Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 26 Jun 2019 06:35:52 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate b4a8fe9323451bc19ac9b02d9d2780ca Do You Really Want to Travel So Much? for 06/25/2019 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hypertourism has become the curse of desirable places all over the world. It refers to the swarms of tourists who clog the plazas and narrow streets of prized cultural destinations &#8212; Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Prague and others. Party cities, such as Amsterdam, where both prostitution and marijuana are mostly legal, draw especially low-quality tourists. But locals suffering under hypertourism everywhere endure the spectacle of drunken tourists urinating in public. </p> <p>And what about the visitors who are well-behaved and just want to expand their cultural horizons? Are they having such a wonderful time inching their way along the endless lines to get into Rome's Coliseum? <p>Updated: Tue Jun 25, 2019</p> ed78fec38aff551c6f32778f36aba4e7 Time's Up for Mandatory High Heels for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just think about it: a clothing item that permanently disfigures a body part, encouraging nerve growths that set off shooting pain. Fashionwise, it telegraphs sexual availability. And amazingly, some employers demand that their female workers wear this cause of physical agony to the office.</p> <p>We speak, of course, about high heels. For years now, working women have been agitating against this extraordinary &#8212; if you think about it &#8212; indignity to their gender. There has been progress, but there have also been setbacks.</p> <p>In a recent attempt to stop Japanese employers from mandating high heels for their female workers, Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old model, started the #KuToo movement. The #KuToo hashtag cleverly combines the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu), suggesting an offshoot of the #MeToo movement.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> ba208ff4a3ab48ad9d9f62af1ed7de9b Many Democrats Happy to See Bernie Sanders on the Downward Slope for 06/18/2019 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time. </p> <p>The earlier assumption was that the 2020 Democratic race would boil down to a brawl between Sanders and Joe Biden. Now we see Elizabeth Warren edging Sanders out for second place in a few polls. Biden, meanwhile, remains comfortably ahead of both of them. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 18, 2019</p> 402340f72ea98fa804e1b96a055566d6 Tweets, Stock Prices and Donald Trump for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.</p> <p>Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and <span class="column--highlighted-text">there's growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making to select others in his inner circle.</span> Such suspicions have been bubbling since Election Day 2016, when Trump started attacking specific corporations, causing their stock prices to tank. An investor can make money off a falling stock price as well as a rising one. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> c4a751a3265d44b6df3d159756b8c2fa Finding People to Fill Empty Spaces for 06/11/2019 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A tiny French mountain village with a long name, L'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre, has lost half its population over three decades, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. Its name in English would be "The Hospital Near Andorra." (Andorra is a small principality shoehorned between France and Spain.)</p> <p>The village can tick off the losses. First the customs office closed, causing the five families whom it supported to leave. (The village's economy mainly depended on the town's location on the road to Andorra and some tourism in the Pyrenees mountains.) Other jobs were erased when a dam was automated. Then, barracks housing gendarmes, the local police, moved out of town. Meanwhile, five families dependent on the SCNF, France's state-owned railway company, were relocated elsewhere.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 11, 2019</p> 7f56845f11403b7ec6a5d66d749b7ad1 Democrats, Don't Try to Impeach Trump. Please for 06/06/2019 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I've been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? </p> <p>Similarly, some left-leaning writers are insisting that the great majority of Democrats wants President Donald Trump impeached. And they have inconclusive polls to back their position. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> a9284f576a49d819d9677a22cac5d3f2 Trigger Warnings for Donald Trump for 06/04/2019 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That was a pretty stunning story about the White House asking some Navy officials to move the warship USS John McCain "out of sight" during President Donald Trump's recent visit to Japan. The obvious fear was that sharing any stage with the war hero would unhinge the president. McCain died last August from brain cancer. </p> <p>This is pretty wild stuff. