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  • Dogs Get Bathroom Of Their Own At JFK

    05/02/2016 11:33:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 30, 2016
    Dogs and other animals now have a bathroom of their own at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. A new pet relief facility has opened in JFK’s Terminal 4, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported. It allows service and guide dogs, emotional support animals and pets traveling with their owners to go to the bathroom without having to exit the terminal and go through security again. The tiny room is marked with a paw print on the door. It’s outfitted with a red fire hydrant and a patch of artificial turf, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. A federal regulation says all...
  • Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger

    04/18/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Jill Lawless
    A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone over London has left the plane undamaged but the aviation industry deeply shaken. British police and air accident authorities were investigating Sunday's incident, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone at a height of about 1,700 feet (518 meters) while it was approaching Heathrow Airport. The plane landed safely and was cleared to fly again after an inspection by engineers. But the incident has focused attention on the growing number of unregulated drones in the sky and the potential for...
  • Hawking backs interstellar travel project

    04/12/2016 2:00:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/16 | Pallab Ghosh
    Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A $100m (Ł70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many, but significant technological hurdles remain. But Prof Hawking told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think. Media captionThe spacecraft would be propelled from earth by a giant laser, as Pallab Ghosh reports "If...
  • Nasa begins testing radical 'proton power' system that could send spacecraft to the edge [tr]

    04/12/2016 11:38:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2016 | Cheyenne McDonald
    Nasa engineers have begun testing the concept for a new propulsion system that could slash the time it takes for spacecraft to reach interstellar space. The system would interact with particles released by the sun, repelling protons to create thrust and achieve unprecedented speeds. Researchers say this could bring spacecraft to the heliopause in just 10 years – a feat that took the Voyager craft 35 years.
  • Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    03/29/2016 8:05:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new study from the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank with a pragmatic approach to public policy, gives Detroit an A-minus grade for its regulatory structure regarding short-term lodging rentals. The report grades are based on whether a legal framework exists, the level of restrictions, taxation, licensing, and enforcement. Short-term renting is exploding in popularity. People sign up through companies or websites — like Airbnb or HomeAway — to rent out an extra room or a house for a short period. If you live in a city that is going to host the Super Bowl and have extra...
  • Carnival Cruises to send first ship from US to Cuba for over 50 years after agreeing deal with [tr]

    03/22/2016 6:04:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2016 | John Hutchinson
    Carnival will make the first cruise from the US to Cuba in more than 50 years after it agreed a deal with the Cuban government. The cruise line will send its 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its new brand Fathom starting on May 1. Carnival, in hailing its 'historic inaugural sailing', said it will be the first cruise line to sail that itinerary.
  • Vanity: Am Traveling the Eastern Seaboard in the Next Few Weeks, any tips?

    03/17/2016 5:40:09 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 181 replies
    memememem | 03.17.16 | chickensoup
    Am taking a travel vacation to visit friends up and down the Eastern seaboard. Any tips on what to avoid and not to avoid? Haven't been down that way in years.
  • World's biggest cruise ship to take to seas for first time

    03/10/2016 12:05:21 PM PST · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    www.thelocal.fr ^ | 10 Mar 2016 10:25 GMT+01:00 | Staff
    A cruise liner longer than the Eiffel Tower and 100 metres longer than the Titanic will set sail from a French port for the first time on Thursday. Harmony of the Seas will leave the western port of Saint Nazaire on Thursday afternoon and, if all goes well, not return until Sunday morning. The purpose of the voyage is mainly to test the power on the boat and how well it manoeuvres, which, given it weighs some 227,000 tonnes and measures 362 metres in length, will be interesting to see. There will be no passengers on board during the test...
  • California bill would defund government travel to states with religious freedom laws

    03/06/2016 3:29:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 6, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Let’s take a break from the primary battles and check in on the latest antics unfolding out in California. This month, having solved all other problems plaguing their state, the California legislature has taken up a new measure which would ban government funded travel to states which they deem to be insufficiently supportive of LGBT rights. The author of the bill, Evan Lowe, seems to feel that such a move will be a way to take a stand for the little guy, I suppose. (Time) A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban government-funded travel to states with...
  • 'Death by GPS' in desert

