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14 June 2008




From the pictures your friends look like they would be at home in any American backyard. Please share more of you conversation, it is really important to get other points of view. May not agree with them, but we need to know what real people point of view are regardless. We could learn something!


George Rebane

Good points Russ. We did have some very interesting conversations re the US and EU roles in a future world with growing Russian, Chinese, and Muslim militancy. Will post on these and the insights (at least for us) they revealed.

Martin Light

Hello George, greetings from the safety and security of little Nevada County! Is that a sink to the right of Gitta in the photo of her and Jo Ann in the van? I caught a story on Friday's International Herald Tribune that Irish voters rejected the latest EU treaty as follows:

"Europe was thrown into political chaos Friday by Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, a painstakingly negotiated blueprint for consolidating the European Union's power and streamlining its increasingly unwieldy bureaucracy. The defeat of the treaty, by a vote of 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent, was the result of a highly organized campaign that played to Irish voters' deepest fears about the EU. For all its benefits, many people feel, the Union is remote, undemocratic and ever more inclined to strip its smaller members of the right to make their own laws and decide their own futures."

I'd be interested in knowning what your friends think of this latest twist.

Continue enjoying your walk down Memory Lane!


George Rebane

Thank you Martin, yes that's a sink in their camping van. And, our German friends happen to agree with the Irish, their fellow EU citizens. Losing your status and prerogatives as a sovereign nation-state gives pause to all in the EU. Ultimately, in such environments multi-culturalism eventually kills all the cultures it contacts with even the dominant one finally transforming to become something else and unintended. Everyone in the EU knows this, but the political thought police make it hard to debate in public forums.

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