“Haiti was one of the riches colonies int he world. In 1789, Haiti produced 75% of the world’s sugar and was the leading producer of cotton.
The island is the source of roughly 1/5 of France’s wealth. France turned Haiti into a slave colony and started massive deforestation.
When the French were driven out in 1804, this was a frightening shock to the world—Haiti became the first free, black, former slave country.
Haiti was immediately punished for this liberation: France imposed an extreme indemnity on Haiti to enter the international economy.
Haiti didn’t finish paying until after WWII. The United States imposed yet a harsher sentence—they refused to recognize Haiti until 1862.
Interestingly, 1862 was the same year the US recognized Liberia, and for the same reason: it was the year of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Unsure with what to do with a massive population of freed Black people, the most popular idea was to ship them off to Haiti and Liberia.
That plan was dropped after the South was given authority to institute a system that was, in many ways, worse than slavery: convict leasing.
The first US prison boom resulted from convict leasing, where millions of mostly Black men were arrested & thrown in mines & cotton fields.
In the 1870s, the US took over from France in torturing Haiti. In the late 19th century there were dozens of military interventions.
The worst, led by Woodrow Wilson (Nobel Laureate), was in 1915, when the US military brutally attacked Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
It was bad in DR, but worse in Haiti because they were “n*****s, not spics.” Wilson re-instituted slavery in Haiti & killed ~15,000 people.
The US marines drove out the Haitian parliament at gun-point because they wouldn’t accept the US version of a new Haitian Constitution.
The US Constitution, written by FDR, included provisions for US corporations to buy up Haitian land-“progressive legislation” it was called.
The only way to develop Haiti was to allow US corporations to buy it; since Haitians couldn’t understand, Parliament had to be disbanded.
The Haitan people–“n*****s speaking French” as William Jennings Bryan referred to them–didn’t want the US Constitution.
The marines then *did* hold a referendum: 5% of the population voted, and the US Constitution won 99.99% of the vote.
Most of the population was driven off, and the US left both countries—Haiti/DR—in the hands of brutal militaries, trained by the US marines.
In the 1980s, the atrocities escalated again: the World Bank/USAID were created and determined to make Haiti “the Taiwan of the Caribbean.”
The proposal included policies that were the exact *opposite* of the ones pursued by Taiwan.
Haiti—under threat of force—followed the advice of the World Bank, which was to drive the population from the countryside into the cities.
The World Bank plan required they gut spending on education, social programs, and infrastructure, because economics explains that’s a waste.
There were political developments: an "election” in 1986. Baby Doc, the 2nd of the Duvaliers, was elected after winning 99.98% of the vote.
Ronald Reagan praised “Democratic progress” in Haiti, and subsequently increased aid to the military junta.
Nobody was paying attention, but behind all of the terror and monstrosities, the Haitians were engaging in remarkable grassroots activism.
In 1990, Haitians committed a major crime, which required serious punishment: there was a free election, & the Haitians voted the wrong way.
If you want to know what happens when you vote the wrong way in a free and open election, ask the people in Gaza.
Amazingly, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a populist priest and a strong proponent of liberation theology, won the election with 2/3 of the vote.
The United States immediately shifted all military aid to the business-led opposition to lay the basis for overthrowing the government.
Aristide was quite successful–it looked, for a while, that Haiti might not only become free and democratic, but fall out of US hands.
The military coup took place 7 months after Aristide’s election. In response, the Organization of American States imposed an embargo.
The US technically joined the embargo, but within a few weeks, Bush 41 modified the terms, allowing US corporations to violate the embargo.
Bush (+ Clinton) issued Presidential Directives blocking oil shipments to the military, but both secretly permitted Texaco Oil to send oil.
In 1994, Clinton did send in the marines and allowed Aristide to return, but under very harsh conditions:
Aristide must accept the program of the defeated candidate in the 1990 election–neoliberal policies that destroyed Haitian agriculture.
