iswing said:

My two dogs got into a terrible fight today and I was bit trying to intervene. This is the first time this has happened. When you worked with dogs what did you do to diffuse fights and stay safe?

Oh boy! First of all, let me say I’m sorry. Being in the middle of a dog fight can be a VERY stressful experience and it’s no fun for anyone involved, especially when a bite occurs. I’ve never been bitten during a scuffle but I did get my leg chomped on by a not-so-friendly bull terrier once and it SUCKS. To this day, I still get a little uneasy around that breed.

Anyhoo! The easiest and safest way to break up a dog fight is to dump a bucket of water on them, say their dog bowl. Dog fights can escalate so quickly though, and especially if you’re alone, water might not be an option. Make a loud noise if possible, like clapping or slamming your hand on a wall. If that doesn’t work: do NOT keep doing it. If they’ve done and gone beyond the point that a loud noise won’t startle them out of what’s called their “hind” mind (the purely reactive part of their personality) then it won’t help to keep making noise (it can make it worse).

Whatever you do, don’t reach for the dog’s head. I know it’s instinctual to do this but it’s the worst place for your hand to be in a dog fight. Grab them by the hind legs like a wheelbarrow and pull them away. And if it’s gravely serious blood-spilling-lockjaw-stuff and no water is available: shove a thumb up one of their assholes. Only use this method as a last resort though.

The most important thing is to stay calm. Dogs react to the stress level of the people around them, and they do it blindly when in a heightened state like fighting. Most dogs aren’t out to kill each other when they scuffle. It helps to think of dog fights in terms of arguments. One of them is right, and one of them is wrong and they’ll go until whoever admits they were wrong. This usually amounts to no more than a couple of superficial punctures that, as long as they get treated, will heal up in no time. It’s not ideal, obviously, but the main reason I bring it up is because it can help when trying to remain calm.

Once they’re separated, give them some time apart until they settle down. I good thing to watch for shaking their body (like they would when shaking of water), relaxed muscles in the face, and yawning. All of these behaviors indicate a dog that is ready to move on. If they tense up again upon reintroduction: more time apart until you can figure out what is causing the disagreement. Sometimes you don’t know too! Used to get a boxer at the daycare I worked at who didn’t like German Shepherds. Just straight up would stalk them around the room, looking for an opportunity to take them down. As far as the owner knew, he had suffered no past trauma at the paws of German Shepherds so the only conclusion was to split the dogs into a pro-German Shepherd group and a sans-German Shepherd group where he could go play for hours and not be a dick. He was a great dog aside from that.

Anyway, I hope this helps.

"Your march is useless because it’s permitted by the police" oh spare me, like your 100-person un-permitted marches that turn into scuffles with cops are actually accomplishing anything. (and I got engaged at a 100-person un-permitted march that gleefully broke through police lines while chanting anti-capitalist chants! I love a good un-permitted march!)

Let’s be real about what marches are and are not for, and spare the in-fighting:

Marches do not, themselves, as isolated incidents, cause change.

Marches do not, themselves, as isolated incidents, win demands.

Long-term sustained organizing wins demands.

Long-term sustained organizing causes change.

Marches are a part of long-term sustained organizing.

These are the functions they can serve:

  • Direct shut-down, as in marches that are basically blockades, or the marches of the MST when they are occupying new land. This is pretty self-evident, but it’s also the rarest in the US and other Global North countries — this kind of direct action is more often undertaken by smaller groups, not mass marches.
  • Putting pressure on powerful people. This can be done through protests outside of facilities themselves (civil disobedience at an office, for example), or through media coverage of a big march (“we have 500,000 people in the street”). This idea relies on the notion that the people you are trying to influence care if there are 20 people arrested for picketing their office, or if the papers are full of pictures of a massive march. Many do, or the people who have power over them do, especially if there are groups that are internally divided — as an example, the photos of Bull Connor attacking Civil Rights marchers with fire hoses and dogs caused widespread outrage and did make a difference. Swaying public opinion is often a major aspect of this — Civil Rights organizers were very good at this, but it is notably harder to do with our present media climate and very high noise-to-signal ratio.
  • Fostering a sense of power among the marchers. This is probably the most common one, or at least what marches are most effective at doing - there’s nothing quite like being part of a crowd of a hundred thousand people who all want the same thing you do. That sense of numbers, solidarity, and togetherness is inspiring, and it can really give people strength for the rest of the fight. This is why, for example, the Vermont Workers’ Center has their annual May Day rally — sure, it reminds the statehouse that they’re still there, but it is really mostly there so that people can celebrate and have community.

