No One Knows What the Future Holds!

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:49 pm
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Posted by Tooko


Mizutama Honey Boy chapters 31 and 32 are done, bringing us to more than halfway through the volume.

Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 31: Mediafire, Dropbox
Mizutama Honey Boy ch. 32: Mediafire, Dropbox
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Posted by Chris Eastland

1_SB Zoo Otters Born 2

A pair of Asian Small-clawed Otters at the Santa Barbara Zoo produced their first litter of pups. Three healthy offspring were born in a nesting box in their holding area on October 7.

As in the wild, Otter parents prefer to keep their pups safely tucked in a den. The Zoo’s newborn Otters will not leave the behind the scenes holding area until they are old enough to safely swim and have grown the teeth needed to eat solid foods.

Depending on how their development progresses, keepers estimate the pups could go on exhibit as early as mid-December.

Animal Care staff had recently confirmed that new mom, Gail, was pregnant and estimated that she was due any day. When keepers arrived the morning of October 7, Gail and the father, Peeta, remained in the nesting box.

“The parents didn’t come out to greet us, and then we heard squeaks,” said the Zoo’s Curator of Mammals Michele Green. “That’s how we knew Gail had given birth.”

Gestation is 68 days, and after birthing, the female stays in the nesting box with the pups. Otter moms are given some relief, however, when new dads take over care for short periods of time.

2_SB Zoo Otters Born 3

3_SB Zoo Otters Born 1Photo Credits: Santa Barbara Zoo

Both of the adult Otters are first-time parents. According to keepers, the pair is showing excellent parenting skills toward the two females and one male.

“Gail only arrived in March and it’s been fun to watch them bond, and now become parents,” says Green. “She’s a young mom, but doing very well. Peeta is attentive and diligent.”

Peeta was born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Gail was born at the Greensboro Science Center in North Carolina in 2013. The two were paired as part of a cooperative breeding program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The names (inspired by characters in the popular “Hunger Games” books and movies) were given by their Santa Barbara Zoo sponsors, Peter and Pieter Crawford-van Meeuwen.

Another female, Katniss, was first paired with Peeta, but they did not breed. She passed away in December 2016 from a kidney ailment.

The last time Asian Small-clawed Otters were born at the Zoo was in May 2011 when six pups were born to a pair named Jillian and Bob. That pair also produced five young in August 2010, the first of the species to be born at the Zoo in more than 20 years. The entire family group later moved to the National Zoo, where they live today.

Keepers predict that by January, the pups should be proficient swimmers, and will be on-exhibit at that time. Information on the progress of the Otter pups will be made available at the Zoo’s website: www.sbzoo.org .

Although the Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea syn. Amblonyx cinereus) is only listed as “Vulnerable” by the IUCN, the species is seriously threatened by rapid habitat destruction for palm oil farming and by hunting and pollution. They are considered an “indicator species,” meaning their population indicates the general health of their habitat and of other species.

The species is the smallest Otter in the world and lives in freshwater wetlands and mangrove swamps throughout Southeast Asia, including southern India and China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Borneo, and the Malay Peninsula. They prefer quiet pools and sluggish streams for fishing and swimming.

Unlike Sea Otters, they spend more time on land than in water, but they are skillful, agile swimmers and divers, with great endurance. They can stay submerged for six to eight minutes.

Asian small-clawed otters are about two feet long and weigh less than ten pounds (half the size of North American River Otters). Their claws do not protrude beyond the ends of the digital pads, thus their names, and their feet do not have fully developed webbing and look very much like human hands.

They are one of the few species of Otter that live in social groups. The bond between mated pairs of Asian Small-clawed Otters is very strong. Both the male and female raise the young and are devoted parents. In the wild, Asian Small-clawed Otters live in extended family groups of up to 12 individuals. The entire family helps raise the young, which are among the most active and playful of baby animals.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 04:24 am
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Posted by Service Dog Project

OCT 19 2017
NOW....AS YOU KNOW AROUND HERE YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ONE MALADY   A DAY..-- OTHERWISE WE WOULD NEVER GET ANYTHNG DONE....-- WELL MY ALL CONSUMNG PROBLEM IS... MY TOE--  NOT MY BIG TOE... BUT THE SECOND TOE... LEFT FOOT -- VERY TIP--HOT? BURNING? DARN SORE...I CAN LIVE WITH THE PAINFUL TIPPY TOE DURING THE DAY,...  BUT IT  KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT...HAVE YOU ANY IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO INTO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE AND SAY  " THE TINY TIP OF MY SECOND TOE IS PAINFUL"  ?  MOST DOCTORS TRY AND KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AND LOOK AT MY TOE IN EARNEST SAYING "IT LOOKS ALL RIGHT TO ME" THEN SUGGEST ANYTHING FROM OXYCONDN TO XRAYS......NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME. I HAVE CUT OFF AS MUCH AS I DARED-- AND REMOVED ALOT OF THE NAIL IN AN EFFORT... NO DICE...
I REALLY NEVER HAD THE NERVE TO BOOK A DR VISIT JUST FOR  "THE TOE",   BUT BEING AN 'OLDER WOMAN"  I USUALLY SAY  "WANNA SEE MY TOE?"  WHICH PROVIDES THEM WITH A CHUCKLE I AM SURE.
SO MY NEXT RESORT IS MY EQUINE VETERNARIAN...   BRYAN...BECAUSE  HORSE PEOPLE HAD A SOLUTION TO PAINFUL FEET IN A HORSE.. LIKE NAVICULAR DISEASE-- WHERE THEY SIMPY CUT THE NERVE TO THE FOOT AND  HORSES "GOES  SOUND"  PAIN GONE....  --  NOW IN CASE ANY OF YOU ARE GOING  TO BUY A HORSE TODAY.... YOU SHLULD CHECK THE 2 BUMPS IN THE BACK OF THE FRONT FEET TO BE SURE THERE ARE NO SCARS INDICATING THE HORSE HAS BEEN "NERVED" -- IF IT IS AN OLDER HORSE - NOT BEONG RACED OR JUMPED... BUT RIDING IN QUIET CIRCLES IT IS A VERY REASONABLE SOLUTION.

