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Vicki Nikolaidis

born and raised on a farm in Iowa now living in Crete raising two daughters, writing,taking photos,working on environment issues, cooking with fresh food and always trying to learn how to speak Greek by dropping my Middle West accent!

I’ve been thinking of different ways scientists and engineers could have prepared the world population for the extreme weather problems. By not financing weaponry but instead innovative solutions to natural disasters we could have been way ahead of the game by now.
“View the most impressive site of the world! – Δείτε το πιο εντυπωσιακό site του κόσμου!”rnBreathing Earth. This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.(Suggested by John Patra, Greek blogger extraordinaire, a not to be missed site.)
In a democratic society each person has a right to voice their suggestions and opinions in a polite way. Each voice is important whether you write to your mayor, your state representative or your U.S congressional representatives. Some tips for coming up with an idea plus a website with tips for writing to elected officials.
The image of a design by the Orlando de Urrutia Architectural Firm in Spain. The hotel is shaped like a drop of water and might sit on a dock extended over the sea as in these drawings.
The most important difference in Crete and the rest of Greece from the United States is that the majority of doctors here are well-trained and committed to good health care for their patients. Now is a good time for the U.S.A. to switch to Medicare Health Care for All: do away with superfluous paperwork, let patients keep their own records and take the temptation of pharmaceutical perks out of the doctor’s office.
The EU is taking a lot of criticism mostly from the U.S.A. and England. If the critics would take a closer look at the accomplishments between science, technology and education they might see a different picture. Often their assumptions forget to include, quality of life, in their equation.
“European Union takes turn right.” I don’t agree with this headline which I’ve heard and seen in English several places such as BBC and NPR. I also don’t agree with low turnout being a referendum on dissatisfaction with the European Union. The daily advantages of easy travel and purchasing between countries seems to already be taken for granted.