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Cc @realdonaldtrump 🖕🏽🖕🏼🖕🏿🖕🏾 As part of his annual holiday pardons, the governor of California pardoned two immigrants who were arrested in immigration raids earlier this year. Gov. Jerry Brown recently pardoned or reduced sentences for some 150 individuals convicted of crimes. Among those pardoned were Rottanak Kong and Mony Neth, two Cambodian refugees facing deportation who were recently arrested as part of a federal immigration roundup. The “full and unconditional pardons” for Kong and Neth comes as the Trump administration justifies increased immigration enforcement by claiming immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, even nonviolent offenses, pose an immediate danger to American citizens and should be targeted for deportation. But Brown said Kong and Neth have already served their time and paid their debts to society, essentially saying the two immigrants don’t need to be doubly punished by being deported. Kong and Neth’s pardons mark the second time Gov. Brown has pardoned immigrants convicted of serious crimes, according to The Sacramento Bee. During his Easter pardons earlier this year, the governor pardoned two veterans who had been deported to Mexico. So far, an immigration judge has allowed one of those veterans the rare right to return the United States after being deported. Source: Splinter: As part of his annual holiday pardons, the governor of California pardoned Rottanak Kong and Mony Neth, two Cambodian refugees facing deportation who were recently arrested as part of a federal immigration roundup. California Governor Pardons Two Immigrants Caught in Raids in Huge Middle Finger to Trump splinternews.com Cc @realdonaldtrump 🖕🏽🖕🏼🖕🏿🖕🏾 As part of his annual holiday pardons, the governor of California pardoned two immigrants who were arrested in immigration raids earlier this year. Gov. Jerry Brown recently pardoned or reduced sentences for some 150 individuals convicted of crimes. Among those pardoned were Rottanak Kong and Mony Neth, two Cambodian refugees facing deportation who were recently arrested as part of a federal immigration roundup. The “full and unconditional pardons” for Kong and Neth comes as the Trump administration justifies increased immigration enforcement by claiming immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, even nonviolent offenses, pose an immediate danger to American citizens and should be targeted for deportation. But Brown said Kong and Neth have already served their time and paid their debts to society, essentially saying the two immigrants don’t need to be doubly punished by being deported. Kong and Neth’s pardons mark the second time Gov. Brown has pardoned immigrants convicted of serious crimes, according to The Sacramento Bee. During his Easter pardons earlier this year, the governor pardoned two veterans who had been deported to Mexico. So far, an immigration judge has allowed one of those veterans the rare right to return the United States after being deported. Source: Splinter

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SO OUR Consuela the Cactus toy on @barkshop has recently become a HOT TOPIC of conversation as she is 😉 on the outside but ☹️ on the inside. We are looking for submissions from you as to WHY CONSUELA IS SO SAD!! Did she lose a bet? Is her long lost love going to stand her up at the airport as they plan to flee? Please DM us your stories, post them in the comments, or email your stories to whyisconsuelasad@barkbox.com for a chance to be featured in a roundup of our favorites on our IG stories! . To order your own Consuela the Cactus, please sign up on our WAIT LIST which is linked in our bio. We are so glad you all love this toy, but she sold out so now we are all sad Consuela.: My dog destroyed her toy cactus, and there was another sad cactus inside (l.redd.lt) submitted 1 day ago by 1750 comments share SO OUR Consuela the Cactus toy on @barkshop has recently become a HOT TOPIC of conversation as she is 😉 on the outside but ☹️ on the inside. We are looking for submissions from you as to WHY CONSUELA IS SO SAD!! Did she lose a bet? Is her long lost love going to stand her up at the airport as they plan to flee? Please DM us your stories, post them in the comments, or email your stories to whyisconsuelasad@barkbox.com for a chance to be featured in a roundup of our favorites on our IG stories! . To order your own Consuela the Cactus, please sign up on our WAIT LIST which is linked in our bio. We are so glad you all love this toy, but she sold out so now we are all sad Consuela.

