World Chastises U.s. As Debt Ceiling Looms

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Why the United States and Canada should merge: Foreign Policy opinion

This is the first time theyve been assembled together, says Richard Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project. (Its) an attempt to showcase just how far medical science has gotten, he says. The robot making appearances in the U.S. for the first time this week. Having crossed the Atlantic tucked inside two metal trunks and after a brief holdup in customs thebionicmanwill strut his stuff at the New York Comic Con festival on Friday. Walker says the robot has about 60 to 70 percent of the function of a human. It stands six-and-a-half feet tall and can step, sit and stand with the help of a Rex walking machine thats used by people whove lost the ability to walk due to a spinal injury. It also has a functioning heart that, using an electronic pump, beats and circulates artificial blood, which carries oxygen just like human blood. An artificial, implantable kidney, meanwhile, replaces the function of a modern-day dialysis unit. Although the parts used in the robot work, many of them are a long way from being used in humans.

Bionic Man Visits United States for the First Time

Since each country is the other’s largest trading partner, trade deficits would shrink. Canadian oversight at the Fed would bring stability to American banking. With all its energy needs met domestically, Ameri-Canada would be a lucrative petrostate, exporting oil to the developing world. For all the benefits — energy self-sufficiency, secure borders, a cross-border maple syrup pipeline if we’re lucky — the merger would not be without consequences. Francis bets that the long-term economic incentives would outweigh the baggage Canada brings with it. But is that really the case? Would it be worth grappling with how to integrate U.S., Canadian and Quebecois laws, or trying to standardize health care across the two countries? Would Washington ever want to inherit First Nations land disputes, Quebec separatists or Justin Bieber? And would Canadians want Washington, especially after such a case study in dysfunction this month? They’re questions that probably won’t need to be asked — and not just because the Republican Party would never allow it. (If Canadians were to vote in the presidential elections, the GOP would never take the White House again, Francis speculates.) The reception to Francis’ proposal has been something between knee-jerk reactionism and hand-waving dismissiveness. Jonathan Kay, a managing editor for the National Post, described the book with prototypically Canadian polite understatement: The book is Francis’ “most ambitious. Perhaps a little too ambitious, many readers might conclude.” It’s creating “a huge emotional stir,” Francis says. “The idea of the book is to start a conversation. .