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wolpasaurus  asked:

I was wondering if you knew anything about the situation with Billy the Asian Elephant at the LA Zoo? I just received an email from the Zoo that a city council motion was filed to remove Billy from the zoo, and they're still trying to fight to keep him. A lot of people claim he appears stressed which is why there's been a big fight to get him moved. I don't really know a lot about elephants so I don't really know what side is best to take or what sources to take seriously (other than the Zoo).

I’ve been following the story of Billy pretty closely. I’m glad you asked - it’s the sort of thing I think is really important to talk about, because people need to understand what’s going on behind the nicely framed stories about animal activism you hear in the media, but I’m never sure how much of that sort of animal industry politics followers are interested in reading. 

The reason this specific instance is so important is because it’s a hell of a lot more complicated than ‘sanctuary vs zoo, which is better for the animals’. The decision to go after Billy - and only Billy, and only right now - looks to me like a really strategic political decision from the animal rights movement, and it falls in line with what I’ve been researching the history, evolution, and MO of the animal rights movement. As I’ve been learning more and more about how animal rights organizations and their partnered sanctuaries conquer and divide to achieve the change they want to see, a very specific pattern of action has started cropping up and this situation exemplifies how they’ve learned to use legislation, the legal system, and the good intentions of the general public to remove animals from zoos. This explanation is going to seem a little bit like jumping at shadows, but this method of petitioning cities to seize zoo animals as assets - and the really conveniently timed fallout that would result from their success - is textbook animal rights organization planning. 

So here’s what you need to know - if Billy is sent to a sanctuary, the LA Zoo would lose their AZA accreditation. They’d likely then be subject to the new wild animal performance law that’s got major support in LA right now, because only AZA institutions would likely have an automatic exemption. The combination of loss of accreditation, potential inability to do public education and outreach, and the ability of the AR groups to spin the situation as ‘AZA kicked them out for being abusive to their elephants’ would massively damage the viability of the zoo as an institution for the foreseeable future… at which point AR groups could easily petition the city to seize more animals from the collection and send them off to sanctuaries, because it’s now “well known” what a horrible institution the LA Zoo is. That would normalize the idea that animal rights organizations and city officials with no professional animal experience know more about animal welfare than the best zoological institutions in the country, and would set a scary precedent regarding what sorts of institutions the public will accept the animal rights organizations condemning and removing animals from. With that sort of potential fallout - and all of the pieces of the puzzle having been successful, individually, within the last decade or so in regards to other animal rights campaigns - this really is not about a single elephant at all. 


AZA has this one really important rule in their accreditation standards, and it boils down to: any zoo they accredit must be considered the experts and have final say over the care of their animals. If anyone external to a AZA accredited zoo overrules that zoo’s choice of care for their animals in any way, that zoo loses their AZA accreditation because they are no longer viewed as having ultimate control over the welfare of their charges. This is really important when it comes to elephants, as the Toronto Zoo lost their AZA accreditation over exactly this situation: animal rights activists caught wind of TZ’s plan to transfer their elephants to a facility in Florida where they’d live in a bigger herd, and petitioned the city council to send the elephants a the Performing Animals Welfare Sanctuary (the same one they want Billy to go to, which has a known history of uncontrolled tuberculosis infections on the property to this day). The Toronto Zoo is a municipal zoo - which means its animals were city property - and the city council chose to claim the elephants as assets, ignore the evidence of animals with active TB already living at the chosen facility, and then overruled the Toronto Zoo staff’s due diligence about what choice would provide the best welfare for their elephants and sent them away to PAWS. Having been overruled by the city council and having lost control of animals in their collection, the Toronto Zoo lost their AZA accreditation. (They later reapplied and were re-accredited). 