Even direct shut-down marches draw their strength from organizing & education that extends before and after the march.

So we can stop with the smug op-eds that sneer at anyone who would ever think of going to a mass permitted march.

teleporterbread said:

A spoonful of Aruani?

Send me an OTP and I tell you…

  • Who made the first move; 

Armin. While making their way through a crowd of cadets once he asked her if she would like to hold his hand, so they could make it through with at least one familiar person and not get lost. The crowd came and went, and neither let go.

  • Who said ‘I love you’ first; 

Annie. It was a passing comment, one that was made while they were reading books together one day in the corner of the library. It was so nonchalant and quiet Armin knew it was genuine.

  • How often they fight; 

Fights aren’t rare, nor are they common—particularly the small grating scuffles and the like. I can’t see them being very argumentive with each other, seeing as their personalites are just flipsides of the same coin really. But when they do fight they’re very passive-aggressive about it for a while after. Cold shoulders, doing things in the way the other would dislike—that’s how they show displeasure.

  • Whose big spoon/little spoon; 

They alternate! Annie’s very attached to warm snuggly things, so it’s usually her as the big spoon. (This is after marriage, mind you—pretty much all my headcanons are going to go like this)

  • What their nicknames are for each other; 

Armin has a set of nicknames for her, and hardly uses anything different: ‘Ans’, ‘crystal warrior’ (in reference to her default silent and seemingly cold personality, and the like.

Annie just calls Armin whatever comes to her mind at the time!

  • Whose the better cook; 

Armin. He never lets Annie in the kitchen if he can help it. Pokes her away from even the bread with a broom. ‘NONONONO YOU’RE NOT SETTING ANYTHING ON FIRE THIS TIME HUN’

  • Their song; 

'Clarity', or pretty much anything sad-sounding ;n;

  • Who remembers their anniversaries; 

They’re both very meticulous about dates, no-one forgets anything! But they’re not the type to be extravagant about anything: Relationship milestones are usually marked by a night out to anywhere that would take them in for a meal, and birthdays pass quietly with the both of them talking and walking around unless their friends have anything else planned.

  • Their favorite thing to do together (besides sex); 

IDK, there seems to be a lot of talking with this ship. They also like to doodle random things and collaborate in drawing whenever they’re bored, like the two huge nerds they are. They turn out horrible, but they keep them anyway.

  • Who ‘wears the pants’ in the relationship; 

Annie for the most part, but Armin can be just as assertive when something matters enough to him.

  • How they would get engaged;

Armin recommending Annie a book to read, and giving it to her, whilst telling her not to skip to the end. She obliges, and reads through the thing—it’d be a slice of life book with some adventure, I suppose—and eventually finds that Armin had left a note in there when she turned the very last page.

It reads:

‘Had fun with this adventure? What do you say we start our own?

Will you marry me?’

Or he sticks a post-it note on her crystal if we’re talking ‘Stuck in the Motions’ here IDEK

  • What their wedding would be like;

Quiet, but really pretty decor-wise and emotion-wise ovo

  • How many kids they’ll have;

None? I don’t think Annie would be comfortable with the idea of children at all. Armin would just go with her on that decision. She’s uncomfortable enough around their friends’ kids that they babysit sometimes.

the-little-starwarrior said:

Kai had just gotten back home. He was really sweaty and was just trying to get inside without anyone bothering him. That is... until someone spotted him.

