Re-accomodate is the newest buzzword

United badly overbooked their flight, as per usual. Then they needed four seats for their own staff (not sure how that works, don’t staff have their own seating?) and they had already allowed everybody to board and be seated.
They asked for volunteers to leave for 400 dollars and an overnight stay in a hotel. No takers. They offered 800. I think they had 2 takers, and then instead of offering more, they randomly chose two more tributes, I mean ‘volunteers’ by computer.

A man who was chosen to ‘volunteer’ said he is a doctor who has patients he needs to see tomorrow, so he refused to get up. United called in Chicago cops who forcibly dragged him, while screaming, up out of the window seat and over another seat, bloodied his lip in the process, and then dragged him off the plane by his arms, like the cops were neanderthols and he was a victim. What do I mean, ‘like?’ They dragged him like he was a thing, not a person. His shirt was up over his chest exposing his belly. This is a person who looks to be in his forties or a bit older (he may only look older because of what he’s been through). It was cruel and undignified.

He got away and came back on the plane and said he wanted to go home (he was dazed by this time, seems to have been hit in the head at some point). At this point, other passengers stood up and said they were leaving. United then cleared everybody to ‘clean up.’ I.e. get rid of evidence and blood (that’s my take).
Icing on the cake- CEO has apologized for ‘reaccomodating’ the passenger.

This is the face of the man who will be reaccomodating United’s profit margins and probably contributing toward the ‘reaccomodation’ of a few United employees.

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Bug- if you’re squeamish about bugs don’t look.

I found this wandering down the same road I was on as I was on my way home from language lessons. It glittered under the glow of a streetlamp.


Tessaratomidae family, or shield bugs because they are shaped like shields. It’s a large family with members all over the world.  Stink bugs and harlequin bugs are members.


It is a shield bug, Mattiphus reflexus. It’s about an inch, I magnified it for most of these photos.

Shield bugs include four different families- some others are on this page.



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Culturally Bullied into Silence

This story is worth reading.   Note that I disagree with her on gender and transgender issues that what I mostly would say to her is, “Good grief, what did you expect?  Your side brought this down on all of us, and it’s not going to get better until you wake up and realize cultural bullying, not tolerance, not acceptance, not consideration, was *always* the end game.”

Transgender people are not helped by any of this. It is a tragic mental illness, not something to cherish, embrace, and tolerate any more than we cherish suicidal tendencies (which, by the way, afflict those who believe themselves to be transgendered in staggering rates).  You want to help, really help?   The reaction of the women in this bathroom is not helping.


Personally, I doubt that man was just innocently waiting for anybody.  It sounds more likely that he was enjoying staring women down, intimidating them into silence, making them afraid.  Thanks, leftists.

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Organizing in our Philippine house


In this house we have two closets. They have plenty of shelves, but the section to hang clothes is very small, compared to American standards. Also, the Boy is using one of the closets, leaving three of us to divvy up the single closet remaining.  We do not have any dressers because we didn’t want to spend money on them, and there are shelves in the closet.

I packed over the door hangers, like this one and this one. I prefer metal because in a pinch, if it doesn’t fit over the door perfectly you can use pliers to adjust a bit. I try and put the Cherub’s outfits all together (shirt, jumper or shorts, leggings, undershirt if required) on one hanger, and it goes on a hanger over her door. My clothes mostly go over the multihanger hanging on our bedroom door.

To keep things organized on the shelves in the closet, I just use the boxes from the things we bought when we moved in, plus a couple of collapsible canvas storage cubes I slipped into my suitcases at the last minute, and I am very thankful I did.  For a while I used one of our suitcases, but that was for my husband’s clothes (he has the side of the closet where it fits, and he didn’t like it.


There is not a towel rack in the bathroom, and towels wouldn’t dry there well if there was, because a bathroom in all the parts of Asia I know of is essentially a wetroom, plus it’s so humid that the bathroom feels like a sauna most of the day. We have two solutions for this. We have an acrylic over the door hanger sort of like this one, and it goes over one of the cupboard doors in our room and I hang my towel on it- the hanger, made for purses, is wider so the towels have time to dry.
My husband bought a tension curtain rod, and put it up in the bathroom from wall to wall, above the door and as far from the shower as possible.  He hangs his towels up there. I find it difficult to get mine over the rod in a way that still allows me to shut the bathroom door.  His towel is high enough that it usually does dry by evening.

