We bring you another Delta SkyMiles devaluation, the best camp sites, the 100 top financial advisors, is this GOP suicide? Also, the best Covid-19 you have come to expect, we travel to Papua New Guinea, go see the Gates of Hell, cry with flight attendants, enjoy the latest hotel Covid related extensions, the just released 2021 IRS inflated adjusted income tax brackets and IRA/401(k) contribution amounts, look at damns, preach against drug addiction, movie twists, Jack beards, awesome photography and lots more!
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There are many Covid sites out there that keep up with metrics on the pandemic. This is a new one and it is awesome. Compare the countries you want, I have it set to compare USA, Brazil, India, Mexico, UK, Italy. These are the top five in deaths by the way.
My little blog is more like a crusade. To make the world a better place and stuff like that. Mostly warning you about really awful shit out there, like QAnon and MLM schemes! Why the grandiose promises of multilevel marketing and QAnon conspiracy theories go hand in hand. Can’t read it? Subscribe, it is worth it!
This is long interview of Whitney Phillips On Conspiracy Theories, Social Media, And The Spread Of Misinformation. It is a must read. Stop posting clickbait shit. And also stop spreading the shit okay? Hopefully the paywall stays lifted so you can access it.
Update: Old friend Mile Nerd with his monthly post and I think this is his best as it addresses it to the Republicans who know who Trump is but still plan to vote for him.
MILES & POINTS
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The increased offers keep coming! Barclays Bank has jumped in it with Huge New 100k Offers On JetBlue Plus & Business Cards. Interesting twist yet again, getting the first 50,000 after just $1k spend and the next 50,000 after a total of $6k spend in the first 12 months. JetBlue is not what it used to be and its frequent flyer program has been devalued. And Barclays is not easy to get approved. Good luck out there. My sucky credit cards links do not offer them; help bloggers to support their work. We all could be doing other things with our time! Update: The Chase business cards are now available with my links, yes!
We are all suffering in the biggest global pandemic we have ever seen. The travel industry has been severely impacted. Airlines are doing their best to get us to fly again. And then there is Delta Airlines sticking it to their unsuspecting sheep customers who don’t know what is going on, especially now with no published award charts. But we hobbyists live for this shit and we are all barfing at the assholes running this airline. Again. After bloggers have been screaming about the few remaining sweet spots in the Skymiles program while expertly selling Amex Delta credit cards, the same bloggers all came out faking their anger at Delta which dropped the hammer with the horrors of Covid-19 all around us. I mean, this takes some amazing asshole DNA. Can you imagine The Points Guy saying stuff like this? Of course not, come on! Massive SkyMiles Devaluation: Delta Hikes Partner Award Rates by 25%+. No worries, the same bloggers will soon be selling the same Amex cards with cheery posts like “69 Reasons I love the Delta card (I am getting paid to shove into your throats again suckers!)”. If you were saving your Amex Membership Rewards points for transfer to Delta or its partners…LOL.
And banks are trying to get more of our spend dollars with, what else, Amazon and groceries! Chase Spending Bonuses (November & December): United, IHG, Southwest. If you are not getting 5x on your grocery spend, something is wrong 🙂 The Chase Sapphire cards added a new benefit for Peloton spend, get out of here woohoo!
Bloggers will not rest until everyone becomes an “entrepreneur”! Setting up a business: easier than you might expect. Hey, making money selling plastic may have something to do with it you may say, cough. Am I doing this? Hell, yes! But our businesses are legit! My wife’s consulting business magically springs to life every time there is a new killer business card signup bonus lol. Just be responsible and don’t get in over your heads, ok?
Stop the presses! I received an email by a hotel company PR person. Me, wow! Am I finally the big shot travel influencer? Or probably a mistake lol. But here it is you guys: IHG Rewards ties the knot with Mr & Mrs Smith, giving loyalty members even more choice for luxury and lifestyle stays. I like how Hyatt keeps doing these partnerships and expanding its footprint.
RVs have seen an explosion lately as most people do not travel abroad. So, road trips are in. Big time! I have a client who bought one and another who is going to rent one to test it out. I swore I will not buy an RV after seeing the movie RV, no way! But if this is you, here is a good link: The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States.
I really felt sad reading this article: Flight Attendants Face an Uncertain Future. Be prepared, I have warned you.
She has worked for United Airlines for 17 years. “It was my plan to do this job forever,” Ms. Ricumstrict-Zamora, 41, said. “We are there for people in their good times and bad times. We have had people find out a family member passed and they’re on the airplane. We have people going to see their first grandchild. We have little kids and adults going on their very first flight, their eyes full of wonder.”
