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Changing things up a little bit as this blog evolves. The MILES & POINTS section has now moved toward the end to widen the appeal of the blog and hopefully not turn off first time visitors. The eclectic variety of content has absolutely NOT changed!
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We are getting our butts kicked by an invisible virus here on Earth but we are rocking it over on Mars!
Let’s start with something positive! I wish this comes true. At the end of the day (I always thought saying that is weird!), we do not know what is going to happen, it is up to us to make this happen. Oh, it also depends on what the damn virus will do too!
It has been rough…is a huge understatement! Travel’s Covid-19 Blues Are Likely Here to Stay—‘People Will Go Out of Business’. 2020 was the worst year for tourism on record, with one billion less international arrivals! I feel for the people in the tourism industry in countries so dependent on it as this appears to be shaping up to be another awful year and many will sadly not be able to hang on. Looking ahead, this quote nails it: “The truth is that nobody knows for sure…It all depends on how vaccinations proceed.”
We all missed flying so much! Maybe I book one of these just to get away from it all and get my fix…soon! The 10 Longest Flights in the World.
This is a 2 minute video from my hometown Larisa in Greece. The ancient remains are one of the best kept…secrets in the world, the city gets no tourists at all, it is crazy! Or maybe just the complete chronic lack of competent tourism marketing human capital, sad!
Stunning picture of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.
Think about it, how did the rich nations manage to screw up the Covid-19 response so spectacularly? This will lay out some possible answers and I sure hope science figures this out, the sooner the better for the sake of all! Why Does the Pandemic Seem to Be Hitting Some Countries Harder Than Others? It is a probably a combination of factors. I had a deep thought the other day about this…I wonder if the processed food we eat here is responsible?
And there lies an epidemiological mystery. The usual trend of death from infectious diseases—malaria, typhoid, diphtheria, H.I.V.—follows a dismal pattern. Lower-income countries are hardest hit, with high-income countries the least affected. But if you look at the pattern of COVID-19 deaths reported per capita—deaths, not infections—Belgium, Italy, Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom are among the worst off. The reported death rate in India, which has 1.3 billion people and a rickety, ad-hoc public-health infrastructure, is roughly a tenth of what it is in the United States. In Nigeria, with a population of some two hundred million, the reported death rate is less than a hundredth of the U.S. rate. Rich countries, with sophisticated health-care systems, seem to have suffered the worst ravages of the infection. Death rates in poorer countries—particularly in South Asia and large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa—appear curiously low. (South Africa, which accounts for most of sub-Saharan Africa’s reported COVID-19 deaths, is an important exception.)
This is a good comprehensive article about the subject of vaccines we are all so interested about lately, understandably so! How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?
Will this vaccine be the terminator of Covid-19? We sure hope so and based on my newly acquired knowledge of epidemiology, I think the answer is yes. If not, don’t blame me though ok? Novavax Nears Covid-19 Vaccine Game Changer—After Years of Failure.
This is a pretty good recap of what is going on in the investing landscape. Finally the international and US small cap allocations are paying off! #Diversify!
Here we go again with another round, hopefully it goes to more people who actually need it this time! Biden Changes P.P.P. Rules to Help the Self-Employed.
Hopefully this article remains free to access: 20 IRA Mistakes to Avoid.
Our grandchildren’s children will be talking about this horror: U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
I turned on the news yesterday and I was annihilated by coverage of the Tiger Woods car accident and then I turned it off…I think the media IS missing Trump!
ODDZ & ENDZ
This is very cool to watch: Murmurations; Ornitographies project.
This was a very educational article about nuclear power. Read with an open mind and suppress your anchored beliefs. It may just even change your mind: The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power.
There are currently fifty-six nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. They provide the country with roughly twenty per cent of its electricity supply— more than half of its low-carbon electricity.
This is mind-blowing! Pennsylvania man snaps picture of rare half-male, half-female cardinal. Known as a bilateral gynandromorph, he described it as “a bird divided right down the middle, half male and half female” that stood out as “pretty unusual.”
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This section is about my
hobby addiction of collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the early 1990’s! Feel free to skip this section and parts of the next one if this is not for you.
Newbies: If you discovered this blog from one of the big miles and points blogs, you will soon realize that they keep trying to sell you travel rewards credit cards. NON STOP! Have you ever read a credit card “review” they did that concluded that the credit cards sucks? Nope! Perhaps you may want to consider that these blogs do not have YOUR best interest in mind because they are just marketing machines pushing bank merchandise for the sales commissions. You should probably avoid them and try to support blogs that are not in it for the money and have YOUR best interest in mind. THINK!
You can now register for Hyatt’s new promotion:
Hyatt is having the best promotions by far. And my fear is there is going to be way too many Globalist elites out there you guys 🙂 I do not have any plans to take advantage of this at the present time. But if you do, here are some ideas.
Support some local restaurants, have some nice meals and earn up to 6,000 Marriott Bonvoy points I guess, in case you were not enrolled previously.
I have never paid for this! Because the whole point is to travel for free 🙂 Which award search tool is best?
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.
In the meantime, The Points Guy Inc. hired another four full timers smh. While this blog earned $1.01 yesterday…can you feel the momentum shifting? No? Lol.
Not surprised that such a software product came out to address this: BankScout: New Bank Bonus Tracking Tool! Just bringing it to your attention in case something like this can be helpful to you, do your own due diligence!
I say good riddance! HSBC to announce exit from U.S. retail banking, reshuffles top jobs.
The Daft Punk band called it quits. I may make some enemies here but, in my own opinion and taste, this band was way over rated. And they went out in a typical snobbish way, an 8 minute over the top video of them….never mind.
Today I am watching the new movie The Mauritanian for free online. Because I have a free account at STX Screenings and they sent me a VIP Pass. You can open an account there too. Nobody paid me to pump this, I just want you to watch free movies sometimes. I miss going to the movies so much, it has now been a whole year since I did that, unbelievable!
I AM trying to make my posts smaller! Sticking with not more than four links in each section and aiming for three. Blog keeps evolving, makes life interesting.
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