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"Some Say U.S. No Longer Feels Like Home" article [Nov. 10th, 2004|11:51 pm]

"Some Say U.S. No Longer Feels Like Home" article:

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Hi all! I'm a new member... American denizen who exercises her right to legally vote... yada yada yada.

Hubby and I are considering New Zealand primarily, Canada secondary.
New Zealand has stringent immigration laws ... have to be a productive citizen and there are certain jobs fields in demand. So I like the idea of contributing to a country that actually wants you enough to let you in. Plus beautiful country.

Just waiting until we get through college I guess. All our family are here in the U.S. so it's convenient to stay in the U.S. since hubby and I are in our 20's.

Just wanted to say "hi"!
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isn't it a little bit sad... [Nov. 8th, 2004|03:28 pm]
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As much as I would like, and even plan on leaving American myself, isn't it a little odd to think that so many Americans are planning on dispersing throughout various countries of the world? I mean, we are escaping a country that is slowly breaking away from, in some way shape or from, our ideals. It makes me wonder if these other countries will be even more-so influenced by the American way of life. So basically we take our ultra-high consumption mentality (yes, most Americans live this way, big shocker) and spread it out amongst the world.
Maybe we'd create more damage than if Americans just stayed put.
Whattaya think??
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New feed related to journalism... [Nov. 8th, 2004|02:11 pm]

free_press syndicates news articles from FreePress.net, a media watchdog and advocacy group.
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going to Canada...well, everyone but me! [Nov. 7th, 2004|12:03 am]

tonight my mom was telling me that a lot of Americans have applied for citizenship with Canada since the election. She also comes from the conservative side of the spectrum. She said, "well, good riddance to them." I just sat there thinking wow, she might think of me in that way someday because I would really like to get out of this country eventually. I use to go against the whole "love it or leave it" thing...but the more time I have spent living here (well, I've only lived here) I find myself thinking that any attempt at changing things here is for nihil...*sigh*
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2004|08:40 pm]

Why just focus on Canada? Canada is going to run full on its quotas on Americans. The Netherlands, Ireland, etc. are also good candidates.

Look here, for example.
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2004|05:57 pm]

According to MSNBC, the Canadian immigration website usually gets 20,000 hits a day from Americans. On Wednesday, it got 161,000, and on Thursday it got 66,000.
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Been there, done that.... [Nov. 4th, 2004|09:45 pm]

Never going back!

I left the US earlier this year because I'd married a Scottish guy.

Seriously, guys, best decision I ever made, and I'm not even putting my husband into the equation. Free health care, yo. Paid sick leave. THREE weeks paid holiday in my first year of work. A good job making more money than I made in the US, and doing just about the same thing. A 35 hour work week, and it's flexible.

Best of all, I can turn on the TV, and hear reporters asking questions of politicians that I would ask. I can be bisexual fairly openly without worry. The weather's not so bad -- a bit of a change for this Arizona girl, but a welcome one. And the history. The free museums. *drool* The hills in the distance, the heather, the green green grass, and the summertime fog.

I haven't just fallen in love with my husband, but his country as well, and I'll be glad to make my home permanently here.
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phew [Nov. 4th, 2004|01:11 pm]

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i have to make this a new entry because my reply was so long that it wouldn't let me put it in a comment. i just started writing and it turned out to be like a 4.5 page essay. this is in reply to pipingkid's first comment on my previous post.

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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2004|10:26 pm]

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[Current Music |blind melon - no rain]

perhaps it was my post-adolescent idealism speaking, but i wrote a good rant in my lj because i immediately considered leaving the country when i saw that all the states passed their respective DOMAs. i'll copy and paste it into a cut here. writing it helped me come to a conclusion, and i ultimately decided, for those of you too lazy to read it, that i would rather stay and fight.

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New Zealand [Nov. 3rd, 2004|03:24 pm]

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Immigration Report They seem to want folks, or at least the people who wrote this page do. Of course, they're trying to sell a book, so bear that in mind. :-)

New Zealand Tourism A tourtist's view is not an immigrant's view but it certainly shows the pretty side of NZ.

Just wanted to share some research. Anyone with more thoughts on what it's like to live in New Zealand - I'd be glad to hear about it. Thanks. :-)
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