feeding trials

anonymous asked:

I found out that there is actually a vegan cat food called vegecats. I am extremely skeptical of their claims that it includes all of the nutrients an obligate carnivore like cats require. What do you think? Is it possible this food is actually good for cats? Either way I don't plan on making any cat be a vegan because I understand they are natural predators. I am just curious whether this is legit.

It’s a supplement with a recipe book rather than a complete diet, and I do not recommend it in any way, and neither to any vegan vets I know. Nor to the Big Ears Animal Sanctuary, a vegan animal sanctuary in Tasmania that I know very well and support absolutely.

Your first clue that anything written about it is biased would be the implications that any diet with meat in it is inherently toxic. The second would be deceptive quoting of data to state average lifespan of vegetarian/vegan pets and to state the common causes of death of meat-fed pets, but to not compare apples to apples.

The absence of suitable feeding trials across at least 12 months is also concerning.

I really think the topic of vegan food for cats should be a non-issue. It should not be being done, and I’m very hard-line on that professional opinion. You either take responsibility for the carnivore directly under your care and feed it the best nutrition you can, even if that involves parts of farmed animals whose fate and welfare you have no influence over, or you don’t keep a carnivore.

Figments for Dummies

Written by RS

Please do not attempt to complete the same things as seen in this book.Traveling to these locations are very dangerous, and often deadly.


What is a Figment?

    -What is their purpose?

    -Figments and their Host

    -Figment Strengths

    -Figment Weaknesses

    -Final Form

What is the Void?

    -Void Dimensions

    -Void Regeneration

How do Figments Glitch?

What is the Figment Council?

    -How Did They Become a Council?


The study of something as mysterious and elusive as Figments was no simple task. They are a secluded, reserved, distant species that has little to no connection with human earth. The entire forefront of their existence is experienced only in passing glances, and this is why it took almost five years to gain enough intel to truly understand a Figment’s purpose and personality.

As someone who has been fascinated with the mind, it was not surprising that I achieved a natural connection with the Figment world almost immediately. Their style of life was intriguing and strange, and no human before had ever attempted to accept them beyond their own subconscious thoughts. I decided to pursue the opportunity to learn more about them in depth. However, the road was dangerous, each location feeding me new trials and threats.

That is the reasoning behind the basis of this book; to offer everyone insight of the incredible story of the Figments within all of us, without having to risk life and limb. I hope that this inspires you to make communication with your inner mind, and respect and love the thoughts you receive.


What is a Figment?

This question is the most commonly asked to anyone that I happen to come across. What exactly is a Figment? Although there will never be a direct answer, as a Figment’s job can range to hundreds of different paths and choices, the basic duties from Figment to Figment tends to remain the same.

A Figment is a developed mirage of the human subconscious. They are nonphysical beings, born and residing within the mind at different stages of a human’s lifespan. They take the appearance, voice, and natural ticks and habits of their host, with only small attributes and differences showing they are not exact twins to who created them. They are not demons, spirits, ghosts, gremlins, monsters, or apart of the imagination. They are, quite literally, entities of the mind.

They are ageless and are not restricted by time. Figments who were developed upon the birth of the first walking humans still remain today.

Every living human who has the ability to think and understand their own subconscious has Figments. No human, however, is exactly alike. Each Figment is particularly tailored to their host’s desires, appearances, and personality. Each Figment will respond differently to certain emotions, and each Figment will work differently with each host.

What is their Purpose?

What is it that they do? Well, as stated, many Figments find secondhand jobs and abilities that can range as much as human jobs do. However, each of them have the same major responsibility to their host. Figments claim, protect, and delegate the use of their host’s emotions, using them properly in order to keep their host healthy and working properly. Each human has a multitude of separate Figments for the purpose of different types of emotions.

For example, Darkiplier, or Dark, claims all of Mark Fischbach’s dark emotions. His anger, sadness, grief, regret, loneliness, sadism, etc. Wilford claims his more light and sexual emotions. Libido, joy, curiosity, impulsiveness, etc. Googleiplier claims his more meticulous informative side. Knowledge, understanding, technical advancement. When a human must feel a certain emotion, happiness, grief, anger, regardless, it is the Figment’s duty to provide said emotion to the human mind. In doing so, the Figment themselves must also feel this emotion, for it to be properly transferred.