Really cool short video: How the Soviets accidentally discovered the ‘Gates of Hell’.
Very interesting post about Papua New Guinea, bigtime penisenvy down under. The central highlands of the island of New Guinea was the last place on earth where there were significant numbers of stone age people with no previous contact to the modern world—and this was just 90 years ago.
Egyptian military men and police. In a parade. Topless. WTF and LOL combo! Their leader is named, wait for it, Sisi smh!
In case you missed it or believed that the virus had magically disappeared like a miracle, here is the reality: The Third Wave of COVID-19 in the U.S. Is Officially Worse Than the First Two. To the bloggers who travel amidst this carnage…please provide photos of your Covid experience as well okay? Preferably not from the hospital in the prone position hooked up to a ventilator…
Oh, we have it under control, how many times were we lied to our faces with this huh? We just passed 9 million cases in the US! And Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients. And you know what comes after that, right? More body bags! 230,000 of them, over 1,000 a day die every day! PREVENTABLE deaths, PREVENTABLE carnage! If you are not angry what is wrong with you? Meanwhile, 200 days have passed in Taiwan without ONE single local Covid-19 case! I just punched the wall in my office, ouch!
Look at this, USA and Canada next to each other. If you are not angry, are you blind?
I posted this before: Covid in the US, Latest Map and Case Count. Zero in to your county! Look at Wisconsin, OMG! If they vote for the ones governing them they must suicidal!
Cancel 2021 🙁
This is really good! A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air.
I think the US Election really comes down to this sadly. America Is About to Choose How Bad the Pandemic Will Get. If Donald Trump is reelected, he will continue to downplay the threat of the coronavirus, and more Americans will fall ill.
Science values replication—repeated experiments that verify whether the same outcome occurs. But in this case, that work is unnecessary. The U.S. has now clearly seen what happens when a pandemic occurs under Trump. It is an experiment that no one should ever want to rerun.
I think I am the first blogger who started dedicating lot of blog space to this virus. Imagine how much I could have monetized this blog if instead I was doing “69 reasons I love the credit card with the best huge offer ever that pays me the most right now, hurry!” instead hey? But I digress. There is a Greek expression I frequently say out loud to describe this virus: “Kai gamo ta virus”. It means, holy shit…this is a very sneaky resilient virus that spreads like wildfire and if you do not give it the respect it deserves you will soon wonder too “how the hell did I get infected!”. Or something like that. This BBC article explains in more detail how the sneaky virus works: Covid: Why is coronavirus such a threat? A scientist aptly describes it as a “hit and run killer”.
In my post last week I introduced you to these things that are imperative to make vaccines work. They are called adjuvants. Things we learn reading my blog! The strange ingredients found in vaccines. Scientists add some bizarre things to vaccines, such as aluminum and extracts from shark livers. Many vaccines simply don’t work without them – but no one knows why. I lost count how many times I said out loud “wow!” reading this, amazing!
Every year there are a whole bunch of numbers that get adjusted for inflation. The 2021 numbers are out: The IRS Just Released New 2021 Tax Brackets. Here’s What They Mean. And this is more relevant to all:
For individuals and married couples filing separately, the standard deduction for tax year 2021 increased by $150 to $12,550. For married couples filing jointly, the deduction increased by $300 to $25,100.
And since we are doing inflation adjusted numbers, here we go next: These are your 2021 401(k) and IRA contribution limits.
For 2021, 401(k) contribution limits, which are based on cost-of-living adjustments, will remain at $19,500 for individuals, plus an additional $6,500 in catch-up contributions for those 50 or older.
Limits on individual retirement accounts will also stay at the 2020 level, maxing out at $6,000. Those over 50 can contribute an extra $1,000 to traditional and Roth IRAs in 2021.
Great read: Irksome Adversaries. Avoid arguing with these people, life is too short! You are welcome.
I remember bloggers mentioning/promoting Beam Bank. Something did not feel right. Or I am very skeptical by nature. Maybe I am responsible and would never be able to deal with myself if I led just one reader down a harmful path! Of course many bloggers will sell their mothers for an affiliate sales commission and/or a page view click. Not here and that is why my blog never made more than minimum wage, sad lol and #facepalm. Ok, I like making fun of myself, everyone takes themselves so seriously these days, looking at you asshole calling yourself an influencer! Oh, I forgot, here is the article: This start-up promised higher interest rates on savings. Now some customers are struggling to get their money back. Thoughts and prayers and hope you get your money back if you sent them any.
