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  • Flying soon? Expect fee turbulence [Obama-approved cost goes up today, 7/21/14]

    07/21/2014 5:38:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 7/20/14 | Mark Davis
    ....On Monday, Transportation Security Administration fee hikes go into effect, and they will have the greatest impact on travelers who make nonstop flights or have long layovers between flights. Critics say the agency should call the fees what they really are: a tax hike. “Anyway you look at it, this is an increase in taxes,” said Charlie Leocha, chairman of the consumer group Travelers United. The old fee had been $2.50 for a nonstop and $5 for a connecting flight. The maximum fee for a round trip was $10. The new security fee for all flights is $5.60. Any layover...
  • Three Singapore Students Missed MH17 Flight Due to Booking Issues

    07/19/2014 1:18:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Faris Mokhtar
    Three undergraduates from Singapore are relieved they were not on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine after being allegedly shot down by militants. The Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in the separatist-held region on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board on Thursday (July 17). In April, 23-year-old Nicholas Ng and his two friends had booked a return ticket to Europe through a travel agency. But the National University of Singapore student's booking was cancelled after he missed the deadline to submit the required documents, such as his passport details. His friends also cancelled their...
  • Commercial Planes Routinely Fly Over Conflict Zones, From Ukraine to Syria

    07/19/2014 1:32:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mashable ^ | 7/18 | Andrew Friedman; Jessica Plautz
    A Mashable investigation shows that aircraft from many nations, including the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, routinely fly at high altitudes over tense conflict zones such as Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the wake of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, such overflights may be reexamined. Aviation regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration, issue warnings to pilots based on information about any hazards, including military activity in the area of a planned route of flight. For example, in the days leading up to the Malaysia Airlines crash, the FAA banned American carriers from flying...
  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • The Obamas Have Spent Over $44,351,777.12 In Taxpayer Cash On Travel

    07/06/2014 5:04:48 AM PDT · by libstripper · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 6, 2014 | Ariel Cohen
    The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history. As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending. Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer
  • Flaris Personal Jets Take Off

    07/01/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 48 replies
    Robb Report ^ | Mary Grady
    Flaris, a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design allows for sweeping lines, with a sharp nose, a cabin that seats four, and long, narrow wings for aerodynamic efficiency. - See more at: http://robbreport.com/aviation/flaris-personal-jets-take?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=relatedlinks&utm_campaign=aviation#sthash.PFsSTX3s.dpuf
  • Readers' Picks: Best Travel Songs of All Time

    06/20/2014 5:26:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 110 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri June 20, 2014 | Chuck Thompson
    Once in while, the CNN Travel braintrust blows it -- make that all the time if you happen to be @cnnalwaysblowsit47. Such was the case last year when we published our updated list of the greatest travel songs ever recorded. Sure, we included a few unassailable classics about life on the travel trail. Even @cnnisamoron231 couldn't rage against our inclusion of Willie Nelson's all-time sing-a-long "On the Road Again." But we have to admit, once in a while, @iloathecnn and @cnntroll99 have valid points to make. How exactly did we miss such obvious wanderlust ditties as the Allman Brothers Bands'...
  • Military exercise was the reason for the disruption of air traffic control

    06/14/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Alvin Diogenes · 4 replies
    [These are excerpts from an English translation of the German source article.] After the cause for the temporary disruption of air traffic control in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia was initially unclear, the Slovak authorities reported on Friday evening that... "[t]he disappearance of aircraft from the radar screen is related to military exercises that have gone in different parts of Europe on 5 and 10 June on the stage." ... Slovak air traffic control: "Immediately after identifying the problem that side was contacted, which has organized the exercises, and they were stopped." ... Experts suspected a relationship with a...
  • Flights Briefly Vanish From Austrian Air Traffic

    Austria's flight safety organization says flight data recently disappeared twice from air controller radar screens in several countries....
  • Customs agents find condom-wrapped cocaine in women at Midway