So, if the animal rights activists can convince the city council to claim Billy as an asset and remove him to PAWS, it would really damage the LA Zoo as an institution. Their credibility in the eyes of the public would be destroyed, they’d lose exemptions from federal legislation due to losing their AZA status; they’d be forced to pull out of multiple major SSPs (because only AZA institutions are allowed to house animals in the Green level programs, of which LA zoo has number); they’d likely lose grant funding. What’s more, the zoo would then be subject to the recent law banning the use of any exotic animal in “entertainment”in LA, because if has the same structure as similar legislation we’ve seen in other states, only AZA facilities get an exemption. If true, that would mean the zoo would no longer be able to do education and outreach programs with their animals (and this law was backed by PAWS, the organization that runs sanctuary they’re trying to send Billy to). 

There’s a very specific reason that this whole campaign centers on Billy, not all three elephants, which is part of what makes it so clear this is a campaign with an end goal of damaging the LA Zoo’s AZA accreditation. Billy’s two elderly companions, Jewel and Tina, would be far better candidates to be sent to a sanctuary if welfare is really the concern driving the advocacy. They’re rescues from a private owner who were massively underweight and had chronic medical conditions, and it’s not as important for them to stay within AZA’s management as other elephants because they’re too old to contribute to the Asian Elephant SSP. The LA zoo has previously been willing to send older elephants to the PAWS sanctuary without needing intervention from the city council (that story is discussed below), so why is this newer campaign ignoring the elderly females and bypassing the zoo entirely by going to the city council when their welfare would likely be more improved by that sort of move? Jewel and Tina don’t belong to the LA Zoo - they’re officially part of the San Diego Zoo collection and on loan to LA - which means the city council can’t claim them as assets and forcibly remove them. The only elephant at the LA zoo that the LA city council has the ability to control is Billy, and so it’s pretty clear this is about getting the city council to overrule the zoo’s choices in caring for their collection and not about which elephants would benefit most from leaving the zoo environment. 

This is an attempt by the animal rights industry to undermine the LA Zoo as an organization - that much is clear. Billy is just a convenient figurehead and an animal that the public will empathize with while being completely unaware of the the ulterior motives behind the advocacy effort. It comes at a delicate time, too, as the LA Zoo is currently in the process of developing a new master plan for the future of the facility. That’s a future that would be massively impacted by a loss of accreditation and all the potential fallout that would go along with it. 


So that’s the context to the Billy situation, and why people are fighting so hard on both sides of the issue. But what the public really cares about here isn’t the politics, it’s the animal welfare, so here’s a look at history and the welfare of the elephant at the center of all this furor. 

Billy at the LA Zoo. (Photo Credit: San Diego Blogs)

Billy is one of three elephants at the LA Zoo - he’s the youngest, at 32, and the only male. Billy is kept separated from his two elderly female companions, Jewel and Tina, because he’s young enough to still want to reproduce and would injure the elderly ladies if he tried to mount them. However, while the elephants are always separated by a barrier, the exhibit was designed with heavy-duty wire fences that meant the elephants could always be able to see, hear, and touch each other through it. The LA Zoo Asian elephant exhibit is one of the biggest elephant habitats in the United States at 6.5 acres (with almost four acres of yard space), and was opened in 2010 - the construction of a state-of-the-art habitat was part of the resolution from the first time animal rights activists demanded the elephants move to a PAWS sanctuary. 

In 2006, an elderly Asian elephant named Gita died at the LA Zoo. It’s not clear what led to her ending up in position she did, but she was found laying on her back legs with her front legs stretched in front of her. Nothing they did could entice her to stand back up, and she eventually died as her body weight crushed her own tissue and the toxins released during that process overloaded her kidneys. (While this sounds brutal, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is likely how many elderly large animals die if they lay down for the last time in a position that puts their weight on their own body). Animal rights activists had already been agitating for the LA Zoo’s elephants to be sent to a sanctuary, and they used Gita’s death as momentum to push for Billy and the other female housed there at the time, an african elephat named Ruby, to be transported to a sanctuary where it was claimed her welfare would be much higher than at the zoo. The LA Zoo eventually caved to public pressure and chose to send Ruby to PAWS (keeping their AZA accreditation by doing so voluntarily) where she was immediately housed with other animals without a proper quarantine period, exposed to animals who were TB positive and were not diagnosed until after death, and eventually died herself in 2011 from an unknown disease that looked suspiciously like TB (PAWS declined to send out samples for testing, despite what appeared to be physical symptoms observed during the necropsy). 