Well there was another election in 2000, and Aristide won handily. The United States, under George W. Bush, blocked all aid to Haiti.
Haiti had to pay interest on the aid it wasn’t getting.
Meanwhile, the country was being hit by natural disasters, magnified by the destruction of the land and society over the past 200 years.
In 2004, Haiti’s two main torturers (France & the US) invaded, kidnapped Aristide, exiled him to Central Africa & re-imposed the military.
And now we’re reaching the present moment. In January 2010, a major earthquake hit Haiti and killed ~300,000 people.
Aristide submitted a request to France to provide aid to Haiti to help after the indemnity they imposed; they put together a govt committee.
Headed by Régis Debray, a liberal French politician, the committee determined that there was no merit in the request.
After more than 200 years of terror and torture, it is time for the United States and France to pay *substantial* reparations to Haiti.”
1. hates donald trump
2. got his ear pierced at claires because why not
3. legit asks people to beat him up in action scenes EVEN NOW AS AN OLD MAN
4. is arguably one of the most iconic star wars characters yet couldnt give less of a crap abt star wars
5. the universe tried to kill him (or at least permanently incapacitate him) twice in 2015 and it only mildly inconvenienced him
6. flies helicopters in search and rescue missions
7. was in his 40s for the majority of the indiana jones series which is insane when you think about all the stunts involved
8. quote “the director yells cut and harrison cracks open a beer and then builds a fucking shed”
9. arguably sexy
10. points angrily and its super effective
11. is just a really sweet person
12. no really my dad worked with him on firewall as the tech advisor and he was just a really swell guy
13. got my mom’s birth date from my dad and sent her flowers
14. he sent my mom flowers for her birthday
15. he didn’t even know her he just wanted to be sweet
this was a beautiful and necessary edition to this post thank you oh my god
When he was asked to be in Jimmy Kimmel’s “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck” video, in which he pulled up alongside them in a car and gave Jimmy a little wink and an air-kiss, when he showed up at the set he looked kind of put out. Kimmel was afraid he wasn’t down with what they were asking. But he just said, “I don’t know, this wardrobe…don’t you have anything mesh that I could wear?”
When he was filming “Witness” he rented a small farm from a friend of mine. At the end of the filming my friend went and checked out the property as usual. He noticed the barn door had been leveled so it no longer would swing open on it’s own. Went into the house and saw the closets had been redone, in the kitchen the cabinets had been replaced and all the drawers now opened really well. Turns out that there were thousands of dollars of work and materials put into fixing up everything at the place.
My friend called Ford and asked him how much he was asking for the work. Ford told him doing that kind of thing helped him relax and stay sane when he was filming. Would not take a dime. Plus he paid for a new water heater and got the sewage system cleaned out.
And he paid rent to live there the entire time.
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My step sister was driving through Wyoming once, near Ford’s ranch. She stops for gas, and as she’s filling up, this huge motorcycle roars in behind her, scared the pants off her. The rider, dressed in all black steps off, and she yells at him “who do you think you are blasting in here like that, you Darth Vader looking motherfucker?”. He takes off the helmet, and it’s Harrison Ford, and without missing a beat he says
“Hey! I’m not Darth Vader, I’m Luke Skywalker”
From the co-production designer on The Force Awakens, Darren Gilford:
“The Millennium Falcon was the first thing we were actually building. I had been in London and I came home back to L.A. for Christmas. So I go to Sports Chalet to do some last-minute shopping; I get there early, run to the back of the store, get what I need. I’m coming back through the store, and I just happen to pass this person holding up a pair of ski pants, and it’s Harrison Ford. I look at him, he looks at me and puts his head right down. I can tell he doesn’t want to be bothered; I’m sure from the look on my face he knew I knew who he was.
