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Coccinella septempunctata

Coccinella septempunctata

More commonly known as Seven-Spot Ladybug.

In the USA, the name ladybird was popularly americanized to ladybug, although these insects are beetles (Coleoptera), not bugs (Hemiptera).[1]

The name coccinellids is derived from the Latin word coccineus meaning “scarlet”.[2]

The name “ladybird” originated in Britain where the insects became known as “Our Lady’s bird” or the Lady beetle.[3][4] Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows.[3]

1. Howard, J. Frank and Mizell, Russell F. III (November 2000). “Featured Creatures: ladybugs – Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae” University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department.
2. Brown, L., ed. (2007). The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 1 (6 ed.). p. 441.
3. Anonymous. “Why are ladybirds so-called?”. UK Ladybird survey. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
4. Samaha, John M. “Marian Roots of the Name”. Our Lady’s Bug. Dayton, Ohio: International Marian Research Institute. Retrieved 15 October 2010.

United Airlines: The Friendly Skies?

Apparently not!

I refer to this incident on United Airlines.

I’ve always wondered what would happen if no one chose to exit the plane due to overbooking…no more. In this incident, a lotto is conducted among the paying passengers, and those chosen are evicted from the plane.

What is really appalling is that paying passengers were evicted to accommodate non-paying United Airlines crew! This is hardly a problem of the consumer; more a problem for the airline.

It all goes back to greedy capitalism among corporations. Supposedly, overbooking is a common practice, airlines claiming that empty seats cost money. Again, not the consumer’s problem. And don’t tell me that airlines are suffering; just take a look at how much they charge and how they nickle and dime passengers nowadays for every little thing.

I hope United really suffers after this debacle. As for me, I decided to stop traveling via air when homeland security was born because I know myself all too well and I don’t have the patience anymore to tolerate the long lines, personal space invasions…especially when I am the paying passenger.

People are not luggage!

A Peanut Is Not A Nut

While “nut” is in their name, peanuts are in fact legumes.

Peanuts grow underground, as opposed to other nuts – walnuts, almonds, etc. – that grow on trees (and are sometimes referred to as “tree nuts”).

My first guess was that they might be a fruit; learned something new today.

Syrian Airstrikes: Round II

So glad that Donald Trump is the first one to be outed in this blog; he is such an ass!

The way I see it, one day he is on the news stating out of one side of his face that America comes first, that he has no response to some international crisis that was going on at the time. To the best of my recollection, it was within the same week that he unilaterally decided to drop bombs on the Syrian airbase where saran attacks originated.

I was not crazy about this decision for the following reasons:

  • Why is it the United States that always has to take the lead?
  • I thought the President needed congressional approval before taking that could possibly lead to war

The reason I am talking about this two days later, is because I just heard on KTLA News  that the Syrian airbase is back in operation and has attacked the Syrian town previously hit by deadly chemical attack. What a waste of money! For Christ’s sake, if you are going to spend that much money to address a problem, do it right the first time, so you are not wasting money and resources. The story also advised/televised that some our our battleships are on their way to Syria, as well as a Russian battleship.

The betting windows are open as to whether we will be involved in another war by the end of Trump’s administration. What’s with the correlation between republicans and war? The last war was initiated by George Bush over fake WMDs and we are still fighting that war!

Another thing I just realized is how many of our governing representatives are white and old; they don’t represent me.

Out of full disclosure, I did vote for Trump because I am so disgusted with American politics that I wanted that buffoon in office so he could wreak havoc and create all kinds of chaos. He is obviously doing a bang up job, don’t you think?