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 World Elephant Day Aug 12th

' The Ivory Crisis: Urgent and Comple x '

It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000. And the numbers are plummeting – an estimated 30,000 elephants are being killed each year.  

Why? Their tusks. The demand for ivory – carved into figurines, chopsticks, bracelets and other “luxury” items – has skyrocketed in Asian markets, most notably China, as more of the population accumulates wealth. Unfortunately, there is widespread misinformation, leading many consumers to believe that the item they’re buying came from elephants that died of natural causes.

Our network of partners includes: Northern Rangelands Trust, Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Zambia Wildlife Authority, Tanzania National Park Authority, Space for Giants, Ujamaa Community Resource Team – and you.

After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”

She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.

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faenixie said:

WHat's going on with the whole "partner" vs "buddy" thing in axel and roxas with kh?

you remember that one scene in kingdom hearts that, up til now, hasn’t been released in north America with english dub, only subtitles. It’s where axel and roxas say their final goodbyes on the twilight town clock tower. Axel says またな 相棒 (See you, Partner) as Roxas fades away.

Now, this is my personal opinion because how one defines a word is different from everyone else. Translating from a foreign language is a very difficult thing, and it’s never accurate. English washes away a LOT of meaning or changes the meaning from foreign languages. This is why choosing words to match the raw is so important, and I think they may have missed the mark on this one.

"Partner" has a lot of connotations, ones that simply mean a work relationship, while others may have a deeper connection like how we can define it today. if we look at axel and roxas the same way we see Rude and Reno from Final Fantasy, or Buzz and Woody from toy story, you know that the term "aibou" or "partner" goes a lot deeper than just an accomplice. It encompasses friendship, trust, intimacy, and a feeling of wholeness, and love, and we know this is true because of what Axel and Roxas went through. They were merely working partners at the start, but they became friends and shared heart-felt connections they thought Nobodies wouldn’t be able to experience. Roxas made Axel feel like he had a heart, as if he were whole again. Roxas put his faith and trust in Axel, and Axel was protective of Roxas because he was his best friend.

So when he says “see ya, partner” he doesn’t simply mean Roxas is his friend, his pal, his buddy, Axel is referring to him as someone with whom he shares something profound, and he can confide in him in a way he can’t with anyone else because they aren’t his “partner.”

On that note, “buddy” also means friend, or best friend, but it’s very informal and casual based on how we use it. A lot of people may see Axel calling Roxas as his close friend, and that’s fair. Personally, I think it has less weight than “partner. You call someone buddy for a lot of situations that aren’t intimate or close. It’s normal in every day now that if you address a stranger, you may call him buddy. Or if some guy pushes pass you on the street you may turn around and scream “HEY, BUDDY, WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING.” Of course, we can also use the word partner in an ironic context as well, but it’s uncommon that we would.

Simply, the term “buddy” doesn’t have that feeling of closeness that “partner” has, and I believe that’s the reason why a lot of fans are upset with how the NA dub may make Axel potentially call Roxas “buddy” at that paramount moment in the cutscene based on the name of the cinematic, “Goodbye, buddy.” What that might do is dilute a lot of emotion that is present in the raw. However, how it will actually turn out, we won’t know until December.

andrealaleyenda said:

Confused ask:.. I was in an (emotionally&physically) abusive relationship when i was 16-17 and luckily I got out at some point. My friend L stayed friends with him and at the time i acted like it didn't bother me because i didn't want to seem petty or anything but what's bothering me is that she said that she didn't believe me that he could have strangled and punched me because he's "soooo nice" ... all of this happened years ago and I'm just getting mad now (I'm 23), is that weird?

Of course not.  Your friend invalidated your experiences by basically flat-out saying you lied, despite you very narrowly escaping a dangerous situation.  You have a lot to be proud of, in terms of getting out of that relationship and putting your safety and health first. For your friend to not only deny that, but imply that you were making up the severity of the situation is deeply wounding.  Your feelings around all of this are valid and although you don’t say if you and L are still friends or not, I think it’s clear that this person doesn’t deserve your friendship and you don’t deserve her invalidation or mistreatment.  Take care, darling.

