did you seriously just say we should let pandas go extinct to save other animals or am i misinterpreting because that is a very questionable judgement
ALRIGHT MY FRIEND I have received about six messages in this vein since yesterday, but I worked for thirteen hours today and I have no time for this nonsense. Short answer: YES.
I’m gonna summarize some salient points on why pandas are awful from a conservation standpoint:
PANDAS LITERALLY CANNOT MATE IN CAPTIVITY. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE
Artificial insemination and hand-rearing of cubs are basically standard practice, and still they usually die. At what point is it reasonable to give up because I think we hit it DECADES AGO
In 35 years, only 90 cubs have been born in captivity outside of China
Wild panda numbers have increased a bare (bear?) 200 individuals in 10 years, despite literal billions of dollars being poured into conservation
NO OTHER AREA OF ANIMAL CONSERVATION EVEN COMES CLOSE TO THE MONEY BEING POURED INTO PANDAS. NONE
And yet we’ve managed to literally rebuild populations of black-footed ferrets, oryx, and California condors with exponentially less money
Despite all of this, only 10 pandas have been released since the 80s, and all but two died
I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that it’s because their habitat is destroyed and fragmentary and barely protected!!!!!!
The only good thing about panda conservation is that protecting their range is also protecting tons of other species. Which would be great, if more of their range was being protected effectively.
There is way more money in keeping captive pandas captive than in releasing them!! surprise!!!!!!
Zoos pay a lot of money to get pandas on loan because people just LOVE looking at pandas and they can’t afford to house and care for their other animals without people coming to visit! Or do any kind of conservation whatsoever!! Panda-economics! (this is kind of a pro as opposed to a con but its the kind of pro that makes me feel like I need a shower)
Pandas are endangered and sort of have a role in spreading bamboo seeds around, so they get billions of dollars. Every shark ever is MORE endangered, and without them the entire ocean ecosystem would collapse, but that’s fine they don’t need money (I’m not bitter) ((I am bitter))
I’m gonna be frank with you. We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by us. Not to be a downer (jk, I’m gonna) but we’re already driving so many species to extinction that we cannot afford to save them all with the money and interest that is in conservation right now.
Instead, we have to do some kind of awful extinction triage and assess which animals will do the most good to work to conserve - and getting into keystone species, ecosystem engineers, and other truly integral species is a whole other can of worms I’m not gonna touch on - but there are animals that are “more important” in a certain sense than others, in that they can support or affect a much wider range of other species than another.
People only care about big, cute, fluffy animals - a common lament heard from conservationists, but it’s so true. There are thousands, if not millions of species that don’t fit this mold that conservation work would benefit eons more than pandas. It’s like fixing a pretty, stained-glass window in a house whose foundations are collapsing and thinking you’re helping.
Pandas have always been the face of conservation, and they continue to be one of the biggest and most expensive ongoing failures.
[Sources/ stuff to read to make sense of my incoherent response!]
1. The first conversation that Tony and Steve ever have, they admit they like each other. Steve is just recruited and he wants to run for class president. Tony suggests he just take it but Steve says, “I like you Tony, but don’t ever disrespect the election process.” And Tony smiles and replies, “I like you too Cap, but by now you should know that I pretty much disrespect everything.” Then Tony campaigns for Cap anyway ;)
2. During the Civil War event, Tony made a Capsuit to put on a show for Steve. It was a cute ordeal more than anything, and Tony asks for a hug from Steve. Steve says no, and Tony apparently has a simulator where he’s hugging Steve in it. After, there’s a picture during the news announcement of Steve and Tony side hugging, smiling, and Tony is giving Steve bunny ears. (X)
3. Once Tony told Steve that he was his “favorite field commander.” (X)
4. Steve is talking to Natasha about Tony and Natasha tells him, “You two should just get married.” (X)
5. When Ronan came to the Academy for the first GoTG event, Steve said, “I got your back, Tony.”
6. Once Tony told Steve, “What if I told you the internet thought we were the perfect couple?”
7. Tony offers to upgrades Steve’s shield to make it lighter, stronger, and capable of firing energy blasts and Steve replies with, “Thanks, but I think you’re fancy enough for the both of us.” While smiling happily and Tony is shocked.
