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Military Officer Just Wanted To Get Home, When Man Confronted Her On Plane

Packed plane rides tend to be the worst because if you’re not lucky enough to get on early, you get stuck with whatever is left. And that usually means being cramped in a middle seat squished between two others. It might be livable on a short flight, but a long flight can be torture sitting like that. For Jessica’s case, it was obvious to her when boarding that her flight was going to be a miserable experience. Everything was taken, and the only seat left was a middle seat in a cramped can of a ride. However, things got weird before she could even get her bag in the storage and sit down. Instead of sitting down, a man walked up and told her she couldn’t sit in the seat she finally found. The reason why just about knocked her off her feet.

Training Forgotten

Jessica had been in the military for a while already and had gone through multiple training scenarios for stressful situations in battle or under duress. But for some reason, all her situational control went out the window when the man on the plane confronted her. Her brain seemed to freeze and she started shaking. What the hell?

Trying to Get Home

The trip had been a long one already. Jessica was trying to get home on the holiday so she could see her family and familiarity again. She had been on a long tour of duty, and each day closer to the vacation time was tearing at her. Finally, getting her leave, she bolted for the airport, got her ticket and boarding pass, and was on the next plane out, but when she got to her seat something was off.

Modern Flying

The problem with modern flying today is that it suffers from too much cost-cutting and efficiency. Every ounce of space is squeezed out to make every plan produce as much revenue as possible. That means seats are cramped, even for the smaller-sized person. However, flying still remains the fastest way to get to a distant location. So, Jessica wasn’t going to complain much when her time came up and she was able to get a ticket home.

An Odd Number

Jessica was already an odd number in the military. She was military officer in an organization that was predominantly men and lead predominantly by male officers. And someone noticed her rank when she got on board the plane that day.

Flying Coach

Most people fly economy or coach. It’s the most inexpensive plane ticket to get, and the difference between coach and business is tremendous in cost. Jessica was no exception, and an economy ticket was what she should have to deal with to get home timely. Cramping was just part of the necessary evils to use flight for fast travel.

Seat 31B

She had boarded the plane in her fatigues uniform, which showed off her rank for those who were paying attention. Her bag was slung over her shoulder, and Jessica’s boarding pass had the big numbers and letter of 31B as her seat. So, she shuffled her way past the business section with the expansive leg room, making her jealous along the way. But there was no way Jessica could have afforded the upgrade.

Noticed

As Jessica worked her way to the back of the plane to get to her seat, another person was talking to a stewardess specifically about Jessica. As the soldier finally got her way back to row 31 in coach, she hefted her bag into the overhead cabin and prepared to work her way into the middle seat to sit down. And she waited, and waited, and waited. The plane wasn’t taking off.

What Was the Delay For?

There wasn’t any kind of bad weather outside, which then meant something was going on with the plane or someone on it. Jessica wasn’t oblivious to her surroundings. Her curiosity started to get peaked as the minutes ticked on. She tried to ask a passing stewardess what the delay was being caused by but none appeared. Weird and weirder.

Odd Behavior

As she kept looking forward Jessica noticed the cabin crew were clumped together talking. There was a lot of chattering and zipping back and forth and talking on the plane phone. Something was up. It was clear the stewardesses were talking about a passenger as they were comparing boarding passes and the manifest. Then one of them started walking down the aisle.

A Uniform Stands Out

After a few seconds it was clear the stewardesses were focused on Jessica and looking at her as one of them approach. They were also laughing. Jessica’s edge started to rise. Something was about to happen, and it involved her.

Military Training

All military are unfortunately trained to anticipate uncomfortable situations when they travel. The concept of the training came from the 1970’s when soldiers were returning home from Vietnam and would be attacked or spit on at the airport on trains by Americans protesting the war. By the 1980’s, traveling soldiers were also targets for terrorists. No surprise, Jessica was well trained for the unexpected, but she was also tired and just wanted to get home. She didn’t need this.

The Stranger

From a different angle Jessica noticed a tall man was also making his way towards her. He was in a very nice suit and his eyes stood out. She also noted his confidence; he walked like someone who knew how to go after what he wanted.

Approaching

The man was coming in Jessica’s direction as well. And he was looking at her too, just like the stewardess was. As they reached Jessica’s seat, the man began to speak directly to here. He wanted her attention, but the reason why caught Jessica totally off guard.

Seat Numbers

“You’re in my seat.” Jessica had to do a double take, “What?” He spoke again, “I was in your seat,” inferring she needed to move. Jessica was now entirely confused. He took the opportunity to clarify, “What does your boarding pass have?” He sighed, waiting for her to respond.

