Last month I had the chance to see an amazing research project in action: the capturing and tagging of snowy owls on the coast of Maryland.
Snowy owls usually spend their summers up in the arctic circle, and their winters in Canada. But this year, a huge migration of the owls — the largest seen in decades — brought owls as far south as Florida.
What caused the owl population boom? A lemming population boom! Lemmings are small, hamster-like rodents — and they’re owls’ primary prey in the arctic. That first photo (taken by biologist Jean-Francois Therrien in Northern Quebec) shows a snowy owl nest ringed with the carcasses of 70 lemmings - a feast waiting for the soon-to-be hatched owlets.
Once those owlets grew up, they spread south into the US. Owl researchers seized the opportunity to capture a few of the owls and equip them with super-light, solar-powered GPS transmitters.
Bottom two photos: Meredith Rizzo/NPR
Okay, this is actually what you do if you’re being sexually harassed in any kind of public space. Draw attention to it, preferably pull away and let EVERYONE know that someone is touching you. This will not only get him to get off you but he’ll definitely think about this situation next time he wants to do something like this.
Spreading the word.
My mom and I were talking about this today after hearing about a woman who was molested on a plane who said nothing until she was picked up at the airport by her parents. My mom looked at me and asked what I would do in that situation and I looked her dead in the eye and I told her “it would take me .02 seconds to realize what was going on and yell angrily, and then I would be straight on to bitch slapping him so hard he wouldn’t be able to see the punch I’d throw with the opposite hand”.
She nodded and accepted my salty language like a seasoned sailor.
I’ve had experience with this before, in Prague a group of five girls and I were followed by three men at night. After a while they started yelling at us, the most common being “how much?” Meaning how much we “cost” as prostitutes. Seeing as they weren’t going to stop, I turned on my heel, faced them (which surprised them), spat at their feet and responded with “You couldn’t afford me.” This prompted the other girls to start yelling back at them as well, starting with our spitfire Czech friend to start slinging curses in Czech as she and the rest of the girls came up beside me. Needless to say the men backed off and pretty much fled. They weren’t expecting a fight. It empowered me and encouraged the rest of the girls to yell back too.
I’ve heard that a lot of people don’t know what to do in this situation because they’ve been taught all their lives to be polite and non-aggressive. Keep your heads down or whatever.
Keep in mind that studies have shown that rapists look for victims who won’t fight back.
Remember that nobody has the right to touch you without your consent or harass you, and you have all the right to make the biggest fuss about it that you can possibly make.
Get angry. Be in command.
If I can share one piece of information with the world it would be this one thing. In order to change the world you need to know the rules to the world. Most people see things that are messed up, but go on with their daily lives doing nothing, because they don’t know anything they…
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not just women are sexually violated
it is 3:20 in the goddamn morning i should not be laughing this much
how is this funny
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
Re blogging for commentary mostly. How are people so ignorant? The ONLY thing you can buy w food stamps is fucking FOOD.
Super useful! I’ve used it as a hair conditioner and deodorant and vegetable oil substitute in baking and so far it’s working out pretty well :-)