8. During the Halloween event, Tony had to do a last minute cardboard Iron Man costume because Baron Zemo bought the last Captain America costume. He was going to be Cap! And he’s mentioned dressing up as Cap as a kid more than once. (X)
9. Tony said once, “I mock because I love. Ask Cap, I’ve been mocking him for months.” So….he’s loved him for months.
10. Tony asked Steve for girl advice, and said he was absurdly handsome. So they go working out together at the gym…clearly showing off for each other, and not a girl. Tony thinks he did a good workout, which Steve took as a joke. So he went to the gym with Tony again…I wonder why… (X)
11.They bicker like a married couple.
12. Tony always goes to Cap at the beginning of an event to plan out how to protect the Academy (because they’re leaders and work best together).
13. When recruiting Mockingbird Tony tells her she can trust Steve. Once she tells Steve that, he looks shocked and SO happy about it. (X)
14. Tony makes a blacksmith Iron Man outfit that is pretty revealing, which leaves Steve speechless. Once Tony says he’s a blacksmith, Steve tells him that was his second guess. Steve, what was your first guess you naughty guy? (X)
15. When you get Pepper she asks Steve, “will you keep an eye on Tony?” To which Steve smiles and replies, “I always do.” (X)
16. Tony Stark is such a Cap fanboy. He’s dressed up as Cap, he had Cap action figures, and he even had Jarvis make him Capcakes for breakfast as a kid. (X) (X)
17. When Ultron attacked, who has the mind of Tony, the first thing he did was make a Captain America robot and he calls the Capbot his greatest creation. (X)
18. When Tony finds out about RoboCap he’s shocked and disappointed he didn’t think to make a RoboCap first. (X)
19. When Ultron attacks Tony thinks Steve is going to blame him, but Steve doesn’t. He just encourages Tony and says they’ll defeat him together. (X)
20. During the Ultron event Tony mocks Steve by trying to do an impression of him and he says, “I told you not to build those robots, Tony. We should have been teaching bald eagles how to do the Charleston while balancing apple pies on our bulging biceps.” So Tony was checking Steve and his biceps out. Steve takes it as a joke and says just reassures Tony that they can fix the problem. (X)
21. Tony makes Cap an energy shield but when Steve uses it, it turns into a giant energy ball where Steve runs around in it. Steve knows Tony so well that he tells Tony to get his joke over with. Tony calls him Hamster America, and Steve would be more mad but he said it was a good workout. (X) (X) (X)
22. When Tony encounters RoboCap he says “sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect robot teeth.” He says he’s thought about saying that to Steve sometimes, but RoboCap says it’s too far. Tony then agrees and talks about how Cap is his friend and how polite he is. (X)
23. Tony’s wanted to make upgrades to Steve’s shield for better protection, but eventually he makes him an energy shield instead when Steve is in his Commander America uniform. (X)
24. During the Ultron event while Tony is working on Steve’s energy shield Steve tells Tony that he’s been having a recurring dream about a red dinosaur. Tony smiles and says he wishes Steve was that weird more often. (X)
25. Tony asks Steve, “How do you like my mancave?” (X)
26. Steve tells Tony that he’s more than just his tech. (X)
27. Tony loves Steve’s biceps. He’s commented on them more than once. Telling Steve about his “bulging biceps” and when Gladiator Cap showed up, Tony said he’s seen Steve checking out his own biceps. Steve says he hasn’t and asked Tony if HE’S been checking out his biceps…Tony then says he’s a scientist (which means yes, he’s been checking Steve out). (X)
28. Tony is talking to Peter Quill and Peter doesn’t understand some of the scientific terms Tony’s using. Steve steps in and DEFINES the word, Tony is shocked, and Steve is so proud and says “futurism!” (X)
29. Tony confides in Steve at the beginning of an event and Steve wants to hear it. Tony refuses to tell him cause he doesn’t want Steve to change his plans and says he can’t make all of Steve’s life choices for him. (Tony definitely wants to be a part of Steve’s life decisions). (X)
30. During the GoTG2 event Steve’s costume is “Ravager Captain America” and he has a great outfit made of leather with leather straps and he has a mohawk. This leaves Tony speechless, and Tony has never been speechless before. (I’m pretty sure Tony loved the leather, and rock ‘n roll look). (X)
Genre: Smut / Fluff / Angst (?)// Sub(ish)!Jungkook/ Art Student!Jungkook
Warnings: graphic language/dirty talk, oral, cum play (if that’s what you’ll call it), masturbation, SLIGHT sub/dom dynamic
Word Count: 10.3K (bc I don’t know what pwp is)
Summary: A friendly favor for your crush develops into something truly sinful when you figure out his muse for his exhibition.
