We Live in an Age of Bullshit

A slightly shorter version of this was published as of The Rationalist, my column for the Times of India. Whenever the pressures of the world get too much for me, I lighten the burden by going over to Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. Trump, the only president who would fail the Turing Test, keeps lashing out at opponents and saying outrageous things, often in ALL-CAPS, the internet version of screaming. It’s wonderfully entertaining, and got even more so when he lashed out at Narendra Modi last w...
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Big Island: C'mon over, the Air is Fine!

For the first time in more than 30 years, Kilauea Volcano is not spewing vog—volcanic smog—and the air is pure and clean everywhere. The nastiness of vog has not been widely publicized, even though the air quality has been worse at times, in places,  than L.A. in the early 1960s. People were not only gasping in Kona, but also on Maui and Oahu, and even as far as the north shore of Kauai.  Now Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Kona is feelin' the blues again. People 30 ye...
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Point Increases and Decreases 2019 for IHG Rewards Club Hotel and Resort Properties

A list of hotel and resort properties whose IHG Rewards Club point redemption amounts are increasing or decreasing — effective as of Monday, January 14, 2019 — has been released. The complete list of hotel and resort properties which are affected by the changes in point redemption is below — and red indicates a increase in the number of points which are required to be redeemed for an award night; while green indicates a reduction in the number of points which are required to be redeemed for an a...
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Vava'u beckons

The island of Vava'u is situated in the north of Tonga and is famed for beautiful beaches on it's Outer Islands. Many tourists visiting the Kingdom only stop off in Nuku'alofa before catching an Air Tonga flight north to the resort mecca. However I had
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New Japan International Tourist Tax Starts Tomorrow

New Japan International Tourist Tax Starts Tomorrow ( = || []).push({}); There is a new Japan International Tourist Tax starting tomorrow. Effective tomorrow, 7th January 2019, International tourist to Japan will need to pay a new 1,000 Yen (RM 38) departure tax. This is similar to the Indonesia Departure Tax. The new Japan International Tourist Tax will be used to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure. Revenue from the International ...
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Pick a Hotel Room Lock With the Do Not Disturb Sign and Bonus Miles for Pet Sitting

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Pick a Hotel Room Lock With the Do Not Disturb Sign and Bonus Miles for Pet Sitting...
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Luxury tented camp opens deep in Cambodian jungle

The hotly anticipated Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection has opened, crowning a transformative year for Cambodian luxury tourism. Nestled deep within the wilderness of the South Cardamom National Park, in a pristine wildlife corridor three hours’ drive south of Phnom Penh, Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection offers a radical new concept for a […] The post Luxury tented camp opens deep in Cambodian jungle appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Accommodation, Cambodia, Resorts, Regions, Shinta Mani Wild Bensley Collection, South Cardamom National Park, Phnom Penh Shinta Mani Wild Bensley Collection

Baarn Station

Baarn is a small town in The Netherlands. It is close to Soestdijk Palace that was the residence of Dutch Queen Juliana. Therefor it has a Royal waiting room that is not accessible for ordinary people to my knowledge but has an impressive entrance door (photo 2) The post Baarn Station appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
Tags: Photos, Hotels, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Photo of the Day, Soestdijk Palace, Baarn Station, Juliana Therefor


After spending a lovely spring at our East Coast home in Florida we traveled up to Chattanooga for a LaGraff reunion and also to the Midwest for an Atkins family wedding and reunion in Minneapolis. After that it was on to Sausalito to spend several months
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France, Strasbourg

Musée Contemporain d’Art Moderne, Gustave Doré et la voiture accidentée Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
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First Steps to Renovating the Apartment in Cassis

    At the beginning of renovating this apartment, we were faced with the same issues that we had when we renovated ours in Cassis. The apartment is on a few levels, There isn't a yard or garage to store or work on things, The apartment needed to be gutted which makes the renovation more like creating a new home within existing walls. Since the walls are made of stone, we would have to plaster most of them instead of using sheetrock, because we did not want to lose space. The walls that had bee...
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The 6th Falls Music and Arts Festival (31 Dec – 2 Jan) held at North Byron Parklands wrapped up successfully today with organisers praising the relaxed, friendly crowd. The event attracted more than 17,000 patrons, 15,000 of whom camped on the festival site, arriving on December 29 and 30 and exiting on January 3. The Festival opened the campgrounds a day early this year facilitating smooth ingress with no delays. Campers exited in record time with campers off the site by 10am on January 3. High...
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Possible Merger: Delta and Alitalia Executives to Meet in Atlanta for Talks

Alitalia is in the midst of restructuring, since Etihad pulled the plug and stopped subsidizing the Italian flag carrier. Before Etihad pumped money in, Air France lost their shirt on the carrier. Two months ago it was reported that Delta had submitted a binding offer to invest in the Italian airline. Continue reading Possible Merger: Delta and Alitalia Executives to Meet in Atlanta for Talks...
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#UAE property outlook 'encouraging' for 2019 after cautious approach last year  - The National

UAE property outlook 'encouraging' for 2019 after cautious approach last year  - The National:While the pace of new project launches eased last year as developers adopted a more cautious approach in response to market conditions, the outlook for 2019 is “encouraging”, a new report from property services firm Asteco found.According to Asteco’s UAE Real Estate Report Q4 2018, transactional volumes and values declined across all sectors and emirates, although a number of government initiatives, inc...
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Adnoc among top 10 oil and gas firms worldwide, new ranking finds  - The National

