I feel a little awkward making this request, but I do need some assistance and didn't know where else to turn. My son's tyrant of a teacher has assigned him to survey fifty people w/ this simple inquiry: Which nation do you like the best, aside from the US, and why. He's run out of people @ 35, which according to my calculations leaves 15 to go. Please, please take a moment to comment below---even if you just make a random selection. He and I would greatly appreciate it.
My favorite nations aside from the U.S., are China and Israel. As for the U.S. we've grown into a monster in a wee 200 years linear time, hell, it took Rome over a 1000 years. We're fucked. I'm scared and insecure but will fight for her ideals. I also like Argentina because they don't give a fuck. I also like Kenya, because they tried their best to decentralize their banks, even though it ruined them. Um, did I mention I like Israel?
by LOCKHEED at December 15, 2002 1:46 PM
In a challenge to Hollywood, North Korea (news - web sites) called on the United States to stop screening "Die Another Day," saying the 20th James Bond feature slanders the isolated communist state.
The MGM hit proves that the United States is an "empire of evil" and "the headquarters that spreads abnormality, degeneration, violence and ... corrupt sex culture," said North Korea's Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.
The committee is a communist party organ that deals mainly with relations with South Korea (news - web sites). Its statement was carried by the North's official news agency, KCNA.
In "Die Another Day," Bond races a hovercraft through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea. He is captured, imprisoned and tortured in North Korea, and released through a prisoner exchange.
"Die Another Day" has irked some South Koreans as well, although it will not open in Seoul theaters until Christmas. Some Koreans have urged a boycott, saying the movie is shows an ignorance of their culture.
The movie shows a U.S. intelligence official ordering the mobilization of the South Korean army and an outdated scene of Koreans using a cow to till fields. Bond also has sex in a Buddhist temple.
"The United States should stop at once the showing of (the movie) describing the DPRK as part of an 'axis of evil,' inciting inter-Korean confrontation, groundlessly despising and insulting the Korean nation and malignantly describing even religion," North Korea said. The DPRK, short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is the official name of North Korea.
by NORTH KOREA at December 15, 2002 2:05 PM
I've been to England--that was cool. I'd say England, because I was far and away the most attractive person there (and I ain't no Carey Grant). But seriously, London is a nice town and the countryside is beautiful. It's also very rich in history, if you care about that sort of shit (I do). Mexico is a toilet and Canada is just too damn big. That is the extent of my world travels. Afghanistan looks pretty good, too--after the U.S. remodeled it. Did I mention that LOCKHEED likes Israel?
by douchenation at December 15, 2002 2:15 PM
How about Germany? They have friendly people there, even though they do sound angry, and they're beer is probably the best in the world.
Also, they have some beautiful old monuments (Churches and the like) and is truely an all-round amazing place. (Ok, so I am German, but hey! It is nice!)
by German at December 15, 2002 4:11 PM
New Zealand- lots of sheep, mountains, beaches, and it's very peaceful, as far as I know.
by Shannon at December 15, 2002 5:02 PM
Italy. It's romantic, it's chockful of art and was home to the greatest empire in the world.
by Lucy at December 15, 2002 5:58 PM
Denmark. Nice people, pretty girls and great beer- Thats all I need.!
by Colonel at December 15, 2002 6:57 PM
I am Anna's son. Thanks for your help. If you're interested, Germany, Italy and England wound up in a three-way tie for first place.
by Ian at December 15, 2002 9:01 PM
50! That's a lot. I don't think I even know that many people. Quite the assignment.
I think Japan has all my favorite cultural stereotypes going for it: samurai, kung-fu, great cuisine, great films, hybrid cars, and extreme weather. And monkeys in hot springs!
What's gone wrong with the comments lately? It used to be only people could post, now military megacorporations and communist states alike can spout all sorts of nonsense. And they don't even have email addresses! Let's get some boycotts and aid sanctions going until these folks start to make some sense. Nobody buy any F-22s! Vote with your wallet!
by gordon at December 15, 2002 9:28 PM
Gordon, kung-fu is *so* not japanese!
by Eviltom at December 15, 2002 10:12 PM
What class was this assignment for?
by Lucy at December 15, 2002 10:34 PM
You left out cameras with nine-foot telephoto lenses as a Japanese stereotype. Just trying to help...
by douchenation at December 15, 2002 10:36 PM
Eviltom: part of the fun of stereotypes is getting them wrong.
Alternate explanation: I am an idiot.
by gordon at December 15, 2002 11:10 PM
Although I can't seem to stay away from Germany (yay berlin!), I'd have to say that Croatia's at the top of my list. I can't really understand more than "pivo" in the language, but it sure is real purdy around there. The water's so clear you can see 20-30 meters deep, and the island/coastal towns are realllllllly old and fun to explore. Too bad all of the women are gorgeous enough to be models... it makes for some tough competition!
by Leaffin at December 15, 2002 11:11 PM
Tokyo Disney Seas
Dance Dance Revolution
by Bat Boy at December 15, 2002 11:37 PM
I like Israel too. Also Italy and Egypt. But for for being able to hit on hot girls, China has got to top all.
by Adam at December 16, 2002 6:03 AM
The United Kingdom. Lovely, polite people whose cuisine makes ours look very good indeed.
by Muad'Dib at December 16, 2002 3:33 PM
Turkey - mainly for the tremendous amount of history in Istanbul, a spot occupied since 2000 B.C. or so, and the site of much of the old Greek fables (ie Troy - Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse and all that)
And its warm, which for us Canadian Folks up here in our too big country (see previous comment) is a important consideration.
by Jason at December 16, 2002 5:14 PM