Refusing

Jessica shook her head. She knew what her boarding pass. “No, I’m 31B!” Her ticket had those numbers and letter printed on it clear as day. She pulled out the boarding pass and confirmed her thinking, what the hell was this guy talking about? The stewardess was nearby with another, and Jessica looked at them to clear it up.

Explanation

The man decided to let Jessica in on the surprise. He recognized that she was an officer, and he was going to give up his seat in business class for her as thank you for her service. Jessica was floored.

Deer in the Headlights

The man continued, offered Jessica his business class boarding pass, and reiterated it was a thank you for all she had done for her country.  Jessica was in shock, she tried to refuse, but he made it clear Jessica was going to take the business class seat. The stewardesses nodded their heads.

Shock

The seconds it took for her to move, relocate and sit in the business class seat seemed like a blur. Suddenly she had more space on her trip than she knew what to do with. What just happened? Her muscles were sore and aching from the trip on top of the beating she had taken in officer training and her tour. She was tired. The seat felt good.

Feeling Gratitude

Jessica realized she would actually get some rest on the trip home. The mystery stranger had really done her a huge favor. But as relaxed as she got, Jessica couldn’t stop thinking about the man’s gesture.

To Say Thank You

Jessica got an idea. She pulled out a pen and starting writing a note. She also pulled out a $20 bill. Then she flagged a nearby stewardess. She then asked the stewardess to bring the note and the money to the man who had traded seats with her.

The Note

Jessica’s note was simple and to the point. She offered to buy the man a snack and drink on the plane on her, and added if everyone in the world was as nice as he was, the planet would be a better place.

The Response

When it arrived, the man read the note and looked at it intently. However, he was not going to accept the gift. Instead, he wrote Jessica a response, asking her to dinner on him when they landed. Jessica’s just about giggled when she read the note. A date? He was handsome.

The Date Was Confirmed

Jessica agreed and, when they both got off the plane, she went to dinner with the stranger. They met at a nearby restaurant and started talking. Amazingly, all her exhaustion just flowed off of Jessica as they talked. Her excitement took over.  For the military officer, it proved that there was still good in the world and being nice was still possible. For Jessica, she met someone who became very dear to her in the most unpredictable place in the world, up in the air.

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Long Lost Family Comes Together During Christmas Miracle: Sisters Find Father and Each Other after 24 Years!

Renee Yates

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There are times in life when we see a Hollywood movie and think, “There’s no way that is realistic.” Like in Hollywood, sometimes life can be so strange as to seem unbelievable. This past Christmas saw one family come together after being fractured and lost for more than 24 years. Sisters Lisa McLean (33) and Rebecca Parton (24) would run into each other on social media while simultaneously looking for their lost father. In doing so, the three people would set in motion a family reunion that was 24 years in the making.

Lisa McLean and Rebecca Parton would say that they had far from the conventional family upbringing. Life and all the things that go with it caused their family to fracture while they were young, splitting the sisters apart before they could ever chance the opportunity to get to know one another. Growing up apart, Rebecca and Lisa would both yearn for the father that they had been separated from for more than two decades. This would lead the sisters to each individually begin searching for their father on social media.

Then they found one another.

On the hunt for their father, David Riggs, Lisa and Rebecca would end up crossing wires. The two would form a bond and after verifying that, yes, they were indeed sisters, they would join their search together. After years of hunting for their father, the two sisters would manage to wrangle David in just in time for Christmas. While 2020 was a tough year for everyone basically everywhere, Lisa and Rebecca probably felt like they had finally regained something near and dear to their heart.

The actual discovery occurred by chance on David’s side of the screen. David had been living in Blackpool, England, when he caught wind of Lisa looking for him. The 53-year-old father of two would immediately attempt to reunite with his daughters, traveling to the other side of England to meet them for the first time in twenty-plus years. Lisa said of the reunion, “It was just lovely, there’s a lot of catching up to do!”

Lisa and Rebecca would become fast friends with Lisa asking Rebecca to be her bridesmaid. The gesture was touching to Rebecca who was more than happy to be apart of the festivities. In doing so, Rebecca and Lisa got to introduce the five nieces and nephews that are shared between them to their father. David was able to verify that he was their father through old family photographs and various childhood mementos.

Now set to spend their first holidays together in decades, David and his daughters are looking forward to making up for the lost time. Lisa said of the whole event, “The only way I can describe it… but I suppose it’s a Christmas miracle!”

