Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:56 UTC
In the News If you don't live in the US, this is a pretty common source of irritation: US companies charging crazy markups on products sold in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the rest of the world. The Australian government has had enough of this practice, and started an inquiry into the matter. Yesterday (or today? Timezones confuse me) Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe had to answer questions in a public hearing.
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RE[2]: Comment by static666
by lemur2 on Mon 25th Mar 2013 09:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by static666"
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Australia is actually a far more economically and socially developed country than the USA.

Australia has:

- the second highest per capita wealth (after Switzerland)

- a minimum wage 2.5x as high as the USA

- a medium male full time wage of over $72,000 [blue collar mining workers can earn in excess of $150,000 pa.]

- much lower unemployment than the USA

- free universal health care

- far less violent crime

- it only takes 3-4 years to complete a professional degree (equivalent to US Masters). The cost is also massively subsidised.

We have even managed to virtually eliminate handguns and assault rifles.

Did I mention that we also have have better weather and better beaches than the USA?


Agreed. The stat I like to point out is the incarceration rates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rat...

Norway (72 prisoners per 100,000 population) and Sweden (70) both have Australia (129) well beaten here, but in America there are 716 incarcerated prisoners per 100,000 population.

Wow!

http://www.alternet.org/story/155199/private_prison_corporations_ar...

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/private-prisons-the-mor...

<sarcasm> What a "success story" private prisons of America are, hey!

With just a bit more determination, I bet they could put just about anybody behind bars in America for 30 years or more, no matter what they did!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-17/the-overzealous-prosecutio...

By one common estimate, Congress creates new federal felonies at the rate of one a week. Husak argues that criminal liability has become less the outcome of deliberation than a habit, a bizarre bit of boilerplate tacked onto the end of statutes or regulations without a second thought. Criminal defense lawyers are fond of claiming that the average American commits two or three punishable crimes every day.


America leads the world in incarceration rates (for the powerless ordinary people). What an achievement! </sarcasm>

Edited 2013-03-25 09:51 UTC

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