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 04, 2019</p> 30995526df978469802dd2b0e40f5f6c Could We Survive As They Did? for 05/30/2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Lost for 17 days in a Hawaiian jungle, all alone in only a tank top and capri yoga pans, I'm not sure what I would do. Would I work past my fractured leg, blistered wounds and terror to survive? Would I eat mystery fruit and moths and sleep in the mud or a wild boar's den? Would I do the things Amanda Eller did, or would I go crazy after two weeks and throw my emaciated body into a ravine?</p> <p>A less plausible scenario for me would be doing what Nebraska farmer Kurt Kaser did. Having gotten his leg caught in a farm machine's rotating steel blade (foot already gone), would I have had the guts to take out my pocketknife and cut the leg off? Would I have had the brute strength to then crawl about 200 feet to a phone to call for help? Or would I have stayed there alone on that day, screaming for help as I bled to death?<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 177fb05d9942e0b150aa186b1653eda8 A Declining Population Need Not Cause Angst for 05/28/2019 Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Total births in the United States fell last year to about 3.79 million, the smallest number in 32 years. The fertility rate hit a record low of 59 childbirths per 1,000 women. Americans are not having enough children to replace themselves.</span></p> <p>This supposedly is bad news. Headlines are crying about a "Shortage of Americans" and "Demographic Decline." <p>Updated: Tue May 28, 2019</p> 0de3246ccb34adfe33292f514b9b03bc Trump Immigration Policy: Mean but Phony for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You'd think from all the bombast and military shows at the border that Donald Trump is truly dedicated to ending illegal immigration. His apparent choice of Ken Cuccinelli as immigration "czar" would seem to cement the impression. The immigration hardliner espouses policies that are both cruel &#8212; denying citizenship to American-born children of undocumented immigrants &#8212; and truly stupid &#8212; letting companies fire employees who don't speak English at work. </p> <p>Trump, however, blew his cover following his release of an actually sensible immigration proposal. The plan would scale back family-based immigration in favor of a preference for foreigners with needed skills. Good idea. Canada does it. But something was definitely missing: a means to stop employers from hiring workers without papers. <p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 69db07fa3565fb3df4503ff3a31c4e03 A Cap on Interest Rates Charged Consumers? Yes for 05/21/2019 Tue, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low &#8212; naively too low. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Too bad the bill's sponsors, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, weren't more careful, because their clumsy approach hands ammo to foes of those reining in truly abusive forms of consumer credit, the most obscene example being the payday loan.</span></span><br></p> <p>As the name implies, a payday loan is a quick infusion of cash to tide the borrower over until the next paycheck arrives, when it's paid off. But that's not what usually happens. Here's the usual scenario:<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> 1c76084dbcd2c5b07fbea623aff76faf Engineered Babies and Not-So-Good Intentions for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like the comedian in the first episode of the new "Twilight Zone," Dr. He Jiankui seemed desperate to be famous. And like that comedian, he is confronted with the question "At what cost?"</p> <p>The comedian's stakes were his soul. The stake in Dr. He's actions is the future of the human race. Dr. He (pronounced "huh") broke a hard taboo in bio research. He altered the genes of embryos and then had them implanted in a woman. Changes in embryo genes do not stop at one individual but get passed on from generation to generation. <p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> df66cb3b3e6f04b8a6cfa34ba697ef06 Political Family Privilege: Let's End It for 05/14/2019 Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden's 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice president, was pressing Ukraine's leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter's membership on the oligarch's board in no way weakened Joe Biden's &#8212; or America's &#8212; anti-corruption message to Ukraine.</p> <p>That didn't make it OK, however. It was another lamentable example of political relatives vacuuming up fast dollars on the assumption that they might influence powerful family members (or those who work for them) on their benefactors' behalf. </p> <p>Now even Rudolph Giuliani sees the insanity of his planned trip to Ukraine to see whether its new leadership might help re-elect Donald Trump by dredging up of more dirt on Hunter. The Mueller report notwithstanding, suspicions that the Trump world worked with foreign adversaries to get the man elected remain very much alive. Giuliani eventually saw the wisdom of canceling the trip. <p>Updated: Wed May 15, 2019</p> f1021f852126fa9b50e2e41db761d0b9 Trump's Economy Is Strong. Obama's Was Better for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We're doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business you're not even going to believe it," President Trump told an American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January. The attendees cheered.