EppsNet Archive: Europe

They’re Looking for the Ottoman Empire?

6 Sep 2016 /

Live to Buckingham Palace on the EU Referendum

23 Jun 2016 /

Who Will Be America’s America?

1 Mar 2016 /

And do not forget that nearly all of the countless 20th-century innovations and industries that made the rest of the developed world so efficient and comfortable came from America, and it wasn’t a coincidence. As long as Europe had America taking risks, investing ambitiously, and yes, being “inequal,” it had the luxury of benefiting from the results without making the same sacrifices. Who will be America’s America?

— Garry Kasparov

See You in Hell

26 Apr 2015 /


[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]

Greetings from the underworld!

I see that Pope Francis put a bee in Turkey’s bonnet a couple of weeks ago by calling the mass killing of Armenians in 1915 a genocide. According to the Turks, the Vatican should look to its own history before casting stones. Tu quoque!

On that note, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography was just awarded to David I. Kertzer for The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. Historically, popes have been far more circumspect in condemning genocide and other atrocities when committed by countries willing to aggrandize the Church (or when committed by the Church itself!)

See you in Hell, clerics of all stripes . . .


We’re Still Smarter Than You Are

7 Dec 2013 /

Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.

Harvard emblem

Why am I not shocked by that?

Because Americans on the whole are dumb and lazy. We have lots of dumb, lazy parents raising dumb, lazy kids. The average American kid doesn’t compare well academically to the average kid in an Asian country where academics and hard work are valued, or to the average kid from a small, homogenous European country where it’s easier to get everyone pulling in the same educational direction.

The U.S. is a big, diverse country and the average academic results are pulled down by a lot of dummkopfs.

But still, the smartest people in the world are Americans. Our smartest people are smarter than the smartest people in other lands.

You don’t think so? I’m looking at the list of winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes . . . out of 11 recipients (I’m omitting the winners of the literature and peace prizes because those aren’t academic awards), eight are from the U.S. The other three are from Belgium, the UK and France, and the Frenchman is affiliated with Harvard University.

No one in Asian countries is winning any Nobel Prizes. Q.E.D.

Five Guys in Europe: Thank You, Parents

11 Jul 2011 /

It’s a video update!

Five Guys in Europe: When in Rome . . .

10 Jul 2011 /

. . . pay attention to these helpful tips.

Five Guys in Europe: Venice

7 Jul 2011 /

Here’s the latest slideshow

An American in Cannes

7 Jul 2011 /
On the beach in Cannes

Here’s a young man enjoying the beach at Cannes, probably as a high school graduation trip with his friends.

He looks like he’s enjoying himself, clowning it up for the camera . . .

Five Guys in Europe: Italy

4 Jul 2011 /

Italians need to step up their manners . . .

Five Guys in Europe: France

1 Jul 2011 /

We’ll always have Paris . . .

Five Guys in Europe: La Sagrada Familia

27 Jun 2011 /

La Sagrada Familia is a nice building . . .

Five Guys in Europe: Museums

23 Jun 2011 /

Museums: Chocolate and Picasso . . .

Five Guys in Europe: Departure

22 Jun 2011 /

In today’s update, the boys catch a break at the airport . . .

The Problem With Debt

16 Nov 2010 /

These are all from today’s headlines:

Thirty years ago, we had the savings and loan crisis. Those were the good old days, when investors were only nervous about small banks.

Investors have since become nervous about big banks, then non-bank financial institutions, and now small countries — Greece, Portugal, Ireland . . .

That’s the problem with debt — bad things happen when your investors get nervous.

What’s next? Medium-sized countries, obviously — Italy, Britain — and eventually the biggest of the big: the United States.

Payback Time

24 May 2010 /
Last day in Paris

PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II.

Low-End Wealth

21 Jul 2009 /

Flying back to California from the east coast, I sat next to one of about 60 kids coming back from a three-week tour of Europe to celebrate their graduation from an Orange County high school.

“You guys must be rich,” I said to her, “traveling around Europe for three weeks.”

“We’re on the low end of wealthy,” she said. She put her hand out in front of her, palm down — not too high — to indicate her standing on the wealth ladder.

Another Reason I Like to Just Stay Home

26 May 2008 /

ROME – Italian railway police say an American tourist was hit and killed by a train at a Rome station as he was walking on the tracks in a daze after being drugged and robbed.

Police official Giovanni Piccolantonio said Monday that 74-year-old Frank Phel from California died early Friday at the suburban Tiburtina station.

Arrivederci Roma!

Best Explanation of the Spanish Election Results

17 Mar 2004 /

Even the mere threat of Islamic terrorism has for several decades been very effective at steering European nations’ foreign policy. Going back further consider the Germans in the 1930s and early 1940s. A small minority of people living in Europe had an ideology and the will to use violence to back up that ideology. Without a whole lot of effort or actual force they were able to conquer nearly every other European nation and convince those Europeans to accept major elements of their ideology. European democracies appear strong but apparently are easy to control by anyone who threatens to disrupt the bourgeois comforts of the populace. Nor do Europeans have the internal strength to dislodge violent minorities who’ve gained control of their societies. In the 1940s it was the leveling of German cities by the British and American air forces and Soviet artillery that convinced Europeans of the impracticality of Naziism.