    06/07/2014 7:53:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mitch Smith
    After a trip to Jamaica, a pair of local women landed at Midway International Airport on Friday with about $36,000 worth of cocaine wrapped in condoms and stored in body cavities, authorities said. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine alerted to Denisha White when she landed at Midway after an AirTran Airways flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, police said.
  • Vanity Post--Travel Ideas for Key West

    05/31/2014 6:01:24 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 68 replies
    Wondering if any Freepers have any advice for touring Key West.
  • Memorial Day Travel: American Families Pay at the Pump

    05/22/2014 7:18:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Summer is officially upon us, and millions of American families will soon be embarking on their annual trips to the beach, the mountains, the lake, grandma’s house, or any other of the fantastic destinations our country has to offer. The beginning of “summer driving season” is also a time when many Americans turn even greater attention to the price of gasoline. After all, traveling several hundred or more miles in a loaded up minivan can rack up an awfully large fuel bill. But what about this year? Everyone knows that domestic oil production has been surging, and that this...
  • Plane Ticket Typos — Will They Leave Me Grounded?

    05/15/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | May 13, 2014
    Brad and Rebecca Buchmiller are frustrated a single letter could cost them their 25th anniversary trip to Cancun. Rebecca Buchmiller booked with online travel agency CheapCaribbean.com, but the itinerary that came back incorrectly spelled their last name “Buhmiller.” CheapCaribbean.com told them not to worry about it, but when the couple feared the typo might keep them from their $2,000 anniversary trip, they called Kurtis. The Buchmillers booked the trip over the phone, after locating the trip they wanted online. But when their email confirmation showed up days after they booked, they realized the name on the Aeromexico plane tickets was...
  • 10 Incredible Airbnb Horror Stories

    05/11/2014 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Air Fare Watchdog. ^ | George Hobica
    To some, Airbnb.com is one of the greatest things to happen to the travel industry in recent times. It's the prime example of how the new "sharing economy" is going to change everything. It's so much more interesting than hotels, it is the best way to experience a destination, a fantastic way to meet new people. It definitely can be all of those things, sure, but some users of the site brush up against the harsh reality that in many ways, Airbnb is far from perfect. Let's start with the elephant in the room: In many cities, Airbnb is flat out...
  • (I)nfographic reveals the 10 WORST destinations in the world for a holiday

    05/09/2014 5:10:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2014 | Staff
    If you're thinking of holidaying somewhere new this year, these are the places on the planet you will probably want to avoid. The top 10 worst destinations in the world for a break have been revealed - with Bulgaria taking the top slot. Adding the crime rate, the local authority rating and cleanliness statistics over the past 18 months, buyagift.com has put together the top 10 areas not to visit.
  • Obama's $40 Million Travel Tab

    05/01/2014 7:00:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/01/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    While the American people continue to struggle to survive in any way they can, the Obamas live like leeches on the blood, sweat, and tears of every hardworking person. Days after taxpayers found out that the hotel tab for just two days of Michelle Obama’s eight-day China jaunt cost $222K for 144 rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chengdu, educational foundation Judicial Watch released a report revealing that vacation travel costs to transport the first family around the globe have topped $40 million.  According to the U.S. Air Force, just two of Barry-the-Duffer’s recent golf outings have cost “north of...
  • Math app can help fight jet lag

    04/12/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-11 | Lana Bandoim
    If you and me were running from a bear, I would stop and change my shoes Asked why, I say I don’t have to run faster than the bear, only faster than you. This is the issue for Handel: can she beat the triumvirate and make it to the runoff against Perdue? The three sitting Congressmen have very similar voting records: National Taxpayers Union ratings grouped between 80% and 85%, and Heritage Alliance scores of 93% to 94%, they are grouped better than an expert marksman’s bullseye. They also have war chests, and a sitting Congressman’s built-in advantage in access...
  • Our Trip to Washington DC

    04/06/2014 3:46:06 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 38 replies
    self | April 6, 2014 | Art in Idaho
    Was fantastic! It was very humbling in lots of respects but awe inspiring. Was first trip for me, second for my wife. Saw as much as we could in one week so thought I would share the highlights. Saw the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the first day. An absolute treasure trove of information and exhibits. American History Museum Welcome Video plus American History Museum interior photos plus The Star Spangled Banner. Then to The National Cathedral. A truly awesome sight plus a memorable service. Then had brunch with our nephew at Ted’s Bulletin. A fun place. The Holocaust...
  • You Blew it! This is What United Airlines Calls First Class?

