New Shooters

Re: Mods and safety

I feel like I just walked into the wreckage of a warzone a little bit lol so let me unpack this situation some

Obviously I’m not going to speak for anyone in particular but myself and the blog in general

Firstly, the mods are allowed to have different opinions. We can’t all huddle for every ask and debate what we collectively agree on for the answer, and if we did y'all would get like 1 ask answered per day

I’m constantly looking for feedback and welcome pressure on my thoughts and opinions. It can be stressful but that’s the only way I can stay critical and hone my perspective. So disagreement can be healthy and helpful. This is the Internet, and what this entire blog is doing is engaging in a global conversation on gender. It’s a big deal and an ever bigger topic so there’s bound to be differing of opinions

I don’t feel emma was very off base with xyr response in that post, and (I don’t wanna make this insensitive but) if that counts as ‘flying off the handle’ then xe flew off, up, and away a while ago lol

My point is this is a safe space, and we are dedicated to making sure every nb person is supported. At the same time, if we sense that a question could threaten that safety, offend or marginalize someone, or even offend us we should respond appropriately.

What that means for us: we (the mods) should probably stay critical of ourselves and check the language of our responses before pressing that post button.

What that means for y'all: stay critical of yourselves and recognize that if you get a response that might be perceived as harsh:
a) it’s not personal. We don’t know you. Most of our asks are anon so there’s no way we could know you.
b) maybe there is some work left to be done on your ideas. Everyone can always improve, and it might sting at first, but if you focus on the message and try to carry that into everyday life, you can take ownership of your ideas and be more self assured in them.

-Mod Aspen

My Man | 5.30.2015
Our lives become randomly intertwined with each other’s… and he took me away… into his arms… He knows that I’m strong. And when I look back to see who’s there he’s always standing there cheering me on. He is kind, gentle, sensitive, patient, compassionate, authentic, honest, open-minded and open-hearted, empathetic, spontaneous, financially stable with the world at his fingertips (he’s a great manifester), he’s someone that I can learn from every day just by observing him… he’s someone that I can look to when I need inspiration and motivation. He’s strong yet can admit to his weaknesses… he’s someone that I can trust that he’ll work through the dark and hard shit with me and not just run away when the going gets tough… he notices when I’m upset and confronts me instead of trying to fix me. He knows I’m not broken; that I can get stuck at times but knows that I can always get right back up on my feet. He notices all the little things I do and lets me know he adores every little part of me. He loves to spoil me and never holds any of it over my head. He’s someone that I would love to be married with but I have no need for him to give me a ring to know that he is 100% with me in a relationship. He’s good with kids (and wants some in the future), he loves animals, he shares the same ideals and morals as me, he trusts me, he believes in me, he treats me like I am enough… He doesn’t just say things but actually acts on them; he’s someone who doesn’t need to say something, he just does it… He loves it when I cook for him, when I sing to him, when I write to him, when I make goofy faces, when I play with his hair, when I laugh, how hard I can make him laugh, when I turn a simple question into a full-length analysis, the way I can keep up with him, that I trust him, that I take immense joy in taking care of him and making him feel good, that I notice the little and odd things about him, that I know his demons and love them unconditionally… he loves all of my silly antics and quirks… He loves that I’m sensitive and works with me instead of against me when I’m triggered and hurting. He constantly lets me know how special I am and how much I mean to him; he treats me like a princess. He follows the beat to his own drum and loves that I am the same. He knows how feisty I am and can play with my fire so gracefully. He communicates with me and lets me know if he’s hurt or upset about something and gives me warnings to leave him alone to cool off so we can then come back together and work through things together. He looks at me like I’m the sun, the moon, the stars, the sunset, the sunrise, the spring, the fall, the winter, the summer, a goddess, a warrior, a woman of strength, a resilient women, a one of a kind flower, a rare gem, a woman of good tastes, a woman with integrity, beauty, cuteness, grace, goofiness, talent, depth, empathy, compassion, years beyond her age… he has the ability to see me through more than one lens… he has the ability to understand I’m that we’re constantly changing and that he has to keep up with me in order to stay with me; that we need to grow together to stay together… that there are no compromises but team work to get to a common desire. He saves me by helping me realize that I can save myself. And he’s there to remind me that every single day with a kiss on my lips. 
A ‘new face of engineering’

Congrats to NSF-funded civil engineer Maria Gibbs, named a 2015 New Face of Engineering! Gibbs, a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, was recognized for her research on how wind affects suspension footbridges. The University of Notre Dame Ph.D. student has traveled around the world, studying and building footbridges in rural, isolated communities, with the non-profit organization Bridges to Prosperity (B2P). She’s spending the summer at Tongji University in China – through NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program for U.S. graduate students – conducting wind tunnel experiments on the B2P suspension design. The goal is to improve the safety of B2P bridges, and learn more about how flexible bridge structures behave. Learn more about her research – and how a bridge can make a big difference to a community. 

