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Smithsonian: Mira Jacob @mirajacob Two things I didn't know until I was yesterday years old: 1) Memorial Day was started by African Americans honoring fallen Union solders 2) The Statue of Liberty was gifted to America to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants. Erasure is real, you all. But that part we knew. 7:28 AM May 27, 2019 Twitter for iPhone 37.2K Likes 12.2K Retweets valquainton: ms-demeanor: ms-demeanor: the-barista-who-became-a-rabbit: meganphntmgrl: panic-boy-21: blckrapunzel: laughingacademy: interficio-vos: thatpettyblackgirl: The White Wash is real. One of the Earliest Memorial Day Ceremonies Was Held by Freed Slaves The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants, its new museum recounts Just wait until you google what the original Statue of Liberty(that got refused by America)looked like For those of you who don’t want to look it up yourselves: Lady Liberty is a black woman. Guys, this has been thoroughly debunked since 2000, and it does the statue on the left there a huge disservice to treat her as an unwanted copy. That’s Lady Liberty of St. Maarten, an homage from 2007 (post-dating the debunking, even) that was dedicated to the anniversary of the ending of slavery there: The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, with bonus American iconography: HOWEVER: Lady Liberty in New York is not based on a white woman, either.  She’s a Muslim Arab woman, at least in terms of the modeling of her face. Her face was reused from an abandoned project to build a colossal statue of a modern Egyptian Arab peasant woman near the Suez Canal (as verified by the Smithsonian, no less). While she wasn’t originally dedicated specifically for immigrants, the poem “The New Colossus” was added specifically because of the position she occupied in the harbor and the symbolic visual power she would have to immigrants coming in. The author, Emma Lazarus, was Jewish. It’s important to fight back on the whitewashing of history, because it happens left and right, but it shouldn’t happen at the cost of misinformation that treats Lady Liberty of St. Maarten as an unwanted prototype rather than a powerful monument in her own right and, ironically, claims that she’s now a white woman when she’s not while also ignoring the powerful influence of the Jewish-American community on the final version. Geez, I’m really tired of people trying to spout false shit all over tumblr. Like, this post has 37K notes, But I assure you, that like many other false posts, ¾ of the notes are from people who saw the false bit and prefered to reblog it that way and be mad, instead of just making a simple google search Hi Darling Friends of Tumblr. I’ve been taking too long to do data entry and I’m not good at actually doing analysis so it’s time to start naming and shaming. @thatpettyblackgirl is a blog that I’ve been observing for a while that has a really interesting pattern of behavior. Namely, posting a bunch of shit like this. Remember that tweet about Olive Garden supporting Donald Trump that was debunked? Well when it circulated on tumblr two weeks ago it was because of @thatpettyblackgirl You know the misreported post about the school lunch program that refused donations from a local businessman? That was a different blogger but thatpettyblackgirl has circulated another version of it. That other blogger has a posting history that’s full of the same kinds of things thatpettyblackgirl posts - lots of reposts from twitter, lots of screenshots from other sites, not a lot of commentary, and things that are decontextualized enough to make them seem worse than they are or to totally misrepresent the actions depicted (like this reposted video and tweets indignant about a man being arrested when the very specific purpose of his protest was to get arrested). It reminds me of that post about coconut husks as a wood alternative that’s been circulating recently - a screenshot of a white man above a news article is posted with the complaint that white people “discovering” coconuts after disregarding them as useless when the article is about a new method of processing coconut husks that allows them to be put to new uses. That blog is fascinating. And has a lot in common with thatpettyblackgirl - both of them reblog their own posts at a rate that’s higher than I’ve seen on most tumblrs (btw, you should know that a while back I asked for volunteers who would let me explore their tumblrs and while my research sample isn’t random it is a collection of small and large blogs and none of them have *checks notes* reblogged their own post of a bunch of screencaps of a tweet storm five times in the last couple of days). Both of them tend to post screencaps, neither one really writes much. They reblog a lot of memes, and both have some pretty big textposts that are just straight rip-offs of tweets (”bi folks have you eaten today? answer quick and iced coffee doesn’t count” is one of thatpettyblackgirl’s recent popular textposts and it’s ripped off from twitter.) They also reblog eachother a fair amount - along with @whyyoustabbedme and @endangered-justice-seeker, who ALSO have really weird posting patterns. Also all four of those blogs are part of a group of nine blogs that were created in a three-week period of 2017 that I’ve been watching that don’t seem to follow a pattern of normal tumblr behavior and that also post an awful lot of incorrect viral posts and are staggeringly popular (for clarity: blackqueerblog is not one of the nine created in that time period). ANYWAY this is all reminding me very strongly of bellygangstaboo and lagonegirl. I know I probably sound like this image: But there are excellent, thoughtful bloggers who discuss police brutality, racism in the US, class warefare, and institutional bias who aren’t ALSO unflaggingly committed to having their own dedicated Snopes pages. @odinsblog, Franchesca Ramsey, @antifainternational, and @mostlysignssomeportents might be a good place to start. My dudes, I don’t want to be depressing so I’ll let Vanity Fair do it for me: That Russian operatives could so effectively engage Americans with tactics as simple as Facebook ads, fake-news postings, and Twitter trolls, shows how dangerous misinformation is in the social-media age, when propaganda can be so easily amplified. More important, it highlights how primed Americans already were for manipulation. When the ICE raids started up again a few months ago thatpettyblackgirl was posting about how shameful it was that there was nothing that could be done. A lot of these blogs are writing about how it’s impossible for black people to succeed in America, they’re writing about how voting is always rigged and you can’t fight the system. And you know what that goes against every fucking principle of my cold little anarchist heart. These blogs are full of despair - they look like they’re full of cute memes and fresh news but they’re a poisoned pill telling you not to bother because you can’t fight the system. They’re not offering help, they’re training you not to bother fighting for your rights (there was a popular post about how the Hong Kong protesters are light years ahead of US protesters - that post didn’t talk about mutual aid or sharing tactics, it just said “people in the US would never” and left it at that, like we can’t learn from each other and share information across borders) Fucking. Anyway. I’ve been fairly quiet about this because I’ve been trying to be all good and data sciencey about it but I’ve seen this post on my dash fifty times this week. Keep your eye out for @thatpettyblackgirl  @uncommonbish @whyyoustabbedme and @blackqueerblog - all of them have large followings and are known to post tweets and news articles out of context and if you’re considering reblogging information from one of their blogs please make a point to fact-check the post yourself. Not everything they post is wrong. I don’t know if these are real bloggers who don’t care about the potential negative impact of their tweet thievery or if they’re weird psyops blogs that are intended to make you feel hopeless about your place in the political process. Whatever they are it doesn’t matter when they continually post misinformation and don’t seem to care about stopping so please be cautious. Anyway, I’m cataloguing these sorts of posts at @psyops-redux so if you want to keep an eye out for stuff that’s debunked I’ll tag by originating blogger over there. Stay safe, buds. Dammit, I got all fired up and I forgot to add: THERE’S A GAME THAT HELPS YOU RECOGNIZE WHEN PEOPLE ARE POSTING MISINFORMATION AND MAKES YOU LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS KIND OF PROPAGANDA AND YOU SHOULD ALL GO PLAY IT. Ah. The number reposts from their own blogs had puzzled me in the past. I assumed it was something to do with the way Tumblr runs that I wasn’t tech-savvy enough to understand. But this makes a lot of sense. Unless someone tells me otherwise, I’m gonna go ahead and unfollow the blogs listed. Any recommendations for actual historical/current affairs poc blogs to follow instead?
Smithsonian: Mira Jacob
 @mirajacob
 Two things I didn't know until I was
 yesterday years old:
 1) Memorial Day was started by
 African Americans honoring fallen
 Union solders
 2) The Statue of Liberty was gifted to
 America to celebrate freed slaves, not
 immigrants.
 Erasure is real, you all. But that part
 we knew.
 7:28 AM May 27, 2019 Twitter for iPhone
 37.2K Likes
 12.2K Retweets
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The White Wash is real.



