Things that you dislike about your country

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
4,901
Netherlands
Top quality footballer, one of the best of any era we've had over here. It's not just Arsenal fans who rated him very highly but all across the country.

Would rather have Van Nistelrooy in my team though, guaranteed 25 goals a season.
That's the kind of talk that gets you banned with an Amsterdam moderator.

But can you imagine, having Bergkamp and Van Nistelrooij in your team?
 
Oct 2015
5,112
Matosinhos Portugal
What I do not like to see in my country.
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Portuguese people to sleep in the streets.
Misery
Ignorant
Companies that were from today are private
The shame of Portuguese justice
prostitution in the streets.
Portuguese politicians with fascist mentality
Inequality
Portuguese mafia
Parasites
Pedophiles
Rapists
Assassins who do not serve 25 years in prison - for me it was capital punishment.
Portuguese politicians involved in Portuguese football.
Managers of big companies earning big salaries and having big salary prizes when companies do not make a profit, I do not understand this administrative policy.
The minimum wage is not compatible with the standard of living.

This is the Portuguese democracy. Almost similar to Portuguese fascism, what Portuguese fascism had the best was the law with thieves and with the assassins and with the parasites.
 

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,128
San Antonio, Tx
The US health system tends to bemuse Aussies.

We have a universal health system, availably to all citizens (not sure about resident aliens) This is funded by an extra 2.5% tax levy on taxable income.

Our System is called 'Medicare' .Everyone is entitled to free care at a public hospital including say organ transplants or long and costly treatment for cancer. GP services may also be free if the doctor 'bulk bills' .IE doe snot add charges above his government rebate .My GP bulk bills.

Our pharmaceutical system is heavily subsidised , with a list of thousands of drugs . There is a cap of $30 per script on listed drugs. Pensioners pay a maximum of $6.50 per script.

The system is not perfect, with waits as long as a couple of years for 'elective surgery" (non life threatening) such as say cataract removal or knee/hip replacement.

We have an ageing population, which places a high demand on our public hospitals. . The government has addressed this issue by offering a 30% subsidy on private health premiums, if taken up before the age of 50.

A private health company MAY NOT refuse to insure a person for pre existing ailments, although a 2 year waiting period may be imposed. There is also usually a 2 month waiting period for new members.Of course, your Medicare coverage continues.

Once you are covered, the private health fund MUST continue to cover you for as long as needed.IE your private health insurance cannot 'run out'.

I had a cataracts removed two years ago. The total cost was $1500. I paid $0.00

How is this possible? Simple really, it is the government, not the health funds who make the rules.

My (single) health health insurance, plus some 'extras',such as for glasses, hearing aids,,physiotherapy, etc, is $179 a month after the subsidy. An unlimited number of children under 17 years are covered by their parents health insurance.

Yeah, I know, this 'socialised medicine" similar to that in the UK and Canada. I know many Americans would prefer to die rather than have socialised medicine, and indeed a great many do.
The funny thing about this is that the US military - army, navy, Air Force - has a huge nationwide health system which is basically indistinguishable from what is commonly referred to as “socialized medicine”. This system has been in place for a very long time<. This system is generally available to the public at large but I do not understand the mechanics of it - how billing works, for example.

I am old enough to be covered by American Medicare. I also have a supplemental policy through private insurers that generally covers the 20% that Medicare doesn’t cover. I noticed in here that there are apparently wait times in the Australian system. I have never experienced any wait times whatsoever in the US system - call the doctor, set up an appointment, go to the appointment, etc. including tests.

Other than the large military hospitals, there are literally, dozens of private hospital systems in my City, any of which my doctors who are registered with them can use. Payment is going to be through Medicare and my private supplemental policy. Since most Americans hate to wait, the idea of being put on a wait list to receive treatment is a bit flabbergasting.
 
Jul 2016
8,706
USA
The funny thing about this is that the US military - army, navy, Air Force - has a huge nationwide health system which is basically indistinguishable from what is commonly referred to as “socialized medicine”. This system has been in place for a very long time<. This system is generally available to the public at large but I do not understand the mechanics of it - how billing works, for example.