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<p><a href="http://scourge-of-god.tumblr.com/post/149215378620/bill-11b-jonesgirl88" class="tumblr_blog">scourge-of-god</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://bill-11b.tumblr.com/post/149209978726/jonesgirl88-elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey" class="tumblr_blog">bill-11b</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://jonesgirl88.tumblr.com/post/149209856335/elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey-this-is-how-you" class="tumblr_blog">jonesgirl88</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey.tumblr.com/post/147760459233">elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">THIS IS HOW YOU FUCKING ALLY!</a></p> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">“White Nonsense Roundup (WNR) was created by white people, for white people, to address our inherently racist society. We believe it is our responsibility to call out white friends, relatives, contacts, speakers, and authors who are contributing to structural racism and harming our friends of color. We are a resource for anti-racist images, links, videos, artwork, essays, and voices. These can be used by anyone for a DIY white nonsense roundup, or by the WNR team to support people of color upon their request.<br/></a></p> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">If you are a Person of Color (POC), you have enough on your plate! It’s not your job to educate white people about privilege, racism, and what’s really going on in the world. If a white person is filling your social media with white nonsense – anything from overt racism to well-intentioned problematic statements – tag us and a white person will come roundup our own. We welcome your involvement, resource suggestions, and will take your feedback seriously. We are also happy to boost the signal of voices of color.”</a><br/></p> </blockquote> <p>This is a joke, right?</p></blockquote> <p>I would say I hope they’re both hit by a bus, but that wouldn’t be fair to the bus.</p></blockquote> <p>These 2 look super fun to be around</p></blockquote> <p>I&rsquo;m wheezing.</p>: Two white women launch 'White Nonsense Roundup' to unburden people of color (VIDEO) Racial strife has exploded in America once again. Two Washington state women... EGBERTOWILLIES.COM I BY EGBERTO WILLIES <p><a href="http://scourge-of-god.tumblr.com/post/149215378620/bill-11b-jonesgirl88" class="tumblr_blog">scourge-of-god</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://bill-11b.tumblr.com/post/149209978726/jonesgirl88-elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey" class="tumblr_blog">bill-11b</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://jonesgirl88.tumblr.com/post/149209856335/elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey-this-is-how-you" class="tumblr_blog">jonesgirl88</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey.tumblr.com/post/147760459233">elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">THIS IS HOW YOU FUCKING ALLY!</a></p> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">“White Nonsense Roundup (WNR) was created by white people, for white people, to address our inherently racist society. We believe it is our responsibility to call out white friends, relatives, contacts, speakers, and authors who are contributing to structural racism and harming our friends of color. We are a resource for anti-racist images, links, videos, artwork, essays, and voices. These can be used by anyone for a DIY white nonsense roundup, or by the WNR team to support people of color upon their request.<br/></a></p> <p><a href="http://egbertowillies.com/2016/07/19/white-women-launch-white-nonsense-roundup/">If you are a Person of Color (POC), you have enough on your plate! It’s not your job to educate white people about privilege, racism, and what’s really going on in the world. If a white person is filling your social media with white nonsense – anything from overt racism to well-intentioned problematic statements – tag us and a white person will come roundup our own. We welcome your involvement, resource suggestions, and will take your feedback seriously. We are also happy to boost the signal of voices of color.”</a><br/></p> </blockquote> <p>This is a joke, right?</p></blockquote> <p>I would say I hope they’re both hit by a bus, but that wouldn’t be fair to the bus.</p></blockquote> <p>These 2 look super fun to be around</p></blockquote> <p>I&rsquo;m wheezing.</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://wildwoodlynx.tumblr.com/post/142454637374">wildwoodlynx</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youmightbeamisogynist.tumblr.com/post/140951201818">youmightbeamisogynist</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pumbloom-initiative.tumblr.com/post/140950379483">pumbloom-initiative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amberalloveragane00.tumblr.com/post/140950048704">amberalloveragane00</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://fabtrek.tumblr.com/post/140948000801">fabtrek</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://driftwood-in-the-sun.tumblr.com/post/138905911486">driftwood-in-the-sun</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://prettyarbitrary.tumblr.com/post/138863017040">prettyarbitrary</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://kijakazibibi.tumblr.com/post/138859916242">kijakazibibi</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pthalocy.tumblr.com/post/138808610365">pthalocy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://spontaneousmusicalnumber.tumblr.com/post/125884149498">spontaneousmusicalnumber</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thegrimshapeofyoursmile.tumblr.com/post/124019517446">thegrimshapeofyoursmile</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ellensama.tumblr.com/post/83397169464">ellensama</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://burntcandycorn.tumblr.com/post/83379533722">burntcandycorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://littlebluecaboose.tumblr.com/post/83364166806">littlebluecaboose</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://cosmictuesdays.tumblr.com/post/83306327022">cosmictuesdays</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://frenchie-fries.tumblr.com/post/83130244375">frenchie-fries</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://vergess.tumblr.com/post/83129430445">vergess</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://boltonsrepairshop.tumblr.com/post/83127498898">boltonsrepairshop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><i><b>PSA - PLEASE READ AND SPREAD HE WORD!!!