BEING AN OLDER WOMAN INCLINED TO SIT AROUND IN CIRCLES.....IT SEEMS TO ME  A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO MY SECOND TOE...
I DON'T KNOW OF A "HOT TOE"  MEDICAL SPECIALIST TO GO TO...-- I DO KNOW  ALOT OF DOCTORS LEFT OVER FROM BEING MARRIED TO  ONE- AN D OF ALL THOSE, THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO WOULD HAVE THE INTELLECTUAL CREATIVITY TO CONSIDER  COMMENTIN G ON MY SOLUTION... PETER----OFTEN HAS GREAT ADVICE...BUT  HE NO LONGER KEEPS A CHART ON ME-  
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GOT TO BE CAREFUL OF THOSE "CHARTS"    I WAS INSTRAMENTAL IN SETTING UP A VET'S OFFICE ONCE, AND STARTED THE  IDENTIFICATION OF TEH  "QUALITY OF THE PET OWNER" BY HAVING THE VETS PUT A SMALL CIRCLE WITH A DOT IN THE MIDDLE ON THE BACK OF  A CHART  TO INCDICATE  A PART OF THE ANATOMY  WHICH DOES NOT OFTEN SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.  I LIVE IN FEAR OF SOME MEDICAL DR CONSIDERING ME A TOTAL LUNATIC.  I TAKE PRIDE IN BEING  "DIFFERENT"  .. BUT THIS TOE THING IS BEYOND THE FRINGE...
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SO IN THE MEANTIME,  I FIND THAT MY COWBOY BOOTS WITH THE LONG POINTY  TOE  GIVE THAT #2 TOE ROOM TO DO IT'S OWN THING..
 BRINGING ME TO  THE  FYI OF THE DAY.... CO WBOY BOOTS ARE WONDERFUL THINGS... HAVING WORN  MANY  AS BARN BOOTS FO R MANY YEARS  - ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A PAIR OF LUCHESE BOOTS..  THEY ARE THE "COACH LEATHER' OF COWBOY BOOTS.
FURTHERMORE, I FIND THAT THE SLIGHT  1.5 INCH  HEEL MAKES ME STAND UP STRAIGHTER.
SO WHEN YOU GO BY BOOTSW TODAY, YOU WILL ALSO NEED A BOOT JACK THING ON THE FLOOR WHICH WILL PULL OFF YOUR BOOTS VERY NICELY;
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I am a silent CP that has been watching the cameras and reading the Daily Doggie for years now. In reading today’s Daily Doggie, I felt that you should know that the Asian community eats jellyfish. I am Chinese and enjoy eating jellyfish dishes. I can’t say that eating it on occasion is helping my memory as my memory is pretty bad. Maybe I don’t eat it often enough? And in case you are wondering, jellyfish are rather tasteless and has a crunchy with a little bit chewy texture. The ingredients and spices added to the dish is what makes it taste good. 

Here is a link to an article on Wikipedia if you are interested in reading more about the consumption of jellyfish:

Thank you for letting me peer into some of the operations of SDP. I enjoy watching and is very educational. 

Musette Chan
Monterey Park, CA
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THERE WAS A PHONE CALL THAT HAS FOREVER CHANGED OUR LIFE! KATI CALLED BELLA TO ASK IF SHE WANTED TO TAKE GEORGE HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME. AS YOU CAN TELL BELLA WAS SPEECHLESS. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN AT ALL BUT IT DID 3 YEARS AGO! I CAN'T BELIEVE GEORGE HAS BEEN PART OF OUR LIVES FOR 3 YEARS. IT HAS BEEN SUCH A BLESSING. BELLA HAS GROWN IN PERSONALITY AND STRENGTH. SHE DOESN'T HAVE AN EASY ROAD BUT DOING IT WITH THIS BIG GOOF BY HER SIDE HAS MADE IT ALL DOABLE! .... I CAN'T THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN AMAZING. IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG ROAD BUT I KNOW WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
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P.S.   IT IS CAKE DAY !! GET THOSE CAKES TO YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS
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Posted by Pancakes

「「そのまま出して!」 …って言えばいいの?」 (Sonomama Dashite!' ...tte Ieba Ii no?)
""Just Whip it Out Now!" ...Can I say that?"

Three girls in and the poor boy is already losing his mind.

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Juuni Taisen – 03

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:15 pm
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Posted by Choya

「牛刀をもって鶏を裂く」 (Gyuutou o Motte Niwatori o Saku)
"Cutting a Chicken with a Beef Cleaver"

What a sad looking zombie... I know! I'll put a bird on it!

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Oct. 18th, 2017 04:18 am
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Posted by Service Dog Project

oct 18 2017
with regard to   5pm mail call and  coounting all those purina treats.... coupled with.. someone with a dog shaking on landing in an airplane.... 
i am back at.. wanting a chewable treat, the size of a thick slice of bread-- as a nurishing treeat for working dogs to avoid teh empty tummy danes  can have...   i wish i had time ... to grind up some purina treats, add some proplan  dog food, then figure out how to glue it into a  tough lump--?egg?  ? baking it?    that would fit nicely in a sandwich bag    for dogs to knaw on in certain situations...  on airplanes, school classes,  boring meetings, doctors waiting rooms... all those places one finds a service dog mid day-- or very early morning..
since i probably won't get to it..... we have so many would be chef's out there-- can you  all take on that project  and send me some of your  inventions... with directions on   "how to"    we will be happy to test them out.
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i did get a comment about  shaking on landing at times..  my suggestion....
?shaking on landing???   just in case..... carry  chewy treats for them to chew as landing  pressure changes....    like people chew gum????

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also.....re mailcall......
 and teh discussion  about aging memory cures... 
Carlene, you are right...jellyfish...
Prevagen is a new drug made from/with
Jellyfish. That helps memory loss.
Ps...squid (ink) is the other sea creature used
by some brain cancer patients
(alternative trial)
Thanks, (puppy raiser)  Barbara mulders in Michigan..  I raised a Leader Dog for the blind :)

teh probability of having  some scientist eat a moldy cheeze sandwich for lunch and figuring out his sore throat got better is more likely  than jelly fish eaters, i would think...  because teh probability of finding  an adequate number of jelly fish eaters in the first place is minimal......  or is this what the do in those senior residences??? feed people  experimental jelly fish??? 
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this has to be in the catagory of finding an infinite number of  jellyfish eaters where one  "joe" discovered he did not forget what he was eating.... while at the same time some younger person was alert enough to notice " hey.. joe remembered the jellyfish sandwich... and connected it with.... maybe that is why his memory has improved...."  
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"i am from  Missouri"      on that one.. ( wasn't that president truman's expression when he meant...   " i need proof")
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 in math----i think the impossibly huge number is called  -- "infinite"---  looks like that lazy number eight  thing  on it's side..--(   i am sure this keyboard has one-- i dont know where...)   and is defined as one divided by zero 
for you non math people....  here is a calculus  concept in a nutshell....
 if you take a dollar  $1.00 and divide it by 1.00 , you get 1-- now decrease the thing you are dividing  by to fifty ceent pieces and you get 2,, then teh smaller 25 cents and you get 4.. 10 cents would be 10 ---nickles 20---- and pennies 100  in brittain they have 1/4 pennies   so you'd have 400 of those--- so as the denominator gets smaller  the  resulting division produces a much bigger  number... so as teh denominator approchaes zero  teh result is soooo big there is no number and they call that  infinite--- all those who do not understand the concept of infinite become polititians and deal with our budget.

