Sites of the Week: March 8, 2014

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

– Sophocles

Factoid: Every day, an average of 20 American children are hospitalized for injuries caused by firearms, a new study found. Another 3,000 die every year before they get to the emergency room. For people ages 15 to 19, firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle crashes.

USA Today

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.


If you travel often, this site may be of interest. A total of $450 million annually in compensation is owed to airline passengers involuntarily bumped on overbooked U.S. flights. Yet only a fraction of the compensation owed to passengers is paid because travelers don’t fully understand the rules. Under U.S. rules, bumped passengers are eligible for compensation equal to double the price of their tickets up to $650 if delayed one or two hours from their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights, or one to four hours for international flights. Those subject to longer delays – more than two hours after their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and more than four hours for international flights – are eligible to receive payments of four times the value of their tickets, up to $1,300. The site charges a steep 25% fee for their service, but it you’re otherwise getting no compensation or settling for the airlines’ offer of a travel voucher, then it starts to look pretty good.

Time: The Top of America

At 1,776′ and 104 floors, the new One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. As you might imagine, that height affords a “pretty good” view. Now you can enjoy the view, too with the panoramic camera mounted atop the tower.

Lifehacker: The Ways Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Things You Shouldn’t Do

I believe you’ll find this brief video interesting. The video describes three ways our minds can trick us to our detriment: sunk cost, optimism bias and confirmation bias. Unfortunately, the video offers no tips—aside from it being helpful to be aware of them—to prevent being tricked.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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