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On April 26, 1986, a power surge caused an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. A large quantity of radioactive material was released.

On May 2, 1986, the Soviet government established a “Zone of Alienation” or “Exclusion Zone” around Chernobyl – a thousand square miles of “radioactive wasteland.” All humans were evacuated. The town of Pripyat was completely abandoned.

But the animals didn’t leave. And a new study, published this month in Current Biology, suggests they are doing fine. “None of our three hypotheses postulating radiation damage to large mammal populations at Chernobyl were supported by the empirical evidence,” says Jim Beasley, one of the researchers.

In fact, some of the populations have grown. These photos (mostly taken by Valeriy Yurko) come from the Belarusian side of the Exclusion Zone, and area called the Polessye State Radioecological Reserve. Kingfisher, elk, boar, baby spotted eagles, wild ponies, moose, rabbits, and wolves all make their home in the park. In some ways, human presence is worse for wildlife than a nuclear disaster.


Image credits:

  • 1986 Chernobyl - ZUFAROV/AFP/Getty Images
  • Wildlife photos - Valeriy Yurko/Polessye State Radioecological Reserve
  • Ponies in winter - SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
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The gray seal population in New England has bounced back, and new data points to how well seal numbers are doing.

Gray seal numbers had been decimated for more than a century when the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed in 1972. The animals were hunted in New England, and as NPR has reported, Massachusetts even paid a bounty of $5 each.

Though it has been clear that the population has grown in number, it has been difficult to pinpoint just how much.

“Past surveys based on traditional methods of counting, using occupied aircraft to survey seals on beaches, islands and seasonal ice cover, counted about 15,000 seals off the southeastern Massachusetts coast,” David W. Johnson, a professor of marine conservation ecology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, said in a statement.

Gray Seals, Once Hunted, Are Thriving In New England

Photo: Duke University and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

zaturnz-barz-deactivated2017071  asked:

Have you seen the Boondocks episode about R. Kelly. The issue with Gal Gadot is a lot like that! There's a lot of racism in the world and the US is still plagued by that kind of shit everyday, but being Jewish doesn't make her support of genocidal and imperialistic institutions tolerable.

Alright, sunshine, I’m going to copy and paste something that I’ve already written for you, since apparently you don’t get it.

Why do antisemites like you hate Gal Gadot? Let’s have some greater context here, because this all started when Gadot came up with this quote that was deemed so offensive:

So, okay, we’ll break it down together. Really analyse it. Work out where the people like you that hate Gal Gadot have found their ammunition.

“I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens.”

She sent love and prayers to “Israeli citizens.” Not politicians, not “Israeli Jews,” but all ordinary people who are Israeli and live in Israel. All of the Israeli citizens. Did you know that 20.8% of Israel’s population are Arabs, and another 4.4% are non-Arab Christians, Baha’i and other non-Jews? You do now! And because Gadot is talking to “fellow Israeli citizens,” she’s talking to them, too! Amazing!

“Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas […]”

Here’s her extra love to the IDF soldiers. But there’s a catch: she specifically says that she was sending “love and prayers” to the people protecting Israel against Hamas. Hamas, the terrorist organisation that wants to murder all Jews. (It says that, quite clearly, in their Covenant.) There’s no mention of Palestinians. No mention of the West Bank or Gaza Strip. No mention of “one people is better than another.” No demonisation of Palestinians. No claim that all Palestinians are evil or terrorists. All that she says is that Hamas are bad, nothing else.

“[…] who are hiding like cowards behind women and children […]”

She claims that Hamas use human shields. Is that true? Well, yes it is. Even the UN has admitted that Hamas has used their schools in Gaza to store their weapons – which is a direct example of using children as human shields. So, she’s not wrong.

“We shall overcome!”

Since this post has been about Hamas, she’s saying, essentially, that Israel shall overcome Hamas’ horrific acts.

“Shabbat Shalom!”

The photo that she posted is clearly of her lighting the Shabbat candles with her daughter, as she’s Jewish.