Figments and their Host

On occasion, by their host’s approval, a Figment may come to the “surface” and control their host’s body. This usually occurs through extremes of a certain emotion. It is most common to see dark figments claim control of their host for small segments of time. When there is overwhelming grief, the dark Figment may take over to properly dispose of the sorrow. All of this must be with consent to the host for it to occur.

Figments are most naturally tied to their host. It is uncommon to see a Figment far from where their host roams. However, on few cases, large surges of  power, usually stirred by anger and hate, spike their energy far beyond natural standards, and because of this, become separate entities that are allowed to manifest into physical beings when they receive enough energy to do so. They are still, however, able to regulate their host’s emotions. “Darkiplier” from Mark, and “Antisepticeye” from Sean, are examples of this.

Figment Strengths

    Invincibility is the major upside to a Figment. Death is impossible, as in technicality they never live. Even when their Host passes on, they do not fade away, but instead remain in the Void, waiting for another Host to arrive or simply working their own solitary job for the Council for the rest of their existence.

    Anything that has ever been produced by the mind can be produced by a Figment with merely a gesture. They are extremely powerful figures, that claim control over the Void, and can produce third dimensional objects with their own will and energy.

    Their amount of energy surpasses anything I have seen before, and they can conduct elemental attacks on opponents, in order to severely wound them, or kill them if they are mortal.

    Figments have no need for food and water, as they have no working organs that need to be fed with nutrients. Figments also do not sleep, but instead meditate when their energy begins to drain. They can last for several weeks before needing to meditate, if they use their energy smartly.

Figment Weaknesses

    Figments are forced to remain in the confines with which they are developed in. They are unable to venture freely on earth.

    All Figments bend their will and powers to the Council when the time is needed to do so. They follow the basics of authority, and because of this, must often subdue their powers and stand down from what they desire to do.

    Each Figment’s duty first comes to their Host, as their instinct. Their Host is basically their captor, as the Figment is unable to make their own decisions or take their own desired path until the Host has passed on.

    Figments are unable to choose which emotions to feel. Whatever emotions they are assigned is the scope of what they can express. For example, Darkiplier from Mark Fischbach is unable to feel happiness, as he works with all of Mark’s negative emotions.

Final Form

    Every Figment has a Final Form, a final stand of defense. It is basically the human version of Hulking Out, as severe anger, or physical stress from pain or wounds, causes for this Final Form to emerge. This Final Form is the most dangerous form that can be seen from a Figment, and almost always involves a death of anyone in close proximity.

    Each Figment has a different type of Final Form dependent on their Host and themselves as a personality. The Final Form completely warps the Figment’s original body, and they transform into some type of unearthly beast, with possessions of powers and utilities never seen on earth before.

    The only way for a Final Form to end is when the Figment completely drains themselves of all of their energy, and is more or less forcefully transferred into meditation, what humans would equal to “blacking out”.

What is the Void?

    Each and every Figment, no matter how powerful or developed, are forced to the confines of the Void.

The Void is, essentially, the realm of human subconscious. Your thoughts, your inner desires, everything that makes you who you are, resides within this space. It is limitless and timeless, it contains nothing and everything in the same sense. It remains tucked in the fourth and fifth dimension, unseen by humans, and the Figments cannot see earth in that same way. It is a black chasm of eternity, and everything that is within it is purely formed from the mind. Everything that has ever been thought, every piece of knowledge, and whim, is stored there in the black canvas around.

The Void is claimed as the native homeland for every Figment. They are developed here, they reside here, and they remain here. No earth creature is known to be able to claim the Void as their habitat. Humans, as the most prime example, are completely incapable of handling the harsh dimensional warping of the Void. As it resides in the fourth and fifth dimension, third dimensional bodies become slowly dismantled, atom by atom. If a human remains in the Void for approximately five minutes, they will receive a rash close to the sensation of a sunburn. If they remain for an hour, they may begin to lose smaller digits like fingers and toes. A day’s worth of time in the Void would cause a human to literally disintegrate.

On occasions, mutterings of Abstracts have been known to accept the dimensions and are therefore able to live in the Void despite not being natives.

Void Dimensions

The Void has always been relatively stable. It’s beyond the natural bounds and physicalities of the earth, so there is no real possibility for its destruction. It isn’t limited by time, or air, or living beings, or the lifespan of said things. It is controlled by the human mind, which is a marginally unchanging, controllable place.

