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White toothOn the July 1, 2012 episode of my show, Exposing Faux Capitalism, a caller raised the issue of problems with common dental treatments (starting at 1:35:14).

I relayed my personal story of not wanting to have an X-ray, and being satisfied with an examination of my teeth by my dentist, and how I was informed that it wouldn’t be possible for her to continue treating me if I refused to have an X-ray.

I even asked if it would be okay if I signed a waiver stating that I wouldn’t sue as a result of any problems arising from not having an X-ray at that particular time, and was told that still wouldn’t be acceptable.

The reason? Not because she didn’t agree to that, but because her Dental Association prohibited it as part of their so-called professional treatment standards.

This is an example of how the medical establishment gets in between medical professionals and their patients, despite the focus being on government and private health insurance company interference.

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On a visit to Rome this month, at the airport:

  • They immediately stamped my Canadian passport, and I could stay for up to 90 days without a tourist visa
  • No questioning
  • They didn’t mention anything about liquids
  • No full body scan
  • Customs declaration appears to work on the honour system

Returning to Canada through the U.S., at JFK airport:

  • Required to take off my shoes
  • Required to separately x-ray my laptop
  • Required to put 100 mL or less of liquids in a plastic re-sealable bag
  • Questioned for a minute about customs and what my intentions were
  • Passport stamped for connecting flight only

This, despite Canada and the U.S. sharing the longest undefended land border in the world, and being parties to NAFTA, the largest trade union in the world as of 2010, and most Canadians being exempt from US-VISIT fingerprinting and photographing procedures, unlike U.S. green card holders.

Indeed, the U.S. was attacked on 9/11 and Italy and Canada weren’t. However, the disparity in security checks for Canadians at the airport in Italy’s largest city versus the United States is vast.

This, despite Italy having been a member of the Iraq War coalition, all three countries with troops in Afghanistan, and Italy’s longest-serving and current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, having been the most pro-Bush foreign leader aside from UK prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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