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3 Part Anon, Part II

If you sent more than one message, I didn’t get them. 

But short answer is this: If there is so much as half a guinea pig’s dick of sense in the brains of any of these people, OLdemort (aka She Who Must Not Be Named) will no longer be shoehorned into this fandom, either overtly or with sneaky underhandedness. Ceasing lame social media games regarding location and togetherness, regardless of their intent as a mask for one thing or a reveal of another, is a must since they have outlived their usefulness as a tool and have become a liability for Sam’s reputation and likability. 

I don’t care for martyrs and this situation has no need for one. That would be very apparent if everyone involved didn’t have their head so far up their own asses that they’re wearing anal sphincters for scarves. 

An Abbreviated List of Animals Dumped at the Store

Let me preface this by saying that if you find a baby wild animal, PLEASE LEAVE IT THERE. 99% of the time it doesn’t need your help. If it clearly does (has injury, you know for a fact the mother is dead) don’t take it to a pet store. We will be happy to advise you as best we can, but the best thing for you to do is to take it to a wildlife rescue or vet’s office (one you know that provides rehab services). We are kind-hearted people, but we often cannot devote the time needed to care for a nursing baby rabbit, and almost certainly lack the experience of an actual wildlife rehabber.

We also generally can not take your pet you’ve had for months back, regardless of where you got it from (us or some other random assorted place).

Without further ado, here are some animals from this spring and summer dumped or foisted onto us:

-Three bala sharks that the man threatened to dump in the parking lot if we didn’t take.

-A tiny kitten launched at the doors five minutes after we opened.

-A salamander someone’s kid brought from the local nature park (Really? Why?)

-Many, many, baby mice and bunnies. (No, we do NOT feed them to the snakes.)

-A 6-month old bearded dragon with Metabolic Bone Disease

-Half a dozen guinea pigs with various broken bones and/or neurological damage.

-A puppy someone threatened to throw out of their truck on the busy highway if someone didn’t take it.

-A flood of baby turtles people had “rescued.” (Please leave the smol turtles be!! I know they’re cute, but they have the best chance of survival in the wild!)

If you ever feel like we are questioning you too much about the care of your future animal, please know it isn’t because we have some superiority complex, we genuinely want what’s best for the animal you are about to purchase. I’m sure many of the people who brought these animals in had good intentions when they purchased/found these animals, and either got in over their heads or simply weren’t willing to give these animals the care they need and deserve.

Dear Sir,

I have received your several favors of the 11th, 25th, & 27th Jany., 2nd, & 6th April, the letters they covered were delivered as directed, the last gave me most pleasure, I rejoice to hear of your safe arrival at Charles Town, & of your escape from the several perils my imagination had formed for you, I confess.  I expected to hear of you from some English port, concluding that you would be intercepted by a Man of War, now my fears create new dangers for you, but your zeal should hurry you too forward in the Military line, my only hopes are your being governed by your Father’s prudence, & Moderation._ As you take no notice of my letters of the 17th January, & 4th Febry, in answer to your two 1st I conclude they reached Bourdeaux after you had embarked, Patty wrote at the same times, & oftener than I did; the 1st was to inform you of your having a Daughter, who has undergone much pain & misery by a swelling in her Hip, & Thigh, I believe from a hurt by the carelessness of the Nurse, which she would not confess, for a long time, I did not expect she could live, & from Docr Hills opinion, I thought it impossible, but Mr. Grindalls Skills saved her, & she is now very well at Chelsea, for the change of air.  From yours desiring me to procure a passage for Patty she is all impatience to set out, I said little to stem these first emotions, but I have since talked to her on the risk she must run, & the hardships she must be exposed to, they seem to stagger her, though they have not yet altered her resolutions, but if she will be guided by me, I would by no means have her venture till peace is restored to us, & even then I should not think it prudent to venture, without you com[ing] for her, I believe I could put her into very safe hands to convey her to St. Kitts about Xmas next, but should the Ship be taken by an American Privateer, she may be exposed to horri[ble] insults, & in her passage from St. Eustatia to Charles Town, as much is to be dreaded from English Ships of War, I can’t object to her joining you, if it can be done with safety, but I shall be very unhappy to part with her under our present disagreable circumstances, altho Mr. Daniel Blake has very politely assured me of his protection to her, you will conclude from this, that if she follows my advice she will remain here, if not my letter to your Father of the 1st of Jany. (of which you was bearer) expresses fully what I can at present do for her, I shall therefore only add that my fortune increases as fast as I have any right to expect, & in proportion will be her share, unless I should live to be able to give each of my Daughters £10,000, which I flatter myself 7 or 8 years will effect, & further (at present) I don’t think of going, be it more or less, it will be yours by my Will, on your making an adequate settlement, if not it is conveyed to Trustees for her provision, I have as I mentioned to you, continued her on the same Stipend with my other Daugh[ters] & from a Legacy of £300 bequeathed to her, by her Uncle Mr. Ryan, which I hope will last untill a happy accommodation is brought about, & supply the expenses of herself, & Child; I shall not use the licence you gave me of breaking into your Father’s Stock.

