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taterpie:

Paul Westerberg gets a smacking kiss on the lips from Billie Joe Armstrong. I think we all want to do that to Paul.
Photo by Jeff Wheeler, Mpls Star Tribune.

taterpie:

Paul Westerberg gets a smacking kiss on the lips from Billie Joe Armstrong. I think we all want to do that to Paul.

Photo by Jeff Wheeler, Mpls Star Tribune.

tortle:

badassboner:

derangedhyena-delphinidae:

I did the sketch for this a few days ago and was going to make a more finished version for today, but my week was a little interesting.
So have the quick-colored and cleaned-up sketch.
Happy 50th Sea World. I’m bringing out the reality of that celebration. 50 years of piling up dead Shamus for human amusement.
Such an occasion, right?

You’re an ignorant fool if you believe this picture.

Orcas in the wild average a lifespan of 60 to 70 years. They can and have been recorded living to 100.All captive orcas have died under the age of 32.The average death is below the age of 10.(often below even 3)As of December 2013 159 orcas have died in captivity since orcas started being captured in th 1960s. The oldest of which was 32, her name was Nootka 5.(note that these do not include stillborn calves, misscarriages, or other unsuccessful pregnancies. Which are rampant, and many of the listed Orcas died due to pregnancy complications.)13 of these deaths are Seaworld Japan.16 are Seaworld of California.12 are Seaworld of Florida.10 are Seaworld of Texas.That means of the 159 Orca deaths in marine parks worldwide, a total 51 are in Seaworld parks.Not including Seaworld affiliate parks, or parks where Seaworld sent calves/adults.There are currently 53 living captive Orcas, 19 of them wild captured, 34 captive born.The majority of them being owned by the Seaworld parks, with 55% being in the U.S.( 2 in Seaworld Japan, 10 at Seaworld California, 7 at Seaworld Florida, 6 at Seaworld Texas.)I won’t go into the deplorable living conditions, but if you want hard statistics without opinion, here you go.Of the 212 killer whales in captivity since the 1960s, 159 are dead. All of them below the age of 32, all due to illness, injury, or complications. The majority of which at Seaworld parks.This does not include other marine mammal species, such as dolphins, other whales, etc.If handed any other animal with this statistic would you continue fighting for the practice for the sake of public entertainment?Source.Source.Source.Further reading:The wikipedia article on the subject.The wikipedia list of deceased orcas. It provides the causes of many, which are certainly horrifying. A warning to any who reads it.Former trainers speak out.A Cracked article written by a former trainer.I urge anyone to do their own research on the subject.Don’t be swayed by just what I have posted, but also do not be swayed b ywhat is being fed to you by the very organizations who use these animals for profit. As we all know, when presented with criticism any company will do their best to downplay it.

tortle:

badassboner:

derangedhyena-delphinidae:

I did the sketch for this a few days ago and was going to make a more finished version for today, but my week was a little interesting.

So have the quick-colored and cleaned-up sketch.

Happy 50th Sea World. I’m bringing out the reality of that celebration. 50 years of piling up dead Shamus for human amusement.

Such an occasion, right?

You’re an ignorant fool if you believe this picture.

Orcas in the wild average a lifespan of 60 to 70 years. They can and have been recorded living to 100.

All captive orcas have died under the age of 32.
The average death is below the age of 10.
(often below even 3)

As of December 2013 159 orcas have died in captivity since orcas started being captured in th 1960s. The oldest of which was 32, her name was Nootka 5.
(note that these do not include stillborn calves, misscarriages, or other unsuccessful pregnancies. Which are rampant, and many of the listed Orcas died due to pregnancy complications.)

13 of these deaths are Seaworld Japan.
16 are Seaworld of California.
12 are Seaworld of Florida.
10 are Seaworld of Texas.

That means of the 159 Orca deaths in marine parks worldwide, a total 51 are in Seaworld parks.
Not including Seaworld affiliate parks, or parks where Seaworld sent calves/adults.

There are currently 53 living captive Orcas, 19 of them wild captured, 34 captive born.
The majority of them being owned by the Seaworld parks, with 55% being in the U.S.
( 2 in Seaworld Japan, 10 at Seaworld California, 7 at Seaworld Florida, 6 at Seaworld Texas.)

I won’t go into the deplorable living conditions, but if you want hard statistics without opinion, here you go.
Of the 212 killer whales in captivity since the 1960s, 159 are dead. All of them below the age of 32, all due to illness, injury, or complications. The majority of which at Seaworld parks.
This does not include other marine mammal species, such as dolphins, other whales, etc.

If handed any other animal with this statistic would you continue fighting for the practice for the sake of public entertainment?

Source.
Source.
Source.

Further reading:
The wikipedia article on the subject.

The wikipedia list of deceased orcas. It provides the causes of many, which are certainly horrifying. A warning to any who reads it.

Former trainers speak out.

A Cracked article written by a former trainer.

I urge anyone to do their own research on the subject.
Don’t be swayed by just what I have posted, but also do not be swayed b ywhat is being fed to you by the very organizations who use these animals for profit. As we all know, when presented with criticism any company will do their best to downplay it.

The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.

“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”

Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.

She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.

“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime

“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”

Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.

Men and Women Do Not Have Different Brains, Claims Neuroscientist (via thegendercritic)

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”

– Carl Sagan  (via observando)