Do you believe in Holiday miracles? Who knows, one might be closer around the corner than you might think!

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AI-Based Facial Recognition Can Now Identify Bears

Shannon Jackson

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are advanced technologies and the future of the world. There are hundreds of AI and ML applications, and scientists have projected hundreds of thousands of AI-based products in the near future. Various industries are using AI to solve complex problems easily, efficiently, and quickly. 

Scientists are using AI to protect the ecosystem and conserve wildlife. Canadian researchers have created an AI-based software that can monitor bears and identify them in the wild. Many researchers say that the world is undergoing severe climate change, and the crisis is turning into a complete disaster. 

It has already affected thousands of species, and hundreds of them are on the verge of extinction. Many wildlife species, including Grizzly bears, have lost their habitats and food source. Grizzly bears need at least 40 Kg of food daily. However, the rapid deforestation and reduced population of salmon in streams, ponds, and rivers are causing problems for their existence. 

BearID – A Great Tool for Researchers 

AI-based facial recognition software has been hailed successful in identifying humans for some years. The technology is now used to identify bears. Melanie Clapham, a bear biologist and post-doc fellow at Victoria University, collaborated with the IT developers from the Silicon Valley has created BearID. It is a software application that recognizes grizzly bears. 

The project run by Clapham and Silicon Valley tech workers can recognize 132 animals, including Grizzly Bears. Clapham said that scientists monitor wildlife species using RFIF tags or chips attached to their collars. However, this is short-lived and more expensive. At the same time, the RFID tags are invasive that can cause harm to the animals’ cells and tissues. 

Monitoring Grizzly bears is very important because it helps researchers to extend their research on animals and help conserve them. The software can support researchers in dealing with several problems, including the eating behavior of bears. It can help them protect bears from attacking farm animals and eating from garbage cans. 

Progress with the BearID 

Clapham works with Mary Nguyen and Ed Miller, the tech workers from Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The biologists said that the team has gathered approximately 5,000 photos of Grizzly bears in Alaska and Canada to create data sets and train the software to recognize their faces. 

BearID has shown incredible results so far, and the team is looking forward to further train the software algorithms for more accurate results. Joe Hoagland, a cattle rancher in Kansas, is using the same technique for his cows. He has developed an application called “Cattle-Tracs.” 

The application will allow anyone to take photos of a cow and store it an online database with the photo’s data and GPS coordinates. According to Hoagland, his AI-based app will be helpful in disease management. 

Final Words 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow computer systems to work with intelligent and intellectual human processes. However, these software apps and machines can work more efficiently than humans. 

For instance, they can enter environments that require deep-sea diving or make certain processes safer. The BearID is an AI-based software designed to recognize Grizzly bears. The primary objective of the software is to conserve the nearly-extinct bears’ population. 

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A Rapper makes efforts to change Cat Rescue Perceptions

Kevin Wells

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Sterling Davis is an ex-rapper and a cat lover. Davis decided to take a break from his rap career. He was searching for a job to stay busy and make some money. He found the county shelter where he applied for a job that involves scooping cats’ litter. 

Davis said that he had a poor interview because he was playing with the little kitties. Although Davis did not answer the interviewer’s questions due to cat distraction, he was hired by the company because of his love for felines. 

Sterling Davis is a 40 years old black man who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a rapper but gave up his rap career and started rescuing cats. He worked in a team that would bring cats to the shelter for vaccination or neutering, and then they would return them to their owners or the outdoor environment. 

According to David, the county shelter had neither male employees nor black people working in the feline department. Davis said he was trained by female employees who worked in the cat department. 

Women taught him how to carry out the Trap-Neuter-Return task. So, he finally asked the challenging question: Where are all the men and why there are no black people in the department?

A Full-time Devotion to Cats 

Sterling Davis was getting calls from his band to join them for new a tour. However, he refused to go with the band. Davis said to the band members that he would devote all his time to his cat rescuing job. 

In 2017, Davis founded Trap-King Humane Cat Solutions, a nonprofit organization that deals with all kind of cat rescue operations. He founded the organization after working for five years at the Shelter operated by the Life-Line Animal Project. He has also received professional cat training at the Best Friends Animal Society. 

The primary goal of Davis is to change men’s stereotypes about cat rescues. He also focuses on erasing misconceptions between the African American community and primarily caucasian Animal Welfare organizations. 

According to Davis, most people think that rescuing cats is a challenging and tedious job, but they are wrong. Cats are beautiful animals, and everyone loves them. Although Davis was making some money, it wasn’t enough or equivalent to the money he would earn from his music job. 