Some over rated financial advisors here you guys 😉 Investopedia Top 100 Financial Advisors of 2020.
I have enough water and food. I was thinking to get a gun but I did not…because I am a lover and not a fighter! Ok, I always laugh at this joke but this is not a joking matter. I expect that Donald Trump will not concede and he will not go quietly. If he loses that is. Ignore the polls, remember 2016. If he wins again, well, we deserve it smh. Oh, the article. Here is what happens at election night and forward: Election night marks the end of one phase of campaign 2020 – and the start of another. God help us all!
Assuming this becomes true that is, I guess we will very soon find out: How Trump Sealed the GOP’s Suicide. It didn’t have to go this way—with the GOP becoming a cult of personality suffused with authoritarianism.
I get lots of election related snail mail. And the Republican pieces are all full of the same old FEAR shit. But the most vile are the ones calling Joe Biden and his family corrupt, puuuhlease! The stunning hypocrisy of the Trump family’s attacks on Hunter Biden. If you fall for this shit…well, I really do hope that we can get united again (and I do not mean with a war!). If you think Trump is the one to unite us all….LOL.
I am going to get a lot of crap about this but, please sit down, I have a confession. I am not a fan of Bruce Sprinsteen. The artist. I never liked his voice and I am not crazy about his songs because, cough, his voice. I am weird. I recognize the guy is an American institution. And he deserves it, I just never got into his music, that is all, please don’t shoot me. But you know what? I do LOVE this ad he did. Mostly because he did not sing lol. This will trigger old friend Rams 😉
ODDZ & ENDZ
Some amazing photos of dams! How dams have reshaped our planet.
This is a very sad story of a man in Michigan who died of an overdose. In darkness of pandemic, Wyandotte man’s drug addiction got worse — and then deadly. I have been pounding this theme to my kids since they were born, the only thing I want from them is not to do drugs! I feel the pain of so many other families suffering with this, I lost my little cousin to drugs, he was not even 24. The pain never goes away, this is a disease!
And here is a story of one who made it out of the hell of drugs. Such an uplifting story! A High School Dropout Finds Support On Road From Prison To Law School.
I really enjoyed this! The 50 Best Movie and TV Show Twists of All Time.
Since we are into movie twists, this was cool: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Reflect on ‘The Sixth Sense’. What a tough debut by a director huh?
Making fun of the now infamous Jack Dorsey beard. Fyi, Jack is Twitter’s CEO and here he is testifying to Congress from some cave somewhere woohoo, hilarious thread!
Just a beautiful picture I found, enjoy!
This just looks amazing, wow! A Surreal New Bookstore Has Just Opened in China.
Amazing shots here too with Winners of the European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2020.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
I have not been to a Wal Mart in months. So many false alarms in the past. But is it real this time? Is the end…here? Are There Big Issues With Money Orders At Walmart Stores?
Is this the first step towards stepping away from Boarding Area? Frequentmiler.com is ours! Celebrate w/ huge swag giveaway. And holy crap, if you wanted to buy some of these items…the prices are extremely high!
The ghost writer working for View From The Wing and One Mile at a Time is not even trying anymore…does not even wait to post these some time apart smh…
I do this to warn people, I have never had an actual conversion from it. Maybe I should just move on I guess…
I can’t wait for the bloggers to lower their Delta SkyMiles valuations. LOL…yeah right. Wait, they are going to lower the Amex Membership Rewards points valuation for sure. Riiiiiiight.
Sometimes all the time this space makes me barf!
I despise pathetic clickbait! But I despise even more blogs that link to blogs full of it. Maybe I need to get away to Maldives…oh wait.
I burned 45,000 AA miles. On a one way First Class trip. Not for me, I don’t want to talk about it…Stay home!
Still grounded. Walking and sciatica related exercises. It blows not being able to run. It is what is is…I’ll be back. Someday. I hope. Never stop believing. And you clicking lol.
I have so much material above that I am totally burned out by the time I get to the end here.
Let’s all pray we can get past this virus phase soon. Take care of your health. Because, nothing else matters. This rings even more true the older you get!
Stay positive, test negative. A lot of change was already underway. The pandemic has accelerated it, welcome to the era of hyper change. Change how you do things! I will just keep on doing what I am doing here almost 8 years. Bringing you the best content I can, now down to once a week and keeping it non profit seeking, just some whining here and there when everything dries up to keep ME going. A normal person would have quit like so many other bloggers did years ago. I am not normal, never have been and likely never will be lol.
Enjoy the weekend everyone! We will get through this. But if Trump wins I am getting the hell outta here!
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