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anonymous asked:

did you seriously just say we should let pandas go extinct to save other animals or am i misinterpreting because that is a very questionable judgement

ALRIGHT MY FRIEND I have received about six messages in this vein since yesterday, but I worked for thirteen hours today and I have no time for this nonsense. Short answer: YES. 

I’m gonna summarize some salient points on why pandas are awful from a conservation standpoint:

  • PANDAS LITERALLY CANNOT MATE IN CAPTIVITY. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE
  • Artificial insemination and hand-rearing of cubs are basically standard practice, and still they usually die. At what point is it reasonable to give up because I think we hit it DECADES AGO
  • In 35 years, only 90 cubs have been born in captivity outside of China
  • Wild panda numbers have increased a bare (bear?) 200 individuals in 10 years, despite literal billions of dollars being poured into conservation
  • NO OTHER AREA OF ANIMAL CONSERVATION EVEN COMES CLOSE TO THE MONEY BEING POURED INTO PANDAS. NONE
  • And yet we’ve managed to literally rebuild populations of black-footed ferrets, oryx, and California condors with exponentially less money
  • Despite all of this, only 10 pandas have been released since the 80s, and all but two died
  • I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that it’s because their habitat is destroyed and fragmentary and barely protected!!!!!! 
  • The only good thing about panda conservation is that protecting their range is also protecting tons of other species. Which would be great, if more of their range was being protected effectively.
  • There is way more money in keeping captive pandas captive than in releasing them!! surprise!!!!!!
  • Zoos pay a lot of money to get pandas on loan because people just LOVE looking at pandas and they can’t afford to house and care for their other animals without people coming to visit! Or do any kind of conservation whatsoever!! Panda-economics! (this is kind of a pro as opposed to a con but its the kind of pro that makes me feel like I need a shower)
  • Pandas are endangered and sort of have a role in spreading bamboo seeds around, so they get billions of dollars. Every shark ever is MORE endangered, and without them the entire ocean ecosystem would collapse, but that’s fine they don’t need money (I’m not bitter) ((I am bitter))

I’m gonna be frank with you. We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by us. Not to be a downer (jk, I’m gonna) but we’re already driving so many species to extinction that we cannot afford to save them all with the money and interest that is in conservation right now. 

Instead, we have to do some kind of awful extinction triage and assess which animals will do the most good to work to conserve - and getting into keystone species, ecosystem engineers, and other truly integral species is a whole other can of worms I’m not gonna touch on - but there are animals that are “more important” in a certain sense than others, in that they can support or affect a much wider range of other species than another

People only care about big, cute, fluffy animals - a common lament heard from conservationists, but it’s so true. There are thousands, if not millions of species that don’t fit this mold that conservation work would benefit eons more than pandas. It’s like fixing a pretty, stained-glass window in a house whose foundations are collapsing and thinking you’re helping. 

Pandas have always been the face of conservation, and they continue to be one of the biggest and most expensive ongoing failures. 


[Sources/ stuff to read to make sense of my incoherent response!]

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Forward/Winger

Club

Manchester United

  • Premier League: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • FA Cup: 2003–04
  • Football League Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09
  • FA Community Shield: 2007
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2011–12
  • Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • Supercopa de España: 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016

International

Portugal

  • UEFA European Championship: 2016

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 2008, 2016
  • FIFA Ballon d'Or: 2013, 2014
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2008
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2016
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2014, 2016
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 
  • GSA Best Player of the Year: 2011, 2014, 2016
  • Onze d'Or: 2008
  • Bravo Award: 2004
  • FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2004–05
  • CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad: 2007,2008, 2009,2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • PFA Portuguese player of the year: 2016
  • European Golden Shoe: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer: 2013, 2014, 2016
  • IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer: 2014,] 2015
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2009
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2016
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2007–08
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016
  • UEFA European Championship Silver Boot: 2016
  • UEFA Euro All Time XI
  • UEFA European Championship Co-top scorer: 2012
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Manchester United Goal of the Season: 2008–09
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2006–07
  • PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Barclays Player of the Year 2006–07,] 2007–08
  • Premier League Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006, January 2008, March 2008
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2007–08
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Public
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Experts
  • La Liga Most Valuable Player: 2012–13
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Forward: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Goal: 2013–14
  • La Liga Fans 5 Star Player: 2014–15
  • Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League: 2012–13
  • Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • La Liga Player of the Month: November 2013, May 2015
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • La Liga top scorer: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 2010–11
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2014
  • ESPY Awards Best International Athlete: 2014, 2016
  • GSA Best Media Attraction: 2011
  • GSA Greatest Media Attraction: 2011
  • GSA Fans Favorite Player: 2013
  • GSA Goodwill Award: 2016
  • Onze d'Argent: 2007, 2009, 2011–12
  • Onze de Bronze: 2010–11
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2008, 2014

The Crosby-Malkin Penguins have won the Stanley Cup twice and are going for No. 3. Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2009, and Crosby won it last year.

Crosby and Malkin each has won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. Malkin won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 2006-07. Crosby added the Maurice Richard Trophy this season by leading the League with 44 goals.

