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Traveling to/from Chicago?
Spirit Airlines has a "Slammer Sale" on right now. -- Thanks, Blago.

"The perfect storm."
Floods, Tsunami May Dent 'Black Box' Supply-Chain Insurance -- "Contingent business interruption insurance is not straightforward and can be seen as a massive black box," said Koerner. "If a factory burns down, that's only one claim in property insurance, while the same incident could potentially disrupt the supply chains of hundreds of companies if the factory supplies essential goods to other companies." Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, this week estimated its own insured claims from the Thai flooding at $600 million, while declining to say what proportion of the losses came from contingent business interruption coverage. Munich Re estimates its net claims from the flooding at about 500 million euros before taxes.

Today in rules and regulations (or lack thereof)...
Lead From Old U.S. Batteries Sent to Mexico Raises Risks -- While Mexico does have some regulation for smelting and recycling lead, the laws are poorly enforced and even licensed plants are allowed to release about 20 times as much lead as their American equivalents, said Mr. Gottesfeld, who has studied the export trade. Some American companies recycling in Mexico say that they already exceed that country's requirements and that they intend to bring their Mexican plants up to American standards. But there is no way to ensure that will happen. The E.P.A. says it "does not inspect, monitor or verify the Mexican facilities."

Fido at 35,000 feet.
Pets Fly Private Jets Too -- If you are lucky enough to regularly travel by private jet, you may be wondering how your pet family members will be able to accompany you without becoming a real hassle. However, there is a service available to ensure that your pet family member will receive the same amount of pampering you receive when traveling in a private jet.

Sheena Moore

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