Around the World in 80 Days, Day 19: OCD? Tired of Democracy? Singapore is for You!

Amazing.  Utterly amazing.  Hyper-modern, hyper-clean, and hyper-rich, Singapore is the supermodel of countries.  So much so, that America, by comparison, looks like the frumpy, corpulent spinster who is past her prime but doesn’t yet know it.  Keeping with the metaphor, one Singaporean writer has compared this city-state to a date with a beautiful woman who … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 18: Top 10 Things You Can’t Do in Singapore

Day 18 of #ATW80 sees Larry and Zachary taking in Singapore, one of only three surviving city states in the world. This morning, Larry called into the Rick and Bubba Show for a live update, describing the country as impressive and hyper-modern but also draconian and dictatorial in terms of its laws. How so? Check … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 4: Hello, New Zealand!

After 19 long hours of flying from Los Angeles, Day 4 of #ATW80 finds Larry Alex Taunton across the International Date Line and at his first country: New Zealand. This morning, he joined the Rick and Bubba Show for a few first impressions, an overview of New Zealand’s fascinating demographics, and a discussion on the … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 1: How Do We Compare?

In 1831, French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville came to America.  What started as a review of American prisons became an expedition to search out the source of American strength.  He crisscrossed the country scribbling notes of his observations as he went.  The result was his classic (and remarkably still relevant) work Democracy in America.  Tocqueville … Read more