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“ For example, the British will say "have you had breakfast this morning," but Americans will often say "did you have breakfast this morning." There is no difference in grammar; the difference is in the fact that Americans often think of the morning as being past history, whereas the British tend to see breakfast as still being part of the day, at least for a longer time than Americans do. Both groups use the past simple to describe things that they perceive to be unconnected with the present, and both groups use the present perfect to describe things that they perceive to be connected with the present. The difference is in the perception, not the grammar. ”— The present perfect in American English (AE). | Antimoon Forum
i don’t much like reblogging purely negative news on this blog but like, man, i really hate seeing cute pics of animals that are actually a total horrorshow if you know what’s going on, and because i love animal pictures i end up seeing a couple bad pics every day, and it’s a real bummer.
like i’m always seeing tigers from tiger farms or abusive resorts on my dashboard— most of the cutest pics of tigers are from shitty, unnatural situations with tigers slated for shitty, exploitative deaths. is it a picture of a tiger with a buddhist monk? yeah, those shitheads run an abusive tourist resort. is it a whole bunch of tigers in the same enclosure? that’s a real bad sign. is the tiger hanging out with any other species for any reason whatsoever? that’s also bad. is the tiger really fat? healthy siberian tigers don’t put on so much winter weight they look like garfield. white tigers and white lions are incredibly fucking bad for conservation efforts: every single one is an inbred, maladaptive mess that can’t survive in the wild, should never be bred back to viable members of their already-endangered species, and has been created and maintained purely for publicity, prestige, and money.
and all those pics of rainforest frogs in cute poses: those frogs are captured and then cold-stunned or killed and then arranged with fishing wire. a photographer is not going to get a ‘natural’ photo of a frog riding on a beetle like a cowboy. someone might have gotten a natural photo of frogs in a cute little pyramid stack, like, once. the others are stacking the frogs themselves.
is there an interspecies friendship photoset between a big wild apex predator and something little and cute? unless it’s a cheetah and an emotional support dog— or the grouping involves a capybara, one of nature’s chillest bros— it’s very likely to be from a shitty unregulated stunt zoo that does shit like put piglets in with tigers or give weiner dogs to lions or teaches monkeys to ride horses or whatever.
kittens photographed playing with and grooming chicks and ducks? cats have a whole lot of nasty bacteria in their mouths and can make young birds (and rabbits and rodents) pretty sick. rabbits playing with dogs? probably not having all that much fun: they will leap up and box to try and scare a predator off if they realize that running’s not their best option. rabbits do chase each other around and bink (jump up in the air) happily, but it’s just a really irresponsible and dangerous thing for people to allow their dog to get involved with. almost everyone is way worse at reading animal stress and fear than we think we are.
video of ostrich doing a funny dance at or with a human? it’s probably captive, farmed ostrich. that’s a sexual display, and ostriches form sexual attractions to humans only when raised around them. i mean it’s pretty funny. it just doesn’t indicate a good situation for that bird.
and all those funny pics of a dog smiling in a goofy or weird situation? if the dog’s mouth is closed and the lips are pulled back tightly, that’s a placating grimace, the dog is trying to get its people to stop freaking it out. a real smile on a dog almost always involves a loose, open mouth and casual or forward ear placement. dogs are as varied as people and some do have idiosyncratic expressions, but generally squinting, tight grimaces, pulled back ears, and hunching with paws together are all ‘pls pls make it stop’ indicators, not ‘we’re having so much fun!’.
and any instance of pet birds or rodents being allowed out of their cages around cats and dogs? no. please no. do not do this, do not endorse this, do not be charmed by pictures of this. it’s a demonstration of human ego, to show their control over an incredibly dangerous situation for a fragile and vulnerable bird, or human denial, that our domestic predator friends will never follow their instinct and take a snap at something that looks and smells and moves like a toy. even big parrots have delicate bones, and their immune systems just aren’t set up to handle the bacteria load of a cat scratch or nip. ditto rats and hamsters.
silver lining tho: almost all pics of humans hanging out with rescue sloths are legit. do not worry about those.
Meh, I didn’t know half of this. No more cute animal pics I guess? :-(
Still I wanna add one thing: Videos of captured “pet” slow lorises. These poor fuckers are probably scared as fuck, traumatized from capture and the removal of their teeth, shocked and confused by the bright light (they’re nocturnal, thats why they have these cute, huge cartoon eyes), and if they raise their arms in this cute fashion from being tickled, it’s because they feel threatened and wanna use their defense mechanism: Glands in their upper arms excrete a venom the loris mixes with salvia for a venomous bite. Which of course only works if the loris still has some teeth.
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- the normalization of jealousy as an indicator of love
- the idea that a sufficiently intense love is enough to overcome any practical incompatibilities
- the idea that you should meet your partner’s every need, and if you don’t, you’re either inadequate or they’re too needy
- the idea that a sufficiently intense love should cause you to cease to be attracted to anyone else
- the idea that commitment is synonymous with exclusivity
- the idea that marriage and children are the only valid teleological justifications for being committed to a relationship
- the idea that your insecurities are always your partner’s responsibility to tip-toe around and never your responsibility to work on
- the idea that your value to a partner is directly proportional to the amount of time and energy they spend on you, and it is in zero-sum competition with everything else they value in life
- the idea that being of value to a partner should always make up a large chunk of how you value yourself
Mad Max Fury Road is the best because it screams in your face “HEY LOOK HERE’S A V8 INTERCEPTOR AND A MASSIVE FUCKING TRUCK COVERED IN SKULLS AND A GUITAR FLAMETHROWER AND BIG ACTION SEQUENCES AND EXPLOSIONS, ISN’T THAT COOL??????” and then it gently takes your shoulder and whispers in your ear “but you know what’s cooler? respecting women & dismantling the patriarchy”
and then it flings you across the desert at 80 miles an hour screaming DISMANTLE THE FUCKING PATRIARCHY
Vintage IWW 4 hour workday prints
Can you imagine? Would give us so much more rest and free time.
Every article talking about this study talks about how bosses can squeeze more labor out of workers, or how workers can squeeze more labor out of themselves, but the reality is that the human brain only has so much capacity to focus on unpleasant tasks, and people generally won’t work more than that without the threat of force (like in manual and service industry jobs where work is easily quantified and workers are being monitored all the time to make sure they don’t slack off; the threat of being fired and losing one’s ability to eat is the threat of force). People in hunter-gatherer societies do about that same amount of work.
The working day isn’t only about productivity, it’s about keeping you busy too, so you’ll have no time do to other things (like study, discover that you can fight back capitalism, organize, things like that).
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