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Travel (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Triple Lutz Report--Airline Expert: Charge Passengers By The Pound--Episode 148

    01/13/2012 3:36:54 PM PST · by appeal2 · 11 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/13/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    The former chief economist of Quantas Airlines believes the super-sized set is costing airlines way too much. He claims heavier passengers are costing an additional $472 per flight, in added fuel costs. His solution, charge passengers by the pound. If you're above average in weight, you pay a price for each additional pound. Not that he's going to give supermodels discounts even though they're "saving" the airlines a fortune. After all, that lower BMI is money in the bank for every greedy airline industry. The nickel and diming that the flying public is continually subjected to isn't addressed either. From...
  • Montreal Underworld Braces For Big Arrests

    01/12/2012 6:04:20 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/12/12 | Friends of Ours
    Something big, really big, is underway in Montreal, QB Canada. Last month the RCMP charged five suspected mobsters tied to the Rizzuto clan for their alleged roles in the November hit against former NYC Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna, and yesterday with no explanation a judge incredibly denied a defense request to unseal the court documents which resulted in the seizure of BlackBerry messages leading to their arrest as reported by Catherine Solyom for The Montreal Gazette: Federal prosecutor Yvan Poulin said it was in the public interest to not share the documents in any way. "Read the authorization (for the...
  • The Mafia Is Economic Powerhouse In Italy

    01/10/2012 9:14:01 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/10/12 | Friends of Ours
    Surpise, surprise. The Mafia is Italy's biggest industry according to the annual report on organized crime by the business federation Confesercenti. Mafia rackets accounted for 140 billion euros -- that's $204 billion -- or 7% of Italy's GDP last year as reported by AGI, and Mafia victims included about one million or 20% of the country's businessmen who have been extortion, loansharking and robbery targets as reported by ANSA. Unfortunately, the credit crisis in Italy has made businesses especially vulnerable to the Mafia as reported by Adnkronos: "out of desperation they turn to mobsters who provide loans at crippling interest...
  • Asian History: Island of Boracay

    01/08/2012 8:30:56 PM PST · by simpletraveler · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Travelpod ^ | Monday, July 22, 2002 | Islaboracay (The Islander)
    The Island belongs to the Western Visayas group and is located in the northwestern tip of Panay, in the west Visayas of Region VI, neighboring the Sibuyan Sea. The island has three major Villages namely; Yapak in the North, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc-Manoc in the south, and numerous small barrios or barangays or sitios, all linked together by a maze of paths, labeled into five commercial stations.
  • Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

    12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding
    Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges. According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues...
  • Christians in the Middle East

    12/29/2011 4:29:05 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy
    jerusalem center for public affairs ^ | December 23 2011 | Justus Weiner
    Prof. Justus Reid Weiner discusses the situation regarding Christians living in Palestinian Authority controlled Bethlehem as opposed to those Christians living in Nazareth, Israel.
  • Flightradar24 (Live airplane traffic online)

    12/27/2011 7:33:34 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Flightradar24 shows live airplane traffic from different parts around the world. The technique to receive flight information from aircraft is called ADS-B. That means the Flightradar24 can only show information about aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. Today about 60% (about 30% in USA and about 70% in Europe) of the passenger aircraft and only a small amount of military and private aircraft have an ADS-B transponder.
  • Obama: I have some Hawaii laziness

    12/23/2011 6:19:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 23, 2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    HONOLULU -- President Obama admits says his worst trait is that he's a little bit lazy and blames his Aloha State upbringing for his penchant for taking it easy. "There is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there's a laziness in me," Obama said in his interview with Barbara Walters that airs Friday night on ABC. "It's probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii, and it's sunny outside and sitting on the beach." Obama said he also deplores laziness in others, saying "nothing frustrates me more than when people aren't doing their jobs."(continued)
  • 'Sarah Palin country? It's Deliverance in ice,' says documentary maker Nick Broomfield

    12/10/2011 6:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2011 | Nick Broomfield
    OUR COLD WELCOME October 24, 2010: We’ve arrived – or I have. Half my film crew have been arrested and deported. Everything is going fine at Seattle airport until they find out we are doing a film about Sarah Palin. The authorities go mad. They search our bags and detain my two researchers. Sarah, 22, is subjected to a urine test against her wishes – just in case she is pregnant and tries to get citizenship by giving birth on US soil. Her colleague Mark is spreadeagled against the wall and given a rectal search before being handcuffed. The 25-year-old...
  • Unconstitutional American Police State

    12/09/2011 8:37:53 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | December 9, 2011 | Martin Armstrong
    “We are ready to attend your conference in Europe as a follow on to Philidelphia. We simply cannot be molested and groped by TSA , border patrol, VISA control, etc. We refuse.” I want to deeply apologize for the conduct of the United States. As someone who has suffered the heel of the boot of these vile and uncivilized people, I fully understand and it will be the last international conference I will ever do in this country. This is a sample of the emails I received from non-US readers. Others required a letter from me just to have an...
  • Satirical New Jersey Map Goes Viral

