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Benjamin Disraeli- December 21st
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John Pitcairn-December 28th
William Gladstone- December 29th

Dogs on airplanes

I have taken a number of airplane trips over the past month or so, and I noticed, on each of the flights I took, that there were dogs on board — not in carriers, but sitting on the laps, or in the arms, of their owners. It struck me as odd, and now, thanks to an interesting and informative article by Karen Elliott and Rebecca Lightle in The Washington Post a few weeks ago, I have an idea about what’s going on.

They’re all, apparently, “service dogs” — though from the look of it, they didn’t appear to be performing (or capable of performing) any particular service, nor did their owners appear to be disabled in any way. As Elliott and Lightle explain, the Americans With Disabilities Act requires places of public accommodation such as restaurants and transportation carriers to allow service animals — which can be dogs or, oddly enough, “miniature horses” — that assist people with disabilities.

That seems fair enough (though the “miniature horses” part seems a little peculiar). The problem, though, is in determining whether any particular animal qualifies as a service animal — and in doing so without running afoul of the ADA’s restrictions on the questions concerning disabilities that the ADA also imposes.

To meet the ADA’s definition, a dog must be individually trained to perform specific tasks that directly relate to a person’s disability. For instance, a service dog may be trained to assist with navigation or alert its handler to safety concerns. However, if a dog provides aid only by its natural behavior, then it lacks the individualized training necessary for ADA accommodation. This standard means that the ADA does not apply to many dogs that function as therapy, emotional-support and companion animals.

So how should a business assess whether a customer’s dog is a service animal? Federal regulations instruct that if it is readily apparent that a dog is aiding a person with a disability — for example, by leading a person who is blind — then staff members should simply allow the dog in as a service animal. But if the dog’s function is not apparent, then the ADA permits only two types of inquiries. First: “Is this dog required because of a disability?” And second: “What specific assistive task or tasks has the dog been trained to perform?”

Not surprisingly, many people are gaming the regulations, claiming “service animal” status for Fido just as a way of getting around restrictions on dogs in restaurants, apartment buildings, etc.

And the situation for airplanes is even worse. The federal Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) provides even broader protections for service animals.

Unlike places of public accommodation governed solely by the ADA, commercial airlines must accept ID cards, other documentation, apparel or “credible verbal assurances” as evidence that a service animal is legitimate (although an airline may prohibit “unusual” service animals such as reptiles, rodents or spiders). Further, if a passenger with a disability produces appropriate documentation from a licensed mental health professional, the ACAA requires airlines to accommodate emotional-support animals that would not be protected by the ADA.

Service animals accompanying commercial air travelers must be permitted in any seat space where their passenger-handlers are permitted to sit. But federal regulations also instruct airline staff to assess whether a service animal presents a direct threat to the health and safety of others or a significant threat of disruption to the airline service in the cabin. If a dispute arises with a passenger as to whether the animal should be permitted, staff are to refer the matter to the airline’s mandatory complaint resolution official (CRO). Commercial airlines must provide a written explanation to any passenger whose service animal has not been accommodated under these rules.

So just a “credible verbal assurance” books Fido a trip to San Francisco for the weekend. But he better not be sitting next to me. File under “regulatory overreach.”

Originally Found On:

George Washington from Hamilton
by Rebecca
requested by @schuylerelizas

Introverted Sensing (Si)
“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known when I was young and dreamed of glory: You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”
George Washington is a man who holds strongly on to his own beliefs and traditions, always choosing to learn from the past. When he takes Hamilton under his wing, he constantly mentions how he was when he was younger and how similar it is to Alexander’s current state. He also has taken many of cues from his past experiences, learning a haunting truth after leading his first command into a massacre. In “One Last Time” he speaks of how he wants to give up his leadership and “sit under [his] own vine and fig tree,” a very traditional way to go. He wants to set traditions that others will look back on and follow.

Extraverted Thinking (Te)
“Now, I’m the model of a modern major general.”
Washington is logical and is able to strategize and wield command over his army, leading America to win the war and allow him to become the first president. He knows that his army is “outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered, outplanned,” and that he needs a “Right Hand Man” to support him, showing a thorough logical understanding of the matter at hand. As a general he is able to react to the external conditions and continue trying to do whatever he can. When he is president, he helps to set up a variety of systems and view everything from a logical standpoint, as shown in both Cabinet Battles.