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because many people wanna see it, cute things to do with your partner that don’t involve intense fucking

  • waking up side-by-side and snuggling before getting up
  • taking time out of the day to caress and stroke each other where they feel comfortable
  • movie dates, whether at the theatre or on the couch
  • tickle/pillow fights
  • spooning
  • laser tag
  • kissing softly all over the face instead of just on the lips
  • hand-holding everywhere you go together
  • underwear cuddling
  • splitting a single meal and feeding each other
  • laser tag
  • painting each other (faces, arms, backs, tummies, etc.)
  • couple cosplays
  • going to the park and hogging the swings
  • making Happy Jars for each other, in which each person writes positive things about the other(s) like features they find attractive, cute/awesome things they do, etc… and fills up a jar with their name on it. In times of sad, open up the jar and lookit all the happies!
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The Mystique of the Chinese Zodiac

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The Year of the Rat

Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Characteristics: Because the rat is very ambitious, he tends to be hard-working, imaginative, curious and observant. With a wit and charm about him, the rat is talkative and energetic. 

Life: Overall, the rat is a healthy individual who leads an active lifestyle. Because of his attention to detail and tendency toward aggression, the rat is often very stressed. The rat is a problem solver and needs flexibility to be creative. Good career choices for the rat would be a director or manager of some sort, an entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, politician, lawyer or race car driver. 

Love: Rats are charming and enjoy being social. They like to meet new people but are bad at ending relationships, which can hinder the formation of new ones. A rat’s partner must be able to keep up with his busy, active life. The rat is most compatible with the Dragon, Monkey and Ox.

Famous Rats: Truman Capote, Prince Charles, Sasha Cohen, Eminem, Scarlett Johansson, Wolfgang Mozart, Plato, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, George Washington

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The Year of the Ox

Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Characteristics: The ox is a strong, determined, dependable individual. The ox is tolerant of others but lacks respect for the lazy. The ox is trusting and open-minded but relies on himself. The ox is outdoorsy and hard-working.

Life: The ox is strong and healthy and will likely lead a long life. A tendency to overwork himself and not relax could take its toll, however. The ox likes routine in his work and approaches most tasks methodically. The ox has an eye for detail and a great work ethic and is best suited to be an interior designer, painter, carpenter, archeologist, mechanic, engineer, banker, broker or army officer. 

Love: The ox isn’t very sociable and not much of a flirter. He can also be a bit overbearing. The ox will take his time in finding the perfect partner. The ox is most compatible with the Rat, the Snake and the Rooster.

Famous Oxen: Napoleon Bonaparte, Charlie Chaplin, George Clooney, Walt Disney, Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, Vincent Van Gogh

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My Five Favourite Golly Fanfics (in no particular order)

The Crooked Kind by coeur-d’astronaute

Gail takes custody of her niece and nephew (Steve’s kids) after he dies in the line of duty protecting Gail.  She moves them to small town Ontario to the family cabin.  In this AU Holly is a paramedic and partnered with Chris.  

Not Like You’ve Been Counting by GleeSavedMe

A few years after Season 4, Gail and Holly decide to have a baby.  It’s super cute and full of nice feels.

Waking Up by Athingor3

Gail and Holly reconcile after Holly is hurt on scene and Gail takes care of her.  Also, so nice smutty smut-smut for good measure.

Bravo by paulinemcc

An AU where Gail loses her badge after Season 3 and ends up tied in with the criminal element.  Her and Holly meet regardless and start a relationship.  

Campfire Story and Wizarding Blue by TheoBurr

Campfire Story is an AU where Gail goes to camp after university as a counselor where Holly is the camp nurse (Gail is 22, Holly is 26).

Wizarding Blue is the cast of Rookie Blue at age 11 going to Hogwarts for the first time.  So far, only one chapter, but a spectacular chapter at that.

Maybe, Maybe by pleasanthell 

AU where Holly and Gail are partnered in their Home Economics class to care for a robot baby.  Holly is in foster care so she stays with the Pecks to help Gail.

Give It A Chance by rjstories

Gail and Holly make it through their separation with Holly going to San Francisco while Gail goes through with adopting Sophie back home.  Also with the feels in this one, but only good feels.  