"Ah! Kai-san! You look like you’ve been in a scuffle! What happened?"

Why People of Color in NYC Still Don’t Trust the Cops

On July 17, New York City police officers surrounded Eric Garner, an overweight, asthmatic black man, near his home on Staten Island. According to Garner’s neighborhood pal Ramsey Orta, the cops were hassling Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, because they thought he was involved in a street scuffle. The police’s version of the incident is that they approached Garner for selling individual cigarettes—“loosies”—which is illegal because the government doesn’t collect taxes on those sales.

As captured on video by Orta, Garner complained about routine NYPD harassment and was subsequently placed in a choke hold by a plainclothes officer named Daniel Pantaleo. With his head being smashed against the ground and the cops holding him down, Garner cried out, “I can’t breathe!” nine times—you can watch the video on YouTube yourself and count—to no avail. He was pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later, and the video quickly went viral. It bears a horrifying resemblance to the climactic scene of Radio Raheem getting murdered by the NYPD in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing—Lee even created his own mash-up of the two scenes after Garner’s death.

Almost immediately, cries rang out that Garner was a casualty of “broken windows” policing. That’s the theory that says going after minor quality-of-life offenses like graffiti, subway panhandling, and illegal cigarette sales helps discourage serious crimes like rape and murder. It’s the brainchild of criminologist George Kelling, who co-authored a 1982 Atlantic article that remains a sort of manual for modern policing in America. Broken windows was popularized by William Bratton, the NYPD commissioner in the 90s under Mayor Rudy Giuliani who has taken up his old post under the new mayor, Bill de Blasio. The mythology holds that it was the chief factor in the city’s incredible turnaround since the high-crime 70s and 80s—though many criminologists disagree.


For most of this arc, Natsu’s been his usual feisty self. We’ve seen him mad, we’ve seen him determined, we’ve seen him brought down and get back up again, we’ve seen him as rescuer and captive and rescuer again, we’ve seen him nearly get his soul absorbed and be separated from his partner.

But through all that, I feel like he’s maintained a high level of energy and resilience. He even took time out of his fight with Tempesta to get into a scuffle with Gajeel and make silly bets.

I thought that might be his last light-hearted moment for a while.

Then Torafusa unleashed his poisoned water, and Natsu succumbed to it:


It’s rare—and hard—to see Natsu helpless and passed out like that. Gajeel was shocked by it. And when Gajeel defeated Torafusa, Natsu and the other girls just ended up flopped on the ground. Ouch.


When we see him for the first time this chapter, Natsu is conscious, but quiet. Just look at his body language in the right panel. The others are close together, and earlier were facing each other, and talking. Natsu’s sitting well away from the group and he’s got his back turned.


(And the Nalu shipper in me would like to point out that Lucy was the first to notice his posture and ask him what was wrong. She was sitting facing Gajeel and the other girls, but she turned sideways so she could better see Natsu as well as the other group.)

Yes, Natsu is super-competitive, but he tends to be vocal and in-your-face about it. When he’s got his head bowed or back turned like that, it’s because he’s preoccupied with something more serious.

Natsu heard Acnologia before Gajeel did. It’s probable that Natsu had been feeling uneasy for a while, before he pinpointed the cause. And when he realized who was coming, he actually trembled.

We went from a fired-up Natsu to a passed-out Natsu and now we have a very shaken Natsu:



And Igneel’s about to join the fray.

Watch out, Natsu! I see Angst and I think it’s coming your way!


Colin (Kaepernick) scrambles out of bounds, you get the personal foul play. You talk about launching, you talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is 6-7 feet out of bounds… I was kind of struck.

I looked at it with my own eyes, I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s (Staley) head. Well, one punch and one open slap. If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles.

I think that young man (Clay Matthews) works hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap. All in all, there were a lot of things going on in that stretch. That certainly was a cheap shot.”

- 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on “The Clothesline

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)