    03/31/2014 11:45:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    Last Friday, I flew nonstop on United Airlines from New York to California on a first class ticket. I paid the bellman a nice tip to handle my bags that were labeled “priority.” I arrived an hour and a half before my flight, so there was plenty of time to get my luggage onboard. The flight was delayed half an hour to allow for passengers with connecting flights to make it on our flight, along with their luggage. But alas, when I arrived, my two bags were nowhere to be found. After numerous telephone calls to their lost luggage...
  • State Dept. Warns Against Ukraine Travel, Promotes Ukraine Travel

    03/28/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | Adam Kredo
    Just three days after the State Department issued a travel warning for Ukraine, it began promoting a campaign urging Americans to visit the country, prompting confusion and concern from some foreign policy observers. The State Department issued a Ukraine travel warning on March 21 warning “U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula, and in Russia near the Ukrainian border.” Three days after that warning was issued the State Department’s...
  • 2014: The 10 Best Airports In The World

    03/27/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | ALEX DAVIES AND JULIE ZEVELOFF
    Skytrax has released the results of its annual World Airport Awards and, once again, Singapore's Changi Airport has taken the top spot. It's no surprise that Changi came out on top again. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, such as a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theaters, hotels, spas, and showers — and even a four-story slide. Skytrax based its rankings on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities and included 410 airports worldwide. It incorporated passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 categories, including service and shopping and security and immigration. All the airports commended last year made the 2014...
  • Travels with POTUS, FLOTUS and the ‘Riddler’

    03/27/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Come on guys, let’s start focusing on the important stuff like ObamaCare, Ukraine and winning the Senate. All this outrage in the conservative media about how much money it’s costing for Barack Obama’s trip to Belgium and for Michelle Obama’s travels to China is just a waste of time. Yes, the cost of their trips, whether they’re measured in millions of dollars or thousands of hotel-room nights, is outrageous. But what POTUS (the president of the United States) and FLOTUS (the first lady of the United States) are doing on their travels is nothing new or abnormal. Obama’s official overseas...
  • Eric Holder & DoJ Spent Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars On Unreported Personal Travel

    03/24/2014 7:13:22 PM PDT · by Errant · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As the Attorney General of these United States, Eric Holder is the top legal advisor for the entire nation. As such, he has been in a position to help punish financial criminals and the mega-banks for the crimes they committed in the run-up to the financial crisis, and the egregious looting thereafter. Despite his unique role, Eric Holder has spent the past five years taking absolutely zero action on any matter of national significance. In fact, his major claim to fame appears to be that he has solidified the creation of a group of untouchable criminals known as the “Too...
  • Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released

    03/02/2014 1:06:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    bix pac review ^ | 3/1/14 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    It took filing a lawsuit, but Judicial Watch discovered Friday that President Obama has set a new record for travel on the taxpayer dime. The conservative watchdog group obtained travel records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force that show the Obamas racked up $7.4 million during just three trips in 2013 – in flight expenses only. The records, revealed Friday, include the Obama family’s Christmas vacation in Hawaii from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013. During that stay, the president took a short break and flew back to Washington to work on a budget deal, then returned...
  • Delta flight evacuates at Oakland Airport due to smoke

    02/27/2014 6:07:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | 2/26/14
    Wednesday night at the Oakland International Airport, a flight had to make an emergency evacuation at the gate after it safely landed because of smoke in the plane. The video was shot by Linton Johnson, a passenger onboard the Delta connection Flight 4454, which was operated by SkyWest. Johnson said on his Facebook page that the plane's cabin filled with smoke and that the flight attendants yelled at passengers to exit the plane. The video shows a chaotic scene. The Oakland Fire Department told ABC7 News they responded to the gate for a red alert.
  • 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

