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Animals, Bad, and Bones: <p><a href="https://osberend.tumblr.com/post/154339311017/iopele-suspendnodisbelief-naamahdarling" class="tumblr_blog">osberend</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iopele.tumblr.com/post/139458660302">iopele</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://suspendnodisbelief.tumblr.com/post/135039695690">suspendnodisbelief</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://naamahdarling.tumblr.com/post/134398266796">naamahdarling</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://optimysticals.tumblr.com/post/134385780223">optimysticals</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youwantmuchmore.tumblr.com/post/127279952598">youwantmuchmore</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thebestoftumbling.tumblr.com/post/123303726099">thebestoftumbling</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> golden eagle having a relaxing time <br/></p> </blockquote> <p>This is the world’s largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed.</p> </blockquote> <p>I feel like this is the next step up on “loose your fingers” roulette from petting a kittie’s tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion.</p> </blockquote> <p>Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks?  Because I want it to be happy.  It looks so happy.  Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy.</p> </blockquote> <p>Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It’s the “I am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me” sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn’t an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer’s gauntlet, I’ve known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don’t try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she’s been human-imprinted.</p> <p>If you’re ever unsure about an animal’s level of okayness with something that’s happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it:</p> <p>1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting) <br/><br/>2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal’s frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer)</p> <p>3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.)</p> <p>In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren’t a universally applicable metric, but they’re a good start for mammal and bird interactions.</p> <p>Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin’ birb is happy and cozy.</p> <p>Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It’s definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the “runts” of the nest who don’t receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting <i>work</i> into conserving it and its winged wonders.</p> </blockquote> <p>reblogged for excellent info, I’m so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks!</p> </blockquote> <p>Today’s bit of <a href="http://osberend.tumblr.com/post/152834355142/lately-ive-been-thinking-about-positive-and">positive activism</a>: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub.<br/></p> </blockquote>
America, Memes, and American: If you live in the United States, clear your calendar for 21 August 2017. ☀️ On that day, millions of people across the country will witness the Sun disappear behind the Moon for two minutes in the middle of the day. Daylight will turn to twilight, the temperature will suddenly drop, and an awe-inspiring visual experience will captivate the continent. For the first time in hundreds of years, the middle of North America will host a total solar eclipse all its own. Rare in its own right, what makes this particular total eclipse unique is that it will only be viewable from the continental United States. The last time this happened was on 29 July 463 CE, making this the first total solar eclipse that is exclusive to the U.S. in the nation’s history. The ‘Great American Eclipse’ will be a remarkable event, and is likely to be one of the most witnessed astronomical events for a generation. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby partially or totally obscuring the view of the Sun from Earth. A *total* solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, thus blocking all direct sunlight and plunging day into darkness. The so-called “path of totality” – the 70-mile-wide (113 km) shadow region from which the total eclipse is visible – will move across the United States from west to east, starting in Oregon (eclipse time: ~10:20 AM) and ending in South Carolina (eclipse time: ~2:45 PM), racing across no less than 14 American states. If you plan on witnessing the event, don’t forget to buy properly designed and certified solar filter glasses ahead of time, as it is very dangerous to view an eclipse without adequate eye protection. Any guesses when the next exclusively-American eclipse will be? Not until 25 January 2316, which should leave you plenty of time to prepare. 🔭😯 What are your exciting viewing plans for the ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017? Let us know! Photo: Luc Viatour. guffscience science astronomy astrophysics space nature education eclipse solareclipse greatamericaneclipse unitedstates america bestof interesting didyouknow nowyouknow earth moon sun eclipse2017

If you live in the United States, clear your calendar for 21 August 2017. ☀️ On that day, millions of people across the country will witness...

Ferrari, Martin, and Memes: HH NEWS 20 TU The 700bhp Bentley Continental GT Supersports Is Here Via @carthrottlenews - The current Continental GT has been around a little while now. So, what has Bentley done to remind us all that it still exists? Make it into the fastest four-seater in the world, obviously. - The familiar 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 has been cranked up to 700bhp and 750lb ft, an increase of 79bhp and a monstrous 160lb ft over the first-gen Supersports. Crikey. - Despite weighing about the same as a small house (2280kg, to be exact), the GT’s newfound thrust will take it from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds (exactly the same as the Aston Martin Vanquish S), on to a top speed of 209mph. - Bentley says that makes the Supersports the fastest four-seater in the world, but only just - the Ferrari GTC4Lusso has a top whack that’s just 1mph shy of the new Benters at 208mph. But still, that’s quite a claim, and the convertible version is the fastest four-seater drop-top in the world with its 205mph top speed. Impressive. - To keep that power in check, the Supersports has been given the torque vectoring by braking system from the Continental GT3-R. The four-wheel drive coupe’s suspension has been lowered and stiffened, too. - Meanwhile, the interior has been given a tri-tone quilted leather makeover, along with a smattering of carbonfibre pieces. - If you think that sounds all fine and dandy, you can place an order for this luxury cruise missile now. The coupe is £212,500, and the convertible £233,800. Both will be sold in limited numbers, with deliveries taking place later this year.