One of the Earliest Memorial Day Ceremonies Was Held by Freed Slaves
The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants, its new museum recounts



Just wait until you google what the original Statue of Liberty(that got refused by America)looked like


For those of you who don’t want to look it up yourselves:
Lady Liberty is a black woman.

Guys, this has been thoroughly debunked since 2000, and it does the statue on the left there a huge disservice to treat her as an unwanted copy. That’s Lady Liberty of St. Maarten, an homage from 2007 (post-dating the debunking, even) that was dedicated to the anniversary of the ending of slavery there:
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, with bonus American iconography:
HOWEVER: Lady Liberty in New York is not based on a white woman, either. 
She’s a Muslim Arab woman, at least in terms of the modeling of her face. Her face was reused from an abandoned project to build a colossal statue of a modern Egyptian Arab peasant woman near the Suez Canal (as verified by the Smithsonian, no less).
While she wasn’t originally dedicated specifically for immigrants, the poem “The New Colossus” was added specifically because of the position she occupied in the harbor and the symbolic visual power she would have to immigrants coming in. The author, Emma Lazarus, was Jewish.
It’s important to fight back on the whitewashing of history, because it happens left and right, but it shouldn’t happen at the cost of misinformation that treats Lady Liberty of St. Maarten as an unwanted prototype rather than a powerful monument in her own right and, ironically, claims that she’s now a white woman when she’s not while also ignoring the powerful influence of the Jewish-American community on the final version.

Geez, I’m really tired of people trying to spout false shit all over tumblr. Like, this post has 37K notes, But I assure you, that like many other false posts, ¾ of the notes are from people who saw the false bit and prefered to reblog it that way and be mad, instead of just making a simple google search

Hi Darling Friends of Tumblr.
I’ve been taking too long to do data entry and I’m not good at actually doing analysis so it’s time to start naming and shaming.
@thatpettyblackgirl is a blog that I’ve been observing for a while that has a really interesting pattern of behavior. 
Namely, posting a bunch of shit like this. 
Remember that tweet about Olive Garden supporting Donald Trump that was debunked? Well when it circulated on tumblr two weeks ago it was because of @thatpettyblackgirl
You know the misreported post about the school lunch program that refused donations from a local businessman? That was a different blogger but thatpettyblackgirl has circulated another version of it. 
That other blogger has a posting history that’s full of the same kinds of things thatpettyblackgirl posts - lots of reposts from twitter, lots of screenshots from other sites, not a lot of commentary, and things that are decontextualized enough to make them seem worse than they are or to totally misrepresent the actions depicted (like this reposted video and tweets indignant about a man being arrested when the very specific purpose of his protest was to get arrested).
It reminds me of that post about coconut husks as a wood alternative that’s been circulating recently - a screenshot of a white man above a news article is posted with the complaint that white people “discovering” coconuts after disregarding them as useless when the article is about a new method of processing coconut husks that allows them to be put to new uses. 
That blog is fascinating. And has a lot in common with thatpettyblackgirl - both of them reblog their own posts at a rate that’s higher than I’ve seen on most tumblrs (btw, you should know that a while back I asked for volunteers who would let me explore their tumblrs and while my research sample isn’t random it is a collection of small and large blogs and none of them have *checks notes* reblogged their own post of a bunch of screencaps of a tweet storm five times in the last couple of days). Both of them tend to post screencaps, neither one really writes much. They reblog a lot of memes, and both have some pretty big textposts that are just straight rip-offs of tweets (”bi folks have you eaten today? answer quick and iced coffee doesn’t count” is one of thatpettyblackgirl’s recent popular textposts and it’s ripped off from twitter.) They also reblog eachother a fair amount - along with @whyyoustabbedme and @endangered-justice-seeker, who ALSO have really weird posting patterns.
Also all four of those blogs are part of a group of nine blogs that were created in a three-week period of 2017 that I’ve been watching that don’t seem to follow a pattern of normal tumblr behavior and that also post an awful lot of incorrect viral posts and are staggeringly popular (for clarity: blackqueerblog is not one of the nine created in that time period). 

