save the rainforest

Should it matter to us if tigers are made extinct and the last orangutan dies in a zoo? After all, blind forces have repeatedly erased species that were probably more beautiful and worthy.
But we feel it does matter, because humans invented the concept of things ‘mattering’. We feel we ought to be brighter than a mile of incandescent rock and a continent-sized glacier. Humans seem to have created, independently, in many places and at various times a Make-a-Real-Human-Being Kit, which begins with prohibitions about killing and theft and incest and is now groping towards our responsibilities to a natural world in which, despite its ability to hurt us mightily, we nevertheless have a godlike power.*
We advance arguments about saving rainforests because ‘there may be undiscovered cancer cures in there’, but this is because extelligence wants to save rainforests and the cancer-cure argument might convince the bean-counters and the fearful. It might have a real basis in fact, two, but the real reason is that we feel that a world with tigers and orangutans and rainforests and even small unobtrusive snails in it is a more healthy and interesting world for humans (and, of course, the tigers and orangutans and snails) and that a world without them would be dangerous territory. In other words, trusting the instincts that up until now have generally seen us through, we think that Tigers Are Nice (or, at least, Tigers Are Nice In Moderation And At A Safe Distance).

*unfortunately, huge malicious destructive force is a god-like power.

– Tigers Are Nice | Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld

I don’t care what worthwhile topic the post is about–saving the rainforests, preventing suicide, marriage equality–if anyone adds a comment like, if you don’t reblog this you’re scum, or not reblogging is an instant unfollow, I WILL NOT REBLOG THAT POST BECAUSE EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION IS NOT OKAY, FOR ANY REASON, EVER. And if you don’t get that, I probably don’t want you following me anyway.

Dear Mother Nature,

I know you’re busy, but I need just a moment of your time for an urgent matter. Tomorrow, at 4pm, my girlfriend, Hannah, is supposed to board a plane in Minneapolis. She’s flying to Philadelphia where I will be picking her up. She’ll be here for less than 48 hours, but you had better believe we will cherish every minute of our togetherness. You see, we have not seen each other in two months, and if you’ve ever been in love, you’ll know the kind of torment we experience being so far apart. Our visits, which we sneak in wherever our schedules allow (and sometimes where they don’t allow), are not only euphoric, they are vital. Holding her close after two months apart is like finding shelter amidst a raging storm. (I figure you, of all people, will appreciate this analogy.)

But I’m now learning that you’ve orchestrated a snowstorm to take place throughout the midwest tonight and all day tomorrow. Some meteorologists are even claiming it could be a blizzard.

Are you kidding me? Minnesota has received ~maybe~ ten inches of snow all f***ing winter, and now on the ONLY day it needs to be sunny, you’ve arranged for a blizzard. Your timing is just impeccable.

So here’s the deal: this storm can’t happen, or it at least needs to be significantly subdued around the Minneapolis region. I won’t pretend my request is unique; I’m sure you’ve long since grown tired of us self-obsessed humans constantly begging you for sunshine and rainbows at every family picnic, but I’m prepared to make a deal with you.

Rather than doing me a favor, let’s make an exchange. Because of my muscle-wasting disease and general aversion to dirt, I can’t run out and plant a tree or save a rainforest from loggers. However, in order to show just how serious I am about this request, I have attached a photo of my receipt for a donation to The Nature Conservancy, which works to ”conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” I would imagine you hold this charity (and others like it) very dear to your heart.

If you take mercy on me and my girlfriend, and allow her to arrive safely tomorrow evening, I will also make another donation to this environmental charity. That sounds fair, right?

Oh! But wait! How could I forget? If, in fact, you choose to ignore my request, and her flight is canceled by the storm, I will instead make my 2nd donation to “Polluters United.” If that’s not a real organization, I will start it, and I’ll burn coal in my backyard every day the rest of time.

The ball is in your court.