a/n: only lightly edited b/c it’s 1:30 AM HAHA….this wasn’t supposed to be sub!(ish)JK but idk it just worked; still feel like I’m struggling w/ writing steamy dialogue but oh well. Enjoy! More work to hopefully come, slowly but surely. Please send feedback it’d be greatly appreciated!!!
You grumbled all the way to the art gallery, adamant in your opposition to being dragged there by your roommate.
“Shut up, we’re already here. Are you going to brood the whole time?” Liz glared at you before pushing the glass doors open.
You’d pouted, clearly having lost the battle a long time ago. You settled on folding your arms defensively and letting out one last exasperated sigh. “Fine, but I still don’t know why you brought me here to begin with.”
Liz’s eyebrows shot up at the absurdity of the question, “You haven’t left the house for anything besides work and the occasional run. You’re starting to get boring, where’s fun Y/N?”
Her words only made you pout further because she was completely right-like most of the time despite your inability to admit it to her.
- magnus learning woodcarving because you do it with weapons - Professor Kristoff: “attack the wood” - the first thing magnus carves is a DUCK - merle learning interpretive jazz dancing - him subsequently getting so good at it that he gets to be a professor - just merle’s whole stepchart description - “PAN- DEMONIUM” CLINT!!!! that’s such an amazing name for it!!!! - taako “stealing” quotes and reattributing them to himself as his contribution to the “light of creation” - taako about after every quote: “that used to be [insert fantasy celebrity], but now it’s taako” - “taako time: a book of inspirational aphorisms for the independent soul” - awwww poor magnus… being embarrassed of his duck:((( - “it’s not perfect, but it’s the best i can do” MAGNUUUUUUS:( - PROFESSOR merle putting everything into his performance and making everyone horny - the audience applauding hornily - davenport singing an 18 minute song - lucretia submitting a painting of their original home (/the IPRE headquarters) - taako’s presentation: dropping it off and just saying “you’re welcome” - lup and barry - LUP AND BARRY - L U P A N D B A R R Y - them playing a duet together and being in love and being super cute - griffin’s description of love and lup and barry’s love and his whole “speech” is just really beautiful - “lup grew furiously in arcane power” YEEES THAT’S MY GIRL!!!! - “they take each others hand high in the air […] and barry and lup laugh and they don’t let each others hands go and then they stop laughing and they don’t let each others hands go and they keep not letting go “ AWWWW - yes justin, you’re right, we’re all very sorry that we didn’t get to hear griffin’s romance scene with himself that would’ve been so hilarious omg - clint losing his shit because of “that’d be the audio equivalent of wrapping your arms around yourself to make it look like you’re making out with someone” - lup: “ can i blow up the mountain? i mean YEAH” - magnus meeting the voidfish for the first time - MAGNUS RUSHES IN(to the cave) - the baby voidfish being all cute and wanting more ducks from magnus - “SEND MORE DUCKS” - “hi i’m taako from tv-” (hasn’t been on tv yet) “- and you’re wanged. you’re all pretty much in a bad way pretty badly. and there’s good news and bad news: the bad news i’ve covered pretty exhaustively with the fuckedness that you are. the good news is that you have a shot, […] and normally we don’t enlist people but here’s something i know about you all: you currently have the most inspirational shit mankind, and by mankind i mean me, has ever written in your heads held simultaneously. you motherfuckers believe in yourselves probably more than any group that’s ever been assembled in all of human history. correct? “ (i had to include this whole thing bc if this is not the most inspirational shit idk what is) - the baby voidfish getting lucretia “too close to the edge in seaworld-” wet - lucretia illustrates and tries to understand the voidfish while magnus is playing ducks with the baby - MAGNUS MANAGING TO EVACUATE AND SAVE THE BABY VOIDFISH - magnus visiting it and bringing it new carvings even after it’s put in a tank in lucretia’s room
We all do it, it’s nothing new, yet it’s something that wrecks our “this year I’m gonna wake up early” goals. Snoozing is the single most comforting and annoying thing in the day.
