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User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Pick any country and state what you would do to improve it, be it Communism in Canada or Feudalism in Brazil and everything in between.

Or just fix a government in a country like putting Universal health care in Russia just have fun!


Anything the US and EU build the Russians do it better! i.e. TU-144 vs Concorde and TU-154 vs The 727...
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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7978 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 2282 times:

I really wish we could focus on Africa better. No I couldn't do a better job than the UN but that doesn't mean they can't do much, much better. So my answer-any country in Africa, really get involved and spend funds more efficiently


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15831 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 2272 times:



Quoting 7324ever (Thread starter):
Pick any country and state what you would do to improve it,

Although I'm sure that this thread is well intentioned, I hope you realize that it will most likely degrade into a political pissing match rather quickly. I give it twenty posts. Sadly, I think that this may say quite a bit.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Restrict California to one ballot initiative per year, and make the legislature actually do their job.


Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2222 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 3):
Restrict California to one ballot initiative per year

Heck, make California it's own country already dammit!  duck 


I've lived in two countries for a significant amount of time (Mexico and USA) and it saddens me to say that I find so many things to list that are wrong with my birthcountry (I'm made in the USA, yay I guess  Yeah sure ) that it makes the "underdeveloped, violent, famine stricken and dangerous 3rd world country" that Mexico supposedly is (as seen by all the retards that haven't even set foot on the country and are so quick to judge it going off of stereotypes and overblown media reports) seem like Eden in comparison.  Yeah sure

Being an expatriate really, REALLY, gives you a different perspective on many things.

And yes I see this thread being deleted in oh, a week or two. But I hope that's not the case as this could be a very intellectual and interesting thread.


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2204 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 3):
Restrict California to one ballot initiative per year, and make the legislature actually do their job.

Perhaps make the first initiative a vote on whether to stay part of the U.S. or become the northern most state of Mexico - oh wait, it already is  duck 



"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40068 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Eliminate the electoral college here in the United States.

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 3):
Restrict California to one ballot initiative per year, and make the legislature actually do their job.

I say eliminate the entire ballot initiative system all together.

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 5):
Perhaps make the first initiative a vote on whether to stay part of the U.S. or become the northern most state of Mexico - oh wait, it already is duck

I am all in favor of that so then I can legally get freon for the air conditioning in my old car.  Cool



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

My country of choice is Myanmar.

I want to take down the Biurmese Junta and all their cronies
and jail them all

this horrible dictatorial regime

after which I want to hold true free democratic elections
after a true free democratic campaign
for the people of Myanmar to decide on their future

Hopefully with Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi ending up as the country's new leader.

http://imaginepeace.com/news/wp-cont...loads/2009/05/aung_san_suu_kyi.jpg

This is my wish to improve a country!



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40068 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2150 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
My country of choice is Myanmar.

I want to take down the Biurmese Junta and all their cronies
and jail them all

 checkmark 
What a shame that is taking place in what could be a marvelous country.



For USA, Canada, all EU nations:
Get rid of all aircraft noise restriction laws!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Ok I'll fix Spain:

1. The monarchy goes out. It's totally antidemocratic, a thing of the past brought back by Franco and a waste of money.

2. German economic model: No regional transfer of money greater than 3% of the GDP. Stop stealing +20% of our taxes in Catalonia, Balears, Basque country etc.

3. Swiss linguistic model: All 4 languages are equal in rights. And the so-called "spanish" is just one of them.

4. Stop wasting EU funds. Pouring millions into useless highways in the middle of the desert is not going to fix anything. And the Germans are going to be pissed some day.

5. Start controlling immigration. When travelling in the public transport you cannot tell anymore if you are in Spain, some south american republic or Morocco. Which would be ok for me as long as public services could cope with it. Public health, for instance, is completely overwhelmed.

6. I could go on forever


User currently offlineOffshoreAir From United States of America, joined May 2009, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2095 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
Eliminate the electoral college here in the United States.