“#weareright”

She believes that Israel is in the right against Hamas, as Hamas is what she’s talking about.

“#freegazafromhamas”

This is more proof of context. This is all about how much she despises Hamas, not Palestinians in general, with no mention of the West Bank at all.

“#stopterror”

Surely, this is a good thing. Terrorism is always bad.

“#coexistance [sic]

This is Gal Gadot’s only mention of general Palestinians in the quote above. “Coexistence” instead of terror. Again, a good thing. She doesn’t demonise Palestinians. She’s angry at Hamas.

“#loveidf”

This is her supporting the IDF in their duties. In context, it’s all about how she supports the IDF in their struggle against Hamas, and obviously how proud she is of their work against terrorism.

Broken down, it’s not an evil sentiment. It’s not a racist statement. It’s about supporting the IDF against Hamas – and everyone in their right mind, even the worst of antisemites, should be against Hamas for all of their evils. Pro-Palestinians should be against Hamas for what they’re doing to their own people.

The lie, as shown above, is then spun that because Gal Gadot was drafted, she must be a murderer.

Instead, during an interview talking about whether she was “too slim” to play Wonder Woman, she said:

“My mom is a gymnastics teacher. So growing up I was never sitting watching TV in the afternoons. I always played ball outside in the backyard. I was a dancer for 12 years. I did tennis, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, you name it.” […] “[In the IDF] I was a gym trainer on one of the bases in Israel. So my boot camp was longer than other boot camps. It was four months and all about sports, waking up at 6:30 a.m. and going for a run, doing push-ups…

Ga Gadot never saw any action. She was stationed at a base, in Israel, as a “gym trainer.”

The reaction of hatred towards Gal Gadot is a perfect example of antisemitism that isn’t even thinly veiled as “anti-Zionism.”

From the facts, an Israeli woman drafted into her national army and ended up as a gym instructor, nothing else, then shows that she’s anti-Hamas, has been warped and manipulated into blatant lies and hatred.

But let’s get back to what you’ve actually said about Gadot’s “support of genocidal and imperialistic institutions.” 

Genocidal and imperalistic institutions, huh?

Well, let’s start with your “genocidal” lie. Even Ma’an, a news source that absolutely despises Israel and spreads libel literally all the time, has admitted that the Palestinian population has grown to eight times the size of was back in 1948. Israel sure does suck at “genocide,” considering this must be the only “genocide” in history that manages to have a population increase. It’s pretty sad for you that even antisemitic news outlets can’t even hold onto that lie forever, can they?

“Imperialistic.”

You mean like the “imperialism” of the Palestinian leadership that’s pushed to have the holiest sites in Judaism in Israel reclassed as “Islamic”? How it’s seen as an “act of aggression” for Jews to do nothing but pray at the Western Wall or visit the Temple Mount? The way that the Palestinian leadership celebrates every Jew murdered by terrorists and indoctrinates children towards terrorism and antisemitism? 

How is it “imperialistic” for Jews to have self-determination in our own homeland, exactly? 

I love how people like you come in, with absolutely no knowledge of what’s happened, to make snap judgements to hate us. Did you know, for example, that over half of Jews in Israel are Mizrahi? You know, Jews that were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries? Did you know that Israel houses about 43% of the world’s Jews, too? So, what, you want those Jews to… huh, live under Arab rule again, the same rule that has been massacring Jews for centuries and demonising us thanks to Islamic fundamentalism? Yeah? We’re just supposed to bow down to you and give in to actual oppression? Because no, thanks to actual oppression from pogroms, ethnic cleansing and the Holocaust, we’re not putting up with that any more. We’re not just going to lie down and die and then feel grateful when people like you can pretend to care when you cry over “dead Jew porn” like Schindler’s List and Holocaust-related films, then turn around and say, “Why can’t you just shut up and deal with antisemitism”?

You do realise that the Palestinian leadership and Palestinians themselves support Hitler, Nazism and terrorists that murder Jews, right?

