neighboring environment

anonymous asked:

how come letting cats be "outside cats" is bad? :O legitimately curious

this is the only post on it i could find on my blog

also the post doesnt really go into it but “outdoor cats” are also doing MASSIVE damage to wild bird populations which is probably the most important reason in the big picture. 

but otherwise its basically most “outdoor cats” actually have very poor quality of life and if you cant take care of a cat indoors then you shouldnt have a cat

Next Door || Minghao || Oneshot

Originally posted by minghaeo

Word Count: 2441

Genre: oneshot, fluff

Summary: Looking at the gloomy door beside you, you honestly weren’t sure what type of person lived there. However when you come home late and find a stranger outside your door, you realized that maybe your neighbor wasn’t as weird as you thought he’d be. 

You lived in a neighborhood that prided itself on its friendly neighbors and happy environment. Nearly everyone knows each other in the apartment complex and no matter how unsociable, they were still willing to chat if you ran into them. On holidays, doors would be carefully decorated and there would even be a friendly building get together that welcomed everyone. But in large groups, there is always an outlier and that outlier lived beside you.

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“From an environmental standpoint, from a community standpoint, from all other aspects, North Carolina, we’re in a state of emergency. We’ve already had bouts of swine flu, or H1N1 as they prefer to refer to it. That particular swine fly incident originated on a farm here in North Carolina. There’s approximately the same number of hogs in North Carolina as there are people. Between 8 to 10 times the amount of feces is produced by an adult hog as compared to an adult human. 10 million pigs in North Carolina produce the waste equal to a hundred million humans. This is the equivalent of the entire US Eastern Seaboard flushing their toilets into North Carolina. But, there is no waste treatment. The pigs’ waste falls through slats in the floors of the sheds they are forced to live in, it is then pumped into giant waste pits, which leak into rivers and streams and is pumped out unfiltered onto fields, further polluting the environment and neighboring health. When you go back and you look at where these hog facilities are located, there’s a disproportionate number of them that are located near communities of color. Low-income communities. It is definitely a human rights issue.” 

So, thing it want:

Au where everyone is alive, there is no war, just the usual mundane issues of being an intergalactic economic environs, with grant squabbles and shipping tax annoyances and everyone in a mundane job they love.

I want an au where I can imagine people helping each other move into a space station/research vessel/ship/moonbase and getting all sweaty and having shirts stick to their shoulders and knocking back a cold tea or brew and bitching about how the smallest aliens have the heaviest stuff.

Also the near universal issue of “how the fuck do we fit this mattress/couch/weird nest through the door/stairwell and then collapsing onto it in a heap.

Did I mention sweaty shirts sticking to shoulders and just. Eventually coming off like they belong in either a bad comedy or porno? Yes. That.

Why urban Garou have every reason to leave vampires alone

Werewolf the Apocalypse has vampires show up for Sense Wyrm in most cases.  but quite honestly, virtually everything else AROUND the vampire should smell worse!  this gets to the heart of why Glass Walkers and Bone Gnawers often put up with having vampires around.  

Aside from the inherent part of ‘you aren’t dead when you should be’, your general WoD vampire shouldn’t be engaged in particularly Wyrmy activity unless he wants to go into a Humanity loss death sprial. They aren’t NICE, but being raging douchecanoes to employees, neighbors, and the environment isn’t in their best interest since its so easy for rivals to exploit.  You can’t blood bond or use Disciplines on EVERYONE. And they have very good reasons not to engage in casual environmental degradation.

Comparatively speaking, their holdings may actually be LESS Wyrm tainted than the average holding because they have very different goals.  Leaving the vampires in place means that less savory (and harder to defeat) foes can’t move into the power vacuum.  

It’s just like an ecosystem, if a niche is already occupied, something else won’t move in and totally dominate said niche.  You may still find SOME, but it won’t spread like an invasive species.

Your average vampire is going to thing more long term than average human.  They expect to be around when shit hits the fan.So long term environmental problems, they have every reason to move to deal with if they’re likely to impact them or their holdings.   They won’t be the first to move, but if its something that can be headed off with a SMALL incremental change to head off a big problem, they’re all over that. Considering the majority of the human population lives close to the coast, sea level rise could easily end up with vampires prime hunting grounds under water or battered by large storms.  So they have every reason to move to deal with it.  Or at least take steps to mitigate changes and keep things the way they are. 

Unfamiliar disasters they will be much slower to move on, but familiar ones they will be on top of.  They may well have lived through the previous one. They are damn well planning for it. They don’t want all they own ground away beneath that 100 year flood… that now comes every 10 years. Or any number of other environmental disasters like The Dust Bowl and accompanying Black Blizzards that hit US East Coast cities. Or assorted Great Fires of X. Cincinatti’s river catching fire. All kinds of industrial accidents resulting in explosions and/or raging fires. Fire, of course, being the greatest worry.  

These were all AWFUL things, dangerous things, that could have killed or at least injured vampires.  Vampires are risk averse and will try to avoid repeats of similar things which likely means that they often will go above and beyond what’s legally required to avoid risk, particularly fire risk. If there’s one thing the vampire is going to put resource into, its making stuff never catches fire and/or explodes.

Meanwhile you have Pentex which actively ignores all those same regulations and has probably raised the ire of more than one vampire for industrial accidents.  Fine, you can fuck up all you want over there, but catch the vampire’s nearby warehouse on fire in your “accident” and he will beat the unholy shit out of you bureaucratically and financially… which is often way more effective than anything the Garou can orchestrate.

By same token, because so much of vampire conflict is through intermediaries and not direct clashes, they have every reason to comply with current laws.  They may still manuever behind the scenes to change laws to be more favorable or to exploit current loopholes, but should overall comply with all current laws.  if they DON’T it leaves them open to attacks by other vampires using bureaucratic manuevering against them.  Why risk a massive fine or legal action over something trivial and that long term is likely in the vampire’s best interest anyway?  don’t leave their defenses open to such easy bureaucratic attacks.  sure they can bribe or supernaturally coerce the people in charge of enforcement… but so can their rivals.  so they have to constantly expend resources to keep people bribed or looking the other way.  Or they can dot their is and cross their ts and not leave such an easy avenue of attack open to other vampires.

so your local vampires have every reason to comply with local environmental laws, however loose or tight they are, to the absolute letter AND to make longer term investments than your average business.  It’s generally in their best interest, unless they have a really good reason not to do so. (and sometimes they DO) They aren’t beholden to shareholders to turn in the most profit this quarter, they’re planning to be in business 50 years from now. and not having to relocate their factory to higher ground because of ground subsidence or storm surge risk.

So with all the other things urban Garou have to deal with, vampires rate low because they do provide them with inadvertent bulwark against Pentex’s worst and most subtle manueverings.  But on the rare occasions vampire interests and Pentex’s interests align… the Garou are pretty well fucked.  It may be safer to leave the vampires in place MOST of the time, but never grow complacent about them being the lesser of many evils.