Photo: A new cable suspension bridge on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia built by Bridges to Prosperity. Credit: Kenneth Frantz.

The best example that why do chemists wear lab coats. 

In this case a nitration overreacted and spilled a large amount of concentrated sulfuric and nitric acid everywhere. Just imagine what would happen if someone is doing that reaction without a lab coat….

How to choose a lab coat:  

  • go for cotton (in case it catches fire, no plastic to melt on your skin) in a sturdy quality (takes longer for things to seep through) 
  • press stud buttons (easier to get the lab coat off in a hurry in case of spills)  

A device that curbs disease transmissions on airplanes and an inexpensive test to combat high rates of HIV infections engineered by two Vancouver teen scientists have won a prestigious international prize for science innovation.

Raymond Wang, 17, and Nicole Sabina Ticea, 16, both of Vancouver, received two of the top three prizes at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, beating more than 1,700 of the world’s most promising young scientists.

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actual-american asked:

How do you clean up broken glass, like if you drop a jar or a glass and it shatters everywhere? I always miss some and cut my feet.

  1. If you can get away from the glass safely, put on shoes. Don’t do anything until you’ve protected your feet. Gloves are also not frowned upon, if you have easy access to them.
  2. Make sure anyone else in the area knows the glass has been broken and doesn’t unwittingly wander into it while you’re off putting on shoes. Get any small children or pets out of the room immediately.
  3. Pick up any large pieces of glass and toss them into the trash.
  4. Vacuum the area. I know this probably happened in your kitchen and it seems weird to you to vacuum your tile floor, but just do it. Brooms will spread the glass around and keep shards in the bristles and no one wants that.
  5. There’s still going to be tiny, tiny bits around, so you’re not done yet. Some cleaning sites recommend rubbing a piece of bread over the area now, and while that can be effective, it seems like a waste of food to me, so I’ll leave it up to you if you want to skip this step.
  6. Next you need to take a wet paper towel and go over the full area of the break…and then a little farther. Those pieces get some distance!
  7. Vacuum the bottom of your shoes. No, seriously. You probably picked up some shards while you were cleaning.

Product testing, black bear-style…

Dale Maas, a recent visitor to BLM’s beautiful Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona, watched this black bear try - in Dale’s words - to “circumvent the design” of a trash can in one of the picnic areas.

The bear wasn’t successful, but it’s a great reminder as Memorial Day rolls around that using designated trash cans not only keeps our public lands clean but also protects wildlife!

All photos courtesy of Dale Maas; story submitted by BLMer Adam Milnor

You want to protect your child from dangerous adults. The thought of somebody hurting, abusing or abducting your child breaks your heart. But is the “Don’t talk to strangers” rule really going to protect your child? 

Many experts say No! In fact, “Don’t talk to strangers” is a problematic concept. Here’s why:

- Many children assume “stranger” means the person looks mean or dirty. Dangerous adults know this and purposely dress nicely and act friendly. 

- Children see adults (including you) interact with strangers everyday. That’s confusing for them. (”Mommy said Hi to him yesterday, he’s not a stranger. It’s okay to talk to him without letting mommy know.”)

- If a child gets lost, everybody around them is a stranger. How will they find help without talking to strangers? 

-  The great majority of people who abduct or molest children are not strangers, they already know the children they harm! 

Instead of “Don’t talk to strangers”, teach your child the following rules: 

“If any adult or older kid offers you anything without asking me, step way back, yell, “NO!”, run away, and tell me.” (This applies to candy, pets, treats, job offers, photographs, rides on motorcycles, etc.)

“If any adult or older kid asks for your help without asking me first, step way back, yell “NO!”, run away and tell me.” (This applies to mailing a letter, picking something up for an injured person, approaching a car to give directions, doing yard work, looking for a lost puppy, etc.)

“If any adult or old kid asks you to keep a secret, step way back, yell “NO!”, run away, and tell me.”

If any adult or older kid touches your private parts (parts covered by a swim suit) or asks you to touch your private parts or somebody else’s, step way back, yell “NO!”, run away and tell me.”


Giant Hogweed, Cartwheel-flower, Giant cow parsnip, or Hogsbane

Heracleum mantegazzianum

This impressive, giant, shade-tolerant plant was imported from the Caucasus region to various areas in the Temperate zone by curious botanists, for gardeners and beekeepers alike.

A member of the carrot (Apiaceae) family, it produces a spray of the characteristic umbellifer blossoms, rich in nectar.

Now, however, it’s considered a noxious invasive weed wherever it spreads.

The Return of the Giant Hogweed

This is in no small part due to the reaction the sap has with human tissues: it causes something called phytophotodermatitis, which is a blistering skin reaction caused by the compound furocoumarin contained in almost all the plant tissues. The “photo” part of “phytophotodermatitis“ refers to the fact that these reactions are made worse with exposure to UV radiation, and are thus “photosensitive.”