Via @carthrottlenews - The current Continental GT has been around a little while now. So, what has Bentley done to remind us all that it sti...

Africa, Asian, and Ass: <p><a href="http://the-independent-jew.tumblr.com/post/149761986500/freakygeekyblerd-tashabilities" class="tumblr_blog">the-independent-jew</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://freakygeekyblerd.tumblr.com/post/122019760189">freakygeekyblerd</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://tashabilities.tumblr.com/post/122014794210">tashabilities</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://flirtswithstrangers.tumblr.com/post/122012219886">flirtswithstrangers</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lilihopebird.tumblr.com/post/115621165048">lilihopebird</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://inflammatorystatements.tumblr.com/post/52181532808">inflammatorystatements</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://oakttree.tumblr.com/post/52181078139">oakttree</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://timseriladashmimeni.tumblr.com/post/52180387587">timseriladashmimeni</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>i’m gonna type up a quick rant on ‘white Jews’ here.</p> <p>this is a picture of me. most of you have seen me before. the majority of you also know that i’m a Mizrahi-Maghrebi Jew, meaning i find my roots* both in the Jews of the Mashriq and the Jews of the Maghreb. more specifically, i’m ethnically from both Iraq and Morocco. so if i’m Middle Eastern and North African, why is my skin so light?<i><br/></i></p> <p>the short, angry answer is that Jews aren’t white and white people don’t have lighter features patented. maybe you guys haven’t been clued in, but white as a concept does not mean light skin.</p> <p>have any of you ever seen Laila Mourad? she was a Mizrahi (Iraqi) Jew who was probably even lighter than i am.</p> <div> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ea/Laila_mourad.jpg/220px-Laila_mourad.jpg" alt=""/><p>i guess Laila is white too, huh?</p> <p>do you know where my coloring comes from? if you say Europe or white people, then you’re wrong. my coloring comes from Morocco—specifically my Amazigh ancestry. Amazigh is usually called ‘Berber’ in English (i don’t like that word in the least) and it’s basically indigenous people of North Africa. here are some pictures of Imazighen: </p> <img src="http://amazigh-boy.webs.com/photos/Azul/1530218318%5B1%5D.jpg" alt=""/><img src="http://www.democratic-republicans.us/images/Berber-girl.jpg" alt=""/><img src="http://gallery.photo.net/photo/7133845-lg.jpg" alt=""/><p>we are diverse in facial features and coloring—but at the end of the day, we aren’t white. we aren’t even TREATED white by any of you—so why should we force ourselves to identify as white?</p> <p>you don’t own my light skin. you don’t own my blue eyes. you don’t own my brown hair. you sure as hell don’t want to own my clearly Jewish nose or my Jewish facial structure—so what makes you think you can own the coloring passed down to me via the Imazighen who’ve lived in Africa forever? </p> <p>you don’t get to colonize our identities and features too.</p> <p>*all Jews find their ultimate roots in the Middle East, ‘even’ Ashkenazi Jews. </p> <p>also this is a really poorly written post, i’m just annoyed at goyim ugh</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“all ethnic jewish find their roots in the middle east, even ashkenazi jews”</p> <p>and we are <i>all jews</i>, no matter what colour we are, no matter whether that colour is light or dark</p> </blockquote> <p>The Jewish people are like skittles. Feel the rainbow. Taste the rainbow. </p> </blockquote> <p>As a Syrian-Iranian Jew (with a white catholic mother) I just…thank you. I’m actually crying right now because thank you because tumblr has shown me so so so much and given me such a gift of saying ‘your identity is valid and you are real and…just thank you’ *weeps*</p> </blockquote> <p>Question : how does this negate any privilege you may have by being percieved as white?</p> <p>I dont understand these posts truly i dont. Because it seems like ur trying to distance urself from whiteness which really isnt based on heritage more so how not black you are</p> <p>Again privilege is how society views you. Its not a controllable immutable thing. And to try and distance uraelf from said privilege is really insulting to me</p> </blockquote> <p>This is a big ass Not Me dance.</p> <p>If you present as white, phenotypically and you get white privilege because of it, you white.</p> <p>Cut the bullshit.