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I get the stealth aspect and also see our more overt hostile power moves. Both are classic traits of empires.

Our American empire of late has toned down control of its citizens. Quiet assent to governmental abuses of power can be seen all around. We Americans are more distracted now then we have ever been before, and our distractions come with a subtle cost. Keep the citizens distracted and content, our’s is the happy empire. A distracted people do not unite and exercise the illusive powers granted to them in our Bill of Rights. Oh well. We are all children of empires in one form or another.

Svetlana, ever been to the Dingle peninsula? It is the mystic, mythic heart of Ireland. Galarus Oratory, although simple and humble, represents some of the earliest churches in Ireland.