"Everybody dies, but not everybody lives." --Unknown Arnold Palmer lived, boy did he live. He found his passion in golf and followed that passion vigorously -- even when he was well into his 80's and the physical limitations of aging wouldn't allow him to play like he once...
Twelve score years ago our founders brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a Great Election, testing whether that nation, or any...
Rick Steves Europe,
I joined my film crew in Munich this year for Oktoberfest -- the last festival we're filming for our "Europe's Top Ten Festivals" special that will air on public television in 2017. Oktoberfest goes for 16 straight days, usually starting on the third Saturday in September. Here are some thoughts and a few tips after my visit this week: It's massive (serving literally millions each year in 16 tents, each filled with about 8,000 people). Each of the leading local breweries has its own tent. The famous ones (Augustiner Bräu and Hofbräu) are most crowded and touristy. It's well organized (they've been at it annually for 200 years). Security is tight as this would be an ideal target for terrorist (a fence is newly added around the perimeter, there are thousands of police and security at each entrance, each tent has its own security, and no large bags are allowed). In spite of the high alert, it all felt relaxed and fun. Anyone can enjoy this. It's busiest late and on weekends, but weekday afternoons and early evenings are a delight when it's family-friendly. (I'd highly recommend enjoying it Monday through Thursday during the late afternoon and early evening; if you don't like drunken brawls, avoid it after dark.) Popular tents do fill up and can have long waiting lines. It's free except for your €10 beers (that's for an entire liter), food, and rides. English works everywhere and people are friendly. It's tradition to sit at any table that can fit an extra rear end. Jump right into the conversation with a clink of the glass mug. It feels local. While there are plenty of tourists, it's estimated that 90 percent of the attendees are Bavarians. Locals love to dress up in traditional garb and gather their friends at their favorite beer tent to enjoy a fun evening meal with drinking and music. The famous beer maids make you think, "Who needs Hooters?". These women are generally amateur servers who take two weeks of their generous paid vacation time to work hard here and make some serious extra money. Each tent considers them independent businesses -- they buy the beer or pretzels or whatever at a wholesale price from the big kitchens, and then are free to sell them anywhere in the tent. And pricing beers at €10.50 makes it hard not to tip (if they were an even €10, I imagine earnings would take a huge hit). I must close with a political observation. (If that will anger you, you might just stop reading now and leave today's post with nice beer-and-dirndl thoughts.) While enjoying this happy festival, I was struck by how the crowd was 90 percent local and how I felt I was in a country with a healthy middle class. It's fair to say that the vast majority of Germans are middle class. They live in a country where progressive taxation, a $15 minimum wage, one-month paid vacations, and affordable health care are not controversial issues. And they easily afford fun such as this. In my travels, I've observed that when a society's middle class is shrinking and under siege, so is the societal well-being of that entire nation. Over all, Germany and the USA are similarly successful economically. But Germany has more people in the middle and fewer at the extremes, while America has more of the rich and far more people struggling. If I had a red hat with a political slogan to wear, it would say, "Make Our Middle Class Great Again." And I wouldn't buy that trickle-down stuff our big-business elites ("job creators" and their friends) keep preaching. (Find more of my dispatches from the road on my travel blog and Facebook.) (This post originally appeared at
In truth, the Hillary haters seem to resent her more than disagree with her. They demand to be humored and catered to. They hold her to wildly different standards than her male counterparts.
Crotty Huffington Post,
Crotty On Huffington Post,
George W. Bush,
James Marshall Crotty,
Donald Trump 2016,
Donald Trump President,
Hillary Clinton 2016,
Hillary Clinton Emails,
Tonight, however, one would expect all that to evaporate, as Trump struggles mightily to get specific and fact-based on a range of policy fronts.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
By Jeruld Weiland and Jonathan Walker, Rocky Mountain Institute Last Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released formal recommendations designed to help states regulate autonomous vehicles. The guidelines follow advice from the business and safety community: Establish standards for states to adopt a uniform set...
Overexploitation threatens the future of many large animals including sharks and rays. These sleek and majestic animals are often caught as incidental "bycatch" in longline fisheries or targeted specifically for their fins, wings, gill plates, meat, oil, teeth and cartilage.
By Elizabeth Renter With most term life insurance policies, you pay for coverage for a set period. If you don't die within the term of the policy, it ends, there's no payout, and your money is gone. There is an exception, however -- although it's...
This week the House and Senate are expected to vote on whether to override the President's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act ["JASTA"]. JASTA would allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia over allegations Saudi officials were linked to the 9/11 attacks.
When faced with a humanitarian crisis caused by natural disasters, conflicts or other factors, we are often forced to move in search of a safe place. In most cases, migration is the option of last resort for people fleeing troubled areas of residence to a better place. Young people constitute...
Like the mass incarceration boom of the 1990s, the City is escalating a disastrous trend which our communities (and wallets) will spend many years extricating ourselves from.
This post was co-written with Imogen Heap. Artists can finally get what they deserve. Anyone who follows the music industry knows of the tussles between artists and those who rely on their creative output. The traditional food chain is a long one:...
In 1933, Carl Jung asserted the following: "Wholly unprepared [we] embark upon the second half of life...But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning: for what was great in the morning will be little at the evening, and what in the morning was...
We shook this week's Queer Money up and busted out our wine to talk about some of our favorite topics, success and the law of attraction.
Private sponsorship was a common theme at this week's refugee summits in New York. It was announced that Canada, in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, will help "export" their successful private sponsorship model to other countries.
The notion that you can save your relationship just by learning to communicate more sensitively is probably the most widely held misconception about happy marriages, but it's hardly the only one.
When I think of Wales, I think of cliffs. The kind where the waves crash passionately and just out of reach below. The town names are often made up of a dozen consonants lined up in a unpronounceable row and many of the two-lane roads are only wide enough for...
When society can't trust the police who are supposed to protect and serve, it's a serious problem -- one that needed to be addressed a long time ago.
Kate T. Parker,
Like a Boss,
You've seen her. She walks into the room and heads turn, conversations stop, and everyone wants to know "Who's that girl?" Well, you're that girl -- or you can be!
Hierarchy Of Needs,
Sex And Relationships,
Love And Relationships,
Our culture often views love as some fuzzy thing that gets passed around and makes us feel warm inside. But as we all know, this happens only part of the time. The other part is full of anxiety, confusion, and frustration.