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  • 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...
  • IL DRIVERS LICENSE NOT ENOUGH TO FLY IN 2016?

    02/12/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 2/11/2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016. The Daily Herald reports the licenses don't meet requirements set by the 2005 Real ID Act that were meant to increase security. Illinois doesn't require a birth certificate to get a driver's license, which Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt said is one of the law's mandates. Haupt said state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver's license requirements. He said he's not sure how much it would cost, but the Secretary of State's office previously estimated...
  • Hillary’s High Life: Senator, Candidate or Hired Speaker, Clinton has Spared No Expense on Travel.

    02/04/2015 8:16:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney each finished second in their party’s primaries when they ran for president in 2008, but they took dramatically different routes to arrive at the same result — literally, in a way. A deeper look into the candidates’ campaign expenditures reveals that Clinton spent more than nine times as much as Romney did on private jets during the 2008 race. An analysis of public documents by National Review Online shows that Clinton took more than $19.2 million worth of private flights during the primaries before dropping out when then-senator Barack Obama finally built an insurmountable lead....
  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

    01/27/2015 10:58:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ali Khalil
    Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia.
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • Dubai replaces Heathrow as busiest airport

    01/13/2015 8:28:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joel Lewin
    Dubai leapfrogged Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014, the head of the Gulf hub said on Monday. Dubai International airport dealt with about 71m international passengers in 2014, according to chief executive Paul Griffiths, surpassing the 68.1 million that passed through Heathrow. "Heathrow is losing a lot of traffic to Dubai because we're able to cater for the connections that Heathrow no longer has the capacity to service," said Mr Griffiths, referring to how the UK's largest airport is operating at near full capacity on its two runways.
  • Ban on Fossil Fuels Needed to Save Planet [satire]

    01/13/2015 7:58:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    A study prepared by University College, London says severe restrictions on the use of fossil fuels are needed to prevent a forecast 2ş centigrade increase in temperature over the next 100 years. Lead researcher Dr Christophe McGlade asserted that “decreasing the global consumption of fossil fuels is both essential and attainable. Humans can survive without these polluting commodities. In colder climates people can wear more layers of warmer clothing. We can drastically reduce the amount of combustion used to keep warm.” “In warmer climates people can let their own bodies’ sweat evaporation process keep them cool,” McGlade pointed out. “I...
  • Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transport, That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

    01/05/2015 2:18:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | December 27, 2014 | Steven Kotler
    San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely captured people’s imagination. But would it ever get made—now that was the question. Musk himself said he was too busy to take on the project, but if other people wanted in on the cause, well, that was just fine with him. As it turns out,...
  • Saudi Arabia's national airline to introduce gender segregation after a string of complaints

    01/02/2015 8:56:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 2, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Saudi Arabia's national airline is allegedly planning to separate male and female passengers on its flights, in accordance to strict rules enforced by the Gulf kingdom. Gulf media report that Saudia will keep men and women segregated onboard, unless they are close relatives. The move follows a spate of complaints from male fliers unwilling to allow other males to sit next to their wives and other female family members.
  • State Department offers huge travel allowances for government employees

    12/31/2014 7:20:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/31/14 | Sarah Westwood
    Government employees can enjoy luxurious overseas business trips on the taxpayer’s dime thanks to generous foreign per diem rates established by the State Department. Per diem rates include the cost of lodging, meals and incidental expenses that the government is willing to give civilian federal employees for their official foreign travel. The rates are meant to cover lodging at “adequate, suitable and moderately-priced facilities” and meals at “facilities typically used by employees at that location,” according to the State Department's office of allowances. All federal employees traveling to foreign countries on official business can get reimbursements from the government at...
  • Businessman reveals what it was REALLY like to be first to fly in Ł14,000 'penthouse in the sky'.

    12/31/2014 5:33:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    Miami businessman Gino Bertuccio is one of the world’s luckiest flyers – and one of the most thoughtful as well. The 52-year-old became the first person to fly in Etihad Airways’ Ł14,000 ‘penthouse in the sky’ at the weekend, and he shared the one-of-a-kind experience with friends and strangers. While flying from London's Heathrow Airport to Abu Dhabi Mr Bertuccio opened the three-room private suite to first-class passengers, who were in an adjacent cabin, and invited a traveller from economy into the exclusive cabin, which boasts the world’s first in-flight butler.
  • United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found way to get cheaper plane tickets

