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Monthly Archives for June 2013.

Jun292013

California’s hottest day in 100 years?

Furnace Creek Death Valley National Park in southeastern California may hit 130 F degrees today for the first time in 100 years. The highest temperature ever recorded on earth and officially recognized by international committees of scientists occurred at Greenland Ranch (now called Furnace Creek), Death Valley July 10, 1913 when the thermometer hit 134…

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Jun282013

Hilton hits 4,000 hotels milestone

Hilton Worldwide announced yesterday it now has 4,000 hotels open around the globe with the 4,000th hotel being Hilton Shijiazhuang in the Hebei province of China. Hilton has remained at least a couple hundred hotels ahead of Marriott International the past few years. And it looks like that lead will continue for some time to…

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Jun272013

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks to August 31

The new list of PointBreaks hotels from IHG Rewards Club will be available for booking later today. Priority Club Community forum published the list this morning, but the hotels are not yet posted on the PointBreaks web pages. All PointBreaks hotels are reduced to 5,000 points until August 31. There appear to be more hotels on…

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Jun272013

Choice Hotel Points on Daily Getaways

I will try to buy Choice Hotel points today during the 1pm ET Daily Getaways sale. I prefer to buy points rather than earn them more slowly the traditional way during Choice Privileges promotion for 8,000 points after two stays. There are four packages available. 20,000 points = $102 ($91.80 with American Express payment). Purchase…

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Jun262013

Gay Equal Rights and Justice in the USA

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions today on DOMA and California Prop 8 moves the country to better states of equality for gay couples. In California, probably the worst act by voters in the past decade, even worse than electing Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor in 2003, was banning gay marriage. In 2008 I was shocked to…

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