Bypass the system

Had a dream about fox clans. I need to take notes on it it was quite interesting. Under the cut is probably gibberish for you.

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montypla:

meloromantics:

appropriately-inappropriate:

audreyvhorne:

sttinkerbelle:

vmpolung:

knowledgeandlove:

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#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.
The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.
Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.
It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Beekeepers-
Provide a home for the bees
Keep that home warm in the winter
Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways
Still do not take all the honey, just in case
Protect the bees from predators
Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder
Their bees-
Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops
Help keep the local ecosystem healthy
Honey-
Is one of the healthiest things you can eat
Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives
Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc.
Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We’ve found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs)
Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much
Is a staple food in many people’s diets
Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too.

Just gonna chime in: While the above points all stand true and honey is indeed pretty awesome and consuming honey does not hurt the bees, on the contrary, one thing you gotta be careful about:Some companies like to sell you honey that has been cut with syrup. Or plain honey flavoured syrup. This seems to be especially prevalent in the USA, and I think it’s illegal in Germany? Don’t quote me on that though.In any case I know it’s rather common in the US so make sure you check the ingredients list and exact name of the product you’re buying!
Now go forth and eat honey :D {

montypla:

meloromantics:

appropriately-inappropriate:

audreyvhorne:

sttinkerbelle:

vmpolung:

knowledgeandlove:

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Fact check source

#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.

The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.

Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.

It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Beekeepers-

  • Provide a home for the bees
  • Keep that home warm in the winter
  • Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways
  • Still do not take all the honey, just in case
  • Protect the bees from predators
  • Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder

Their bees-

  • Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops
  • Help keep the local ecosystem healthy

Honey-

  • Is one of the healthiest things you can eat
  • Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives
  • Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc.
  • Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We’ve found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs)
  • Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much
  • Is a staple food in many people’s diets

Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too.

Just gonna chime in: While the above points all stand true and honey is indeed pretty awesome and consuming honey does not hurt the bees, on the contrary, one thing you gotta be careful about:
Some companies like to sell you honey that has been cut with syrup. Or plain honey flavoured syrup. This seems to be especially prevalent in the USA, and I think it’s illegal in Germany? Don’t quote me on that though.
In any case I know it’s rather common in the US so make sure you check the ingredients list and exact name of the product you’re buying!

Now go forth and eat honey :D

happydorid:

happydorid:

To go along with my Tea Spirits 2015 Calendar Kickstarter I’ll be giving away some free tea!

The winner will receive their choice of one tea (2oz) from the eight listed above. Teas are from the lovely Song Tea.

Rules

  • Reblog this post to enter. 
  • Up to two reblogs per person.
  • Shipping is on me. (anywhere in the world)
  • The winner will be chosen by random Oct 17 midnight PST!

And if you’re interested in the calendar or teas check out the project here

last day to enter! Picking the winner tonight

dreamsofhibernation:

hannoccitty:

Why is that when everyone says "I don’t prefer this or that, I like your body" it makes no sense to me?

Don’t you have a native preference for something?

??????

This is interesting because I cannot come to terms about this with myself. I do have a native preference aka my definition of beauty/cuteness which is set in stone… but bodies are so different, it’s hard to stick to it and when I like someone, they become cute/beautiful anway, no matter if they fit that preference or not. So I guess it makes sense for people to say that when they realise their preferences don’t matter that much any longer as soon as they like someone? Maybe. Maybe they just don’t have a preference, which would be weird — but only because we have one.

Everyone though? I thought this world was hard and cold and a lot of people had preferences that they will stick to no matter how specific and unrealistic these preferences are.

The thing with tastes is that they are not set in stone, nor are they always obvious, nor are they limited to one “type”. Tastes change over time, and getting to know someone and growing attached to them tends to make them more beautiful in your eyes, too (see dreamsofhibernation's comment).

I’m the contrary of you, you see, I don’t understand how people can limit themselves to one type. To bring a relatively non-sexual example: I like people with adorably tiny little hands that you can wrap your own around and keep warm, and people with long, slender fingers that look beautifully elegant and feel delicate and soft to hold, and people with large, broad hands with rough skin that feels all scratchy and intense to touch and who can wrap you up in them like a blanket. Everything has its perks and beautiful sides, how the hell do you only pick one and miss out on all the others!?

There are still people that I find beautiful and people that I don’t find all that beautiful, and people I find attractive and people I don’t, but it’s difficult to find a clear, cookie cut “type”. There are maybe some characteristics that will appear more often (eg I apparently have a soft spot for guys with long hair and girls with short hair) but I’ve been attracted to short guys and tall guys and sporty girls and chubby girls and browns and blondes and people with various skin colors, and in the end I figure a “type” is not really… important.
Someone is attractive to you, or beautiful to you, or they’re not. And maybe if they’re not they’ll grow to be as you learn to know them more, and the little quirks they have (that one weird spot on their collarbone that never gets darker even when they tan, the specific way they move, etc).

AND don’t even get me started on hormones because some people may look average to you but then you get closer and they smell like the most delicious thing since sugar bread and aflkdfgh please lemme hug you forever yes. There are factors to “attractiveness” that you are not even aware of because it’s your subconscious and hormones talking, how do you even start quantifying that?

I dunno, I just feel like it’s  really hard to put attraction into yes/no boxes, even for an individual person. I sure can’t.
But I also don’t think it’s important.

rawr0609:

9c9bs:

The real problem with people fussing over Pluto all the time is it represents the priorities of the public - preserving traditions rather than accepting facts. The pursuit of science is about building a sustainable catalog of truths, and there is no advantage in altering truths to appease nostalgia. 

wow

xekstrin:

thedovahcat:

ALL THE BUILDUP FOR THAT YOU WIGGLY NOODLE

ferrets are ridiculous

I can confirm this is 100% ferret behaviour. They’re supposed to be burrowing animals but somehow they didn’t get the memo. {

xekstrin:

thedovahcat:

ALL THE BUILDUP FOR THAT YOU WIGGLY NOODLE

ferrets are ridiculous

I can confirm this is 100% ferret behaviour. They’re supposed to be burrowing animals but somehow they didn’t get the memo.

(Source: funnyandhilarious)

I just saw dead poet society for the first time and fuck I need a tissue.
A box of tissues.

I had never heard of pumpkin spice latte before tumblr decided to go batshit about it, but since it’s apparently so incredibly delicious I set myself to finding one here in Germany.

… Aka I went to Starbucks.

My conclusion is that it’s not quite worth the hype it gets. It does taste kinda nice but it’s about a million times to sweet for me. Maybe I will try an unsweetened one for comparison.

Flower Lair Review for Ammoth!

flightofbabylon:

Here ya go ammoth! Hope you like it~

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Generation nine: (almost done!)

Heir: Ilex - obsidian Tiger/Seafoam/Aqua Underbelly - Male Skydancer

Mate: Ivy - Carribean Iridescent/Teal Shimmer/Aqua Gembond - Female Imperial - 15.000T

Goal: At this point, something pretty, triple gened and kinda blue would be nice.

Points: 170 + 7 = 182