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As for the Portuguese language, I'll give you another free information so you can learn a little more before infesting other people minds with wrong information: Portuguese language is not a Spanish dialect nor derive from it. Both languages come from the same source "Latin". Not like English that many words and literature influence come from old French, who'd say that!
I'm someone who likes to talk, discuss things, learn and teach something. Since I can not do neither of these with you, this will be my last response. Brat.
Despite the attempt to provoque the Portuguese people - which made me laugh and completely unveiled your character or lack of it - I'll tell you, as a courtesy, that there are more Portuguese in Paris than in Madrid and London.
What's you fantastic theory now? France is bigger than UK? French people eat baguettes? Please stop poisoning other people minds, at least have the decency to add "I assume that..." or "I think that", not take any information for a fact just because your illuminated mind thought of them.
1) when the manufacturers agree price and conditions between them, consumers get screwed;
2) Consumers get screwed during the process of the manufacturers "natural selection" as you put it, there must be some reasonable way to protect them from the low quality / charlatans / evil manufacturers;
I do not doubt that many United States citizens do really believe in the good intentions of their government but, from an outside (non-american) perspective, it only comes to mind names like Blackwater or Halliburton.
I think it's up to the iraqui people to make such a statement and, judging from the news, I don't see them any better now!
Bottom line is, how can one dictate what's best for another country?
It's pretty common to see your technical solution to a crucial problem that a certain project had - and could not be finished without it - being snatched by "great managing skills"!
After some time we get used to it. After even more time people really start to realize that's not just "great managing skills" after all.