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Eric Lurio
Eric Lurio is a freelance writer and artist. He's been a movie critic for the past eleven years and has been writing about travel and politics since the 1970s. Among his books are "The Cartoon Guide to the US Constitution and "A Fractured History fo the Discovery of America."

Entries by Eric Lurio

The Domino Theory Strikes Again: Who's Next?

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 10:10 AM

The next regime to go is Algeria. You may ask, "How do you know this? Didn't the police there just beat the crap out of the demonstrators a day or two ago?"

The answer is that the foreign minister stated that they're going to lift the state of...

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Cheez Doodle Bags: A Leading Economic Indicator

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 8:59 AM

Inflation used to be considered a problem. Back when I was a kid, quarters were made of real silver and they were worth a lot more. Companies were apologetic when they raised prices, and politicians would make long speeches about the shrinking dollar and what to do about it. I...

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Warning: You Are Forbidden to Buy E-Books!

(12) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 5:51 PM

That's right, you are forbidden to buy e-books. You also cannot buy songs off the radio or apps for your mobile phone. You can go to Amazon or the App store and give them money, and they will send you something in return. But you do not OWN them... and...

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The Acapulco International Film Festival: Something Not to Miss

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was one world-class resort in Mexico that everyone had heard of -- Acapulco, Mexico.

Back when Grandma was a little girl, when the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable were still in their prime, and John Wayne was still little more...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Seven: The Vatican

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 4:05 PM

One of the coolest things that a tourist can do is to see an entire foreign country... All of it... From one end of the other.

This is activity that can literally take a lifetime in some cases, and for most of us, that's just too damn long. So...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Six: The National Mall, Washington, DC

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 5:48 PM

Washington, DC is a company town all right. It has one industry -- the government -- and everything derives from that. People go there to see the government and said government's tributes to itself, nothing else. Sure there are restaurants and museums. Sure there are three major universities, and some...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Five: Jazz National Park, New Orleans

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 8:35 PM

Sometime back in the early '90s, some congress-critter got it into his head that the Department of the Interior should promote music.

A few years earlier, in 1987, Congress passed one of those symbolic resolutions, somewhat akin to "National Turnip Day," declaring "Jazz is hereby designated as a rare...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Four: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco (PHOTOS)

(15) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 5:38 PM


It is said that San Franciscans hate Fisherman's wharf. To some extent that's probably true. The reason is simple. Too many tourists! San Franciscans hate tourists, those who aren't in the tourist/hospitality industry at least. It reminds them that the hospitality/ tourist industry is in fact the...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Three: Independence Hall

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 11:10 AM


In the spring of 1799, the city of Philadelphia, PA was bureaucrat heaven. The state, local and federal governments were for the most part sharing the same space, and their constituent parts were lodged in every nook and cranny of downtown Philly. Politicians from...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Two: The Statue of Liberty

(7) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 1:19 PM

As far as national icons go, Frédéric Bartholdi's Liberty Enlightening the World is the ultimate. It is a symbol of what this nation is supposed to stand for. For the nation in general and for New York City in particular, Uncle Sam is as fictional as Santa Claus, Mom is...

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Essential Tourist Traps, Part One: Introduction

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 6:30 PM

Back when I was a kid, first lady Ladybird Johnson announced the "See America First" Campaign. Travel America before going to Europe or the Middle East. There's a lot to see in the US of A, and almost all of them are tourist traps: expensive hotels, cheesy souvenirs and lousy...

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A Dash Through Manhattans's National Parks

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 4:45 PM

Well, fellow Manhattanites, August about halfway over, and being broke due to that pesky recession, your "staycation" is getting kind of stale, so now would be a good time to get to some of that tourist stuff you've been meaning to do but never actually have. The stuff all those...

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On the Death of One Subhi Yousef Alawneh, a Resident of Aqaba, Jordan.

(53) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 6:29 PM

Subhi Yousef Alawneh, a poor schlub from the port city of Aqaba, was murdered yesterday. This may change the history of the entire Middle East.

He was a taxi driver who had the misfortune to be waiting for a fare in front of the Intercontinental Hotel when a Palestinian...

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The Art of Politics, Part Two: Rude Brittania at London's Tate Britain

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 1:22 PM

So what exactly does America's alternate national anthem have to do with the latest exhibition at London's Tate Gallery? (Millbank St) Well, for one thing, you'd understand what the lyrics mean.

When we were all in nursery school, we'd be taught to sing a little ditty called "Yankee Doodle"...

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Visit to a Small Planet

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 1:29 PM

Over the weekend, one of the most important events in astronomy this year took place. Last weekend, the Rosetta probe, which the ESA sent to space on an indefinite journey around the Solar System, passed by Earth a few times and Mars once, and is on it's way to a...

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The G-20, the Special Diet, and Me

(19) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 5:09 PM

They should have known. Hell, it was advertised in NOW, the city 's alternative paper, right there on page six:

"Get Off the Fence: Confrontational anti-colonial, anti-capitalist contingent marches with People First demo and then moves toward the barrier. 1 pm. Queen's Park, College and University.

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The Art of Politics, Part One: Magnificent Maps at London's National Library.

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 10:42 AM

Britain hasn't been successfully invaded since 1688, and then, nobody tried to burn the files, which means that the pack rats at the archives have almost a thousand years worth of stuff lying around. Among these are various forms of political propaganda, both for and against the governments of the...

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Thoughts on a Gibraltar Street Fair

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2010 | 9:49 AM

There are thousands of them around the world, different names, different sizes, and the like, these local street fairs. Some of them are primarily for tourists, but usually, they're for the locals, a chance to get together and hang out for an afternoon or evening while giving one's diet a...

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Cartoonist Molly Norris Lets the Terrorists Win Again

(21) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 12:44 PM


About a month back, Trey Parker and Matt Stone did an episode of South Park called "201," in which their superhero team of religious icons, including Islam's Prophet Muhammad, saves the day and Cartman gives a speech about tolerance.

In response to...

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Cinco de Mayo: Not Mexican independence Day!

(6) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 12:00 PM

This week is Cinco de Mayo, what most Americans think is Mexican Independence Day. Well, it's not. It's the anniversary of the victory of the Republican forces over the French on that date in 1862. Yeah, I know, beating the French isn't much of an achievement or an excuse for...

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