</b></i></p> <p><i><b>IF YOU SEE THIS PLANT AT ALL, DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!</b></i></p> <p>Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.</p> <div> Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes. </div> <div> <br/><br/> If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken: <ul><li>Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.</li> <li>Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.</li> <li>If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.</li> <li>See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.</li> </ul> If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions <i><b>PLEASE, DO NOT JUST READ AND SCROLL! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!</b></i> </div> </blockquote> <p>Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.</p> <p>Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.</p> <p><b>Do not burn it</b>, because the smoke <i>will</i> give you the same reaction.</p> <p>If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [<a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/40961.html">this guide</a>] for how to deal with it yourself.</p> </blockquote> <p>OH MY FUCK I HAVE THESE IN MY BACKYARD.</p> </blockquote> <p>Fucking invasives. Signal boost.</p> </blockquote> <p>Re-reblogging because I checked Snopes, and not only is this shit true, but the text on this is pretty much the same as it is there! Stay safe, kiddos.</p> </blockquote> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cfa0d1e81ce51f0c32b299e461056836/tumblr_inline_oa024mzChw1szybyb_540.png" alt="" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"/></figure><p>According to the US Department of Agriculture, these are currently the states and provinces in North America where Giant Hogweed is present. <b>Even if your state/province is “clear” that doesn’t mean that it is not there. If you see Giant Hogweed in your yard or anywhere please call your DOA! This stuff is mad deadly!</b></p> <p>[<a href="https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HEMA17">Image Source</a>]</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Also here is a human for size reference. Since they are huge it should be easy enough to see and spot when fully grown.</p> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7e7dd14968ed6907683e63bdad97604a/tumblr_inline_oa024nwbpK1szybyb_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"/></figure><p>The burns can also be very bad, far worse than any poison ivy. Just Google ‘Giant Hogweed Burns’ and you’ll see. It can cause bad blistering, red painful rashes, and more. Please be careful of this plant!</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They exist in Austria and Germany too. Please be careful!</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, if you are in the Iowa/Minnesota area (maybe farther, I don’t exactly know), there is a close relative (also invasive) with <b>yellow flowers</b> called <b>wild parsnip.</b></p> <p><b>Flowers (<a href="http://minneflora.com/images/identified/medium/wild-parsnip-pastinaca-sativa-02.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ab0f47d7c2b261442f4ec5d9de8e0a3c/tumblr_inline_oa024n33sN1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b>Leaves (<a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/picb/wfshl-wildparsnip-06.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9d8bd93b8ba769d89609f3041fede38c/tumblr_inline_oa024nf0TB1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b></b>It only gets to about half the size of giant hogweed but has <b>all the same toxic effects</b>. The plants in the pictures look small but I’ve seen ones at least 6 feet tall with stems two inches thick.</p> </blockquote> <p>A lot of pictures available of giant hogweed are fullsized and in bloom. Just because it lacks the flowers doesn’t mean it’s not hogweed! It is dangerous well before that point.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_oa024or7Ad1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>As seen above, another important detail when identifying them can be the stems. They often have this reddish speckling, and are covered in bristly hairs. Like the rest of the plant, you should<i> absolutely not </i>touch them either.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7f781a11d9a107b3f6cec41afc889d12/tumblr_inline_oa024ozjii1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>You can see here how the redness is mostly on larger, older portions of the stems.</p> <p>For those of you in Ontario, here is a link to some more information via <a href="http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/giant-hogweed/"><b>Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program</b></a> . It has details on the plant’s growth, removal methods, and groups you can report sightings to.</p> <p>Unfortunately I lack information on herbicide use, but if the responsibility of removing giant hogweed somehow falls to the owner, please research local laws/restrictions concerning the use of things such as glyphosate (roundup). It is always possible to make things worse instead of better, so exercise caution in all areas, not just the handling/disposal of the plant.