April is the Cruellest Month

alessandriana:

ardatli:

Do you guys really keep your shoes on inside the house all the time? Is it really obvious that I’m a Canadian when I have American characters kicking their shoes off at the door?

If so, when do you put your shoes on? Immediately after you put your socks on in…

My family’s from St. Louis, and shoes are OFF in our house the second you’re in the door. But my dad grew up on a farm, and my mom’s an army brat, so I am easily assuming we are Irregular Folk

rhamphotheca:

ABC Bird of the Week:  Snail Kite
The Snail Kite has one of the most specialized tools among raptors: a long, deeply curved beak designed to pull snails—the birds’ main food—out of their shells. This specialized diet restricts the Snail Kite to wetlands, so if that habitat is destroyed, the bird declines.
When hunting, Snail Kites fly low over marshlands, plunging down to snatch snails from just under the water or from vegetation. They then return to a favorite perch to feed. Although common in Latin America, the species is a federal and state endangered species in the United States.
Snail Kites are gregarious and may congregate in flocks at roost sites (as this recording from Brazil demonstrates) or while foraging for food. The birds also nest in colonies in low trees and bushes, usually over water. This species is markedly dimorphic: males are a dark blue-gray with striking red legs and females are streaked brown and white, with a white eyebrow line…
(read more: American Bird Conservancy)
 photograph by R.J. Wiley

rhamphotheca:

ABC Bird of the Week:  Snail Kite

The Snail Kite has one of the most specialized tools among raptors: a long, deeply curved beak designed to pull snails—the birds’ main food—out of their shells. This specialized diet restricts the Snail Kite to wetlands, so if that habitat is destroyed, the bird declines.

When hunting, Snail Kites fly low over marshlands, plunging down to snatch snails from just under the water or from vegetation. They then return to a favorite perch to feed. Although common in Latin America, the species is a federal and state endangered species in the United States.

Snail Kites are gregarious and may congregate in flocks at roost sites (as this recording from Brazil demonstrates) or while foraging for food. The birds also nest in colonies in low trees and bushes, usually over water. This species is markedly dimorphic: males are a dark blue-gray with striking red legs and females are streaked brown and white, with a white eyebrow line…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)

 photograph by R.J. Wiley

the-wistful-collectivist:

slimluciano:

cocoamoon:

deusx-machina:

storming-s:

amadrei:

marimboo:

alacritousheart:

This is in my Economics textbook

This is fucked up

if you couldn’t SEE how fucked up this is, let me put this into even more perspective for you.a male with no high school education still makes more than a female with 9th-12th grade education (no diploma).a male who is a high school graduate still makes more than a female with an associate’s degree.a male with a bachelor’s degree only makes about ~$2000 less than a female with a fucking doctorate’s degree.tell me again why feminism isn’t important.

I am personally offended to the highest degree

"The wage gap doesn’t really exist." Fucking yeah right.

hmmm

Now let’s break it down by race.

this is why women outnumber men in college. A vast majority of women need college for a higher income vs men.

the-wistful-collectivist:

slimluciano:

cocoamoon:

deusx-machina:

storming-s:

amadrei:

marimboo:

alacritousheart:

This is in my Economics textbook

This is fucked up

if you couldn’t SEE how fucked up this is, let me put this into even more perspective for you.

a male with no high school education still makes more than a female with 9th-12th grade education (no diploma).

a male who is a high school graduate still makes more than a female with an associate’s degree.

a male with a bachelor’s degree only makes about ~$2000 less than a female with a fucking doctorate’s degree.

tell me again why feminism isn’t important.

I am personally offended to the highest degree

"The wage gap doesn’t really exist." Fucking yeah right.

hmmm

Now let’s break it down by race.

this is why women outnumber men in college. A vast majority of women need college for a higher income vs men.

thisisnotjapan:

-By Sharon H. Chang

When I wrote my first post for Hyphen, Talking Mixed-Race Identity with Young Children, I was deliberately blunt about race. I wrote about how I don’t tell my multiracial son, who presents as a racial minority, that he’s white — but I do tell him he’s Asian. While the essay resonated with many people, others made comments like this: 

“Your child is as white as he is Asian… Why embrace one label and not the other?”