Gita at the LA zoo in 1999 in the old exhibit. ( Photo Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Billy remained at the LA Zoo after Ruby left, and the organization undertook a 42-million-dollar elephant exhibit renovation with the intention of bringing in another breeding male and a number of females as part of the Asian Elephant SSP. In 2007, local activists sued to halt construction of the exhibit with the goal of removing elephants from the LA zoo permanently and forcing Billy into a sanctuary - after a case that was drawn out for a number of years and repeatedly stalled exhibit construction, the judge assigned instead that the LA Zoo was allowed to continue exhibiting elephants but was required to exercise them frequently, make regular exhibit improvements such as tilling the soil, and banned the use of tools such as bullhooks and guides at the facility. When the new elephant exhibit opened in 2010, the LA zoo decided to put breeding plans for Billy on hold in order to house a pair of bonded female Asian elephants - Jewel and Tina - who had recently been removed from a private owner who had neglected their medical care. 

The three elephants share access to the large, heated elephant barn and have 24/7 access to five unique outdoor yards. Each yard has a substrate of soft sand that is tilled regularly to keep it from becoming compacted and hard - the shifting motion of the sand helps keeps the elephants in shape as they walk over it - and each yard has unique features like puzzle feeders, bathing pools and waterfalls. 

Browse and treats are placed at unique locations around all the yards each day, encouraging the elephants to explore their environment anew each morning. In addition, a comprehensive environmental enrichment program makes sure the elephants always have novel objects and stimuli to interact with and a daily training session (which the public is able to watch as a demonstration most days a week) keeps them mentally engaged by practicing foot care, grooming, practice for any veterinary behaviors that might be needed, as well as strength- and balance-focused exercises.

The AZA accreditation standards - which cover general animal policy in 34 pages, and use another 12 to cover animal interactions with the public or use in education programs - have dedicated 32 pages specifically to the regulations regarding elephant husbandry, training, nutrition, body condition, enrichment, and welfare assessments. As a large AZA-accredited zoo that frequently falls under the celebrity-studded, critical eye of the local populace, it’s inconceivable that Billy’s care (and that of Tina and Jewel) is not in accordance with these highly detailed requirements. 

Photos of the new LA Zoo elephant exhibit. (Photo credits: The Portico Group).

The LA Zoo’s elephant exhibit, finished in 2010, was designed by The Portico Group, a design firm founded in Seattle, WA in 1990. The Portico Group’s exhibit designs consistently awards every year within the industry for their incorporation of the newest animal welfare science and management technologies as well as educational and interpretive options. Their design for the LA Zoo is on par with the quality of the rest of their designs, and features a similar amount of yard space for the elephants as the design they created for the widely-praised Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Africa expansion that opened in 2013. 

Billy in his habitat at the LA Zoo. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


One of the biggest reasons people express a concern for Billy is a head-bobbing behavior he’s been known to perform his entire tenure at the LA Zoo. The public is aware that repetitive behaviors (called stereotypies) can be signs of low quality welfare, and often worry that means that Billy isn’t being well taken care of at the zoo. However, one thing that isn’t commonly known about sterotypical behaviors is that once developed, they rarely go away once the animal is in a better welfare situation - which leads guests to often misunderstand an animal’s behavior as it relates to their current care. 

The LA Zoo has studied Billy’s head bobbing behavior over the years, and concluded that it appears to be an anticipatory behavior rather than one brought on by stress, as it mainly occurs when the elephant is awaiting the arrival of food, expecting a keeper interaction, or getting ready for movement into another area of his habitat. They also found that Billy had been noted to be displaying the head bobbing behavior when he came to the zoo at age 4 and that it was not something not something he developed during his life at the facility. 

