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  •  I celebrate differences (1+ / 0-)
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    I think a lot of people focus too much on the differences.
    Your diary "How We Do It Over Here: Iceland vs. America" was about differences and I'm just continuing the conversation.  I enjoy differences and like to look at what social or environmental structures make things different.  The key difference in energy sources are that after production, electricity is cheaper in Iceland than most other parts of the world.  But in addition since most power plants are hydro or geothermal, prices are stable.  This is all a terrific strength and Icelanders should be proud of the planning they put into it.

    About population homogeneity.  There are a number of places in Chicago where I can drive down the street 1-2 miles and see organizations or businesses from a dozen different ethnic groups.  I'm not talking about a handful of northern European groups either.  I'm talking about places like the the various Assyrian organizations.  So, yes, to me Iceland is quite homogeneous.  And all I was saying is that when I was in Germany, I missed the cultural diversity of places like Chicago.

    My wife and I both work so we eat out 3 times per month.  The fish head curry, japanese miso soup or tom ka kai I get at my local Malaysian, Japanese and Thai restaurants are top quality and authentic asian (not americanized).  Plus I've got two outstanding Mexican restaurants so my enchiladas are only 2 blocks away.  ;-)

    Hehe, if music is your issue, you should totally move to Iceland.
    I've got enormous choices right here.  Locals of wide variety playing every kind of music every night but especially weekends.  And for the Chicago blues fest they had Mavis Staples among other top talents.  Attendance this year was half a million people.

    So yeah, cultural diversity is rich here and I have a very diverse taste in music including Asian, South Asian and African music.  I've heard everything from Bismillah Khan:

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    To Mavis Staples herself:

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:25:03 PM PST

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    •  Haha, touche... (2+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, mythatsme

      though I was talking about geological/geographical differences as excuses.  :)

      There are a number of places in Chicago where I can drive down the street 1-2 miles and see organizations or businesses from a dozen different ethnic groups.
      And there are places I can drive to in Iceland where the predominant language people talk with each other is Polish.
      I'm not talking about a handful of northern European groups either.
      Filipinos are northern Europeans?
      .  I'm talking about places like the the various Assyrian organizations.
      And I've met Masai tribesmen who live here.  Plural.
      So, yes, to me Iceland is quite homogeneous.  
      You know, it's actually a bit insulting to have people who've never been here tell me how "homogenous" my country is.
      My wife and I both work so we eat out 3 times per month.  The fish head curry, japanese miso soup or tom ka kai I get at my local Malaysian, Japanese and Thai restaurants are top quality and authentic asian (not americanized).  Plus I've got two outstanding Mexican restaurants so my enchiladas are only 2 blocks away.  ;-)
      Oh wow, because we certainly don't have Thai here.  Nothing like Naree Thai, Thai Reykjavík, Take-Away Thai Grill, ENana thai thailenskur veitinga og matvörustaður, Thai-camp, Mai Thai, Thai matstofan, Ban Thai tælenskt veitingahús, Khiem Thien Nguyen Thai, Thai Ðinh Hoang, LNguyen Xuan Thai , Austurlenskur veitingastaður Nana-thai, Krua Thai, Perla Thoa Kim Phu Thai, and Sælkera veitingar og thai matvara, just from a quick search of a small chunk of Reykjavík.

      Want me to do the same for Malaysian and Japanese restaurants?

      No, I'm sorry, clearly Iceland is some homogonous Aryan country and only you live in a diverse place.  Even though you've never been to Iceland and I've been to Chicago more times than I could count.  You know, that's such a damned annoying American attitude that I'm so glad to get away from.

      I'm sorry, but I don't want to respond to any more of this, your post really bugged me.

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