    02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST · by expat1000 · 36 replies
    Have a look!
  • Obama to travel to four states after SOTU (show)

    01/26/2014 4:04:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will travel to four states in the week following the State of the Union to drum up support for proposals he will outline in his annual address, according to the White House. “With some action on all our parts, we can help more jobseekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in an email to supporters Saturday. “That's why, in the week following the speech, President Obama will travel to communities across the country — including Prince George’s County Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville, before returning...
  • Woman accused of battering airline ticket agent

    01/09/2014 9:01:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 9, 2014 | Doug Phillips
    A woman threw punches and kicked a United Airlines ticket agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, authorities said. The incident happened on Tuesday, a day when many passengers were scrambling for flights amid the delays and cancellations caused by the frigid weather gripping much of the northern part of the country.
  • Virgin Space: ‘You Could Do London-Sydney In Two Hours’ Branson Plans To Bring Air Travel To Space!

    01/01/2014 3:34:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KpopStarz ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    Virgin Galactic space travel is aiming to revolutionize commercial air travel at its best, with the launching of the first ever space tourism flight next year, which took nine long years in the making. Although the space travel will be available to those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, the space travel company wants to bring this to the masses; it also aims to provide an ultimate passenger experience that no other air company has ever offered before. With the first ever commercial space travel flight on its way, the giant company aims to "push long-haul air travel above the...
  • TSA Offers 'Transgender Travelers' an Advice Page

    12/27/2013 8:31:36 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 27, 2013 | Tim Graham
    The TSA is well-known for being too aggressive in its body searches, so it shouldn’t be surprising in the Obama years that the TSA has a web page titled “Transgender Travelers: Special Considerations.” “TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner,” they promise. First, they reasonably suggest that your birth date, name, and gender on your reservation match your government ID (“Cisgender oppressors!”) Making Reservations: Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a traveler’s full name,...
  • ObamaCare Found To Restrict Where You Live And Travel

    12/18/2013 7:27:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Freedom: It's bad enough that the president's health insurance takeover costs more, breaks his pledge of letting you keep your plan and diminishes choice. It actually restricts your travels too. 'We have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in." Those words from President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, standing at the Berlin Wall, neatly illustrated the moral superiority of the free West over the Soviet bloc. But Americans are now about to find themselves grappling with their own bureaucratic Berlin Wall. The American Thinker's Stella Paul has exposed the virtually unnoticed fact that within...
  • The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

    12/09/2013 1:01:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2013 | Reid Wilson
    The next time you go through airport security, check those gray and white bins where you unload your pockets. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration collected $531,395.22 in change left behind at checkpoints. Federal law requires the TSA to report the amount of unclaimed money they keep every year to Congress. The fiscal 2012 report, obtained by The Washington Post, shows the agency collected about $499,000 in U.S. currency, and another $32,000 in foreign currency, at their checkpoints.
  • Sale of iconic Catskills resort signals the end of an era

    12/01/2013 11:21:43 AM PST · by Mike Darancette · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/01/2013 | Fox News
    Movies such as “Dirty Dancing” offered everlasting memories of the once-affluent getaway spot. Now, the last of the iconic Catskills resorts has been sold to a company that plans to turn the property into a healthy living resort.
  • Living like a sultan at sea (Greene met man living full-time on cruise-ships at rock bottom rates)

    12/01/2013 2:23:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | July 30, 2013 | Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
    The cruise-line industry is a rough business. Every time a passenger ship leaves port with a guest cabin unoccupied, that's money the cruise operators are never going to see. Last week Micky Arison, the longtime chief executive of Carnival Corp., announced that he will be stepping down; revenues at the world's largest cruise-ship line have been falling. Arison will remain as chairman of the firm, but a new CEO will step in. Cruise companies have always had to contend with uncertainties in the economy, which sometimes make travelers cautious about planning leisure trips, and Carnival has faced widespread unpleasant publicity...
  • Delta vs. ObamaCare: Friendly skies, unfriendly rules (Will cost company $100 Million a year)