Just because the behavior doesn’t mean that Billy has low welfare in his situation at the LA Zoo doesn’t mean the staff just want to leave him to bob and sway: to help decrease the amount of head-bobbing Billy does and engage him in a range of other behaviors, the keeper staff change their husbandry routine slightly each day and provide enrichment at different times in order to keep him investigating his environment instead of standing and waiting for regular occurrences. 


At the end of the day, Billy’s welfare does not appear to be the impetus pushing this current furor around “rescuing him” - he’s a convenient figurehead for what appears to be a well-coordinated attempt to undercut the LA Zoo’s credibility and accreditation status. 

But even though the actual welfare of the elephant is irrelevant to the organizations pushing this agenda, the general public is now very invested in understanding Billy’s welfare in regards to the outcome of this situation. 

The sanctuary animal rights activists are recommending Billy be sent to has multiple issues with basic elephant husbandry and medical treatment. PAWS was unable to evacuate their elephants in when threatened by a massive wildfire in 2015, due to their policy against doing even the most basic husbandry training with their animals that would have allowed them to be walked into a trailer or crated for transport. Instead, the animals were sheltered on site as the fire came within a few miles of the facility, putting them through massive amounts of stress and resulting in probable smoke inhalation. PAWS frequently take in animals that are reported as healthy upon transport, only to report having to euthanize them within a few years due to crippling chronic conditions. Most concerning is that PAWS appears to be plagued by frequent tuberculosis outbreaks among their elephants, potentially with multiple strains of the disease, despite their stated adherence to biosafety protocols -and that they have had at least one animal die while sick with active, contagious TB infections that were only discovered post-mortem. 

Billy is currently housed in a modern elephant habitat that was created in accordance with best practices for elephant management by outstanding architects - a remodel that was done specifically in response to the original welfare concerns about LA Zoo’s elephants in the late 2000′s. He has access to state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and is cared for by a dedicated team keepers who practice medical treatment behaviors, like foot care, with him daily to ensure that he can quickly receive treatment in a stress-free setting if it becomes necessary in the future. LA Zoo’s elephant keepers work hard to keep Billy active, mentally stimulated, and make sure he has plenty of positive social interactions with both the human and elephant members of his herd. 

If the goal of the general public is Billy’s welfare, he is far better off in a habitat designed for him to inhabit with the staff he has known for a better part of two decades than being sent across the country to a facility with massive red flags in their elephant management program just to fulfill a political movement’s agenda of damaging the facility that holds him. 


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anonymous asked:

sorry, but do you have any tips for making poses/ full bodies? Whenever i try i end up giving up and crying. If you don't wanna answer that's okay too :)

why do I have a feeling that I know you…

I’m gonna sound like any other artist, but seriously, ref is kEY. Try studying it,(trace over it if you have to but please don’t post that) just do whatever to understand it. When you think you’ve got a hang of it, you can try sketching it without reference. (if it turns out disappointing than you can always go back) 

If it’s a more dynamic pose, try loosening lines and strokes, make them curved and don’t add sharp edges. 

it goes for stiller poses too: 

but yeah, that’s all I got :D Please don’t cry. You’ll improve if you put your heart into it >:D 

i blame danzo for everything 

Naruto’s parents death? Danzo 

Zabuza and Haku’s death? Danzo 

Orochimaru being a shit and fucking everything up? Danzo 

Sasuke leaving the village? Danzo 

Uchiha massacre? Danzo 

Madara resurrection? Danzo 

Neji’s death? Danzo 

Sadness through out the entire series? Danzo 

Jiraiya’s death? Danzo 

ITACHI’S DEATH THAT WAS FUCKING DANZO 

SHISUI’S DEATH?? THAT WAS DANZO TOO 

Unnecessary fillers? Danzo 

Karin being a bitch for a little bit of time? Danzo 

Poverty across the universe? Danzo 

Capitalism? Danzo 

Me being stuck at Panera? Danzo 

Donald Trump? They’re both the same person so I guess I can blame Donald Trump too. 