“Why is he Asian but not white? He has white ancestors as much as Asian ones. So if it’s OK to call him Asian, it’s OK to call him white. Or, if it’s not OK to call him white (because he’s not completely white) then it’s not OK to call him Asian, because he’s not completely Asian either.”

“Your child is neither white nor Asian. I once heard this description: When you have a glass of milk and add chocolate to it, you no longer have just a glass of milk and you no longer just have chocolate because you have created something completely different. A bi-racial or multi-racial child is not either/or.”

In the 1990s, psychologist and mixed-race scholar Maria P.P. Root wrote the famous Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage, stirred by her examination of mixed-race identity, interviews with hundreds of multiracial folk across the U.S., and the struggles multiracial people face in forming and claiming a positive sense of self. “I have the right not to justify my existence to the world,” it reads. “To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify. To create a vocabulary about being multiracial or multiethnic.”

Almost two decades later, these proclamations still ring so true. Some people are completely unwilling to honor my family’s choice to identify as mixed-race and Asian because it doesn’t align with their own ideas about how we should identify. The right of a mixed-race person to self-construct and self-define, even today, endures continual policing from people with their own agendas.

If it’s not OK to call him white…then it’s not OK to call him Asian”; “Your child is neither white nor Asian.” These critiques are so often centered on whiteness: a sense of disbelief that I would “deny” it to my son, and the conviction that, if I won’t teach him he is white too — or at least partly white — then he is nothing at all. Even the problematic chocolate milk analogy — which the commenter clearly thought was progressive — begins with a glass of white milk with “color” added. White is seen as normative, and there is a total failure to recognize that racial categories are political

Of course I talk to my son about our white family members who are a part of his life and his identity. But those stories are about growing up in Virginia, or window candles at Christmastime in New England, or his Slovakian great-great-grandmother who came through Ellis Island alone when she was sixteen. Those stories are about our history, not about being “white.” “White” is not an ethnic celebration, a food festival, or a heritage parade. It’s about having unearned power and privilege based on the way you look.

In Dr. Peggy McIntosh’s famous essay on white privilege, she listed a series of unearned privileges white people enjoy. Among them: “I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time”; “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented”; “I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial”; and “I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the ‘person in charge,’ I will be facing a person of my race.” Are any of these true of my multiracial Asian son? My son, who barely has any children’s books that reflect his racial image, who is constantly scanned and assessed aloud based on “how Asian” he looks, my son who has had many more white teachers than teachers of color? 

Telling my child he’s white also won’t help him understand why children who were less than one-quarter Japanese were interned during World War II; why a stranger would look at him and say there are no “pure races” anymore; why a leading theatre company in our city unabashedly staged a yellowface production of an operetta; why kids on the playground pull back their eyes in a slant and spit out one of those ridiculous anti-Asian chants that just won’t go away. When I tell my son that he is Asian, mixed-race, multiracial, and a person of color, I’m not denying him parts of his ancestral-ethnic heritage. I’m teaching him about the race politics that intrude upon our lives whether we want them to or not. I’m preparing him to exist in a world that obstinately persists in being racially divided. And I’m trying to let him know something about the ways he has and will continue to be judged throughout his life, not because he’s white — but because he’s mixed with color.

laylainalaska:

misamandry:

sconesforjustice:

everythingsbetterwithbisexuals:

cosmictuesdays:

camwyn:

shitifindon:

loki-of-sassgaard:

The Amazing Spider-man 2. I’m either dead, or in a world of manpain.

Maleficent.
As long as I get to make different choices from Maleficent, I’m pretty okay with this… XD

Snowpiercer.

Romancing the Stone.
So the answer is, not in the least.

Jaws.
So, as long as I don’t swim in the ocean, which I don’t like to anyway, or take a crappy little boat, I should be okay.

