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Zippos Circus are currently at Hampstead Heath and are one of the last remaining circuses to still be using animals in the UK.

They will be there today until Tuesday with shows in the day time and evening. We are asking people to take action against them, make a poster or take some leaflets and talk to people attending the shows about the cruel reality of animals in circuses. I will be there tonight at 7pm if anyone wants to join me. We also have an online action for anyone who can’t attend in person which is to contact Camden Council and ask that they put a ban on circuses that use animals. Please see event on our pages ‘Surge’ and 'London Vegan Actions’ for more info

Zippos misled the press claiming that respected animal protection group Animal Defenders International (ADI) had backed there transport and training regimes. ADI have never backed the circus and indeed ADI were quite clear about there stance on the show stating “Zippos clearly just want to wring every penny of profit they can out of their animals, before casting them aside.” Given this poor record for accuracy all claims relating to animal welfare standards made by Zippos should be disregarded.

Zippos employed a man who defended infamous abuse at Chipperfield’s circus in court. After watching footage of the thrashing and kicking of a baby chimpanzee he was asked “See anything which would constitute cruelty?” he replied unequivocally “No”.  Asked if he would do the same he said “Yes”! (From ADI)Zippos Circus have been exposed by Animal Defenders International, for keeping their horses in trailers without exercise for hours on end. (From ADI)‘The way that young girl brandished the whip was obviously scary to the horses’ ‘When the man raised his hand the budgies flinched. Every time!’ – Audience Members, 2009 Performance. (From SARC)

Whether it be the long journeys, brutal training regimes or constant confinement, animals have no place in the circus. Please join us in taking a stand against animal cruelty and tell everyone to boycott circuses that use animals! ✌❤

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anonymous asked:

What do you think thranduil (spell check?) would do if there was a human in the company that looked like his wife?

Interesting question, Nonny!

Personally, I think he’d be absolutely speechless at first. Just completely dumbfounded. So much so that Legolas or a guard or one of his personal attendants would want to find a healer for him. He would decline - probably with a bit of attitude - then he’d try to play it cool so no one would bug him about it again. 

He’d separate her from the rest of the company, at least for a time. He would want to talk to her away from the others. I’m not sure he would explain why at first.  I think he’d still be a little too freaked out and he’d have to work through that. 

But he would start opening up to her, and eventually he’d remark about how much she looked like his late wife. To prove it, he’d gather a few of his wife’s portraits and show them to her. And he’d talk about how much he still missed his One, and that although it’s painful for him to have someone in his realm who could be her twin, it also warms his heart. 

The human woman’s presence is a reminder of the love he once had and still feels very deeply, and shows him that beauty still exists in the world.

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New Mass Effect Line Debuts @ PAX Prime

The Bioware Store has unveiled it’s newest line of Mass Effect-inspired clothing at the Bioware Fashion Show during PAX Prime. Unfortunately, I wasn’t personally able to attend PAX this year, but from the photos I’ve seen on Twitter, the show looked amazing. Most of the pieces are available for pre-order now, with more being available in the coming months. 

I’m personally THRILLED about wearing those Commander Shepard and Tali leggings. 

The furry survey!

After several days of data collection, analysis, and formatting, I’ve finally finished compiling all the data (well, the easily-categorizable data) from the survey I released last week!

There were a total of 409 responses to the survey by the time I closed it up. All in all, the demographics suggested by the sample of furries surveyed pretty accurately mirrored my predictions–as a community, we are majority male, overwhelmingly white, and most of us are in our teens and 20s. Gay, bi, and pan are the three most common sexualities within the fandom, followed somewhat closely by straight and aseuxal. I haven’t made a graph of this just yet, but there were a total of 42 respondents who included the information that they were polyamorous or supported polyamory. Of those 42 respondents:

  • 0 were straight
  • 7 were gay
  • 7 were bisexual
  • 14 were pansexual
  • 3 were asexual or greysexual
  • 2 were demiromantic
  • 3 were demisexual
  • 1 was androsexual
  • 6 did not specify their sexuality outside of being polyamorous

In regards to length of time spent in the fandom, about half of all respondents said that they have described themselves as furries for the past 1-5 years, while about one fourth have been in the fandom for 6-10 years. 

