Trump costing us jobs

It seems that if you restrict travel to the US, you reduce the number of travelers to the US (via here):

Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.
A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.
According to the Global Business Travel Association, in only a single week following announcement of the ban against certain foreign tourists, the activity of business travel declined by nearly $185 million.
Good job Donald. Next he’ll get us into a trade war with Mexico and China, which is sure to hurt the economy even more.


The first tour I went on in Iceland was the Golden Circle tour. It takes one to a few main sites:



the geothermal area with Geysir (inactive) and Strokkur:


and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (this is the boundary of the American tectonic plate, the flag shows where the Althing was held (the Althing is the longest existing parliament in the world)):


To be continued.

Border Patrol

I just flew back from Iceland yesterday and had my luggage checked by the US Border Patrol. It showed two important things about them:

My luggage was taken aside at JFK airport in New York, but they didn’t tell me. At JFK you collect your luggage from the international flight and then re-check it in to the domestic portion of your flight–since I wasn’t told, I waited at luggage retrieval for my luggage and then had to talk to a worker who told me that it would be put on my connecting flight (although he didn’t know why). My luggage was not ready for my flight and was put on a following one–again I was not told, so again I waited at the luggage carousel and then talked to a worker. My luggage arrived a bit more than an hour later. In some sense, this isn’t a big deal (altogether I waited two or three hours that I wouldn’t have without the check), but it shows that the Border Patrol just doesn’t care about people–they could have easily let me know that my luggage was taken aside, but they didn’t; obviously they didn’t care if I had to wait for no reason.


It also show how inefficient they are. My flight arrived at JFK at about 12:30 and my flight to Boston  left at about 4:30 (it was supposed to leave at 3:15 but was delayed). They had three hours to get my bag, search it, and put it on the connecting flight. They couldn’t do it. It doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence about their ability to screen material.


Otherwise it was a very nice trip to Iceland, I’ll probably put up pictures later.

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