Originally Posted by forfreddie
perfect timing to discover this then :')Ken Russel
I was going to have a similar moan on here last night after a heated debate over the state of Britain -
Everyone in this country is currently miserable - some of the new laws are utterly outrageous: cutting young British people's benefits (instead of Immigrant Benefits) - the sheer amount of immigrants is unreal, literally unreal: Yes I love cultural variety , but in Birmingham walking from the top to bottom of the popular Cooperation Street I'll be lucky if I hear a British accent on the way. And also the news is so hideous - the other day I read a 22 year old died from dehydration in hospital when nurses wouldn't bring him a glass of water, the most common death amongst males 16-24 in Britain is suicide. What a state of a country this is, I can't wait to leave here.
Now, THAT, is a moan! Isn't it interesting to witness the very lights of previous civilization spiraling into "the New Third World," while, for instance, places like Abu-Dahbi or others, even Tehran, are spotless, and orderly, provided one doesn't sneak a poke about the areas where they are doing the beheading, the stoning, the torture, etc? Britain and America have been the examples shown to the world over the course of the 20th Century. (Britain, of course, for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years, spawning America.) NOW: The UK is a mess, America is disaster, both populations are miserable, and the direction both countries seem to be taking points to a kind of "India," where in the happy few have everything whilst the middle classes disappear entirely, leaving 98% of the population to "serve" the 2% of the Wealth Sector as slaves: This is what the current "OCCUPY" movement examines in America. I haven't set foot in the UK since the mid 80's, and already, I found it over-run by immigrants--to the point of being uncomfortable--at least in comparison to France: I also found it, again, in the 80's, RIDICULOUSLY expensive, (again) in comparison to France. I can not possibly imagine the "disease" afflicting it today, as it is generally known that: It has become *More* expensive/impossible to live there, and the population of *non-local-custom-adapting-immigrants* has grown by massive amounts, when, already, 30 years ago, both sets of details were shocking to an outsider such as i, who am not British. Imagine, though, a bit, how it is in America, where they let homeless and vagrants and transients die in the gutters for lack of food, water, and, mostly, medication. ONE DOSE of medication in the US might cost upwards of $800.00 to $1000.00 US if purchased without insurance. A stay in Hospital can cost upwards of $20,000.00US per day if uninsured. A visit to Accident Emergency, $15,000.00US without insurance. With the recent implosion of the American economy, families are living in vans and automobiles. Whole neighbourhoods have gone vacant, with their populations booted out by banks who owned the mortgages of these homes: There is no recourse when unemployed. Benefits last a specific time, then, nothing. The pittance that is "Wellfare" (Or whatever it is called) could not possibly keep anyone in proper shelter or food, and a month's worth of it might buy ONE dose of medication--and in THIS climate, there is left, in the entire country--remember how big it is--precisely ONE alms house: Laguna-Honda Hospital in Northern California: That is *ONE* alms house, for the ENTIRE population of the US. To get in, takes a miracle. In the same climate, consider that, every day, hundreds of thousands of immigrants arrive from China and the Middle East, all highly skilled, to compete for jobs which are so scarce that for every one available it is said that there are 800 to 1000 qualified applicants to fill it: The ones who get them typically are the ones who will accept the lowest pay. Atop the immigration situation, SCHOOLS are now OVERRUN by applicants from China, who will do ANYTHING to get their single child "in," including making million dollar donations. Tuition to these (private=public in the US) private schools is outrageous: $30,000.00 per year for one child, starting at 6 years old, increasing to around $60,000.00-$80,000.00 per year at college level. For a child to attend "Pre-School," (starts at 3 years old) the cost can be from $7000.00 to $10,000.00 per year. Obviously, these are for private institutions: However, public ones, baring few exceptions, provide not only scant education, but a very real source of malaise amongst parents, as "Columbine" type violence has become a mainstay, and is very real: Daily, "Variations on this theme" occur. So.....this new system proposed by the National Jerk/Megalomaniac Obama, will be interesting to see implemented. Consider also: There are no choices for Americans in Politics: You get: "Milk Chocolate" (Democrats) and "Dark Chocolate" (Republicans): Republicans become increasingly frightening, whilst Democrats become increasing out of touch: Witness the Idiot Robot Mitt Romney--a terrific danger to the entire world if elected--the *only one* the Republicans could manage to challenge Obama. A friend of mine marvels: "They can't do any better because nobody in their right mind would want the job" --This--I'm afraid, is *So True.* There's MY majestic moan! Umph! That felt good!!!!!!