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June 26, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 39
And so it is. Surprising for the European Union, shocking and devastating for 48% of the British who voted to stay in with turnout out of 72%. The Prime Minister David Cameron resigns whilst triumph of his opponents like Nigel Farage, leader of United Kingdom Independence party
The United Kingdom joined European Union in 1967. The country applied to be part a Union earlier in 1960 after Suez crisis but on that stage France as a member of the European Union and one of six the European Union founding countries vetoed as Charles de Gaulle considered UK to be provider of United States policy to the Union.
1993 was another important year of the Maastricht Treaty that established the European Union under its current name and introduced European citizenship. In 1993, as well, complete single market was achieved, known as the internal market, which allowed for the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people within the European Economic Community.
At the moment the procedure of actually exiting from the European Union is unclear so different speculations take place. According to media, it will take about two years. Immigration fears were among top decision makers for the Leave vote.
Surely all economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union are very strong and the percentage who voted for leaving is barely enough to consider the voting actually valid. Interesting that Britain’s youth voted to remain
To me, this suggests that as many young people fear opportunities could be taken from them like working in the other 27 countries of the European Union. The question of freedom of movement is, then, also very important.
But perhaps it is time for another perspective. There are about 196 countries in the world where such considerations are unthinkable. If they were to talk about what freedoms the majority of them have, it would be a sad discussion.
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I hope we are learning that in order to make the world a better place for all, it must be made a better place for each. We always are just one generation before it can possibly happen. When the majority of children in 196 countries die before they reach puberty, would it be so inappropriate to explore trade which might sacrifice inflated profits for a humanitarian relationship meant to last for generations to come?
It just takes a child to grow up in a civilized and safe environment to become educated and cultural and believe there is a future. Perhaps Britain will help some of these.
Off she goes, into the wild blue yonder. (This is so cool.) VIDEO: Solar Impulse takes to the skies
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FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA
GO, SOLAR IMPULSE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, first, we want to congratulate the Solar Impulse on a successful transatlantic flight. She’s been all over the globe in the last several years, quietly being the best lobbyist for solar power on the planet. She and her team have proven what is possible and have paved the way for those whose job it is to take breakthroughs like this and maximize them.
It reminds me, in some ways, of the Greek “myth” of Icarus and his father Daedalus. They were the ones who made wings of wax and bird feathers and proved that “man” could fly, in imitation of the birds. The fact that Icarus flew too close to the sun I think was a warning.
He flew higher than eagles and that had to have been a shock to his system. Once he got up there, he might have just truly wanted to push the envelope, something test pilots can tell you a lot about. Among others.
So the lesson I take from this is that humankind wasn’t ready for flight. But gradually, at first in balloons and then in other aircraft, our minds adapted to the new element. Now we go parasailing, skydiving, etc. and enjoy the adrenalin rush with absolutely no fear of the elements.
Technology generally follows the same evolution, I’ve noticed. So I look forward to seeing solar powered flight take its place among the greener transport options we now have as a species.
Nice going, guys.
Have a great week, gang. And thank you!
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