Preserved-Animals

Humans are weird.

Putting some of the things that humans do into words makes them sound weird. (made with @samlicker83 )

“Sometimes dirt gets trapped under our skin and shoots out like rockets after a couple of days.”

“We ride around in giant pieces of shaped metal and leather on wheels that we have to fill with decomposed liquidized dead things to keep it running.”

“Sometimes dust particles tickles these hairs in our nose and our nose becomes a snot canon.”

“We kill baby sheep to please the sky beings that keep our crops good”

“We cut out the genitalia of animals and others sometimes and require a lot of small pieces of green paper or invisible data points to do so.” “Why the fuck-” “For our own benefit and theirs.”

“Sometimes squishy flesh rocks form inside of us and slowly kill us.”

“Our young enjoy activities such as: climbing, playing, and fucking”

“We use plastic molds of other people’s genitals to please ourselves even though there is no advantage of doing so.”

“Some of them write stories about two humans of the same gender fucking and show it to many others to gather a following. They write the stories mainly for an audience who thinks the two people in the story should become mates for life.”

“We heat up sand and look out of it instead of going outside.”

“Sometimes we reproduce while others make a permanent record of it for others to see it. That’s a job for a lot of humans.”

“Having sex with the same gender is consider wrong until the words ‘no homo bro’ are said. Then everything is completely normal in societies eyes.”

“The females of our race bleed from their genitals annually and experience unsatiable hunger, rage, and stabbing pains in their bodies while that happens.”

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Tumblr will never cease to amaze me...

So we get Fantastic Beasts. A movie that, I believe, explores the horrible damage abuse does, the importance of preserving wildlife and respecting animals, the damage that segregation of any kind does, a great look into the intolerance of mental health problems, contains an allegory for police brutality, not to mention the idea of government corruption… and what does tumblr do?

It complains. As always.

1) why have they cast and “abuser”
2) god this movie is so white
3) why does there have to be a romance between Newt and Tina, he’s my precious, gay, autistic baby
4) JKR doesn’t mention slavery in this, it’s so white focused
5) OMG they killed Credence that’s so ableist.

It’s almost as if. Nothing. Pleases. You. People.

1) the abuse cases were dropped and there was also accustoms aimed at Heard but you’ll ignore those, I’m sure.
2) the head of MACUSA is a black woman, which I thought was awesome.
3) They are married in canon. That’s why she’s even in the movies. Newt isn’t any of the things you headcanon him to be. He avoids eye contact because he spends all his time around animals which, news flash, hate eye contact.
4) It’s. a. Movie. About. Magic. And. Fluffy. Animals.
5) He’s signed on to the next 4 films and has been quoted as one of the main characters going forward. If you actually researched or paid attention to the film you’d have noticed a bit of the obscurus float away at the end.

God damn it people. Just be happy with something for once.

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CNIDARIA!

The lobby outside my lab room at USYD is filled with a collection of preserved animals, I thought you guys might like to take a look at some of the marine-related displays.

Phylum CNIDARIA! Defined by radially symmetrical bodies which either take the medusa (jellyfish) or polyp (corals and sea anemones) form, and contain stinging cells called cnidocytes.

Note the anemones attached to a hermit crab’s shell (image 2), and the Box Jellyfish (image 4)!

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2011-10-01 Openlands Lakeshore Preserve 2 by JanetandPhil
Via Flickr:
White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, Fort Sheridan, IL - 1 October 2011

anonymous asked:

you're brainwashed

Ok grab a chair because I’m going to respond to this rather than just ignore this ignorance and bigotry. I’m emotionally vulnerable because my friend died recently so just deal with my response, i don’t even care, i’m upset ok just strap yourselves in.  

First of all  the word brainwashing means “a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.
The term is often used synonymously with terms like conditioning, reeducating, propagandising, and indoctrinating.
All of these terms suggests a methodical manipulative approach to molding a mind in a way that prevents the brainwashed victim from objectively examining other views or making informed decisions. Which is the complete opposite of what God stands for and represents, God is love. Not manipulation, so there’s mistake number one.

I wasn’t raised in a Christian home thank you very much, I didn’t have those ideals “forced” into me. I came to the conclusion at the age of 18. On. My. Own.
But to those raised in Christian homes by Christian parents that are accused of “brainwashing”: IT IS THEIR JOB TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN HOW THEY WANT, IT’S THEIR KIDS.  
Ephesians 6:4 says, “Raise them (your children) with the training and teaching of the Lord.
Proverbs 22:6 also says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Clearly according to the Bible, God wants children to be taught and to understand His Word. When a person—child or adult—believes that the Bible is true from the very first verse, he or she has a framework from which to understand and evaluate the claims of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and teachers of all sorts.
The same situation is applied in reverse, I can easily just turn it back around on you and say YOU’RE brainwashed into believing a lie just because your beliefs are different to mine. 
(For example, the secularist wants to take Christian children and teach them the religion of humanism with its many tenets like materialism, atheism, evolution, the big bang, and millions of years. Naturally, people like that get upset when children are taught the Bible first rather than the secularist view.) 