Sincerely,

Shane Burcaw

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baby sloth loves his sloth plushie

reasons why season 3 episode 5 “good form” is iconic and unforgettable:

- the mcfreaking ponytail that changed my life

- david saying “you’d have liked my brother” as his version of a Sick Burn & killian saying “you’d have liked my brother” bc his brother was his hero & idol Jokes On You, David Nolan,

- that one bit where david literally swoons into killians arms

- “you couldnt handle it” “maybe YOU couldn’t handle it” SmoothTM and SuaveTM CombacksTM property of captain killian jones

- davids happy golden retriever face when the poison drains out of his system

- “im not complaining” “ok, im complaining”

- when ur stuck in the amazonian rainforest saving ur abducted kid so instead of a Romantique First KissTM u just gotta go for some hardcore making out in the middle of the jungle instead

- & then leave the not-quite-bae staring into space for like 10 minutes afterwards like a lovestruck Fool while u go get stuff done

- u kno waht? rudolph the red eared pirate tbh

- also t b h smol leftenant jones??? biggest nerd in his majesty’s service??? bless his awkward heart

- when david thinks hes Gonna Die & hugs emma real tight n emmas like ????????????????? dad ur bein Extra & weird & davids just like ‘haha no this is my Normal Dad Reflex what r u talkin abt”

- snow: david r u sure everythings ok 

- david, close 2 Tears but laughing nervously: yah im fine i just LOVE U GUYS SO MUCH!!! not dying at all!!!!! cool!!!! let me hug u one last time. i mean one MORE time, hha, haha,,,

- The Princess Bride ReferenceTM

- davids Dad Smile when hes like “hook saved my life” & everyones like REALLY???? FORREAL??? that part was pure   

- anyways this was a good ep i should watch it again

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These ants are part of a ‘protest’ calling for better protection of the Amazon Rainforest in Cologne Zoo in Germany. Almost 500,000 ants were recruited by the World Wildlife Fund to carry signs saying ‘Help,’ ‘Merkel Help,’ ’Stand Up,’ and ‘Save the Amazon’ around a huge tank. Although the protest is human made it is also a valid statement from the ants themselves. Many ants make their homes in the Amazon and without protection they may find themselves in trouble soon.

anonymous asked:

I think i literally just read your entire Chuuya tag and i was missing this question😂😂 If you did answer it pls tell me hahaah What kind of girl would Chuuya fall for personality wise? Like a girl that acts all tough but then scrambles alone or smth? Thanks so much ♡

Yeahhh booiiiiii I love these kinds of asks. I started writing this when I was getting ready for work so my brain wouldn’t get clogged with thoughts because I’m a spazz like that. As usual this will probably turn into a mini character meta so be warned.

Chuuya is one of few boys in this series I think that needs a specific type of woman—not necessarily one particular type and nothing else, but there are some attributes I believe a woman needs to work well with Chuuya and make something last.

To start with, loyalty is a very big part of Chuuya’s character as well as something he holds very high in his list of priorities when it comes to people in his life. Chuuya is loyal almost to a fault, and it’s displayed very well with the way he treats Dazai when they’re face to face in the manga and anime.

To side note—their relationship to me comes off as sibling rivalry. Dazai was the older perfect brother who didn’t have to work for shit and didn’t care much about it either while Chuuya busted his ass only to always come in second place. However, Dazai was Chuuya’s boss and Chuuya even bows slightly in the anime when they meet for the first time even though he’s quick to kick his ass afterwards. Dazai’s exit and the effect of their bond is like..Chuuya and his Mafia Fam™ are like white collar lawyers who’ve made their family money for generations off of lumber and destroying the rainforest and Dazai is the rebel who dipped out on the bar exam and decided to build a house in a tree to save the rainforest. Chuuya hates that he betrayed the family but he’s his dumbass brother, his elder, and deserves his respect and trust. That, and the fact that Dazai is the only thing that can save Chuuya’s life if he ever needs to use corruption is why I think Chuuya still trusts him and goes a long with his plan—like when he originally wanted to kill Q but Dazai was like nah and Chuuya basically called him a weak bitch but went along with it anyways.