What’s that? Oh, nothing, just a Palestinian Authority official at the unveiling of a monument celebrating a terrorist who murdered 15 Israelis.

What’s she proud of? Nothing much, just a terrorist that broke into a house to murder a 13 year old girl.

You want a link of a few examples that show how antisemitic Palestinians can be? Sure. Here you go.

All this, all of this, because Gal Gadot just wants her country and her people to be safe. Caring about your country doesn’t mean supporting everything that the government does.

But what, you’re from the US, I’m presuming?

You better not want your friends or family or anyone that you care about to be safe in the US, you genocial, racist, imperialism supporter. Unless you’ve forgotten about the Native Americans.

But, nah, I guess that doesn’t matter and that doesn’t count, because here you are attacking a Jew for not wanting her fellow citizens to die, and Jews don’t matter to the likes of you.

You, you antisemitic, sanctimonious and hypocritical piece of garbage, can show yourself out.

anonymous asked:

Barchie is endgame. Bughead is dead.

*David Attenborough voice* 

And here, in its preferred habitat of the Tumblr inbox, masquerading shyly as a humble anon, is the increasingly endangered Barchie shipper, known in the scientific community as barchus ridiculus. 

The Barchie shipper was once a formidable animal, roaming the wild with pride and strength, but the waters of the RAS river have made these fields prime breeding ground for the Bughead and Varchie shippers, two robust animals whose populations have grown, edging out the poor Barchie shipper.

Now, as it senses its existence being threatened, the Barchie shipper has chosen not to tread down the path of dignity, instead lashing out at the other animals in the plain. It chooses not to hunt, either; rather, it survives by picking at the carcasses of any prey that has been killed by its rivals.

As its days are numbered, the Barchie shipper is retreating into the shadows, but all other creatures beware: it is a wounded animal, but it will not hesitate to wound others when threatened.

Anyway.

You know, anon, the saddest and most ironic part of this whole thing is that, had you chosen to act with respect and dignity and dropped me a message asking for my opinion on Barchie, I actually would have been nice enough to respond appropriately. I would have told you that their conversation in front of her house in the pilot hit me in the feels, hard. That I also once thought Barchie was endgame. That I actually really enjoy and appreciate their friendship. And I would have given you a thoughtful and respectful enumeration of why I think that doesn’t work anymore, and end it by saying, hey, I know we don’t agree on this but it’s great that we can share our opinions and have a meaningful dialogue.

But no. You came in here, to a Bughead blog, and dropped me a ridiculous, pointless ask, and this is what you get. You get David Attenborough, rather than a great conversation that we could have had about your ship.

So congratulations, anon. You played yourself. Well done.

After decades of being hunted for their fur, sea otters were once extinct from the shores of Washington State – but they’ve made an otterly amazing recovery! 

In 1969 and 1970, 59 sea otters were relocated to Washington from Alaska. Today, the population has grown to more than 1,800! Many of these individuals live in the waters of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, where you can sometimes spot them feeding and resting. 

(Photo: Kristine Sowl/@usfws)

Hundreds of dwellings - all painted in a vibrant red color - make up Larung Gar, the world’s largest Buddhist institute. The settlement is located in a remote valley in Tibet and contains a population that has grown to approximately 20,000 people since its founding in 1980. In recent years, the Chinese government has started to systemically demolish homes and force thousands of occupants out of Larung Gar, claiming the settlement is too crowded and unsafe. They have also closed off the area to all foreigners. Many Tibetans fear the erosion of their language, traditions, and ways of worship in the midst of these incursions by the Chinese government.

32.1356°N 100.4565°E

Learn more in the NY Times here: http://nyti.ms/2gBrxo0

anonymous asked:

I had a quick question: you mentioned in a post about the "sodomite population" in the West Indies, and I was wondering if you had more info on that, or could point me towards more info? Like were they sent there, did they exile themselves, etc.? I'd really like to know more, so thank you in advance for any info you can give!

