On the Road – and the Canals – in the ‘Low Countries’
Jun21

On the Road – and the Canals – in the ‘Low Countries’

What does one do when traveling and there is so much to see but so little time to write (home) about it? Take and post pictures, of course. So here are a few — the stories maybe later. The delightful northern Holland town of Giethoorn — appropriately referred to as the “Venice of the North” — where everyone and everything goes by boat …even the trash The oldest windmill in the Netherlands and Belgium, located near...

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What Happens When You Supersize The G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Process?
Jun19

What Happens When You Supersize The G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Process?

Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist The nineteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit – foreign policy...

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Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.
Jun11

Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.

Traveling abroad, thousands of miles away from home? Want to feel close to home — real close to home? Want to be reminded of American greatness and magnanimity? Want to honor our fallen heroes of World War II and other wars up-close and personal? Visit one of the 25 American cemeteries on foreign soil, hallowed final resting places to more than 124,000 American wars dead. We did so a few days ago. We traveled to the Netherlands...

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An Orphan in Language Land
Jun01

An Orphan in Language Land

One of the first things that strikes the visitor to beautiful and historic Belgium — especially in the capital, Brussels — is the number of distinctive languages and dialects spoken there. While Dutch, French and German are the official languages of this small country, a majority speak Dutch (59 %); 40% speak French and only 1% German. In addition English is widely spoken, especially in the Dutch-speaking (“Flemish”)...

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Cartoon: Amtrack derailment
May20

Cartoon: Amtrack derailment

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion
Jan11

A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

by Walter Brasch HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped. The Collins Primary Geography Atlas for the Middle East with a map that omitted Israel was described by the publisher in sales information as “an ideal school atlas for primary school geographers.” A...

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US-CUBA: SANITY AT LAST?
Dec18

US-CUBA: SANITY AT LAST?

The release of an American imprisoned in Cuba signals the opening of talks to normalize relations between Washington and Havana. This is both huge and long overdue. Barack Obama was first elected president on a campaign based on hope and change. One of the changes I was hoping for was the lifting of the US trade embargo against Cuba, to let American travelers visit the island nation freely, as the rest of the world does. Five years...

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Weekend Picture And Flashback!
Nov08

Weekend Picture And Flashback!

Although I was born in the Pacific Northwest and am now retired in the Pacific Northwest I have lived in Munich, Germany for 4 years and Yokohama, Japan for 2 years.  As you can tell from the picture below my long legs never got used to siting on the floor for...

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Cuba: Endangered Species?
Sep17

Cuba: Endangered Species?

If you want to experience this Caribbean island and its culture while both are still authentic, don’t wait for Washington to drop its anachronistic embargo. Go now. After 54 years, a US embargo designed in part to discourage Americans from traveling to Cuba still clings to life, defiant in the face of logic, failure and common sense. Still, it seems inevitable that this foreign-policy T-Rex will go the way of all dinosaurs. And when...

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The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)
Jul19

The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)

Scroll down for updates In her “Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner,” fellow contributor Prairie Weather posted an image of the numbers and nationalities of the men, women, children and babies aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While the numbers have slightly changed — the Wall Street Journal this morning, for example, raised the number of Dutch victims to 192 — the enormity of...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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What You Need to Know About the T.S.A.’s Latest Regulation
Jul10

What You Need to Know About the T.S.A.’s Latest Regulation

Just when you thought traveling by plane couldn’t get any more difficult, the Transportation Security Agency has issued new regulations for carry-on baggage. Passengers are now prohibited from carrying phones, tablets or other devices that do not turn on. According to the Department of Homeland Security, terrorists have been using such devices to conceal explosives which are then used to assemble a bomb on board. As a result,...

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Increasing Frequent Flyer Mileage Vs. Increasing Understanding
Jun22

Increasing Frequent Flyer Mileage Vs. Increasing Understanding

The Camel Tow Approach To Journalism How Erin Burnett Stoops To Conquer The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist To say I’ve been watching a lot of the World Cup soccer games is a bit of an understatement. I’ve watched all of them. At least all those broadcast by ESPN/ABC. What I’ve learned is that The Netherlands (Holland) came up with the world’s first national anthem. And like most groundbreaking things, it...

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Is There a Pilot in the House?
May29

Is There a Pilot in the House?

Nice and true story about what many of us wannabe pilots and would-be heroes often dream about, but only a real, cool pilot could accomplish. Some comparisons between a B-1B Lancer bomber and a 737 commercial aircraft: A B-1B Lancer (U.S. Air Force illustration) The multi-mission heavy bomber B1-B Lancer, originally developed as a nuclear bomber replacement for the B-52, is now the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber force. The...

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A GREAT World Cruise Part 4
Apr09

A GREAT World Cruise Part 4

Editor’s Note: Cruises that go terribly or tragically wrong are always in the news, starting with the Titanic. But what about the many, many cruises that are sheer joy? Two years ago retired French professor Jeffry Foster went on a world voyage. We are presenting his diary in several parts. Here’s Part 4: Tuesday, February 28 Fremantle It’s a return to Fremantle /Perth as we circle around Australia. The ship lands in Fremantle...

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Flight MH370: Finally, a Plausible Theory
Mar18

Flight MH370: Finally, a Plausible Theory

While the reports, theories, speculation and just plain rumors surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continue, I finally have come across a reasonable, simple, non-conspiratorial theory that might well explain (more or less — the writer is not a diviner) what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The writer, Chris Goodfellow, a Canadian Class-1 instrumented-rated pilot for multi-engine planes with...

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Now Is The Time 4 All Good Men To Jump 2 Conclusions
Mar17

Now Is The Time 4 All Good Men To Jump 2 Conclusions

Lost in the Golden Triangle — rather than Bermuda. The Case is Mad for Profiling Pilots Overseas. The View from the Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist It’s surreal enough to be the plot of a major TV series. In fact it already was – “Lost” on ABC – except even scarier than giant polar bears and smoke monsters – are pilots with extreme views bent on total destruction. The flight in the TV series was scheduled for 17...

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St. Patty’s (Cartoon)
Mar14

St. Patty’s (Cartoon)

Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved. Copyright Donar, Political...

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How to survive airplane food
Jan30

How to survive airplane food

“Please return all seat backs, tray tables and your sense of taste to their full, upright and locked positions…” If you’re like me, you’re a little ambivalent about airline food. Okay, maybe more than a little. The stuff that’s slid in front you usually has all the culinary appeal of “government cheese.” It speaks volumes when the foodie Web site Chowhound asks its members to name “the least bad airline meal” they’ve had. Not the...

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Tidbits from Down Under – Part 4
Dec08

Tidbits from Down Under – Part 4

Those who have been following my Australia travelogue will notice that — after three installments — I am still in Sydney and the Sydney area. Although there are many reasons for dwelling on this magnificent city, it is time to move on — but not before mentioning one (or two) more thing(s). Perhaps some of the reasons why we fell in love with Sydney are the same reasons why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in...

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