Contact with the sap can mean a blistering wound that is still UV-sensitive for years to come, and leaves a permanent scar; if contact with the eyes occurs, it can cause blindness. The offending compound in Giant Hogweed binds to DNA, killing skin cells, and causes surrounding cells to produce melanin, leading to a darker-coloured scar.

Phytophotodermatitis; Image: Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership

This plant has a number of lookalikes, owing to the fact it is from a botanical family with a rather cosmopolitan distribution. Here in Denmark, the edible and medicinal Garden Angelica (Angelica archengelica), as well as poisonous Hemlock (Conium maculatum), are mistaken for Giant Hogweed, and vice versa. In Northeastern North America, the native Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), is vilified as the invader.

If you see a plant like this, avoid touching it until you have made a positive identification. They are recognisable by their hairy stems, streaked and spotted with deep purple, but have a number of identifying features as well.

Bollin Environmental Action & Conservation

In order to eradicate this noxious species, nature and wildlife services across the areas in which is grows invasively have devised a variety of methods to suppress further growth and spread.

One such method is conservation grazing: cows and pigs in particular can consume young giant hogweed leaves, so these plants are starved for photosynthetic nutrition and decline rapidly in areas that are regularly grazed.

Similar effects can be achieved with regular chopping and mowing, but aside from mechanical eradication, the only other option is herbicide. Usually, the stems are directly injected with concentrated glyphosate (formerly known under the trade name “Round-Up”), by a worker in protective gear.

Giant hogweed treatment case study

It’s not a plant you want to encounter unawares: but with the right knowledge and tools, it’s possible to avoid injury and even coexist with it.


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Harness Checklist

I know plenty of us will be taking our birds outdoors this summer, while the harnesses will keep them relatively safe it’s important to make sure we run through a checklist to do our part to ensure outdoors is as fun and safe as we can make it! Expect the best but be prepared for the worst!

  • Harness is on, secure, no breaks, loose threads, gaps, bird is fully comfortable with the harness on
  • Bird is responsive, not distracted by the surroundings, immediately responding to recall with the harness on indoors as well as outdoors (all birds must understand recall before considering heading outdoors in case of an emergency) (recall can easily be taught in a matter of minutes)
  • Eyes on the skies for predatory birds before heading out and during the walk
  • Look for other people, dogs walking, other wild animals that may startle your bird
  • Check for winds, clipped birds or birds new to the outdoors should not go outside in the wind even with a harness on, it’s very easy for wind to catch their wings and they will not have the muscle to fly against it should anything go wrong
  • Bring water and moistened seeds, it is very easy for them to overheat, many birds may not drink water outdoors out of discomfort in the new surroundings by feeding them seeds which retain mucilaginous coatings (chia, flax) you can ensure they’re getting plenty of fluids
  • Stick to the shade where possible
  • Bring something the bird can play with, a string of toys around your neck or just an old shirt for them to chew on.  Many birds will get bored at just walking around and may begin chewing at the harness, best to come prepared!
  • Don’t go farther than your bird is willing to go, move at their comfort level. I know it’s exciting when you first head outdoors but if we want them to enjoy heading out there we need to make the first experience as enjoyable as the last!
  • Watch your bird’s body language, they will likely detect something irregular or threatening long before you do
  • Check for flattened feathers, open beak, heavy breathing and tongue bobbing, if you see these signs get them to a cool area and lightly get their feet wet to help cool them down, these are signs of an overheating bird
  • If you’re putting them on a plant for pictures check for insects, prickles, and ensure your city does not spray pesticides on them! Also a good idea to read up on diseases present in your wild bird population and whether they pose risks to your bird as well.
  • If you can, bring an anchor bird!  An anchor bird is one who gets along with the harnessed bird who may contact call them and act as a motivator to help retrieve a lost bird, the anchor bird should typically be kept in a travel cage.
  • Remember that clipped birds should never go outdoors unrestrained either, they are faced with just as many hazards and risks. Remember, there’s plenty of years to spend with your feathered friend, take it slow and take the time to teach them to wear a harness.  Doesn’t matter how old your bird is, they can all learn to wear one when proper positive reinforcement methods are implemented.  Do not risk your bird’s life just for the sake of speed or laziness!

UV rays are super beneficial to their health, so I do encourage you to get your bird out in the sun, especially if you can’t afford a full spectrum UV light.  If they aren’t harness trained there’s plenty of other safe ways to get them outdoors by bringing them in bird backpacks or travel cages.  Please don’t ever skip out on their safety, if they’re not responding or are acting a little off one day it’s much better to keep them indoors than have that day be the day where something goes wrong. Have fun, but be safe!

This is tricky because I think that many people who are not ready to leave their abusive partner would also not classify what’s happening to them as abuse. But maybe this will help someone.