</p> </blockquote> <p>Exactly! In fact OP’s WHITE slip is showing because she played that tired I’m part this and ¾ that and half this and that derail that Euro descended white people love to use. Regardless of her ancestral heritage the white-passing privilege that she enjoys TODAY still stands and she has to own that if really she wants to keep it real. Otherwise, this is just more narcissistic myopic mewling from someone who is mad that her disingenuousness isn’t being treated as a fact for her convenience. FOH! Foreign Becky!</p> </blockquote> <ul><li><i>“whiteness… really isnt based on heritage more so how not black you are”</i></li></ul><p>As a black Jew, I’d like to take this moment to say:<b> what the fuck?!?!? </b> <br/></p><p>How “not black you are”?????</p><p>I didn’t realize white and black were the only two options now?  I guess Asians, indigenous peoples, MENA people, Latinx people, etc all just don’t exist?????</p><p><b>You could have just said: <i>“I think that the world consists of only the continental US.”</i>  It would have gotten the same point across.</b></p><p>OP isn’t even talking about privilege you fucking walnut.  Yes, white passing people benefit from conditional privilege due to how they are perceived at first glance.<b>  </b>That doesn’t make them White.  It doesn’t make them suffer less from the effects of White supremacy movements and ideas. <br/></p><p><b>Furthermore, as a ethno-religious group, Jews are not seen as white by in large.  Despite individual skin tone.<br/></b></p><p>We make up 60% of religious hate crime victims in the us despite being 1% of the population.  In France, Jews are the victims of <b>50% of ALL hate crimes </b>despite, again, being only 1% of the population.</p><ul><li><i>“OP’s WHITE slip is showing because she played that tired I’m part this and ¾ that and half this“</i></li></ul><p>Fucking where? All OP said is that she is part indigenous Moroccan (Amazigh). Guess what?  <b>Mixed people exist outside of the “black person and white person made a baby” dichotomy from hell.  </b>Or are you just too lazy to google what “Maghreb” and “Mashriq” are?</p><ul><li><i>“this is just more narcissistic myopic mewling from someone who is mad that her disingenuousness isn’t being treated as a fact for her convenience.”</i></li></ul><p>Says the race-policing fuckwad.<br/></p><p>As OP said, <b>Europeans don’t own light features. <br/></b></p><p><b>This is an Amazigh child:<br/></b></p><figure data-orig-width="599" data-orig-height="399" class="tmblr-full"><img data-orig-width="599" data-orig-height="399" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/830e0bb292fe7dea5aa495d48cb6ce49/tumblr_inline_ocsl3nhLc91sk7lfk_540.jpg"/></figure><p>This is a Yazidi woman:</p><figure data-orig-width="980" data-orig-height="552" class="tmblr-full"><img data-orig-width="980" data-orig-height="552" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6fde27484e8476ff22fc24dab74122e6/tumblr_inline_ocsl4hSFnw1sk7lfk_540.jpg"/></figure><p>This is a Syrian-Kurdish girl:<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="964" data-orig-height="681" class="tmblr-full"><img data-orig-width="964" data-orig-height="681" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/edc3530d20c622b36ea2c93abc9eed0c/tumblr_inline_ocsl75ppwu1sk7lfk_540.jpg"/></figure><p>NONE are European.<br/></p><p>Having a “light” skin tone does not negate ethnicity and certainly doesn’t protect you from antisemitism or other ethnic-based racist violence. </p><h2><b>STOP POLICING OTHER PEOPLE’S (ESPECIALLY JEWS) ETHNIC IDENTITIES HOLY FUCKING SHIT!</b></h2></blockquote> <p>But seriously Tumblr really needs to stop this. You cannot just assume somebody&rsquo;s heritage based on how their skin color appears to you. There are people who are black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc. and &ldquo;look white&rdquo;. My aunt is so light-skinned when I was a kid I thought she was white, but no she&rsquo;s definitely black. Her ancestors were black slaves. She is a bona fide African-American in every sense of the word. You do not get to tell someone with their ethnic heritage is simply by looking at them, and if you don&rsquo;t know shit about a complete strangers I think identity, then you shouldn&rsquo;t say shit about it. I am sick and tired of seeing these SJW cretins jumping down people&rsquo;s throats for the &ldquo;cultural appropriation&rdquo; of a culture tumblr assumes doesn&rsquo;t belong to them because of course they couldn&rsquo;t possibly part of that culture due to their skin tone. You want to be anti-racist so bad but you are forever making complete assumptions based on nothing but your uninformed opinion about a strangers skin tone. </p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="547" data-orig-height="308" data-tumblr-attribution="rivka-kopelman:mm6CJMZnqDLiuel3f01yfQ:ZoE9Zm1ssuTst" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0f4bbb9b5694792fcf4cf6073238a54/tumblr_nt7u51vGuH1tls8aro1_1280.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0f4bbb9b5694792fcf4cf6073238a54/tumblr_inline_ocsr0hSHG91rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="547" data-orig-height="308" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0f4bbb9b5694792fcf4cf6073238a54/tumblr_nt7u51vGuH1tls8aro1_1280.gif"/></figure>