There’s not really specific statistics I can give you about the prevalence of sodomites in the West Indies or how accepting/apathetic the region was about sodomy at any given time. You have to understand that no two places on the map or in time would be the same about the issue, and it’s all circumstantial. But, given context, I can say that the West Indies would’ve had a larger population of people convicted of sodomy after the 1640s than any other British colony.

To answer your question, all I can do is explain the history of the labor force demographics of the colonial West Indies and let you make your own speculations.

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Boruto opinion changes.

Konoha growing into a giant metropolis really changes my opinion on Boruto as a character. Suddenly we have a kid who’s nameless among others even despite his last name being ‘Uzumaki’. In a big city, everyone’s talented. His prowess with Ninjutsu means little, in the first episode even basic bullies barely batted an eye when he created shadow clones.

The city environment actually lowers the scale of his internal struggle into a much smaller father/son dynamic. He’s no special prodigy in a city, he’s no celebrity in a population that’s grown that large. He’s a nobody kid with a Dad he has issues with, and he feels he deserves better because of how talented and prodigious he is as far as his skill is concerned.

I can root for this Boruto. I can root for a father/son dynamic. I can root for a child who grows up in last generation at the end of an age (according to Kawaki, the age of Ninja is no more).

My opinion has changed on Boruto and I’m glad it has.

Why did the commons fail?

It’s been held in common perception that communal ownership of land and resources will lead to its destruction, this is just a way to shift the blame for the commons destruction.

First though what are commons?

Commons were common land that was worked by local people; these included pastures, ponds, lakes, oceans, and gardens. This was not land owned by one person like private property, but instead controlled and regulated by the people that used this land/resource. For example if you wanted to fish in a river you could do so as long as you didn’t disrupt the commons for others.

This system worked for centuries in places across the plant, but suddenly after hundreds of years commons started to be destroyed because resources were over exploited, and land was depleted.

Why did this start to happen? Why after hundreds of years were these lands over exploited when before they weren’t? The two most common explanations are that either the population has grown too large to be supported by the land, or that people are unable to properly work together and manage land without explicit ownership. The first response fails when you notice that this land will support the overall population after the land is privatized, and the second fails when you look at the history and see that people have been managing this land for centuries with no problem.

Instead if we look at the history we can see what has actually happened. The wealthy have used their power and resources to destroy the common land. This goes back to the enclosure movement where the wealthy gained control of common land and used it for their personal gain. As we go further on you start to see other methods applied though. The wealthy would use communal land to produce a profit for themselves.

At this stage capitalists/wealthy farmers would start overworking common land with their own animals, and over time the quality of the land would degrade and the poorer farmers/peasants would be unable to continue living by using common land because of the decreased output. After this the wealthy would acquire the land and divide it up and have it worked so it wouldn’t be overloaded. This simple strategy allowed the wealthy to gain control of land that they could profit from and remove any competition from smaller local farmers.

(Source: Property Rights and the Tragedy of the Commons, Megan Mcardle, The Atlantic)

This destruction has then been used as justification for turning further common land into private property to be controlled by the wealthy. There is immense danger in this idea that everything should be privatized; this entire concept is based on the objective of the few holding all the power over everyone else.


Overall the destruction of the commons was done to empower the wealthy and ensure their monopoly of power over peasants and worker. Without common land peasants were unable to live independent of an overall lord and so lost much of the freedom they had before. Privatization continues to show itself as not the liberator that its presented as, but instead a way of reducing peoples choices and their ability to function as an individual, instead of as simply a worker for a higher power.


(Hey, please remember to reblog this to help spread the word. Have a great day comrades!)

Many years after all the humans have abandoned a large ship, the rat population on board has grown.  New generations of rodents are smarter, and learn how to forage for food in the shallow waters their ship is stranded in.  A new society grows, in which the higher class rats live comfortably inside the ship, while the lower class face the elements outside on the ship’s deck.

snowdrops

Ignis x Aranea fluff.

