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    #76
    They will be even more at a loss if Scotland hives off from the rest of the UK and adopts its own currency!
    Ivy

    "To thine own self be true.......
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      #77
      It is obviously from before the referendum and doesn't add to the debate about Scottish Independence, so I put it here.

      Percentage has never been a strong suite in America, and this one proves it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...eferendum.html

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      • Oistein
        Oistein commented
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        Percentage calculation is not always easy , but this was embarrassing for CNN

      #78
      I'm lost for words: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/102865/s...krokodillehund

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        #79
        Europeans (and others) like to make fun of the Americans for not travelling outside their own country and not having any knowledge about foreign countries and affairs.
        Here is proof that not many Americans travel abroad: http://skift.com/2014/08/25/travel-h...-in-last-year/

        Here is one explanation, right or wrong: http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-bl...avel-overseas/

        But what if the same questions were asked of Europeans, only replacing "abroad" with "outside Europe". How would that statistic look???
        I don't think there are all that large percentage of overseas travelers in Europe either, although near non-European countries around the Mediterranean may be more frequently visited due to easy access. (Just like Mexico and Canada for US travelers)

        I tried to Google it, but there doesn't appear to be a similar statistic available, even for EU only. The only thing I found were that Europeans travelers are by far the largest % of those who do travel on holidays: http://www.enduringwanderlust.com/who-travels-the-most/

        Anybody have an answer??

        PS> It is not clear if the 52.85% of Europeans who travel includes travels within Europe? (To other countries within Europe)
        In which case it is like comparing apples with oranges. (US is one large country, while Europe has many small countries)
        The fact that travelers from countriesthat belonging to the Schvengen agreement doesn't even need to carry a passport to travel between countries within the zone make it difficult to know who travel were and when, I assume??

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          #80
          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          Anybody have an answer??
          Without a clear definition of terms there is little to answer, is there? It is all a matter of well...... if A perhaps X, though if it is not A and one interprets it as B, it could be because of Y so that makes it Z, etc. etc. etc.
          A point not mentioned is whether or not one counts countries visited merely in transit, i.e. change of plane? Do return journeys count? Last year Ralf travelled by car from Germany across France to England, Scotland and back the same way. This year I travelled by air from England to the Netherlands, car to Germany then back to the Netherlands (air, A'dam merely in transit) and air to England. Did Ralf visit two other countries or three or five? Did I visit two other countries or three?
          We have no idea on what stats, the pretty little pie chart was based. So definitely not QED, at least in my book.
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            #81
            I just looked and was surprised that supposedly 46% of US citizens have passports. I actually expected the number to be much lower. In my rural part of NC, a low income area, travel outside North America is quite rare. Most of those that do travel go somewhere close the Caribbean or resort area of Mexico.

            The United States is so big I can understand a bit why some don't travel. It's a five hour flight from coast to coast on the mainland. The fastest I can get to Hawaii is about 15 hours with almost 12 hours in the air. You take a 5 hour flight from central Europe and you'd probably fly over 5 or 10 countries. As for driving. This country is too big for cars. My home state North Carolina is 560 miles (901 km) from east to west. When driving west I'm ready for a break before I hit the state line and forget driving to another country.

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              Didn't it say 36%???
              I read somewhere that only 30% of Members of Congress held passports, but that is some years ago. With their meddling in other countries affairs, I hope it is a bit higher now. If you are going to tell other countries how to run their affairs it helps to have been there and know what you are talking about.
              Last edited by ombugge; December 2nd, 2014, 09:22.

            #82
            Both depends. In my case, for the trip Ivy mentioned, i count five countries: Luxemburg, Belgium, France, England, Scotland. Ivy is right regarding Europe, Svitzerland and Norway for instance are not part of the EU. Dane is right, because North America is a whole continent like Europe. Should we count states like countries? Why not, while you find completely different surroundings, people and habits there?
            I have travelled up to now to 18 different countries, but all of them are in Europe. Not much different to an average American citizen, isn't it?
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              My question was about Europeans traveling habits OUTSIDE Europe and whether that is much different from the Americans travelling outside America.
              Yes, you are right, it appears to be not much different from the average American, as in your case. With some 50 countries and counting within geographical Europe, you still have a bit to go.

              I disagree that there are any major cultural differences between the states in the US. Shopping Malls and Diners etc. are much the same everywhere.
              Geographically, climatically and in other natural aspects yes, but the culture and way of life is much the same (except for Native Americans and indigenous peoples in Alaska and Hawaii maybe??)

              The biggest difference now is between rich and poor, urban and rural. Besides, the melting pot of races may not be function too good at times.

            #83
            This new US weapon puts the scare back in war: their operational laser canon (VIDEO):

            http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/12/11/n...logi/36689162/
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              #84
              Where else could I put this than here?? : http://www.vg.no/forbruker/reise/rei...usa/a/1437955/

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                #85
                Only in America???: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/pe...ra/a/23392654/

                Hope this is in refr. to Veteran rehabilitation, not for soilders in active service.
                In any case, this is peanuts compared to all the $$billions wasted on other things by Pentagon.

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                • Sigve
                  Sigve commented
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                  It takes balls to conduct war.....

                • pilotdane
                  pilotdane commented
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                  When my wife worked at the VA (Veterans Administration hospital) the doctors were not allowed to prescribe Viagra. Most doctors also worked at the University hospital and carried two prescription pads. One for the VA and another for the civilian hospital where they could write Viagra prescriptions.

                #86
                The latest craze in America, or at lest in some part of: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/108510/b...rekordsnoevaer

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                  #87
                  Not only in America, but far too frequently there have been serious railway accidents lately. It raise the question of the safety standards and system quality.
                  Since we have up to several railway experts, or enthusiasts here on CVF, maybe someone can enlighten us non-experts on what may cause this spat of accidents lately??

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                  • pilotdane
                    pilotdane commented
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                    We have had several accidents recently here in North Carolina. All resulted from vehicles crossing the tracks. One not far away a tractor trailer with an over size load bottomed out when crossing the tracks and got stuck. There was plenty of time and the police arrived but nobody contacted the passenger train to say stop. Very briefly (we have very short attention spans) it was on the news that nobody knows who to contact if there is a problem with the railroad. In this accident nobody walked up the track to signal or warn the train. The police did not know who to call to say the track was blocked. By the time the train could see the truck it was too late to stop.

                  #88
                  President Obama visits a talkshow: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/109526/h...ittermeldinger

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                    #89
                    Somebody can find a problem with a week of only Sundays.
                    USA is a non-signatory to a number of important international treaties because they are afraid to loose out, or be treated like everybody else.
                    Here is an article in NYT about resistance to the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is actually a US initiative: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/bu...pgtype=article

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                      #90
                      One would hope that this can only happen ones, but if you keep on looking at the videos that follows this one, it has happened repeatedly: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/03/us...th-row-inmate/

                      It raises some questions:
                      Does it ONLY happen in America?
                      How many are sitting in prisons in America and around the world who are innocent?
                      How many have been executed, only to find later that they were innocent?
                      How many innocent people have been executed WITHOUT being recognized as such?

                      No, I do not expect anybody on CVF to be able to answer these questions, but it certainly makes you think and wonder about the fairness and efficiency of a judicial system that allow it to happen, again and again.

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