Many people are confused on what the fourth and fifth dimension really entails. It refers to the addition of time and space, that is, three spatial dimensions, and one time dimension for a fourth dimension, or three spatial dimensions and two time dimensions for a fifth dimension.  As far as science is concerned, there is a possibility of 10 separate dimensions of space, treating time as a 3rd dimensional space and the sum total gaining to infinity.

Void Regeneration

I have discovered that injuries within the Void are never permanent for a Figment. Although when a Figment fights a Figment, it may be painful, there is never death. No matter what you harm, or what you lop off, the ligament or bone, or flesh, or whatever may have been attacked will always heal itself back. It’s the subconscious mind reforming the representation of what it envisions the Figment to be, if that makes sense. If the Figment was missing an arm, it would be a misrepresentation of what the subconscious mind identifies. It will simply just reappear into being, no special glitching or regrowing required.

How do Figments Glitch?

This is another common question I see, and I think it is based around the fact that a famous Figment named Antisepticeye is capable of glitching and teleporting the entirety of his body from one section of the Void to another. There is misconception that this is a normal occurrence for the majority of Figment kind. However, the truth is that very select Figments are able to harness this ability.

Figments’ forms of transportation are very different and dependent on their host and their own personality. Antisepticeye cracks and glitches because he is loud, energetic, and technology based. Darkiplier forms himself into a shadow-like mist and becomes almost transparent as he travels because he is reserved and mysterious. Googleplier, one of Mark Fischbach’s other figments, does a similar sort of transport as Antisepticeye, but instead follows a more basic, computer generated style of glitch that resembles a server shutting down.

But while their styles are original and hardly duplicated, each and every Figment uses the same dimensional jumping in order to get around. That’s right. Figments are indeed jumping through dimensions when they glitch, and this typically occurs through the third, fourth, and fifth dimension of space. While they are in the Void, jumping from fourth dimensions and fifth dimensions allows them to glitch and move quickly throughout the void. While in physical form, jumping between third and fourth dimensions allows them to travel through the physical realm easily with little trouble.

What is the Figment Council?

    The Figment Council is a collection of fifty Elder Figments. These Figments were the first fifty Figments to ever be developed, from the first dawns of time, and from their own experiences, have been seen as capable and trusted to oversee and regulate following Figments to ensure tranquility to both the Void and Hosts alike.

    Not one Council member is the same. Each one directs one of the major emotions that can be found in a Figment and Host body. For example, Council Member Adghad governs the emotion of sadness, and therefore communicates and regulates all Figments that possess such an emotion. Council Member Simil regulates and governs the emotion of happiness, and works with all Figments who claim happiness as an emotion.

    It is the Host’s main duty to assign emotions to each Figment, and they do so subconsciously by simply feeling the emotion for the first time. However, it is the Council’s duty to adapt, alter and rearrange emotions based on a Figment’s ability and obedience.

How did they Become a Council?

The Council was formed hundreds of years ago, at the first creation of the subconscious. It was started, at first, only by a few fleeting Figments who desired for peace between one another while spiteful rages for more power, and energy, and control began ripping the subconscious apart, and shattering innocent minds.

Those who desired for that same peace rallied with them to create a system of law. Those who fought against it were cast into darkness after years of war.

Over time, the influence of the Council began to spread and intensify. They were no longer a simple beacon of hope to keep each other sane, it became a governing society that justified their ownership over the others through their threats of what chaos would reign without them.

So, Figments bent their will to the Council. They allowed their emotions to be governed, decided, and controlled by those of an elder stature. They trusted in their purpose, everyone was given equal reign of their host, and for a long time, peace was the prominent source found in the Void. Figments began to trust in the Council’s word. They feared what would occur from rebellion.

Now, the Council creates regulations and laws for the Figments to follow to maintain order and tranquility throughout the Void. While there are no physical punishments for standing against their rules, it is a dishonor to rebel against their statements and would cause said Figments to be shunned from their society.

I don’t often draw Percy half naked buuuuut…swim team Percy.

We used to tuck our hats and goggles into our costumes and I just liked the idea that, 
Firstly, Percy might do the same.
And secondly, Percy wears a swimming hat. Yes. This image made me crazy happy. Like imagine him putting it on for the first time. I LOVE it.

mackthebulldog  asked:

I remember you saying dog/cats shouldn't be on vegetarian diet, but you didn't want to go into it because there'd be a lot of reactions from it. Well I'm at my vet now and I guess I'm looking for reassurance. He has bad allergies. Long story short we've decided to try this hydrolyzed diet. No animal meat, but still has all aspects your dog needs. Sou for protein. The brand is royal canine if that helps. Have you heard of this kind of diet? And is it still a good diet?

