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Sat Jan 12 03:08:42 GMT 2008
On Saturday 12 January 2008, David Boddie wrote:
> Some people are able to travel further than others - I'm happy to travel to
> EuroPython and PyCon UK to give talks, but less comfortable with a long
> distance trip to the US.
I believe that in the current political climate many of us non-US residents
are rather reluctant to travel to conferences in the USA anyway. I used to go
to 3-5 medical conferences in the US per year, plus a few FOSS related
conferences (eg O'Reillys, even presented there once), but ceased this
completely some 5 years ago.
Last time I visited I didn't feel welcome at all, the customs officers were
exceedingly rude and hostile - and I am a respectable MD with permanent US
visa, no criminal records, no extremist affiliations, near-native English
speaking, Australian permanent resident, German descendence; makes you wonder
how they would treat people looking "less American" than I do.
I wonder how many academics and uppermost white collar workers are prepared to
be treated as criminals "until proven otherwise" just for the sake of
attending a conference
If we were only half as interested in liberty as in lust, we would not have
half the problems we have.
Dr. Thomas Szasz
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