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“I got the word that I booked Beckett on May 4, 2008. That was the beginning of what ended up being a life-changing experience. I am so fortunate to have played this character & to work with everyone involved in this project. My colleagues & this character enriched my life.”

Minimum Risk = White Torture

Nothing makes me sadder as a Beardie owner to see an animal in a bare tile/lino floored box, with nothing but a piece of slate, a stick and a hide. As someone who has studied animal enrichment, I see it as emotional neglect on a gross scale, but the scary part of this is that we are not dealing here with willful neglect. We are dealing with a mass brainwashing thanks to internet experts who admin bearded dragon facebook groups. These owners all have the best interests of their animal at heart, so I am not judging them, I started off with minimum risk myself until I discovered bioactive and started thinking and researching evidence to back up the claims of min riskers. The brainwashing spreads like a wildfire as your see new owners posting their horribly bare enclosures on facebook groups, asking “is this OK?” to which everyone enthusiastically responds by agreeing that it ticks all the boxes of correct lights, no loose substrate, no water bowl and minimal decor so it’s easy to clean. Then they tell the new owner their enclosure is wonderful and off the newbie owner goes into the sunset to blindly subject their poor animal to a life of white torture.

White torture is a type of psychological torture that includes extreme sensory deprivation and isolation. 

Minimum risk as a concept attempts to ensure the animal will not come to any physical harm, yet fails to address any of the animals mental needs because the more “risks” you remove, the less interest there is left in the animals environment. Too many people are stuck in an outdated paradigm in which animals are nothing more than automated robots. Where as long as their physical needs are looked after, they will be happy…… People forget along the way that mind and body are inextricably linked. That the head must be happy for the body to be happy and the head is only happy when the body is doing all the things it evolved to do in its day to day life. Animals evolved in complex environments and sense all of that complexity in a multitude of ways. When your sensory apparatus is hardwired to be sensing stimuli all day long and you live in a bare box with a slate and a stick, to be so deprived of sensory input must be torturous….. it must be like having a constant itch you can’t scratch.

Sensory deprivation drives the victim quite literally insane. That is why white torture works.

penig said: Atalanta and Echo will be great friends, I am sure of it!

These two would make quite a team if they built up some mutual trust– they have complementary skills and personalities, the brilliant fortune sim trader and the energetic pleasure sim huntress– it’s too bad they’re too closely related to be a couple, they would have been great together that way too. Since they’re both future matriarchs of their tribes, this could lead to an alliance– the Zabo and the Rozii have developed in radically different directions, trading skills and cultural concepts could really enrich both of them– plus it could be a political hedge, since the Rozii are betting on an open Chthonia and the Zabo are betting on a closed one– if they team up, they could come out ok no matter which way things go.

penig said: Good thing it’s a girl - I hate to think what she’d do to a boy baby. Won’t Nyx be surprised when she finds out how individual and distinct from her and her wishes a baby can be!

You know, this made me realize I’d just been assuming it would be a girl:) It never occurred to me it might be a boy– I guess I was getting into Nyx’s head when I played her! Nyx really sees her child as an extension of herself, and a boy would have smashed that whole complex, since gender is so central to Nyx’s thinking… wow. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be Nyx’s son! Indeed, being her daughter will wind up being a pretty though row to hoe, too… Nyx of all people ought to know that you can’t make a kid do things your way forever!

penig said: And thus does Echo become the mother of long-distance trading!

It takes a special kind of personality to try something this daring this early in history, but Echo has what it takes! She’s still definitely my favorite sim in the current generation– she’s taking on huge responsibilities as a teenager and constantly in danger winding up over her head, but her response to risk or to new challenges is always to come at it from a new angle and raise the stakes further– she’s a lot of fun to play. The best part is that she still has most of her life ahead of her– it’ll be a lot of fun seeing what she achieves as an adult and elder!

anonymous asked:

Do all of them

Oh lordy ok here it goes:
A. WHY MY LAST RELATIONSHIP ENDED?
- Many reasons but to make a long story short, it became more stressful than beneficial which meant it was done. I don’t regret a second of it though, he’s an amazing human being I’m truly sorry I couldn’t give him what he deserved.

B. FAVORITE BAND?
- oh shit oh shit oh shit either The Head and The Heart, Death Cab For Cutie or Hozier!

C. WHO I LIKE AND WHY I LIKE THEM?
- I don’t have any new romantic prospects right now. As for platonic affection, I’m feeling hella towards lots of people right now which is quite enriching and fulfilling!

D. HARDEST THING IVE BEEN THROUGH?
-wow um either my health scares from 11-14 or my relationship with my father.

E. MY BEST FRIEND?
- I have many for many reasons.
merrimentparadise is my recovery angel
ob-scen-i-ty is my soul twin
tootsiegirl23 is my fandom lover
And blissful-thinkin is my forever and always from the start

F. MY FAVORITE MOVIE?
-Stuck In Love !!

G. SEXUAL ORIENTATION?
-I’m not sure tbh. Heteroflexible/bicurious I suppose.

H. DO I SMOKE/DRINK?
-nope and nope, nothing against either just bad personal experience with that stuff.

I. HAVE ANY TATTOOS OR PIERCINGS?
- One day I will have a long answer for this but as of now it’s just my ears.

J. WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN IM OLDER?
- Personally: Happy
Professionally: Run or work for an online magazine, or work on the editing of films(music scoring, frame editing, cinematography all that stuff)

K. RELATIONSHIP WITH MY PARENTS?
- My dad can rot in hell for all I care but my moms aight.

L. ONE OF MY INSECURITIES?
- my body. Oh my god my body. Also my personality, I’m quite annoying and obnoxious which makes me anxious. The more anxious I get the more annoying I get which only makes me more anxious and I’m sure you can see where this is going.

M. VIRGIN OR NOT?
-I am indeed a virgin.

N. FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP AT?
- I apologize in advance but, forever21.

O. MY EYE COLOR?
- blue af!

P. WHY I HATE SCHOOL?
- We are driven to believe quantitative grades are more important than our understanding and passion for a subject. People cheat because they care more about the grade they get than what they are learning and it breaks my heart. Knowledge is a gift everyone receives in different ways, but school shoves it down everyones throat the same way causing everyone to shut down. The environment is far too singular.

Q. RELATIONSHIP STATUS AS OF RIGHT NOW?
- single.

R. FAVORITE SONG AT THE MOMENT?
- Either 1904 by The Tallest Man On Earth or Is There Somewhere by Halsey

S. A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MYSELF?
- I hate country music.

T. AGE IM MISTAKEN FOR?
- 13. It’s devastating.

U. WHERE I WANT TO BE RIGHT NOW?
- A small loft apartment with a window cracked open just above my bed. An open sketchbook flopped onto my lap with my hands soar from gripping pencils. Soft folk music escaping the speakers of my laptop that’s lifted by the pile of wrinkled white blankets opposite my legs. A mug full of earl grey tea, one sugar a little milk, sat still on a stack of books beside a dying plant of some sort.

V. LAST TIME I CRIED?
- Just now.

W. CONCERTS IVE BEEN TO?
- A lot actually holy butts! FOB/Paramore, PANIC, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, One Direction, Taylor Swift, the 1975

X. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF…?
- I cannot answer due to lack of thing to fill in blank space!!

Y. DO YOU WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE?
- Y E S

Z. HOW ARE YOU?
- Quite shaken up if I’m being honest.

Thank you whoever this was for giving me a task to distract me, I really needed this. Love you lots xx.

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