Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brexit: The Beginning of the Beginning

I've been watching, reading, and dreaming about the Brexit gloom and doom. Not one to bite my tongue, I have to give my 2 pence worth. Unlike John Oliver, I am in complete support...

MetroCard Misery: TPOL Supports Hillary

Alexander the private citizen is an undecided voter. The candidate pool leaves much to be desired. TPOL the blogger is a single issue voter. He, as a New York transplant, believes that in comprehensive subway...

Defeating Extremism

January 2015: 12 dead in Paris, France November 2015: 130 dead in Paris, France December 2015: 14 dead in San Bernadino, California January 2016: 13 dead in Istanbul, Turkey March 2016: 5 dead in Istanbul, Turkey March 2016: 31...

SPG to Marriott: Just Say No

Perhaps I can cross off the SPG-Marriot merger from my 2016 Festivus Airing Of Grievances. The China company Anbang placed a $13.2 takeover bid trumping Marriott's previous offer. The end of this merger could be...

Would You Travel During the Rainy Season?

The flight is available. The hotel can confirm your suite upgrade. All the stars are aligned so you book. It's only after making this arrangement that it dawns on you that perhaps you should've...

ISIS Influence in Istanbul: A Call to Arms for the Arab World

A friend of mine is traveling to Istanbul in two months. He loved his first trip to Turkey and this will be his second time going. The bombing in the historic district did not...

Brooklyn : New Zealand : : Manhattan : Australia

Brooklyn : New Zealand : : Manhattan : Australia Brooklyn is to New Zealand as Manhattan is to Australia. Though separated only by a small piece of water they are worlds away. Indeed, they have some similarities...

Eliminate Visa Waiver Program? A Shortsighted Solution

Did you catch the spectacle that was the Republican presidential debate yesterday? A huge topic of discussion was when Americans could go back to feeling safe again. The theatrics were too much for me to handle...

A Lions Thanksgiving: Football at Ford Field

Thanksgiving is about dolma, hummus, tubbulah, cari, turkey and Detroit Lions football. It doesn't get any more American than those standard foods combined with watching the cowardly Lions take the field for a meaningless...

Worldwide Travel Alert: Not a Helpful Warning

Today the State Department issued the following warning: "The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats." How is such a general, broad warning helpful? As a traveler, this...
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