willow-wanderings asked:

I found a pretty fresh house sparrow yesterday (poor dear probably keeled over from the heat 'cause it doesn't seem to have any physical damage) and I'd like to keep the wings, feet, and bones (especially the skull) but I don't know the first thing about cleaning birds.

With birds, always make sure they are legal to have in your country/state/region.

As with anything you’ll want to remove as much of the skin, tissue and meat as possible in the beginning - this makes cleaning easier.  Basically, skin the bird.

Once its skinned you’ll need to cut the skull from the spinal column, bird skulls don’t have much meat and a soak in warm water plus some soapy scrubbing should clean it up.

 - you can find lots of bird skinning tutorials online and a few if you use the search option on this blog

Dry preservation / Salt preservation : For small birds you can simply cut off the feet just below the feathers, pose them and preserve them with salt  - there are links to that on the main page of this blog.

Same goes for drying the wings - spread them out the way you want them to dry, pin them to cardboard and cover them completely with salt.

a real danish law

“if the sea between denmark and sweden freezes over, and a swede crosses that sea to denmark by foot, it is required by law, or at the very least legal, to grab a stick and use it to hit the swede. - any other weapon is not legal”


Starting Jan. 1,2015 it will be illegal to throw food and food waste in the trash in Seattle, when a new ban takes effect to increase recycling and composting in the city.

Currently, Seattle residents are allowed to throw food and food waste – pizza boxes, dirty napkins, soiled paper towels – in the garbage. Residents are required to have a food and yard waste collection service, but they don’t have to use it for food. (Backyard composters are exempt from that requirement.)

Similarly, multi-family building owners are required to provide a compost collection service for residents, but residents don’t have to use it.

But on Jan. 1, Seattle will ban food and food waste in trash.

Enforcement won’t start until July 1. At that time, any single-family trash container with more than 10 percent recyclables or food waste by volume will face a $1 fine on the next garbage bill.

Multi-family property owners with too much food waste in trash will get up to two warning notices, and then a $50 fine.

That system of warnings and $50 fines will also apply to businesses. Currently only businesses that serve food are required to sort food scraps and waste for composting. The new law will require all types of businesses to do that.

Public trash cans will be exempt from the new ordinance. Garbage containers in customer dining areas will also be exempt, if a business provides food-waste composting containers.


  • American Government:Hey, let's come up with some stupid distraction for the public to obsess over so we can pass something stupid without them noticing.
  • American Government:*releases stupid fucking picture of a damn dress*
  • American Government:*passes net neutrality*
  • American Government:Nailed it.

Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days

Benito Vasquez-Hernandez has orange canvas slip-ons, a single spoon, a wristband he wears at all times. He has little else.

He lives in a small cell with a single window high above his head and sleeps on a skinny mattress resting on a cinderblock frame.

Vasquez-Hernandez is treated like any other inmate in the Washington County Jail. But he’s unlike every other inmate there.

At 897 days and counting, the 59-year-old may be the longest-held material witness in Oregon and perhaps the nation. He’s waiting to testify in a murder case.

Legal experts are aware of no other witness jailed for so long. While no one appears to systematically track such cases, a law professor recalls only one similar instance - more than a century ago, in California.

In Oregon, a judge can keep material witnesses in custody until they testify, or release them pending trial. Under state law, material witness holds have no expiration, but detention typically lasts less than a week.

Civil rights advocates say a witness should never be locked up for long - certainly not more than two years. But it’s not only the extraordinary length of Vasquez-Hernandez’s imprisonment that disturbs them.

It’s also his staggering disadvantages. He’s poor. He’s had no formal education and can’t read or write. He’s an immigrant who doesn’t understand the American justice system. He’s had no contact with his family.

As his days in custody have turned into months and then years, prosecutors have successfully argued that Vasquez-Hernandez’s testimony is essential to their case and that he probably wouldn’t show up to court if released.

His defense attorney has tried to get Vasquez-Hernandez out, devising a plan to take his sworn statement in a deposition so a judge could free him.

The law

Material witness detention laws exist in nearly every state. Oregon’s statute is used most often when witnesses don’t want to testify for fear of retaliation. Gang cases are a common example.

The laws allow attorneys to seek a warrant and court order to hold an important witness who presents a flight risk.

“We only ask for it in extraordinary situations,” said Washington County prosecutor Jeff Lesowski, who’s handling Eloy Vasquez-Santiago’s case.