ANYWAY this is all reminding me very strongly of bellygangstaboo and lagonegirl. 
I know I probably sound like this image:
But there are excellent, thoughtful bloggers who discuss police brutality, racism in the US, class warefare, and institutional bias who aren’t ALSO unflaggingly committed to having their own dedicated Snopes pages. @odinsblog, Franchesca Ramsey, @antifainternational, and @mostlysignssomeportents might be a good place to start. 
My dudes, I don’t want to be depressing so I’ll let Vanity Fair do it for me:

That Russian operatives could so effectively engage Americans with 
tactics as simple as Facebook ads, fake-news postings, and Twitter 
trolls, shows how dangerous misinformation is in the social-media age, 
when propaganda can be so easily amplified. More important, it 
highlights how primed Americans already were for manipulation. 
When the ICE raids started up again a few months ago thatpettyblackgirl was posting about how shameful it was that there was nothing that could be done. A lot of these blogs are writing about how it’s impossible for black people to succeed in America, they’re writing about how voting is always rigged and you can’t fight the system.
And you know what that goes against every fucking principle of my cold little anarchist heart. These blogs are full of despair - they look like they’re full of cute memes and fresh news but they’re a poisoned pill telling you not to bother because you can’t fight the system. They’re not offering help, they’re training you not to bother fighting for your rights (there was a popular post about how the Hong Kong protesters are light years ahead of US protesters - that post didn’t talk about mutual aid or sharing tactics, it just said “people in the US would never” and left it at that, like we can’t learn from each other and share information across borders)
Fucking. Anyway. I’ve been fairly quiet about this because I’ve been trying to be all good and data sciencey about it but I’ve seen this post on my dash fifty times this week. 
Keep your eye out for @thatpettyblackgirl  @uncommonbish @whyyoustabbedme and @blackqueerblog - all of them have large followings and are known to post tweets and news articles out of context and if you’re considering reblogging information from one of their blogs please make a point to fact-check the post yourself. 
Not everything they post is wrong. I don’t know if these are real bloggers who don’t care about the potential negative impact of their tweet thievery or if they’re weird psyops blogs that are intended to make you feel hopeless about your place in the political process. Whatever they are it doesn’t matter when they continually post misinformation and don’t seem to care about stopping so please be cautious.
Anyway, I’m cataloguing these sorts of posts at @psyops-redux so if you want to keep an eye out for stuff that’s debunked I’ll tag by originating blogger over there.
Stay safe, buds. 

Dammit, I got all fired up and I forgot to add:

THERE’S A GAME THAT HELPS YOU RECOGNIZE WHEN PEOPLE ARE POSTING MISINFORMATION AND MAKES YOU LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS KIND OF PROPAGANDA AND YOU SHOULD ALL GO PLAY IT.


Ah.  The number reposts from their own blogs had puzzled me in the past.  I assumed it was something to do with the way Tumblr runs that I wasn’t tech-savvy enough to understand.  But this makes a lot of sense.  Unless someone tells me otherwise, I’m gonna go ahead and unfollow the blogs listed.  Any recommendations for actual historical/current affairs poc blogs to follow instead?

