The U.N. promotes human rights abroad.: A DAMNING dossier sent by Kathryn Bolkovac to her employers, detailing UN workers’ involvement in the sex trade in Bosnia, cost the American her job with the international police force. She was sacked after disclosing that UN peacekeepers went to nightclubs where girls as young as 15 were forced to dance naked and have sex with customers, and that UN personnel and international aid workers were linked to prostitution rings in the Balkans. .. During her time in Bosnia as an investigator, Ms Bolkovac, 41, uncovered evidence of girls who refused to have sex being beaten and raped in bars by their pimps while peacekeepers stood and watched. She discovered that one UN policeman who was supposed to be investigating the sex trade paid
European Union officials have a new perk — subsidized Viagra.
The dictator of Turkmenistan wants to rename all of the months after celebrities, starting with himself.
Get a free Lord of the Rings VHS or DVD when you test drive a Kia.
El Al sent a letter to inform Leah Rabin that her frequent flyer points are about to expire and they were terminating her membership. The wife of the former Israeli Prime Minister died more than a year ago.
A primer on the benefits of airline elite status and how that status is earned.
Excellent article from Smarterliving.com on online shopping programs which award frequent flyer miles.
Airtran offers business class upgrades to everyone. For $35 you can upgrade on a first-come, first-serve space available basis at check-in. What’s more, very few people seem to know this — coach is often packed with business class nearly empty!
Free elite status. You may recall from my earlier posts that the way you get treated well up in the air is by becoming one of an airline’s “elite members” — something that most airlines award with 25,000 miles of travel in a year. Continental is actually offering “trial” elite status. Specifically, they are offering “silver elite” status through November 15, 2002. All you have to do is call 1-800-554-5522 and ask for promo code “GG ONE RA2M26”. Plus, this status will be extended through February, 2004 if you fly 3 roundtrips before the end of promo period and they’ll give you “Gold” status if you fly 6 roundtrips. There’s only one hitch — this came as a targeted mailing. That means you may not technically be eligible — but folks are having success signing…
I’m a bit late with this story, but I still thought it worth mentioning. I’ve always thought that the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II was an abomination. First, because the massive loss of civilian life and ensuing human suffering was incredible, and second because it looked quite clear that the U.S. would have won the war anyway — so it wasn’t justified as a way of saving other lives. Now, there’s new evidence that Japan was close to developing its own atomic bomb. This actually makes me rethink the whole issue a bit. I’m still not comfortable with the U.S. decision to drop the bomb – and to the extent that Americans were unaware of the Japanese progress, their actions may not be any less…