New Zealand: No Fat Chicks?
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I honestly don't know what to think of this. I do know if something like this happened here (US) there would be howls of outrage.
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New Zealand bars British man's 'fat' wife
By Paul Chapman in Wellington
Last Updated: 3:38pm GMT 17/11/2007

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#2
Is N.Z. one of these weird health nut countries like Holland and Australia (i.e. if California were a country).  I guess fat people will follow quickly in the footsteps of smokers as an acceptable scapegoat for all the worlds problems.

Bob
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#3
I wouldn't mind if the US were one of those "weird health nut countries".  You are right, Spooky, there would be howls (or maybe more accurately, 'lows') of outrage because the US is the home of (a staggering) 210 million people that are overweight.  Spiritual health is, of course, more important than physical health, but when one's mind and heart are directed toward the right things, prudence and moderation come more easily in everything.
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#4
Yeah, but we don't have universal health care.  Fat people in the U.S., just like everyone else, have to pay for their own medical care or have private insurance.

Edit:  And no offense, I'm one of the 'fat' people myself!
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Cassius_Longinus Wrote:I wouldn't mind if the US were one of those "weird health nut countries". You are right, Spooky, there would be howls (or maybe more accurately, 'lows') of outrage because the US is the home of (a staggering) 210 million people that are overweight. Spiritual health is, of course, more important than physical health, but when one's mind and heart are directed toward the right things, prudence and moderation come more easily in everything.

"lows" ??? That's nice.  Call overweight people cows.  Very charitable.


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Cassius_Longinus Wrote:I wouldn't mind if the US were one of those "weird health nut countries".  You are right, Spooky, there would be howls (or maybe more accurately, 'lows') of outrage because the US is the home of (a staggering) 210 million people that are overweight.  Spiritual health is, of course, more important than physical health, but when one's mind and heart are directed toward the right things, prudence and moderation come more easily in everything.

If the US is going to become a "nanny state" and force us to "be healthy" for our "own good", then we should also demand universal health care, decent housing for all, a free college education for every citizen, and a guaranteed job for life when we get out. 

And all of it should be paid for by our benevolent government.  After all, it's for our own good. 

If they're not prepared to do that, then they need to stay out of it, mind their own business, and leave people alone.

As for the OP, it's the absolute most ridiculous thing I ever heard of.  Of course, what they're going on about is the utilitarian nature of the socialized health-care system, and saying "We don't want you, through your unhealthy habits, to overtax the system and make things worse for the rest of us."

And I will get flamed and but good for this, but that's only a short step away from "We don't want you, because you are crippled or elderly or diseased or ugly or whatever, to overtax the system and make things worse for the rest of us.  You are no longer useful to our society, so put on this paper robe and step over here to the gas chamber."

We're getting to the same point here in the erstwhile United States.  It reminds me of Logan's Run: if you're not young, healthy, and beautiful, you get disposed of "for the good of society".

Come, Lord Jesus.
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#7
Did anyone else catch this?
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New Zealand is critically short of skilled workers, and many large firms are intensively recruiting in Britain.

Mr Trezise was recruited to supervise the Southern Cross Cable, which links New Zealand with Australia and the west coast of the United States.

He is one of only four highly qualified specialist technicians working on the improvement of the cable.


Wouldn't Mr Trezise's taxes on his income more than make for any health issues he or his wife might bring to the country?

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#8
Good for grassfed New Zealand. Now they need to ban socialists and capitalists too.Why don't these two want to stay in their own country anyway?
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Catholicmilkman Wrote:Good for grassfed New Zealand. Now they need to ban socialists and capitalists too.Why don't these two want to stay in their own country anyway?

Maybe because New Zealand is nicer than Wales?  Maybe they want a more rural lifestyle?
There's no rule that says you must live and die in the place you were born, as much as you'd like to demand it of everyone.
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CaroleK Wrote:
Cassius_Longinus Wrote:I wouldn't mind if the US were one of those "weird health nut countries". You are right, Spooky, there would be howls (or maybe more accurately, 'lows') of outrage because the US is the home of (a staggering) 210 million people that are overweight. Spiritual health is, of course, more important than physical health, but when one's mind and heart are directed toward the right things, prudence and moderation come more easily in everything.

"lows" ??? That's nice. Call overweight people cows. Very charitable.

Relax, Mrs. Firecracker, and learn how to take a joke. (I'm a 29 on the BMI...that means technically I'm almost obese...MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...)

edited to add: CaroleK, after having read the 'pet peeves' section on your profile, I now totally understand what your reply was all about.
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