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Smithsonian: potofsoup: rainnecassidy: cynics-and-romantics: chris-evans-and-his-pizza: shanology: verysharpteeth: I have to comment on the fact that when it comes to the serum, Bucky is souped UP on that stuff. Steve probably tones back how much he’s hitting normal humans, but GOOD LANDS. Bucky’s not just knocking someone down, he’s getting them air borne. With a kick. We know the cyborg arm is really strong, but BUCKY is insanely strong. Reminds me of the comic where he throws an arrow through someone’s face with his good arm, not even the cyborg one. Bucky is scary ramped up in the strength department. This is why when people talk about Bucky having received an “inferior” version of the serum, I kind of raise my eyebrows. The overall effects of Zola’s serum might have differed from Erskine’s, but it certainly doesn’t seem to have left Bucky physically weaker. There are a lot of fics that assume Bucky would not be a match for Steve if Steve were actually willing to fight him, but Bucky more than proves his strength in Winter Soldier. This should also make people realize that he isn’t some lost puppy. He can take care of hisself, even if he doesn’t have memories. He got the Smithsonian by himself right? He got those clothes himself right? He can take care of himself. He was manipulated to be a predator. He is strong enough, swift enough to take down prey. He is intuitive enough to find who or what he wants. Even before The Soldier, Bucky was smart as a whip and could hold his own in a fight. But now? Now he is the perfect weapon, whether or not he wishes to be. He adapts, he fights, he wins. You know what else bugs me? When people act in fics like he’s just going to snap and kill everyone around him.  Bucky is not a violent person.  I don’t think the Winter Soldier is a violent person either.  He killed because he was ordered to, but if he wasn’t ordered to?  TBH I think the Winter Soldier would probably be pretty chill and quiet.  Like, you wouldn’t want to startle him or whatever, because yeah, scary ninja personification of death, but if you were just, like, sharing a train car?  Or sitting in a waiting room?  Not a randomly violent guy.  No homicidal urges.  Probably largely just wants to be left the fuck alone to, like, contemplate Dostoevsky or something. I recently re-watched Cap2, and this scene — it’s basically Bucky’s equivalent of what Steve did on the Lemurian Star — he takes out a whole squadron (???) of pilots single-handedly.  And it’s … stunning how brutallly effective he is.  No fancy Cap parkour.  Just straight up killing machine. Which I think gets at the above meta/commentary — WS is not just a soldier, he’s a highy trained Super Soldier.  He can go toe-to-toe with Steve on basically everything — hand-to-hand combat, leading a team (he leads a team when he’s tracking Nat/Steve), and taking down a large # of machines/men single-handedly. The difference, then, is the drive.  Which is that WS has none.  He is a ghost that simply follows orders (and when he doesn’t, he gets wiped.)  Bucky has no direction, so he goes where he’s pointed.  One thing I find so interesting about mcu!WS is how neutral he is.  There’s no Soviet brainwashing (we see Pierce giving him The Talk, but he doesn’t seem to actually care), no misguided sense of right or wrong.  Just … nothing. Of course, Steve was like that, too, at the beginning of the film — just following orders and muddling through life.  But Steve knew enough to be dissatisfied by that, to Want Out.  Which is why he’s Steve. And this is one of the larger themes of CA:TWS — it’s about a bunch of highly skilled people who no longer find satisfaction in following orders, and want to find meaning outside of their jobs.  Sam did it, Nat and Steve are looking, and Bucky is just starting.
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shanology:

verysharpteeth:

I have to comment on the fact that when it comes to the serum, Bucky is souped UP on that stuff. Steve probably tones back how much he’s hitting normal humans, but GOOD LANDS. Bucky’s not just knocking someone down, he’s getting them air borne. With a kick. We know the cyborg arm is really strong, but BUCKY is insanely strong. Reminds me of the comic where he throws an arrow through someone’s face with his good arm, not even the cyborg one. Bucky is scary ramped up in the strength department.

This is why when people talk about Bucky having received an “inferior” version of the serum, I kind of raise my eyebrows. The overall effects of Zola’s serum might have differed from Erskine’s, but it certainly doesn’t seem to have left Bucky physically weaker. There are a lot of fics that assume Bucky would not be a match for Steve if Steve were actually willing to fight him, but Bucky more than proves his strength in Winter Soldier.

This should also make people realize that he isn’t some lost puppy. He can take care of hisself, even if he doesn’t have memories. He got the Smithsonian by himself right? He got those clothes himself right? He can take care of himself.

He was manipulated to be a predator. He is strong enough, swift enough to take down prey. He is intuitive enough to find who or what he wants. Even before The Soldier, Bucky was smart as a whip and could hold his own in a fight. But now? Now he is the perfect weapon, whether or not he wishes to be. He adapts, he fights, he wins.

You know what else bugs me? When people act in fics like he’s just going to snap and kill everyone around him.  Bucky is not a violent person.  I don’t think the Winter Soldier is a violent person either.  He killed because he was ordered to, but if he wasn’t ordered to?  TBH I think the Winter Soldier would probably be pretty chill and quiet.  Like, you wouldn’t want to startle him or whatever, because yeah, scary ninja personification of death, but if you were just, like, sharing a train car?  Or sitting in a waiting room?  Not a randomly violent guy.  No homicidal urges.  Probably largely just wants to be left the fuck alone to, like, contemplate Dostoevsky or something.

I recently re-watched Cap2, and this scene — it’s basically Bucky’s equivalent of what Steve did on the Lemurian Star — he takes out a whole squadron (???) of pilots single-handedly.  And it’s … stunning how brutallly effective he is.  No fancy Cap parkour.  Just straight up killing machine.
Which I think gets at the above meta/commentary — WS is not just a soldier, he’s a highy trained Super Soldier.  He can go toe-to-toe with Steve on basically everything — hand-to-hand combat, leading a team (he leads a team when he’s tracking Nat/Steve), and taking down a large # of machines/men single-handedly.
The difference, then, is the drive.  Which is that WS has none.  He is a ghost that simply follows orders (and when he doesn’t, he gets wiped.)  Bucky has no direction, so he goes where he’s pointed.  One thing I find so interesting about mcu!WS is how neutral he is.  There’s no Soviet brainwashing (we see Pierce giving him The Talk, but he doesn’t seem to actually care), no misguided sense of right or wrong.  Just … nothing.
Of course, Steve was like that, too, at the beginning of the film — just following orders and muddling through life.  But Steve knew enough to be dissatisfied by that, to Want Out.  Which is why he’s Steve.
And this is one of the larger themes of CA:TWS — it’s about a bunch of highly skilled people who no longer find satisfaction in following orders, and want to find meaning outside of their jobs.  Sam did it, Nat and Steve are looking, and Bucky is just starting.