What’s upsetting when people question evolution or any other view that doesn’t include God, they’re automatically labelled as “unscientific”, “unlearned”, etc. and that they’ve been brainwashed but it’s simply not true.
It’s just a difference in origins. 
The Christian starts with God as Creator; the secularist starts with matter (usually dodging the question of how it got here). They further ignore the question that, if all things are matter, how can logic, truth, knowledge, conclusions, and reason exist? They are not matter! Also what is the secularist reason to why art and music exists? They don’t contribute to “survival of the fittest” or anything relevant in that aspect. I know why they exist from a Christian perspective, but if you have a different answer please tell me.
The materialistic starting point is used as a basis to interpret and evaluate the things seen around us. The issue that so often confuses people is that the Christian and the secularist have the same evidence. However in drawing conclusions about origins, they differ in how they interpret the evidence.

Example #1: The Grand Canyon
The secularists claim that it took millions of years for the Grand Canyon rock layers to be laid down slowly and for the fossils to form (assuming also that no major catastrophes occurred there in the past like major earthquakes, floods, and so on). But this is based on assumption and not on direct observation because we weren’t physically there to see it. The interpretation is based on the secularist’s worldview.
The Bible gives an account of the catastrophic global Flood of Noah’s day. Therefore, another interpretation is that most of these rock layers were laid down rapidly, as the result of a massive catastrophe. From the massive amount of sediment, the rock layers we see today would easily have formed. Also, the billions of creatures we see in the fossil record would have been trapped in this sediment, accounting for the fossils we see in the rocks. (Of course, there have been rock layers with fossils formed since the time of the Flood, but the majority are from the Flood.)

Example #2: All the animals
According to the secularist, over millions of years, simpler types of creatures slowly evolved into more complex types of creatures. They believe that fossils are proof that simple creatures ultimately evolved into more and more complex creatures, and ultimately into the animals we see today. They persist in this belief even though not one instance of one creature evolving into another type of creature has ever been observed.
The Bible tells us that God created the living things “after their kind.” Then they were told to reproduce and fill the earth. That is, dogs produce dogs, cats produce cats, cattle produce cattle, and so on. This is exactly what we see in our world today. Most of the fossils are just preserved animals and plants that once lived and were buried in the Flood the same year; only the evolutionary imagination sees them caught in the act of evolving. What we directly observe in our world confirms what we are told in God’s Word.

I can give example after example but science is observable and repeatable. Yet millions of years, big bang, evolution, and so on are not observable and not repeatable. So secularist attacks are misplaced in light of the failures of their own position.
To reinforce what I said earlier: We are told that we must accept the secular world’s interpretations or else we are considered unscientific or unlearned. If we don’t teach our future generation to believe what the world believes, we are brainwashing them. How ironic that they impose their “religion” on unsuspecting kids and force them to believe their worldview without question.
If evolution is true, why do so many secularists fear it even being questioned? Why do they so vigorously attack those who question them? Or like you; take time out of your own day to tell me something that obviously won’t change my beliefs? What a waste of your time. Perhaps secularists are still trying to convince themselves that their worldview is more than just wishful thinking—trying to find a way to explain how they got here without God.
Colossians 2:8 says, “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

To my fellow Christians: Don’t be afraid of people like this anon. Don’t be intimidated by questions like these.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

It’s not hard to educate yourself on matters like these, there are plenty of resources on the internet to help you to know what it’s like from both sides.


Many people who don’t even know God make wild assumptions about Him which are simply not even biblical. The world has just messed up their view of God. But DON’T be mislead. Figure it out for yourself:


Articles

- Why should I believe the Bible?

How does young earth creationism handle the evidence for millions of years in the fossil record?
- What about dinosaurs?
- If God is real then why is there suffering?

Books:

- Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions by Elmer L. Towns 

- Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Trust? by James Denison

- Alleged Discrepancies of the BibleBy: John W. Haley

- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

- A Case for A Creator by Lee Strobel

Giving people biblical answers is not brainwashing—it is far from it. Biblical answers equip them with the tools to understand the world, The Bible itself and the God who made everything.

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CRUSTECEA!

The lobby outside my lab room at USYD is filled with a collection of preserved animals, I thought you guys might like to take a look at some of the marine-related displays.

