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  • Tourism Promotion Study Criticism Absurd, Ironic

    01/17/2017 10:45:10 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2017 | Michael LaFaive
    We are the authors of a new study of state-funded tourism promotion programs that found them to be largely a waste of taxpayer money. The findings were so stark that we felt compelled to bring them to the attention of our fellow citizens and Michigan taxpayers, who will pay $34 million for this state’s promotion campaign. Specifically, we found that every $1 million increase in state tourism promotion spending generates just $20,000 in additional lodging industry business (not new tax revenue). Other sectors of the economy get back far less. In other words, spending on this state’s Pure Michigan ad...
  • Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative

    01/17/2017 7:19:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2017 | Tom Gantert
    A survey from a national moving company shows that almost as many people moved to Michigan as moved out during the past year. The annual United Van Lines survey places the Great Lake State in the “balanced” category, with outbound moves mostly offset by inbound moves from elsewhere, though the state is still experiencing a modest level of net outbound migration. People relocating to other states accounted for 52 percent of UVL’s Michigan-related interstate moves. That’s not great, but it’s a long way from 2009 when outbound moves accounted for 68 percent of business the company did in the state....
  • In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division

    01/17/2017 6:15:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2017 | Tom Gantert
    There are two meaningful measures of success for a college football team: its win-loss record and its national ranking. In contrast, there are many ways to measure how well a team’s home state is doing. Among the most intriguing is its migration trend. Specifically, is your team’s state a place that attracts opportunity-seekers? Or is it one they flee? Every year the moving company United Van Lines publishes just such a “win/loss” record for states. Its records reveal how many people moved into a state versus how many moved away. A state which attracts many newcomers compared to people who...
  • Brady Campaign: You Can ‘Carry a Gun and Ammo’ in Checked Bag When You Fly

    01/08/2017 7:01:04 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/7/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 7–the day after the heinous attack in the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood international gun-free zone–the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Tweeted that you can “carry a gun and ammo in a checked bag” when you fly.
  • I Got Zika And I will Never Be The Same (It's Worth It!)

    12/27/2016 4:14:23 PM PST · by Hostage · 84 replies
    AFAR Travel Guide ^ | December 19, 2016 | BRIANNA RICE
    What contracting Zika taught one traveler about traveling fearlessly I remember looking down at my polka-dotted legs as I lay by the pool of a small hostel in El Tunco, El Salvador. As I fought the urge to scratch, I counted the number of mosquito bites. Thirty-seven. I had thirty-seven bites on my legs, not to mention a few on my arms and the one driving me crazy on my back. I shrugged, sprayed my legs with more 99.9 percent DEET spray, and continued basking in the sun. A week after I tallied up my bites, on the last day...
  • State 'Pure Michigan' Agency Refuses to Debate Ad Program's Cost Effectiveness

    12/21/2016 12:16:39 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2016 | Derek Draplin
    The government agency in charge of Michigan’s business subsidy programs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has declined an invitation from a free-market think tank to debate in public the validity and effectiveness of the “Pure Michigan” tourism marketing campaign run by the agency. The debate challenge was triggered by findings from an independent peer-reviewed study of the marketing program by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a longtime critic of taxpayer-funded business subsidies. Documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request reveal internal discussions between MEDC officials and agency vendors about the Mackinac Center’s study prior to its final...
  • Delta Apologizes After Trump-Supporting Passenger Disrupts Flight

    11/27/2016 12:21:28 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    CBS SF BAY AREA ^ | 27 NOVEMBER 2016 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Delta Air Lines is apologizing for not removing a passenger from a flight to Pennsylvania who professed his support for President- elect Donald Trump, and insulted those who didn’t. The Allentown Morning Call first reported on a video posted on Facebook by a fellow passenger on the Tuesday flight from Atlanta to Allentown. The video shows the man standing in the aisle, yelling and insulting Hillary Clinton supporters. In the video, the man asks loudly: “We got some Hillary bitches on here?”
  • Pure Michigan’s ‘Budget Justification’

    11/08/2016 7:15:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    A new study examines the economic impact of government tourism advertising programs. We are the authors of that work, called “An Analysis of State-Funded Tourism Promotion,” which offers empirical support for the hypothesis that these programs are ineffective. Our conclusion is based on examining 39 years of state tourism promotion data with a statistical model that incorporates lessons learned by previous scholars, obtained through a thorough academic literature review. The statistical model we built, its rationale and output are completely transparent, and have been peer reviewed by economists not known to us. Replicating its results will be simple for a...
  • Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back