So how do we stop snoozing and actually wake up on time?
1. Don’t put your phone (or alarm clock if you use that) too close to your bed when you sleep - basically, it should be far enough so that you actually get up to even snooze it.
2. Don’t use a single alarm tune for more than a couple of weeks. In my experience, once you get used to that tune, it’s pretty easy to go back to sleep after snoozing it, or even letting it play.
3. Keep your phone/alarm clock in different places everyday (or at least every other day). Set them apart by only a few inches if not more, but the change in position helps you up in the morning when you have to look for your phone rather than just go to the one specified place and shut it off.
4. Try an alarm that wakes you up with something cute/useful - like daily news, cute critters, whatever makes you happy. Don’t put a screaming animal as an alarm - mornings should be pleasant, and an annoying sound to wake up to will make you less inclined to wake up at all! Also, chances are you’ll shut a bad alarm off rather than snoozing it - not the best idea.
6. Plan your sleep so you wake up at the end of your REM cycles - ideal sleep lengths would be 3 hours, 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 7.5 hours, 9 hours and so on. You’ll feel fresher and be more likely to not snooze.
7. Plan something good for your morning - this one is pretty obvious. My morning schedule goes like something like this these days:
5:00 - wake up
make coffee/hot chocolate
blog a bit
6:00 - study Danish (my favorite thing to study right now!)
I study Danish until I’ve completed whatever I wanted to do, and then I move on to the next subject. If I put say, chemistry (which I hate) in my early morning sessions, I’d snooze until 7.
So I hope that helped! If you’re trying to wake up early, remember you can do it! Good luck, my owls xx
I’m sorry I can’t give you more than a mere fanart TwT tbh im pretty proud of how Sora looks, but Riku……. eh poor boy.
ANYWAYS @baegerbombtastic thank you so much for being a great and supportive cutie, you’re incredible and i’m always at awe at the fact that you chose to be my friend <3 I hope this year is full of good news and warm hugs for you and that I can accompany you to another year, i love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unlike a regular diary where you log the details of your day to day life, both the good and the bad, a positivity journal is meant to be filled with nothing but the good in order to create a space where you can focus only on the positive things in life that you can then look through when you’re feeling negative in order to cheer yourself up.
Some ideas for things you can keep in a positivity journal are:
💛Compliments people have given you
💛A list of good gifts you have received
💛Descriptions of cute animals you’ve seen while out and about
💛Quotes that inspire you or make you feel happy
💛Newspaper clippings of good news stories
💛Puns or other jokes that have made you laugh
💛A list of music that makes you happy
💛Pictures or art that you like
💛Your best memories from childhood
💛Stickers or stamps
💛A list of self-care activities/tips that have worked for you
💛Coloring pages you’ve completed
💛A list of things you like about yourself
And pretty much just ANYTHING that makes you happy, makes you feel better about yourself, or reminds you that there is good in the world and in your life!