OFF TOPIC ANYWHO

To conclude, Chuuya would need somebody who is loyal to their own beliefs but respects the hierarchy if they happen to be in the mafia as well.

Chuuya would need a woman who is mentally strong and is able to be subjective if necessary, like he is. While Chuuya is very hot-headed and can be quick to anger but he is a good leader and is able to approach situations with a subjective mindset and not let his emotions cloud his judgement. He would need a woman who can do the same thing, even if they have all their emotions afterwards and are a sobbing mess, they need to do what they have to and feel things later.

Chuuya would be attracted to someone with ambition over strength. A girl who gets her ass kicked or fucks up on a skill, but gets back up and tries again until they’ve got it right. He doesn’t expect perfection, or even someone who can fight but if they want to learn he’ll teach them the right way. 

Chuuya needs a woman who can bring him out of his stress and back into a “normal” pace of life as well. The balance is important and while Chuuya is great at his job it’s still not a ‘normal’ area of work, and he would need a woman who can still do fun things with him like date nights, snuggling on the couch, going for a drive, and things like that without bringing his work into it. The separation is a big factor for keeping Chuuya happy. That would be the initial draw for him, someone who is bubbly but relaxed and can handle herself, but isn’t just one of those ‘fuck you I’m tough’ kind of woman either. He needs a mix of both, a softness he can snuggle and cherish with a sweet smile but can leave her on her own and know she’ll handle herself just fine.

Chuuya would want someone with a sensual side because he’s a romantic and is very affectionate outside of work. A woman who doesn’t mind being spoiled despite her own accomplishments, and a woman who can spoil him right back.

In conclusion I feel like Chuuya would fall for someone that has a good head on their shoulders and can deal with his short temper sometimes, forgive him and talk about the issues and no hold grudges when Chuuya apologizes. A woman who can pull him out of his own head and help him laugh, but can support him when he needs it and let him be the man in the relationship. A caring and affectionate girl when the time is right and someone who can handle how tough his job is and how time consuming it can be. A woman he can trust and will trust him with their heart entirely, and someone who gets shit done regardless of whether they want to or not.


enigma

Summary: In which Nico and Will are students at an elite boarding school, and Nico has always been a little too interested, a little too invested (a little too in love).

For two lovely anons. I’m incapable of finishing these prompts in a timely manner, please forgive me.

freshman year 

Nico doesn’t understand Will Solace.

There’s a certain undeniable sameness about every single Olympus Academy student. Trust fund babies, all of them, with behavioral issues and bad attitudes. Nico’s the same. Of course he is. He’s always been good at blending in with his surroundings. He’s always been good at not being seen.

Will Solace, on the other hand, is impossible to miss.

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we-up621they-down  asked:

Hello there can i request a charming bad boy/girl putting moves on the flustered goody goody please and p.s i love ur blog so much!!!

thank you for loving our blog!!! here you go :^))

  • I tried to flirt with you but you’re just standing there and ignoring me but it turns out you were paralyzed with embarrassment and I don’t know whether I should be offended or not
  • you may be the tight ass, smart ass, nice ass (in both ways) goody two shoes but you’ve caught my eyes and I’m going to get a date from you no matter what but you don’t think I’m being genuine
  • “I will only, and only, even consider you if you agree to help me with school chores, do you homework, participate in extra curricular activities and-” “what else, do want me to wipe your ass too and save the rainforest too!?”
  • when you agreed to go on a date with me I honest to god thought you were finally going to give me a chance but it turns out you thought I meant study date and uuuuugh
  • you’re ruining my perfect role model image just by being in the same five meter radius please take your hormones somewhere else I think the teacher I’m trying to suck up to is giving the evil eye 
  • “I can’t believe you got me my first detention ever” “hey, at least we get to spend more time together now”
  • for some reason you keep on flirting with me and I’m uncertain if you’re actually interested with me or if you just like my reactions which are not cute 

- jo