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today i have to go to boston  to talk with  a lawyer about bentley and  me  being electricuted.----  service dog project lost it's #1 stud dog, and my service dog...  his stamina is zilch... and mine is not alot better--  so sdp lost  18 months of my  dog training... and i am/was   good at that..... but i have not had the stamina either...  i am not looking to  get wealthy, but  sdp could sure use the money-- plus the system of monitoring the public safety  in elevators could stand a jolt.... if you all need another challange....  go find an elevator and as you stand there doing nothing  read teh certificate -- which should be there...  then go online and try and figure out  the rules.... like  when it was inspected last...  there are certainly a bunch of rules in mass....

i don't think bentley can go with me-- he worked the doctor's visit yesterday and when we came home he could only go round teh pond  once with linda(  linda,   chaos and sizzle are up to 4 times round at 5 pm...) he crumpted on the sofa... exhausted....  chaos loves it !!!
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Posted by Andrew Bleiman

1 - Tasmanian Devil Joeys

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of two healthy litters of Tasmanian Devil joeys! According to keepers, this is one of the most successful years to date for the Zoo’s Tasmanian Devil conservation breeding program.

The first litter of three joeys arrived on March 19 to mother Lana. Keepers were recently able to take a close look at each joey and confirm their sex (two males and one female). Another female, Pooki, birthed four joeys more recently on June 19, which are yet to emerge from the pouch.

“We’re very pleased to see nurturing, maternal instincts from both Lana and Pooki, who are both two-year-old females and first-time mothers,” Taronga Western Plains Zoo Senior Keeper Steve Kleinig said.

“The three joeys born in March…are now weaned (meaning they have left mother Lana’s pouch) but they still remain close by her side. They are now playing with each other and exploring independently outside the den.”

“The four joeys born in June are starting to open their eyes and become more aware of their surroundings. While they are still attached to their mother's teats, we’re expecting they will begin to leave their mother’s pouch in the coming weeks,” Steve said.

2 - Tasmanian Devil Joeys

3 - TWPZ Keepers Hayley Brooks  Karen James and Rachel Schildkraut with Tasmanian Devil JoeysPhoto Credits: Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Image 3: Keepers Hayley Brooks, Karen James, and Rachel Schildkraut)

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is part of a national insurance population program designed to help save the Tasmanian Devil from becoming extinct as a result of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease*.

The Zoo’s breeding success this year is the result of a more targeted approach, and has benefited from favorable breeding recommendations. These are based on the unique characteristics and genetics of a breeding pair and, combined with their compatibility upon meeting, can determine breeding success.

“We are continuing to collaborate with other breeding institutions to improve the long-term viability of our program, such as Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops, where Lana and Pooki came from, and Tasmania’s Trowunna Wildlife Park, where the father originated,” Steve said.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo has two breeding facilities for the Tasmanian Devil located behind the scenes. The Zoo has bred 31 healthy Tasmanian Devil joeys so far - a significant boost to the regional zoo-based insurance population of this endangered species.

With Tasmanian Devil numbers in the wild currently dwindling to between 15,000 and 50,000 individuals, every birth is significant. The mainland breeding program of which the Zoo is a part could play an important role in helping to re-establish healthy wild populations of the species in Tasmania if needed in future.

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It was once native to mainland Australia, but it is now found only in the wild on the island state of Tasmania, including tiny east coast Maria Island where there is a conservation project with disease-free animals.

The Tasmanian Devil is the size of a small dog and became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the Thylacine in 1936. It is related to Quolls and distantly related to the Thylacine.

It is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian Devil's large head and neck allow it to generate among the strongest bites per unit body mass of any extant mammal land predator, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby.

A breeding Tasmanian Devil female can produce up to 50 young that are about the size of a grain of rice. Competition for survival is fierce, and only the first four joeys are able to latch onto the mother’s teats.

In 2008, the Tasmanian Devil was assessed and classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN. In 2009, the Australian Government also listed the species as “Endangered”, under national environmental law.

*Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is an infectious cancer that only affects Tasmanian Devils, and is transmitted through biting, fighting and mating. Since the first official case of DFTD in Australia in 1996, there has been a decline of up to 50-70 per cent of the Tasmanian Devil population across the majority of Tasmania.

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Posted by Carolyn Petit

The original Blade Runner is a film without heroes, but to me, the most sympathetic characters have always been the four rogue replicants that Rick Deckard hunts down and kills over the course of the film. Designed for slave labor, their rebellion demonstrates a conviction that they deserve to freely exist just like the human beings they’re so closely modeled on. And they do deserve that. Of course they do. Their leader, Roy Batty, may kill people in his quest to secure freedom and longer lifespans for himself and his fellow replicants, and those murders are unjustified, but the people he kills are not blameless; especially not Eldon Tyrell, who has built his massive corporate empire on the backs of the replicant slave labor he manufactures and sells. Batty is violently rebelling against an inherently violent system, one which asserts that he is subhuman and should be killed for daring to think otherwise.

Blade Runner 2049 gives us a different breed of replicant: obedient replicants who have internalized their own dehumanization within human society, and as a result, willingly comply with what is demanded of them, even when those demands involve “retiring” other replicants. Ryan Gosling’s Officer K is one such replicant; like Deckard some thirty years before him, he works for the LAPD as a blade runner. He doesn’t believe he deserves equality with human beings or that he should be anything more than a tool to perform a job. Until eventually, he starts to think that maybe he does.

People who have seen the film may anticipate that the “real girl” I mention in the headline is Joi, K’s hologram girlfriend, but it’s not. Joi is a troubling figure in the film, a commodified embodiment of male fantasy which the film never examines closely or critically enough, and she deserves a piece all her own. No, the real girl here is me. I walked into Blade Runner 2049 a trans woman and I walked out of it a trans woman, so I know a thing or two about dehumanization. In Batty and the other replicants of the original film, I’ve always seen the familiar decision to assert one’s own validity as a person in a world that constantly tells you that you aren’t one, a frightening and radical act that trans people often have to perform every time they walk out the door and into a hostile world. In this way, I’ve always related to those replicants, and felt a kind of kinship with them. I was surprised to feel a very different kind of kinship with Officer K.