As a whole, we are a very Internet-based community, as most respondents are involved with the fandom online quite frequently, but very rarely in person. Though there was a fairly large diversity in regards to whether furries know other furries, it seems to be the case that most (though not by a large margin) are acquainted with more non-furries than furries.

The vast majority of respondents felt accepted for both their gender and sexual orientation. However, there was a considerable drop in positivity when asked whether the fandom was accepting of other people of various genders and sexualities (though it should be noted that most respondents still believed the fandom to be largely positive and supportive). Regardless, furries do seem to be considerably more accepting towards various facets of the queer community than non-furries are on average.

A large number of furries within the survey purported to have some form of connection with the queer community outside of the fandom–the numbers air slightly on the side of non-involvement, but not by a large margin. It would appear that casual involvement is the least common–most furries are either entirely uninvolved or frequently involved with the queer community. Meanwhile, in the eyes of those furries who do have some connection to the queer community, it appears to be relatively unaccepting of the furry fandom in comparison to those who do not actively participate.


With all that said, there is still more data that was collected in the survey, though it is qualitative rather than quantitative–things like “How does your experience in the fandom in person compare to your experience online?” I will be looking through this data piece-by-piece over the next day or two, and using the information therein in my final analysis paper. I’ll post that paper online once it has been fully graded and revised, if necessary.

Finally, I’d like to thank @furrywolfcyrus​, @diadektrius​, @verysmolcat​, and @spartadog​; @HavenFusky on Twitter; sinibuns, xXJewelynXx, and Kero on FurAffinity, as well as VonKrampus, ClemFox, Rashkah, Keefur, and bigblueraptor, all of whom were a huge help in the creation, revision, and spread of this survey. It was thanks to you that I even managed to get on my feet with this project–I couldn’t have done it without you.

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Higher-res pictures because Tumblr doesn’t like to cooperate:

http://oxthebeardog.tumblr.com/post/134885089694

http://oxthebeardog.tumblr.com/post/134885105124

Black Panther Party Community Programs
1966 - 1982

1. Alameda County Volunteer Bureau Work Site

2. Benefit Counseling

3. Black Student Alliance

4. Child Development Center

5. Consumer Education Classes

6. Community Facility Use

7. Community Health Classes

8. East Oakland CIL (Center for Independent Living) Branch

9. Community Pantry (Free Food Program)

10. Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Program

11. Drama Classes

12. Disabled Persons Services/Transportation and Attendant

13. Drill Team

14. Employment Referral Service

15. Free Ambulance Program

16. Free Breakfast for Children Programs

17. Free Busing to Prisons Program

18. Free Clothing Program

19. Free Commissary for Prisoners Program

20. Free Dental Program

21. Free Employment Program

22. Free Food Program

23. Free Film Series

24. Free Furniture Program

25. Free Health Clinics

26. Free Housing Cooperative Program

27. Food Cooperative Program

28. Free Optometry Program

29. Community Forum

30. Free Pest Control Program

31. Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program

32. Free Shoe Program

33. GED Classes

34. Geriatric Health Center

35. GYN Clinic

36. Home SAFE Visits

37. Intercommunal Youth Institute (becomes OCS by 1975)

38. Junior and High School Tutorial Program

39. Legal Aid and Education

40. Legal Clinic/Workshops

41. Laney Experimental College Extension Site

42. Legal Referral Service(s)

43. Liberation Schools

44. Martial Arts Program

45. Nutrition Classes

46. Oakland Community Learning Center

47. Outreach Preventative Care

48. Program Development

49. Pediatric Clinic

50. police patrols

51. Seniors Against a Fearful Environment

52. SAFE Club

53. Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation

54. Son of Man Temple (becomes Community Forum by 1976)

55. Sports

56. Senior Switchboard

57. The Black Panther Newspaper

58. Teen Council

59. Teen Program

60. U.C. Berkeley Students Health Program

61. V.D. Preventative Screening & Counseling

62. Visiting Nurses Program

63. WIC (Women Infants, and Children) Program

64. Youth Diversion and Probation Site

65. Youth Training and Development

The next time someone (white people and ignorant black people alike) tell you that the Black Panthers were a terrorist group/hate group, kindly ask them if the KKK ever did any of this. As long as YOU know what the panthers stood for and represented, that’s all that matters.

