Puerto Rico and Guam are not countries
August 9, 2020 3:59 PM   Subscribe

 
Wheel of morality
turn turn turn
Tell us the lesson
we must learn.
posted by krisjohn at 4:22 PM on August 9 [71 favorites]


American Exceptionalism under Trump and the GOP: You can't travel anywhere except these few countries.
posted by Frayed Knot at 4:29 PM on August 9 [2 favorites]


GOOD IDEA: Allowing Americans to travel to your country before COVID-19 is a thing.
BAD IDEA: Allowing Americans to travel to your country after COVID-19 is a thing.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:33 PM on August 9 [20 favorites]


Hellllo, nurse. My SpO2 is 85% and falling. Please help.
posted by sourcequench at 4:41 PM on August 9 [17 favorites]


What if the world was split in two
Cut between the reds and the white and blue
And all Americans were thus denied
All rights to travel to the other side


Dancin' at the Bains-Douches, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, way ahead of the game, as usual.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 4:48 PM on August 9 [12 favorites]


Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?
posted by loquacious at 4:53 PM on August 9 [26 favorites]


I am reminded of a line from Archer (in the context of countries that don't use the Metric system: Albania and Liberia IIRC): "Huh. You don't usually think of those countries as having their shit together."
posted by microscone at 4:59 PM on August 9 [17 favorites]


American Exceptionalism under Trump and the GOP: You can't travel anywhere except these few countries.

Archer: "Really - cause you never think of those countries as having their shit together."
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 5:01 PM on August 9 [14 favorites]


Jinx! You owe me a Coke.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 5:01 PM on August 9 [12 favorites]


What this reminds me most of is the Flanders and Swann song: Commonwealth Fair. (And that doesn't include Montreal/ and that doesn't include Montreal.)
posted by dannyboybell at 5:06 PM on August 9 [6 favorites]


"Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
And I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times, I won't have to say

Kiss me and smile for me...:

-John Denver.
posted by clavdivs at 5:11 PM on August 9 [4 favorites]




Ooh, now let's have Wakko do all the state capitals where Rt < 1!
posted by Mayor West at 5:45 PM on August 9 [9 favorites]


See also this brilliant use of the song by a 16 year-old from West Cork to illustrate which countries the UK has and has not invaded.

The sun never sets on the British empire imperialism.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 5:51 PM on August 9 [4 favorites]


One of the most liked posts on my facebook feed today was from and old friend who just got an Australian passport.
posted by CostcoCultist at 7:39 PM on August 9 [2 favorites]


This needs a GIF of Felix Leiter on a raft.
posted by clavdivs at 10:21 PM on August 9


slight derail, but that whole 'look at all the countries the UK has invaded' is problematic/in parts blatantly not true.
posted by Megami at 4:32 AM on August 10 [1 favorite]


I genuinely don't know how to feel about this one. On one hand, the US government is significantly more stupid and dangerous than usual, the world has noticed, and it's good to point that out. It's funny and well made. Travel restrictions have significantly changed my life and short term career plans. On the other hand, part of me can't help wonder what people with Indian or Guatemalan passports are thinking when they see this. Expecting to enter most countries without a visa isn't a universal experience.
posted by eotvos at 6:42 AM on August 10 [2 favorites]


Megami - I have real issues with the video. Indigenous peoples aren't really considered in it - instead of saying there was an invasion, it is considered "colonization". And cases where the UK invaded in order to transition the colonization back to another European country are also somehow not counted?
posted by obliquity of the ecliptic at 7:38 AM on August 10 [2 favorites]


On the other hand, part of me can't help wonder what people with Indian or Guatemalan passports are thinking when they see this.

There is a previous thread still open on a related topic (more or less the same topic really, just without singing).
posted by scorbet at 8:03 AM on August 10 [1 favorite]


Half a century ago, Americans went to the moon. Now we can't even go to Canada.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 11:49 AM on August 10 [14 favorites]


Fucking Brazil, ruining my chance to run around with a big WE'RE NUMBER #1 foam hand
posted by benzenedream at 5:59 PM on August 10


Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania. What's with the Balkan cluster?
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 8:32 PM on August 10


> There is a previous thread still open on a related topic (more or less the same topic really

Yeah, but there will be an Animaniacs reboot on Hulu, premiering on Nov. 20, including Pinky and the Brain, and will include all of the episodes from the original run of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, and is totally off topic there.

Narf!
posted by fragmede at 8:42 PM on August 12


Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania. What's with the Balkan cluster?

Can't speak for the other countries, and this is only from two conversations with two different people (one fairly in-depth conversation I had with an Albanian friend earlier this year when we were discussing politics and another friend-of-friend who was telling us some Albanian history after the fall of the USSR), but remember all that war and ethnic cleansing/genocide in the Balkans in the 90s? For at least some Albanians (I only discussed this with the one friend, so grain of salt) they are so very very grateful that the US came in to help. Some Albanians still see America as their friend that had their back when they really needed it, though like everything else Trump touches, that is slowly dying too.
posted by LizBoBiz at 5:20 AM on August 13 [1 favorite]


Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania. What's with the Balkan cluster?

I checked a few of them, and at least for them, it seems that they have just decided to stop the COVID-19 related travel restrictions, so it's back to business as usual for them. So they aren't restricting Americans, but they haven't carved out an exception for them either.
posted by scorbet at 6:18 AM on August 17


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