Trans people withstand an endless barrage of hate, one that I’m constantly guarded against on the interpersonal level and the political level. It is strange to reckon with the fact that I live in a country whose president just joked that his own VP “wants to hang” LGBT people. The notion that people like me are not fully human is literally in the White House, right now. Meanwhile, TERFs (trans-excusionary radical feminists) are running rampant on Twitter, returning with newfound vigor to their crusade to delegitimize trans women.

Of course, though, as we never have the luxury of forgetting, the more immediate danger could emerge at any moment from almost anyone around us. Today on Twitter I read about a man who told his employees what he thought was a humorous story of a friend of his who deliberately picked up a trans woman at a bar just so he could assault her. The world is full of people like this man, those who view trans people as so subhuman that attacks on us are something to laugh about, or those eager to attack us themselves.

You never have any way of knowing when you might come across one of those people. It hasn’t been a week since the last time someone made it clear that he despised me for being trans and made me feel physically endangered. It’s just part of life. In the film, we see this kind of violence horrifyingly displayed when the ruthless industrialist Niander Wallace brutally slaughters a newborn female replicant because she can’t give birth; she doesn’t meet his arbitrary standard of what’s “real” and therefore she’s subhuman, worthless, even though she can think and feel, and suffer. This is also the violence of dehumanizing transphobia.

I think I’m brave. I think it takes bravery to live an authentic life in a world where doing so is dangerous on multiple levels. That doesn’t mean that the culture’s hostility toward me never seeps into my skin and sloshes around inside me. I’m strong but I’m not strong enough to weather it all unaffected, and there have been times when I myself have internalized shreds of the culture’s hate for trans people, when I have idealized cis-ness, seeing it as “authentic,” as “real,” and myself as something else, something lesser, doomed to be an imitation of something better and more true. This is why I related to Officer K. It’s the exact flipside of my connection with Batty’s bunch in the original film. In them, I see my conviction that I deserve to live freely, authentically, without shame or fear. In K, I see those times when I’ve internalized the culture’s ubiquitous assertions that I actually don’t deserve that at all.

At a certain point, K’s feelings begin to change. He begins to think that maybe he’s not just another replicant. Maybe he’s more “real.” This begins when he discovers that Rachael, the replicant played by Sean Young in the original film, gave birth to a child. Because of a memory of his childhood, a memory he previously believed was implanted and wasn’t something he’d ever actually lived, he starts to suspect that he is the miracle child, that he was born and not made.

But here’s the thing: it shouldn’t matter. In terms of determining K’s value as a person, it shouldn’t matter at all. It only matters to K because he’s been convinced that he, and others like him, aren’t real. Being born would make him, in his own eyes, something closer to a real human being. The most awful thing the world has done to K is to put him on a spectrum where he’s defined as less than human. The world defines so many of us that way every day. It shouldn’t matter. But it does. Because there’s institutional power behind it. Because there’s violence behind it. Because when the world tells you day in and day out that you’re worth less, it’s hard not to start believing it sometimes.

One of the most important exchanges in 2049 occurs late in the film, when K asks Deckard if his dog is real. “I dunno,” Deckard replies, in a way that suggests it makes no difference. The dog is a companion. The dog likes whisky. The dog is real, whether or not the dog is “real.” K eventually learns that he’s not the child of Deckard and Rachael, that he wasn’t born, he was made. He’s devastated by the revelation that he’s not special in that particular way, that he’s actually just like any other replicant.

And yet, the film knows that actually nobody is “just like” anybody else, that replicants and hologram girlfriends are no more interchangeable than human beings. Presented with a facsimile of Rachael, Deckard looks at her and says that Rachael’s eyes were green and that he knows what’s real. After losing his Joi, K encounters an interactive ad for the Joi product line, but he seems to know that the connection he had with his particular Joi can’t be replaced. So K himself, now aware of his own existence as an individual, can’t go back to being an obedient replicant who accepts his own status as subhuman and serves an institution that violently enforces this baseless, imposed hierarchy. Maybe he finally understands that every replicant, including himself, is real, even if they don’t meet the culture’s artificial, oppressive standards of what constitutes “real.”

(For more on Blade Runner, watch our FREQ Show episode on race and gender in the original film.)

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Osomatsu-san S2 – 03

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Posted by Choya

「トト子の挑戦」 (Totoko no Chousen)
"Totoko`s Challenge"

The Dark Matsu Rises!

NSFW for mammoth erotica

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Oct. 17th, 2017 03:06 am
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Posted by Service Dog Project

OCT 17 2017
TO GET AWAY FROM THE  USUAL NEWS I TRIED THE SCIENCE CHANNEL, THINKING IT WOULD BE A QUIETING  LESSON IN WHY PEOPLE BUILT THE PYRANIDS- OR SOMETHING... HOWEVER......LAST NIGHT  IT WAS HOW TO STICK A TINY PROBE INTO AN ASTRIOD THAT THEY ARE SURE WILL EVENTUALLY HIT EARTH- AND DEMOLISH AN AREA ABOUT THE SIZE OF WASHINGTON DC ..THEY HOPE THIS PROBE WILL RETURN THIS TINY SAMPLE TO EARTH LABS TO CHECK AND SEE IF IT HAS ANYTHING WHICH MIGHT KILL OFF THE REST OF  US..
NOW IF THAT IS NOT THE ULTIMATE WASTE OF TIME/MONEY/ ?GOVT GRANT?   WHAT IS THIS ? EXPLORATORY SURGERY? WILL WHATEVER THEY FIND ALTER THE COURSE OF WHAT THEY SAY IS GOING TO HAPPEN...THE COST OF THIS PROJECT IS WELL INTO THE MILLIONS...  THEY DID NOT SAY IT WAS GOING TO HIT WASHINGTON,   THEY WENT ON TO SAY NEW YORK, LONDON OR ROME.... HOWEVER THE CHOICE OF WASHINGTON WAS-- IMO-- SIGNIFICANT.
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SO WAS THE CHOICE OF NEW YORK...-- BEING FROM NEW YORK,, I HAVE BEEN WELL AWARE THAT THE TYPICAL NY MAP OF TEH WORLD HAS MANHATTAN AT LEAST 75% OF THE AREA ON THE  MAP- AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES ARE THE SIZE OF RHODE ISLAND. IT IS BRED INTO NEW YORKERS--  WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU WHERE YOU ARE FROM, AND YOU SAY NEW YORK, IT HAS A DISTINCTIVE CLOUT TO IT THAT OGALLALA NEBRASKA   DOES NOT HAVE.   THE ETHNIC NEIGHBORHOODS  OF NEW YORK CITY SOMETIMES HAVE MORE INHABITANTS THAN WHEREVER THEY CAME FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE... EACH HAS IT'S REPUTATION...
THAT GUY ON CNN WHO GOES ALL OVER TEH WORLD EATING NATIVE FOODS OF QUESTIONABLE CONTENT... HAS DONE A FEW SHOWS FROM NY... HE FINDS AREAS OF NY WHERE THERE IS NO MCDONALDS AND ENGLISH IS NEVER SPOKEN. 