So I walk past him, and after about 10 feet I think, ‘If there’s ever a time to say hello to Harrison Ford, I’m building the Millennium Falcon!’ So I turn around very hesitantly and go, ‘Harrison, I’m sorry to bother you. I’m co-production designer on the new Star Wars, I’m just back from London, and I’ve been building the Falcon.’ A big smile came across his face, he put his hand out, and we had such a great conversation — he couldn’t have been sweeter.
As I’m walking away, he goes, ‘Darren!’ and calls me back. He goes, ‘The toggle switches.’ I go, ‘Toggle switches.’ He goes, ‘The toggle switches on the Falcon. When they built it the first time, they bought cheap toggle switches without any springs in them. Every time I threw a toggle switch, it fell back; it wouldn’t hold. It drove me crazy. Please, make sure the toggle switches are fixed this time.’ I go, ‘No problem! I’ll take care of it!’
So months go by, I’m back in London, we’re getting close [to principal photography], and I get a phone call saying J.J.’s headed down to check out the cockpit, and Harrison’s with him. I run down there and I see J.J. in the passenger seat and Harrison in the pilot seat. They’re just giddy; they’re having so much fun. And then I see Harrison look up, and he just starts throwing all the toggle switches: boom, boom, boom, boom. [Laughs.] And I remember thinking, ‘Phew, minor victory. Take solace in that and move on. Next task.’ That’s my favorite story.”
HARRISON FORD SMILES WHEN MEETING CREW MEMBERS AND IS A NERD FOR FUNCTIONING PRODUCTION DESIGN
Don’t forget about his Halloween costumes
Harrison ford is a chaotic-good-aligned cryptid, confirmed
Si vives en Europa ahora tendrás la oportunidad de optar por una de las 75.000 becas para estudiantes de programación que estará ofreciendo Google junto a la gente de la plataforma educativa en linea, Udacity.
El plazo para aplicar por las primera 60.000 ayudas que forman parte del Scholarships Challenge ya está abierto, es un proyecto creado para ofrecer cursos tanto para principiantes como para programadores más avanzados.
Puedes aplicar por una de las becas si vives en la Unión Europea, Rusia, Egipto Turquía e Israel y tienes al menos 18 años. El programa incluye cursos de desarrollo web y para Android.
Se te harán varias preguntas sobre tu disponibilidad de horas para dedicar al programa y si actualmente tienes trabajo. También solicitan tu perfil de LinkedIn, si tienes uno. Hay un cuestionario de conocimientos que debes llenar como prerequisito para los programas más avanzados y también un cuestionario sobre tus metas con el programa.
Los asientos disponibles están divididos en dos programas. De los 30.000 disponibles para los cursos de desarrollo web, 20.000 son para principiantes y 10.000 son para programadores con experiencia.
Todos ofrecen tres meses de acceso a el contenido de los cursos, además del soporte de los mentores de Udacity. Si destacas y eres uno de los 3.000 estudiantes al tope de la clase, entonces serás premiado con un Nanodegree de Udacity, estos son cursos especializados mucho más largos y completos.
Tienes hasta el 15 de octubre de 2017 para optar por una de las becas, si eres elegido serás notificado el 30 de octubre y los cursos comienzan el 6 de noviembre de 2017.
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La noticia Google y Udacity están ofreciendo 75.000 becas para que tomes cursos gratuitos de programación fue publicada originalmente en Genbeta por Gabriela González .
Do you know how many dogs I’ve met that get scared or anxious around men because in their previous home men hit them? A lot, and they are very protective of the women who have adopted them now.
Men who are violent towards women are often violent towards animals as well. They think we’re all chattel. If a man wants you to choose between your dog or cat or him, dump the guy. Those animals will love you for the rest of your life, loyal and true.
Actually, I have something to add.
The other day I saw a story where a woman was asking why her dogs had suddenly started growling at her boyfriend whenever he was in the same room as her son.
And my immediate thought was ‘that boyfriend has hurt the kid somehow.’
Spoilers: that was exactly the case.