The first spring after the Dawn was an explosion of vibrant colors and succulent greenery across the plains and hills of the lands that had been suffocated in darkness for 10 years. It was as if nature had declared war on the memories of evil, and all over Eos, the survivors rejoiced in the return of a life that had seemed as fragile as a candle in storm.

Aranea was not a sentimental woman, but when her daughter brought her a bouquet of slightly mangled snowdrops, she felt her eyes sting as she knelt down and took the delicate, green and white flowers that Lux offered to her.

“They are beautiful, stormy,” she said, blinking rapidly.

“They were growing down by the parking lot, mom,” Lux said, pointing out the door. “I guess the greenhouses are kinda useless now,” she added. Like all children born just before or during the Darkness, Lux had so far only seen flowers in the artificial lights of greenhouses and heavily guarded fields were the meagre crops and herbs sustaining the population had been grown.

“I guess so. You know, let’s go show them to dad,” Aranea said, giving the flowers back to her daughter.

“He’s actually working,” Lux stated, with that precocious mien that had Aranea roll her eyes. Lux might have inherited the silver hair and fair skin of the Highwinds, but her eyes and her stuffing was all Ignis.

“I don’t think he will mind being disturbed for this,” Aranea said, taking her daughter’s hand.

Ignis was in the study, dictating a report about the time schedules for the rebuilding of the bridge leading to Insomnia, a subject so boring Aranea yawned just thinking about it. When they entered, he turned in his chair.

“Something the matter?” His voice was a bit strained – his workload had been piling up since the light had returned because when it came to planning and organization, Ignis was a freaking phenomenon – and Lux gave her a look. Aranea gave her a look right back and motioned with her hand.

“Sorry, dad. Mom thought you would like to see the flowers I found.”

“Flowers?” Ignis said, slowly, like he didn’t quite believe what he heard.

“Yeah, they are kinda pretty, white and green and looks like they have ears.” Lux walked up to Ignis and held the flowers out for him to touch.

Delicately, he ran his fingers over the flowers, and then took one, lifting it up to his face. His hand was trembling slightly, and Aranea felt her eyes beginning to sting again.

“It’s snowdrops,” she said quietly.

“What’s “snow”? Lux asked.

Ignis inhaled deeply, for a moment lost in the fragrance of the tiny flower, and then turned to face his daughter.

“It’s like rain, except it’s frozen,” he explained. “It’s quite beautiful, just like you.”

Lux cocked her head, green eyes narrow. She was thinking, analysing, and Aranea was suddenly fiercely proud of their smart, too-old-for-her-age, brave and tempestuous child.

“There’s snow in the mountains, we can go see it if you want to, stormy,” she said.

“I think I would like to. Can Prompto and Gladio come as well?”

“We can ask them, honey,” Ignis said. “But right now, I would like you to show me the place you picked the flowers.”

He held out a hand to each of them, and together, they walked out into the sunshine.

anonymous asked:

Truscum are so looked down upon by Tumblr but I've actually been able to finally relate to people and get tips for dealing with dysphoria. It seems the tucutes (do people still call them that?) Always give advice for dysphoria as "Just know that you're better than other dudes when you get your period!!! Regular guys couldn't stand what it's like!!!" And trying to make trans people accept their birth sex. Yeah, I can't stand it either, that's why I'm asking for help idiot.

I relate to this a lot to be honest. I went with the flow when I was first coming to terms with being trans. On tumblr, I wasn’t aware there was discourse in the trans community. When you are young, confused and learning new things about this whole different aspect about yourself, you will listen to what any one will tell you. Even more when you are in a vulnerable state of wanting to make sure you really are trans and hope that what you experience is like everyone else.

I was honestly at odds with the whole “gender is a social construct” stuff the more I got involved, when I viewed gender as who I was inside and not as a result of what society assigned to me. It seems people with sex dysphoria really are the minority here who need medical transition and proper help to deal with our dysphoria, not mind games.

