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WARNING: Mature content possible. Proceed with caution.

This could be about your country, state, town, etc. And maybe *hate* is too strong, it can be annoying or something you're dissatisfied about.

About China:

First of all, things are chaotic in the every day shared spaces of Chinese cities. People shoving up all against each other so no one will cut in line, people leaving their ebikes everywhere on the sidewalk, the traffic is something you get used to but it's definitely not safe. Compounding this is, as a foreigner, you're likely to get stared at and have people comment about you or even shout "HALLO" when you're nearby.

Not to mention the government and politics. The overwhelming nationalism is cringeworthy because it comes out of a shared national history of victimhood. The lack of critical perspective on Xi Jinping, as he becomes more and more central in the government, is infuriating. This is particularly important to me because the government, through its state-sanctioned media, always blames "hostile foreign forces" in its otherwise banal and boring news, and when anything happens like Japan nationalizing Diaoyudao/Senkaku islands, Philippines wins a Hague decision in the SCS, or America punishes a Chinese business, the government stirs national opinion against all the countries. Sometimes leads to riots. Me and other foreigners talk about how, someday, something really bad could happen and we would definitely need to get out.

I could go on and on about so much more, but I feel like I should say what I hate about America too.

Lack of mass transportation. In most cities, you either drive or you're a weird loser. Subways and buses are fucking awesome. And a huge, affordable and convenient train system that connects you to any city in China is great. It's either plane or road trip in America, which is stupid if you're used to something different.

The government is constantly divided and its getting worse. If we could be united and stick to consistent government policy, we would have solved our most difficult challenge domestically and internationally. The toxic divisiveness trails down to normal people and half the country hates the other. At least in China everybody is on the same side, pretty much.

People are also generally unhealthy, which of course shows in everybody being so fat. Too much sugar and carbohydrates in everything. And because everybody relies on cars, they get most of their walking done in a day between their front door and the street where their car is.

Lots more homeless, panhandlers, and generally weird people walking up to you in the street who want change. Or if you smoke, people will walk up and ask you for one.

So what about you guys?

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Snow. 'Nuff said.

Posted April 28th by Black Yoshi

While I'm a strong progressive the stupidity of a good portion of liberals here in california makes me go wtf multiple times a day.

My county is one of the poorest counties in the state. Very little has been done to attract businesses to the area. Its a disgrace really as we house the newest UC in the state and one of the newest universities in the country.

Posted April 28th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

Mentally retarded ciry government, traffic , fires, and the threat of a deadly earthquake to happen randomly. That and probably worst of all our sports teams see fucking retarded here in San Diego. Also taxation is outrageously high here and throughout the state of California but we need it because our traffic is horseshit here in Southern California. Do you like the gas tax bill SOH? My parents thinks that it’s regressive but they’re right wing extremists so i’m thinking that they’re spinning the story as a means to try to manipulate taxation by spreading propaganda to the government to repeal the gas tax bill.

Posted April 28th by Weid man

Do you like the gas tax bill SOH?

I dont like unnecessary taxes. And thats what it is. This tax bill hurts the valley far more than it hurts people in SoCal/ individuals living in bigger cities.



Posted April 28th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I don't care enough to hate anything about it specifically tbh. Plus I assume a lot of problems that could be found in my area exist throughout a lot of the US anyway. As long as it's livable, whatever. As for the US generally, there are a lot of things I could get into but don't really feel like doing so.

Edited April 28th by KnokkelMillennium

You sound like my parents then, claiming it hurts the poor much more than it hurts the rich, aka regressive taxes like that if cigarettes. There are some large cities in the valley (sten’t You close to Fresno)? Fresno is a little bit larger than Sacramento populationwise for the city but Fresno only has one other city at all really within its county (Clovis) whereas Sacramento has multiple cities larger than 50,000 people. And then you’ve got other cities in the valley such as bakersfield, Stockton, Visalia, etc. you told me that you like the Fresno zoo, when in fact San Diego has the best zoo on the world many say and is the main setting in the movie Madagascar.

Posted April 28th by Weid man

Crackhead neighbors that steal shit.

Posted April 28th by nullfather

None of those places come close to the population of San Diego, Los Angeles, or even San Francisco....


Additionally all those areas have far better developed public transportation systems than what you can find in the valley. On top of the fact that the valley's poverty ranges from 15 percent to 25% compared to the poverty rate of the respective counties of those cities you listed.


I never said that about the Fresno Zoo. Ive only been there once 16 years ago...... At this point Im not even sure if it was the fresno zoo thast I visited.