Trust ur dogs when they say something is off.
The first time my sister came to visit, via plane, after I got my dog, pupper growled at her and wouldn’t go near her for the first day. Next visit was by car (two day drive)and pupper LOVED my sister. They snuggled and played and none of us could figure out why the change. We thought maybe the scent of my sisters cat had lingered on her clothes, making that first visit a rough one. Whereas when she came by car, the scent had had time to wear off. Well that was partially true…
Fast forward about six months when I went north to visit my family. My sister walked into my parents’ house and pupper ran to greet my sister. Stopped dead in her tracks and started growling and barking. Hackles raised, full protection mode. My sisters husband had just walked in behind her.
My precious puppy wanted NOTHING to do with him. She barked, growled, ran away, and sat between him and my sister. Y'all my dog had spent maybe a weekend a half around my sister but protected her like this was her flesh and blood.
Eventually, my sister filed for divorce on grounds of “Extreme and repeated mental, emotional, and sexual abuse.” Divorce was final in less than a month because her claims were substantiated.
Trust the dog, honey. They KNOW.
I’ve never owned dogs, but I used to work with horses (which are a lot like big dogs).
There was this one horse I worked with named Tonto. He was a doll. He followed me like a puppy, snuck treats out of my pocket, he was the sweetest thing. We were practically inseparable.
A guy I was considering dating came to visit me one day, and Tonto wanted NOTHING to do with him. Normally well behaved, he shoved himself between us and would NOT let this guy near me. He was stomping, acting really aggressive, and tried to bite the guy. This horse was practically dragging me back toward the barn. At that moment, despite being like, 17, I knew something was up, and ultimately things didn’t pan out for guy and me.
A year later I found out he had lied about his age (he said he was 18 but he was actually 27) he was arrested for sexually assaulting an 11 year old girl.
TRUST THE ANIMALS.
wait….are any americans aware that the cia overthrew the democratically-elected premier of iran in 1953 because he wouldn’t concede to western oil demands….and how that coup was the reason for the shah’s return to power, the iranian revolution, and the resulting fundamentalist dictatorship…..like, america literally dissolved iranian democracy and no one knows about it???
No. No we don’t know about it.
Americans aren’t told this shit.
The only thing we’re taught about any Middle Eastern country in school is that 1) the region exists 2) it’s where The War is happening and 3) Muslim people live there. That’s it. Maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get into the Hammurabi Code and some early Babylonian stuff but American schools seem to think that if it happened outside Europe and before the colonial period, or makes America look bad and isn’t about A Very Watered Down Version of What Slavery Was, it’s not important.
Info on this is almost notoriously hard to find. It’s not in any texts on American and Russian involvement in the Middle East during the Cold War that I can find. You have to specifically look for a book about the Shah’s return to power, and even then you’d be hard pressed to find a book like that at your local bookstore. Once you get into some higher level college courses you might know about it, but the people who can afford those are more likely to already be indoctrinated into a certain Way of Thinking (read: they’re racist as shit) by the time they get there. And it’s almost like you have to know about it beforehand if you want to find information on it.
The only reason I knew about it is because there’s a thirty second summary of the event in Persepolis. Those thirty seconds flipped my entire worldview.
“All the Shah’s Men” by Stephen Kinzer is a good, accessible text for people who want to know more about this.
I had to explain literally this to one of my co-workers, who is so fuckin racist against Middle Eastern people it’s insane.
She’s 60. She never heard of this.
As I was explaining this and how, during the Regan years, we funded Osama Bin Laden to fight against Russia, leading to the destruction of much of the infrastructure in the region, one of the plant workers came in to get his badge fixed.
He works in the quality control lab. He served 15 years active duty in the Army. Super smart guy, has a masters in chemistry and another masters in biology, raises saltwater fish in his spare time for sale, has the saltwater aquarium setup of the gods. Raises rare corals too, some of which he donates to be used in re-seeding reefs around the world, but that’s a side tangent.