    02/11/2016 8:31:39 PM PST · by Utilizer · 181 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 30, 2011 12:00 AM | Tom Knudson
    Five harrowing days after becoming stuck on a remote backcountry road in Death Valley National Park in August 2009, Alicia Sanchez lay down next to her Jeep Cherokee and prepared to die. Then she heard a voice. "I called as I approached, asking if she was okay," wrote Ranger Amber Nattrass in a park report. "She was waving frantically and screaming, 'My baby is dead, my baby is dead.' " In the SUV, Nattrass found Sanchez's lifeless 6-year-old son Carlos on the front seat. "She told me they walked 10 miles but couldn't find any help (and) had run out...
  • Decade Long Federal Test To Replace Highway Sign Font Made Legibility Worse

    02/05/2016 6:52:45 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 55 replies
    Jalopnik.com transportation.gov ^ | 02/04/2016 | Justin Westbrook
    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration is killing the current decade-long test of looking into replacing highway signs with a new “Clearview” font it designed and developed to be more legible because, twelve years later, it turns out the new font actually made sign legibility worse. Back in 2004, the Federal Highway Administration approved state use of a new font ironically called “Clearview” to be the new face of highway signs around the nation. At the time, testing had “proven” that the new font was more legible to drivers, specifically at night, than the old signs featuring the “Highway Gothic” typeface....
  • Fewer Opportunity Seekers Flee Michigan

    01/15/2016 11:10:56 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    When an individual moves far away from the place where he or she may have grown up or lived for years, it means a lot. It’s also meaningful for economists, because migration may be the single best indicator of quality-of-life differences between states. People only move for important reasons, which can include following job and career opportunities, or just looking for a nicer climate or view. The good migration news for Michigan is being considered a “balanced” state in the 39th annual United Van Lines Migration Report: The household mover reports that the number of customers heading out of Michigan...
  • Americans are Moving to Right-to-Work States

    01/12/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    New numbers from the Census Bureau on how many people move from state to state underscore another aspect of the right-to-work debate that does not often take center stage: Americans continue to move to right-to-work states. The Mackinac Center has long viewed changes in the number of people in a state as perhaps the single best tool for measuring the quality of life there. After all, there are reasons people pack up and move, and those reasons reflect an individual’s self-interest. Economic opportunities are a clear reason to move, as are amenities such as access to coastal waters or more...
  • Lame duck on world tour: Obama to fly abroad at least six times to 'secure' his legacy

    12/31/2015 7:58:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-31-15 | Nikki Schwab
    Americans can expect to play a game of 'Where in the World is President Obama?' all through 2016 as the White House is working to line up at least six trips abroad for the lame duck leader. Politico is reporting that the only continents the president has ruled out are Antarctica and Australia, and while Africa won't be a solo destination, there's a chance Obama could swing through his father's home continent as part of another trip. He's making the trips to secure his foreign policy legacy – working on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and ridding the world of...
  • Obama to Travel the Globe in 2016 to Tout His Foreign Policy Successes

    12/29/2015 5:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2015 | Debra Heine
    A recent Organizing for America fundraising letter to supporters contained an ominous threat from President Barack Obama: "I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do."Not mentioned in the letter is his plan to squeeze out every ounce of travel he can while he's still in office. In keeping with his reputation as a "permanent campaigner," Obama plans to go on a global tour in 2016 to "seal his foreign policy legacies."Obama will be spewing carbon from Air Force One into the atmosphere of...
  • Terminal Confusion? DHS push could make some IDs invalid for flying

    12/30/2015 12:20:53 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-28-15 | Adam Shaw
    Millions of air travelers across the U.S. are potentially at risk of finding themselves grounded in the new year thanks to a post-9/11 law that took a decade to finally come into effect. The REAL ID Act, originally passed in 2005, was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs like driver's licenses -- to boot, it banned federal agencies from accepting any IDs that don't meet the bar. That means the TSA technically shouldn't accept driver's licenses from certain states, once the law is in full effect. While Washington let the rules slide for years, the Department of Homeland Security...
  • Living In the Arab World

    12/13/2015 6:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    You are going where? And why are you going there? And you are doing it over Thanksgiving? Those were the universal questions when we told people that we were going to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. And, to boot, flying on Air France through Paris a week after the heinous attacks. The immediate reason for the trip was the final Formula 1 race of the season taking place in Abu Dhabi. The proximate cause was that my long-time friend and business associate had a son living with a very influential family from the Emirates and we wanted to take advantage of...
  • The Shortest Driving Route Through All 48 Contiguous US States

    12/07/2015 1:25:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 70 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 2015 | Amazing Maps
    Takes 113 hours.
  • Sideling Hill center reopens amid relief, fingerpointing

    11/25/2015 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Don Aines
    HANCOCK — The Sideling Hill Welcome Center is now more than just the most scenic set of fair-weather restrooms in Western Maryland after Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and a host of elected officials on Friday reopened the facility, which has been closed for the last six years. Perched on the east side of Sideling Hill near Hancock, where a massive cut in the mountain rock allows Interstate 68 to pass through, the center was closed in 2009, in a move by former Gov. Martin O'Malley that did not sit well with many area residents. "It was done for political...
  • Rent a car in Nairobi for 8 months or not?