This comic is a gift to @featherstorm77 for being the first ever person to attend my art stream!  

“I have this headcanon that Bill is allergic to something really common and it annoys him to no end that he doesn’t know what it tastes like, so he eats it. cx Peanut butter would be a good one"

Holy shit I finally did something I said I was going to do! Hope you like it, featherstorm! (I apologize for my horrible handwriting, gee whiz, is that even legible idk)

20-year-old Bernie Sanders organizing a protest against segregated university housing at his Alma mater, the University of Chicago in 1962

“We feel it is an intolerable situation when Negro and white students of the university cannot live together in university-owned apartments,” Sanders said at the protest. Sanders and 32 other students then entered the building and camped outside the president’s office, performing the first civil rights sit-in in Chicago history

Sanders is one of only two sitting United States Senators who was personally in attendance at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The other was Senator Mitch McConnell.

Person A is a painter who fell in love with Person B, but they are separated in some kind of disaster and Person B believes Person A to be dead.  Years later, Person B attends an art show and discovers most of the art contains paintings of a person who looks exactly like them.   It turns out that Person A survived, but lost their memory and has done nothing but paint pictures of Person B ever since in an effort to remember them.

OT3 Bonus: Person C rescued Person A and cared for them during the intervening time.

An estimated 800,000 people attended March for Life last year. The median expense for a church-sponsored trip is about $50, so say every person spent $50 to attend. That’s about $40,000,000. That $40,000,000 could have provided:

  • 2,857,142 bottles of pre-natal vitamins
  • 20,000 pre-natal doctor visits
  • 2,182 average vaginal births in a hospital
  • 4,000,000 12 packs of baby bottles
  • 1,600,000 cans of formula
  • 1,600,000 packages of diapers
  • 10,000,000 boxes of wipes
  • 4,000,000 8-cans box of baby food
  • 307,692 convertible cribs
  • 800,000 car seats
  • 20,000,000 baby sleepers
  • 8,000,000 swaddling blankets
  • 2,500,000 5 pc onesies
  • 80,000,000 2 p binkies
  • 10,000,000 boxes of baby cereal
  • 4,000,000 2 pc crib sheets
  • 210,526 well-baby doctor visits

So, in all reality, spending $50 to stand in the cold and yell at politicians is a massive waste of money.

We don’t ask much of the 5SOSFam, besides the basic common sense, but just a little reminder:

1. We don’t mob the boys, they do apologise if they can’t come outside to meet you at venues or airports, and we can guarantee they do try, but safety is more important.

2. Don’t hold a grudge against another person for having attended a concert or met one of or all of the boys. Some and many people want these things just as much as you, and you should feel happy for him/her.

3. We don’t like seeing rude tweets asking the boys to take part in sexual activities. Don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t show your parents. Stick to the tumblr side, we’re rad.

4. Don’t push or shove at concerts. Everyone is there for the same reason. The music, so show them the respect you’d receive.

5. Don’t call people ‘fake fans’ for not knowing every single lyric to every single song, or know each of their families names, or can’t get a ticket in time, because it’s the music that is important.

6. It doesn’t matter if someone has a favourite. That doesn’t make them fake or mean. But don’t leave anybody out. They all deserve equal love.

7. Show the family some love, as well as 5sos. We’re all here just to have some fun, like you.

8. Don’t make 'Ashton daddy kink’ jokes. It’s immature and not funny, especially as Ashton’s dad wasn’t around for his childhood, topics like this may be sensitive.

9. Don’t get upset if you see one of the boys with a girl. You can be friends with the opposite gender, and you have to remember they’re young just like we are.

10. And lastly, love the music, love the fans, love the band, love the atmosphere, love it.

Not a list of do’s and don'ts intentionally, but just a list of respect.

—  Love the 5SosFam