    11/07/2016 11:20:00 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 58 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Since 2006 this state has spent $295 million on an advertising campaign called Pure Michigan that is intended to draw tourism dollars here from other states. But a new study shows that state-funded efforts to promote tourism are mostly a blunder. The marketing scheme is widely recognized thanks to its homey TV commercials showing picturesque Michigan locations and narrated by film and television star Tim Allen. Michigan’s Legislature appropriated $34 million to the program for the current year, $1 million more than last year. Pure Michigan is managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which is the state’s economic development...
  • John Kerry’s rich fantasy life

    11/04/2016 5:31:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-4-16 | Opinion
    The secretary of state spends too much time in a world of his own making. There’s an old theory that extensive air travel inflicts physical injury and distorts cognitive thinking. Airline stewardesses of a previous time said the introduction of the jetliner for the old propellers-and-internal engines disrupted their menstrual cycles. Life is dangerous in the clouds. Perhaps all his flying about is what disrupted Secretary of State John Kerry’s ability to think coherently. He told a group of University of Chicago political science students the other day that President Obama’s foreign policies have been a smashing success. The president’s...
  • Travel Warning (Turkey)

    10/29/2016 4:53:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    US government ^ | 10-29-16 | US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey
    This order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. The Department continues to monitor the effect of these developments on the overall security situation in the country. This replaces the Travel Warning dated October 24, 2016. The Governor of Ankara, acting under the authority of the recently-extended state of emergency, and on the basis of reported terrorist threats against cities in Turkey, has banned all demonstrations in Ankara province until November 30. The Department continues to monitor the effects of the ongoing state of emergency; recent terrorist incidents in Ankara,...
  • Mother sues after airline flies her boy to wrong city and gave her different 'son'

    10/06/2016 12:04:45 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 42 replies
    straitstimes.com ^ | October 4, 2016 | The Straits Times
    Travelling mishaps happen, and travellers are used to lost baggage, booking mix-ups and delays. However, American airline JetBlue Airways is now facing legal action after two children were mixed up and sent hundreds of miles in the wrong direction to the wrong cities, reported The Independent.
  • Another Travel Fiasco Courtesy of the TSA

    08/26/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 19, 2016 | Genevieve Wood
    I have long been a believer that, in most cases, a private company will do a more effective and efficient job than any government agency charged with the same task. My recent travel experience solidified that belief. It all started out with a half-empty water bottle at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside the District of Columbia. I had checked in the night before, checked my bag at the curbside when I arrived, and now had a full hour to go through security. With Congress gone since late July and much of the District emptied out until Labor Day, I...
  • The languid beauty of a 126-hour train trip [Trans-Siberian]

    08/24/2016 6:37:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jackie Friedman
    For about $700 you can travel more than 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Beijing, aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, the single longest railway line in the world. Built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Asian and European cities across the great span of Russia, the Trans-Siberia Railway celebrates its centennial this year. Crossing a record seven time zones and offering up vast landscapes, the world's longest railway line has always attracted adventurers during its 100 years in service.
  • The British Are Coming—to the Deep South

    08/22/2016 10:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Condé Nast Traveler ^ | August 22, 2016 | Danica Lo
    The Brits are coming for our po' boys, our music, and our swamp tours. A deep-seated curiosity about America's cultural and political history brings international travelers south, in droves. It will probably come as no surprise that for the more than 3.8 million Brits who travel to the United States each year, their most-visited regions stateside are California and the Northeast. But over the past 18 months, travel agents in the U.K. have noticed a surprising surge in inquiries around trips to the Deep South—making it the third most-requested destination at travel agencies such as Audley, who curate individual itineraries...
  • Delta Air Lines grounds all flights worldwide after tech glitch ‘everywhere’

    08/08/2016 4:03:15 AM PDT · by Enchante · 58 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 8, 2016 | Sara Sjolin
    Delta Air Lines Inc. has grounded all flights worldwide as a computer glitch is leaving passengers unable to check in. The second-biggest U.S. airline DAL, -1.78% said via Twitter that “all flights are grounded due to a system outage,” prompting long delays at airports around the world.
  • Australian Olympic rowing coaches robbed at knifepoint in Rio and 'violently assaulted by [tr]

    08/07/2016 7:18:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2016 | Max Margan
    Two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint by two teenage boys in Rio in the latest security failure at the Games. The coaches were wearing their team uniforms and were walking a short distance back to their hotel near Ipanema Beach after the opening ceremony on Friday, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The coaches were reportedly violently assaulted during the incident after being approached by two teenage boys, including one who pulled out a knife and demanded money.
  • Airbnb hires Eric Holder to tackle discrimination [ Just lost my business]

