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Monday, November 11, 2013

Back from the U.S.

I was in the U.S. for a few weeks and have just returned to Canada. I have to say, the culture shock continues to grow, the more I am away from my old home. Here's an example: I turn on the local morning news and they are very pleased to report that the city of Tacoma is training a SWAT team to take over the city's metro buses in case of an emergency. They showed the policemen in their paramilitary gear, masks and assault weapons charging onto a bus.

If you know anything about the city of Tacoma, you know they have much better uses for their money. Knowing their priorities are so backward in a city who's people are in need infuriates me. It did when I lived in the U.S., and it still does.

You get numb to this sort of thing in the U.S. - the police-state nature of things, the killing, the violence. Canada isn't perfect by any means (we all remember the G-20 meeting here), but, how to put it? The police aren't going to show off this sort of thing, and if the media does get a hold of it, they are likely to question it. In the U.S., no questions asked.

It's nice to be back home.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, J...

    I'm not surprised. Wish I could leave the States and move to Canada. Their politics and ideals are closer to my own. Apart from not qualifying for entry, though, I fear the anti-Americanism I so often hear/read about. Although I have a couple of lovely Canadian online friends, it's one thing to interact through a screen and quite another to live among the locals. Also, at times I've detected not-so-subtle anti-American "digs" from one of my Cannuck friends. It's frustrating because we are not our government OR our media.

    Anyway..good for you that you managed to escape the American rat race. :)