(#danzoshimuraanddonaldtrumparethesameperson) 

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: it's been almost 2 years and i still think about how much better the doctor who 50th would have been with paul mcgann in the role of the war doctor. i just don't understand why a new incarnation played by an entirely random actor was necessary. especially when paul mcgann was so willing to return to the role of 8th doctor. are you really telling me he was only willing to do the 7 minute prequel? i don't believe it. he would have totally done the 90 minute episode. he's been playing the role for years off screen, longer than any other actor to boot, he would have totally taken up the offer to return to the screen. it would have been such a great book end to his movie as well; 7's regeneration into 8 and his regeneration into 9 both on screen. amazing. and do you know how much cooler it would have been to see the 8th doctor? To see him betray the name of the doctor, to see him become so desperate to stop the madness he throws himself into the war he tried so hard to avoid? do you know how much more heart wrenching that would have been since he's a character we actually know? why did they force a random regeneration on him when they could have actually used HIM for the episode? i just don't get it. it would have made so much more sense too. especially since in a way the 8th doctor really is the bridge between classic and new who and isn't that what the 50th was all about? celebrating the two and bridging them together? he was the first doctor to try to bring doctor who back - the bridge already existed. how does it honestly make sense to throw a man who never had anything to do with doctor who in as the bridge? that's just silly, isn't it? john hurt is a great actor and all but he's not the doctor, you feel? like we all assumed 8 was the one who fought in the war anyway, why change that? and wouldn't it just have been amazing to see paul, david and matt on screen together? like c'mon, they would have been fantastic. why didn't this happen? WHY DIDN'T WE GET PAUL MCGANN??? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.
Mercury + Communication
  • Aries: Give it to me straight. Get to the point. Say it like you mean it. No nitty gritty bullshit, give me the meat of what you are saying.
  • Taurus: Ease me into what you’re trying to say. Keep the communication on a practical level. No abstract ideas, ground your words into the earth and I’ll understand.
  • Gemini: However you want to explain this to me is good. I am very interested in your words. I can receive this any way you want to explain it.
  • Cancer: Communicate it to me in a way that you know I can receive. Your words strike emotional chords in my body. Be gentle as I digest it.
  • Leo: Can you explain this to me in song? Or pictures? Or dance? No? Okay well just make me feel like what you are saying holds relevance to my life and I am open ears. Also.. MAke it exciTING !!
  • Virgo: Please lay out the details for me. You speak a word and I find a million questions for clarity. I want to hear and understand everything about what you are communicating to me. Don't be vague.
  • Libra: If you really want me to hear you.. Don't be to brash, or dramatic, or all over the place. Please be concise and balanced with your communication. I appreciate what you have to say, just keep it level headed.
  • Scorpio: I want to know the truth. Give me the fucking truth. I want to know the depth. What is behind your words? What is your motive with these words? Don't you dare lie to me. I will always find out your truth.
  • Sagittarius: Give me the big picture, the philosophical concept, the dream. Ignite me with your words. Expand my mind with your communication.. I am so open.. Just don't bore me. I need a sense of purpose to listen.
  • Capricorn: If you want me to take you seriously, know your shit. Communicate factually in a mature manner. If you want me to hear you without judgement, your words must impress me. I don't have time for the wishy washy wandery words. Get to the point.
  • Aquarius: Please communicate this to me in the most abstract conceptual way you are able. If you want me to receive your communication I need to be met with intellect that causes me to really think over your words.
  • Pisces: Explain it to me in a story. I can't understand all of your crazy ass details. I need you to paint me a picture with your words.
  • Jensen: I don't understand why people think I'm in love with Misha.
  • Jensen: *stares at Misha's lips*
  • Jensen: Seriously ... what gives?
  • Jensen: *touches Misha constantly*
  • Jensen: It doesn't make any sense.
  • Jensen: *laughs stupidly at literally everything Misha says*
  • Jensen: I don't get it.
  • Jensen: *shares clothes with the man*
  • Jensen: It's a mystery.
  • Jensen: *flashes Misha in front of thousands*
  • Jensen: How can people just assume that sort of thing?
  • Jensen: *Gets fucked regularly by Misha Collins*
  • Jensen: Guess I'll never know.

wolfer1098  asked:

Hey. I was wondering something. Why are Hufflepuffs always looked down upon? Ever since I was designated a Hufflepuff (five years ago) I have been ridiculed and mocked for being one. I don't understand that. What's wrong with being Loyal, Hard-working, and overall nice people. I'd rather be loyal to my friends than be someone I'm not.