    11/20/2015 9:14:00 PM PST · by msee · 60 replies
    I will be working in Nairobi, Kenya for 8 months starting March 2016. For the period I can rent a car for $1,200 per month, but am thinking I'd be better off buying a new car for about $8,000 and selling it when leaving. How practical is this? Thank you very much for your time and help!
  • Will Airport Security Accept Your Driver’s License?

    11/08/2015 8:02:04 AM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Nov 2015 | Rachel Lee Harris
    Come 2016, your state driver’s license may not be enough to get you on a commercial flight. On Oct. 10, the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the last phase of the Real ID Act, which establishes minimum security standards for states and United States territories when issuing identification, primarily driver’s licenses; and prohibits certain government facilities and — most relevant to travelers — the Transportation Security Administration from accepting them as proof of identification if they were issued by a noncompliant state. But don’t fret just yet. Initially, enforcement is limited to those entering federal and military facilities and...
  • Conde Nast Traveler: Palawan named world’s best island to visit second year in a row

    10/22/2015 11:59:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | 10/22/2015
    For the second year in a row, the island of Palawan was recognized as Best Island in the World by leading US travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler in its Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr., in a text message to the Philippines News Agency said that the department was delighted about the recognition given to Palawan by Conde Nast. “The DOT is continuously focused on developing destinations in the country together with all stakeholders: NGAs, LGUs, private sector, and all our much-valued markets; to exceed expectations in many fronts,” Boncato said. “…Accolades...
  • 13,000 miles in VW bus: Argentine family arrives in Philly to see Pope

    09/24/2015 3:45:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-24-15 | Moni Basu
    They traveled 13,000 miles in a Volkswagen bus through 13 countries and were only 30 miles from their destination, Philadelphia, when it broke down. Again. By now, they were accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of their beloved bus. Still, after 194 days on the road and on the city's outskirts, they dealt with one more disappointment. But again with the help of Good Samaritans, they got the bus going again and finally arrived this week in the City of Brotherly Love, the culmination of a journey of epic proportions. They had embarked on the long trip to spend time together as...
  • TCAS, ADS-B Unreliable in Southeast U.S. Beginning Sept. 2

    09/03/2015 7:09:05 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 9 replies
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) ^ | September 1, 2015 | National Business Aviation Association
    Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1. Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status. Pilots are advised to...
  • 6 Soccer Players Arrested in Southwest Flight Ruckus

    09/01/2015 6:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Rory Devine, R. Stickney
    Amarillo Police boarded the plane and removed six passengers described as “unruly”Members of a San Diego-based recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges. A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7. A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents. Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together...
  • Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened

    08/30/2015 9:20:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK + AP. ^ | August 30, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    Two fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet that was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman on board allegedly became unruly over her cat. Passengers on board the Condor Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt claimed the woman brought her cat onto the plane and became enraged when her pet was put in a lavatory by cabin crew.
  • Citing increased terror activities, US asks citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan

    08/28/2015 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | PTI
    Washington - The United States on Friday asked its citizens to defer their all non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing increased terror activities in the country. "The Department of State warns US citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan," a travel advisory said. However, the US Embassy in Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi continue to provide consular services for all its citizens in Pakistan. The Consulate General in Peshawar no longer offers consular services, and consular services at the Consulate General in Lahore remain temporarily suspended. "The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continues to pose a danger to...
  • 38 Reasons To Take Ayrshire And Arran Off Your Bucket List

    08/25/2015 3:56:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | August 24th 2015 | Hilary Wardle
    'Ayrshire? Don’t you dare(shire).'
  • SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

    08/20/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    phys.org ^ | 08-20-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space access which involves calling upon the air passenger market for fast-travel flights. Welcome to the world of SpaceLiner, which, when fully developed, could have dramatic impact in global aerospace. The DLR Institute of Space Systems said this suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport idea is under investigation at DLR-SART. (DLR is a German aerospace research agency and it evaluates complex systems of space flight. SART is...
  • Emirates announces world's longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City ... an 8,700 mile [tr]