First up, CRUSTACEA! These large aquatic arthropods are defined by their hard shells, segmented bodies and jointed appendages. The subphylum includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp, barnacles, and copepods.
Note the Giant Isopod on the bottom! These deep sea scavengers live from 260-540 m below sea level, and eat anything that ends up on the seafloor!

Fun fact: the crustecean order Decapoda is also known as the ‘tasty order’ because these are the crustaceans which humans normally eat.

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Thylacine

Scientific Name: Thylacinus cynocephalus
Common Name:
Thylacine (also Tasmanian tiger)
Diet:
Small mammals. We feed them rabbits (invasive ones if possible - we have connections)
Projected Natural Lifespan
: 7-12 years
Length: 1.5-1.8 m (5-6 feet)
Weight: 20-30 kg (40-70 lbs)
Natural Habitat: Tasmania, 4 mya-1936
Exhibit: Not on exhibit

About
The thylacine is a superficially doglike marsupial related to quolls and Tasmanian devils. The term “Tasmanian tiger” comes from the dark striping they have on the back, rump and tail. Being marsupials, they have a pouch, which is rear-facing unlike many other marsupials. Though physically doglike, their behavior is more catlike - they were sight and sound hunters, ambush predators of small mammals, similar to small felids.

At Huxley
You may notice thylacines aren’t on exhibit yet! Our population is kept behind the scenes for now, in the beginning stages of training for a possible reintroduction to western Tasmania. We won’t rule out them appearing in a future exhibit though…

Notable Behavior
Our thylacines are highly social. Families always stick together, and even non-family members will hang around each other. After they leave the pouch thylacine young stay with their families until they’re close to adult size, and in one of our three captive families the offspring have stayed with the family well into adulthood. When separated, our thylacine families often whine to each other to make sure they’re okay. They nest during the day in nests of plant matter, and step about together at night. Though normally shy, they do open up to certain people they’re familiar with, i.e. the two main keepers.

Geneticist Notes
Our geneticists consider it a pleasure to have worked with the University of Melbourne’s scientists to use DNA from thylacine skins, bones, and preserved joeys in our animals, with a mixture of tiger quoll and Tasmanian devil DNA to complete the genome.

Keeper Notes
They’re adorable and we love them.

Voodoo Mama's Ingredient Book: Chicken Feet

When it comes to Voodoo, Hoodoo, and other practices of those from Africa, the foot of a chicken has always held a very powerful and special meaning. They can be added to any magical practice, just be sure to acknowledge the history of this magical act.

Oftentimes used as charms and talismans, chicken feet are a wonderful addition to any spell that involves protection; be it protection in your love life, protection in general, protection of your belongings, etc. My grandmother would usually use them to protect from dark energy, evil spirits, and psychic attacks. If you would like to use them in the protection of your home, it is best to leave them near the front door.

The way in which the chicken foot works is based in how chickens usually react when messed with. Imagine a chicken scratching you with its legs. Ever had that happen?… It hurts. One can also use chicken feet to curse someone by leaving one on their property with the proper intent. I’d suggest burring it outside the room they spend the most amount of time in.

When it comes to how to get them any old dried up chicken foot will do. You can usually buy them in a lot of places, including pet supply stores as they can be used as treats for dogs. A little personal preference of mine is to paint them. Especially if using one as a charm. Paint anything on it really. This helps preserve it and keep animals away from it. I usually paint it black and draw symbols having to do with my intent in red.

My science teacher had pinky and the brain plushies in his classroom but they’re in a bowl that says 1ST PLACE CHILI from a contest from like the 90s and they’re also locked in a cabinet next to a bunch of preserved baby animals that looks like a goddam horror scene. Idk his aesthetic but…décór

Nature knows no “struggle for existence,” but only a caring for life. Many insects die after the act of procreation, thus demonstrating the slight emphasis that nature places upon mere preservation. Nature only ensures that similar forms will continue to unfold amid the surging waves of life. What prompts one animal to hunt another to the death is simply the need to appease the predator’s hunger; greed, ambition, and the lust for power have no place here.
—  Ludwig Klages, Man and Earth in The Biocentric Worldview

me: jason is not a good person, he’ll kill you if he thinks you’re intruding, and if he hates you then consider yourself fucked; he hurts relatively innocent people because he thinks they’re bad or because he thinks his mom told him to, he’s severely disconnected from reality but it doesn’t mean he isn’t responsible for all the people he’s killed because they stepped foot somewhere he didnt think they should be 
me also: jason would foster stray animals and preserves crystal lake’s flora and fauna and would never hurt a child and would lead them to safety and he likes being left alone and he deeply wants platonic affection and doesn’t know how to perceive affection from others as gentle instead of violent and he doesnt understand what death means and he’s just a little boy stuck in this purgatorial loop