So, he sold his assets and bought a conversion van for living and paying for cat surgeries. He also uses the money to support his nonprofit organization. His van is plastered with Trap-King Logos so that people can notice and support his cause. Davis is hosting contests for children to let them watch his humane cat traps. Sterling Davis said he would continue making efforts to break stereotypes and educate people about cats. 

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Dad Woos Auditorium with Impromptu Rendition of Star Spangled Banner

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Singing the national anthem is an honor for just about anyone, though the pressure can become overwhelming. You have to sit in front of hundreds or sometimes thousands of people and put on your best performance. While this is a difficult thing to do, some people simply handle pressure than others and this story will amaze you.

Dads are known for working hard, watching Sunday night football with friends, and partying, but on a more serious note, Dads are undoubtedly heroes in one way or another. They generally provide for their families, provide security, and are there for their children emotionally. However, some dads take that extra step in ways you wouldn’t even imagine.

Imagine the awkward silence after standing up for the national anthem and the sound system decides not to work in that very moment. Personally, I know I wouldn’t have the courage to say or do anything, so I would just stand around and not do much. This, however, was not the case with this Ohio father.

After the sound system failed, this dad courageously got up to sing the national anthem, turning the awkward silence in the basketball gym into a spectacular moment. Everyone stood for the national anthem per usual before the game, then it quickly turned to silence as they awaited the playing of the national anthem. So, the dad turned out to be the hero in this situation.

Brown sang the national anthem with no preparation or the backup of an audio system. This made the moment that much better because it was beautiful and unexpected. His wife, who sat next to him, happily encouraged her husband on as he sang away.

The moment was captured on video by another dad watching the game in the stands. He shared it to his Facebook page, where to his surprise, it went viral. This isn’t unusual in a world dominated by the use of social media. So many random things can go viral, whether deserved or not, but this iconic moment was well deserved for the Brown family.

Brown’s performance was said to bring tears to the eyes of some onlookers. Brown has been singing most of his life, but he’s never had the opportunity to perform the national anthem as a solo act. He was sure to take this opportunity to unite the quiet gym and he came with his A-game that day.

After his performance came to an end, Brown sat down with his wife as the crowd cheered on the moment. We have to give him so much credit for having the guts to stand up and perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” in front of an audience without the aid of a microphone, audio system, or preparation. While it may have been a small gesture for him at this time, this could be a story he tells his grandkids in the future.

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Dam-Building Beavers Do A Darn Good Job

Kevin Wells

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The community and nature lovers around Exmoor are jumping for joy. For the first time in four centuries local beavers have constructed an entirely animal-made dam, successfully achieving their intended mission and conservation goal without any human help aside from being transplanted to the location.

The Exmoor area is known for stream flooding on a regular basis. Not only does the overflow cause soil damage to the area, it increases erosion as well. The beavers were brought in by a transplant operation funded by the National Trust. The goal was to increase the local biodiversity while at the same time addressing the local flooding problem naturally.

Some 400 years ago beavers were a regular neighbor in the area. However, due to hunting and fur trapping, the animals eventually disappeared from extinction and human interference. The current project literally reverses the damage of time and reintroduces the animal back to the local bio-system in a positive way. Granted, the beavers won’t win any awards for architectural design, but functionally their dam works. By blocking up the local stream, the beaver dam created a localized wetland, which in turn brings in more animals and biodiversity again.

The actual dam itself is located on the Holnicote Estate in proximity to Minehead. Nature lovers and biology professionals have been watching the beavers busy doing their thing, regularly chewing up local wood and branches to provide additional building material for their stream castle. For the beavers the stream area and its tendency to turn into a wetland only helps them. It provides pools and watery defenses that protect them from predators nearby.

For people, the beaver dams create a natural buffer that stops the progress of a local flood, forcing the water out from the stream instead of letting it go forward and flooding homes downstream. The National Trust managers are quite happy with their work and the progress of the beavers in making themselves right at home in Exmoor. By using animals to manage the local landscape, the National Trust is utilizing a natural approach that has less likelihood to dramatically offset the local bio-system, and it brings back an animal presence that was a natural in the area centuries before. The managers were most impressed by how quickly the beavers adapted and made use of the location once introduced. The scampered in, got to work, and within a few weeks turned a stream area into a widespread wetland zone. That in turn has reintroduced other species prone to wetland living, such as kingfisher birds, cranes and similar. Amphibians will be soon to follow as well as a food source with insects. The positive ripple effects are expected to become exponential with a year or two.

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