    12/30/2014 10:25:05 AM PST · by george76 · 98 replies
    kdvr ^ | December 30, 2014
    A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down. United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website Skiplagged.com last year. The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing. The idea is that you buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. Say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco — you actually book...
  • United Airlines suing 22-year-old computer whiz

    12/30/2014 11:28:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    NY POST ^ | December 30, 2014 | 1:23pm | By Yaron Steinbuch
    United Airlines wants to clip the wings of a 22-year-old Manhattan computer whiz ​who found a loophole that saves travelers big bucks ​on airfare. Aktarer Zaman founded Skiplagged.com, which finds cheap flights by using “hidden city” ticketing, in which travelers ​purposely ​buy tickets with layovers​ for a lower fare, using the layover city a​s their ​intended destination, CNNMoney reports​, and never go on to the itinerary’s final destination​.​ He started the site last year.​ United Airlines ​joined discount travel website Orbitz last moth ​to file a lawsuit in Chicago federal court against Zaman, calling his site “unfair competition” and accusing...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton's midterm travel expenses top $1.5 million

    12/21/2014 5:25:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/14 | Maggie Haberman
    Campaigns and political committees spent more than $1.5 million on private jets to fly in Bill and Hillary Clinton to stump for various candidates during the 2014 midterms, campaign filings show. The tally includes $44,360 the final weekend of the campaign for a plane in Iowa. That was when Bill Clinton did a fly-around for failed Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley. There was also a $21,801 charge that weekend to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s unsuccessful reelection campaign, a POLITICO review found. More than 60 payments were made to a New York-based company called Executive Fliteways over the course of 2013...
  • Travellers urged to explore Caribbean nation before it becomes 'Americanised'

    12/19/2014 9:31:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Hutchinson
    Online searches for trips to Cuba are up a staggering 95 per cent following US President Barack Obama's plans to re-develop relations between the two countries. Tourists are being warned that if they want to see 'the real Cuba' they should book their trips now, before the Caribbean country becomes 'Americanised.' President Obama announced a 'new chapter' in US relations with Cuba, with plans announced by the White House include easing access for US citizens, lessening financial restrictions, and lifting the 54-year-old trade embargo.
  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    12/18/2014 7:03:38 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Myfoxdc.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami. But the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and the subsequent Cold War embargo of the communist island nation put an end to that.
  • In These 13 States, Gas Is Selling for Below $2 a Gallon

    12/15/2014 7:56:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Natalie Johnson
    Just two weeks ago a sole gas station in Oklahoma swept headlines for dropping gas prices below $2 a gallon. Today, 13 states have joined that list and the trend is expanding. Gas for less than $1.90 a gallon can be found in at least one station in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio, according to CNN. CNN cites ten additional states– Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia– that now have gas below $2 a gallon. “What we’re seeing is markets at work,” Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said. “Significant increases in supply and a relatively...
  • Lonely Planet guidebooks call Queens, NY the best travel destination in the United States

    12/14/2014 9:41:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Daily News; CNN Photos ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | BY ELI ROSENBERG , CHRIS ERIKSON
    It's the city's largest, and most diverse, borough. Now it’s … the best tourist destination in the nation? That's the word from Lonely Planet tour guides, which has anointed Queens as the Best U.S. Destination for 2015. "Queens is finally emerging from the shadows of Manhattan to take its place as one of New York's most fascinating boroughs," the guidebook’s writers said. True, there are only five boroughs, but still. "I've watch it change from forgotten to an exciting destination," said Regis St. Louis, Lonely Planet’s coordinating author — and a resident of Brooklyn. St. Louis said Queens has the...
  • Forget Brooklyn! New York City borough of Queens named best place to visit in US in 2015

    12/12/2014 10:05:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | Simon Cable
    The New York borough of Queens has been given top spot in a list of the best places to visit in the US next year. The sprawling suburb, traditionally off the tourist map, has beaten a host of America's most famous destinations in an annual 'Best in the US' ranking compiled by Lonely Planet. The list praised Queens' microbreweries, beaches, global food offerings and ‘world-class’ art scene.
  • British man becomes first person to visit all 201 countries... WITHOUT using a plane

    12/10/2014 5:25:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/2014 | Matt Blake
    Graham Hughes, 33, used buses, taxis, trains and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days - all on a shoestring of just $100 a weekYesterday he trudged into Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to end the epic journey that began in his hometown of Liverpool on New Year's Day 2009Spent four days 'in a leaky boat' to reach Cape Verde, was jailed for a week in Congo, and was 'saved from Muslim fundamentalists by a Filipino ladyboy'His lowest point was when his sister, Nicole, died of cancer two years agoHe says: 'I think...
  • 10 Worst Airports for Holiday Travel