Trust me my dear @wolfer1098, I know what you mean.

When my family went to Universal my sister and went directly to Diagonal Alley to get our robes (my sister is a Slytherin). Personally I think I rock the Hufflepuff robe. However, I was mocked for being Hufflepuff. The worst part was there wasn’t really much blatant shouting or mocking. It was always the whispering behind my back.

“Hufflepuff? Seriously? What a loser.”
“Honestly, why would anyone CHOOSE Hufflepuff?”
“Was he actually sorted into Hufflepuff? Wow. I feel sorry for him.”

That’s worse than just walking right up to me and saying it to my face. You end up walking around always expecting that people are watching you and talking about you behind your back.

It’s at times like these you stand up straight, adjust your black and yellow tie, clasp your robe and walk proudly.

Honestly the staff members in Hufflepuff were glad to see a fellow badger. I even had a little bonding moment with the Hufflepuff singer in the acapella performance.

Like I’ve said before, the traits of Hufflepuff house are really taken for granted in today’s society. People think Hufflepuff is just for the leftovers, the ones who weren’t intelligent enough, or brave enough, or ambitious enough, for the other houses.

If that’s your argument then I could turn it around and say you were not loyal enough, kind enough, or as hard working to be worthy of being a Hufflepuff. But we all know that’s not the case. It’s not a matter of being “enough” of something that warrants where you get sorted.

Those in Hufflepuff are generally there because it is the traits of Hufflepuff that they both value and strive to improve in themselves. Many times there is a natural inclination that helps push people to their houses, but this isn’t required.

Look at Neville. Courage isn’t born, it is made. This is a Gryffindor who was terrified and was made fun of but found ways to better himself. He strove to find that courage and he worked hard to better himself and he ended up doing so.

So to the people who mock Hufflepuff. We’ll still be here for you. Despite criticism and mocking, we’ll still be there to lend a hand or stand by your side. That is what Hufflepuff is all about.

If Yuuri was a stripper back in Detroit Pt 8
  • Yuuri: Hey Viktor. Why's there a pole in the middle of the room?
  • Viktor: Why do you think ;)
  • Yuuri: ... For decoration?
  • Viktor: Seriously?
  • Yuuri: ???
  • Viktor: *sighs* I'm going to have to spell it out for you aren't I? I want to see Velvet Axel.
  • Yuuri: WHAT?!
  • Viktor: Come on. It'll be fun! Look I even have some bills for you *waves giant wad of cash*
  • Yuuri: No! I can't! I stopped doing that!
  • Viktor: Pleeeease? *puppy dog eyes*
  • Yuuri: No!
  • Viktor: *long sigh* I just wanted to reenact the day I fell in love. I thought it would be romantic.
  • Yuuri: Eh? I don't understand.
  • Viktor: I fell in love with you after seeing you on the pole at the banquet.
  • Yuuri: WHAT?!
  • Viktor: You were so hot.
  • Yuuri: OHMYGAWD!!!
  • Viktor: Won't you dance for me Yuuri? I love the way you move to the music.
  • Yuuri: *hides in shame* Why did I ever tell him about those days? Why?

soaringhawk159  asked:

Hi, if you don't mind me asking, what other instances of things unsaid play a role in Gon and Killua's friendship?

Alright let’s talk a little about Gon and Killua’s unique dynamic.

So much of Gon and Killua’s relationship is built on less words and more action and unspoken understanding—or like I’d said in the tags, more about what’s unsaid than what’s said—and I think it’s one of the things that makes their dynamic so interesting. The way the two boys communicate and understand each other is seriously fascinating sometimes.  

