my way to London, but it was kinda strange that at 9.00 am on Sunday there was NO PEOPLE on the streets except for the tourists.

My country in Hungary. It has a 1000 years of history, and basically the first 500 years were pure Winning! the last 500 years were pure FAILING!. (with some exceptions of course) So the basic attitude in the country is bad. The nationalism is very powerful, and until there is great trouble there is great dissension. But as soon as something shit happens like the 'red mud flood' people suddenly become kind and helpful. Of course you can and will encounter people who are usually kind to strangers, but some are ruthless.
Democracy has been in the country for like 20 years and it is needless to say that it hasn't worked out quite well yet. There are the two main parties the democrats and the socialist and recently the nationalists. Either side is on power the other side is with all of it's power tries to clog the governing of the ruling party. Of course that is no good for the common people. One of the typical 'successes' is the project of the 4th metro route in Budapest (the capital). The 7(!) kilometers of metro have been under construction for 7 years and is still not finished. The anticipated full cost of the project is 511billion forints (2,8 billion USD). Now I don't have exact statistics but I think that for example in Chine or Russia from that money they could build about 100km of subway.
And there is the 'gypsy question' which's existence if not acknowledged by most of the politicians. The gypsy communities are entirely separated from the Hungarians. It is not rare that a village is cut into 2 pieces: one for the gypsy and one for the Hungarian (mainly in the eastern areas). They are either extremely rich or extremely poor, and they are always surrounded by hatred. According to the stereotype they have no honor, they never work and are very aggressive. I have to say that this stereotype is no baseless, even though it is not entirely true. What is true is that people will go to the other side of the sidewalk if they see gypsies approaching and their motive is not-entirely-baseless fear. And that situation seems unchangeable. Let me illustrate that with a very popular joke:

A man goes into a bookstore and asks the shopkeeper:
-Can you recommend a novel for me?
-Of course. This is a great book, it is about an honorable gypsy.
-Ooh no thanks, I don't want science-fiction.

The tragic thing is that most people finds this incredibly funny.
Of course there are positive things about this country:
The rich history left behind great monuments and historical stuff. Also we have the best universities in the region.The Semmelweis Medical University attracts incredible amount of foreign students even from the Arab counties. We gave 15 Nobel prize winners to the word, and several other great scientist. Hungarian scientist invented the transformer, the Helium-bomb, penicillin, the theory of nuclear chain reaction , the dynamo, etc. (even though most of these discoveries weren't made in Hungary).

In conclusion I am proud to belong to a country with such scientific past, but honestly I do not plan my future in this country. I just don't see the opportunities. But we'll see how it works out.

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14-05-2011, 02:37 PM
RE: What's your country like?
Ive tried to write our story down Thammuz
The story of belgium
I still stick to the last prase...

Welcome to Belgium. Country of beer, waffles and peace!

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15-05-2011, 02:45 AM
RE: What's your country like?
I live in the United States. I think I know the reaction of the majority. But I am not like most over here.
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15-05-2011, 03:03 AM
RE: What's your country like?
(15-05-2011 02:45 AM)riseinside Wrote:  I live in the United States. I think I know the reaction of the majority. But I am not like most over here.

We never said ALL americans were overweight, close minded and pro torture Tongue
Thinking in stereotypes is something a thinking atheist would never do.
Don't waste time being ashamed of your nationality, just be proud of what you can achieve and do for humanity. In the end, that's what counts. Nobody cares where you're from when judging you as a person. Well, unless you're a religious nut or a dumb fuck. Come to think of it, that's alot of people Tongue

We like you anyway, ok?. *hug hug* Big Grin

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15-05-2011, 08:42 AM (This post was last modified: 15-05-2011 08:59 AM by ashley.hunt60.)
RE: What's your country like?
I'm American too. I tried to post a reply on my country, but I just couldn't capture how our politics are. Dysfunctional, I'll leave it at that for now.

But as far as landscape goes, we have a good variety since we are such a large country.
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Our economy is large, since god forbid we forgo buying the latest and greatest technologies, or a hot dog from the vendor across the street. Actually, we buy stuff we don't even want just for the sake of buying something. So large economy that is currently not doing so well, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at the moment, but we have cycles. So once we get out of this slump, our middle class should return.

EDIT:And here's a good video summing up the American mentality.



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15-05-2011, 02:53 PM
RE: What's your country like?
(15-05-2011 03:03 AM)Thammuz Wrote:  
(15-05-2011 02:45 AM)riseinside Wrote:  I live in the United States. I think I know the reaction of the majority. But I am not like most over here.

We never said ALL americans were overweight, close minded and pro torture Tongue
Thinking in stereotypes is something a thinking atheist would never do.
Don't waste time being ashamed of your nationality, just be proud of what you can achieve and do for humanity. In the end, that's what counts. Nobody cares where you're from when judging you as a person. Well, unless you're a religious nut or a dumb fuck. Come to think of it, that's alot of people Tongue

We like you anyway, ok?. *hug hug* Big Grin

I am ashamed of a lot of the things this country does. I fully understand the image that the rest of the world has about Americans. Heck, I can't even say I am not overweight and lazy. But close minded and pro torture I am not lol.

I've seen a few comments against the US around here but its much, much better than most places. I truly do not understand the national pride that many people show but it does get old to be lumped in with the rest of the country. I was born here. I did not choose my country of origin. Its not a club. The things I am proud of are being a member of the ACLU, American Atheist and admitting that I am still a Mariners fan. I just do not understand the flag waving, pro US no matter what happens attitude. Oh and don't get me started on our military. The shoot them first attitude......oh that bothers me to no end.

Anyway, rant over. I'm good. Like Ashley said there are a lot of wonderful qualities about this country when it comes to the scenery.
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15-05-2011, 03:04 PM
RE: What's your country like?
This pretty much sums up Canada Tongue

Canada's Really Big

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15-05-2011, 09:10 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaCzsCSn...re=related
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15-05-2011, 09:36 PM
RE: What's your country like?
(15-05-2011 03:04 PM)SecularStudent Wrote:  This pretty much sums up Canada Tongue

Canada's Really Big

Yeah, that's pretty much Canada. People keep telling me that we're living in a facist dictatorship, but I'm guessing that's because their party didn't win.

For the record, my party didn't win either.

For God so loved the world that he arranged for everyone to both have free will and to suffer the terrible consequences of making the wrong choice. Kind of a dick move, God.
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