Go read Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein and then get back to me on what you think about social responsiblity and the lack of it in the United States in terms of political motivation by the public and the rights and responsibilies of citizens of a state (country)  Smile


2000 words, double spaced, typed, 12 point New Time Roman font  Wink



OffshoreAir
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40068 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2081 times:



Quoting OffshoreAir (Reply 10):
Go read Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein and then get back to me on what you think about social responsiblity and the lack of it in the United States in terms of political motivation by the public and the rights and responsibilies of citizens of a state (country)

I read it back in 2001 after the miscarriage of justice by the US Supreme Court choosing Dubya as the President.
Even though I disagree with Al Gore 100% on his environmental nonsense, I still feel as though he was robbed of an election and was the true winner, even in Florida.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineOffshoreAir From United States of America, joined May 2009, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2063 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
I read it back in 200

He brings up some very interesting points on the subject of Western Democracies.

/end threadjack



OffshoreAir
User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

How to improve Hong Kong:

- Democratically elected leader, not the current Chief Executive that is "elected" by a 800 member body.

- Have stricter immigration policies. Hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of immigrants coming to give birth, and Hong Kong mothers are finding no bed space.

- Have stricter border control. Cross border crime between Hong Kong and China / Macao is a problem and it needs to stop.

- Don't make our central banker the highest paid central banker in the world!


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2053 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
My country of choice is Myanmar.

Interesting you used the name introduced by the junta, despite your dislike for it.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
I want to take down the Biurmese Junta and all their cronies
and jail them all

Well that likely won't happen as the transitions unfold.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
this horrible dictatorial regime

Agreed.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
after which I want to hold true free democratic elections
after a true free democratic campaign
for the people of Myanmar to decide on their future

This is coming. Mid next year would you believe.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Hopefully with Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi ending up as the country's new leader.

This is not going to happen. The legislation being drafted up for the transition of power forbids that anyone married to a foreign national be a head of state. So no to Suu Kyi. I'm OK with this. She's a divisive figure and getting old. Burma needs a young fresh face that unifies and invigorates. A personality that will be a presence for many years to comes.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2001 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 14):
Interesting you used the name introduced by the junta, despite your dislike for it.

Used it only because it's the official name for the country that was named Burma.

Suu Kyi has the experience.
This thing that she can't be chosen because she was married to a foreigner is discriminatory and completely stupid, only an excuse to keep her out.

Free Myanmar/Burma!



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2714 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

I'll focus on transportation since I know nothing about most other issues in the U.S.

-Focus on studying maglev transportation to connect all the major cities in the U.S. It would take many years before maglev connects all the major cities in the U.S. but it would help the environment. However airlines would probably not like this, especially WN, FL, and YX.

-Study alternative fuels for planes and cars, fuels that if extracted won't harm the environment. If Boeing can make an aircraft that runs completely on an alternative fuel then we'll give them a big grant. If the automakers focus more on hybrids and vehicles running on alternative fuels, we'll bail them out of huge debts.

-Stop throwing money away building or expanding highways/freeways. It never helps in Minneapolis most of the time. Money will be spent to fix highways/freeways.



It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1967 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
Eliminate the electoral college here in the United States.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):

I say eliminate the entire ballot initiative system all together.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):

I read it back in 2001 after the miscarriage of justice by the US Supreme Court choosing Dubya as the President.
Even though I disagree with Al Gore 100% on his environmental nonsense, I still feel as though he was robbed of an election and was the true winner, even in Florida.

 checkmark  Thank you! You should win an election based on the popular vote not what a bunch of cranky pissy politically stubborn old people think is "best for the country"

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 15):

Used it only because it's the official name for the country that was named Burma.

Suu Kyi has the experience.
This thing that she can't be chosen because she was married to a foreigner is discriminatory and completely stupid, only an excuse to keep her out.

Free Myanmar/Burma!

I would rather have an experienced older person who knows what there doing and can help the country than a young "fresh face" because it looks better from a popularity stand point. You don't see people wanting the queen of England off the thrown because she is too wrinkly
 duck 

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 16):
I'll focus on transportation since I know nothing about most other issues in the U.S.

-Focus on studying maglev transportation to connect all the major cities in the U.S. It would take many years before maglev connects all the major cities in the U.S. but it would help the environment. However airlines would probably not like this, especially WN, FL, and YX.

-Study alternative fuels for planes and cars, fuels that if extracted won't harm the environment. If Boeing can make an aircraft that runs completely on an alternative fuel then we'll give them a big grant. If the automakers focus more on hybrids and vehicles running on alternative fuels, we'll bail them out of huge debts.

-Stop throwing money away building or expanding highways/freeways. It never helps in Minneapolis most of the time. Money will be spent to fix highways/freeways.

