State Dept. admits passport form was illegal, but still wants it approved

Ignoring massive public opposition, and despite having recently admitted that it is already using the “proposed” forms illegally without approval, the State Department is trying again to get approval for a pair of impossible-to-complete new passport application forms that would, in effect, allow the State Department to deny you a passport simply by choosing to send you either or both of the new “long forms.”

Wildlife travel safety — follow the rules!

Last week, Ned Levi wrote about making great wildlife photos with long lenses when you travel to view and photograph wildlife in far-flung areas of the world. This week, Ned writes about wildlife travel safety, and has 11 tips to help you stay safe while out viewing wildlife in their native habitat.

A few days of play in Banff National Park, Canada

The town of Banff is the center of excursions through the Banff National Park. The chachka-lined main street is oriented for a perfect view of the mountains towering over the town. Some of Canada’s top chefs have made this town their home, which has brought Banff’s culinary standards to the top of Canada’s food chain.

The widening gulf between first and worst on airlines

Airlines are going out of their way to separate their top customers from the rabble that fills the back of their planes. In the old days, first-class passengers got bigger seats, full meals, free drinks and early boarding. They still do. But, now with new perks the differences are staggering.