    08/13/2015 11:40:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Emirates has announced the launch of the world's longest non-stop flight - an 8,700mile journey lasting an incredible 17 hours 35 minutes. Starting on February 1, 2016, the service from Dubai to Panama City is exciting news for those who love Central America, but it will be a stern endurance test for anyone in economy class. Panama City is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America.
  • Did airlines allegedly price-gouge after Amtrak crash? [Team Obama Red Herring]

    07/24/2015 8:08:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    See BS "News" ^ | 7/23/15 | Kate Gibson
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Friday said the government is investigating whether four airlines engaged in price gouging after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service in the Northeast. The Transportation Department sent letters on Friday to Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue requesting information. Prices on round-trip airline tickets between major cities such as New York City and Washington, D.C., skyrocketed in the wake of the deadly Amtrak derailment, which closed a major stretch of rail line and disrupted travel in one of....
  • Nepal reopens Annapurna trail following earthquakes

    07/23/2015 5:51:27 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking routes. Miyamoto International, a California-based structural engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage in the Annapurna region “was very limited”. Less than 1 percent of the route and 3 percent of guest houses along the Annapurna circuit were damaged, it said, adding the report for the Everest region would be completed shortly.
  • Hitchhiking robot embarking on coast-to-coast tour across US

    07/17/2015 11:31:07 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    MyWayNews ^ | Jul 17, 1:29 AM (ET) | By COLLIN BINKLEY
    BOSTON (AP) — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers. But on Friday it starts its first U.S. tour, setting out from Salem, Massachusetts, with dreams of San Francisco ahead. Along the way, it hopes to see some quintessential American sites, including Times Square, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. The kid-size robot is immobile...
  • Families Matter and Always Will

    07/13/2015 9:44:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    In a world where many live in urban areas with thousands passing them daily without a smile, a nod of recognition, a word of encouragement, or even a honk of protest, finding sustaining connections with people who care becomes increasingly important. Our families, when natural bonds are nurtured beyond the occasional get-togethers, can help provide that supportive community we so treasure. IÂ’m writing this early in the morning, two hours before we hit the road in Rawlins, Wyoming. WeÂ’re returning home from our RV caravan from CA to Kirkland, Illinois and back. When my wife and I told others about...
  • Free Checked Bags Come to an End on JetBlue

    07/03/2015 6:03:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Airways News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roberto Leiro
    No More Free Checked Bags on JetBlue. As of June 30, the airline introduced new fare options when booking tickets online, which include charges to checked bags, unless passengers pay for its premium fares. Passengers purchasing Blue fare—JetBlue’s base fare—will now be charged $20 for the first checked bag when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter, and a $35 fee for a second checked bag.
  • U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

    06/27/2015 12:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Trotta
    Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.
  • RUN into your "NEWNESS" forget the former things [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/15/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-15-15 | Jedediah
    Relax in The Beam of My majesty and drink deep of My Forgiveness for there is great healing here and rebuke the Harlot that drinks the blood of the Saints and the Prophets for truly there is only condemnation there for you "ARE" Forgiven, cleansed in My blood alone and I AM "Your" Salvation. Enjoy My creation for I have set it as a table of remembrance of My Glory, before you were in the womb. You will see as you rest in Me you make yourself completely available to My Voice calling to you in the wilderness(DRY PLACES), all...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed “endangerment finding” Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPA’s proposed solution to the airplane climate problem — adopting...
  • CANADIAN NUDIST ACCUSED OF CAUSING EARTHQUAKE RESPONDS TO MALAYSIA: ‘F YOUR CULTURE

    06/09/2015 7:06:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Frances Martel
    A Canadian man claiming to be one of a group of international tourists being sought for arrest in Malaysia after stripping on top of “sacred” Mount Kinabalu has responded to accusations by Malaysian politicians on Facebook that he and his peers triggered a deadly earthquake with their insolence. Responding to death threats from Malaysian believers, Emil Kaminski wrote on Facebook, “f*ck your culture.”
  • Elon Musk’s radical plan to let people travel in 760 mph tubes

    06/06/2015 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
    Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop with a 2016 launch in the California town of Quay Valley.
  • The hotel industry is sending a clear signal that the US economy is not grinding to a halt

