Jet charter website now accepts bitcoin

PrivateFly, a private jet booking service, has responded to increasing demand from clients who want to pay with BITCOINS.

PrivateFly claims to be the first private jet booking network to accept bitcoin. The new payment option is said to offer more flexibility and convenience to clients.

By paying with bitcoin, travelers can reserve a private jet at any time of day or night, without worrying about whether the bank is open to transfer the payment.

After all, the price of booking a private jet is typically over €20,000, so settling the bill can require more than a simple swipe of a credit card.

“By using BitPay to make the transaction, we instantly convert the amount into euros or sterling to minimize the risk. This approach is already in use at all of the international companies that already accept Bitcoin,” explains Mehdi Dialmy, head of the flight department at PrivateFly.

PrivateFly points out that bitcoin payments currently account for 5% of its revenues and are not expected to overtake other payment method

My Week on the High Seas With Paula Deen

She hates looking at veins. hi

This is one of the many things I learned about Paula Deen in late January, when I spent seven days living just a few yards from her, aboard a 1,047-foot-long floating shopping mall called the Celebrity Reflection.

We were both traveling on a cruise that was her-themed. The voyage was an excellent field trip for learning things about Paula Deen. In the week I spent aboard the January 2014 Eastern Caribbean Paula Deen Cruise I learned that besides hating veins, she paints watercolors in her bathroom, loves playing the slots, recently acquired one goldendoodle—Gus—and is “fixin’ to get another,” and uses chopped mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in her peanut butter pie (this last revelation elicited an awed gasp from the crowd at the 1:00 p.m. cooking demo).

I learned that the weirdest place Paula Deen has ever had sexual congress with her second husband Michael Groover, according to Paula Deen, is on a train traveling from New York City to Savannah, Ga.

This week, the Wall Street Journal confirmed what Deen had referred to on the cruise with cryptic excitement as “a big announcement”: Paula Deen Ventures has received an investment of between $75 million and $100 million from a private-equity firm called Najafi Cos., and is in talks to return to television. According to its literature, Najafi Cos. frequently invests in industries that are “out of popular favor.”

In June of last year, Deen fell out of popular favor, becoming an overnight pariah after acknowledging in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit that she had contemplated throwing an antebellum-style plantation wedding for her younger brother Bubba in 2007. More explosively, she admitted in the same deposition that she had used racist slurs 27 years ago. The suit was dismissed, but not before Deen had lost an estimated $12.5 million in earnings. Endorsement deals were dropped; contracts were allowed quietly to expire; partnerships were suspended “for now” (forever).

2015 Dodge Charger R/T: Quick Drive

Without question, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the member of the Charger sedan lineup that’ll attract the most attention this year.

But if you’re not headed to the track or looking to wow friends with timed performance runs and Hellcat bragging rights, you could save a lot of money just going for the middle-of-the-range, Hemi-V-8-powered 2015 Dodge Charger R/T.

We recently spent a few days driving the 2015 Charger R/T, and found it to be what Dodge has been targeting all along—a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan that builds on the heritage of muscle cars but is something more sophisticated, above and beyond that.

Dodge is steering the Charger lineup away, at least somewhat, from the more retro-flavored direction it’s taken in recent years. With this more refined exterior for 2015, as well as better materials and trims (and improved displays) for the tight, quiet, modern cabin introduced a couple of years ago, plus some additional refinement added this year with new steering and a retuned suspension, it’s at last the full modern interpretation of the classic American rear-wheel-drive sedan.

But there’s still plenty of muscle-car undercurrent. If the seemingly muscle-car-inspired Redline Red paint of our test car wouldn’t already tip you off, the moment you press the engine start button you’ll be reminded of this car’s muscle-car heritage. The big, 5.7-liter V-8 fires up with a pulsating V-8 rumble, and an ever-vocal tonality that’s present whether you’re idling or blipping the throttle.

While we haven’t driven the Charger Hellcat, we’ve driven the 707-hp Challenger Hellcat and even the 485-hp, 6.4-liter R/T Scat Pack models—all of which are offered in the Charger, so we can draw some comparisons and contrasts.