Crow: CROW YES!
It’s actually impossible to measure how many fucks a corvid give because there is no device sensitive enough to register such a tiny amount.
science/animal side of tumblr… explain to me the birb thing
Tail Pulling is a behavior noted in many corvids. The practical application is to create a distraction that will allow the birb to make off with the target’s food. Imagine being in the lunch room and a large fellow has a Twinkie you covet. You can’t just take it from him because he’ll defend his Twinkie. But if you thwap him on the back of his neck and then dash around to snag the Twinkie while he investigates, you stand a decent chance of enjoying spongey goodness. This is basically that in birb form.
Except corvids don’t only do this as a distraction. Sometimes they seem to just being doing it to mess with other animals/birbs. But to use my lunch room analogy, there are times you might thwap someone sneakily on the back of the neck just for amusement. Primates exhibit behavior that appears to be just be annoying other animals for amusement. Given how intelligent crows are, its not unlikely that this is a manifestation of an innate desire to just fuck with someone else for the fun of it. Such as this from the link above:
THANK YOU FOR THE BIRB KNOWLEDGE
I give you a European Hoodie Crow untying shoelaces to get a pan.
Crows are also territorial and will gang up to harass raptors out of their space. (So are Mockingbirds, who give even less than a fuck than crows.)
I have to admit that a lot of TNG is new to me because I skipped off to college when seasons 3-6 first aired. So I missed “The Outcast” (or perhaps saw it and forgot it), which is possibly the most explicit LGBT rights episode in the series. It’s also one of the more clunky episodes in the catalog.
The Enterprise is working with the J’naii, a species that has “evolved beyond gender” and seemingly beyond the ability to speak in more than a monotone. A J’naii shuttle is trapped in a plot device called “null space.” Like many previous episodes, the mission is just an excuse to get a member of the Enterprise crew on intimate terms with an outsider of the week. It makes even less sense than the use of plate tectonics to get Troi hooking up with the eugenicist.
As part of the rescue mission, Riker is paired with J’naii co-pilot Soren. The relationship starts with Soren’s intrusive questions on the nature of human gender and sexuality. It then takes a sharp turn when Soren delivers an impassioned coming-out speech as a closeted woman and heterosexual, a taboo in her society subjected to coercive psychological treatment. This leads to a love affair, an arrest, and an even more impassioned imitation of Arnold’s climactic speech from Torch Song Trilogy. (Which still stands out as one of the best cinematic statements of pride, in spite of biphobia of Acts 1 and 2.)
The writers pull their punches in delivering an ending which I suspect is supposed to be tragic but doesn’t quite feel that way, largely because all of the performances feel a bit off. Frakes and Culea (Soren) make the most of a weak script and staging. Frakes went on record that the episode didn’t go far enough, and Soren should have been male-identified. Which might have put Riker a bit before Dax as the first bi crew.
The supporting roles seem more pedantic than dramatic. You have Worf inexplicably cast as the token sexist, in spite of earlier jokes about Klingon women. “Men do not roar, women roar, and they hurl heavy objects, and claw at you…. He reads love poetry.”
And um, hello. What about the Binars? Worf’s dismay at androgyny strikes me as an OOC use of Worf Denied for Crusher and Troi to get in lines about the gender culture of the Federation. The episode is overloaded with tell, and weak on show.
Sill though, it was the end of the Reagan-Bush era. B5 kept Ivanova’s bisexuality almost completely in subtext. Dax is arguably heteroflexible, except when it comes to meeting up with old flames from a previous symbiote. Pix pointed out that for all of the Federation’s evolution on gender roles, LGBT characters are mostly invisible as part of the main crew. “The Outcast” serves mainly as a metaphor of the week story. On the one hand it’s good because science fiction can use that to reframe issues. On the other hand, metaphor of the week compartmentalizes those issues as something outside of the everyday in that fantasy future. Goldberg in an interview following Boys on the Side suggested that the tragic gay/lesbian was part of the cinematic evolution of LGBT roles. “The Outcast” seems to fall into that category.
If anything, it’s a nice benchmark for discussing how far Science Fiction TV and Cinema has come between Soren’s monologues and the married lesbian car-watchers of Dr. Who’s “Gridlock.”
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Arguments in favor:
- Thor pulled in more money than Ariel in inflation-adjusted dollars.
- Daughter of a king.
- Live action.
- Likely to be retconned or sent to publication hell.
German math professors save beer with math.
Rachel Pepe, a 13-year-old transgender student who’s been in the news this week, will be allowed to return to school in the fall as her true self.
Last year and every year prior at Thorne Middle School in New Jersey, Rachel was known to her peers as male. The school reportedly told her and her mother that she would not be allowed back at school unless she “presented and acted” as male this year, but now the school district says she’s welcome as herself.
On Monday evening, however, the superintendent of the school district, William O. George, said he would work with staff to make sure Rachel could attend school in a safe environment. According to Garden State Equality, George said Middletown Township Public Schools staff would undergo lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sensitivity training.
"We applaud Superintendent George for taking the right steps to affirm the health and safety of students," GSE Executive Director Andrea Bowen said in a statement. "This is a victory for transgender students everywhere. This Middletown student and students like her are heroes for standing up for their needs. We’re excited that the community came together in dialogue to bring this situation to a happy resolution."
Excellent news. I was holding my breath for her, and it’s so wonderful to hear that she’ll be safe and supported.