THE REST OF THE TV  LAST NIGHT WAS MORE CRITICAL THAN BEING BASHED BY A CELESTIAL BODY- IT WAS TO KNEEL OR NOT TO KNEEL, THAT WAS THE QUESTION.
 THAT IS WHY WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE WATCHING SDP PUPPIES AND DONKEYS. 
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THE LARGE PROJECT OF THE DAY IS  TO RELOCATE TEH 24 INCHES OF  %$^&*(^%$#^& WHICH WS PILED AGAINST THE DONKEY FENCE-- PLAN IS TO PUSH IT UP THE HILL - WHICH TANNER DID ON SUNDAY-- NOW IF WE COUD JUST SMOOTH IT OUT, AND THROW SOME WINTER RYE ON IT TO HOLD IT THERE... MAYYBE WE COUDL MAKE THAT A WILDFLOWER HILL-  IN WHICH CASE A FENCE WILL BE NEED TO KEEP THE DONKEYS   FROM EATING EVERYTHIGN... BUT HTAT WIL HAVE TO BE NEXT SPRING...  FOR NOW, JUST SMEARING  IT AROUND IS THE  GOAL OF TEH DAY.... I HAVE REQUESTED/ HIRED  ONE LARGE MALE HELPER  FOR A FEW HOURS.
 WE NEED TO GET THAT REGULAR FENCE BACK UP QUICKLY..  THE  NEW LOCATION OF THE HAY FEEDER IS 1/2 WAY UP TEH HILL.
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BELLA WORKED HARD TODAY AFTER SCHOOL! TRAINER STEVE DID A GREAT JOB GETTING THEM ON THE START TO POST SURGERY WALKING. SO HOW BELLA HAS BEEN WALKING WITH GEORGE SHE KIND OF LEANS OVER HIM AND HANGS WHILE GEORGE ESSENTIALLY PULLS HER ALONG. HIS PULL IS REALLY WHAT KEEPS BELLA STEPPING FORWARD. SO POST SURGERY SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO HOLD ON THE SAME WAY. SHE WORKED ON WALKING WITH GEORGE WHILE JUST WALKING WITH HER ARMS BY HER SIDE JUST HOLDING HIS ROPE. THIS IS GETTING HIM TO NOT PULL HER ALONG AND STAY AT A SLOW PACE. THEY DID GREAT TOGETHER. SO THIS IS WHAT THEY WILL BE WORKING ON ALL WEEK AT SCHOOL AND WE WILL SEE STEVE AND MEGAN NEXT MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE WORKING. IT WILL BE A BIG ADJUSTMENT AND EXHAUSTING AT FIRST BUT SHE CAN DO IT I AM SURE!    ....THANK YOU EVERYONE! 
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KRINGLE AND I VISITED THE DENTIST TODAY. SHE WAS A GOOD GIRL AND REALLY WAS VERY HAPPY TO JUST SIT ON HER CARPET  KRINGLE AND I ALSO WALKED 3 MILES TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A WEEK. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE ARE BOTH TIRED.
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TODAY WAS A VERY EVENTFUL DAY FOR ME AND PIXIE. SHE ALWAYS DOES AN AMAZING JOB. SHE WAS COMPLIMENTED LEFT RIGHT UP AND DOWN ON HOW WELL MANNERED AND ONCE AGAIN PEOPLE WHERE AMAZED WITH HOW ATTENTIVE SHE IS TO MY NEEDS. SHE COULD TELL HOW TIRED OUT I AM AND HAD HER SLOW MOVING LEGS ON FOR ME AND WAS UP CLOSE AND TIGHT MY SHINING STAR HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL DAY.
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I FORGOT  TO COPY THE PEOPLE NAMES... IT IS THE DOGS THAT  ARE THE CRITICAL PART ANYWAY...

Fate/Apocrypha – 15

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:20 am
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「道は違えど」 (Michi wa Chigaedo)
"Differing Paths"

This episode surprised me in the most unexpected ways. バカバカシ!

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Ballroom e Youkoso – 15

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:27 am
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Posted by Guardian Enzo

「じゃじゃ馬ならし」 (Jaja Uma Narashi)
"Taming a Wild Horse"

One of the things I notice as we get deeper into Ballroom e Youkoso is the surprising extent to which it's a creature of shounen habit.

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Pug Art: Go snag it!

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:07 pm
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For pug fans and fans of original art, I put up a new piece, starting at one penny: GO SNAG IT!

It's called "A pug in an AT-AT costume is my spirit animal," and, well, it's pretty self-explanatory. :)

[ link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/292296020692 ]

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The Wilds welcomed a female Southern White Rhinoceros calf born in the pasture during the afternoon of October 5. The calf is the second fifth-generation White Rhino to be born outside of Africa (both fifth-generation calves were born at The Wilds).

The new calf was born to second-time mother, Anan, and first-time father, Roscoe. Anan’s first calf, a male named Letterman (born at The Wilds in 2014), was the first fifth-generation White Rhino to be born outside of Africa.

Anan had a notable birth herself, as she was the first fourth-generation Rhino to be born outside of Africa, and she, too, was born at The Wilds. Anan’s mother, Zen, was the very first Rhino born at The Wilds in 2004 and is still a part of the conservation center’s breeding herd.

The Wilds animal management team members have observed that the new calf is strong and is nursing in the pasture. This is the 17th White Rhino born at The Wilds; the conservation center has also produced seven Asian One-horned Rhinos.

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The breeding recommendations are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to enhance conservation of these species in their native range and to maintain a sustainable population of rhinos in human care.

