The right is calling

The right is calling for Trent Lott’s ouster as Senate Majority leader over comments at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party that if the country had elected Thurmond President in 1948, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years(.)” First, many conservatives find Lott’s endorsement of Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist views repugnant. Second, they also see Lott’s words coming back over and over in ad campaigns for years. As long as Lott is Senate Majority Leader, this quote means that the Republicans are at their root racists. And no matter what minorities think of Republican policies, as long as they think Republicans want to lynch them they’ll never vote for the GOP. Third, conservatives don’t like Lott much anyway, so they may see this as an opportunity to dump a wishy-washy leader and…

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It looks like big changes

It looks like big changes are in store for Delta’s frequent flyer elite qualification scheme. Details will be forthcoming tomorrow. There will be an increased emphasis on revenue to the airline over just number of miles flown. Two things to note — First, at this point it isn’t clear whether there will be a separate, new track based on revenue or a replacement for mileage-based elite status. Second, this apparently applies only to earning elite status and has nothing to do with earning frequent flyer miles that can be redeemed for awards.

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Dan Pink repeats

Dan Pink repeats an important factoid from The Economist: In Europe, more people now send and receive short-text messages on their phones than use the Internet. . . . This year, users of mobile phones around the world passed the 1 billion mark. The number of mobile phones is now greater than the number of fixed-line ones.

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Aargh. You know, I spend

Aargh. You know, I spend a few days out of town.. and a couple days out of the country (admittedly on a $150 first class round trip ticket to Puerto Vallarta).. and I miss out on a British Airways fare glitch ($20 round trip). Sorry for letting my dear readers down by not making it available to y’all in time.

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Need to top off that

Need to top off that mileage account? Try falling asleep. A woman who fell asleep on a flight from Newfoundland fell asleep .. and didn’t wake up during landing or during boarding of the planes next flight … and wound up in London. Air Canada flew her home and credited her with the extra miles she flew.

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