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Alaska Airlines to furlough or lay off more employees as COVID-19 grips travel industry

As federal aid for airlines runs out and negotiations over more coronavirus relief stall, Alaska Airlines has begun cutting nearly 450 more flight attendants and other employees from its payroll while borrowing $1.3 billion from the U.S. Treasury.The furloughs, first reported by online aviation magazine The Points Guy, were hardly unexpected. In June, Seattle-based Alaska announced it would begin slashing 3,000 jobs from its 23,000-person workforce starting at the end of September to bring expenses more in line with revenues, which have plunged as the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel.The vas...

Here Are 3 Things the Government Does More Efficiently Than the Private Sector

As the November midterms draw closer, many Republican candidates will be touting their alleged disdain for “big government” as one of the reasons to vote for them. Republicans, of course, aren’t so fond of “small government” when they attack reproductive rights, advance a theocratic agenda or promote the War on Drugs and the Prison/Industrial Complex, but that doesn’t prevent them from claiming that government is always the problem rather than the solution and repeating their talking point that the private sector inevitably does everything better. However, the right-wing “government bad/private sector good” mantra is fatally flawed because in many areas—from health care to mail delivery to high-speed rail travel—government has been as efficient as the private sector, if not more efficient.

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How to Get Some of the Best Things in Life - Without Having to Spend Money

It’s hard out there when you’re working class and want to advance in life. Taking a class, learning a new language, or just partaking in extracurricular activities, like travel or a night out dancing, can be expensive. Entertainment, travel, yoga… everything, it seems, costs money, and that stuff adds up so fast. So what’s a low-budget American to do?

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Flight Attendants Really Want You to Stop Ordering This Drink

After spending a few hours of your life being corralled into lines full of anxious travelers, having all of your personal belongings inspected by TSA agents, and squeezing yourself into an unreasonably small amount of space for the duration of a flight, the sound of a drink cart coming down an airplane aisle often signals a bit of relief for the dehumanizing rituals modern-day air travel forces upon us. One may not usually drink Bloody Marys or enjoy spend $7 on a minuscule bottle of alcohol, but our imbibing rules are often different in the air. Non-soda drinkers go from extolling the evils of Big Sugar to pleading with a flight attendant for the whole can, while non-water drinkers beg for the last drops of bottled water while stuck on the tarmac.

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Thinking About Going on a Wildlife Adventure? Here Are 9 Things to Consider

Like the rest of the world, South Africa is currently engaged in a timely debate over what constitutes responsible, ethical and authentic tourism. The issues that necessitate the debate are clear. This country is home to the predator breeding and canned hunting industries, two interrelated practices that have brought widespread condemnation for the way they use wild animals for commercial exploitation. While not all operations are involved, there are about 200 facilities holding anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 animals in cages and captivity of some form. The vast majority are lions, but the list also includes tigers, cheetah, leopard and a variety of exotic and smaller cats. And there are also untold other facilities making significant profits through tourism activities by keeping animals such as elephants, primates, birds and wolves.

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Got the Eco-Travel Bug? Here Are 10 Countries Leading the Climate Fight to Visit Right Now

Already dreaming about your travel plans for 2018? You’re not alone. Americans spent more than $683 billion on travel last year, and the tourism industry accounts for more than 10 percent of global GDP. All of that cash flow presents the perfect opportunity to vote with your dollar by supporting governments with sensible climate policies that lay a positive path for an uncertain future.

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One Simple Trick to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Want to save the planet? Are you, like me, a young professional struggling to reduce your carbon footprint? Then join me in taking the train to your next professional conference.

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3 Drinks Flight Attendants Avoid When They're Flying

Falling sick after a flight is not exactly news to regular travelers. Typically, we attribute this to the stale air and claustrophobic quarters which act like an incubator for infectious ailments. But what if that oxygenated vacuum isn’t the only disease-causing agent aboard?

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Why Tourists Go to Sites Associated with Death and Suffering

On a beautiful summer day in 2016, as I walked with a group of college students along a well-trodden path sprinkled with needles and cones from majestic pine trees, our mood was somber and morose. The chirping of birds and the burning off of the dew on the grassy hills by the rising sun in this idyllic setting did not help either.

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Planes, Trains or Automobiles: What's the Most Carbon-Efficient Way to Travel?

Have you ever wondered how your personal carbon footprint changes depending on the kind of journey you make? Different modes of travel have different impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Checkpoint, U.S.A.: Crossing the Border Into Trump's America

“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it, ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” — Abraham Lincoln, known cuck

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