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What is it about California that makes all Europeans flee it? I live in NorCal, and we are already planning our escape as well!

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 01:53:18 PM EST
California was an attractive place to be, that's why Europeans were there. But everything changed after 9/11.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 01:55:12 PM EST
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I'm glad to see you have a post-9/11 mentality unlike so many on the left in this country! :)

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 02:03:32 PM EST
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I'm not sure I follow?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 02:04:13 PM EST
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Nevermind, must be an American thing. Any time a left-wing politician needs to accuse a left-wing politician in the States of something, they pull out the old "you have a pre-9/11 mentality" card. It just sounded funny when you mentioned it :)

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 05:37:02 PM EST
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Right wing politician in the first instance, that is.

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 05:38:13 PM EST
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I think I actually retain my pre-9/11 mentality. It's just that the ground shifted.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 05:13:06 AM EST
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Exactly correct.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 06:45:33 AM EST
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The problem with the 9/11 mentality is that it's really a 1911 mentality.

I'm hoping a 2011 mentality will be a lot more interesting.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 07:51:37 AM EST
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Why not a 911 mentality?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 07:53:10 AM EST
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by PeWi on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 08:29:07 AM EST
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Well, I wouldn't have anything against living in such gems as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, or Santa Monica (all these saints!), but Riverside... well... let's say that London's a bit more cosmopolitan. I don't have anything against California per se, it's one of the most beautiful US states. We left for a combination of reasons -- my expired visa, wanting to be closer to our families, and not wanting to HAVE to have a car... plus, I guess, we're both European and we missed the lifestyle we grew up in.

"If you cannot say what you have to say in twenty minutes, you should go away and write a book about it." Lord Brabazon
by Barbara on Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 02:42:32 PM EST
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You pretty much just described myself and my fiancee. I'm Russian, and she is Spanish. We are in the same exact boat, so we are trying to get out as well!

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 12:35:12 PM EST
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Hopefully Barbara's diary will be of some help for your impending move to Brussels.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 12:41:51 PM EST
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