    12/09/2011 4:21:40 PM PST · by Enchante · 27 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Chris Lipczynski
    This must be a difficult time for New Jersey. You see, in addition to finding out that they’re harboring the second most dangerous city in America (for the second year in a row), they’ve now got a traitor in their midst. His name is Joe Steinfield, and he is hilarious. Well, I guess that depends on whether or not you live in one of his satirical regions of New Jersey and/or take offense to being lumped in with “Canadians and Philly Trash” (aka Wildwood according to Steinfield’s map).
  • The Historical and Mathematical Case for Repatriation

    12/09/2011 9:40:23 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-08 | Jacob Feldman
    According to analysis by JP Morgan, there are $1.4 trillion of earnings waiting to be returned to the United States if only US tax policy was friendlier to business activity. A 2011 study found that a one-time repatriation tax rate of 5.25% (instead of the difference between the US’ 35% rate and the foreign tax rate already paid) would increase economic growth by $360 billion and create 2.9 million jobs within two years. Industry and academic studies present a favorable view of what repatriation could do for economic growth. Shapiro and Mathur find that repatriated funds in 2004 were used...
  • Ward's releases annual 10 Best Engines list

    12/08/2011 10:53:29 AM PST · by decimon · 20 replies
    Auto Blog ^ | December 8, 2011 | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    > 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6) 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i) 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i Coupe) 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300/Jeep Wrangler) 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge) 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS) 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul) 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3) 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h) >
  • The Underreported Drug War

    12/07/2011 10:45:43 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/07/11 | Friends of Ours
    The savage violence among cartel rivals in Mexico and Central American countries for control over drug smuggling routes into the United States to supply degenerate addicts and party people is among the top ten underreported stories in 2011 as reported by Nate Rawlings for Time. Of course, maybe the story is widely ignored because the media has swallowed the lies from the Obama administration that there is no evidence of any spillover violence into the United States, and as long as it's only people in other countries getting killed the self-absorbed hacks who otherwise call themselves journalists -- some of...
  • Italy Investigates Public Officials For Mob Ties

    12/02/2011 5:20:07 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/02/11 | Friends of Ours
    In an unusual move an Italian magistrate has publicly announced a wide-ranging investigation to target public officials who have become dirty tools for the country's Mafia groups as reported by Michael Day for The Independent: "organised crime was continuing to spread through Italy 'like a cancer' thanks to the 'white-collar mafia' of acquiescent public officials and politicians." Magistrate Ilda Boccassini's bold announcement follows the arrests earlier this week of a cop, a judge and a politician for allegedly servicing the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia. * * * The 'Ndrangheta has become Italy's most powerful Mafia group due to its obscene...
  • Mobsters Charged With Trafficking Strippers

    12/01/2011 3:54:45 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 24 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/30/11 | Friends of Ours
    Mobsters and strippers go together like a horse and carriage. Seven reputed mobsters -- four Gambinos and three Bonannos -- are among the twenty suspects arrested by ICE agents in New York City for their alleged roles in trafficking women from Russia and Eastern Europe on fraudulent visas to work in area strip clubs as reported by the Daily News: "visa rules would have barred them from adult entertainment, though, so the suspects arranged bogus offers for summer waitressing jobs and then had the women apply for seasonal visas, prosecutors said." Once stateside the defendants allegedly arranged up to 150...
  • Free samples at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

    11/28/2011 6:06:04 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 66 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/28/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Butchart Gardens

    11/28/2011 5:19:33 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 11/26/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • NYC Mob Boss Whacked In Montreal Mafia War

    11/25/2011 4:58:55 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/25/11 | Friends of Ours
    Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna, the former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family who was deported by the United States to his native Canada in 2009, was whacked yesterday in Montreal, QB Canada as reported by The Gazette. Warning: Graphic Video The Bonanno family from NYC has deep long-time ties with the Rizzuto family in Montreal, and reputed boss Vito Rizzuto currently is serving time at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle. When Vito gets out of the...
  • Occupy march from Zuccotti Park to D.C.: My trip with the protesters

    11/22/2011 1:44:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2011 | Elizabeth Flock
    Almost two weeks ago, 21 Occupy Wall Street protesters decided to take the movement on the road, in a march from New York’s Zuccotti Park to the White House. Their goal: to spread the movement to the 12 cities and small towns they would pass through along the way, and to protest the supercommittee’s likely decision to retain Bush tax cuts “for the rich,” or “one percent.” I met the protesters at their first stop in Elizabeth, N.J. and walked with them most of the way. This is the story of our hike: The protesters embarked on the 231-mile-trek with...