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Jun 7

Sometimes they bring in nestlings
Unfinished, feather-boned
With crops and sometimes lungs
That bulge with milk.

I rescued it. Their guileless smiles
are earnest as a dairy -
what can one do? Birds
are not mammals,
you can’t eat scrambled cow’s egg,
I don’t know how to tell you this.

In truth, you take the cooling naked scrap
and watch it vomit white, wait,
tuck it in a black sack.

And after all I’ve done for you
They gleam with milkfed teeth.

And if it lives: grow up
but not like that.
Pray keep your shoulders straight;
no need to flap;
Pray don’t make us
make more allowances;
Pray drink your milk
and fix those fragile bones.

polyverse:

Me and housemate just made this out of all the conservative spam sent to our house.You’re welcome. 

we did a help

polyverse:

Me and housemate just made this out of all the conservative spam sent to our house.

You’re welcome. 

we did a help

May 6
fairy-wren:

cassowary
photo by dianse h

I am extremely angry today but I do like cassowaries quite a lot

fairy-wren:

cassowary

photo by dianse h

I am extremely angry today but I do like cassowaries quite a lot

zooborns:

Okapi Bonds With Mom at Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo welcomed a rare Okapi calf on February 3! He has been named Jabari, Swahili for ‘brave’.

Learn more about this unique species at Zooborns.

http://illustratedjai.tumblr.com/post/78198215522/dubiousculturalartifact-saltpetres-i-want-a

dubiousculturalartifact:

saltpetres:

i want a good omens movie but it has to be perfect and it won’t be therefore i do not want a good omens movie

The Good Omens movie is announced.

Neil Gaiman publicly states his approval with every aspect of the movie, and stresses how true…

(Source: opaldrone)

Before we left, Grandmother talked a lot about the arctic night we would fly through. ‘Isn’t it a mystical word, “arctic”? Pure and quite hard. And meridians. Isn’t that pretty? We’re going to fly along them, faster than the light can follow us… Time won’t be able to catch us.

- Tove Jansson, from her book Art in Nature. (via allthingsmoomin)

neilska:

this gif has made me laugh for like ten hours someone help me find the source

neilska:

this gif has made me laugh for like ten hours someone help me find the source

(Source: magnerdo)

fartymcmly:

cute date ideas:

  • follow birds around
  • talk to birds
  • draw birds together
  • go to the zoo to look at the birds
  • go shopping and buy shirts with birds on them
  • birds

Because I’m decidedly left-wing, a couple of sweet friends have been a bit confused about why I’m so vocally anti-… what to call it? The ostensibly progressive subculture I live within and see online. (am tagging theflyingromana because she has expressed surprise about it quite a few times, not because I’m accusing her of any of the behaviour!!)

So, here’s a list of some of my problems with it, in no particular order:

  • Enabling of abusive behaviour “oh, he’s one of us, listen to his loud feminist opinions, he couldn’t possibly abuse anyone. Oh, he did? But he’s a feminist, so we’d better carry on as we are.”

  • Further behaviour that dramatically contrasts with expressed beliefs - “he’s a man with loud feminist opinions. It’s fine that his female housemates and partners do absolutely all his housework and constantly clean up after him emotionally too.”

  • Cheating under the guise of polyamory/treating polyamory like it’s an orientation/polyamory with terrible communication/really slimy polyamorous people, both men and women (and this all being conflated with respectful open relationships)

  • Voices of people who have never dated the same sex and are not transsexual but are politically “queer” being prioritised over voices of people in same-sex relationships and transsexual people

  • Treatment of homosexuality/bisexuality like they are a special secret club rather than, like heterosexuality, a neutral accident of birth (fetishisation is also homophobia)

  • Ignorance of social class-based oppression (those who don’t ignore class entirely ignore it in more minor ways “let’s definitely make this debate inaccessible to anyone who hasn’t studied these specific texts you can only really access at university by using all of their jargon”)

  • People who are actively faking aspects of their oppressed status (I can’t diagnose as I am not a professional, but I would hazard a guess at Munchausen’s) being prioritised because they say all the right things / use all the academic jargon and the actual members of those oppressed groups sometimes don’t

So, the culture is the same shit as everywhere else (sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, disablism, abuse) but because everyone is nominally progressive they can also be self-congratulatory about how they’re more enlightened than the preps normals plebs everyone else.

It’s true that everyone else includes people like the violent racist fantasist scary guy and his misogynistic manipulative girlfriend that my girlfriend lived with for a bit, or my colleague who TALKS VERY SLOWLY at both disabled people and women – however, everyone else also includes people who are wise and kind and considerate even if they don’t know all about academic identity politics.