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Freedoms of the Air

The meaning behind terms such as 'third freedom' that are sometimes used to describe airline routes and their negotiations with governments.

All About Bird Flu and How to Survive

Is Bird Flu an upcoming disaster that could destroy much of the world's civilization (and population) or is the risk greatly overstated?

This three article series discusses the underlying realities of Bird Flu and what you can do to prepare and survive a Bird Flu pandemic, should one occur.

The Art of Positive Complaining

A series of articles on how to create winning complaints, both in person and by mail.

Correspondence with ASTA

An unsuccessful attempt to get the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) to explain and defend itself in response to the regular criticism from both me and travel agent readers.

What Happens if an Airplane's Engines All Fail?

Although exceedingly rare, such events do occasionally happen.

Here's a report telling you what to expect, prepared with the assistance of several airline pilots.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur review

Bentley's fastest ever four door car, the new Continental Flying Spur manages to combine unashamed performance with exquisite comfort and luxury.

The Flying Spur is definitely for people seeking the ultimate driving experience.

Bentley Continental GT review

It costs as much as a single engine plane, and travels as fast or faster.

Although expensive, I consider this super car to also be good value, and find it to exceed expectations in all respects.

Creating Your In-Car Emergency Kit

A three page article that comprehensively looks at what you should keep as part of a general in-car emergency kit, and in an in-car First Aid kit too.

Applying this knowledge might save your life, or that of a loved one. 

Looking After Your Hard Drive and its Data

Hard drives hold more data than ever before, are smaller, and are cheaper.  But, alas, they are not more reliable.

Here's what you know to make sure you're never caught unawares by a hard drive crash. 

Fire Prevention Planning and Fighting

Based on my own house fire experiences, tips and strategies to reduce your fire risk and to respond to a fire if it does occur.

A two part series that might save your home and even your life.

The Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

Here's a massive series that tells you a huge amount about the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, what they teach, how to prepare for their courses, what to bring, and whether you should attend or not.

Not the usual sort of stuff you'd find on this site, but an interesting and relevant thing for us all to consider.

All About Body Armor and Bullet Proof Vests

If you're considering planning for self defense and home defense, don't just think about the gun or other weapon you'll have.  Consider also defensive measures, and most particularly, a bullet proof vest.

This multi-part series tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about bullet proof vests - what they do, what they cost, whether you should get one, and how to choose the best one for your needs.

Annual Travel Technology Awards

Readers vote for the best new travel and technology items that we've covered here each year.

Awards have been issued for 2005, 2004 and 2003.

2009 Christmas (or anytime) Gadget Gift Giving Guide

Yet another annual Christmas gadget gift giving guide with another 'Top Ten' list of the best items we've come across in the last year.

Prices range from $15 and up, with most below $50.  You're sure to find plenty of gifts for all the 'hard to buy' people on your list.

2007 Christmas (or anytime) Gadget Gift Giving Guide

Our fourth annual Christmas gadget gift giving guide (not sure how we missed one in 2006), with another 'Top Ten' list of the best items we've come across in the last year.

Prices range from $20 and up, with most below $50.  You're sure to find plenty of gifts for all the 'hard to buy' people on your list.

2005 Christmas (or anytime) Gadget Gift Giving Guide

Our third annual Christmas gadget gift giving guide, this time featuring a 'Top Ten' list (actually, 11 items, but who's counting!) of the best items we've come across in the last year.

Prices range from sort of free up to almost $200.  Chances are you'll find plenty of 'must have' items for your friends, family, and even yourself.

2004 Christmas (or anytime) Gadget Gift Giving Guide

Looking for something to give to the person in your life that already 'has everything'?

Here's our 2004 selection of twelve innovative, interesting, fun, and/or useful items, ranging in price from free to $350.  You're sure to find something of interest.

2003 Christmas (or anytime) Gadget Gift Giving Guide

Looking for something to give to the person in your life that already 'has everything'?

Here's a range of six innovative, interesting, fun, and/or useful items, ranging in price from free to $350.  You're sure to find something of interest.

The Amtrak Funding Scandal

Why does the government willingly give billions of dollars to the airlines (even to ones that are profitable!) but begrudge every penny that Amtrak desperately needs.

Read more about this scandal, and what you can do to help encourage appropriate government action.

Amtrak Answers

Amtrak's critics in Congress are once more blaming the troubled railroad company for its chronic unprofitability, and demanding it either become profitable or be broken up.

But who is really to blame for Amtrak's problems? Could it be that Amtrak's critics are also the creators of Amtrak's current impossible situation?

The Government's Outrageous Lie about High Speed Rail

Amtrak's critics in Congress are once more blaming the troubled railroad company for its chronic unprofitability, and demanding it either become profitable or be broken up.

But who is really to blame for Amtrak's problems? Could it be that Amtrak's critics are also the creators of Amtrak's current impossible situation?

Danger - Your Amex Card Might be Declined

Read my tale of frustration and woe about how American Express converted me from being a loyal and profitable customer, to now being a former customer who avoids using an Amex card whenever possible.

When it comes to bad customer service, the airlines could take lessons from American Express.

 
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