When you have been on here like I have, and I am also not as old as some other trans people I know so you can appreciate how more messed up it is, you begin to realise that the trans community is largely made up of people who are distressed over their gender role, and blame society for making them feel dysphoria over their bodies, rather than having sex dysphoria over the fact that they are meant to be the opposite sex.

In a way, I can understand where they are coming from in a society that pushes the rhetoric that if you are gender non-conforming you are transgender and this can result in social and sex dysphoria, when someone is being fed the idea that their body is wrong. I empathise with this, but there really does need to be a distinction between trans people (primarily sex dysphoria) and gender non-conforming people (with social dysphoria).

Yet, there is also the business with how sex dysphoria can be caused by other things too, so I wouldn’t necessarily say anyone with sex dysphoria is immediately trans. I always advise people to thoroughly research and discover where their dysphoria may be coming from before coming to the conclusion they are trans.

Keep in mind that trans people are meant to be rare, yet the trans population has largely grown in the past few years, especially on Tumblr. You can argue that this is because of representation, though you can also argue that the trans community is actively advocating for anyone who is gender non-conforming to be trans, and this is why I am disconnected with the trans community nowadays.

We seem to be misrepresented and spoken over by the large number of gender non-conforming people, rather than trans people. If you listen to who these people are and what made them realise they are trans, it is most often due to gender non-conformity. To be honest, the fact I even have to label myself as trans medicalist is just annoying, like you would think it’s obvious that trans people have dysphoria but not on Tumblr.

Caleb

The Vampire Chronicles/Queen of the Damned: Akasha [INTJ]

UNOFFICIAL TYPING by thedarkmonarch

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Akasha is very much a big picture woman. Her vision is that of transforming the external world around her to match her own nihilistic view of the universe. To achieve that end, Akasha is willing to kill 95% of the world’s population. She is able to inherently sense aspects of others’ personalities, hence her infatuation with Lestat.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): A being with little-to-no remorse or empathy, Akasha seeks control over the outside world. She murders and destroys anyone who does not fit her grand vision of how both the human and vampire worlds should be. Even back in ancient Egypt, she was a cruel and harsh ruler to her subjects.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Akasha seems to believe in the righteousness of her cause, believing that the world’s population has grown corrupt and decadent since her sleep. She truly believes herself to be morally right and even senses a kinship with Lestat over their similar attitudes.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Surrounded in opulence, Akasha is clearly familiar with the finer things in life. She still enjoys the physical rush of killing and the sex she has with Lestat. However, she can be blindsided by unexpected scenarios.

Women will abandon traditionalism as soon as the threat is over

The only reason why traditionalism was still prevalent in the 1950′s was due to the deficit of men as a result of the second world war. By the 1960′s the male population had grown enough to quash women’s anxieties and feminism resumed it’s natural course.

In the modern era, women are once again engulfed by anxiety, because their modern husband, the government, is divorcing them. As I’ve said before, this is not a moral awakening. It’s about survival. Women have not changed, the environment has and they are merely adapting to it.

If you take these women in, if you put your trust in them, they will betray you as soon as the threat is over. DO NOT TRUST THEM. Laci Green is a chameleon, as all women are. Do you think those men who got married in the 50′s saw it coming? They didn’t have a clue that women would completely abandon traditionalism just a decade later.

This is going to be a very testing time for MGTOW, because as Angry MGTOW said, they are coming for you. They don’t want the bad boys now because the thugs and bikers can’t provide their long term financial interests. You were always their long term plan but circumstances have pushed things forward. 

Be vigilant brothers.   

anonymous asked:

I always feel really bad when I'm not hyping up Zayn's album and everything- but it scares me. I should be more excited, considering he's my fav and everything, but it just scares the crap out of me to think that he's actually happy now, instead of him being happy all along in 1d. I thought he was happy, maybe I was wrong. I'm just really stressed out about the entire thing, and I feel like crap about being stressed about it. Sorry for ranting, thanks 😘

hiiiiiiii!

don’t feel bad about it allllllll! It’s honestly kind of a shit narrative all around,  this whole idea that Zayn always had one foot out the door the entire time he was in One Direction. Do I think he had moments where he wasn’t 100% enjoying it? Maybe not here when he and the other boys temporarily appear to have joined Blue Man Group:

I kid, I kid. Honestly though, the whole “Zayn was miserable in One Direction especially during OTRA” myth* does a real disservice to both him and ot4 and also ever so mildly chaps my ass. 