Introverted Feeling (Fi)
“And if we get this right, we’re gonna teach ‘em how to say goodbye.”
George Washington has his own beliefs on how things should be done, and when he has decided how he feels about an issue he does not waver. He does not often show his inner emotions, and when he does it is because he is expressing what he believes in. When he decides he is stepping down and tells Alexander in “One Last Time,” he does not waver from what he feels despite all of Hamilton’s protests. He also makes up his mind quickly during “Cabinet Battle #2”, and no amount of protest from Jefferson will change his mind.

Extraverted Feeling (Ne)
“If we manage to get this right, they’ll surrender by early light.”
When things go awry for Washington’s army, he becomes less focused on learing from the past and rather instead is forced to deal with the various situations in the war. He does best when he can focus on what he has learned from the past, and rushing into new situations can be somewhat overwhelming for him. He doesn’t try to look out for varieties of opportunities in the world, and instead focuses on what he already knows.


“Alexander Hamilton

When America sings for you

Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote the game?

The world will never be the same…”

[ hamilton “all ladies” au ]inspired by ifitgivesyoujoy’s post

gina rodriguez as alexander hamilton | lupita nyong’o as aaron burr

viola davis as george washington | rebecca naomi jones as marquis de lafayette/thomas jefferson

raquel castro as john laurens/phillip hamilton | uzo aduba as hercules mulligan/james madison

Singer Rebecca Ferguson has said she would accept an invitation to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January on one condition: she be allowed to sing Strange Fruit.

First recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and covered by Nina Simone in 1965, Strange Fruit is one of the nation’s most famous songs about racism. The lyrics by Abel Meeropol graphically describe the lynchings of African-Americans:

Southern trees bear strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Ferguson – a British singer who became well-known after appearing on 2010’s X Factor in the UK, memorably performing Sam Cooke’s civil rights anthem A Change is Gonna Come – called Strange Fruit “a song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States” in a Twitter statement introduced with the words “inauguration ceremony” explaining that she would appear at Trump’s inauguration only if she could sing that song:

I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing Strange Fruit, a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X

A Chance Encounter

I recently returned from a 10-month study program in Japan. While I was there, I went to visit the Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto. Even though visitors aren’t allowed in the building, just being in the presence of your headquarters was an honor.

I was hanging around the outside of your building, when who did I see walk out but Shigeru Miyamoto himself?! I got up my courage and approached him, and he couldn’t have been nicer! He talked to me for almost 10 minutes–despite the fact that he was on his way to lunch and my Japanese was imperfect. He even took his picture with me and gave me an autograph.

He didn’t treat me like a strange American girl (even though I was) and took time out of his busy life to give me one of the happiest days of mine. I wanted to share this story and say thanks for being such a wonderful company. I also had a question–there was a nice man with Miyamoto when I met him.

He introduced himself as Iwata-san and said he created the Kirby games. I know the new Nintendo president is Mr. Satoru Iwata, but I wasn’t sure if it was him. I was wondering if you could look at the photo and tell me. Thank you, and keep spreading happiness.

-Rebecca Cataldi, Washington D.C.

NP: What a story! And yes, the man in the photo is Mr. Iwata, the new president of Nintendo. There are some members of the NP Krew who still haven’t met either man, so consider yourself very lucky!

Nintendo Power Volume 162, November 2002
Sanders’s Record, Filings Show Benefits From Super PACs, Links to Wall Street Donors
Bernie Sanders tell voters frequently that he doesn’t have a super PAC, doesn’t want money from Wall Street and rejects establishment politics. But the Vermont senator has benefited from super PAC and Wall Street donations, and attends congressional retreats with donors.
By Laura Meckler And Rebecca Ballhaus

“Similarly, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Mr. Sanders attended a luncheon with a group of roughly 30 senators and donors who had given the maximum to the DSCC for five years in a row, or a total of $500,000. The group was called the “Legacy Circle,” had been organized by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, with the goal of enticing more donors to pass that threshold.

Several donors who have attended the retreats said Mr. Sanders fully participated in the events, including socializing, and didn’t take the opportunity to tell Wall Street lobbyists that, as he says on the stump, their industry’s business model is fraud.

“He was just like any other senator hobnobbing with lawyers and lobbyists from DC,” said Rebecca Geller, a Washington attorney who attended with her husband, a financial services lobbyist. Ms. Geller, who has donated to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said Mr. Sanders was happy to take photos with her family. “My kids have fond memories of him hanging out by the hot tub.””