Squirtle was never an indigenous specie in the Kroel Region, but it was introduced as a pet and soon raise in popularity. However, its popularity died many people began to release them in the wild where they started to thrive. Since Kroel rivers and ocean are already packed with fierce predators, this pokemon made it home in Kroel swamps which brought a very obvious change. Kroelian squirtles have become ground type pokemons and had grown strong shovel-like claws that help them burrow its way across the muddy waters of the swamps, and their hard shells has evolved to be tougher to protect them from the swamp predators they might find. A kroelian Blastoise is a sight to see, for once a little squirtle reaches this stage of evolution, it will no longer have any predator at all. A kroelian Blastoise is the king of the swamp, changing its cannons for drills that help it expand its territory by digging greater marshes and destroying rocks and trees that might stand on its way, armed with a powerful jaw and terrifying claws there’s no other pokemon that will dare to face it.
We’re not coming as fighters, but as protectors,” said the 32-year-old marine corps vet, noting that he was concerned about police escalating tactics. “Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.”
Since last fall, police have made roughly 700 arrests, at times deploying water cannons, Mace, rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal weapons. Private guards for the pipeline have also been accused of violent tactics.
“We have the experience of standing in the face of adverse conditions – militarization, hostility, intimidation,” said Julius Page, a 61-year-old veteran staying at the vets camp.
Dan Luker, a 66-year-old veteran who visited Standing Rock in December and returned this month, said that for many who fought in Vietnam or the Middle East it was “healing” to help water protectors.
“This is the right war, right side,” said Luker, a Vietnam vet from Boston. “Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives.”
First post of 2017: Peace Lily recovering from thirst. The observant plant parent should take note of this – soil additives like perlite and coarse sand promote drainage so that’s why at the end of my pouring, you can see some water has drained through to the transparent cachepot. The peat portion of common potting soil is used for water/nutrient retention - thus, like a sponge, you can see the drained water is drawn back into the pot through the drainage holes. The fact that potting soil has both drainage and water retentive capability is why I avoid putting rocks/gravel at the bottom of an enclosed container - the moment any water drains through to the gravel, it is no longer within reach of the soil and thus becomes stagnant - an ideal environment for breeding bacteria. I’m not saying it is impossible to have bacteria-free plants in enclosed containers, I’m just saying that in my house, I control which life forms get to use water. And plants will only use water if they are getting enough light. I hope this deepened your understanding of the ‘Phyto Hallows’: light, water, and soil.
You probably don’t look this adorable when you swim… The deep-sea flapjack octopus, Opisthoteuthis “adorabilis,” is a cirrate octopus—meaning that a pair of hairlike filaments surround each sucker on its eight webbed arms. Incirrate octopuses—like the giant Pacific octopus—do not have these cirri, and are more commonly found in shallower waters.
Yes, this is from a Hogwarts text, however, the information
contained therein is accurate and relevant and certainly worth sharing on this
blog, if only to fully expand upon the type of material I hope to cover here.
An infusion is a form of water based potion, similar to a
tea, and best suited for immediate ingestion of delicate ingredients such
leaves or petals. To make a magical infusion: pour boiling water over your
ingredients in goblet and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes, stirring
frequently. Strain before drinking if necessary. The leaves in an infusion need
to steep longer than your average herbal tea, to allow enough time to release
their phytochemicals, which are the active ingredients of the potion.
A decoction is another water based potion designed for
immediate ingestion. However, it is a more concentrated brew than an infusion
and is usually reserved for tougher ingredients such as roots or bark – where prolonged
stewing is needed to release the phytochemicals. A decoction can also be reduced, which is to
say, it can be made more concentrated by prolonged simmering which evaporates
the water. To make a decoction: simmer your ingredients in water in a cauldron
over low heat for 10-30 minutes; then strain. Reduce if necessary with further
simmering over a low heat.
A tincture is an alcohol based potion. It fulfills the
same function as an infusion or decoction but with the added advantage that it
will keep for up to a year. A tincture is suitable for both delicate leaves and
tougher materials such as bark as the alcohol releases the chemicals very
effectively and in a similar way to the prolonged simmering of a decoction. To
make a tincture: steep your ingredients in vodka or another spirit for a week.
This allows time for the alcohol to release the active elements in your plant
materials. After a week, strain off the liquid into a vial and store for up to
a year. Administer sparingly, a tablespoon at a time.
A vinegar fulfils the same purpose as a tincture except
that vinegar is used instead of alcohol. Prepare your vinegar in the same
manner as a tincture and store for up to a year. A vinegar is useful in the
case of alcohol intolerance or where the herb used is particularly bitter as
the vinegar will mask it to a great extent.
A syrup is the most palatable form of potion. Here
magical ingredients are preserved in a sugar solution. A syrup is another
potion that will keep for up to a year. It is best suited for occasional use at
it is very sweet and could cause tooth decay if taken regularly. A syrup can be
taken by the spoonful or alternatively diluter in water in a similar manner to
a fruit squash. To make a syrup: first make an infusion or decoction of your
ingredients and reduce if necessary. Strain and add sugar to the potion, stirring
frequently, until the brew won’t dissolve any more sugar and resembles a syrup.
Store in an airtight bottle in a cool, dark place.
A poultice is a wad of chopped plant material that is
held in place directly over a wound by a bandage. To prepare a poultice: chop
your fresh herb and apply directly to a wound or infection. Hold in place over
the wound with a bandage. If using chopped dried herbs rehydrate them with some
water first. If the herb is tough and hard to handle, try adding some vinegar
diluter in water to your poultice.
Fomentations or compresses are cloths that have been
dipped in an herbal solution – such as an infusion, decoction, or a tincture –
and then are applied to a wound. To prepare a fomentation: first create the
required infusion, decoction, or tincture. Then dip your cloth into the liquid,
quite liberally, and apply. It is important to use a very clean cloth to
prevent the spread of infection.
A salve is very similar to a lotion or a cream. Magical
ingredients are mixed in base of oils or fats for external application to the