@bakagamieru did a pretty thorough job of compiling over 100 gifs of Zayn during the first leg of OTRA in 2015, but here are some of my favorites that prove that Zayn wasn’t the sad trombone in One Direction, especially in those last months according to band folklore. If you have ovaries, you may want to place a lead guard over them because they may turn to dust:

LOOK AT THIS TINY POCKET-SIZED SKIPPING LISA FRANK PENCIL CASE POPPET. HIS TINY FEETSIES CLICKING TOGETHER AS HE GOES:

Is Zayn..is he LAUGHING…with his bandmates…at MULTIPLE CONCERT TIME PLACES? Hurry call the constable I think there may now be a shift in the earth’s core:

Ohmygiddygod’s trousers is that Zayn… (badly) dad dancing…? What a scandal! WHO COULD IMAGINE IT, CERTAINLY NOT A HUMBLE HOE LIKE ME:

OH GOD NO IS HE SHOWING AFFECTION TO HIS BANDMATES? SCANDALIMITY! QUICK HURRY CHECK IF THE POLAR ICE CAPS HAVE MELTED OR IF THE WORLD’S ANGLER FISH POPULATION HAS GROWN EXTINCT:

*that’s a really long worded and not at all catchy myth

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Conservation efforts have helped rescue the West Indian manatee from extinction. Since 1991, the manatee population has grown 500 percent in Florida. 

Damn the lazytown fandom is having a goddamn tumblr renaissance

I’m trying to fic and art with no success because I fail - so I’m just gonna get self indulgent and spew my headcanon/fantheory BS all over the place while listening to my sportarobbie fanmix. Watch out I’m wild

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As the canon LT is aimed primarily at young kids (and those who fall into this age bracket psychologically *coughcoughMEcoughcough*), I like to think that canon LT is basically what the town looks like through Ziggy’s eyes.

The actual town is still a happy, brightly coloured little Eden with apple trees and a big playground, and exists in a reality where elves and magic and superheroes are actual things, but it’s somewhat larger, more populated, and complex. The grown-ups aren’t actually constantly absent and the people are, y’know, PEOPLE. Not puppets. Damn I love Gummi’s handiwork but I still picture the kids as actual kids when I hammer away at fanfic. It’s located either in the US or the UK most likely. If it’s the US I imagine Lazytown being near the shore of Lake Champlain, in the lower altitudes of Vermont (yay Bernie and Ben & Jerry’s!!). 

I think Mark Valenti once said something about the numbering of the sports elves signifying their membership in a sports team? Anyway no. Ljosalfar (light elves) have a special connection with human kids, as well as a tendency to take them in or protect them if they are neglected or abused. (Throughout Nordic history, some human adults have bitched and moaned about elves stealing their children, but it was usually because they were abusive parents, and the elves were RESCUING and ADOPTING them, so nyuuurr).

One elf, bunches of years ago, decided it was his life mission to be the patron playmate and guardian of all human children. He went around the world fulfilling this mission - he was Number One and Sportadork’s great great great great great great great granddad. The crazy Tex Avery mofo in Afram Latibaer was Number 8 (disregard that 10 on his shirt!), who was known for being a little batshit crazy. He had a very sane son who became number 9, who is kinda like the version of Íþróttaálfur in Glanni Glaepur i Latabae. Number 9 and 10 developed an affection for Lazytown and decided to just kinda hang around there (mostly because it’s the place that needs a wacky sports elf teaching kids about wellbeing more than anywhere else…)

Sportacus’ legal name is Spartacus Orn Magnusson. His brothers are called Perseus and Odysseus. :]

Speaking of which. Stephanie. Is. 11. Fight me if u disagree bitch. Some humans who are innately attuned to elvishness (like Steph) can, over time, develop elf magic of their own and become ‘honorary elves’ - St Nicholas of Myra is a good example - he became Santa Claus and is like frickin’ Jesus to the sports elves. When Steph is initiated into the sports elf dynasty, Sportacus gets all Yoda/Pai Mei/Mr Miyagi and trains her ass up in rural Iceland. And yeah he’s basically her dad.