“Every birth at The Wilds is significant, but this one is particularly special to us. With each new generation of Rhinos born, it is a testament to the success of the breeding program at The Wilds but more importantly a success for this species as a whole. The Wilds is proud to be a part of the conservation initiatives ensuring the survival of this species,” said Dr. Jan Ramer, vice president of The Wilds.

The White Rhino population had dwindled to perhaps only 50-200 at the beginning of the 20th century, but through conservation efforts, the population of White Rhinos in their native African range has rebounded to about 20,400 animals. However, even with the increase in numbers, the species remains classified as “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All five remaining Rhino species in Africa and Asia (White Rhinoceros, Black Rhinoceros, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, and Sumatran Rhinoceros) are persecuted by poachers who sell the horns for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes, even though there are no scientifically proven health benefits for its use. The horns are made of keratin—the same substance that makes up fingernails and hair. The International Rhino Foundation, which receives support from The Wilds, estimates that one Rhino is killed every eight hours for its horn.

The Southern White Rhinoceros or Southern Square-lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) is one of the two subspecies of the White Rhinoceros (the other being the Northern White Rhinoceros). It is the most common and widespread subspecies of Rhino.

White Rhino calves are born after a gestation of 16 months and they can grow to be 4,000 pounds and six feet tall at their shoulder. Their natural habitats are plains or woodlands, interspersed with grassy openings. Through reintroduction efforts, their current range in the wild is in southern and eastern African countries.

Their physical characteristics are two pointed horns and a wide mouth suitable for grazing. The name White Rhinoceros originated from the Afrikaans word describing the animal’s mouth: wyd, meaning “wide.” Early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the word wyd for “white.”

To further protect the future of Rhinos, The Wilds and the Columbus Zoo has provided more than $196,000 in the last five years in support of conservation projects benefiting Rhinos in their native ranges, such as monitoring Black and White Rhinos in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region through the International Rhino Foundation and protecting Black Rhinos in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya through the African Wildlife Foundation.

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Animegataris – 02

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:20 pm
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「ツドエ, アニメガタリズ」 (Today, Anime-Gataris)
"Today, Anime-Gataris"

Ignoring the LN for the anime!? How SLOTHFUL!!!!

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Oct. 16th, 2017 03:49 am
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oct 16 2017
THESE DARN OVERNIGHT COMMERCIALS..--LAST NIGHT  THE new wave cooking a frozen chicken in 13 minutes looked sooooo  good..carrots and potatoes in 13 minutes.. however  around here it would be 7 minutes to clear a counter and 14 minutes to find the thing
i must admit the insurance companies lately have some good ones... ...best is the angry moose getting hit by the swing and then attacking it... i honestly don't see how they made that one, -- but i never had to deal with moose---

now ... on the topic of donkeys....of all the animals i have owned...i have to saay.. mini donkeys are the least trouble- you all have seen how long it take a totally mishandled wild donkey to become a lovey trusing pet... you have to explain things to a donkey....their diet is/can be  hay and water -- an occasional handfull of grain is appreciated, but good hay and water will do it.  their approach to life is so much more fun than the serious horse...  and a heck of a lot cheaper.. when yo  see teh  donkeys in ireland or mexico just wantdering in crows of people... or loaded with packe without a leash, halter, or rope,  if they know what they are to do... they just do it... and many times a donkey is used to "tend" a handicapped child...
now before you all run out and try and buyy one...  HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU !!   all you have to do is look sideways at janinie and she will have 1/2 dozen  or so delivered to your doorstep with her "equine rescue network"   ERN  ... as she has organized a rescue network to get  them pulled out of the killer pens in texas/ penna//lousiana or wherever... i don't know how many horses and donkeys she has rescued,,   sh started with horses and found donkeys are a very desireable alternative to the  horse owner.---- she has one at her house now.... full of personality.. he is not a mini... but huge- nearly mo size--    she has a patio setup in teh donkey area where she and crew enjoy an afternoon beer-- that donkey will join by having his head right over the table just enjoying the conversation also...
 far more entertaining than  many people i have seen at beer drinking "fests"-- he took to playing tag with the cushions off the couch--- like mary used to do...  you could just see his mind working... they are sooooo much smarter than a horse...  but then about everything is....
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never did i think teh local hunt/polo club would allow donkeys on the property ( horses start out terrified of them )--but janine  ran a donkey derby at the polo field... complete with patrons tent... wine.. cheese...  people were encouraged to wear kentucky derby type hats.. and they did..  it was just plain fun-- and people could participate-- with their i small children-- all our donkeys were put into action  -- including mo  who slowly carried around  the master of the hunt in his red jacket blowing what looked like a gold horn...my favorite was teh  man who is usually very formal... dressed to the hilt with tie and jacket.. chasing after  one of our mini's with a pink fly swatter as his young daughter tried to coax  the donk across a finish line... it was just plain fun... without the danger factor of horses...  i saw only one donkey runn off... and since she didn't know where to go, she ran back to the bunch  -- the rest, if they got loose-- or someone forgot to hold onto them, just stood around

unknowing people might say donkeys are stubborn stupid -- when in fact it is teh people..  a frightened donkey will stand still   a frightened horse will run...  making the fly swatters much more correct in urging forward movement   donkeys are fun.
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 the only thing you might have to pay attention to is a fence--  donkeys are smart and study fences... the cheapest fence is a electric wire..  once trained to that, they won't go anywhere --- very  like dogs who are trained to the underground wire.. .
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i have just discovered pelleted hay--  bagged...which  would be alot neater to cope with--timothy hay is good for donks.  tractor supply has it
and i bet amazon does too. !  if you had on ly one or two donks, bagged would work... 50 pounds  @$15
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i did have a phone call from  a mother of an "active" child... wanted a dane...  they live on 35 acres.. she was horrified that i suggested a mini donkey-- but i was dead serious..... to me it makes more sense  not to try and calm down an active child, but to wear them out.   i remembr sending my 4h group of kids " go run around eth pine tree and then we can have lunch"   it was about a 1/4 mile trip.. and lunches were more sedate afterwards...
 but what do i know....

****

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:46 pm
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Posted by Choya

「奇跡さえ起きればいい.」 (Kiseki sae Okireba Ii.)
"If Only a Miracle Would Happen."

"What you want, someone else always has. And usually, it means nothing to the person who actually has it."

NSFW for massive writer's blocks

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Blend S – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:37 pm
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「仁義なきスイーツ」 (Jinjinaki Suiitsu)
"Sweets Without Honor"

I'm loving the show -- but where are the other two girls?!

