I have often wondered wonder why some branches of a tree are apparently very dead, other branches are alive and well. Yet, both dead and live branches trace to the same larger branch.

Searching online, you’ll find explanations such as, maybe that side of the tree is front facing to a harsh winter, or the tree was injured, or disease killed one side. Here, in southern California, there is no harsh winter. I guess, injury and disease are certainly possible.

Maybe the reason is simply unknown. Something interesting I discovered, when clearing the yard. I happened to cut through some of the branches that supported both dead and live branches downstream.

Half of those branch’s core appears dry and dead. Only those branches supplied by the living half, are getting water and nutrients ?

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Declare your pet potbelly pig, your Emotional Support Animal (ESA), fly it free on airline travel – sounds too good to be true? Apparently so. Airlines reported more than 40% increase of service or support animals travelling onboard. Even politicians noticed the abuse, as Chicago City Council introduced ordinance to ban all animals without proper documentation from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.

Previously, Delta Airlines tightened its requirements on service animals and ESA. United Airlines followed with some restrictions and documentation requirements. Now, American Airlines (AA) also updated its policy on Service and ESA. AA does not permit the following list as service animals or ESA – fairly similar to Delta’s policy.

  • Amphibians
  • Ferrets
  • Goats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Rodents
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Sugar gliders
  • Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game birds, & birds of prey)
  • Animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses properly trained as service animals)
  • Any animal that is unclean / has an odor

There are also animal behavior requirement

  • Growling
  • Biting or attempting to bite
  • Jumping on or lunging at people

If this behavior is observed at any point during the journey and isn’t corrected or controlled, the animal will be considered a pet and all pet requirements and applicable fees will apply.

Animals must be able to fit at the customer’s feet, under their seat or in their lap (animals to be seated on lap must be smaller than a 2-year old child)

So, under AA’s new policy, these are not allowed. Although, I suppose, one could argue a well behaved kangaroo is not on the banned list.

One note worth applauding. AA’s new policy also distinguishes between service animals and emotional support animal. Service animals have been specifically trained to perform life functions for individuals with disabilities; whereas, for ESA, all bets are off, until now.

Happy Birthday Mamie!

We have talked about Donald Trump’s hair, his rather peculiar long ties, but how about his hand gestures?   One can reasonable argue that The Donald is just as well defined by his hand gestures.

Single palm                                                     How about double palm?

Single OK                                           How about double OK?

Single finger pointing                                   How about double finger pointing?

Probably Donald Trump’s best known hand gesture – not sure if there is a name for this gesture. Is it an ‘L’ or ‘b’ or ? Let’s just call it the Trump Emphasis

Just in case, we think only people in the U.S. notice the Trump hand gestures, one city in China erected a giant rooster statue to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, with golden crown (i.e. blond hair), and a couple of well know hand gestures.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress, after it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to access information from tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. While unauthorized user data access is very, very serious matter, the hearing couldn’t help being a theater.

If you still have an outdated Mark Zuckerberg image – un-install that, and download the latest version!

In fact, the latest update is more like D.A.T.A., than data mis-use.

Which one is Mr. Zuckerberger, and which one is Mr. Zuckerman? As if being grilled by Senators and Congressmen weren’t enough to endure, he had to put up being called different mangled forms of his name.

Why did he think he needed a booster seat, when testifying? And, why wouldn’t that be reported by every media outlet and blogger on the planet?

After being roasted over the internet, on his second day of testifying, the booster seat was nowhere to be seen.

The hearing also evolved to be as much about conservative video bloggers, Trump supporter, Diamond & Silk. Diamond & Silk, real names Lynnette Hardaway & Rochelle Richardson, complained that their Facebook page was shutdown, preventing thousands of their followers from access to their blogs. Facebook was foolish enough to send them an email stating “(t)he Policy team has come to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.” Unsafe to the community – what does that even mean? Diamond & Silk, of course, claimed censorship because of their conservative views and their support for President Donald Trump.

I bet most of those Congress persons have never heard of Diamond & Silk, but those were their favorite words that day. A large poster was brought into the hearing room to stare Zuckerberg right in the face.

If Mark Zuckerberg had never heard of Diamond & Silk, he is having recurring nightmares about them these days.

 

At a local public marketplace, we saw a table displaying greeting cards with 3-D pop-ups. Rather than some pictures or words, these cards have constructions that unfold into 3-D figurines.

The 3-D figurines are quite intricate. The guy said they use laser to cut them.

It was asking $9.95 for each. That seems reasonable, giving that a half decent traditional greeting card can cost $5 and up. Search: Pop Up Cards.