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Smithsonian: This historic video from 2014 SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY PRESERVED IN THE FUCKING SMITHSONIAN
Smithsonian: This historic video from 2014 SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY PRESERVED IN THE FUCKING SMITHSONIAN

This historic video from 2014 SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY PRESERVED IN THE FUCKING SMITHSONIAN

Smithsonian: . Outdoor cats face danger from cars, disease, predators and cruel humans Domestic cats DO NOT belong outdoors as they're not a natural part of our ecosystem. They're a genetically modified species & a non-native, invasive predator Cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds 20.7 billion mammals, 800 million lizards and 300 million frogs every year. . Domestic pets like dogs & ferrets & even exotic pets like snakes & lizards do not roam free & hunt outside. Why should cats? A 2011 study indicates that cats have caused the extinction of 33 species of birds, mammals and reptiles kaijutegu: fantasticbeastsandhowtokeepthem: wildlife-rehabilitator: hotcommunist: withgoldenfire: hotcommunist: findchaos: wildlife-rehabilitator: Some of you may have seen my reply to a post and the ask I received about outdoor cats, so here is a little infographic about outdoor cats. Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cast outside. No exceptions. Nope, I don’t care if Muffles is super-special and adventurous. Nope, still don’t care that it’s different where you live. Please refer to the original bullet points.  (*gets ready to hit ‘Block’ on a thousand angry cat owners*) this is a mess have you gobshites genuinely never fucking heard of farm cats jesus wept, if i never see another fucking townie animal rights activist it’ll be too fucking soon. the current political system we live under doesn’t give a fuck about nature. wildlife charities have had a huge downward swoop in donations due to the recession caused by the powers that be, fracking is being done on national parks and nature reserves, roads are hastily built through wildlife rich areas and adequate warning signage is not provided… but no, it’s us ordinary people and our pesky outdoor cats that are the cause of…extinct….species…? really? is this the hill u want to die on OP??? get back 2 me I’m not refuting that humans kill far more animals than cats do, but over a billion animals are killed annually in the US by outdoor cats. That’s also a huge problem. I’m also aware that wildlife rescue organizations are losing donations - I’m the vice president and co-founder of a 501©(3) non-profit organization and not only do we scrape by on small donations while dozens of animals come in a month, many of which are injured by cats. We just had to euthanize a yearling squirrel because it was mauled by a cat and had full hind-end paralysis from the attack. Believe me, I understand. “An estimated 60 to 88 million cats are owned in the US and an estimated 60 million more are feral… While loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction, cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide. Cats kill an estimated 480 million birds per year (assuming eight birds killed per feral cat per year.)” That is a grossly conservative number, and only accounts for feral cats, not outdoor pets. And that’s just birds. Plus the other wildlife that are killed by cats annually. Here’s another resource, a smaller scale research program called Kitty Cams: “Hunting cats captured an average of 2 items during seven days of roaming. Carolina anoles (small lizards) were the most common prey species followed by Woodland Voles (small mammals). Only one of the vertebrates captured was a non-native species (a House Mouse).” From the same group: “44% of cats were witnessed stalking or chasing prey; 30% captured wildlife.” An article from Mental Floss, sources listed at the bottom of the article:  “84 million House cats in the United States 4 to 18 Birds killed by a typical house cat every year 8 to 21 Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year 30 million to 80 million Free-roaming, feral cats estimated to be living in the United States. They either survive alone or live in colonies. In Washington, D.C., for example, there are estimated to be some 300 outdoor cat colonies. 23 to 46 Birds killed by each feral cat every year 129 to 338 Small mammals killed by each feral cat every year 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion Total birds killed by America’s cats every year 15 Percentage of all bird deaths estimated to come at the hands — er, paws — of cats 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion Total small mammals killed by cats every year” From a report on ABC News: “Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” From the American Bird Conservancy: “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds.” (Also you’re putting your cat in unnecessary danger from tons of different threats by letting them outside unsupervised. So even if you don’t wanna give a shit about wildlife, maybe try giving a shit about your cat’s health life.) (Also farm cats are often not treated well, not provided with proper veterinary care, and there are other options for rodent control that doesn’t put other wildlife in as much danger) also consider: this is 100% something that you, as an individual, can do to mitigate some of the natural disaster that is the anthropocene. We’re on track to lose something like 80% of global biodiversity by the end of the century, and there’s almost nothing that your average citizen can do about it. But keeping your cats inside to help preserve local biodiversity and mitigating the damage that ferals do is actually something that you can do. 
Smithsonian: . Outdoor cats face danger
 from cars, disease, predators
 and cruel humans
 Domestic cats DO NOT
 belong outdoors as they're
 not a natural part of our
 ecosystem. They're a
 genetically modified species
 & a non-native, invasive
 predator
 Cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds
 20.7 billion mammals,
 800 million lizards and 300
 million frogs every year.
 . Domestic pets like dogs
 & ferrets & even exotic pets
 like snakes & lizards do not
 roam free & hunt outside.
 Why should cats?
 A 2011 study indicates
 that cats have caused the
 extinction of 33 species of
 birds, mammals and reptiles
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wildlife-rehabilitator:

Some of you may have seen my reply to a post and the ask I received about outdoor cats, so here is a little infographic about outdoor cats.

Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cast outside.
No exceptions. Nope, I don’t care if Muffles is super-special and adventurous. Nope, still don’t care that it’s different where you live. Please refer to the original bullet points. 
(*gets ready to hit ‘Block’ on a thousand angry cat owners*)

this is a mess

have you gobshites genuinely never fucking heard of farm cats jesus wept, if i never see another fucking townie animal rights activist it’ll be too fucking soon.

the current political system we live under doesn’t give a fuck about nature. wildlife charities have had a huge downward swoop in donations due to the recession caused by the powers that be, fracking is being done on national parks and nature reserves, roads are hastily built through wildlife rich areas and adequate warning signage is not provided…
but no, it’s us ordinary people and our pesky outdoor cats that are the cause of…extinct….species…? really? is this the hill u want to die on OP??? get back 2 me


I’m not refuting that humans kill far more animals than cats do, but over a billion animals are killed annually in the US by outdoor cats. That’s also a huge problem. I’m also aware that wildlife rescue organizations are losing donations - I’m the vice president and co-founder of a 501©(3) non-profit organization and not only do we scrape by on small donations while dozens of animals come in a month, many of which are injured by cats. We just had to euthanize a yearling squirrel because it was mauled by a cat and had full hind-end paralysis from the attack. Believe me, I understand.
“An estimated 60 to 88 million cats are owned in the US and an estimated 60 million more are feral… While loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction, cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide. Cats kill an estimated 480 million birds per year (assuming eight birds killed per feral cat per year.)” That is a grossly conservative number, and only accounts for feral cats, not outdoor pets. And that’s just birds. Plus the other wildlife that are killed by cats annually.
Here’s another resource, a smaller scale research program called Kitty Cams: “Hunting cats captured an average of 2 items during seven days of roaming. Carolina anoles (small lizards) were the most common prey species followed by Woodland Voles (small mammals). Only one of the vertebrates captured was a non-native species (a House Mouse).” From the same group: “44% of cats were
witnessed stalking or
chasing prey; 30% captured
wildlife.”


An article from Mental Floss, sources listed at the bottom of the article: 


“84 million House cats in the United States
4 to 18 Birds killed by a typical house cat every year
8 to 21 Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year
30 million to 80 million Free-roaming, feral cats estimated to be living in the United States. They either survive alone or live in colonies. In Washington, D.C., for example, there are estimated to be some 300 outdoor cat colonies.
23 to 46 Birds killed by each feral cat every year
129 to 338 Small mammals killed by each feral cat every year
1.4 billion to 3.7 billion Total birds killed by America’s cats every year
15 Percentage of all bird deaths estimated to come at the hands — er, paws — of cats
6.9 billion to 20.7 billion Total small mammals killed by cats every year”
From a report on ABC News: “Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”


From the American Bird Conservancy: “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds.” 



(Also you’re putting your cat in unnecessary danger from tons of different threats by letting them outside unsupervised. So even if you don’t wanna give a shit about wildlife, maybe try giving a shit about your cat’s health  life.)
(Also farm cats are often not treated well, not provided with proper veterinary care, and there are other options for rodent control that doesn’t put other wildlife in as much danger)

also consider: this is 100% something that you, as an individual, can do to mitigate some of the natural disaster that is the anthropocene. We’re on track to lose something like 80% of global biodiversity by the end of the century, and there’s almost nothing that your average citizen can do about it. But keeping your cats inside to help preserve local biodiversity and mitigating the damage that ferals do is actually something that you can do. 

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Smithsonian: Every year on my birthday I go to the Smithsonian and punch the same statue. Today marks half a decade!
Smithsonian: Every year on my birthday I go to the Smithsonian and punch the same statue. Today marks half a decade!

Every year on my birthday I go to the Smithsonian and punch the same statue. Today marks half a decade!

Smithsonian: anotherafrica: Tuareg gentleman near Timbuktu, Mali circa 1959.  Image courtesy of Eliot Elisofon and The Smithsonian.
Smithsonian: anotherafrica:

Tuareg gentleman near Timbuktu, Mali circa 1959. 
Image courtesy of Eliot Elisofon and The Smithsonian.

anotherafrica: Tuareg gentleman near Timbuktu, Mali circa 1959.  Image courtesy of Eliot Elisofon and The Smithsonian.

