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What Did I Write That Required a Disclaimer on Twitter?!?

I wrote an article back on Thursday, January 14, 2021 with the title Unruly Passengers Face Up to $35,000 In Fines and 20 Years of Imprisonment: Federal Aviation Administration which quoted Steve Dickson — who is the current administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — and also featured an official video of him…

…but when I viewed this message on Twitter which contained a link to that article…

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Comments Will Not Be Censored Here at The Gate — Except For…

Readers of The Gate have been contacting me in recent months to let me know that the authors of other weblogs have been adopting policies which have increased the censorship of comments and restricted what is allowed — to the point with which comments are either deleted or not approved altogether.

An increasing number of media sites which used to allow readers to post their thoughts in response to articles have since shut down their comments sections. That had me thinking about whether the Comments section at The Gate should remain open or be closed — but the majority of readers who responded let me know that the Comments section should be kept open…

…but at which weblogs are comments censored — and at which ones would you feel comfortable enough to express your thoughts and feelings?

The most comprehensive list which I could find is…

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Has That Article You Are Reading Has Been Recycled? One Way to Tell Is…

Have you ever been enticed by a headline to read an article — the headline is not necessarily “click bait” but may still be catchy or interesting — only to find that what you are reading seems very familiar…

…as though you have read it before?

No, déjà vu is not what you are experiencing. Rather, some “bloggers” will take what is called an…

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Forethoughts and Foreheads: If I Can’t Laugh at Myself…

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I like to tease them — even to the point of being incessant — and no one is usually exempt from it…

…not even myself.

As I was driving south on North Main Street through downtown Panguitch in Utah and approaching Center Street to turn left in order to remain traveling on United States Highway 89 towards Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park — and, eventually, the Rodeway Inn Bryce Canyon hotel property later that night — I noticed the overhead highway signs which are shown in the photograph…

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Thank You — and Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to You

The year 2020 was quite unique for many people, to put it mildly: the decimation of the entire travel industry worldwide due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, which is thought to have contributed to almost 1.5 million deaths out of greater than 60 million confirmed cases; a record hurricane and tropical weather season in the Atlantic Ocean basin; intense wildfires; insane politics which included a wildly unprecedented election for the office of president in the United States; the continuously abhorrent lack of security of highly sensitive personal information; and…

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List of Past “What is Wrong With This Photograph?” Articles — and Answers

I have received feedback that long lists of links to articles — such as the What is Wrong With This Photograph? series of articles, along with their answers — are difficult to navigate when accessing them using portable electronic devices; so this article was created to which future articles of the series will refer. Hopefully, this will be considered a positive step towards the reading experience of The Gate on portable electronic devices.

Past articles with which you can participate and play along with the What is Wrong With This Photograph? game include…

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Thank You For 14 Years: The State of The Gate 2020

The Gate was unofficially launched 14 years ago today on Friday, August 18, 2006 at 8:33 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time with this article pertaining to liquids and gels — and what is allowed to be carried aboard an airplane and what is not allowed.

Where have the years gone?!?

I thought I would touch upon what changes have occurred within the past year at The Gate with this article — as well as about what I am thinking for the future.

Since the last State of The Gate article was posted one year ago, readership and views both reached an all-time record at The Gate…

…but…

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Close or Keep Open the Comments Section at The Gate?

A lot of media sites which used to allow readers to post their thoughts in response to articles have since shut down their comments sections; and that has had me thinking about whether the Comments section at The Gate should remain open or be closed.

One of the more notable Internet web sites which had recently closed its notorious comments section is Yahoo!, which has both the following message and a button on which to click to start a survey after every article…

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Writer’s Block and

Although not knowing about what topic to write does not happen to me very often, it does happen — despite the plethora of topics pertaining to travel which can be addressed — and this condition is known as writer’s block.

I am certainly not the only person who has experienced this phenomenon, as demonstrated by at least three other writers at BoardingArea.

“So, when I don’t write for a while, it might be because…

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