Month: June 2017

Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

We have an almost preternatural urge to remain constantly connected to our electronic gadgets, even while cruising in a “tin tube” six or more miles above the surface of Planet Earth.

Four years ago I wrote two stories about in-flight Wi-Fi: One about the topic in general, and another that reviewed Wi-Fi service available on Southwest Airline flights.

A trip to Phoenix last month gave me an opportunity to use the Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems on Southwest during the Portland-to-Phoenix leg of my trip, and that on an Alaska Airlines flight back to Portland a week later.

Here’s what I learned.

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In Oregon: On the Trail of Ale

In Oregon: On the Trail of Ale

The first evening in our new hometown of Eugene, Oregon, my wife and I walked to a grocery store across the street from our temporary lodgings to purchase some take-out food for dinner.

While my wife searched in vain for an already-chilled bottle of white wine—that store provides a “quick-chilling” vat of liquid so customers can cool a bottle of wine to the temperature they desire rather than picking it out of a refrigeration case—she suddenly exclaimed “They must sell at least 500 different beers!”

(Pond Skipper Flickr Photo)

Welcome to Oregon, where “Beer” is one of the state’s unofficial “Four Food Groups,” along with “Coffee,” “Wine,” and “Everything Else.”

And while there are over five hundred wineries in the Willamette Valley, don’t ask me how many places make beer.

But there are “a lot,” or at least “plenty” to keep you tasting and drinking your life away, at least for a good while.

And an excellent way to find and drink beer is to take a trek, long or short, along the “Eugene Ale Trail.”

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Trump “Travel Ban” Partially Back in Place Until Supreme Court Rules

Trump “Travel Ban” Partially Back in Place Until Supreme Court Rules

Supreme Court Will Hear Trump Travel Ban Challenge

(Last updated at 5:15 p.m., PDT, Wednesday, July 19, 2017)

In an unsigned order issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review lower court rulings which had blocked enforcement of an executive order signed by Donald Trump in March that block entry into the U.S. by travelers from six predominantly-Muslim countries.

As The New York Times said in a story published today that reviews the Court’s action:

“Mr. Trump’s revised executive order, issued in March, limited travel from six mostly Muslim countries for 90 days and suspended the nation’s refugee program for 120 days. The time was needed, the order said, to address gaps in the government’s screening and vetting procedures.” (Trump signed a more sweeping travel ban on January 27, 2017.)

Injunctions Against Travel Ban Partially Stayed Pending High Court Review

More importantly, the Court stayed the injunctions issued by the lower courts that prevented the government from suspending travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

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