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Smithsonian: (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images 2017 On Friday morning, First Lady Melania Trump will donate her inaugural ball gown to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
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Smithsonian: Miti Da Sfatare I cadaveri sul monte Everest vengono usati come punti di riferimento dagli scalatori Fonte: Rivistastudio.it Nessuno sa con precisione quante persone siano morte tentando di scalare l’Everest, però si stima che attualmente sulla montagna più alta del mondo ci siano almeno duecento corpi senza vita. I resti di coloro che muoiono nel tentativo di raggiungere la vetta, infatti, raramente sono rimossi e seppelliti, a causa dell’altezza e delle estreme condizioni atmosferiche, perché andarli a prendere implicherebbe costi altissimi e metterebbe a rischio altre vite umane. Il risultato è che l’Everest è pieno di cadaveri, alcuni dei quali ben conservati, sempre a causa delle basse temperature. Ne ha scritto, recentemente, la science writer Rachel Nuwer sul sito dello Smithsonian, notando che, per strano che possa sembrare, in alcuni casi questi resti umani sono divenuti punti di riferimento per gli altri escursionisti. Nuwer si sofferma sul caso famoso di “Green Boots”, morto assiderato negli anni Novanta, i cui resti sono stati per circa due decenni una sorta di pietra miliare per gli altri scalatori. Green Boots (il soprannome deriva dal fatto che indossava degli scarponi verdi) probabilmente era l’indiano Tsewang Paljor, scomparso sull’Everest durante una tempesta del 1996: trovò rifugio in una caverna, ma non riuscì a salvarsi. Visto che la grotta si trova in un punto di passaggio relativamente frequentato dagli escursionisti, il suo corpo è stato visto (e fotografato) da molte persone, fino al 2014, quando è stato rimosso. Gli altri scalatori hanno soprannominato il luogo “la caverna di Green Boots”.
Smithsonian: Miti Da Sfatare
 I cadaveri sul monte Everest
 vengono usati come punti di
 riferimento dagli scalatori
 Fonte: Rivistastudio.it
Nessuno sa con precisione quante persone siano morte tentando di scalare l’Everest, però si stima che attualmente sulla montagna più alta del mondo ci siano almeno duecento corpi senza vita. I resti di coloro che muoiono nel tentativo di raggiungere la vetta, infatti, raramente sono rimossi e seppelliti, a causa dell’altezza e delle estreme condizioni atmosferiche, perché andarli a prendere implicherebbe costi altissimi e metterebbe a rischio altre vite umane. Il risultato è che l’Everest è pieno di cadaveri, alcuni dei quali ben conservati, sempre a causa delle basse temperature. Ne ha scritto, recentemente, la science writer Rachel Nuwer sul sito dello Smithsonian, notando che, per strano che possa sembrare, in alcuni casi questi resti umani sono divenuti punti di riferimento per gli altri escursionisti. Nuwer si sofferma sul caso famoso di “Green Boots”, morto assiderato negli anni Novanta, i cui resti sono stati per circa due decenni una sorta di pietra miliare per gli altri scalatori. Green Boots (il soprannome deriva dal fatto che indossava degli scarponi verdi) probabilmente era l’indiano Tsewang Paljor, scomparso sull’Everest durante una tempesta del 1996: trovò rifugio in una caverna, ma non riuscì a salvarsi. Visto che la grotta si trova in un punto di passaggio relativamente frequentato dagli escursionisti, il suo corpo è stato visto (e fotografato) da molte persone, fino al 2014, quando è stato rimosso. Gli altri scalatori hanno soprannominato il luogo “la caverna di Green Boots”.

Nessuno sa con precisione quante persone siano morte tentando di scalare l’Everest, però si stima che attualmente sulla montagna più alta...

Smithsonian: RI-002 Emas indonesia dalam Penerbangan Ri-002 HUMANDoD Dalam memerangi kolonial Belanda setelah kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, tersiar kabar bahwa pesawat RI-002 mengangkut emas 20 kilogram yang akan digunakan untuk membeli pesawat. Beberapa sumber sejarah menyatakan bahwa pesawat RI-002 dengan pilot Robert Earl Freeberg kehilangan kontak, dan jejak emas seberat 20 kilogram hingga kini tidak pernah ditemukan. Dalam ulasan yang diberitakan Smithsonian Magazine 2 tahun lalu, Robert Earl Freeberg dinyatakan menjadi pahlawan yang meninggal dalam perjalanan tugas. Robert Earl Freeberg juga dikenal sebagai tentara bayaran untuk misi penerbangan asing. Freeberg pernah menulis surat kepada keluarganya tentang ketidakadilan yang dialami Indonesia di tangan Belanda. Marsha Freeberg Bickham meyakini bahwa pamannya tidak tewas dalam kecelakaan pesawat tapi ditangkap & dipenjarakan Belanda yang kemudian meninggal di penangkaran. Pada masa setelah Perang Pasifik, banyak pesawat bekas dijual bebas kepada umum yang bisa dibeli dengan pilot atau tanpa pilot. Dikabarkan bahwa Freeberg & pesawatnya di-charter untuk menembus blokade udara yang dilakukan militer Belanda. Kemudian dia mulai menjalani penerbangan khusus diwilayah Republik Indonesia dengan pesawat RI-002. Sebuah pesawat kargo lepas Douglas DC-3 landas dari Jogjakarta pada pagi hari 29 September 1948. Penerbangan itu mengangkut lima awak, satu penumpang, obat-obatan dan 20 kilogram emas, terdaftar dengan identitas RI-002 sebagai pesawat tulang punggung Angkatan Udara Indonesia dalam gerakan kemerdekaan yang berjuang melawan tentara kolonial Belanda. Freeberg pernah membawa Soekarno keliling Sumatera untuk meminta sumbangan rakyat dalam membantu perjuangan RI. Rakyat Aceh dikabarkan menyumbang emas seberat 20 kilogram yang nantinya akan digunakan membeli pesawat Dakota dengan nama Seulawah (Gunung Emas) bernomor registrasi RI-001. Dan 20 kilogram emas dibawa pada akhir penerbangan RI-002 yang tidak pernah kembali, emas Indonesia dimaksudkan untuk membeli pesawat lebih banyak. Isu yang beredar menyatakan bahwa emas batangan tersebut disita militer Belanda sewaktu pesawat mendarat di Landasan udara Gorda-Serang, Jawa Barat. Sumber: http:-www.serunik.com
Smithsonian: RI-002
 Emas indonesia
 dalam Penerbangan
 Ri-002
HUMANDoD Dalam memerangi kolonial Belanda setelah kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, tersiar kabar bahwa pesawat RI-002 mengangkut emas 20 kilogram yang akan digunakan untuk membeli pesawat. Beberapa sumber sejarah menyatakan bahwa pesawat RI-002 dengan pilot Robert Earl Freeberg kehilangan kontak, dan jejak emas seberat 20 kilogram hingga kini tidak pernah ditemukan. Dalam ulasan yang diberitakan Smithsonian Magazine 2 tahun lalu, Robert Earl Freeberg dinyatakan menjadi pahlawan yang meninggal dalam perjalanan tugas. Robert Earl Freeberg juga dikenal sebagai tentara bayaran untuk misi penerbangan asing. Freeberg pernah menulis surat kepada keluarganya tentang ketidakadilan yang dialami Indonesia di tangan Belanda. Marsha Freeberg Bickham meyakini bahwa pamannya tidak tewas dalam kecelakaan pesawat tapi ditangkap & dipenjarakan Belanda yang kemudian meninggal di penangkaran. Pada masa setelah Perang Pasifik, banyak pesawat bekas dijual bebas kepada umum yang bisa dibeli dengan pilot atau tanpa pilot. Dikabarkan bahwa Freeberg & pesawatnya di-charter untuk menembus blokade udara yang dilakukan militer Belanda. Kemudian dia mulai menjalani penerbangan khusus diwilayah Republik Indonesia dengan pesawat RI-002. Sebuah pesawat kargo lepas Douglas DC-3 landas dari Jogjakarta pada pagi hari 29 September 1948. Penerbangan itu mengangkut lima awak, satu penumpang, obat-obatan dan 20 kilogram emas, terdaftar dengan identitas RI-002 sebagai pesawat tulang punggung Angkatan Udara Indonesia dalam gerakan kemerdekaan yang berjuang melawan tentara kolonial Belanda. Freeberg pernah membawa Soekarno keliling Sumatera untuk meminta sumbangan rakyat dalam membantu perjuangan RI. Rakyat Aceh dikabarkan menyumbang emas seberat 20 kilogram yang nantinya akan digunakan membeli pesawat Dakota dengan nama Seulawah (Gunung Emas) bernomor registrasi RI-001. Dan 20 kilogram emas dibawa pada akhir penerbangan RI-002 yang tidak pernah kembali, emas Indonesia dimaksudkan untuk membeli pesawat lebih banyak. Isu yang beredar menyatakan bahwa emas batangan tersebut disita militer Belanda sewaktu pesawat mendarat di Landasan udara Gorda-Serang, Jawa Barat. Sumber: http:-www.serunik.com