The legal practice stretches back to the mid-1500s in England. In the U.S., it became law in the First Judiciary Act of 1789.

But with its longevity has come controversy.

Scholars have long criticized material witness laws, questioning whether they’re constitutional. Courts identified problems with the laws as early as the late 1800s, researchers say. Their concerns included holding witnesses in jail alongside criminals, holding them for too long or holding them because they couldn’t make bail.

Public outcry led New York to briefly repeal the practice in 1883. New Jersey legislators in the 1990s amended the law to say detained witnesses can’t be held in jail. Some states restrict the length of the holds. In Arizona, for instance, seven days is the limit.

Historically, few witnesses have challenged their detainment. Many have lacked money and social standing, says University of Colorado law professor Carolyn B. Ramsey. And that has meant, “For the most part, the wrongs against them remained unredressed,” she wrote in a law journal.

Frequency & The Law of Vibration

In the year 1905, Albert Einstein proved that we can break matter down into smaller components and that, when we do, we move beyond the material realm and into a realm in which everything is energy.

This is the Law of Vibration, a law of nature that states that ‘nothing rests; everything moves; every-thing vibrates.’ The lower the vibration, the slower the vibration; the higher the vibration the faster the vibration.

The difference between the manifestations of the physical, mental, emo-tional and spiritual result simply from different levels of vibrating energy, or frequencies. So, while the feelings of fear, grief and despair vibrate at a very low frequency, the feelings of love, joy and gratitude vibrate much quicker.

The most common unit of measure for frequency is the Hertz, which is one vibrational cycle per second. So a frequency of 460 Hz means that there are 460 cycles of vibration occurring every single second.

“All the physical matters are composed of vibration.”
-Dr. Max Planck

At the very leading edge of biophysics today, scientists are recognizing that the molecules in our bodies are actually controlled by these frequencies.  In 1974, Dr. Colin W.F. McClare, Ph.D, an Oxford University Bio-Physicist, discovered that frequencies of vibrating energy are roughly one-hundred times more efficient in relaying information within a biological system than physical signals, such as hormones, neurotransmitters and other growth factors.

Although most frequencies exist outside of our normal range of perception, all can be perceived as both colors and sounds. There are seven colors in a rainbow and seven notes in the musical scale. So the color blue is also heard as the musical key of D, which vibrates at 587 Hz.

But what is most interesting is that, if a frequency is vibrating fast enough, it’s emitted as a color of Light.

If we wanted to convert sound to Light, we would simply raise its frequency forty octaves. This results in a vibration in the trillions of cycles per second. So, if a pianist could press a key way above the eighty-eight keys that exist on a piano, that key would produce Light. They could create a chord of Light in the same way they can create a chord of sound. And it would be seen as colors of Light because it would be moving at the speed of Light.

The philosophical and scientific basis for this Law of Vibration can be found in quantum physics and in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Energy is related to matter and the speed of Light. This is Einstein’s famous E = mc2 equation.

When two frequencies are brought together, the lower will always rise to meet the higher. This is the principle of resonance. So, when a piano is tuned, a tuning fork is struck, and then brought close to the piano string that carries that same musical tone. The string then raises its vibration automatically and attunes itself to the same rate at which the fork is vibrating.

I will raise him up at the last day. I John 6:40

Using this principal of resonance, we can actually increase the speed at which the molecules in our bodies vibrate, through our thoughts of love, joy and gratitude. When atoms slow down, third dimensional matter is created; when they speed up, the higher dimensions of consciousness can be reached. And the higher our consciousness is raised, the closer to Spirit we become.

”In the beginning was the Word,” the vibration of sound.

By: Vicky Anderson

Pro-marijuana lawmakers in Vermont are threatening to reinstate alcohol prohibition.

Reps. Jean O'Sullivan, a Democrat, and Christopher Pearson, from the Progressive party, are using a piece of legislation written earlier this month to threaten to reinstate alcohol prohibition if senior state house members don’t revive the languishing weed proposal. If it works, Vermont would make legal marijuana history.

For the people telling hetalia fans to kill themselves

If you tell someone to kill themselves
it’s considered encouraging suicide
and you can get a fine of $25,000 and 10+ years in prison.
if they actually commit you can be charged with manslaughter.

So chill the frick out unless you want to get fined/sent to jail