The Cat and the Fox
This curious pair was spotted playing by fishermen on the shore of Lake Van in Turkey. Not much is known beyond the fact that they’re very cute and very playful.
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"NOTICE ME, SENPAI!!!"
"Kohai… we… didn’t know you felt that way."
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Prince Hans is a mirror. He reflects the way people act around him. With Anna he is clumsy and goofy. With the Duke he is aggressive. With Elsa he acts like a hero; Powerful, but also scared. And the only scene in which he acts like his true self is a scene where he looks at his own reflection.
Mirrors are a HUGE symbolic and literal deal in Hans Christian Andersen’s original version of The Snow Queen. The female lead’s best friend / potential male love interest turns into a total jerkass after getting a shard of glass from an evil mirror in his eye. The same jerkass later spends an extensive amount of time consumed with the need to rearrange pieces of a mirror so that they spell out ‘Eternity.’ We don’t know how intentional the visual callback was from Frozen to Andersen’s story when it comes to mirrors, but we like to imagine that the frequent deliberate panning across people’s reflections was at the very least a sneaky homage to how Andersen used mirrors.
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If you aren’t totally quaking in your boots at the news of millions of bees dead, yet again, you’re nuts.
this should be concerning a lot more people than it is
not only because bees are one of the most important animals in the world and their job is a lot more than gathering honey but also because they are what scientists refer to as an “indicator species”
this means that when their populations start dwindling and then rapidly dropping, humans need to watch their shit because that means that environmental factors are too difficult for THEM to live in, so it might be difficult for US to live in, too. bees basically act as an indication that humans have a lot to worry about and when they start dying like this it deserves a lot more than a few headlines.
last year my biggest worry was the steep decline in bee population and apparently thats not about to change anytime soon. people have told me to my face that they think its strange I’m so concerned for the bees. read this you selfish fucks
Get excited, motherfuckers. Without bees, we will die off. Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs. Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.
I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.
Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.
Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY.
Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.
Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.
GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!
If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.
Give the bees a free home!
Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.
Sources and other helpful links:
Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.
Guys, if all the bees died we’d have FOUR YEARS to live.
The “four years to live” statement is widely misused and taken far from the context which gives it any relevance.
What it -actually- means is that we would have approximately four years, at current global birth and death rates, to convert to a primarily ocean-and-fishery-based (rather than terrestrial) global food economy and to selectively breed other species of pesticide-resistant pollinators who hopefully won’t prove to be disease vectors and crop-destroyers. The ag-chemicals which kill Apis mellifera are pretty decently resisted by a hell of a lot of other pollinators, including mosquitoes, beetles, fruit flies, carpenter bees, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and a vast array of insects we tend to like much less than bees (namely wasps, velvet ants, and hornets). Continued abuse of these chemicals will knock the remaining pollinators out of commission, too, but cultivating these pollinators can still buy us a bit more time. So can improving the food transportation and distribution infrastructure and adjusting birth rates carefully in locations where directly-agricultural food is the primary food source and agribusiness is the primary employment for large numbers of people.
With regard to oceanic food sources… well, there is a whole other category of pollution going on which is currently making these less and less viable in the long-term… but there are also thousands of inland fisheries and algae farms which produce thousands of tonnes of highly nutritious food per year, and which are completely independent of the European honeybee. All of the vitamins and macronutrients needed by humans to survive are still bioavailable in a bee-less world; we just have to put a hell of a lot more effort into making those food sources globally accessible. Frankly, this should already be a contingency plan FIRMLY in place, but asking multinational corporations and governments to think more than one or two infrastructural collapses ahead is apparently too much to ask.
None of the above statements are meant to belittle the severity of the bee death situation; they are only to impose (hopefully) a bit more perspective regarding the timetable we are working with. There are MANY well-documented cases of people freaking out about one or another ecological crisis, doing the first thing they THINK makes sense to solve it, and then overdoing that thing so badly that they completely wreck a local or national ecosystem for a generation or more. Look into what happened when a huge area in China decided that sparrows were pest animals and hunted sparrows nearly to local extinction. Study what happened in Australia every single time an invasive species was encouraged to solve an existing problem. Look at what European starlings, Kudzu, and to a lesser extent wisteria and silk trees are doing to local ecology in the USA. Notice the near-nonexistence of intact prairie in the US, as well. Please, people, when you plant flowers to encourage bees, BE CAREFUL TO AVOID INVASIVE SPECIES. Be careful that you aren’t ripping up “weeds” like red deadnettle and purple henbit which are actually helping the local biostasis. If you are thinking of mowing over existing patches of any clover or alfalfa species, or any of the mint-sage-thyme herbal families (including catnip), reconsider it, because those plants are a hell of a lot more attractive to and supportive of pollinators than much more eye-catching but often invasive wildflowers.
Additionally, all major pollinators need minerals to survive. Compost piles and salt / mineral licks are VERY helpful for bees and butterflies. So are shallow birdbaths, as long as you keep them clean (choose cleaning detergents carefully!!) and rinse them regularly to avoid cultivating a batch of mosquito larvae.
TL;DR - The ‘four years’ figure is referring to pretty specific circumstances while ignoring other options for human survival. This doesn’t lessen the seriousness of the mass bee decline, but the situation needs to be confronted tactically and not as a generational panic. Panics tend to result in overreaction that does even greater ecological damage. Avoid invasive plant species. Compost piles, shallow clean birdbaths, and mineral licks are very helpful to virtually all pollinators.
SOURCE on most of the above: Our paternal family maintain an extensive organic garden and fruit orchard and have done so for the past appx. 90 years. The bee issue is regularly discussed, as it impacts the family directly. We were raised with a near-worshipful respect for bees and a healthy aversion to invasive plant and animal species. Everything else can be found with a few minutes googling invasive species, ecological crises, fisheries, algae farms, and pollinators.
me n you gossiping
This is the kind of relationship I want.
CATS ARE SO CUTE
Hey, Alii! Somebody caught video of us chatting! Checkit. :3
one of the smaller more subtle things about video games that i absolutely love is when your footsteps sound different depending where you’re walking like hell yeah
It startles the crap out of us in Minecraft when we’re walking backward to get a better look at something we’re building, and we step on grass or wood after mostly having just been on stone. *THUNK* *SKRSH* yiyeeeeee!! Zombie?! Spider? SKELLY!?! nononoRUNRUNSHitOhWaitJustWalking…
At least the server we play doesn’t allow PVP, or our fight-or-flight would be engaged constantly by just walking around. >_<
Good gods are we jumpy.
To get up and fetch our mouse in order to play Minecraft,
or to not do this thing.
That is the question.
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous skelly archers
or to take arms against a sea of endermen
and by opposing,
to get our little cubic avatar ass beat-
to attempt to swim in lava,
to be unable to sleep because of monsters nearby,
to respawn once more.
And to sleep, perchance to dream of Herobrine?
Such dreams as may come must give one pause, and to pause the game in the middle of the night cycle is to risk waking up with a face full of silverfish.
You are the best people. Seriously. We can just barely believe you actually quoted us on this. <3Via Let There Be L!
Here’s my theory. The Harry Potter trio are actually representations of the other houses. Hermione is Ravenclaw. Ron is Hufflepuff. Harry is Slytheryn. They’re all in Gryffindor because they asked. In fact, everyone in that house could have been in another house if they hadn’t asked to be in Gryffindor. You have be ask to be in Gryffindor because their most defining feature is bravery and anyone can choose to be brave.
I fuck with your theory, marry me.