In the kitchen to save space we have a tall set of shelves with various shallow trays, and then a variety of containers. Again, I primarily used the boxes that things we needed for the house came in (the rice cooker box, the box for the iron, the box for the tea kettle….). But to make it look more uniform and satisfactory to me, I bought some pretty wrapping paper, tape, and glue and now my boxes and canisters match each other. Wrapping paper is shockingly cheap here- I think I paid less than a dollar for all the paper I needed to wrap the boxes and containers.  I don’t have an oven.  I have a very small toaster oven I keep out on the counter next to the rice cooker. My stove is a two burner gas cooktop on a small table between the counter and the fridge.  I also have a electric kettle for two reasons.  One is that electric is cooler than the gas- it heats up faster without heating the kitchen area the same way the gas flame does on my cooktop.  The other is so I can have hot water for dish washing or rinsing quickly when I want it.


We have one blanket for the Cherub, and the Boy brought his own. I did not bring one for us because I thought we’d be too hot. The HM doesn’t want a blanket. He does not even always want a sheet, but I sometimes do get too cool at night- I get downright cold if he turns on the aircon, but sometimes I just get too cool from the fan and open windows. Instead of a blanket, I use an extra sheet and a beach towel and this has been quite adequate except the one night I had fever and chills all night and couldn’t get warm at all.  For storing extra sheets (we don’t have that many), the Cherub’s bed has drawers underneath it, and I have a set of shelves in the hall where odds and ends and extra towels go.

For a laptop tray, I use a battered old metal pan, the kind that went in somebody’s oven, a shallow tray for catching spills. It’s got about an inch lip all the way around it. I balance it on a throw pillow on my lap.

Instead of a silverware tray, because I do not have enough drawers for that, I keep all our silverware in a jar at the back of a shelf over the kitchen counter. My knives and vegetable peelers also go in a jar on a shelf.

We’re still without curtains in all the rooms but ours- I brought those curtains with us because they were adjustable length and I found them on major mark-down. Amazon has something similar, but except for not being insulated, I like mine far better. They don’t tie up, they have a pleated/fold thing with eyelets and you bring the ties through and it looks better, and you don’t keep adjusting up or down, because they are curtains, not shades. The rod we have in our room is one I bought used from a missionary who moved. The rings I brought from home, again, marked down on clearance. I will never use another kind of curtain ring, though- I love the ones with clips. I brought extras, so if we can pick up some other curtain rods and curtains cheaply, I’ll be adding curtains to the living room/dining room area. The windows are frosted, so privacy isn’t really an issue, but the windows are louvered slats that don’t seal- there is an actual gap at the top of most of them at least 1/8 of an inch, which means the air con is not as efficient as it could be/should be.

Or, if I can come up with enough cardboard pieces big enough, I could cover cardboard with my wrapping paper and set those in the windows when we want to run the air con.

We packed light and we don’t have a lot of things with us. I am proving to myself daily what I already knew – half the battle in keeping a tidy house is reducing the clutter and excess stuff. Part of the battle is also the right amount of space and storage, but mainly, I can just about manage to keep up with the housework when all my worldly goods would fit in 3 or 4 household trunks.   It’s pathetic, really.

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Syrian MIssile Strikes and other news

The Case Against Immigration: It’s an emotional issue and people get their hackles up and make arguments based on idealism, how they wish things were without any regard, knowledge, or interest in how they *actually* are.  They talk about how we are a nation of immigrants without any idea of the historical facts behind that and how it all really happened.  You have to register to read the whole thing (registration is free, I recommend a fake email, one set up for stuff like this), but it’s worth reading and thinking about.

Our president has launched a missile strike on a Syrian Air Base.

Glenn Reynolds:

“On Facebook, a friend comments that half the point of this was doing it while the Chinese president was with him. And Richard Fernandez notes: “The bitter fruit of Obama’s war by executive order is now upon us. Whatever happened to Congress’ war powers?”

Neither Democrats nor Republicans would assert those powers under Obama. Who will do so now? But this does seem more like a continuation of Obama’s mideast policies than a reversal of them. Which, given how they turned out, isn’t promising.”

100 years ago Woodrow Wilson got us into The War to End All Wars.  How did that work out for all of us?


Arkansas is planning 7 executions in a 10 day span (they had wanted 8, but a judge required a stay for one of them) because:

“Arkansas is cramming so many executions into such a short time frame because its supply of one of the lethal injection drugs is about to expire. Like many states, it’s struggling to find new supplies because manufacturers have been pressured into not selling them to prisons for executions.”

How the sexual revolution is working out for us:

“….More than 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with genital human papillomavirus, according to the first survey to look at the prevalence of the virus in the adult population….

“…HPV is a ubiquitous virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. About 40 strains of the virus are sexually transmitted, and virtually all sexually active individuals are exposed to it by their early 20s.”

Senate goes nuclear on Democrat blockade of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch.  Others call this the Reid option.   Here’s a neutral description of the historical background of the ‘nuclear option.’

How deep is the ocean?

They mentioned the Dumbo Octopus- here’s some video footage of this adorable little creature.

And here’s a lot more information about these fascinating creatures.


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