Mrs. Manning is as usual unwell; Sally in the Country, Patty at Chelsea, Betsy, Jack, & myself keep house, & all join in our affectionate Compliments to you, & our best wishes attend all your undertakings, especially those that tend to peace_

Harry spent the Days of Whitsuntide with us, & the nights [wi]th Mr. Parsons; the Nursery, & Mrs. Manning’s illness filled (by sending me to another bed) our house, he is a fine fellow, Mr. George Taylor was so pleased with him he gave him half a Guinea; I am going to Richmond presently,

I am Dear Sir Yours affectionately

Wm Manning


William Manning to John Laurens, in a letter dated July 12, 1777

Patty is John Laurens’s wife, Martha Manning



After defeating the Spanish fleet on May 1, 1898, US Rear Admiral George Dewey ordered a blockade of Manila. Other countries like Japan, Great Britain, France and Germany sent naval vessels to protect their nationals and interests in the country. The German squadron under Vice Admiral Otto Von Diederichs, which consisted of five warships and two auxiliaries, outnumbered the Americans.

One ship alone, the transport Darmstadt, carried 1,400 men, nearly the number of Dewey’s men. The Germans violated Dewey’s blockade of Manila by supplying flour to the trapped Spaniards and Spanish ladies and residents were treated aboard the German vessels. German officers also visited Spanish and Filipino outposts. At one time the German warship Irene interfered with the landing of Filipino troops on Grande Island in Zambales that Dewey had to send the cruiser Concord. On seeing the American warship the German vessel quietly left Subic Bay.

At that time Germany was looking for new territories to colonize. It had acquired the eastern half of New Guinea in 1873 and half of Samoa in 1889. In 1876 a German resident of Jolo, Captain Hermann Leopold Schuck, asked Germany to intervene on behalf of the Sultan of Sulu. The sultanate at that time was being attacked by Spanish forces.

The Germans continued to violate the blockade. They took soundings off Malabon and at the mouth of the Pasig River. Von Diederichs himself landed at Manila and occupied one of the quarters of the Spanish officers. The German soldiers occupied the lighthouse of Manila and some of them landed in Mariveles and conducted drills.

They also irritated Dewey by sending a launch one night at 11 p.m. to deliver an unimportant message.

The breaking point came when the German gunboat Cormoran refused to acknowledge signals from the Americans to be boarded for inspection. The boat had to be stopped by firing a shot across its bow. Von Diederichs then sent an officer to complain about Dewey’s provocative acts.

While listening to the German officer, Dewey’s complexion changed from white to red. He then asked: “Does his Excellency [von Diederichs] know that it is my force and not his is that is blockading this port [Manila]?

The officer answered yes.

Dewey continued: “And is he aware that he has no rights except as I choose to allow him and does he realize that he cannot communicate with that city without my permission?”

