Banking Miles

Mileage offers from financial institutions: 4,000 Northwest miles for opening a Worldperks Checking Account ($20 annual fee). 2,000 American miles for opening a checking account, plus 1000 miles for activating direct deposit. (This is different from the BankDirect deal that offers up to 10,000 AA miles per year.) Up to 25,000 American Airlines miles for TD Waterhouse brokerage accounts. Up to 25,000 United miles with an E-Trade account. Up to 25,000 United miles with an Ameritrade account, plus another 5,000 miles for adding to the account.

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Free miles with international programs:Opt

Free miles with international programs: Opt for electronic statements instead of paper for 1,000 miles with Emirates Airlines. Get your China Airlines mileage summary by e-mail for 250 miles per month through the end of the year. Get 1000 miles for e-mail statements with Grupo Taca. 250 KLM miles for subscribing to a free newsletter. Fill in your Flying Dutchman number and pin, click on personal and e-mail news and promotions. Fill in your e-mail address and subscribe. 4000 Mexicana miles for new members. 4000 AeroMexico miles for new members.

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In Ohio, a police

In Ohio, a police chase ends as the suspect’s leg falls off. It gets me thinking — shouldn’t the police make a reasonable accomodation for the suspect’s disability? It hardly seems fair that this man should be hindered by his disability, especially when there’s nothing inherent in the job of being a criminal that says a disabled man can’t do it . . .

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A deal to

A deal to pardon murderers in Pakistan in exchange for cash and young women has unraveled. Pakistan allows a victim’s family to pardon a convict in exchange for financial compensation. I actually think this makes alot of sense. Here in the U.S., we think of crimes such as murder as “crimes against the state.” The state prosecutes and the state punishes — as though it was the state that was harmed. This practice, which strikes me as more advanced than in the West, allows the people who are truly harmed — the families — to be compensated instead. The problem with this particular deal is that the parties agreed to something that was not permitted — including young brides in addition to the cash. Pakistani elders declared that it was simply “unethical” for a 77-year…

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You’re darn skippy that I

You’re darn skippy that I picked up a couple of tickets for a weekend getaway to Puerta Vallarta. Turns out that the fare was good from Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Not bad, since when you back out tax you’re really getting first class travel to Mexico for less than $50 roundtrip. Coach tickets run > $500. Too bad they wised up to their mistake. The window has closed. Lesson: check this website frequently for the best deals in travel.

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Not free miles… free rib

Not free miles… free rib sauce. Answer five trivia questions and get rib sauce. Apparently the contest is run frequently. This’ll be a rib sauce annuity for those of us with obscure knowledge. Oh, and if you’re having trouble with any of the questions, e-mail me.

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