Royal Canin do make a vegetarian diet for dogs, and it’s the only vegetarian diet I ever consider using. It’s used in cases of food allergy where multiple meat allergies are suspected, making a novel protein diet difficult, or as a diagnostic diet to see if food allergy is a factor before test feeding other meats.

( As a side note, there are increasing numbers of mammalian meat allergies diagnosed in humans in Australia. This is an allergy similar to a peanut allergy in severity, that is to say it can kill you suddenly and without warning, secondary to a tick bite. It’s not recorded in dogs yet, but the future might be interesting. )

It’s not my first choice for food trials though. More dogs with food allergy will respond to RC Anallergenic than to hypoallergenic diets, and the way I see it is that if you’re committed to a feeding trial for a few months, then you might as well use the diet that will cause the highest percentage of dogs to respond. Once you’ve confirmed a diagnosis you can then test feed with other foods or protein sources.

So it’s fine to use, but personally I think Anallergenic is better for most of its indications.

Hearing Loss

The voidspace around Station Benatar winked with the running lights of a hundred vessels from a dozen battlefleets. The mighty Charging Lance, a Retribution class battleship, hung at grave anchor at the center of it all, steward to both Station Benatar and the rest of the fleet. Other notable vessels included the grand cruiser Torrent of Fire from Battlefleet Scrollus and Holy Admonition, an Emperor class bearing the gold and black heraldry of Battlefleet Orphio. They had all come, drawn from the farthest corners of the sector, to pass judgement on one Lucius Tarunt and a man known simply as ‘Call’. The charges were desertion and heresy. Neither could be taken lightly. A tribunal was formed, headed by Captain Florentina Lese, Commodore Arcturus Blackensburgh, and Captain Dianna Reese.

The auditorium was packed hours before the trial was scheduled to begin. Men and woman of all walks and ranks in the Imperial Navy were present for the proceedings. Those that could get seats grabbed them up with an almost primal fervor. Those not invited could still view the trial as it broadcast on closed circuit picter feeds across the fleet.

Lieutenant Commander Gregor Macklin stared intently at the bridge’s monitor. The lower left hand corner had been isolated and dedicated specifically to the trial feed. Fingers drummed against the armrest of his command throne as he watched Blackensburgh arrive with the two captains and take their places above the crowd on a raised dais. Macklin wanted to be there, but he had command of a squadron of Sword class frigates on picket duty and was reduced to watching the trial from the bridge of the Antigone.

Blackensburgh raised his hands, calling for order. The thunder of multiple conversations being prosecuted at once faded away until silence was king.

“Bring in the accused!”


Dylann Roof Trial

Here is all the informations that the persons who want to attend Dylann Roof federal trial must know. 

  • Attendees in the trial courtroom may not converse or make gestures or sounds that are disruptive to the proceedings or that distract jurors or witnesses. 
  • Trial will be held in Courtroom 6 of the Charleston Federal Courthouse located at 85 Broad Street, Charleston, SC, with individual juror voir dire to commence on November 7, 2016, at 9:00a.m
  • During trial, there will generally be a short mid-morning break, a one-hour lunch break and a short mid-afternoon break.
  • The courthouse will open 1.5 hours prior to the start of scheduled proceedings each day. In order to enter the courthouse, all individuals must present valid government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. 
  • No cameras or video or audio recording devices of any kind, including cell phones or multi-media enabled smart phones, cameras, laptop computers, tablets, video cameras, or any devices with similar functionality are permitted in the courthouse.
  • No person shall take any photograph, make any recording, or make any broadcast by any means.
  • No one observing the trial proceedings in the trial courtroom or any overflow location may wear or carry any clothing, buttons, or other items that carry any message or symbol addressing the issues related to this case that may be or become visible to the jury. 
  • No food or beverage is permitted in the courtroom.
  • There are approximately eighty (80) seats available for the general public in Courtroom 6. Approximately half of the seats will be allocated for victims or victims’ families. Additional seats will be allocated for Defendant’s family, and for media and sketch artists.
  • The trial courtroom will open one hour prior to the commencement of proceedings for the day.
  • Overflow seating will be available for the general public in Courtroom 4. A live audio and video feed from the trial will be provided. A courtcontrolled closed-circuit video camera will be fixed on the witnesses, counsel, and the Court, and will not focus on the jury.