And he listened for a minute, then nodded and said “Yeah. I was there during that. I helped train people to fight. They wanted us to help them build schools and hospitals, after, but we were only interested in them as cannon fodder. Left the whole area in ruins. I wasn’t surprised when they hated us for it later. Told people then it would happen. We let them know then that they were only valuable to America as expendable bodies. Why wouldn’t they resent us for that?”
And she just looked floored.
“So…” She started, after a few minutes. “What do you think of Trump?”
“I hate him. He’s a coward and he’s going to get good people killed.” He didn’t even blink. “
She looked back and forth between us for a second, and then asked how I knew all this.
“I research things.” I said. “Google is great.” He nodded enthusiastically.
And she just sat there for a second and then said, really quietly, “I didn’t know.”
She lived through it.
American schools don’t teach you any of this sort of thing.
When Sherry Johnson was eleven, she found one day that she’s gonna marry a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. She became pregnant and in order to avoid investigation and criminal case, her family and church officials decided to make the girl a legal wife of this monster.
“My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do I act like a wife?’” Johnson remembers today, many years later. “She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.’”
However, her case is one of thousand cases of child marriage. According to statistics, children 16 and under are still being married in Florida at a rate of one every few days.
Johnson and her family also attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that other girls of a similar age periodically also married. One girl said when she was 10 she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and later gave birth to a daughter. There were all documents confirming her and her child’s age, but still, the judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, telling her, “What we want is for you to get married.”
And nevertheless, America prefers to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, like in Syria, calling it “defending freedom” rather than to change states’ laws and to protect American children from rape, coercion and molestation.
Today, Johnson is campaigning for a state law to stop underage marriage that has already become a norm in some states.
Please, help me to raise awareness to this issue. No one can remain indifferent to the problem of child molestation.
America land of the Hypocrites
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Please, reblog this in case you have followers in the area of Barcelona. A van has crashed in Las Ramblas (the most crowded place in Barcelona). It could be a terrorist act.
Please reblog this recommendations of the Mossos d’Escuadra (our police) in Catalan and Spanish in case they don’t know a lot of English so they can know exactly and clearly what to do.
A tothom que es trobi a Barcelona en aquests moments. Aquestes són les recomanacions que els Mossos d’Escuadra han donat després de l’atropellament massiu de fa uns minuts a La Rambla.
- Eviteu la zona de les Rambles per tal de no obstaculitzar les tasques dels serveis d’emergències.
- Eviteu els focus més grans de multituds i els llocs més turístics (Sagrada Família, Estació de Sants i voltants, i la zona de la Barceloneta principalment).
- No difongueu ni vídeos ni fotos de l’operatiu dels Mossos.
A todos aquellos se encuentran en Barcelona en estos momentos. Estas son las recomendaciones de los Mossos d’Escuadra tras el atropello masivo de hace unos minutos en La Rambla.
- Evitad la zona de les Rambles para no obstaculizar las tareas de los servicios de emergencias.
- Evitad los focos más grandes de multitudes y los lugares más turísticos (Sagrada Família, Estació de Sants i alrededores, y la zona de la Barceloneta principalmente).
- No difundid ni videos ni imagenes del operativo de los Mossos.
For those of you who are in Barcelona right now, here’s some advice given by the police (Mossos d’Escuadra) after a van ploughed into a crowd in Las Ramblas.
- Avoid the Las Ramblas area so you won’t disturb the emergency services.
- Avoid crowded areas and tourist attractions (mainly the Sagrada Família, the Estació de Sants and surrounding areas, and the Barceloneta area).
- Don’t spread videos or images of the police (Mossos).