Alive, Bad, and Bones: Anonymous 04/11/15 (Sat) 03:28:59 No. 89067 ees 9081 YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play Skeleton Star >Novice necromancer submits a spell to the DM >DM "It's poorly written but whatever. You can use it As is the na of a fucking weirdo the necromancer goes off by himself to perform his degeneracy >A successful summoning >Roll to control it >The skeleton sorcerer summoned an additional skeleton sorcerer minion >Nervouslaughter.jpg by everyone at the table Roll to banish another fail each of ske ummon another sorcerer, 1 per skeleton sorcerer on Sorce >Necromancer "oh god, this is getting bad m gonna need some help an inn across the way necromancer runs for help. DM runs the calculations n the time it took for him to get the party from the inn the skeletons have reproduced There are now over 16000 skeletons and they e continuing to multiply exponentia oh god >"Tha...That's too many skeletons guys, we need a high level NPC! DM, how many more skeletons can be created?" >DM- According to the spell submitted by Drenokan, the s no limit FUCK! >The party bails from the town. The screams of the townsfolk can be heard in the distance as the skeletons continue to multiply. Everyone smacks Drenokan in the back of the head as they go >As they run a tower of skeletons emerges from the horizon as the dawn breaks Party arrives at a port town as a wave of skeletons builds in the forest behind them, Skeletons now tumbling over one another summoning more skeletons as they fall as skeletons summoning skeletons summoning skeletons summoning skeletons summon yet more skeletons we'll take a boat and just head off to another continent, problem solved guys et's get out of here DM's narration is perfect As the boat departs skeletons are just beginning to tumble onto the docks. The panicked screams of the townsfolk generate an eerie melody as a precession of percussion drifts through the air. An untold number of bones clattering together herald the end of Swiftwater, the small port town at the western edge of the continent of Edhyak. Edhyak, known for it's bustling cities and vibrant merchant commerce was thus buried beneath a mountain of bones n the coming hours millions die in this bonocolpylse, their bones merely acting as a foundation for yet more bones to follow >Mackleroy, merchant character in the party is livd. He's real big into world building and he'd spent a month with the DM developing this place and it basically became a barren bone wasteland a matter of 6 or 7 turns Mackleroy "Okay, can we restart already? This is getting stupid" DM "No, Not until we finish the story. Boat is filled with weeping people lamenting their forsaken homes. Mackleroy is considering tossing Drenokan overboard. Other party members a actually trying to critically think things through "How can we stem this tide of undead?" "ma yhaps we can draw them into the void captain of ship calls out "Gods alive! Protect us! Thar be skeletons head n our wa >DM narrates further "In the distance wave of skeletons roll across the horizon cutting the sea in twain. The rattle of their bones has become a deafening roar. The ship breaks out into a panic. People a screaming, crying, jumping overboard; complete pandemonium. The boat gets swept up in this skeleton tide. Skeletons appear from thin air tumbling onto the boat as they do >The party is fighting off skeletons on the boat a sea of skeletons The wave of skeletons gradually continues to overtake the boat and soon the boat itself is adrift in this sea of skeletons. Party takes turns fighting off the skeletons. Frantically making saving rolls that never hit 20 for some kind of divine intervention. At one point our sorcerer tries to reason them "PLEASE, STAHP NO MORE! nothing >DM ervenes "There a countless skeletons now. Even if you could cut down one mi on with a single swing you'd never be able to overtake their ability to reproduce. This continues for a while longer and then...they reach a critical mass. The weight of the skeletons becomes so great that the combined mass crushes the innermost portions of the planet. The gene on of gravity from the skeletons' ever ncreasing mass sucks them into a void of density instantly killing anyone left on the planet who wasn't already dead... or a skeleton. This starts chain reaction with fuels the creation of a new star A s born of death. The cries of many are lost to a burning blaze in the aether. Some say you can still hear the rattling of bones echoing around this star Tongue in cheek. This short campaign is affectionately referred to in our group as "Mr Bone's wild ride Are you ready for Mr. Bones' Wild Ride?