Maverick! As long as I can be Jodie Foster’s character, I’m doing just fine. :D

Snowpiercer
I’m………………

I was rewatching some favorite scenes from <i>The First Avenger</i> last night . Oh <i>hell.</i> (Though an improvement over Snowpiercer, I suppose.)

BRAVE. SET. FOR. LIFE.

laylainalaska:

misamandry:

sconesforjustice:

everythingsbetterwithbisexuals:

cosmictuesdays:

camwyn:

shitifindon:

loki-of-sassgaard:

The Amazing Spider-man 2. I’m either dead, or in a world of manpain.

Maleficent.

As long as I get to make different choices from Maleficent, I’m pretty okay with this… XD

Snowpiercer.

Romancing the Stone.

So the answer is, not in the least.

Jaws.

So, as long as I don’t swim in the ocean, which I don’t like to anyway, or take a crappy little boat, I should be okay.

Maverick! As long as I can be Jodie Foster’s character, I’m doing just fine. :D

Snowpiercer

I’m………………

I was rewatching some favorite scenes from <i>The First Avenger</i> last night . Oh <i>hell.</i> (Though an improvement over Snowpiercer, I suppose.)

BRAVE.

SET. FOR. LIFE.

rhamphotheca:

Reptile Robbery: Why Poachers Are Wiping Out Ontario’s Turtles
International pet collectors have devastated all eight turtle species in the Canadian province.
by John R. Platt
Ontario’s once plentiful turtles are rapidly disappearing as poachers grab the reptiles for sale on the international pet trade market.
Some turtle populations in the province have completely vanished over the past decade. “My turtles are gone,” Jacqueline Litzgus, a spotted turtle researcher, told the The Canadian Press last week.
Most of the turtles end up for sale in pet shops in Asia and Europe, even though international trade in many turtle species is illegal, said Eric Goode, founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy.
“I went to Tokyo in 2002 and did a survey looking for endangered turtles and other reptiles and animals,” he said. “I was shocked. North American turtles were in all the pet stores.”…
(read more: TakePart)
photograph by Kevin Stohlgren

rhamphotheca:

Reptile Robbery: Why Poachers Are Wiping Out Ontario’s Turtles

International pet collectors have devastated all eight turtle species in the Canadian province.

by John R. Platt

Ontario’s once plentiful turtles are rapidly disappearing as poachers grab the reptiles for sale on the international pet trade market.

Some turtle populations in the province have completely vanished over the past decade. “My turtles are gone,” Jacqueline Litzgus, a spotted turtle researcher, told the The Canadian Press last week.

Most of the turtles end up for sale in pet shops in Asia and Europe, even though international trade in many turtle species is illegal, said Eric Goode, founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy.

“I went to Tokyo in 2002 and did a survey looking for endangered turtles and other reptiles and animals,” he said. “I was shocked. North American turtles were in all the pet stores.”…

(read more: TakePart)

photograph by Kevin Stohlgren

archaeologicalnews:

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MURPHSYBORO, IL (KFVS) - A group of archeologists has uncovered a nearly 1,000 year old Native American village near the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Illinois.

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey was contracted to survey land so the state of…

archaeologychannel:

Did you know that archaeologists are currently excavating an 18th century battleground in Lake George, NY that hosted the 1755 battle which inspired The Last of The Mohicans? To learn more about the excavation and what archaeologists are finding, read the ARTICLE HERE!

archaeologicalnews:

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Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank.

Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that the…

krakenqueen:

countrygirltothemaxx:

I just think every driver should read this.

Too many people are oblivious to these facts, mainly because they’ve never been in or driven a truck hauling horses.

There are, like, three rules of highway driving:

1. ALWAYS let the lorry/horse trailer/ ANY HUGE ARSED TRAILER go first.

2. If you’re passing, do it quick. Get the hell out of their way and out of their blind spot on the left. Lorries aren’t gonna hit the brakes, ever - they need that speed to get up the next bump in the road. So if you’re blocking his exit to the left, and another lorry/car is coming up on the right, YOU’RE the one causing a potential accident.

3. My state’s highway patrol says it best: GIVE BIG RIGS PLENTY OF ROOM.