• me: republicans and democrats are both useless
  • dad: yeah, right on
  • me: both parties are ineffective, minor factional splits within the same general ideology, and their representatives are completely out of touch with the average person's reality
  • dad: yeah, I guess
  • me: the only thing that can save us now is absolute revolution
  • dad: wait what
  • me: we start by dismantling white supremacy and patriarchal hierarchies, adopting the practice of decolonization, while simultaneously retiring capitalism and private property, and redistributing all wealth and resources
  • dad: no stop-
  • me:

quietmagpie:

[source]. Map from the Bureau of Land Management.

Want to know more? Look up the Treaty of Ruby Valley.

Wow. That is amazing.

markscherz:

Emma Watson on HeForShe, unwitting feminists, and the neglected “definition” of feminism.

Listen. Share. Change.

18mr:

Whether it’s Hurricane Sandy in New York or mega-floods in Pakistan, our communities see the face of climate change. Join South Asians for Climate Justice as we call on President Obama to do the right thing at the UN Climate Summit!


In the US, low income and people of color communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change. All the issues we care about—whether it’s women’s rights, economic justice, housing rights, and beyond—will be made worse with food shortages, extreme weather, rising seas, etc.

Climate justice is important to all of us. Bandana Kaur blogs about why Sikhs are gathering And here is an article on how climate change will impact countries like Bangladesh.

Sign the petition HERE!

ecosapienshow:

New episode! - An introduction to: Insect Orders 

We’ve all seen insects, right? Scuttling along the forest floor, buzzing between flowers, or simply basking in the sun. But what are the different types and how are they classified? Phil gets to grips with taxonomy and illustrates some common critters you might see on your travels.

libutron:

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica): on the verge of extinction
Commonly known as Saiga, Mongolian Saiga, and Saiga Antelope, Saiga tatarica (Bovidae) is a very distinctive looking antelope, with a large, proboscis-like nose which hangs down over its mouth.
The Saiga’s nose has a unique internal structure: the bones are greatly developed and convoluted, and the long nostrils contain numerous hairs, glands and mucous tracts. The trunk-like nose of the Saiga is a striking example of an exaggerated trait, assumed to having evolved as a dust filter for inhaled air. In addition, it functions to elongate the vocal tract in harem saiga males for producing low-formant calls that serve as a cue to body size for conspecifics.
Two subspecies are recognized: Saiga tatarica tatarica, and Saiga tatarica mongolica. The nominate subspecies is found in one location in Russia, while the Mongolian subspecies is found only in western Mongolia.
Renowned for its high reproductive potential, the species was thought to be able to withstand even relatively high levels of hunting for its horns - less than 20 years ago, the total saiga population stood at more than one million, and appeared relatively stable. However, intensified poaching pressures during the 1990s, coupled with a breakdown of law enforcement following the collapse of the Soviet Union, caused numbers to plummet to fewer than 50,000 in just one decade – one of the most sudden and dramatic population crashes of a large mammal ever seen.
Currently the Saiga is classified as Critically Endangered species on the IUCN Red List. 
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: [Top: ©Igor Shpilenok | Locality: unknown] - [Bottom: ©Xavier Bayod Farre | Locality: captive at Kölner Zoo, Humboldtkolonie, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 2007]
libutron:

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica): on the verge of extinction
Commonly known as Saiga, Mongolian Saiga, and Saiga Antelope, Saiga tatarica (Bovidae) is a very distinctive looking antelope, with a large, proboscis-like nose which hangs down over its mouth.
The Saiga’s nose has a unique internal structure: the bones are greatly developed and convoluted, and the long nostrils contain numerous hairs, glands and mucous tracts. The trunk-like nose of the Saiga is a striking example of an exaggerated trait, assumed to having evolved as a dust filter for inhaled air. In addition, it functions to elongate the vocal tract in harem saiga males for producing low-formant calls that serve as a cue to body size for conspecifics.
Two subspecies are recognized: Saiga tatarica tatarica, and Saiga tatarica mongolica. The nominate subspecies is found in one location in Russia, while the Mongolian subspecies is found only in western Mongolia.
Renowned for its high reproductive potential, the species was thought to be able to withstand even relatively high levels of hunting for its horns - less than 20 years ago, the total saiga population stood at more than one million, and appeared relatively stable. However, intensified poaching pressures during the 1990s, coupled with a breakdown of law enforcement following the collapse of the Soviet Union, caused numbers to plummet to fewer than 50,000 in just one decade – one of the most sudden and dramatic population crashes of a large mammal ever seen.
Currently the Saiga is classified as Critically Endangered species on the IUCN Red List. 
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: [Top: ©Igor Shpilenok | Locality: unknown] - [Bottom: ©Xavier Bayod Farre | Locality: captive at Kölner Zoo, Humboldtkolonie, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 2007]

libutron:

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica): on the verge of extinction

Commonly known as Saiga, Mongolian Saiga, and Saiga Antelope, Saiga tatarica (Bovidae) is a very distinctive looking antelope, with a large, proboscis-like nose which hangs down over its mouth.

