Re: Wilfork asks for Release from Pats
posted at 3/14/2014 5:29 PM EDT
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to CatfishHunter's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Actually, nothing is just business. Human beings are still involved and how you treat people may not matter to your wallet but it does to your soul.
Americans increasingly forget that. It's one reason why people down there feel so bad about their country. What they don't realize is that it's their own attitudes that cause their discontent.
[short break from the thread topic to respond to this tangential post]
Prolate, you are, IMO one of the best posters on this board. However, every once in a while you lapse into this Canada>America treatise that I find laughable. While the US suffered through a civil war 150 years ago, Oh Canada nearly lost their largest province (Quebec) to a separatist movement a mere 20 years ago. Quebec's population is roughly equivalent to everything west of the Rockies in the US. Yeah, folks in Quebec think they've found utopia.
Yeah, I like his football talk, but when he goes into politics/canada stuff he leaves his brain at the door.
Although Canada and America have much in common in terms of systems and values the evolution of the two countries is much different as are their basic structures. If the US was larger in area but with only 1/10th of the people it would also be much different than it currently is even without any cultural changes.
It's an illusion to say one is better. They're too different to make that direct a comparison, while still being similar enough to become largely integrated.
While I doubt Quebecers would call what they have Utopia, it's certainly a highly functioning society within a society, that has it's own language, culture, ancestry and different legal and political systems from most of the rest of North America. It feels more European or some sort of hybrid culturally as vague as that is. Separatism in Quebec was always more emotional, wanting recognition of being different, which they are, than practical.
The reality is if 80% of Quebecers wanted their own country it would happen fairly organically. But when it's generally only about 40-45% and many of them of an older demographic it's a little more difficult.
And 20 years ago is a long time as different generations don't always see these things the same way.
Quebec is worth a visit if you haven't been there. Quebec City is a beautiful city, very friendly people, they have the largest winter carnival in the world and in Montreal you will find more beautiful women in one place than you thought possible. It's like they have a by-law that only allows beautiful women to enter the city or something. I mean....I expect they make allowances for connecting flights at the airport...