And no sorry this tax affect the poor much more than the rich. The rich can buy fuel efficient cars. The poor not so much (see my 1998 Buick le saber for instance)

Edited April 28th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

Chaolin from gametalk’s past lives in Los Angeles and shw’s More broke than eagle is. Can’t afford to go to any university despite her high grades, can’t afford to buy any video games except cheap or free pc games when they come out (she had a Wii and GameCube back in the day because they’re cheap and very affordable). So yes some people in the big cities are broke on the log like Chaolin is (she also happens to be Latino). She lives in an apartment worth $750 a month, can’t afford to buy a house and she lives in the ghetto area of the county. Fox forever remember her well too since we all met each other in the melee forum back in late 2004. She’s got a smartphone and pc but that’s about it, someone generously gave her family two cars which they needed for transportation because the bus/train system in Los Angeles is hullshit and expensive. She has go to to work and school (jc) 24/7, and four of her family members have already passed away within this past decade (her mom, both grandmas, and her uncle). Are you saying that she’s fortunate that she lives in a very populated area with lots of gangs and crime (also smog. TRAFFIC which is the worst of the bunch, and various earthquakes per year that reach past 5.0 magnitude since it’s much closer to the San Andreas fault than San Diego is)? There are even some poor people here in San Diego (mostly in the east county area especially El Cajon where the weather isn’t stable like it is on the coast where I live). My friend is very poor and he’s the one who is obsessed and roleplays RE game especially as Chris redfield. He has to work at vons and go to small colleges as a nursing major and had very little time and money to spend buying and playing video games with. Poverty is everywhere you go, it just happens to be in the unsafe ghetto areas in the big cities like where chaolin lives.

Posted April 28th by Weid man

Tldr

Poverty is every where yes but the entirety of the central valley houses a large percentage of California's over all poverty rate.

Any who the gas hike is bs and should be removed.

Posted April 28th by S.o.b.
S.o.b.
 

Read it carefully please. It explains how there are major poverty problems in the big cities too (well at least for chaolin’s case since she lives in the Los Angeles area). And in fact I think that eagle is from Austin which is a bigger ciry than San Francisco is in terms of population but San francisco’s Metro is roughly 7 million people which is twice that of San Diego’s even.

New York City has like the highest poverty rate i’ve Been told. There’s so much gang and crime there like there is in Los Angeles.

Posted April 28th by Weid man

I read it and it adds nothing to the discussion. If anything it reemphasizes my point that the tax is unneeded and hurts various communities . Any who I'm out. Deuces.

Edited April 28th by A.o.h.
A.o.h.
 

More like DOUCHES!

Posted April 28th by weid man

California:

The stores charge you ten cents per bag. It's such a tiny amount that I doubt it stops anyone from getting plastic bags and mostly just adds an unnecessary step where the clerk asks you if you'd like a bag. No dipshit, I'll sprout ten arms and carry it all myself.

The gun laws are also pretty fucking dumb. I'm currently trying to decide if I should buy special parts to turn my AR into a clown gun to avoid registering it as an Assault Weapon.

Also gas is just obnoxiously overpriced. It used to pay $2 per gallon in Arkansas and fill my tank up for less than $20. It's usually $35-$40 now.

Posted April 28th by Count Dooku

I thought that you lived in Arkansas m, dooku (you attended central Arkansas iirc). Where in California do you live? Los Angeles? San Diego? Anywhere in so cal?

Posted April 28th by Weid man

I moved back to California recently.

I'm up by Sacramento.

Posted April 29th by Count Dooku

We are about 2 hours away from each other......

Posted April 29th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

You should move to so cal dooku, much better here except the traffic which is unbearable and the lromRy need for the California gas tax hike bill because they need funding in order to do construction projects that help the counties commuting times. If you want to come down to San Diego and meet then i’d be more than willing to meet up any time that i’m off after any surgery which may not be for awhile now.

Posted April 29th by Weid man

The stores charge you ten cents per bag.


Get some reusable ones like these:



I take three of those to the store and I'm able to fit all of my stuff in them. I have them because I get groceries at Aldi and they don't offer plastic bags like most other grocery stores so I had to buy my own. After using the reusable ones for so long, I think it's a good thing and I sort of hate when I go to another store and come home with a ton of plastic bags that are probably terrible for the environment and just not necessary.

Posted April 29th by Vandy

I'm in California and bringing reusable bags is not a problem. The only problem is remembering them. If I don't remember then I attempt to carry all items at once.

I'm pretty close to LA and the traffic is goddamn HORRIBLE. It took me 25 minutes to LEAVE THE AIRPORT this morning. There's over a quarter of the California population in my county alone (10 million people estimated) and so many people here drive like such assholes or take incredible risks that could wreck them all to save precious seconds. But really other than that, it's a blast down here.

and have people ... shout "HALLO" when you're nearby.


Whaa? Explain. Like directed AT you? Is it to be racist or like to give an actual greeting to a foreigner?

Posted May 2nd by Fox Forever

Super hot in the day and then super cold at night

Posted May 11th by GP-
GP-
 

Whaa? Explain. Like directed AT you? Is it to be racist or like to give an actual greeting to a foreigner?

I wouldn't say it's "racist" or they're being mean about it. Just seems to be some people's natural reactions to seeing foreigners. I read in a book by a guy living in china in the early 90's who said that sometimes people would refer to foreigners as hellos, like "hey look at those two hellos over there."

When some little kid wants to say hello, I'll say hi back and won't mind. If there's some douche teenager, young guy or drunk man who shouts hello at me and then laughs with his friends, then it gets to be annoying. You can call it a "microaggression" if you want.

Edited May 12th by Agis
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