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is not bullshit. My sister works for the Cooperative Extension in New York and this is a big P.R. focus for them. They have trouble because somebody may spot some of these on a neighbor’s property and call it in, but they can’t get permission to go in and take it out because the neighbors think it’s “pretty” or they “natural” and want it to stay.</p> <p>Here’s another thing about it that makes it dangerous and maybe might scare some people into doing something about it: this time of year, (winter) the dried stuff is tailor-made for attracting kids: long, light, jointed. It looks like bamboo and they will use it to frame up little huts, make beaded necklaces, use as “sword.”, etc. The worst is it’s hollow which makes it perfect for BLOW GUNS.  Imagine getting that stuff on your lips….</p> </blockquote> <p>I work at an environmental science college and can also confirm this.  This stuff is bad bad bad news.</p> </blockquote> <p>To all you aspiring herbalists and just nature adventurers: please, pelase be careful</p> </blockquote> <p>I’ve brushed up against this stuff and it fucked me up for about two months. And the scars lasted for a year and a half after that</p> </blockquote> <p>What the FUCK!?? THESE ARE IN MY FYCKKKIGN YAAARD?!?!?! OUT BACK ?!</p> </blockquote> <p>oH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU</p> </blockquote> <p>Tis the season for giant hogweed warnings, my friends.</p> </blockquote> <p>Everybody please remember not to go out whacking around in the bush unless you know how to identify your local toxic plants. And please, for the love of it, wear pants! Hogweed will fuck you up, please report if you see it, but wild parsnip, poison ivy and poison oak are no fun game either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.birdandmoon.com/poisonivy/">This</a> little quiz can show you, even poison ivy can be tricky to ID. Stay safe!</p> </blockquote> <p>Oh Frack no my state was one of the ones highlighted nope nope nope. </p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-tumblr-attribution="animatedtext:HtQpGKsvVrwVEAUEJEk6Vg:ZPjWlu1nQN4oN" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_inline_oa0svmrVA51rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"/></figure>: <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://wildwoodlynx.tumblr.com/post/142454637374">wildwoodlynx</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youmightbeamisogynist.tumblr.com/post/140951201818">youmightbeamisogynist</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pumbloom-initiative.tumblr.com/post/140950379483">pumbloom-initiative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amberalloveragane00.tumblr.com/post/140950048704">amberalloveragane00</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://fabtrek.tumblr.com/post/140948000801">fabtrek</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://driftwood-in-the-sun.tumblr.com/post/138905911486">driftwood-in-the-sun</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://prettyarbitrary.tumblr.com/post/138863017040">prettyarbitrary</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://kijakazibibi.tumblr.com/post/138859916242">kijakazibibi</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pthalocy.tumblr.com/post/138808610365">pthalocy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://spontaneousmusicalnumber.tumblr.com/post/125884149498">spontaneousmusicalnumber</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thegrimshapeofyoursmile.tumblr.com/post/124019517446">thegrimshapeofyoursmile</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ellensama.tumblr.com/post/83397169464">ellensama</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://burntcandycorn.tumblr.com/post/83379533722">burntcandycorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://littlebluecaboose.tumblr.com/post/83364166806">littlebluecaboose</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://cosmictuesdays.tumblr.com/post/83306327022">cosmictuesdays</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://frenchie-fries.tumblr.com/post/83130244375">frenchie-fries</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://vergess.tumblr.com/post/83129430445">vergess</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://boltonsrepairshop.tumblr.com/post/83127498898">boltonsrepairshop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><i><b>PSA - PLEASE READ AND SPREAD HE WORD!!!</b></i></p> <p><i><b>IF YOU SEE THIS PLANT AT ALL, DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!</b></i></p> <p>Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.</p> <div> Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes. </div> <div> <br/><br/> If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken: <ul><li>Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.</li> <li>Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.</li> <li>If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.</li> <li>See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.</li> </ul> If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions <i><b>PLEASE, DO NOT JUST READ AND SCROLL! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!</b></i> </div> </blockquote> <p>Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.</p> <p>Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.</p> <p><b>Do not burn it</b>, because the smoke <i>will</i> give you the same reaction.</p> <p>If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [<a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/40961.html">this guide</a>] for how to deal with it yourself.</p> </blockquote> <p>OH MY FUCK I HAVE THESE IN MY BACKYARD.</p> </blockquote> <p>Fucking invasives. Signal boost.</p> </blockquote> <p>Re-reblogging because I checked Snopes, and not only is this shit true, but the text on this is pretty much the same as it is there! Stay safe, kiddos.