Her biological parents died when she was very young, and she’s been brought up by aunts and uncles. Pre-canon, she was withering away in the city at a posh all girls’ school where she was ridiculed for being such a cinnamon roll, and for her pink hair. Her only outlet was dance. The friendship she finds in Lazytown is something she treasures and does not take for granted, because she knows how it feels to be lonely and cast out. This is part of why she sees through Robbie like cling film, and sympathises with him. They would start out as antagonists, slowly become frenemies, then end up as tight squirrel friends. ^____^

I’ve covered my headcanon for Robbie and his family extensively in my fics (PLUG!), but long story short he’s half-human, half-elf. Dad was an English engineering scientist/crazy biochemist/full time Byronic anti-hero, and Mum was an Icelandic opera diva. There was angst.

Ziggy is the only kid in Lazytown intimidated/impressed by Robbie, and therefore he looks quite monstrous in the boy’s eyes. In actual fact, Robbie is physically (and otherwise) a very beautiful man, less prosthetic foam and more Stefan Karl Stefansson (DAAAAMN HHNNNGGGG HUBBAHUBBA). His own style of elf magic is inadvertently woven into his crazy ass inventions, as well as his disguises (like somehow he has the power to convince people he really IS a pirate/birthday fairy/Bea Arthur/dance instructor, simply by donning a cheesy costume and hamming it up).

Ziggy’s mum Zelda was a classmate of Robbie’s in secondary school, and for a few years they nurtured a friendship. Zelda fancied him, and though Robbie is 10000000% gay he let her kiss him in exchange for borrowing her makeup (which his dad forbade him from buying). She got accepted into the popular girls’ circle and they drifted apart, but since the arrival of Sportadork and Steph they’ve kinda occasionally hung out together to swap notes and recipes. Zelda needles Robbie about how Sportacus is totally his type and Robbie gets super tsundere about it.

Trixie has a rocky relationship with her mum, who is an ambitious woman in a well-paid managerial position. Trixie rankles at the double standard of Mum being a strong career bitch who brings home the Gs, while telling Trixie she needs to be more ladylike (like her two meanie older sisters). This is part of the reason Trixie bonds with and hero-worships Stephanie so much, she needs a more stable female presence in her life. Things will work out between Trixie and her mum eventually.

WHO ENDS UP MARRYING WHOM:

Sportacus/Robbie (duh)

Milford/Bessie

Pixel/Stephanie

Stingy’s probably gay or bi, not sure if he’ll end up with Ziggy or Trixie (who has a mad crush on him). An OT3 would be super cute.

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I wish someone was paying me for this

“I’ve worked to eradicate Malaria my entire life, and I used to drive out into the rural areas all the time to do my work. I’d carry large amounts of money without any fear. People would know that I had money with me and nobody would bother me. But things have changed. People have grown desperate, and desperate people do bad things. The population has grown in Mexico much faster than the infrastructure, and there just aren’t enough jobs to support everyone. My company had a job opening recently, and all the job required was a high school diploma, but 400 people showed up with college degrees. And that was for a job that only paid $350 a month! All Mexicans need are jobs. We are not a lazy people. Give us a job and we won’t sleep if it’s necessary. We’ll eat our lunch while we are working. We will work 15 hours a day to dig a hole 10 kilometers deep, if that is what you ask us to do. Because for us, all work is a blessing.”

(Mexico City, Mexico)