</p> <p>Meanwhile, farmer income for the first three months of this year fell almost $12 billion. Farmers account for only 2 percent of all employed Americans, but the drop-off in their income was such that it suppressed the entire nation's personal income growth number for March.</p> <p>I'm convinced that even as Trump recharges the trade war responsible for so much pain, his many fans in agricultural America would still whoop at his punch lines. If they didn't stop long ago as their misery mounted, why would they now? <p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 208cd0752a8eff48b8d3ca43f28da123 Everyone Agrees. Robocalls Are a Scourge for 05/07/2019 Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I oversee the care of an ailing man who's pushing 90. When I'm with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time.</p> <p>"That's probably a robocall," he says, obviously aware that these autodialed spam and scam calls are usually up to no good. He knows deep down not to give personal information to a stranger on the phone, but sophisticated fraudsters sometimes don't sound like strangers to him. <p>Updated: Tue May 07, 2019</p> 820a6faa90ee6c6dcfcbd26dc169f99d Would Climate Engineering Be Playing God? for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet's temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.</p> <p>There are basically two approaches to climate engineering. One is to capture greenhouse gas emissions and bury them. The other, more controversial idea, is to reflect the energy from sunlight back into space. This could be done through ginormous mirrors or by spraying aerosols into the atmosphere to make the Earth shinier (and, therefore, more reflective).<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 39ad896d999e6ae461ae14a8bb567924 The Very Strange Case of Stephen Moore for 04/30/2019 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What can you say about Stephen Moore? That his economic views tend toward the nutty, and his research is a slop job? That his juvenile fear of females borders on the pathetic &#8212; and that he didn't find them too embarrassing to air? That he's Donald Trump's pick to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors? Yes, but we repeat ourselves.</p> <p>Fed board members have been liberal, and they have been conservative. Many no doubt harbored sexist views. But there was never a nominee who wrote things like, "No one seems to care much that coed sports is doing irreparable harm to the psyche of America's little boys."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 30, 2019</p> 467b7212848692dc0e8e3044c0d20b89 The Liberal Media Is Not Always the Liberal's Friend for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So Joe Biden is in. He's not millennial, not female, not a member of a racial minority. That's a problem for him, sayeth much of the so-called liberal media. The problem, however, may be the media. </p> <p>Biden's foothold in the Democratic Party wasn't a problem right after the election of Donald Trump, when Stephen Colbert put Biden on the show to comfort a heartbroken constituency. Colbert's young audience went wild for him as the embodiment of a decent brand of politics. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> a43b64f2473c289753388bb3deb17f5d Trees Capture Carbon and Dollars for 04/23/2019 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. You knew that, didn't you? Born in the Victorian era, Arbor Day began mainly as a gentle reminder to admire trees as things of beauty. As an environmental observance, it has been upstaged by the more comprehensive Earth Day (itself now almost 50 years old). But Arbor Day has been very much updated.</span><br></p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The status of trees as uniquely important environmental players has risen in recent years. Trees are now on the front lines in the battle against climate change. </span>That's because forests absorb nearly 40 percent of human-made fossil fuel emissions every year. Burning wood and rotting trees release carbon dioxide into the air.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 23, 2019</p> cd3412d38d6488f2d37e6ea83f8045c2 Paris and New York Are United by Urban Horror for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York's World Trade Center vanished into a pile of smoking rubble. The outcomes may have been different, but both calamities showed that what we think most permanent may not be.</p> <p>In human terms, the calamity on Sept. 11, 2001, was of an entirely different scale. Thousands died. The conflagration in Paris miraculously cost no lives. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p>