    11/30/2013 5:10:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | The December 2013 Issue | Peter Suderman, senior editor
    Delta Airlines says that ObamaCare will cost the company $38 million directly over the next year, and nearly $100 million when all additional costs are factored in. A June letter signed by Robert Knight, Delta's senior vice president for government affairs, said that the company will absorb some of those costs but will also end up sharing some of them with employees. Ultimately, Knight wrote, ObamaCare "will result in increasing costs, for both companies and our employees, and will also reduce the benefits provided." The bulk of the letter, which was obtained and published by Erick Erickson at RedState.com, details...
  • TSA Precheck Program; How It Works.

    11/21/2013 2:58:46 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 6 replies
    TSA>GOV ^ | Recently | TSA.GOV
    TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint. TSA Pre✓™ includes U.S. Citizens who are select frequent travelers of participating airlines or members of existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA Pre✓™ lanes when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian.
  • Snake on a Plane: Passenger Sneaks Reptile on to EasyJet Flight

    11/13/2013 1:20:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Where’s Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? EasyJet passengers were left sitting more uncomfortably than usual after a snake was discovered on board a flight heading to England from Israel. A wacky traveller sneaked the slithering reptile past airport security in Tel Aviv in a ‘small takeaway box’ before the alarm was raised mid-flight. He was then arrested upon the plane landing at Luton airport. ‘No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane. Police about to meet @easyjet arriving from Tel Aviv to Luton,’ wrote one passenger on Twitter. ‘My plane is being met by...
  • 'World's worst airline' launches world's worst booking site

    10/24/2013 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 October, 2012
    North Korea's national carrier Air Koryo, which has the lowest airline rating on Skytrax, has discovered the Internet. The state-owned company -- regarded by some as the "world's worst airline" -- recently launched a bilingual website (www.airkoryo.com.kp) to provide travelers with "easier, quicker, reliable booking and ticketing services," according to Air Koryo. Air Koryo's new ticket booking system reinforces the company's less-than-brilliant reputation. After multiple trials to book a one-way ticket from Shengyang to Pyongyang, we failed to secure any reservation. Instead, we ended up with this message day after day: “We cannot find any flights for your flight schedule....
  • Battle brewing in NYC over Airbnb rentals

    10/21/2013 4:11:56 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 7 replies
    NBC Travel ^ | Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM ET | Rob Lovitt NBC News contributor
    Budget-conscious travelers heading to New York City in the coming months could feel a chill in the air — and it’s not just the weather. With a legal battle brewing between state officials and the popular short-term rental site Airbnb, the issue could prompt some of the site’s local users to rethink their roles as part-time landlords. “There are lots of people who are hesitant about posting on Airbnb because of the lack of clarity about what’s legal and what’s not; this will only add to that,” said Arun Sundararajan, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. “It may...
  • 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

    10/17/2013 1:45:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Mark Manson's Blog ^ | July 10, 2012 | Mark Manson
    Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him. This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment. I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s...
  • Raising the Costa Concordia - Live Video Feed

    09/16/2013 2:37:31 PM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/16/13 | Jim Peabody
    "At this point we're around half way through the first phase," Franco Porcellacchia, leader of Costa Cruise's technical team, told reporters. "It's all happening very slowly but very carefully and safely."
  • Business Idea: Medship = Medical Tourism + Blueseed

    09/15/2013 8:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Thinking Machine Blog ^ | July 16, 2012
    The high cost of medical care in the US plus the rationing of medical care in other nations has spurred the growth of medical tourism. As I mentioned in a previous post, outstanding doctors, nurses, and hospital facilities can be found in countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, India, the Philippines, etc. offering care at costs significantly lower than in the US and without the rationing and waiting times of other countries. One problem with traveling from the US to another nation for medical care is the cost and inconvenience of travel. Additionally, each nation will have its own tort...
  • The world's most affordable places to retire