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Thank you all so much for all your support , me and mod Michael were so happy to see and hear what you all thought/ think of this blog. it means so much to us to see how happy we make you guy’s with this blog and we hope to keep making you happy!!

(we are both HORRIBLE with words and can never be able to express our appreciation for you all aaAAA WE LOVE YOU ALL )

-Sincerely, Mod Jeremy and Mod Michael (Who Is Much Happier Now)

crimsonkoteto  asked:

Game store employee here. Got called in on my day off to work the Call of Shooty midnight launch, and had to be there at 5 to help set up. No big deal, I hadn't gotten that many hours that week so more money right? Customers were absolute dipshits because they couldn't understand the fact that MIDNIGHT release meant the game RELEASED at MIDNIGHT. So no I can't just 'give you the game now' so you don't have to come back later. I was there til 1:30 in the morning because jackasses couldn't listen.

We had the same issue with the new iphone release at walfart as well as this shitty game. People seriously think they can bypass the release time just because our store is open 24/7. -Abby

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anonymous asked:

GOD I'm cracking myself up thinking about Kaiba not understanding the Youth and their Ironic Memes™ but still wanting to be able to relate to Mokuba like any good parental figure and like calling him into his office just to tell him, in all seriousness, 'Mokuba. You. Are. Valid. MOKUBA DON'T YOU LAUGHT AT ME WHILE I'M VALIDATING YOU!!!'

Oh my fucking god

Imagine Mokuba going, “sure bro, you are valid too” and Seto thinking he got some great youths honor by hearing that when Mokuba is just messing with him

I don’t think he’d be that clueless, personally, but I like to picture Mokuba sending him texts with shit like “oh, worm?” and Seto wondering why is Mokuba always talking about worms, does he want pet worms, that’s weird but if it makes him happy

  • Joshua: what's that feeling called when your hearts starts beating faster when you see a cute guy
  • Wonwoo: it's called being gay
  • Joshua: no no you don't understand I'm not gay that's not what it is
  • Joshua: I just think guys are attractive and would like to date them
  • Wonwoo: that's what being gay is
  • Joshua: seriously wonwoo if you're not gonna be helpful you don't have to be here

anonymous asked:

Urgent! I'm nonbinary and recently came out to my stepdad, and gave him permission to tell my mom. Things seemed fine at first and he acted really supportive, but they both told me today that they don't, and never will, see me as anything but a girl. I don't know how to get them to take me seriously, and am thinking of just going back into the closet and telling them I changed my mind. Any advice for going back into the closet without it seeming fake, or getting them to understand my gender?

Lee says:

I don’t think that going back in the closet is a ever good idea unless you’re in danger by being out because then people are less likely to believe you’re trans. If you continue asserting your identity year after year, people are more likely to come around and realize that it’s something that’s important to you and that isn’t a phase. 

You can try educating them about non-binary identities, and send them articles about non-binary people so they understand that it’s a real thing and not just you making it up, and give them time to get used to the idea. They may not know much about trans people and the trans community, and after a few months of learning they may start to change their mind. Since you recently came out, their initial reaction may not be their permanent feelings on this. From your point of view, you just told them something that you’ve known for a while, something you always were, something that you probably had to grapple to come to terms with at some point before it became a part of your self-perception. From their perception, something they always thought was true has changed. All this time they’ve seen you as one thing, and now you’re saying that you never were that thing. It’s a big shift to take in, and a lot of the time parents aren’t prepared for it and they don’t know how to react so they try to deny that it’s real. But over time, they can grow to accept you, even if they didn’t initially. If they see you identifying as trans year after year, then it becomes harder to deny (Although some motivated and transphobic parents may still try to).