Adnoc among top 10 oil and gas firms worldwide, new ranking finds  - The National:State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is among the top 10 most influential companies and organisations in the energy sector, a new ranking from research and intelligence firm GlobalData found.The firm was ranked sixth on the list and was the only Middle Eastern company to be featured.The UAE accounts for 4.2 per cent of global oil production, much of it from assets owned and operated by Adnoc, according to the...
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A positive start to the new year for #UAE markets

A positive start to the new year for UAE markets:The Dubai Financial Market General Index (DFMGI) saw its strongest one-week performance in nine weeks last week, rising 56.53 or 2.29 per cent to close at 2,526.02. Strength was widespread as there were 30 advancing issues and only four declining, while weekly volume dipped to a seven-week low given the shortened trading week due to the year-end holiday.It was a tough 2018 for the Dubai market, as it fell 24.9 per cent as of last year’s close at 2...
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Positive outlook for #UAE's economy in 2019 | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Positive outlook for UAE's economy in 2019 | ZAWYA MENA Edition:A number of economic officials and analysts have affirmed that the outlook for the UAE economy is highly positive despite global headwinds.The country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow 3.7 percent this year, higher than the 2.9 percent forecast for 2018 and the 0.8 percent growth achieved in 2017, according to the latest economic outlook figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Speaking to the Emirate...
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Global oil and gas industry on steady footing: Moody’s - The Peninsula Qatar

Global oil and gas industry on steady footing: Moody’s - The Peninsula Qatar:Oil and natural gas prices will be volatile, but also range-bound in 2019. While the recent announcement that Opec and Russia will cut production helps alleviate concerns about oversupply, the pivotal questions in the coming year are whether Opec and Russia will maintain their production discipline and what might happen in June, when the current agreement expires, Moody’s Investors Service said in its annual report outl...
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#DohaBank, StockHolding join hands to offer India investment solutions

Doha Bank, StockHolding join hands to offer India investment solutions:Doha Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (StockHolding), India’s premier custodian and depository participant, to facilitate its global customer base to invest in India.Under the MoU, Doha Bank will offer all banking-related services, while StockHolding will offer compliance, clearing, settlement and reporting services for all investment activities of customers. ...
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#Iran approves anti-money laundering bill to ease foreign trade | Reuters #FATF

Iran approves anti-money laundering bill to ease foreign trade | Reuters:A powerful Iranian council approved an anti-money laundering bill on Saturday, state media reported, a major step towards reforms that would bring Iran into line with global norms and could facilitate foreign trade in the face of U.S sanctions.Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental organization that underpins the fight against money laundering and ter...
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Eye on Travel–St Helena Island–January 5, 2019

Read the full article on at - Eye on Travel–St Helena Island–January 5, 2019   This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from one of the most remote locations on the planet–St Helena Island. Deep in the middle of nowhere in the South Atlantic Ocean, this is a place that’s hard to get to, but you definitely want to be there. St Helena has a fascinating history–the second British colony and where... The post Eye on Travel–St Helena Island–January 5, 2019 appeared first on Peter Greenb...
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Sober Sailors Taking the Navimag Ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

K We booked our Navimag ferry trip between Puerto Montt in the lakes and Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia way back in August. 3 nights4 days cruising through the beautiful Patagonian fjords with the opportunity of seeing glaciers and a bit of mari
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Reading in 2019

Great, a post about resolutions, just what everyone needs. Love ’em or hate ’em, the start of a new year is indeed the time to think about resolutions, things you’d like to try doing — or doing better — and for me it’s reading. Don’t get me wrong, I read constantly, but it’s usually limited to magazines, comics, bandes-dessinées, and tons of stuff on the web. I’ve been trying to get my book reading habit back up and running for years now, and it’s a constant struggle. I don’t know when it happe...
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Raising Hellenika, Brisbane

One of the most popular new restaurants in Brisbane with plenty of buzz is Hellenika. Booked up for Friday and Saturday until March 2019, it combines a pool side Greek Island vibe and a menu focused on Greek style seafood.
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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker is Aviation’s Greatest Troll

Truly Akbar al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, is a man for our times. The great thing about Akbar al-Baker, and his access to the Al Thani pocketbook, is that when he wants to troll another airline CEO he can do it with a half billion dollar investment. Continue reading Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker is Aviation’s Greatest Troll...
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VIETNAM 5 Hu et Danang

Me revoil... Avec ce souci de Travel Blog j'aurai au moins pu apprendre certaines choses convertir un fichier excel en word... faire des groupes avec vos adresses ajouter chacune d'elle un et un espace... faire un copier coller dans le Cci du mes
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Is United in the Process of Eliminating Award Charts?

Delta SkyMiles eliminated award charts. They charge you whatever they happen to want to charge you for a flight on a given day. SkyMiles aren't like money, you can't spend them anywhere you want (say for travel on American). It's a company town, SkyMiles are their scrip, and they make no promises about what you should expect to get for your points in the future with a published price list. A year and a half ago United made fun of the idea. However they've taken down the fulll .pdf award chart...
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Take Three Round Trips and Get One Free 2019 With Amtrak

You can take three round trips and get one free with Amtrak on Acela or Northeast Regional during its 1-2-3 FREE promotion of 2019. The qualifying round trips — which consist of six qualifying one-way trips — must occur from... The post Take Three Round Trips and Get One Free 2019 With Amtrak appeared first on The Gate.
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