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OrmontUS posted to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 2 hours ago

OT: A weekend in Istanbul

The following is expected to be incorporated into the next edition of "Take the High Road - A Primer for the Independent Traveler":

April 30, Saturday – Istanbul
“Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2 hours ago

OT: End of Istanbul Story

For those who enjoyed last weekend's story about my sojourn in Istanbul, Turkey, I've finished the tale. I've edited and added a bit to what I originally posted, but for those without the patience to re-read, the material after the row of asterisks [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3 hours ago

Not much choice in on-line travel agents

According to the American Hotel & Leisure Association:
(http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/AHLA-Takes-On-Fra...)

A full [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3 hours ago

Re: Mimic or Reality?

Properly deployed nuclear submarine simulators could be a stopgap compensation for low numbers of actual submarines. If the signature is actually good enough for the thing to look like a real sub, then the defense will have to disperse to cover the [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:55 PM

Re: What will the reaction be?

I'll get the chance to eyeball a bit of one of the potential routes later this summer when I head over the Norwegian North Cape to Murmansk, Archangel and the Slovensky Islands in Russia.

Jeff
(For the time being, still in Venice - [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:44 AM

Re: What will the reaction be?

I hate to admit that I agree with a Canadian on this, but Tim's right. The US claim is tenuous at best as Russia had far more land contact along the cost of the Arctic Ocean. OTOH, the Bering Strait is only about 53 mi (85 km) wide and the strait [more]

Tue May 3

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:09 PM

Re: Currency Questions 4 Jeff or others

Are you asking for a book or the ramblings of the Oracle of Delphi? If the later, I'll try to drop in on her in a few days :-)

Short form is countries are proudly waving 1% growth as a triumph, rather than a rounding error, while central [more]

Mon May 2

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:06 AM

Re: OT: A weekend in Istanbul

I just figured I'd mention that this piece is an excerpt which will be incorporated into the updated version of "Take the High Road - A Primer for the Independent Traveler". The book starts with over 100 pages of travel tips which have been [more]

Sun May 1

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:38 PM

OT: A weekend in Istanbul

Thought you might be interested in a first hand view of Istanbul (still here for the next couple of days). Also a bit of Turkish history.

Jeff


April 29, Friday – Bucharest, fly to Istanbul, transfer to Istanbul hotel
“When [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:54 AM

Re: Iraq Parliament Occupied by Sadr Protest

Stories like these make one wonder who the "legitimate" government of some countries are. Those the US put into power because they so closely follow our political system and morals (1960's Vietnam, 1950's Iran, current Iraq, Current Libya, [more]

Sat Apr 30

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:20 PM

Re: Burn the Rich: Riots engulf French streets

A reasonable description (over and over) of the Arab Spring.

We find it expedient to look on others as inferior - until we look at our own problems in the mirror.

Jeff
(Viva la France)

Fri Apr 29

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:38 PM

Re: OT: Just saying hello

OK Took care of the phone question (more or less).

Just got this which explains the cops near Taksim Square:

The U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1. Historically, [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 4:33 PM

Re: Cell phone question

While there's a couple of chapters on this stuff in my travel book book ("Take the High Rod - a Primer for the Independent Traveler"), a cheap way to handle the problem is to install "Google Voice" on your Gmail account. You can [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:30 PM

Re: OT: Just saying hello

Went out dinner at a kabob place on Istiklal next to Taksim Square.
Rather than go shopping, left for the hotel when about 50 black-clothed police showed up in riot gear and shields accompanied by an armored vehicle topped with a water cannon to [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:12 AM

Re: OT: Just saying hello

Well, so far, so good - listening to FB's noon call to prayer as we look out our hotel room's window at the Golden Horn.

Jeff

Thu Apr 28

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:28 AM

Re: OT: Just saying hello

Sure - you just have to come and vacuum up (squeegee up?) the pieces :-)

Jeff

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:13 AM

OT: Just saying hello

In Bucharest, Romania today and will be heading to Istanbul tomorrow doing more research for my travel books (and feeding my personal curiosity and quest to understand the world we live in). The trip started in Budapest, has wended down the Danube [more]

Wed Apr 27

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 11:57 PM

Re: ac electrical converter

Al you generally need today is an adapter, rather than a converter as nearly everything you will be plugging in is either 10/2220 volt or USB.

I carry a small 110v "tombstone" triple tap, a triple USB charger that neatly takes one [more]

Wed Apr 20

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:03 AM

Re: Yahoo reveals $99m quarterly loss

Yahoo is a vessel for a load of Alibaba stock that is worth most of Yahoo's market cap. The rest is free (or a weight - depending on your projections)

Jeff

Tue Apr 19

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:30 PM

Re: 45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

The employer doesn't particularly care how much of that lump goes to the employee versus the local government, the state government, the national government, and various "employee benefit" providers. There's no financial incentive for the [more]

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