My parents started out being unaccepting. They said some awful things to me then, but three years later they’re willing to pay for my top surgery. People can grow. But it’ll take time. It might take months, even a year or longer until they’re fully on board. In that time, you need to take care of yourself. Their rejection hurts, but it isn’t your fault. You shouldn’t have to feel bad just because they don’t understand you yet. Make sure you take some space when you need it, talk to people who will support you, and do things to make you feel better. Even if they never do come around, your life isn’t over, and you will eventually be able to transition without their support. Taking space from them means trying to spend as much time out of the house as possible. Do your homework at your local library after school, go to the park and go on walks, go to your friend’s house, to Starbucks and Barns and Nobles. When you can’t leave the house, go to your room and listen to music. We have a bit of info on self-care in our Mental health page.

If course, it’s your choice, and if you aren’t able to cope then it’s totally okay to go back in the closet! But day 1 of coming out is usually the roughest, so sometimes it’s worth sticking with for a while.

anonymous asked:

Wow wow wow. I followed you on twitter after seeing a bit of GT, then a few weeks later realized you are on tumblr. I've spent the last hour over-dosing on your feed, I don't think I've ever become teary-eyed just from looking at beautifully drawn characters before. You are truly lifegoals and have gotten me seriously working on my lineart again. I now understand why people use anon, I do not feel worthy to be looked at by you. <3

Oh gosh It brings me lots of joy knowing that you like my work and that it could get you back into working on your own stuff! That means a lot to me! No need to feel unworthy!! Ahh thank you!

anonymous asked:

Hi, do you know if I'm allowed to post AKF or You Are Not Alone stuff on RedBubble if I very clearly write in the description that I'm not associated with the original campaign?

NO. DO NOT DO THIS.

i’m putting this in loud big bold all caps letters not necessarily for you, but for others as well. if you see these designs anywhere else other than their original campaign site, you need to report them.

the difference between AKF and YANA merch is that these things were done for charity. no one kept the proceeds. these were made for important causes, not personal gain. putting these designs up not only puts you at risk, but completely destroys the original idea of the campaigns.

anon, you’re a clever person, and i’m sure you can come up with new designs. please respect what these original campaigns’ messages stood for. don’t pull a hot topic and think, “people like these words on spn things. we should sell it!”

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OMFG GUYS!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!!!

They’re all so beautiful in real life (especially Jonah like damn!!!)

Also Daniel walked with his arm around me!! Like what!! We had a proper convo as well ☺️ he’s really smiley and it made me happy seeing his cute faces in real life!! Also poked him in the neck to get our photo 😂 I was getting impatient, he wasn’t listening lmao. Also tooth gap twins 😂

Jacks grip was so tight on me in our photo and I loved it!! Oml !! Also he’s a literal short stack like he’s not even bending down in our photo!! He’s hair looked so fluffy as well!!

Jonah was just so good looking, like seriously guys you think he’s good looking in photos but holy hell he’s ATTRACTIVE AF!!

Corbyn, didn’t see him too much as he was at front but he was just his goofy self!

Zach, oml it was so funny seeing him do his typical poses in real life lmao!!

Tyler is so small and August is one attractive man!!!

I got carried away ^ so I’ll leave it at that. I’m just so happy right now you don’t understand!
😫😍😭❤️

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For the Anon who asked me something with Kanjiklub. I hope you like it!

So my mum took me shopping for some clothes for school.
  • Just like always, this is how it went:
  • Me: *goes into women's section to make my mum happy*
  • Mum: "oh, don't you like this! This is nice! HOW ABOUT THIS!"
  • Me: *looks at women's clothes, thinks to myself "I don't understand this shit"
  • Me: *complains about how women's clothes are made because seriously, some shirts I'd have to buy four of and where them all at the same time just so it's not see thru!!!*
  • Mum: "stop complaining, it's not me that makes the clothes!"
  • Me: "well y'know, some other sections of the store might have some close that actually make sense!"
  • *continues for about 10 minutes*
  • Mum: "fine. Y'know what, if you wanna look at the men's section go, but hurry up"
  • Me: *does a tiny fist pump of victory and skips over to the men's section happily like the person I am"
  • Me: *SO MANY NICE CLOTHES!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • After all that I finally bought three shirts and they all look AWESOME!!!