Emergency 112 and 061
Fire fighters 080
Urban Guard 092
Civil Guard 062
Hospital phone numbers:
Vall d'Hebron 934 893 000
Clínic 932 275 400
Del Mar 932 483 000
St Joan 932 532 100
Bellvitge 932 607 500
PLEASE, JUST USE THIS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
SI US PLAU, NOMÉS FEU SERVIR AQUESTS TLFNS EN CAS D’EMERGÈNCIA
POR FAVOR, SOLAMENTE LLAMEIS A ESTOS TLFNS EN CASOS DE EMERGENCIAS
Hospitals in Barcelona are asking for people to go and donate blood, please if you are in the area and can do it go
Los Hospitales en Barcelona están pidiendo a la gente que vayan a donar sangre, si puedes ir por favor, ve y dona
The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men by Jon Clinkenbeard
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.
The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years…
Oh, and when you do decide you want those babies, it only takes one other injection of water and baking soda to flush out the gel, and within two to three months, you’ve got all your healthy sperm again.
The trouble is, most people don’t even know this exists. And if men only need one super-cheap shot every 10 years or more, that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV).
can this replace the normal contraception methods we have pls
This has existed for YEARS. They ran an article about it in WIRED magizine but I don’t think anyone read it .-.
Maybe more reblogs then? Up to a million at least. We have this technology to get the word out and change the world.
I legitimately 100% want this for my penis
If I could, I would. Somebody send me a prescription link or something
Today is the anniversary of this iconic tweet
"the world taken back by nature is my aesthetic"
... so true
I don’t think healthy people every really get chronic illness.
I have a friend I know from when we were both 6. She is the only person living nearby and so she saw me go from walking through limping to wheelchair on a daily basis. I keep her updated on my health even tho we rarely hang out anymore.
She was gonna come over yesterday and I had to cancel. She asked if I can’t hang out later that day. When I said i won’t feel better later, that if I feel that bad in the morning later will only get worse she got annoyed and “joked” that I’m just finding excuses. And I was surprised, she knows all about me being disabled after all? So, a bit taken aback, I told her it’s a normal thing for me.
“But you got the diagnosis now, aren’t you better?? I thought you’ll get better now”
She was honestly surprised and it made me realize a thing. They don’t get it. They don’t get that getting diagnosed only equals benefits like welfare or parking spot for us, and sometimes better pain meds but that is just like pushing luck. That it’s a forever thing. That that one day we felt good a week ago was just a bright spot and doesn’t mean we won’t need our aids anymore, cause chronic illness is not linear and will make a great comeback in next four hours, and the next good day is planned on when we’re 70.
Cause when abled people are sick, they get better. And our illness is just an excuse for them. And when we say we will never get better they think we’re being dramatic and pessimistic.
And I don’t think they’ll ever get it, cause to get it you need to live it.
And I want my friends to stay healthy and not go through hell.
This is definitely okay to reblog and abled people are encouraged to reblog cause maybe it’ll help others understand
Hello it’s me Lexa and this post is relevant again as I just had the
Legit Same Talk with someone and I exhausted my number of fucks to give
Oh my god I literally had this conversation with my mother an hour ago.
Mum: “So yeah, I was thinking that when I come down we could do visit an art gallery or a museum or something.”
Me: “I’ll have to see if I’m up for it, I’ve been going through a rough patch. I might not have the energy.”
Mum: “But you love art galleries.”
Me: “I know. What part of ‘it hurts to walk long distances now’ is hard for you though?”
lost a lot of “friends” when i ran entirely out of fucks and started responding to this kind of shit with the dictionary definition of “chronic” and “fatigue”.
I try to get my friends excited about the idea of just… I dunno, coming over to my house with their laptop so we can just sit together with Netflix and chatting as much as I have energy for and play games next to each other or something. It’s hard. I would LOOOOOVE to get out of the house and do all the partying and museums and such that I get invited to, I genuinely 100% would love that, but I can never know day-to-day what I’m even capable of. I’ve been blessed with a lot of understanding friends, but far more who have just… vanished.
