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Is the World Coming To An End?

Is it?  The Dow dropped over 600 points just today, after S&P dropped the rating of not only the United States but also Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  We have a dysfunctional Congress and Senate.  We have a President who seems more concerned with fundraising and traveling than with leading the country.  We have federal departments with duplicate or outdated duties, not to mention the seemingly senseless programs.  Run, shrimp, run!!!  It seems like every politician is blaming someone else for our national problems, but it seems to me that they are ALL to blame.

Ok, those are our national problems.  What about the rest of the world?  Well, it’s not going so well either.  There were riots and burning in London today … apparently just for the fun of looting.  Other European nations have financial problems, being bailed out by other countries who have their own financial issues.  There is still a problem in the Middle East with rioting and ousting various dictators and regimes.  We are still losing our brave military men and women overseas.  There is still an issue with killing in Mexico, right on our own border.  With our own national problems going on, we haven’t heard much about the rest of the world the past few weeks but it’s still out there, bubbling under the surface.

When the media gets tired of reporting on our economy, when they get used to the “new norm,” we’ll start hearing more about other stories but what is going on worldwide that we aren’t hearing about right now?  We are stuck with tv news channels that dictate what they tell us, with reporters that tend to tell the news shaded by their own liberal or conservative ideology.  What ever happened to the reporters who just stated who, what, when, where, and how, and left the interpretation to us?  Why do we have to watch 2 or 3 different channels to get information that we have to sift through to get an unbiased reporting?

Is it too trite to say, as my parents used to say, “What’s happening to the world!”

What do you think about all of this?  How do you feel?  Do you feel safe?  Do you feel financially secure?  Do you worry about the future?  Do you see another Great Depression coming on?    Do you trust anyone, political or media?  Do you see any solution to what’s happening?  Do you see a light at the end of a tunnel?

I think our world, as we know it today, is ending, but I’m not sure what will take its place.


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 5

At dinner that first night in Vienna, there is an optional wine tasting at Heurigen Wolff.    Heurigens are wine taverns that serve their food family-style.  They usually have lively music, such as an accordion band playing traditional Viennese songs, a rustic décor, … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 4

Another decision to make:  Do we take the tour of the Weltenburg Monastery, the oldest monastery in Bavaria or relax on board all morning?  The Abbey brewery MAY be the oldest monastery brewery in the world, although the Weihenstephan Abbey disputes … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 3

Next is Bamberg, Germany, a lecture on the Main-Danube Canal and a walking tour of Old Town.  This should be an interesting visit, with lots of different accents and languages.  There are over 4100 US Army members and their dependents … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 2

Once we get to Rudesheim, we have a choice of a gondola ride to Niederwald Denkmal, a monument high above the Rhine Valley with wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards, or a visit to Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, a fun museum of antique self-playing … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 1

You know how much Nonnie loved the River Barge?  She took quite a few trips every year and was devastated when times got bad and Eddie Conrad had to close it down.  I only went on one trip with her … Continue reading