    12/08/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 66 replies
    Bankrate.Com ^ | 8 December 2014 | Chris Kahn
    'Tis the season to see the family, which means you're probably about to spend some quality time -- maybe too much time -- in an airport. The following are the worst airports for holiday flight problems on arrivals, according to a Bankrate analysis. Bankrate determined the frequency of holiday flight problems -- delays, cancellations and diversions -- at the United States' 100 most active airports, using Bureau of Transportation Statistics data for the months of November to January over the past 10 years. The rankings for busiest airports are based on total arrivals over the same time period.
  • The Most Disappointing Travel Destinations on Earth

    12/07/2014 10:59:06 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 332 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 07, 2014 | Fox News
    <p>We’ve all built up a trip in our minds, only to find it’s not remotely like the brochures.</p> <p>1. Los Angeles: ‘The whole city is a lie’</p> <p>LA was one of the biggest let-downs for holiday-makers.</p> <p>Travelers expecting Hollywood glitz and glamour were shocked to find what they called a run-down, dangerous and dirty urban sprawl.</p>
  • In Flight Nightmare - US Airways Plane Grounded by Sick Passengers and Crew

    12/06/2014 3:08:08 PM PST · by wtd · 12 replies
    Yahoo Travel ^ | December 6, 2014 | Joe Piazza
    In Flight Nightmare - US Airways Plane Grounded by Sick Passengers and Crew by Joe Piazza What would you do if the passenger next to you began vomiting? It was the movie “Airplane!” come to life. Sixteen people, fourteen passengers and two crew members simultaneously began vomiting on a U.S. Airways plane from Israel to Philadelphia on Friday, forcing the pilot to make an emergency stop in Rome. Various news reports identified a foul odor in the cabin which caused the domino effect of illness.
  • Man attempted to board JFK flight with machete, stun gun, police say

    11/28/2014 6:19:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    nj.com ^ | 11/27/14 | Paul Milo
    Jalil Dewan, 57, was stopped around 10:20 a.m. after TSA agents spotted what they believed to be a rifle, authorities said. Agents found items including two stun guns, pellet guns, starter pistols and four boxes of pellets, the agency said. Dewan, who was headed to Dubai...
  • Something a little different...

    11/24/2014 9:43:40 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 47 replies
    24 Nov 2014 | US Navy Vet
    If you could go ANYWHERE in the world(Funding no object) where would be the Top 10 places you would LOVE to visit?
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Worst Places I've Ever Visited - From the Man Who's Been Everywhere

    10/31/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 104 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2014 | Lee Abbamonte
    Many of us say, "That was the worst place in the world!" But really: How many of us truly have the authority to say that? Lee Abbamonte does. He's the youngest American to visit all 193 member nations of the United Nations, and he's well on his way to visiting all 324 on The Travelers’ Century Club list, which includes territories and unique destinations in addition to nations. (Lee expects to have 321 of the 324 countries checked off by the end of the year).
  • Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar

    10/27/2014 6:49:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 10/23/14 | David Koenig
    Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too. Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,955 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

    10/21/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 9:13 AM EDT | Associated Press
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
  • U.S. to Route Passengers From Ebola-Hit Nations to 5 Airports

    10/21/2014 11:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10-21-2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports screening for the disease, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said Tuesday as the Obama administration stepped up precautions to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, the government instituted temperature checks for West Africans arriving at Kennedy International in New York, Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International in Chicago, and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. The five airports already account for 94 percent of all arrivals from the affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A...
  • 4 Things Every American Should Know About Uber.Com, AirBnB.Com, et. al.

