xenologer: (objection!)
Me: I am pretty sure I just successfully identified the sucker size wounds and beak wound of an attack by a giant pacific octopus before the Winchester boys on Supernatural did.
JW: ...
JW: Holmesy.
JW: Dude.
Me: They haven't figured it out yet. But I swear that's a beak wound.
Me: Come on.
Me: Get with the beak channel.
JW: Dude, really?
JW: Go back to school. Become a marine biologist. Just make it official.
JW: Specializing in cephalopods.
Me: That's not a vampire bite! That's a beak wound. That's a fucking beak.
Me: God I should do that.
JW: Or an entomologist specializing in bees, yeah.
Me: But I would have to move, I think. Not a lot of marine biology to be done in Indiana.
JW: You could totally do entomologist.
JW: And then you'd have enough shared background to tack on marine biology pretty easily in the future.
Me: I don't like dead bugs. They sorta squick me.
JW: That's fair.
JW: They are quite weird.
Me: They're hollow! D:
Me: WHY ARE THEY HOLLOW
Me: ugh

kitteh!

Mar. 1st, 2009 10:22 pm
xenologer: (snail cuddle)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] mothwentbad.

Horse and cat, BFF. It's fun.

kitteh!

Mar. 1st, 2009 10:22 pm
xenologer: (snail cuddle)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] mothwentbad.

Horse and cat, BFF. It's fun.

kitteh!

Mar. 1st, 2009 10:22 pm
xenologer: (snail cuddle)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] mothwentbad.

Horse and cat, BFF. It's fun.

xenologer: (hope)
New Legislation Would Expand Domestic Violence Laws to Include Pets (h/t Feministe)

It looks like both Washington and Iowa are considering legislation that would include family pets under domestic violence protections.  In Washington, the legislation would allow courts to issue restraining orders against abusers that include pets as well as the abused party; and in Iowa, the legislation would not only allow restraining orders to be issued, but would also allow a court to issue an order giving the abused party full custody of the pet(s) without a restraining order.

On the surface, for the uninitiated, this may seem a bit silly, or even trivializing of domestic violence.  But indeed, it’s anything but.  These pieces of legislation aren’t just about protecting animals — who, I would argue, do indeed deserve our protection.  They’re primarily about protecting the abused human.

How?  Because it’s not at all uncommon for abusers to used beloved family pets to get to their victims. They may threaten the safety or life of the pet in order to prevent the abused person from leaving, and may actually do harm to the pet, including torturing and killing it in order to do emotional damage to the human victim.

Any of us who has a pet who they love dearly can easily relate to this.  If someone threatened my cat, who I love more than almost anything?  Yeah, that’d probably work.  And it actually does work in a lot of cases.  People, especially women, have been murdered because they couldn’t stand the thought of harm being done to their animals.

So this legislation is good news.  It has the potential to save both animal and human lives.  And if you live in either state?  You should be contacting your legislators to let them know that you support it.

See Abyss2Hope for more.


xenologer: (hope)
New Legislation Would Expand Domestic Violence Laws to Include Pets (h/t Feministe)

It looks like both Washington and Iowa are considering legislation that would include family pets under domestic violence protections.  In Washington, the legislation would allow courts to issue restraining orders against abusers that include pets as well as the abused party; and in Iowa, the legislation would not only allow restraining orders to be issued, but would also allow a court to issue an order giving the abused party full custody of the pet(s) without a restraining order.

On the surface, for the uninitiated, this may seem a bit silly, or even trivializing of domestic violence.  But indeed, it’s anything but.  These pieces of legislation aren’t just about protecting animals — who, I would argue, do indeed deserve our protection.  They’re primarily about protecting the abused human.

How?  Because it’s not at all uncommon for abusers to used beloved family pets to get to their victims. They may threaten the safety or life of the pet in order to prevent the abused person from leaving, and may actually do harm to the pet, including torturing and killing it in order to do emotional damage to the human victim.

Any of us who has a pet who they love dearly can easily relate to this.  If someone threatened my cat, who I love more than almost anything?  Yeah, that’d probably work.  And it actually does work in a lot of cases.  People, especially women, have been murdered because they couldn’t stand the thought of harm being done to their animals.

So this legislation is good news.  It has the potential to save both animal and human lives.  And if you live in either state?  You should be contacting your legislators to let them know that you support it.

