Apr. 7th, 2017

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1. Did you know that the NYC Parks Department requires that you replace trees that you remove with at least 78 news ones? I'm not exaggerating. I am working on a project right now, where we had to remove six trees to remove mercury and other contaminates from the soil, which in turn required excavations and removal of trees. As a result of removing the trees, we are required to replace them with 78 new trees. I told this story to my mother, who revealed that FEMA replaced ten pines that had to be removed after the Hurricane, with 30 new pine times.

Do you know how much it costs to plant trees? Between $1,000- $2,000. The naturalist/environmentalist in me is thrilled and over the moon, the procurement officer is bewildered.


2. I don't like what is happening in the world at the moment. But there have been smatterings of good news...

* Twitter sued the US Government after it attempted to force Twitter to unmask a user identity, the US Government withdrew its summons and Twitter withdrew the lawsuit

This has happened a lot lately. The US government tries to get s tech company or social media service to invade the privacy of its users, the company sues, the government backs off. The last time was in 2016 with Apple.

* Nunn withdrew from the House Investigation Committee regarding the Trump Administrations involvement with Russia after it became known that he may have a conflict of interest. (Actually doesn't everyone in the GOP?)

* Bannon was booted off the National Security Council and out of Homeland Security. In retailation Breitbart and Bannon are attacking Jared Kushner, which honestly was just a matter of time considering Kushner is an orthodox Jew and a Democrate, and Bannon is ant-semitic white Supremicist twit.

I can't talk about Syria and Stockholm without getting upset. I hope people are okay. I know many aren't. This is horrible.

3. Happy it is Friday. Am slowly getting used to being solely on DW. I spiced up my reading list with various news feeds, including PHD Comics, Dilbert Comics, Smart Bitches Trashy Novels, Girl Genius Comics. Also trying to get news feeds from lj and blogger. I can't tell if that's working.

I can't be on LJ. And still grieving the loss. Was on it since 2003. It's 2017. That's close to 15 years. I imported most everything. Pics didn't come over, memories and links to journal posts that I loved didn't, nor did all my icons (don't have a paid account). I'm luckier than most people -- wasn't a member of any community, and not as active in fandom as I once was. So I didn't have to delete communities or other journals, or import items outside of my own journal. I can see why you signed the agreement in order to do that. And will delete after you've completed. If I were you, I'd have done the same thing.

Also, most of the people I'd friended on LJ have been gone for a while. Or we parted ways. Many just hopped over to FB, Twitter, and personal blogs. Some jumped to Tumblr and Pininterest, which makes no sense to me, I despise Tumblr. And I tried the nice version of Reddit/Tumblr but it also makes me crazy. I think I've tried just about every social media site out there. So 95% of my flist was dead journals or lurkers. That's why I rarely got comments over there.

Moving for me wasn't as big a deal as it was for a lot of people. I feel for you. I think this would have been a lot more painful in 2008, which is why I didn't do it in 2008, and in 2010. It's why I hung on after the platform was sold to the Russian Corporation. Even though I knew from a legal perspective that was a problem. It's also why I continued to cross-post after they moved their servers to Russia. I didn't want to leave, and I had less reason to stay than most.

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