The Saiga’s nose has a unique internal structure: the bones are greatly developed and convoluted, and the long nostrils contain numerous hairs, glands and mucous tracts. The trunk-like nose of the Saiga is a striking example of an exaggerated trait, assumed to having evolved as a dust filter for inhaled air. In addition, it functions to elongate the vocal tract in harem saiga males for producing low-formant calls that serve as a cue to body size for conspecifics.

Two subspecies are recognized: Saiga tatarica tatarica, and Saiga tatarica mongolica. The nominate subspecies is found in one location in Russia, while the Mongolian subspecies is found only in western Mongolia.

Renowned for its high reproductive potential, the species was thought to be able to withstand even relatively high levels of hunting for its horns - less than 20 years ago, the total saiga population stood at more than one million, and appeared relatively stable. However, intensified poaching pressures during the 1990s, coupled with a breakdown of law enforcement following the collapse of the Soviet Union, caused numbers to plummet to fewer than 50,000 in just one decade – one of the most sudden and dramatic population crashes of a large mammal ever seen.

Currently the Saiga is classified as Critically Endangered species on the IUCN Red List. 

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Igor Shpilenok | Locality: unknown] - [Bottom: ©Xavier Bayod Farre | Locality: captive at Kölner Zoo, Humboldtkolonie, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 2007]

Reblog if you’re a Ravenclaw.

allonsyforever:

Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure!

Just taking attendance!

Gryffindor click here

Slytherin x

Hufflepuff x

A message from Anonymous
these anons are like, "can i be racist in the rain? can i be racist on a train? can i be racist in a box? can i be racist with a fox?"
A reply from postracialcomments

lmfaoooooooooooooo Yes!

geeburieru:

incogneeco:

whiteoppression:

famphic:

anthotny:

Lmao!
How can I be racist if I work with blacks
How can I be racist if one sold me slacks
I’m not racist I’m just like you. I’m best friends with a black or two.

i’m not racist, you see, it’s just a preference
i love eastern culture and its women’s deference
the west lost its way with no room for clemency
If I love Asian women, how’s that white supremacy?

i’m not a racist, i can’t be, you see
my great grandma’s grandma was part cherokee
plus one time i got called “cracker” to my face
don’t we all bleed red? i don’t even see race…

I’m not racist, blacks just need to stop complaining
Living in the past and white people blaming
I work hard, no handouts for every little fraction
If white privilege isn’t fair, then how is affirmative action?

how can i be racist? i love Asia so much!
i like karaoke and China and K-pop and such
in fact, i hate that i’m white with such passion
i wish i was Japanese so i could wear some Shibuya fashion!

quasi-normalcy:

Capitalism loves science when it’s used to develop new technologies or new means of extracting resources.

Capitalism is indifferent to science when it works on things which can’t be directly commercialized.

Capitalism really hates science when it investigates environmental degradation, or when it points out that the economy is running headlong into a brick wall of resource limitation.

fyeahscienceteachers:

For teaching: human anatomy, statistics

hyaenabee:

biomorphosis:

Colugos are little-known, forest-dwelling animals that have huge gliding membranes, similar to flying squirrels. This enables them to make spectacular leaps from tree to tree.
Baby colugos are born tiny and helpless, and are carried on the mother’s belly for six months until they are developed enough to strike out on their own. 

More colugo information, because they are bizarre and awesome! The colugos are one of the few mammal groups other than bats to possesses a uropatagium or interfemoral membrane - membrane between the back legs. This makes them excellent gliders, better than those that only have patagial skin between their front and back legs.
Dzulhelmi Nasir
And check out their teeth! There seems to be a couple of ideas about what function is driving the odd comb shape of their lower incisors. The primary ideas seem to be 1) a tool for grooming, 2) an adaptation for folivory (leaf-eating), and 3) both! X  
Source
Colugos: such interesting mammals!

hyaenabee:

biomorphosis:

Colugos are little-known, forest-dwelling animals that have huge gliding membranes, similar to flying squirrels. This enables them to make spectacular leaps from tree to tree.

Baby colugos are born tiny and helpless, and are carried on the mother’s belly for six months until they are developed enough to strike out on their own. 

More colugo information, because they are bizarre and awesome! The colugos are one of the few mammal groups other than bats to possesses a uropatagium or interfemoral membrane - membrane between the back legs. This makes them excellent gliders, better than those that only have patagial skin between their front and back legs.

Dzulhelmi Nasir

And check out their teeth! There seems to be a couple of ideas about what function is driving the odd comb shape of their lower incisors. The primary ideas seem to be 1) a tool for grooming, 2) an adaptation for folivory (leaf-eating), and 3) both! X  

Source

Colugos: such interesting mammals!