This is way more than five but who can choose just five?

ohmypreciousgirl said:

MIT hacking makes me think about sorority/fraternity prank wars and we need an au around this pls and thank you

Yeah!! I think it would make a perfect au; Oliver and Felicity from rival sorties/fraternities, constantly trying to one up each other with their increasingly elaborate pranks, they don’t know each other’s identity, the climatic meet-up at the holiday party when they are both trying to sneak away to pull off the same hack, wait you’re cute girl/super hot guy from EECS 608??  

you’re the one trying to one up me this whole time??

i can’t believe i helped you! curse you and your feminine wiles!

it was too easy, anyone with boobs can get a frat boy to do anything

hey!

and then they make out. 

okay so for the whole argument of “why give out free condoms and not free pads/tampons??? people with penises dont need to have sex” im just gonna say that really the system should be making both condoms and pads/tampons free. free condoms are important because a) they help protect from stds and unwanted pregnancy and b) people with penises that way always have access to something that will ensure the safety of both themselves and their partner. free pads/tampons are equally important because there are so many people with vaginas who can’t afford them all over the world and it would make life so much easier for them if they had easy access to them. tl;dr don’t say free condoms aren’t necessary because they are but also don’t say free tampons/pads aren’t necessary because they are too. these are two products that need to be easily accessible for everyone.

anonymous said:

Karasuno + Oikawa + Kuroo + Kenma reacting to their partner calling them by their first name for the first time?

HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS FIRST

Hinata: “Shouyou.” He blushed bright red at his name being used (from someone not his mom or sister), and he couldn’t function for the next few minutes.

Kageyama: “Tobio-kun!” His ears went red at the sound of his voice, and he didn’t really know what to do, so he tried something else out himself, calling his partner by their first name, as well. “_…_-_____…”

Daichi: “Daichi.” He wanted to hear something in front of it, probably like captain or something, but it embarrassed him some and he rubbed at the back of his neck, smiling at them.

Sugawara: “Koushi.” It made him honestly happy, and he asked them to say his name again, before hugging them tight and telling them they’re cute.

Tanaka: “Ryuunosuke!” It rang in his ears for a minutes before he smiled to himself, liking the sound of his name in their voice.

Nishinoya: “Yuu-kun.” Hearing you say his name suddenly gave him an even bigger burst of energy, and he couldn’t stop grinning the rest of the day.

Asahi: “Asahi-kun.” It was sort of embarrassing, as it was out of the blue, but he smiled at them and held onto their hand tightly as they walked home that night.

Tsukishima: “Kei-kun.” He wasn’t prepared to hear it, and he’d been drinking from his water bottle when his partner said his name, so he almost choked on the water.

Yamaguchi: “Tadashi.” His face lit up red, but he smiled at his partner and took their hand, squeezing it lightly. “_-_____…!”

Ennoshita: “Chikara-kun.” He blushed instantly, rubbing at the back of his neck. “O-Oh, _____…you’re ready for that…?”

Kuroo: “Tetsurou!” It took him a moment to realize his name had been called, and that his partner was the one who said it. When he registered it, he grinned happily.

Kenma: “Kenma.” His cheeks turned slightly pink when they said his name, but he smiled to himself, burying his face into his arms.

Oikawa: “Tooru-kun.” Hearing his name made him grin, but since it was a big step, he couldn’t help but blush at the same time.

anonymous said:

Let's talk about sex... Why do people not tell you that sex is way better as you get older? Or do they and it's just that nobody ever told me? Nobody told me that sex at almost 40 was basically a different event than what it was at 20.

Sex, when you’re young, is about cumming as hard as you can into another person while trying to get a 9.9 from the East German judge. When you get older, it’s about making your partner cum as hard as they can. Maybe it’s insecurity but whatever. You want to leave them sweating and moaning and wanting. Because maybe you fear that if they’re not, they’ll go somewhere else. I’ve had the best sex of my life after 50. So there.

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Cartoon Network - Week of September 4th (Promo)

This promo includes clips from the new episode on September 4th.

"Steven and the Stevens": Steven needs a musical partner for an upcoming show, and uses a time travel device to recruit the perfect bandmate…HIMSELF!

Also, anyone still need a video link to “Joking Victim” since it got removed?

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