</p> </blockquote> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cfa0d1e81ce51f0c32b299e461056836/tumblr_inline_oa024mzChw1szybyb_540.png" alt="" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"/></figure><p>According to the US Department of Agriculture, these are currently the states and provinces in North America where Giant Hogweed is present. <b>Even if your state/province is “clear” that doesn’t mean that it is not there. If you see Giant Hogweed in your yard or anywhere please call your DOA! This stuff is mad deadly!</b></p> <p>[<a href="https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HEMA17">Image Source</a>]</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Also here is a human for size reference. Since they are huge it should be easy enough to see and spot when fully grown.</p> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7e7dd14968ed6907683e63bdad97604a/tumblr_inline_oa024nwbpK1szybyb_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"/></figure><p>The burns can also be very bad, far worse than any poison ivy. Just Google ‘Giant Hogweed Burns’ and you’ll see. It can cause bad blistering, red painful rashes, and more. Please be careful of this plant!</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They exist in Austria and Germany too. Please be careful!</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, if you are in the Iowa/Minnesota area (maybe farther, I don’t exactly know), there is a close relative (also invasive) with <b>yellow flowers</b> called <b>wild parsnip.</b></p> <p><b>Flowers (<a href="http://minneflora.com/images/identified/medium/wild-parsnip-pastinaca-sativa-02.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ab0f47d7c2b261442f4ec5d9de8e0a3c/tumblr_inline_oa024n33sN1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b>Leaves (<a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/picb/wfshl-wildparsnip-06.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9d8bd93b8ba769d89609f3041fede38c/tumblr_inline_oa024nf0TB1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b></b>It only gets to about half the size of giant hogweed but has <b>all the same toxic effects</b>. The plants in the pictures look small but I’ve seen ones at least 6 feet tall with stems two inches thick.</p> </blockquote> <p>A lot of pictures available of giant hogweed are fullsized and in bloom. Just because it lacks the flowers doesn’t mean it’s not hogweed! It is dangerous well before that point.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_oa024or7Ad1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>As seen above, another important detail when identifying them can be the stems. They often have this reddish speckling, and are covered in bristly hairs. Like the rest of the plant, you should<i> absolutely not </i>touch them either.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7f781a11d9a107b3f6cec41afc889d12/tumblr_inline_oa024ozjii1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>You can see here how the redness is mostly on larger, older portions of the stems.</p> <p>For those of you in Ontario, here is a link to some more information via <a href="http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/giant-hogweed/"><b>Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program</b></a> . It has details on the plant’s growth, removal methods, and groups you can report sightings to.</p> <p>Unfortunately I lack information on herbicide use, but if the responsibility of removing giant hogweed somehow falls to the owner, please research local laws/restrictions concerning the use of things such as glyphosate (roundup). It is always possible to make things worse instead of better, so exercise caution in all areas, not just the handling/disposal of the plant.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is not bullshit. My sister works for the Cooperative Extension in New York and this is a big P.R. focus for them. They have trouble because somebody may spot some of these on a neighbor’s property and call it in, but they can’t get permission to go in and take it out because the neighbors think it’s “pretty” or they “natural” and want it to stay.</p> <p>Here’s another thing about it that makes it dangerous and maybe might scare some people into doing something about it: this time of year, (winter) the dried stuff is tailor-made for attracting kids: long, light, jointed. It looks like bamboo and they will use it to frame up little huts, make beaded necklaces, use as “sword.”, etc. The worst is it’s hollow which makes it perfect for BLOW GUNS.  Imagine getting that stuff on your lips….</p> </blockquote> <p>I work at an environmental science college and can also confirm this.  This stuff is bad bad bad news.</p> </blockquote> <p>To all you aspiring herbalists and just nature adventurers: please, pelase be careful</p> </blockquote> <p>I’ve brushed up against this stuff and it fucked me up for about two months. And the scars lasted for a year and a half after that</p> </blockquote> <p>What the FUCK!?? THESE ARE IN MY FYCKKKIGN YAAARD?!?!?! OUT BACK ?!</p> </blockquote> <p>oH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU</p> </blockquote> <p>Tis the season for giant hogweed warnings, my friends.</p> </blockquote> <p>Everybody please remember not to go out whacking around in the bush unless you know how to identify your local toxic plants. And please, for the love of it, wear pants! Hogweed will fuck you up, please report if you see it, but wild parsnip, poison ivy and poison oak are no fun game either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.birdandmoon.com/poisonivy/">This</a> little quiz can show you, even poison ivy can be tricky to ID. Stay safe!</p> </blockquote> <p>Oh Frack no my state was one of the ones highlighted nope nope nope. </p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-tumblr-attribution="animatedtext:HtQpGKsvVrwVEAUEJEk6Vg:ZPjWlu1nQN4oN" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_inline_oa0svmrVA51rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"/></figure>
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