Barun Mitra stirs up some

Barun Mitra stirs up some trouble by awarding the “Bullshit Trophy” to Greenpeace and two other organizations for their contribution to the preservation of poverty in developing countries. Mitra called the three groups parasites which “prey on the blood of the poor.” (Link via Instapundit.)

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Instapundit noted a

Instapundit noted a Washington Post story that the two dumb “security questions” which haven’t stopped a terrorist in 16 years of being asked are being eliminated (I noted it last Thursday). Glenn Reynolds asks whether my Impeach Norm Mineta bumper stickers are having an effect….

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More Frequent Flyer Program Devaluation.

More Frequent Flyer Program Devaluation. United will increase the cost of 500-mile upgrade certificates for Premiers from $125 for Premiers to $200 and non-premiers to $325. They will increase the number of miles it takes for upgrades as well: – domestic – Y/B fares – 8000 miles – domestic – other fares – 15,000 miles – international – Y/B fares – 15,000 miles – international – C/M/H fares – 30,000 miles

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The TSA is

The TSA is paying double for security screeners compared to what the airlines paid when security was private.. and in many cases these are the same screeners. The government is paying for screeners that don’t even show up to work. The government was supposed to negotiate prices and terms with the screening contractors after taking over the contracts six months ago, but hasn’t done so yet, the inspector general said. The TSA instead awarded “letter contracts” to the companies, which don’t spell out detailed terms.

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United is beginning to pull

United is beginning to pull a few benefits from their top-tier elites. No more special 1K rooms (for those who fly over 100,000 miles a year). No more free same-day changes confirmed in advance for Premier Executive (50,000 miles a year) and 1K (100,000 miles a year) flyers. Will United follow USAirways lead cutting benefits? The strange thing is that United’s announcement is a cut for their best customers. USAirways announced was a major cut for everyone except their most lucrative customers.

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