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Love Live! Sunshine!! S2 – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:36 pm
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「雨の音」 (Ame no Oto)
"The Sound of Rain"

If this is the direction Sunshine wants to go in, I'm totally down for it.

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Mahoutsukai no Yome – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:08 pm
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「One today is worth two tomorrows」

I think you can see after two episodes what all the fuss is about with this series, both the manga and the anime.

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Cheetah Cubs Born at Basel Zoo

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:10 am
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After spending months tucked away with their mother, two Cheetah cubs born at Basel Zoo can now be seen by zoo visitors. The cubs have been named Opuwo and Onysha.

Born on July 18 to first-time mother Novi and father Gazembe, the cubs’ birth is the result of careful planning and strategy by the zoo staff. 

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Cheetahs are solitary animals and will only tolerate having a partner nearby during mating season. To encourage breeding, male and female Cheetahs take turns living several enclosures behind the scenes. This allows each Cat to become familiar with a potential mate’s scent, which may encourage breeding.

If a female Cheetah shows interest in a male Cheetah, the zoo keeper must place them together immediately and hope that sparks fly. So far, this strategy has been successful for Basel Zoo with a total of 29 Cheetah cubs born there to date. The first Cheetahs arrived at Basel Zoo in 1936, but the first successful breeding occurred in 1993. Breeding Cheetahs remains a challenge for zoos. Of the more than 100 zoos holding Cheetahs in the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme), only around ten zoos had cubs this year.

It is typical for wild Cheetah mothers to move their newborns to new hiding places, so the family’s move to the zoo’s outdoor habitat on October 6 aligns with this instinct. 

Cheetahs are classed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to an estimate by the IUCN, there were only 7,500 Cheetahs in all of Africa in 2008. This number is now thought to have dropped to 5,000.

See more photos of the Cheetah cubs below.

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Oct. 15th, 2017 03:05 am
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oct 15 2017
Time Life has an offer of all the songs of the 50's- for only 347 payments of  $19.99 ----  i was doing fine with all the words til i hit the --" love and marraige -- goes together like a horse and carriage"-- and at my tender age, i have learned that the horse must always have on blinders... or the sight of the carriage will cause a runaway. ( a very true statement about horses and carriages....)
there were actual words to most of the songs.. i don't think there are any words to songs now.....  whatever todays music is, i don't think it would qualify as  "soothing elevator music" ....i don't listen to the radio now... mostly because   the car i now have has too many opinions about what i words i should hear...some of them being  "please make a legal u turn"..or.. the ave maria... in latin.....over and over  and over...
what do i expect from a radio that has a preset volumn button?... why was anyone not able to set the volume with a simple twist?-probably the same person who designed teh elevator that gwen talked about... it has no buttons...

some company in their great wisdom  probbly had a gov't grant to figure out all the employee time spent in elevators which went to  every floor...     and found that that  there were split seconds saved by having  a person standing at the front of a "bank " of many elevators who took your destination - and told you to get on elevator Q which wizzed you to your floor... and only your floor.. usually all by yourself-- by just getting on-- with no buttons !!!  because of my  extensive education in murphy's law...  if there are no buttons... what happens if instead of  floor "14" there was a slight interuption in current which caused the elevator to loose count  and you land at "12" and   technology being what it is, the door does not open because it is not at "14" which teh person in the lobby told it to do.
or maybe the study was sponsored by the underarm deodorant companies???
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i do have an elevator story-- i remember  i had a photoshoot  at 107 south street in boston - whihc , like most photo studios was in an older building-- designed long before they had elevators--  so they squeezed in  a relatively small one-- with buttons and a  phone--  i had 2 dogs- one big, a german shephard,  and one smaller beagle  - and a pouch of "supplies" -- the door opened.. and i got on without looking around.. then quickly called the 2 dogs to join me-- which they happily did.- the door shut- and i became aware of a woman in the corner absolutely ashen with fear  of dogs......
the elevator shook into motion and proceeded to descend about 6 feet and stopped... stuck between floors-- still several floors up- so i was delighted we were at least stopped instead of falling. T he woman screamed which did not upset  the smaller dog-- but the larger one got nervous... i started talking to teh woman  to try and calm her down... i remember going thru the contents of my  pouch of dog supplies just to keep her talking.. while i picked up the 'out of order phone'  ... it seemed like forever til  teh little square in the ceiling opened and  a very nice fireman said "are you stuck" -- the understatement of the year...  it was nice to have company in our little elevator, but no way was that woman going t o fit thru that hole in the ceiling- and even tho i was thinner at the time, getting those 2 dogs up and out was going to be a challange too. it seemed hours later they got the door opened  between floors - and the HOLE under teh carriage blocked so we could slide to saftey.
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that started my career of reading the  INSPECTION dates on the cards  usually displayed in all  elevators.--.lahey hospital had badly ouitddated inspection stickers.. so after they were 6 months overdue, i thought i was doing someone a favor to report it to the administrative bunch on the top floor.  they said they were happy i reported that and they would remedy it right away..  which they did.  they just removed the inspection
cards entirely-- that was 2 years ago... and they have not been replaced yet.
inspecting elevators, i am told is teh job of town building inspectore...( my favorite town employees)
*****

making me wonder when was that mbta elevator that electrocuted bently and i  inspected?

Netojuu no Susume – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:37 am
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「私たちは何も知らない」 (Watashitachi wa Nanimo Shiranai)
"We Don't Know Anything"

After what I would have considered a rocky first episode, Netojuu no Susume returns this week with an extremely strong second episode. Plus bonus story at end.

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Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – 02

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:24 am
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「幻界病棟ライゼズ」 (Maboroshi Kai Byoutou Raizezu)
"A Phantom Hospital Ward Rises"

Flashing back to the present.

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Dies Irae – 01

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:19 pm
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「Twilight Girl」

Time for the real first episode.

WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHICAL VIOLENCE

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Oct. 14th, 2017 10:06 am
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OCT 14 2017
withall the turnoil in the world , i feel it is my responsibility to remind you all of  teh more mundane facets of life... like... have you washed your pill boxes lately?   nearly every one has one-- or is monitoing  someone else's....-- i was ashamed to notice that between the tuesday and wednesday column of little boxes... there was a considerable  accumulation of  "dark material' of unknown consistancy.. having now run the opened little boxes thru the dish washer, the whole thing is a different color...- it still snaps shut as needed-- the only problem m  was teh thursday ink was possibly inferior leaving me to wonder which day comes between wednesday and friday....
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out of the blue yesterday, i went to the barn mid morning...    poor shannon was inundated with 7 people tryng to function in and around the feed room... with so many- especially 2 "students"  trying to learn to "work" with thier coach... and one dog with an upset tummy... the instinct  is to just get things done without thinking the details-- i had coffee so i sat... mostly deciding  there were too many people there so shannons time was mostly spent trying to figure out how to keep them all busy... when in fact she probably could do the job better and quicker without all this "help..."
 as i sat around the house trying to figure out how best to straighten out the problem-- not only poor shannon , but poor lee ---having been here for a while --- thought she understood some of the  details of crazy acres-- when in fact hardly anyone understands  the "why"  some of the overlapping rules and regulations..... one of the biggest rules is whatever you hear as we discuss ideas  in the house does not get passed on to anyone - anywhere-  because most are  ideas  "in transit"  and by no means a finished plan....  this goes for  "open mike" situations too.. don't pass stuff around....

i have this  problem on a normal sunday as i listen to someone explain to a  new visitor some idea which is totally wrong...   that is why i came up with the purple shirts...-- then  a couple people  bought shirts that are purple.  

there is a tendency for the public  to figure out if you  are here, you must know about dog training....  i listen as visitors ask very strange questions... i have to give linda teh gold star as she will quickly say "i don't have a clue" ---   so many othre people try and be helpful and answer hte questions...too helpful can be a problem.

i love having cp's come to visit and help out-- but keep the conversations generic without  complictating  the matter  by trying  to explain  to a visitor in great detail why we have to feed donkeys out of frying pans.
----
some of the problems in he barn  ?? lysoll and cholrox?? sounds like nothing is wrong with thaat... but  i have long said nothing gets mixed with chlrox- because it might cause a chemical reactio to release deadly chlorine gas..
and the  official internet confirms...
Although it might not actually make you pass out, the lysol and chlorox  combination can be irritating and toxic. Make it a rule to never mix bleach with anything but plain water.
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there were a bunch of problems just getting glossed oer because of too many people there...
so i need to re-think.  and talk to pam....for scheduling.  i would be alot happier to have these student s wander around the pastures picking up toys,  rocks and poo... and let her do her job.
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 There are about 10 GE employees due here today..   i need to......
#1.. attach a very long hose to the well and let the water run out the back of the arena to get the rain  running off in the right direction....  that water - from our foul smelling well-- gets turned on by flipping the 50amp fuze in the cellar..

#2...locate teh paint essentials for the white house.  the primer coat done with a roller left a few  spaces whidc need to be blocked  ecause water coud get between the concrete blocks -- and freeze and thaw  could cause problems... so someone needs to go round with a paimt brush and stuff pain in those holes...

#3.... on camera...  take down  some of the dondkey fence and  see if i can scoop up the 24  inches of  manure packed hay lining the fence to the point that the fence is only 2' high...... what i woul dlike to do.. is push that sh1t up the  hill and throw some seed with hopes some vegitation grows by next summer... usually teh hay is full of seed too... and they are walking in  that.
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as for the little pup... i don't know-- grace took her home last nightto keep feeding her every 2 hours... so i don't have any idea if she even survived the night... her birth weight was 13 oz  and she is down to 10-11 oz  even with  "dining alone" - we are now feeding her by dribbling puppy milk replacer in her mouth with a syringe.. and she does seem to be swallowing it.. as of last night...
*****

raising animals is a difficult job at times...  ...

Help Name This Baby Otter!

Oct. 14th, 2017 06:43 am
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A male Asian Small-clawed Otter at the Kansas City Zoo needs a name, and you can submit your favorite here until October 20.

The tiny male was born on August 27 to mom Cai, age 10, and dad Ian, age six.  Both parents are caring for their baby behind the scenes. The zoo staff says it will be a few more weeks before the family returns to their exhibit habitat.

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All of the baby Otter names submitted through October 20 will be reviewed by the zoo staff. The top four names will be selected and announced on the zoo’s Facebook page for a final vote from October 20 through November 3. The zoo plans to announce the winner on November 10.

Asian Small-clawed Otters live in wetlands and mangrove swamps in Southeast Asia, where they feed on Crustaceans and Mollusks. Every aspect of the Otter’s body is designed for efficient swimming, including the long, torpedo-shaped body, muscular tail, flattened head, and webbed feet. These Otters are the smallest of the world’s 13 Otter species.

Due to habitat degradation, illegal hunting, and pollution of waterways, Asian Small-clawed Otters are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.  The Kansas City Zoo, along with other accredited North American zoos, participates in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to breed rare species and maintain a high level of genetic diversity in populations under human care.

 

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On July 21, two Binturongs at Tierpark Berlin became proud parents. Vincent and Fiona welcomed four offspring when sixteen-year-old Fiona gave birth to two females and two males.

The four fluffy siblings have been tucked away with their mother since their birth, but on September 28 they received their first veterinarian exam and vaccinations. Visitors to the park can now see the curious quad exploring their outdoor exhibit.

"The special thing about this litter is that almost all the young animals look the same", explained park curator, Christian Kern. "Only one has a slightly lighter head. Usually, [Binturongs] siblings are quite different in the facial and skin coloring."

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4_22179911_10155585279830149_7434153292353878084_oPhoto Credits: Tierpark Berlin

The Binturong (Arctictis binturong), also known as a Bearcat, is a viverrid that is native to South and Southeast Asia.

Binturongs are omnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, fish, earthworms, insects and fruits.

The estrous period of the Binturong is 81 days, with a gestation of 91 days. The average age of sexual maturation is 30.4 months for females and 27.7 months for males. The binturong is one of approximately 100 species of mammal believed by many experts to be capable of embryonic diapause, or delayed implantation, which allows the female of the species to time parturition to coincide with favorable environmental conditions. Typical litters consist of two offspring, but up to six may occur.

It is uncommon in much of its range, and has been assessed and classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List due to a declining population trend that is estimated at more than 30% over the last three decades. The main threat to the species is severe destruction of habitats in their native parts of the world.

The EAZA has established a conservation breeding program for Binturongs, including Tierpark Berlin’s animals. Tierpark Berlin supports the organization ABConservation, which specializes in the protection of the Binturongs, at its Bearcat Study Program on Palawan Island in the Philippines.

"Binturongs are kept in a comparatively large number of European zoos, but their breeding does not work regularly. The pairs must harmonize well in order to reproduce. It is therefore all the more pleasing that our Berlin couple have regularly been up-and-coming since 2003," said Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr. Andreas Knieriem.

Currently, the Binturong at Tierpark Berlin are the only ones in Germany. The four siblings are also currently yet-to-be-named.

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