Aries: crazy editor; funny videos and cracks about bands or other youtubers, meme lord, edits that make absolutely no sense but you’re still laughing, everyone in the comments calls them mom/dad, frustrated chipmunks on caffeine, sometimes they’re too honest
Taurus:lifestyle youtuber; videos about easy cleaning routines, small home improvements, like to edit on a comfy sofa with some snacks, actually nice and compassionate, might be slightly awkward when you meet them
Inspired by the news of Eddie at a dance studio yesterday, I had to make some dancing-Eddie-gifs. He always says he can’t dance, & I have to admit he looked pretty awkward in this video, but it was incredibly cute, nonetheless! (Plus… did any other man ever look this good in a tailcoat?)
hi!! I hope your internet gets better soon and you have a good day! for seijou requests maybe you could do smth with hanamatsu trying to make kyoutani laugh w/ telling the story of Hanger Tooru? idk they feel like the kind if senpai who'd lowkey try to make teammates feel more comfortable and I like the idea of them also helping try to get kyoutani feeling more at home w/ the team and wanting to see what his comfy smile is like ;w; ty for opening requests regardless if u try this one!!!
sloth-san i just love that you sound like you’re wishing my internet good health that’s just so cute and nice thank you haha (the good news is the wifi modem is happily blinking all its lights at me)
anyway, i actually thought it was pretty great the third years immediately accepted kyoutani’s return (even tho he threw shade @ them the first time he appears in the anime haha) because objectively, he’s a good addition to the team, so it was nice to draw this too!!
trigger warnings: mentions of self harm and suicide
so i’m pretty sure most of you have heard that luhan admitted to being in a relationship with guan xiao tong on weibo this morning.
this post is not about how majority of the fandom is handling the news really well: admiring his bravery of coming out and letting the world know about the relationship, admiring how beautiful and stunning this actress is, going back to past interactions and seeing how obviously cute they were around each other, and etc etc.
this post is also not about how a good chunk of the fandom is not handling the news really: how she “stole your man away”, how “she won’t last”, how she’s cancelled because of who she follows on instagram, etc etc.
no, this post is more of a rant and a plea to the more serious reactions by a few fans. now, it’s not confirmed whether or not these are true, but i just want to talk about it because it has happened in the past. there’s been talk that there has been four suicides and self harming upon hearing news of the relationship. if this is true, this post is in no one shaming or making fun of it.
i just want to say that, as a fan, you have to be realistic. the chances of you meeting your idols are already slim enough, but the chances of you dating them is even smaller. life isn’t a fanfic. i’m tired of seeing how possessive fans can get over their idols just because they stan them. in no way does it give you any right to control their personal lives. as a fan, you should be happy that he found someone he’s happy with and should be supporting him and his relationship instead of hurting yourself because he’s no longer available.
i won’t be attaching any picture because it’s sensitive content involving blood, but can people stop resorting to cutting themselves after your idol gets into a relationship?
this is a pointless rant that no one will see, but i’m so frustrated, angry, sad, and tired? i’m so tired. can’t you let him live a happy life? how would he feel after he hears about it? it took him so much courage and trust to announce it and it’s gonna hurt him when he hears that his fans are crying and hurting themselves because he chose to be happy and in love.
another note, let the other members live too. stop commenting on sehun’s post that “it’s okay” “don’t be sad” etc. don’t take your ships so seriously?? by all means, ship all the ships you want, but maybe let them live a life?
ugh, i’m done. i don’t know why i felt the need to make this post, i’m just so. i can’t find the words.
tl;dr idols are human beings too that deserve to live a happy and healthy life that includes being in relationship. don’t get so possessive of them to the point where you’re harming yourself and jumping off buildings because your fav is dating someone. please value your life, it’s precious and something you shouldn’t throw away just because of a celebrity.