graceebooks:

buzzfeed:

Important reminder: Everyone on the internet is a real person.

Go read this. It’s really important.

Be kind to one another.

im literally aching and crying for a vague line drawing of a person

tokitaee:

coffeeandkudzu:

freethecetaceans:

orcadiva:

fake-zolology:

Despite numerous attempts with animals ranging from great apes to poodles, there has only ever been one animal truly taught to read. He was a performing orca named Hyak who lived at the Vancouver Aquarium for nearly 20 years. His lessons in reading comprehension started off as an accident. Dirk McKimmel, the senior trainer at the aquarium, found that the whale would often stop by the underwater viewing window that led into his office as he sat reading. He began to show the maturing 5,000 lb animal the pictures in his books and was quite startled by how interested he seemed to be. Thinking the whale simply enjoyed the novel visual stimulation, he soon took the books up to the pool ledge and began reading out loud as he showed the whale the pictures. This continued for about ten years but no one thought Hyak had any actual comprehension of the book he was being read. 

One day in 1980, a new cetologist at the aquarium began to question what was really going on in these sessions. In a highly controlled study, he began to ask the whale questions about the books. 

On that fateful day, the first thing we did was take Hyak to the smaller side pool in his aquarium, away from his tank mates. He was used to this as we often moved him in order to perform our behavioral experiments, however this time instead of asking him if an image on a screen was round or square as per usual, we asked him if Harold had indeed drawn the moon with his purple crayon. To our great surprise, Hyak distinctly nodded “yes.” We continued on with these studies for several weeks and found that Hyak answered our questions with a 96% accuracy rate on numerous different books McKimmel had been reading him. I decided to take it a step farther, holding books up to Hyak’s window without reading aloud to him. At first it felt a bit silly but soon I noticed when he wanted the page flipped, he would look up and meet my gaze, as though impatient with me. The very next week we attempted to test Hyak’s reading comprehension on this new book he had been reading and discovered he could answer every question about “the Emperor’s New Clothes” perfectly. 

[My Life with Whales- Nicholas Willens, 1995] 

Willen’s 1989 report on Hyak in Animal Cognition was quickly discredited as the idea of a reading whale appeared simply ludicrous. However recent research into the study has found no factual errors and many are arguing the paper should be taken seriously. Mary Kyles, a senior research scientist at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation society was recorded saying "As it has been proven that orcas are highly linguistic and speak in a language of their own, a whale in captivity with little to do but listen to his trainer read books could easily pick up the skill."

This story does not end well for poor Hyak. Defeated, both Willens and McKimmel stopped providing Hyak with reading material and he sadly passed away in 1991. Though he may be gone, his legacy lives on in the important contributions he made to our understanding of the animal mind and just what it is capable of. 

sources: [x] [x] [x]

This is why I love orcas. Their intelligence is just mind blowing.

Dude holy shit

I love Hyak. :’( The gif of him going up, taking a breath, and coming down to put his eye up to the glass and look at the book is one of my favorites.

REQUESTING THAT GIF IF ANYONE HAS IT! I haven’t seen it!

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closet-sherlockian:

"How Can I Tell This Customer To Fuck Off Without Getting Fired" - an anthology by retail workers worldwide

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postracialcomments:

satisfymiisoul:

postracialcomments:

scifi-fantasist:

blacksupervillain:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

Fuck this

no money for water in detroit
no money for public schools
no money for student loan debt relief
no money for healthcare 
no money for crumbling infrastructure
no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country
no money 
no money 
no money 
no money

People need to get angry now

Well if there ever was a time, now would be the time to rail up and gwan bad…
midterm elections are coming, don’t worry

I think there needs to be a collective of folks to pass out informative posters, cards etc to get the word out. 
I cannot sit back and let these cretins to continue to fuck us over

postracialcomments:

satisfymiisoul:

postracialcomments:

scifi-fantasist:

blacksupervillain:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.

Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

Fuck this

no money for water in detroit

no money for public schools

no money for student loan debt relief

no money for healthcare 

no money for crumbling infrastructure

no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country

no money 

no money 

no money 

no money

People need to get angry now

Well if there ever was a time, now would be the time to rail up and gwan bad…

midterm elections are coming, don’t worry

I think there needs to be a collective of folks to pass out informative posters, cards etc to get the word out. 

I cannot sit back and let these cretins to continue to fuck us over

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glolovesfelines:

IM A CAT AND A DOG PERSON CATS ARE JUST EASIER FOR ME TO TAKE CARE OF THATS WHY IVE BECOME A CRAZY CAT LADY THATS MY LIFE STORY RIGHT THERE K BYE

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karnythia:

deducecanoe:

beautytruthandstrangeness:

deducecanoe:

soyeahso:

deducecanoe:

dontbearuiner:

vthebookworm:

queerqueerspawn:

inlovewiththepractice:

never forget.

My “favorite” thing about Ayn Rand is that you can completely and utterly hate her and her toxic opinions and yet not even know about whole entire unexplored worlds of shittiness that she contains.

Why I hate gringos
Exhibit A

This quote is new to me.
Wow, she was such a shitstain.
I’m glad she died alone.

OMG natives don’t deserve their land cos they’re not exploiting the resources, u guise.

Hey so I see you’re using your finished basement as an exercise room. I would totally use this as a craft room so I’m just going to kill you and move in.

*nods* seems legit.

Seems like time to upgrade my opinion on Ayn Rand from “Can’t stand” to “Wouldn’t piss on if on fire.”

I think her books are the blueprint for the current version of the Republican party.

Actually they are. Paul Ryan is a fan of Ayn Rand though now he claims he isn’t. And he’s not alone. A lot of current Republicans read Rand in their adolescence & bought in wholeheartedly.

karnythia:

deducecanoe:

beautytruthandstrangeness:

deducecanoe:

soyeahso:

deducecanoe:

dontbearuiner:

vthebookworm:

queerqueerspawn:

inlovewiththepractice:

never forget.

My “favorite” thing about Ayn Rand is that you can completely and utterly hate her and her toxic opinions and yet not even know about whole entire unexplored worlds of shittiness that she contains.

Why I hate gringos

Exhibit A

This quote is new to me.

Wow, she was such a shitstain.

I’m glad she died alone.

OMG natives don’t deserve their land cos they’re not exploiting the resources, u guise.

Hey so I see you’re using your finished basement as an exercise room. I would totally use this as a craft room so I’m just going to kill you and move in.

*nods* seems legit.

Seems like time to upgrade my opinion on Ayn Rand from “Can’t stand” to “Wouldn’t piss on if on fire.”

I think her books are the blueprint for the current version of the Republican party.

Actually they are. Paul Ryan is a fan of Ayn Rand though now he claims he isn’t. And he’s not alone. A lot of current Republicans read Rand in their adolescence & bought in wholeheartedly.

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matthewsagan:

caseyanthonyofficial:

We’re all going to be dead in a month 

i hope not there’s a lot of stuff left in my queue

matthewsagan:

caseyanthonyofficial:

We’re all going to be dead in a month 

i hope not there’s a lot of stuff left in my queue

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queer-punk:

kiss my thighs and tell me i’m a princess

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sunfl0werpetal:

sunknowingly:


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Beautiful

favorite movie of all time

sunfl0werpetal:

sunknowingly:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Beautiful

favorite movie of all time

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