Very true but EXTREAMLY costly even one from LAX to LAS would cost billons but 90% of the cost is "Inviormental reasearch and impact"  yuck 

Quoting AirCatalonia (Reply 9):
Ok I'll fix Spain:

 checkmark 

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):

Although I'm sure that this thread is well intentioned, I hope you realize that it will most likely degrade into a political pissing match rather quickly. I give it twenty posts. Sadly, I think that this may say quite a bit.

Sorry too say it but it was bound to happen.....



Anything the US and EU build the Russians do it better! i.e. TU-144 vs Concorde and TU-154 vs The 727...
User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1958 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
I say eliminate the entire ballot initiative system all together.

Hear Hear!!! The ballot initiative system has done much more harm than good in California.



"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
User currently offlineT1210s From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

In the UK we could have a elected Prime Minister and cabinet that would be an improvement over the dictatorship we have now


The term Broadband comes from the two primary uses of high speed internet downloading porn (broads) and MP3s (bands)
User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1934 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 15):
Used it only because it's the official name for the country that was named Burma.

Fair enough, even if it does give the junta legitimacy. Numerous countries including Canada do not recognize the "new" name.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 15):
Suu Kyi has the experience.

Umm that would be news to me. Her biggest political experience involves being under house arrest. Outside of that... not much.

Quoting 7324ever (Reply 17):
I would rather have an experienced older person who knows what there doing and can help the country than a young "fresh face" because it looks better from a popularity stand point. You don't see people wanting the queen of England off the thrown because she is too wrinkly

The point I was trying to make was there is no reason to elect somebody with limited mileage in the tank. That would require two successful elections in a short time rather than one. On will be a big enough task. As I've said she is more of a symbol than a real politician anyway so a younger face would be more desirable.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Fixing Mexico:
- Increase transparency on public spending. i.e. Eliminate discretionary trusts (fideicomisos) so often used to spend under the radar.
- Increase tax payers base. Underground economy (estimated at 50% GDP in some areas!) as well as huge corporations that pay virtually no taxes.
- Overhaul the justice system. Be done with the nefarious "Ministerio Público" figure and bring back oral trials (this is currently being done).
- Cleanse the Mexican Customs and Migration. (Anything and anybody can get in here)
- Make illegality expensive: i.e. actually prosecute criminals (burglars, corporate, government), street vendors, and all the people that profit in this country by NOT abiding by the law. It's way cheaper not to comply.
- Monetize the Libertad Silver ounce, see http://www.plata.com.mx for pros and cons.
- Make it possible to communicate with the government through regular mail (which has improved a lot recently, I must say). E.g. Passports, wedding licences, and anything else that requires an actual piece of paper.

- Stupid laws that need to go:
Federal: Cell phone registration and finger printing! (Who the heck will guard that data? The same guys that sold the whole voting lists to a US company? (45+ million citizens' data)).
Federal: Taxes that penalize owning a new car and make it cheap owning an old one. (Is the government serious about air pollution? Current taxes scream it's not).
Mexico City: Car pollution verifications that depend upon car age. (The pollution levels can be objetively measured whether the car is old or new, right? Disclaimer: I own a new car, so presumably I could care less).
Mexico City: Compulsory Lo Jack. Are they out of their mind? Am I supposed to pay their inefficiencies from my pocket? NOT.

[Edited 2009-06-23 12:44:28]

User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1921 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 20):
The point I was trying to make was there is no reason to elect somebody with limited mileage in the tank. That would require two successful elections in a short time rather than one. On will be a big enough task. As I've said she is more of a symbol than a real politician anyway so a younger face would be more desirable.

And a young fresh face has automatic political experience? How is there limited mileage in a gas tank, she has more years and experience that any girl with big boobs in her 30s that can just be a clone of the government now. *just an example there are no 30 year old with big boobs that I know of that are running for the power* Her family has political backgrounds and she has the experience the country needs.

Quoting YOWza (Reply 20):

Umm that would be news to me. Her biggest political experience involves being under house arrest. Outside of that... not much.

Wtf does house arrest have to do with anything! Martha Stuart had house arrest and no one cares. House arrest is not a reason to not elect somebody especially if its just because the government wants her there.