“One can imagine, sir, that you were conducting this blockade,” was the reply.

Dewey then bluntly asked, “Do you want war with us?”

“Certainly not!” was the officer’s curt reply

“Well, it looks like it, and you are very near it, and … you can have it as soon as you like!” replied Dewey with his voice raised so that he could be heard by officers below deck.

The German officer backed in consternation and whispered to Dewey’s flag lieutenant: “Your admiral seems to be much in earnest.” The flag lieutenant replied: “You can be certain that he means every word he says.”

For a while there was a tense situation in Manila Bay. The Germans were superior in both men and firepower to the Americans. At this point the British squadron under Captain Sir Edward Chichester sided with Dewey. The British ship Immortalit’e sailed alongside Dewey’s flagship the Olympia with its band playing “The Star Spangled Banner.” The balance now tipped in favor of the Americans and the Germans stopped their provocations.

If a second battle was fought and if the United States were defeated, the Philippines would have become a German colony. The idea would have been supported by the Filipino elite since Germany had a positive image as a rapidly progressive European power. Rizal and other reformists admired Germany, its culture and its industry and hoped that Filipinos imitate the German work ethic known for its emphasis on efficiency and frugality.

The histories of territories which experienced German rule such as the Northern Mariana Islands, remember the period “as the good old days.” Though the natives could not be German citizens, education and health care were extended to the population. The people were allowed to retain their native customs.

The German language was taught in the public schools. The Germans instilled the concept that work itself was a virtue. Order, punctuality, camaraderie and obedience to authority and technical knowledge were taught as desirable characteristics. The measure of progress was the improved standard of living. Most of the natives had a job which provided them with security and necessities in life.

However, if the Philippines became a German colony, Germany’s rule would be a brief one. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Japan rapidly occupied the German Pacific colonies in the Marianas, Palau and the Carolines came under Japanese mandate of the League of Nations.

The Philippines would have suffered the same fate as the former German colonies. Had the Philippines become a Japanese territory from 1914 up to the Second World War, the Filipinos would be fighting on the side of Japan, not the United States, and history would have been vastly different.

(( In short, a battle would have occurred and Germany would have won if the British hadn’t appeared and sided with the Americans during that day. And, it would have been possible for the Philippines to suffer the same fate that the former German colonies had and the Filipinos would have been fighting FOR JAPAN during WW2. ))

Reference: “What Ifs in Philippine History” By Augusto V. de Viana

It’s been scientifically proven that ENTJs can’t use exclamation marks.

Trust me, I’ve performed numerous rigorous studies on my group of sixty-two and a half ENTJ guinea pigs. They never cracked even under extensive amounts of pressure. Not even to give the impression of yelling. They literally cannot express extremes of emotion !!!! even through text their hearts remain distant and repressed. They are forever cursed to use periods at the end of each stiff expression of thought. What is emotion. They just don’t know.


A few pages from “Cinderella” in The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac: published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Our copy is one of an inexpensive edition published for Boots UK (then the Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd, Nottingham).

This provenance itself is of interest. From Colin Wilson’s Snobbery with Violence:

The Boots Booklovers’ Library was begun in 1899, at the instigation of the first wife of the manufacturing chemist, Jesse Boot. More than two hundred of the firm’s branches were equipped with library facilities by 1909. In the mid-1930s, when circulating libraries were at the peak of their popularity, there were book sections in four hundred and fifty branch shops. From the beginning, the Boots Library was operated on a “loss leader” principle. Shelves were always at the back of the shop and as subscribers passed through to change their books they became potential customers at the chemists’ counters. The subscription was kept deliberately low. Originally half a guinea a year, it increased only slowly to thirty shillings. The service was being used by between a quarter and a half a million people in the 1930s, despite competition from the new chain libraries, and it has been claimed that the library was buying for its 340 branches one and a quarter million books a year at one period. It was the last nationwide circulating library to succumb to the social and economic changes after the second world war: final closure came in February 1966.