    10/19/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Austin Hill
    Uber.Com. AirBnB.Com. TaskRabbit.Com. What are these websites about, and why are they so controversial? Let's be clear: these websites, and others like them, are online hubs for what is best described as the emerging "freelance services industries." The service providers you find through these websites are most certainly freelancers, not established corporate business owners or employees of other peoples' companies. Uber.Com, a San Francisco-based venture that matches people who need a ride from one end of a city to another with people who have cars and are willing to travel, is perhaps the most high profile of these entities.Visit the...
  • Vouching for the Visa Waiver Program

    10/18/2014 10:41:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    “We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years.” That’s what former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had to say when he visited The Heritage Foundation recently. And with reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS, all over the news, it’s not hard to see why. As Chertoff noted, terrorist groups have proliferated “from Africa east to Afghanistan.” Frightening images of beheadings and other forms of graphic violence are all too common. And news that some Americans have gone to the Middle East...
  • Nassim Taleb: Here's What People Don't Understand About Ebola

    10/17/2014 3:57:05 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 10-17-2014 | Shane Ferro
    Shane Ferro October 17, 2014Multiplication — that's what people don't understand about Ebola, according to Nassim Taleb, the author of "Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan." More specifically, Taleb explained to Business Insider that many people talking about the disease don't "have a grasp of the severity of the multiplicative process." The argument that the US should be more worried about a disease like cancer — which has more stable rates of infection than Ebola does currently — is a logic that Taleb calls "the empiricism of the idiots." The basic idea: The growth rate of Ebola infection is...
  • McConnell Says CDC Should Get Money Needed to Battle Ebola [Defers to CDC on travel ban!]

    10/16/2014 5:07:12 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 37 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/16/2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    If federal health agencies under President Barack Obama want more money to fight Ebola, they should get it, according to the Senate’s top Republican. “I think they should have anything they want. The president asked for $88 million a few weeks ago, we gave it to him,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told MSNBC. “Whatever the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] thinks they need, we’ll give it to them.” The White House hasn’t yet requested more money, although some Democrats have blasted cuts to the CDC budget and other accounts from sequestration. MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked McConnell about...
  • Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US

    10/16/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/16/2014 | Nick Sanchez
    Nearly every African nation has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant Ebola outbreaks. Though the Obama administration has insisted travel bans are not necessary, even countries outside of Africa are beginning to start such travel bans, with Colombia and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Wednesday adding their names to a growing list of nearly 30 countries that block travelers from virus-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. African nations including Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa make up the bulk of the countries that have instituted some kind of ban, and now that countries on the other...
  • CDC considers adding names of health workers monitored for Ebola to no-fly list

    10/16/2014 6:43:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Fox News
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering adding the names of healthcare workers being monitored for the Ebola virus to the government's no-fly list, federal officials tell Fox News. The move is being considered as a response to Wednesday's disclosure that Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson was cleared to fly on a commercial airliner earlier this week despite having been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Edward Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Two Northeast Ohio Teachers May Have Been Exposed to Ebola Virus (At least 2 schools shut-down)

    10/15/2014 11:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Cleveland Leader ^ | October 16, 2014 | Julie Kent
    A Northeast Ohio area teacher was on board the same plane that carried Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who travelled through Cleveland and was hours later diagnosed with Ebola virus. Two Solon schools announced that they will be closed on Thursday as a precaution after learning that a Solon Middle School staff member traveled home from Dallas on Frontier Airlines on Tuesday on a different flight, and an elementary teacher from Cleveland who confirmed contact with an Ebola infected person will be staying home from work until cleared by health officials to return to work. Solon sent the following email...
  • Another Ebola Risk: It Eats Logic

    10/11/2014 4:06:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Reading the bio alongside Steven Bucci’s Daily Signal piece on the Ebola-inspired Liberia travel ban made me want to meet him and shake his hand. He “served America for three decades as an Army special forces officer and top Pentagon official,” now serving as director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Military Hero. Heritage. How do I not love that? Yet oddly, his piece opposing a temporary block on incoming West African travelers struck me as completely wrong, so my usual instinct kicked in— to welcome him to my radio show. His headline, “Wisdom...
  • Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave

    10/10/2014 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    Health Minister Rona Ambrose is urging Canadians in three countries in West Africa where the Ebola virus is raging to consider leaving now. The federal government issued a travel advisory Friday aimed at 216 Canadians who live in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "Today we are asking Canadians living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to consider leaving by commercial means while they are still available," Ambrosa said in Edmonton Friday.
  • List of countries & airlines with travel restrictions to West African Ebola stricken countries Oct08

    10/08/2014 7:35:36 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 13 replies
    International Travel Briefing as of 10/08/2014 Ebola stricken countried restricted from: Cape Verde Cameroon Mauritius Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states – Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – have stated that travellers coming from Ebola-affected countries (according to the World Health Organisation, WHO) would be monitored for 21 days and that travel to member countries for any gatherings would be discouraged. Namibia's Gambia Côte d'Ivoire announced on 23 August that it had closed its land borders with Guinea and Liberia. Gabon Rwanda Senegal Chad...