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  • hardie karges 6:04 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , exchange rates,   

    Travel on Sale! Dollar Days to End Soon! 

    The value of the US dollar (USD) over the last few months has created a travel opportunity for Americans the likes of which haven’t been seen for decades, back when “the dollar was king.” But that may be changing soon. Trading at less than $1.10 to the Euro recently, the dollar is now at $1.12 and climbing. Likewise the British pound (GBP) and Canadian dollar (CAD), the most important currencies for the average American, are at unprecedented levels of weakness against the dollar, but starting to show signs of change.

    For all but the bravest economists, the complicated relationships between currencies and interest rates, and the prices of gold and oil, are not the stuff of idle conversation–yet they exist. The current situation will not last forever. Europe is beautiful in the fall, after the summer hordes have gone back home. Might be a good time to go check it out, before the dollar loses a quarter of its value. You heard it here first, remember…

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  • hardie karges 8:43 pm on August 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ethnic Cleansing, , , Islamic State, Srebrenica, WWII   

    #ISIL #Srebrenica #Ethnic Cleansing and #WWII… 

    ISIL drones: suicide chickens…

    The predilection of the ISIL guys for the politics of rape is making big news these days, more than would seem headline-worthy, really, but I guess wars need buzz-food, too. Since Johnny Jihad lost his job as head throat-slitter, there seems to be an open slot in the reality TV line-up from the Mideast. Christian girls are apparently prime targets for victimization, surprise surprise. That’s still better than murder, though, especially considering the gruesome gut-wrench a slit throat always brings, no easier in ‘Zorba the Greek’ than in the Syrian desert. Still, I doubt that this indicates a softening of their position…

    Now I hate to be a whiny-ass Facebook-style pseudo-politico, BUT: where was all the outrage when Serbian Christians—CHRISTIANS—were raping and massacring Bosnian Muslims only some twenty years ago, while Dutch troops under UN mandate stood by powerless? Ironically Roman Catholic Croats ally themselves with Muslim Bosniaks, not Orthodox Serbs. A further irony is that they’re all the same race, originally, and speak the same language, separated only by religion. If only the Bosniaks used the Arabic script, that would make the perfect trifecta of divergence, along with the Roman and Cyrillic alphabets… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 8:12 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , tourism   

    Sex Tourism and Social Media: Who Needs Ashley Madison? 

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    Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

    Everybody’s heard of sex tourism, generally cast in a negative light as ‘trafficking’, ‘pedophilia’, or more generally as simple exploitation, generally in connection with such popular travel destinations as Thailand and the Philippines in Asia; Colombia and Costa Rica in Latin America; the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the Caribbean; and even Spain and good ol’ Amsterdam in Europe…

    Think what you will, but most of what you’ll see there is simply none of the above, and says more about ourselves than them. We lecture the rest of the world on prostitution, while we promote promiscuity as the more modern alternative, and far more politically correct. Ironically we’ll even glorify prostitution if it happens to be transgender, or middle-aged, or unionized—see “Whores’ Glory”—just as long as it’s not cute little girls in Third World countries who need the money to support their families…

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  • hardie karges 11:28 pm on August 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DVD, , review, , Winter Sleep   

    Continuity Errrors? DVD Review of Turkish ‘Winter Sleep’… 

    Spoiler alert (maybe spoiling your popcorn, that is): this movie is long. Pack a lunch. Pull up a beer. Better yet: pull up an Ottoman (pun intended). This is a Turkish movie, after all, with all that implies: beautiful landscapes, frumpy old women and cultural anomalies. If at first it doesn’t seem like much is happening, tension is building just below the surface. This movie explores interiors like I haven’t seen since Bergman, Woody Allen notwithstanding.

    Horses run wild. Tenants skip the rent. Kids are naughty, and the winter is cold. Landlords collect the rent, and so do hotel managers. Guests are better than tenants, because they pay more rent. Divorcees lament their fate. Wives resent their husbands. Young wives are more easily estranged from older husbands from the get-go, given the inherent inequalities. This is all pretty boring stuff, until you give it a name, and a face, and a place—and a decent script. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 6:51 pm on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Calais, Chunnel,   

    You don’t have to live like a refugee, not in Calais… 

    Given the refugee situation at the English Channel Tunnel crossing in Calais, France, it sounds to me like some refugees need to start learning German, or French, or even Italian. After all, Germany is the strongman of Europe, not the UK. Don’t know what I’m talking about? That’s because you’re watching MSNBC, or Fox, or HuffPo, little more than greatest YouTube hits of the previous day. I recommend BBC or Al-J (if you got it)….

     
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