I am old enough to be covered by American Medicare. I also have a supplemental policy through private insurers that generally covers the 20% that Medicare doesn’t cover. I noticed in here that there are apparently wait times in the Australian system. I have never experienced any wait times whatsoever in the US system - call the doctor, set up an appointment, go to the appointment, etc. including tests.

Other than the large military hospitals, there are literally, dozens of private hospital systems in my City, any of which my doctors who are registered with them can use. Payment is going to be through Medicare and my private supplemental policy. Since most Americans hate to wait, the idea of being put on a wait list to receive treatment is a bit flabbergasting.
You've posted that before. Its nonsense. Just because you believe it doesn't make it so, and I think it's hilarious that the biggest proponent never used it (which is typical of socialists, they don't have a clue what they're talking about).

You ever actually meet someone who served in the military who ever said anything positive about healthcare? I'm a former corpsman and as someone whose job was healthcare, it was a giant joke. It was near criminal. Overextended and utterly uncaring doesn't even remotely cut it.

Oh, got a fever? Stop malingering and report to work.
Oh, you think you have a ruptured disk in your back? Drink water. Take a motrin.

 
Jan 2017
1,184
Durham
That's the kind of talk that gets you banned with an Amsterdam moderator.

But can you imagine, having Bergkamp and Van Nistelrooij in your team?
He must have come out of Feyenoord then.

I'd go as far as to say the best centre forward I've ever seen. Dynamite in and around the box, and as I say was just guaranteed goals.

What I would say is that Bergkamp was able to do it on the big stage, scoring goals in world cup finals in the latter stages and that usually sorts out the very good players from top class players. Look at Steven Gerrard: very good at club level but not the same player on the big stage. Some players just aren't as comfortable at the highest level, whereas others, such as Bergkamp, show the same quality whatever level they're playing.

I once went over to Ajax, when we, Sunderland, played a friendly there. Must be 10 years back now. In that Amsterdam tournament. 'Think Benfica were one of the other teams in it. The only other Dutch match I've been to was Eindhoven when they played Barcelona in a friendly - must have been about 1994 - Ronaldo had just signed for Eindhoven when he was 16 and just by chance we turned up in Eindhoven on the day of the match so when we found out we went along and bought tickets.

'Good run in the European Cup this season. Madrid aren't what they were but still a very good result. Have they drawn Juventus? Very winnable for Ajax I reckon. Not the best draw they could have had but at least they kept away from Barcelona.
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
4,901
Netherlands
He must have come out of Feyenoord then.
No PSV. They have this knack for buying excellent forwards (Ronaldo and Romario are two others)
I'd go as far as to say the best centre forward I've ever seen. Dynamite in and around the box, and as I say was just guaranteed goals.
Yes he was. If you get the ball to him it would be a shot on goal.
What I would say is that Bergkamp was able to do it on the big stage, scoring goals in world cup finals in the latter stages and that usually sorts out the very good players from top class players. Look at Steven Gerrard: very good at club level but not the same player on the big stage. Some players just aren't as comfortable at the highest level, whereas others, such as Bergkamp, show the same quality whatever level they're playing.
Yeah Bergkamp also was one of those very few exceptional players, that played at another level.
I once went over to Ajax, when we, Sunderland, played a friendly there. Must be 10 years back now. In that Amsterdam tournament. 'Think Benfica were one of the other teams in it. The only other Dutch match I've been to was Eindhoven when they played Barcelona in a friendly - must have been about 1994 - Ronaldo had just signed for Eindhoven when he was 16 and just by chance we turned up in Eindhoven on the day of the match so when we found out we went along and bought tickets.
Incidentally, just watched Sunderland til I die. Loved it :)
'Good run in the European Cup this season. Madrid aren't what they were but still a very good result. Have they drawn Juventus? Very winnable for Ajax I reckon. Not the best draw they could have had but at least they kept away from Barcelona.
I am just hoping for a repeat of 1995.
We would have to watch the climate in that case as hell will have frozen over then.
 
Sep 2012
8,924
India
I am disgusted with the crooked, lazy, ignorant bunch of politicians we have and our supine half educated masses of voters who continue to vote Congress party in because of the dynastic politics that party practices.