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Old February 10th, 2016, 05:20 PM   #33481
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The same sort of standards that we're trying to impose on other countries' passports?

Why don't they?
IT's all explained here: http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief

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States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 90% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #33482
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They still don't match "Real ID" provisions, e.g., the latest security standards that (theoretically) greatly reduce chances of fraud.
Very very much teoretically because in the facts for example biometry is still very very vulnerable...
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:32 PM   #33483
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Since "linguistic issues" thread is closed, I have decided to post it here, as it seems to be quite interesting, worth to mention stuff. Here is a Czech village in Banat, Romania.



There is still present about 300 inhabitants in Tisove Udoli, who declare themselves as Czechs. They use pretty archaic and not very sophisticated Czech language, unsurprisingly, with vocabulary largely influenced by Romanian.

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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #33484
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There's a German name on the sign though.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:55 PM   #33485
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Well, and that's proper linguistic issue, then
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:57 PM   #33486
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we have several villages with bilingual Czech and Croatian names around city Daruvar.
https://www.google.hr/maps/@45.62971...7i13312!8i6656
in that area live significant Czech minority, and they also speak some weird language which sounds horrible - something like Croatian with Czech pronuonciation
i have several friends in that area and most of them refuse speaking Czech language when they visit Czech Republic because they know it is not proper Czech.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:04 PM   #33487
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I have a friend from Vojvodina. His Slovak language sounds like he just have stepped out of time machine. It concerns vocabulary and dialect as well. But I can't imagine archaic Czech language.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:06 PM   #33488
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There's also a tiny village in Serbian Banat, near Romanian border, called Češko Selo ("Czech Village" in Serbian) with population of 40 people:

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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:30 PM   #33489
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I have a friend from Vojvodina. His Slovak language sounds like he just have stepped out of time machine. It concerns vocabulary and dialect as well. But I can't imagine archaic Czech language.
I dare to presume, it might be quite similar to the archaic Slovak
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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:33 PM   #33490
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Croat (Karashovan) village in Romanian Banat
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Well, and that's proper linguistic issue, then
Eibenthal is the official Romanian name.
Czech: Eibentál, Tisové Údolí or Jeventál
Hungarian: Tiszafa
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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:54 PM   #33491
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we have several villages with bilingual Czech and Croatian names around city Daruvar.
https://www.google.hr/maps/@45.62971...7i13312!8i6656
in that area live significant Czech minority, and they also speak some weird language which sounds horrible - something like Croatian with Czech pronuonciation
i have several friends in that area and most of them refuse speaking Czech language when they visit Czech Republic because they know it is not proper Czech.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 11:47 PM   #33492
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Eibenthal is the official Romanian name.
Since you are a Romanian currently living in Germany (and I suppose you speak German) you surely see that Eibenthal may be an official Romanian name but the word itself is German :-)
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Old February 14th, 2016, 12:08 AM   #33493
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Of course I speak German, I grew up bilingual
I also didn't say the word wasn't German .


We have other localities like that which names stayed German, like Lenauheim (literaly the home of Nikolaus Lenau) or Charlottenburg
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Old February 14th, 2016, 10:38 AM   #33494
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Of course I speak German, I grew up bilingual
Des g'freidt mi .

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I guess that the name on the sign is wrong though!?

Charlottenburg.

The name of the neighboring village Altringen is German too.

btw: Romanian DN roads are available in preview status on Travel Mapping now.
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Old February 14th, 2016, 10:43 AM   #33495
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Des g'freidt mi .
This is not German. At all.
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Maybe it's something like Franconian.
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Old February 15th, 2016, 03:39 PM   #33497
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Comparison of the 10 largest motorway networks in the world



http://freegeo.org/2015/05/02/it-too...rstate-system/
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That's an interesting map.

However they always go wrong with Canada and Russia, they count all four-lane divided highways, even those that do not have freeway standards.

Turkey, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and possibly India would also rank in the top 10 if one would count all divided highways. These countries have over 10,000 kilometers of such roads, though I'm not too sure about India.
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Meanwhile, in the case of Italy, they included only official motorways, and not expressways that also are 2+2, divided and fully grade-separated. Italy has around 10,000km of motorways and expressways together.
This map is from May 2015, so, especially for China, is a little bit outdated.
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However they always go wrong with Canada and Russia, they count all four-lane divided highways, even those that do not have freeway standards.
Exactly. They compare apples and oranges.

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Meanwhile, in the case of Italy, they included only official motorways, and not expressways that also are 2+2, divided and fully grade-separated. Italy has around 10,000km of motorways and expressways together.
It's exactly the same with Germany.

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This map is from May 2015, so, especially for China, is a little bit outdated.
Hm, just a little bit .
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