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Smithsonian: Miti Da Sfatare Gli Alieni esistono Fonte: Blastingnews.com Ora starete pensando: "e chi sei tu per dirlo?" Beh io forse nessuno, ma Stephen Hawking di sicuro è un istituzione in questo campo. Arriva infatti da Harvard l'ultima sensazionale scoperta (11-03-2017) di un gruppo di scienziati astronomi americani che hanno evidenziato l'ipotesi quasi certa che gli alieni stanno comunicando con noi attraverso un sistema di propulsione radio aggiungendo che questo sistema sarebbe stato adottato da una civiltà galattica super avanzata. "Farebbero viaggiare le loro astronavi equipaggiandole con immense vele fotoniche", questa l'ipotesi degli scienziati dell'Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics che stanno ipotizzando l'idea che gli alieni si stiano in qualche modo mettendo in contatto con noi attraverso un sistema di comunicazione molto avanzato. I Fast Radio Bust, i segnali radio avanzatissimi, potrebbero essere di natura artificiale e quindi esclusivamente emessi da civiltà extraterrestri. Il 2007 è stato l'anno della loro scoperta e fino ai giorni nostri ne sono stati scoperti più di 20. Ma da dove vengono emessi questi segnali di luce? La Cornell University, grazie ai suoi astronomi, è riuscita a scoprire che questi Fast Radio Burst avrebbero origine da una galassia nana distante 3 miliardi di anni luce dal sistema solare. Ora, come sempre dopo una spiegazione scientifica preferirei che alcuni di voi non sfoggiassero ai quattro venti quel cumulo di ignoranza che hanno nel profondo del loro essere, con commenti imbarazzanti, ma la vedo piuttosto dura.
Smithsonian: Miti Da Sfatare
 Gli Alieni esistono
 Fonte: Blastingnews.com
Ora starete pensando: "e chi sei tu per dirlo?" Beh io forse nessuno, ma Stephen Hawking di sicuro è un istituzione in questo campo. Arriva infatti da Harvard l'ultima sensazionale scoperta (11-03-2017) di un gruppo di scienziati astronomi americani che hanno evidenziato l'ipotesi quasi certa che gli alieni stanno comunicando con noi attraverso un sistema di propulsione radio aggiungendo che questo sistema sarebbe stato adottato da una civiltà galattica super avanzata. "Farebbero viaggiare le loro astronavi equipaggiandole con immense vele fotoniche", questa l'ipotesi degli scienziati dell'Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics che stanno ipotizzando l'idea che gli alieni si stiano in qualche modo mettendo in contatto con noi attraverso un sistema di comunicazione molto avanzato. I Fast Radio Bust, i segnali radio avanzatissimi, potrebbero essere di natura artificiale e quindi esclusivamente emessi da civiltà extraterrestri. Il 2007 è stato l'anno della loro scoperta e fino ai giorni nostri ne sono stati scoperti più di 20. Ma da dove vengono emessi questi segnali di luce? La Cornell University, grazie ai suoi astronomi, è riuscita a scoprire che questi Fast Radio Burst avrebbero origine da una galassia nana distante 3 miliardi di anni luce dal sistema solare. Ora, come sempre dopo una spiegazione scientifica preferirei che alcuni di voi non sfoggiassero ai quattro venti quel cumulo di ignoranza che hanno nel profondo del loro essere, con commenti imbarazzanti, ma la vedo piuttosto dura.

Ora starete pensando: "e chi sei tu per dirlo?" Beh io forse nessuno, ma Stephen Hawking di sicuro è un istituzione in questo campo. Arri...