    09/11/2013 11:34:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    CBS News Money Watch ^ | June 22, 2013 | Ilyce Glink
    Americans who dream of a retirement filled with sandy beaches, temperate weather and colorful local life may have another thing coming. That's because a new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security finds that 45 percent of working-age households have no retirement savings at all. The average figure for funds set aside by households nearing the end of their working lives was a meager $12,000. That's not enough to cover a single year. If there is no change in their savings rate, many Americans may wind up living on monthly Social Security benefits alone. Monthly benefits now average just...
  • U.S. Travel Warning: Al Qaeda-Affiliated Syrian Rebels Have 'Claimed Nearly 600 Attacks;'

    09/01/2013 10:32:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 9/1/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - While President Barack Obama is now asking Congress to authorize him to use military force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad because that regime used chemical weapons on its own people, the State Department is maintaining a travel warning advising Americans not to travel to Syria because the al-Nusrah Front, the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria--which is particiapting in the rebellion seeking to overthrow Assad--has carried out about 600 attacks in the country since November 2011. These al Qaeda terrorist attacks, according to the State Department, have killed many Syrian civilians. "There is also a threat from...
  • Anyone been to Lake Maggiore in Italy?

    08/15/2013 8:47:54 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 36 replies
    I want to go to the Lake Country in Northern Italy. Anyone been there?
  • Holder travel tab: $4.2m total, $697,525 personal, including $95,184 to Martha´s Vineyard

    08/05/2013 4:11:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/5/13 | Paul Bedard
    Attorney General Eric Holder has racked up more than $4.2 million in travel expenses over four years, including $697,525 in taxpayer-provided personal trips to resort areas like Martha´s Vineyard and Atlantic City, according to documents provided to the watchdog group Judicial Watch. The records from Justice and provided to Secrets show that Holder, who is required to travel on government aircraft because of security, submitted bills of $16,452.50 to speak at Al Sharpton´s National Action Network on New York in April 2011, $38,108.18 in expenses to address the pro-immigration reform group LULAC
  • The Iron Curtain Starting to Close – Now STEP

    08/04/2013 6:02:37 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    Martin Armstrong ^ | August 4, 2013 | Martin Armstrong
    Obama wants all Americans to now report voluntarily to the government regarding any foreign travel. The program is currently voluntary, but the word on the Hill is there are those who are suggesting this should be mandatory to protect Americans of course. The program is called STEP “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.” Today, most Americans are willfully blind. They refuse to connect the dots and think the government would never do anything really to harm the people. This is not about harming or protecting anyone. Look at Benghazi. They asked for help and it was not sent in for political reasons....
  • Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101

    06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 49 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010
    Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101. It's brief description : Everything you need to know about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 7 minutes. For the story beneath the surface... check out: http://beautybeneaththedirt.com.
  • The Rude Man of Cerne

    06/21/2013 9:33:05 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 32 replies
    http://www.amusingplanet.com/ ^ | June 20, 2013 | Kaushik
    The Rude Man of Cerne, better known as the Cerne Abbas Giant, is a giant figure of a naked man with an inappropriately erect phallus, wielding a primitive club in his right hand, made on a hill near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. The Cerne Abbas Giant was created by carving through the turf of the hillside to a depth of approximately 30cm to reveal the underlying chalk common in this region. Measuring 55 meters in length and 50.5 meters wide, if measured from hand to hand, it is one of the largest and the most popular...
  • 8 things to know before visiting Libya (Travel article!)

    05/17/2013 9:45:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2013 | Nick Redmayne
    World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Libya in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook (CNN) -- Following Libya's revolution, oil production has been restored and the country has slipped from the front pages. Once more, Libya has become North African rather than southern Mediterranean, and news dispatches surface only when Western government's worst fears appear close to being realized. As most Libyans admit that after four-plus decades of Moammar Gadhafi, it will take time to build a mature...