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Share to the world! (and specially to the schools, the children are the most exitable, and need to learn to love our nature with facts and knowledge)
So PETA has recently posted an article about helping turtles across the road. While this sounds great, the article is loaded with nasty images of turtles who have been crushed by cars. The images are close-up, gory, and overall terrible to look at. So, for those of you out there who don’t want to see that, I’m making a post with happy pictures instead:
So turtles are amazing. I mean, look at that face
And often times during the warm months you will see turtles on the roadway just trying to get where they’re going. Unlike this little guy who’s already found the perfect spot
If you see a turtle in the road. The best thing to do is put on your hazard lights and safely pull over. watch for other cars as you examine the situation. Most turtles you come across aren’t super aggressive, so if you go to pick them up, the only thing they’ll do is this
if the turtle isn’t a snapping turtle or other aggressive turtle, simply pick it up like a hamburger to reduce the risk of injuring it, and take it to the side of the road that it’s trying to get to.
If it is a snapping turtle like this guy
or another kind of more agressive turtle, keep your distance. try to find a stick or something else you can goad it into focusing on. If you’re lucky, it will keep trying to attack the stick and you can “kite” it across the road. If not, call animal control and wait until they arrive. They’re trained to handle the situation.
In either case DO NOT take and wild turtles or tortoises home. I realize that they are incredible adorable
but you can seriously disrupt their environment and the overall population by keeping wild animals as pets. If you are looking for a pet reptile, it’s best to adopt from a shelter, or if you can’t find one, find a breeder that raises their reptiles ethically.
In addition, do not take them to a different area either, even if it’s a nearby lake in town. You could be taking it too far away from it’s home, lessening it’s chance of survival. Only take it to where it was already going.
Thank you all for reading, please share to help spread the word. Images I posted are not mine, with the exception of the sulcata tortoise hiding in the grass (That’s my shy boy).
IMPORTANT PSA (also adorable shell photos hee please give your boy some head skritches from us)
Wildlife professional, here!
I can’t attest to the “kiting” method mentioned here (I’m sure it’s worked for some), but this video contains some really simple methods for moving even very large snappers (you can even slip a piece of cardboard like a pizza box underneath them)!
A reminder: never ever ever pick up a turtle by its tail. When it comes to snapping turtles, it’s a tempting option, but you risk permanently damaging their spines (which are attached to their tails directly). And always remember to help the turtle across the road in the direction it was headed.
My favorite method is using the back of its shell as “handles,” which you’ll see in the video, and I’m doing here:
Granted, this is difficult if the turtle is extremely muddy! You’ll see plenty of options in the video for helping these guys across the road!
Also remember that even non-snappers have sharp claws they will use to try to “dig” away from you, so be prepared before you pick them up so you don’t get startled and drop them!
Finally, it’s not only bad for the environment to take a turtle home, but in most places (like Ohio), it is Very illegal to collect eastern box turtles! They’re in the wild for a reason; the ecosystem needs them! SO leave them alone to do their jobs.
Thank you for keeping our wildlife safe!
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There are plenty of ways to train your brain, but sometimes you just want something fun. Logic puzzles, games that make you think outside the box, and brain teasers offer enjoyment while keeping your mind mentally fit. If you like mobile games that challenge your brainpower and let you have a great time while doing it, then check out these all-time greats. 1. Brain Dots Brain Dots is a fun physics-based puzzler. With a simple concept, your goal is to bump the two dots. But how you do that is the tricky part. You must draw lines, shapes, or whatever...
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Man, what a beautiful person! (the gorilla one really got me...
Mr Rogers Facts.
always share mr rogers facts
We did not deserve this man
Mr. Rogers was the best! I still know how wax crayons (melon coloured!) are made because of him. The Land of Make Believe was the shit, and my brother and I used to bet on which colour of cardigan he’d pull out every show. It was amazing!
I definitely got my love of “how are things made??” from segments on his show like the crayon one.
Nope, haven't seen it before... (stop moving, tail!) xD