The real question
The real question is: How much ad revenue did this "artist" collect?
This has all the hallmarks of a youtuber stunt done to collect revenue.
An artist was left spitting feathers after United Airlines told her she couldn't board a plane with her "emotional support" peacock. In a video published by travel site JetSet, the woman is seen wheeling her case across the departures hall in Newark airport, New Jersey, with the large bird perched atop her shoulder, as …
The 'revealing part' was in another article in the Independent:
Where 'Ventiko' is seen posing nude with said Peacock. So yes, she's using the usual nudity and controversy angle for self promotion.
Where 'Ventiko' is seen posing nude
Ughh... where is the bleach to remove some of the pics from my cerebral cortex.
There are two birds in them - one is pretty, the other one err... not so much. I am leaving the guess on which one is which as an "exercise to the reader".
By the way the Independent was trying to be stroppy about collecting its revenue share (don't we all love these [scam] artists). Looking at how much sh**** was in blocked by noscript + adblock they can f*** off.
...their science and tech is shamefully poor, all written by journalism grads who know nothing about anything technical....
It's funny that people who support the political opinions of a newspaper never complain about the 'Opinion' sections - even though the level of competence shown in such discussion is very low amongst ALL the major newspapers - both Left and Right,,,
Steady on, I for one didn't say I had no problem with the opinion pieces. I was merely replying in the context of technical articles.
I have plenty of problems with 'opinion' pieces, although usually with the Grauniad and the Telegraph, because they take themselves far too seriously.
but their science and tech is shamefully poor, all written by journalism grads who know nothing about anything technical
Even worse that Rory "All I need to learn about technology I learnt from reading Apple Press Releases" Cellan-Jones?
My missus tells me off for growling at the screen when he's on.
Yes - I am sure that this tale will expand alarmingly to reveal more detail
The more eyes on the subject, the better!
(PS: having stayed in a holiday cottage with peacocks and peahens all around the place, I can confirm that a) they wake up unfeasably early and b) they make a noise like a chicken being strangled which leads one to wonder if a peacock being throttled after it wakes you up at 5am makes the same noise..)
I can think of other 'emotional support' animals that would be equally disruptive
You missed a few:
e) Troupe of howler monkeys
f) Siberian Tiger (thorn in the paw is optional)
g) Grizzly bear that's just woken up from hibernation..
17 hours gets you halfway across the country?
If you can do that, you aren't taking a leisurely pace. Time to enter the 2904
As for the main story, while the airlines probably didn't surreptitiously sponsor this, they certainly are cheering on this story. Free-riding "emotional support animals" cost them time, effort and potential revenue. Last month's dog attack on Delta is giving all of the airlines an opportunity and excuse to tighten the rules.
And really, we all agree that the vast majority of "emotional support animals" are simply pets owned by self-centered people. They aren't in the same category of extensively trained service animals.
You can go a fair distance 'on the road' in 17 hours as Sal Paradise, and his friend Dean Moriarty, will tell you.
"We had come from Denver to Chicago via Ed Wall’s ranch, 1180 miles, in exactly seventeen hours, not counting the two hours in the ditch and three at the ranch and two with the police in Newton, Iowa, for a mean average of seventy miles per hour across the land, with one driver. Which is a kind of crazy record."
Back in the 1970s a youngster said he had driven Jo'burg to Cape Town in 12 hours***. Owing to the Arab petrol restrictions at the time - the maximum speed limit had been reduced to 50mph. He said the various local town traffic police never caught him because they were not expecting someone to fly past their stationary vehicles at that speed.
*** distance about 1200 miles - mostly on a pretty much dead straight road across a flat plateau with sparse populations.
I used to work near Scripps Ranch in San Diego, where there were a large number of peacocks. You could hear them sometimes in the parking lot, "Ar,AH!, Ar,AH!". I only live a few miles from there, and one day I saw a pea-hen on top of someone's car. The owners were trying to get it to come down. I guess it flew the ~10 miles from there (or maybe it was from the zoo, which is a little closer) and just landed on that car for no good reason, and just sat there. Those birds are HUGE.
I would second this.
I heard a tale of a peacock sold by one farmer to another neighbouring farm. Periodically the peacock would decide to "go home", and would set off across the fields.
It would be found, stuck in the same too-narrow gap in the same hedge every single time. It never learned not to enter tight holes in hedges, and it never remembered that that particular hedge was the problem.
Truly, peacocks are incredibly thick birds!
We had a large number of greenhouses behind our house, the peacocks from the house up the road would regularly walk along the guttering then fall through the glass and have to be chased out.
Throwing things at them doesn't work, they are too stupid. Any other bird sees the movement of your arm going back and takes flight. A peacock watches the stone go past it and looks at it as if to say "oh look, a stone". They also don't move for cars at all, until you're practically touching its head with the bumper.
Add the noise and why anyone thinks they're wrrth having is beyond me!
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