    05/31/2015 10:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/31/2015 | Myles Udland
    Want a sign that the economy is doing fine? Look no further than the hotel industry. First flagged by Bill McBride at Calculated Risk, in April all of the major metrics measuring the hotel industry hit all-time highs.Via Jan Freitag at HotelNewsNow:April had the highest occupancy ever (66.8%) and the highest room demand (99.4 million rooms) ever.This pushed annualized occupancy (measured as a 12-month moving average) up to 65%.What does this mean? All key performance indicators (rooms available, rooms sold, revenue, average daily rate, occupancy and revenue per available room) are still at all-time highs.The broader economic takeaway is simple:...
  • America, Please Don’t Become Spain

    05/24/2015 6:42:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Regular readers of my column know that after tax season is over my wife and I take off for a while and typically travel the world. We do not do tours or cruises as we want to be in amongst the locals to touch and feel what is going on wherever we are visiting. This year our trip was to Spain and Croatia with short stops in Milan and London. We also spent some time in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. We started in Spain, a wonderful country we had not visited since 1987. There are many areas to visit...
  • House bill would cap expenses for ex-Presidents

    05/19/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WRBCTV -- AP ^ | 5-19-15 | Matthew Daly
    Washington - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House. On a voice vote, the House Oversight panel backed a measure Tuesday to limit taxpayer dollars for expenses, including travel, incurred by ex-presidents who earn more than $400,000 a year. U.S. taxpayers paid a total of $3.5 million last year in pensions and benefits to the four living former presidents, including $1.3 million for...
  • Beijing unveils plans for the biggest airport terminal in the world [tr]

    04/29/2015 6:42:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2015 | Becky Pemberton
    The number of Chinese tourists eager to travel the world has risen dramatically over the last few years, and Beijing International Airport is launching the world's biggest terminal to cope with the substantial increase. Opening in 2018, the gigantic Terminal 1 will cover 700,000 square metres, and is set to handle 45million passengers a year. Renown British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, has collaborated with airport developers ADPI to create a six-tier concept which aims to decrease customer walking distances, and increase connectivity.
  • Living Like No One Else - Vacation

    04/20/2015 3:48:19 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 42 replies
    vanity | April 19, 2015 | Self
    Dave Ramsey always says the phrase "Live like no one else so you can live like No One Else" on his show. And anyone who listens knows it's about eating "beans and rice and rice and beans" and till you overcome the debt lifestyle. But what's not talked about is the other side - where you've made it and are living "Like No One else". What's that like and what kind of thinking happens on that side of the fence? Having just come back from Two Weeks in Oahu, I was thinking about it. How did I get to this...
  • Google Maps now lets you 'trek' Mount Everest on your computer (Very cool!)

    03/29/2015 3:56:49 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    You can now "trek" Mount Everest from the comfort of your sofa, as Google Maps launches new Street Views of the Khumbu valleys in Nepal. While you might not be able to get to the summit, you can explore many of the trails and towns in the region. The area is home to the Sherpa community with many acting as guides and porters on Mount Everest. "I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery," says Apa Sherpa in a blog.
  • Obama, first lady flew on separate planes to L.A. on same day

    03/13/2015 1:19:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Taxpayers paid for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to fly separately Thursday to Los Angeles, where they appeared on separate TV talk shows on the same day. Mr. Obama flew on Air Force One, which costs about $228,000 per hour of flight time, to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama flew on a different plane Thursday across country to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ show. That show will be broadcast on Monday. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Friday that the president and...
  • A night with Godzilla? In Tokyo’s theme hotels, anything is possible

    02/27/2015 1:21:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | AFP-JIJI
    If you’ve ever wanted to sleep with a giant lizard — and let’s face it, you only live once — one Japanese hotel has just the thing with its soon-to-be opened Godzilla Room. Hotel Gracery in Tokyo’s buzzing Shinjuku entertainment district offers the chance to catch some shuteye under the watchful gaze of a man-sized atomic mutant as he stomps on a miniature version of Tokyo in the corner of your room. For those extra-unsettling dreams, a giant Godzilla hand, complete with razor-like claws, looms over the twin beds to ensure you get maximum value from the Ą39,800 a night...
  • VANITY--Trip To NOLA Recommendations

    02/16/2015 2:13:39 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    Planning a 4 day trip to New Orleans. Tourism Suggestions please?
  • TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel

    02/12/2015 3:58:49 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies
    SafeHaven ^ | 2/10/15 | Wendy McElroy
    TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel By: Wendy McElroy | Tue, Feb 10, 2015 Share Print Email Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet).Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called "Real ID." State driver's licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute...