About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Dan Pink observes that the

Dan Pink observes that the administration’s Iraq hawks haven’t served in the military and that those calling for caution are the ones that have served. He proposes that Any political leader who favors attacking Iraq must also offer a son, daughter, or other close relative to serve on the front lines of the war. Pink also introduces the Spence Abraham prize for hypocritical conservatives who denounce a government agency and its laws, go on to run those very same agencies under Republican presidents, and agree to enforce the very laws they have attacked. There may be no higher journalistic calling than exposing hypocrisy.

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ScrappleFace: McDonald’s To

ScrappleFace: McDonald’s To Launch Restaurants for Protestors (link via cut on the bias). Outstanding satire: (2002-08-23) — Following yet another lawsuit, McDonald’s Corporation announced today it intends to launch restaurants specifically for protestors. “We looked at the demographics and it just made sense,” according the news release. “Protestors are everywhere and they’re very vocal about what they like and what they don’t. In essence, they’re the ultimate target market. If our regular customers stood in the streets shouting about their personal preferences, we’d be out there with tape recorders. These protestors have really opened our eyes to opportunity.

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The Los Angeles District Attorney

The Los Angeles District Attorney won’t press charges against Buzz Aldrin for hitting a man who was aggressively trying to get him to admit that his walk on the moon was faked. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file a misdemeanor battery charge Friday against former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who allegedly struck a man in Beverly Hills earlier this month in a dispute over whether Aldrin’s 1969 moonwalk was a hoax. Aldrin, 72, was confronted on Sept. 9 by Bart Sibrel, who has been challenging the authenticity of NASA’s manned moon missions, claiming that the Apollo program was a cover — designed to trick the former Soviet Union into overestimating U.S. power during the height of the Cold War.

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The New York Times reports

The New York Times reports that expensive screening machines get little use. Even as the Transportation Department races to install million-dollar machines in airports to screen checked baggage, most of the devices are operated less than two hours a day, and some hardly screen any bags at all, two congressmen said today. ..Citing figures from the inspector general of the Transportation Department, Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and James L. Oberstar of Minnesota, both Democrats, said in a letter to the domestic security director that only 4 of the 155 machines installed in June were even screening at what the inspector called “minimum capacity,” or 125 bags an hour for 10 hours. “You’d think they’d be increasing their efficiency as we get close to the deadline, so the gap won’t be so enormous,” Mr.…

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