Charities/organisations to avoid:

PETA: They’d rather spend their money on publicity campaigns than on the animals in their care. PETA killed 73.8% of the animals in their care in 2015 (x)

FCKH8: Is a for-profit company that exploits oppressed groups for money. They’re also wildly uninformed, and spread misogyny, cissexism and bi/panphobia, as well as stealing their posts/designs (x)

Autism Speaks: They spend most of their money on researching a way to eliminate autism, heighten the stigma against autism and don’t have a single autistic person on their board (x)

Please support other, better charities, and feel free to add any others you can think of to this.

Can't afford the vet, can't afford the pet.

When we in the veterinary industry defiantly cry “If you can’t afford the vet then you can’t afford the pet,” please try to understand what we’re talking about.

We’re not talking about people that have a pet for years, fall on hard times and can’t find the $3000 it needs for surgery or intensive care. Life happens. Goodness knows most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around either.

We’re talking about people who spend $1000’s on a new puppy… But can’t afford vaccines, desexing or heartworm preventative.

We’re talking about people who ‘rescue’ an animal but fail to provide it with basic care.

Or 'rescues’ that aren’t treating the issues of animals they acquire, especially if they delay treatment to beg for donations online.

And the people that haven’t wanted to spend money on preventative care for their senior pet for the last three years because “she’s old and will die soon.”

Or the ones that spend hundreds of dollars on doggy fashion accessories but accuse you of price gouging on antibiotics.

Who can’t borrow $50 from all the people they know, but want a payment plan from you. And a discount because they 'rescued’ it as a puppy.

For whom $20 of take home pain relief is 'just too much’.

Who keep acquiring more and more animals with problems that need extensive treatment that they can’t pay for.

Look, we don’t want to see anything suffer and will help out when we can, and try to tailor things to your budget…

But if you can’t afford BASIC veterinary care, then you cannot afford the pet. Don’t get it.

What's happening in Australia

Australia still doesn’t have marriage equality.

Today the government announced that on February 11 2017, a plebiscite (compulsory vote) will be put to the citizens of Australia to answer the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

The Australian government is pledging $15 million in public funding (tax money) towards the “Yes” and “No” advocacy groups.

This means $7.5 million dollars worth of tax money is being spent on a campaign against LGBTI+ human rights.

This means 5 dehumanising months of LGBTI+ people being forced to have their humanity “debated” on.

Of children listening to hateful homophobic rhetoric. Of LGBTI+ people’s lives and well-being being put in danger.

Even worse, the fact that Parliament isn’t voting on the issue themselves means the likelihood of the plebiscite passing (allowing “same-sex” marriage) is actually very low. There’s no logical reason for Parliament not to vote on the issue because in Australia, the definition of marriage is civil (governmental), and not religious.

Essentially a tonne of money is being used in a bid to prevent marriage equality passing in Australia and endangering the lives of LGBTI+ citizens.

LGBTI+ people in Australia are hurting today.

#NoPlebiscite is the tag being used on Twitter in protest, please consider helping.


An East Rockaway teacher has accused the school district of ousting her from the classroom because her students’ strong performance on standardized tests has backfired.

Voula Coyle, a veteran fourth grade teacher at Rhame Avenue School, said her strong teaching skills have dragged down her school’s state rating.

Coyle, who was reassigned from her classroom to a clerical job at the end of April, said her students have consistently scored above average on state tests, winning her the highest possible rating on the pupil performance section of the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review.

But her students’ solid work has become a problem for Rhame Avenue School teachers at the next grade level and for the school as a whole, according to White.

The New York State Education Department’s performance rating system is designed to reward instructors and schools when students show academic improvement from one grade to the next, White said.

But Coyle’s students’ scores either don’t improve or get worse while they are in fifth grade. As a result a few fifth grade teachers have been rated as less than effective and the school’s entire score has been pulled down, which could pose a threat to state funding, according to Coyle.

have some small hyperion nerds in a modern high school au, just ‘cause i can


Back in September I gave a talk at XOXO, a festival dedicated to independent creators making things on the internet, and it was probably the scariest and most vulnerable thing I’ve ever done.

If you’ve got half an hour today, I would be deeply touched if you watched it. It’s something I’ve wanted to discuss with so many people, and sometimes I just don’t know how to say it, and I think now more than ever we should start doing just that.

If you’re a creator (or a human being of any type) and you’re scared—of failure, of success, of money—this is for you. I hope it helps. Tell me how it is for you.


Giphoscope n° 31 | Donald Duck

The ‘Donald Duck’ Giphoscope is a unique, exclusive, one-of-a-kind piece of art created by Alessandro Scali & Marco Calabrese @ Officina K, Turin, Italy.

A peculiarity of the 'Donald Duck’ Giphoscope is the stand, made in Black Marquinia marble with a new, engraved place for the aluminium plaque. The 24 frame animated GIF has been excerpted from The Spirit of 43, a public domain cartoon by Walt Disney.

The 'Donal Duck’ Giphoscope is currently ON SALE.
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  • UK government: Hey, so we were thinking - about these Syrian refugees. There's just too many. We can't possibly afford them. We're going to introduce some sort of limit - y'know, take a few less in, give them a bit less money. Some sort of measure to cut the cost.
  • Public: Well, a logical solution would probably be to stop bombing their homes, seeing as that's what's causing the influx of refugees.
  • UK government: Hmm? What was that? Sorry, couldn't hear you over this loud bombing noise. Did you say something about bombing Syria?
  • Public: Yeah, we told you really clearly not to do it.
  • UK government: So what you're saying is that we should vote against bombing Syria? In the House of Commons? Where we do our voting as elected representatives of the populace? We should do the democratic thing and vote no, because that's what the electorate wants?
  • Public: That would be the point of a democracy, yes.
  • UK government: So, guys. We've had a little vote, and... well, about these refugees. We just can't afford them. We need that money for the bombs. You know, the bombs that we're going to drop on Syria.
  • Public: ...
  • UK government: Look, we had a vote, it was very democratic.

I’m currently involved with a campaign against the cruelty of the dairy industry, our aim is to get these two billboards in the publics eye around Adelaide for a full year. We cannot do this without funding, please if you have any money to spare at all, donate on our gofund page.
This campaign and these billboards are important, they are exposing the truth that the dairy industry tries to hide, that calves are killed and cows are harmed for their milk. It features actual rescued animals from the dairy industry, and without your help, they can’t continue this campaign or any of their vital work.

Dairy is one of the cruelest industries, and with your help we can highlight this to the general public. I know money is tight for everyone, but if you could spare even a few dollars, it all adds up.
Will you continue to sit there and do nothing while the dairy industry steals calves and kills them? or will you help to fight this?

Dairy cruelty campaign go fund me


CASTRO VALLEY, C.A. - A California school board is getting heat from community members on a recent purchase.

Our sister station, KPIX in San Francisco, reports Castro Valley High School is getting a $14,000 espresso machine.

Some postings on social media call it a waste of money. One Facebook user said, “There is no good explanation for a $14,000 espresso machine bought with district money — period!!!!!”

The price may sound kind of outrageous, yet Castro Valley Unified School District said it’s an investment.

Administrators explain, it’s one of the start-up costs as the district moves toward catering its own events rather than hiring vendors. One board member said not only will this save money it will save an important job at the school.

“We have a 14.5 hour position in the child nutrition department that we are working really hard to keep,” said Assistant Superintendent Candi Clark. “This is an opportunity to keep that position.”

The board approved the purchase of the espresso machine unanimously.

They say the money for it will come out of a separate fund as part of the child nutrition department.