    07/21/2016 4:53:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Channel 4000 ^ | 7/20/16 | Seth Fiegerman
    Airbnb is bringing on a big name to show its commitment to tackling discrimination. The company announced Wednesday that it has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to develop a "world-class anti-discrimination policy." The high-profile appointment follows....
  • Philippines' Palawan named World’s Best Island for the second time

    07/18/2016 6:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gulf News Destinations ^ | July 18, 2016
    An island province in the Philippines likened by Hollywood A-listers as "Emerald City" and "the most beautiful place" on the planet has been named the world's best island yet again. Palawan first received the distinction in 2013 after being voted the "Best Island in the World" on international magazine Travel & Leisure. This year, Palawan topped the list with a score of 93.71. Voters described Palawan as “every beach lover’s dream destination.” Palawan is known for its crystal blue waters, amazing dive spots, and a plethora of picturesque views. No wonder the island paradise has drawn a string of Hollywood...
  • Something is wrong with this picture

    07/05/2016 4:26:04 PM PDT · by vannrox · 10 replies
    SovereignMan.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | simon black
    The US Passport Act of 1926 is an obscure piece of legislation that was enacted decades ago when the idea of passports starting catching fire around the world. Subsequently absorbed into US Code Title 22, the law was originally intended to authorize and issue passports for US citizens to travel abroad. Several years ago, the law was modified to provide the Secretary of State with the authority to revoke or deny a passport to any US citizen convicted of engaging in immoral acts with minors overseas. Until now, this has been the only instance of excluding a US citizen from...
  • Got grandparents? Four places where you can become a citizen

    07/05/2016 4:12:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies
    SovereignMan.com ^ | April 24, 2012 | simon black
    I awoke this morning to an excited email from a longtime friend who wrote, “Guess who is going to be officially confirmed as a Polish citizen next month? Yours truly! Now, it’s just matter of waiting to be assigned the Polish version of a social security number and pick up the physical passport. “ No doubt, if you’re part of the lucky bloodline club because your grandparents happen to have been a certain nationality at birth, it’s possible that their citizenship might pass on to you. This is, by far, the fastest, easiest, and most cost effective way to obtaining...
  • Here’s where Obama’s jetting off to next

    06/28/2016 10:55:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | ANITA KUMAR
    WASHINGTON As the campaign to replace him gets increasingly aggressive and nasty back home, President Barack Obama is getting out of town – embarking on a sort of farewell tour to the world.
  • Zika, other Brazilian problems dull U.S. appetite for Olympics travel

    06/16/2016 11:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | Sabrina Eaton
    Problems like the Zika virus, crime and political turmoil are giving tourists second thoughts about travel to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic games, tourism experts say. University of Florida tourism professor Lori Pennington-Gray says advance travel bookings are down from what they were for previous Olympics.
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • The Most Beautiful Spot in Every U.S. State

    05/13/2016 7:18:32 AM PDT · by xp38 · 83 replies
    PureWow ^ | May 10 2016 | PureWow
    This country is called America the Beautiful for a reason, so we decided to take a closer look. Here, the most stunning place in every single U.S. state. Cue all of the wanderlust.
  • Jewish Travelers Separated, Removed from British-based EasyJet Airline in Barcelona

    05/09/2016 8:26:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 8, 2016 | Hana Levi Julian
    A group of Jewish families that included elderly people, pregnant women and children were taken off an EasyJet passenger plane in Barcelona waiting to depart for Paris, according to a report on the European Jewish Press. One of the passengers, a Holocaust survivor, said the behavior of police who came to take the travelers off the flight was similar to that of the German Nazi SS police during World War II. The families were removed after the plane had been sitting on the tarmac for more than two hours, waiting for departure. Many of the Jewish men were wearing kippahs,...
  • Academic questioned by American Airlines officials for doing math on plane

    05/08/2016 11:46:48 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    CNet ^ | May 7, 20161:26 PM PDT | by Chris Matyszczyk
    Technically Incorrect: An Ivy League expert in search theory says the math he was writing may have been mistaken by a passenger for some sort of code, possibly terroristic. Oh, and he has dark skin. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. What does math look like? Would you be able to tell it apart from, say, things that terrorists write while on planes? The question emerges after an Ivy League academic was questioned by American Airlines staff when a flight returned to the gate at Philadelphia airport Thursday, ostensibly because a...
  • 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...