See Abyss2Hope for more.


xenologer: (hope)
New Legislation Would Expand Domestic Violence Laws to Include Pets (h/t Feministe)

It looks like both Washington and Iowa are considering legislation that would include family pets under domestic violence protections.  In Washington, the legislation would allow courts to issue restraining orders against abusers that include pets as well as the abused party; and in Iowa, the legislation would not only allow restraining orders to be issued, but would also allow a court to issue an order giving the abused party full custody of the pet(s) without a restraining order.

On the surface, for the uninitiated, this may seem a bit silly, or even trivializing of domestic violence.  But indeed, it’s anything but.  These pieces of legislation aren’t just about protecting animals — who, I would argue, do indeed deserve our protection.  They’re primarily about protecting the abused human.

How?  Because it’s not at all uncommon for abusers to used beloved family pets to get to their victims. They may threaten the safety or life of the pet in order to prevent the abused person from leaving, and may actually do harm to the pet, including torturing and killing it in order to do emotional damage to the human victim.

Any of us who has a pet who they love dearly can easily relate to this.  If someone threatened my cat, who I love more than almost anything?  Yeah, that’d probably work.  And it actually does work in a lot of cases.  People, especially women, have been murdered because they couldn’t stand the thought of harm being done to their animals.

So this legislation is good news.  It has the potential to save both animal and human lives.  And if you live in either state?  You should be contacting your legislators to let them know that you support it.

See Abyss2Hope for more.


xenologer: (simon smile)
  1. Surveying high school students about whether they're interested in X or Y University somehow makes my employer more money than doing fundraising for those same universities. I have no idea how this works, because one of these jobs takes skill and they really ought to be charging more for our willingness to ruin our consciences and emotional equilibrium for a fat paycheck.
  2. Stroking the Shark: Not Just a Euphemism!
  3. I am enjoying this Nightwish I have on my computer more than I expected, but the last three songs all seem to have been about someone having a miscarriage and why that sucks. o_o
  4. After about a year, trust is established in friendships and truths are told. That seems to be when everything falls apart. Maybe the answer is to lie a little longer?
  5. Politics in roleplaying settings: Phase One: Riot! Phase Three: Social Reform! (Though, to be fair, the RP that spawned this little remark actually had a rather well-sparked riot with a great speech and everything.)
  6. Sharpening its beak makes a bird feel good. It's comforting, so I'm told. Maybe I've got more fowl in me than cat, after all...
  7. There is no official Emergency Contraception fatwa in Egypt.
xenologer: (simon smile)
  1. Surveying high school students about whether they're interested in X or Y University somehow makes my employer more money than doing fundraising for those same universities. I have no idea how this works, because one of these jobs takes skill and they really ought to be charging more for our willingness to ruin our consciences and emotional equilibrium for a fat paycheck.
  2. Stroking the Shark: Not Just a Euphemism!
  3. I am enjoying this Nightwish I have on my computer more than I expected, but the last three songs all seem to have been about someone having a miscarriage and why that sucks. o_o
  4. After about a year, trust is established in friendships and truths are told. That seems to be when everything falls apart. Maybe the answer is to lie a little longer?
  5. Politics in roleplaying settings: Phase One: Riot! Phase Three: Social Reform! (Though, to be fair, the RP that spawned this little remark actually had a rather well-sparked riot with a great speech and everything.)
  6. Sharpening its beak makes a bird feel good. It's comforting, so I'm told. Maybe I've got more fowl in me than cat, after all...
  7. There is no official Emergency Contraception fatwa in Egypt.
xenologer: (simon smile)
  1. Surveying high school students about whether they're interested in X or Y University somehow makes my employer more money than doing fundraising for those same universities. I have no idea how this works, because one of these jobs takes skill and they really ought to be charging more for our willingness to ruin our consciences and emotional equilibrium for a fat paycheck.
  2. Stroking the Shark: Not Just a Euphemism!
  3. I am enjoying this Nightwish I have on my computer more than I expected, but the last three songs all seem to have been about someone having a miscarriage and why that sucks. o_o
  4. After about a year, trust is established in friendships and truths are told. That seems to be when everything falls apart. Maybe the answer is to lie a little longer?
  5. Politics in roleplaying settings: Phase One: Riot! Phase Three: Social Reform! (Though, to be fair, the RP that spawned this little remark actually had a rather well-sparked riot with a great speech and everything.)
  6. Sharpening its beak makes a bird feel good. It's comforting, so I'm told. Maybe I've got more fowl in me than cat, after all...
  7. There is no official Emergency Contraception fatwa in Egypt.

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