“When he’s out there, when he’s going, you want to follow that up,” Crosby said. “I think it gives you confidence as a player when you see someone out there with that capability. I don’t think you put as much pressure on yourself when you go out there knowing that, hey, this guy is capable of changing the game with one play. So you go out there with the thought of make sure you do your job. I think it just gives you confidence.”

The fact is, though, Crosby has received more accolades and recognition than Malkin in their time together. Crosby has been the face of the League and of hockey in Pittsburgh. Crosby was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian; Malkin was not.

Malkin has, in many ways, played his entire career in Crosby’s shadow.

“I don’t think it gets to him,” Crosby said. “He’s a pretty motivated guy. He’s quietly pretty competitive. If those things drive him a little bit more, I think we’re OK with that. We appreciate what he does. We know he’s a special player and what he’s accomplished is unique. Hopefully, he can take some reward in that.”

He does.

“I feel I’m the guy here too,” Malkin said. “People love me. I come to restaurants, people want to shake hands. It’s fine for me. I signed a big deal here because I feel we can win every year.

“I want to play with Sid a long time.”

Why you should never say “All men are...”

When third wave/radical feminists say “all men are assholes/rapists/etc.), let’s take a look at the facts.  There are 3.41 billion males in the world. While majority of women fall victims to the hands of males, there are just as many females guilty of being abusers. Here are a couple of statistics before you start attacking me.

  • - 40% of domestic violence victims were men (2004-2005, 2008,2009)
  • 43.4% of men were abused by their partners in 2006-2007. This rose to 45.5% in the following year, but dropped to 37.7% in 2008.
  • In 2006-07, 48.6% of men were subject to severe force during conflict with a partner.

Men are less likely to report abuse or rape because 90% of the time, they are not taken seriously. Second of all, do you know how much pressure they go through because men are EXPECTED to be strong and “manly”, so they’re expected to deal with rape or abuse?

Out of 3.41 billion males in the world, you think ALL of them are rapists and abusive? You think every single man in the world is capable of violence and danger? What about that husband who influences his wife to work so they can both be successful? What about that father who works long hours so his daughters have the privilege of being educated in the top universities in the country? What about that brother who is willing to protect his mother and sister from danger?

You all say “All men are this…”, do you have little brothers? Little male relatives? Do you categorize them in the same stereotype too? Do you look at him and go, “you’re gonna grow up to be a rapist”?

When you were born, did you realize that you’re 50% your father and 50% your mother? Had it not been for your father’s sperm, you would not have been here. Don’t give me BS that you’d be conceived in other ways, no you wouldn’t. If it wasn’t for your mother AND father, you wouldn’t be here. You wouldn’t have been here.

I am aware, not everyone of us had the privilege of having good men in our lives, and I’m sorry that I cannot relate to abuse or rape victims. Majority of the men in my life made sure the women in their lives were independent, strong, stable, and not reliant on the men of the family. My father raised me by saying, “you don’t need a man in your life. You don’t have to please any men in your life.” That’s the motto I follow to this day. I don’t need men.

You all have tor realize that not all men are the same. You all saying all men are the same is EQUIVALENT to this:

“20/100 women raped or abused their partners, SO ALL WOMEN ARE EVIL AND BAD!!”

Lastly, If men can’t have a say in women’s rights, than women shouldn’t have a say in men’s rights.

I’m ready for y’all to fight me.

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Maxwell, Left-Back, at the time of his retirement in May 2017, he was the most decorated active footballer in Europe with 37 titles.

Cruzeiro

  • Copa do Brasil (1): 2000

Ajax

  • Eredivisie (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • KNVB Cup (2): 2001–02, 2005–06
  • Johan Cruyff Shield (2): 2002, 2005

Internazionale

  • Serie A (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2006, 2008

Barcelona

  • La Liga (2): 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Copa del Rey (1): 2011-12
  • Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2010–11
  • UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Ligue 1 (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Coupe de France (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coupe de la Ligue (4): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Trophée des champions (4): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Individual

  • Dutch Footballer of the Year (1): 2003–04
  • Dutch Golden Shoe (1): 2003–04
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16


Maxwell is known to be one of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s closest friends; they were teammates at Ajax, Internazionale, Barcelona and PSG. There are several anecdotes about him in Ibrahimović’s autobiography, I am Zlatan.

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Patrick Viera, Midfielder, began his career with French club Cannes in 1994. He moved to Italian side Milan the following season, but was unable to break into the starting line-up, and was subsequently sold. He rose to prominence during a hugely successful spell at Arsenal from 1996 to 2005, where he eventually became club captain, and won three Premier League titles – one unbeaten – and four FA Cups. He transferred from Arsenal in 2005 and spent one season at Juventus, helping the team to the Serie A championship. Following Juventus’ relegation for their part in a match-fixing scandal, Vieira moved to Internazionale and won three Serie A titles, before moving to Manchester City for two seasons, where he retired in 2011 after adding another FA Cup winners’ medal to his personal honours.

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