Any violation of any portion of this Order by any person may result in exclusion from the trial courtroom or the courthouse.


Force Feeding a Suffragette — The Trials and Tribulations of Alice Paul,

Alice Paul was a lifelong suffragette and advocate for women’s rights.  Along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Paul was one of the main players in the women’s suffrage movement, the movement to earn voting rights for women.  Unlike Stanton, Paul advocated more aggressive tactics such as civil disobedience.  Due to the rift between Paul and Stanton, Paul left Stanton’s group, called the National Women’s Suffrage Alliance, and formed her own groups called the National Women’s Party.  Unlike the NWSA, Paul’s group protested at times and places that were very controversial, such as during President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, or right in front of the White House gates.

Alice Paul and her followers protested in front of the White House for months, but few took notice, calling them the “Silent Sentinels”.  However when the United States entered World War I President Wilson began a very heavy handed campaign to squelch all criticism of the Presidency, the government, and the war effort.  In July of 1917 Paul and her suffragettes were arrested for “obstructing traffic” and incarcerated at the Occuquan Workhouse.  The Occuquan Workhouse was essentially a sweatshop for convicted inmates.  There the women were forced to sew clothing for long hours with no breaks.  Living conditions were near squalor, but worst of all was the sadistic attitude of the guards against the suffragettes.  On November 14th, the guards randomly beat, choked, and abused several of the women, a night which would later be called The Night of Terror. Those who called for help were gagged and chained in their cells. Many of the women suffered broken ribs and lacerations, but received no medical attention.

In protest of the terrible conditions at Occuquan, Alice Paul began a hunger strike.  With little tolerance for her disobedience, the guards transferred her to a psychiatric prison where she was forcibly fed.  This was done by forcing a tube directly through the nose, past the sinus and nasal cavity into the esophagus.  Today when such a procedure is perform on disabled patients an anesthetic and paralytic is used to suppress the pain and gag reflex, however no anesthetics were used on Alice Paul, making the procedure extremely painful and akin to torture.  Raw egg was then poured down the tube which would enter the stomach.  Many other women who went on hunger strike also suffered from forced feedings.

Word of the abused women and force feedings hit the press and caused an outrage among the American people.  Wilson’s decision to incarcerate the suffragettes backfired, and tremendous political pressure was placed on the administration in regards to women’s suffrage.  Wilson pardoned all of the suffragettes and order them released from prison.  In 1918 he sponsored the 19th amendment to end gender discrimination in voting. 

The 19th amendment was passed in 1920.  Alice Paul passed away in 1977 at the old age of 92.


A federal judge has rejected the US government’s plea to prevent the public from attending the first legal challenge to its practice of forcibly feeding detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay, describing it as “extraordinary” and “deeply troubling”.

Judge Gladys Kessler, of the Washington DC district court, noted that the Justice Department’s request came late – just days before opening statements are to be delivered in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab.

“With such a long-standing and ongoing public interest at stake, it would be particularly egregious to bar the public from observing the credibility of live witnesses, the substance of their testimony, whether proper procedures are being followed, and whether the Court is treating all participants fairly,” Kessler wrote in a Thursday ruling.

In an occasionally mocking tone, Kessler dismissed the government’s argument that an open hearing would jeopardize national security by risking the disclosure of classified information. Any witnesses or written testimony could be crafted to reserve any such discussion for a closed session, she found, and much of the evidence to be submitted is already public.

Dhiab, a Syrian who has been cleared for release from Guantánamo since 2009, is challenging the US military’s practice of feeding detainees on hunger strike through tubes inserted into the stomach through the nose. He and other detainees consider the feeding to be torture, and request an end both to it and to Guantánamo guards forcibly removing them from their cells for the treatment. Dhiab and an undisclosed cohort of detainees are on hunger strike to protest their incarceration without charge.

When the government requested last week that the public be shut out of the trial beyond the opening statements scheduled for Monday, lawyers for Dhiab warned of a coverup. The public has had minimal independently confirmed glimpses inside a force-feeding practice that Kessler, last year, called “painful, humiliating and degrading.”

Among the key pieces of evidence in the trial are videotapes of the feedings and the extractions that Kessler has ordered the government to produce. But those videotapes, Kessler has agreed, are not to be shown to the public – meaning that the most graphic depictions of the force-feedings will remain hidden from view.