Anything the US and EU build the Russians do it better! i.e. TU-144 vs Concorde and TU-154 vs The 727...
User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1904 times:



Quoting AM744 (Reply 21):
Federal: Taxes that penalize owning a new car and make it cheap owning an old one. (Is the government serious about air pollution? Current taxes scream it's not).
Mexico City: Car pollution verifications that depend upon car age. (The pollution levels can be objetively measured whether the car is old or new, right? Disclaimer: I own a new car, so presumably I could care less).
Mexico City: Compulsory Lo Jack. Are they out of their mind? Am I supposed to pay their inefficiencies from my pocket? NOT.

Why does the Mexican government want people to own older cars? Wouldn't buying new boost up the economy and make it worth it by lowering fees?



Anything the US and EU build the Russians do it better! i.e. TU-144 vs Concorde and TU-154 vs The 727...
User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:



Quoting 7324ever (Reply 23):
Why does the Mexican government want people to own older cars? Wouldn't buying new boost up the economy and make it worth it by lowering fees?

Indeed. However, the rather anachronistic idea that a car is a luxury item rather than a tool persists. Therefore, they figure that if you can afford a new one you can be juiced dry. That has to change.


25 YOWza : I said younger, I'm not saying put a kid in office, rather somebody who can effectively conduct affairs for a decent number of years. What experience
26 7324ever : What would that accomplish yet again a young person is not better for a government. Witch brings us back to your logic, at your logic the Queen of En
27 7324ever : That is a really stupid law almost communist in which if your can afforn new you get wrung out to dry and put down for it but if you buy old you get
28 GrahamHill : Funny, a Catalan friend of mine is saying the same thing! I don't know why you call the monarchy "antidemocratic". Is it the same regime as Franco's?
29 PPVRA : Judicial reform is probably the most important thing for Brazil right now. All else can be worked out later. It's just too big a mess. I'd also throw
30 Steeler83 : Let's see, the USA... Too much broken to address with one post. 1) I say break up the ACLU and accuse them for treason against the United States. 2) G
31 7324ever : That and all lawyers who think that they can make 100000000000 dollars on a frivolous law suite. That way would create more jobs and boost the econom
32 Steeler83 : Oh yeah, I forgot about them. Don't even get me started... Well like I said, the USA is screwed up. It's no longer the land of freedom and opportunit
33 7324ever : Let me help. Lawyers should not make more money from a settlement that the plaintiff and the plaintiff shouldn't be suing a place because they were t
34 StasisLAX : Completely agree - very good choice. Although it would be a monumental task, I'd suggest North Korea.
35 7324ever : A monumental task indeed but pays off in the end
36 Steeler83 : And how about plaintiffs who sustain an injury while committing an act of trespassing towards a fellow citizen? My future in-law owns a truck repair
37 7324ever : Sounds like the case in the 80s were the man broke into someones house and broke his leg going in and sued the owner of the house for liability for 5
38 OffshoreAir : That is like saying you can fly a 747 from LAX-FRA because you've "studied" and have the "knowledge" to fly the plane, but have never been at the con
39 AM744 : I'm sure at some point this will be addressed in the electoral platform of some candidate. Let's only hope that he has the momentum to fix the mess t
40 7324ever : A few things wrong with that. 1.) A person would be better off with book experience than none at all. Would you want to be in an emergency LAX-FRA an
41 OffshoreAir : How very machiavellian of you.
42 7324ever : Gee whiz thanks! One can try!!! People tend to turn to semi-insulting comments when their At any rate I understand people have different political vi
43 DocLightning : Whatever you feel about the Monarchy, Franco kicked them out. They lived in exile until the current government came back into power. I count Euskara,
44 AM744 : Federal government is conservative, democratically elected (more so in 2000 than in 2006). The credibility of key democratic institutions that organi
45 7324ever : Who would the president appoint? corrupt officials or friends?
46 AM744 : Most likely a party member, not necessarily corrupt or a friend (that could be so, but it wouldn't be the rule by any means). In the last 25 years po
47 Steeler83 : Well, there are some special situations where government intervention is necessary (i.e. AIG. I think we can all agree that if that huge insurance co
48 7324ever : It is not racist your right its just pointing out that the vast majority of jobs are being shipped to India particularly in the phone support sector.
49 Steeler83 : Thank you! That's EXACTLY where I was going with that! Yup... Something else that I wanted to add. What is your opinion with unions? In some cases, I
50 7324ever : Unions are good in some cases were the people get more of a say in the company and can get more strength on dos and don't s. But on the flip side the
51 7324ever : *Add* Are most places that use unions have them as strong as the US?
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