Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
The takin is a goat-antelope found in the eastern Himalayas. Mitochondrial research shows the takin is related to sheep; its similarity to the muskox is an example of convergent evolution. Takin are found from forested valleys to rocky, grass-covered alpine zones, at altitudes between 1,000 and 4,500 m above sea level. Takin are found in small family groups of around 20 individuals, although older males may lead more solitary existences. In the summer, herds of up to 300 individuals gather high on the mountain slopes. When disturbed, individuals give a ‘cough’ alarm call and the herd retreats into thick bamboo thickets and lies on the ground for camouflage. Takin feed in the early morning and late afternoon, grazing on a variety of leaves and grasses, as well as bamboo shoots and flowers. Largely due to overhunting and the destruction of their natural habitat, takin are considered Endangered in China and Vulnerable per the IUCN. Though they are not a common species naturally, their numbers appear to have been reduced considerably.
My goat friend with flowers.
I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow, on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.
Here are a few:
“what is photoshop”-
Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny. I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.
“this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute”
Apparently, I’m a bitch? And who said Linda bit me? I didn’t! Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive. They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves. I was not “trying to be cute”.. The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world. Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.
“Now they call her rotten hand”
Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you. Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand. Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.
This video is said to be the “lost” episode of the 1920’s Mickey Mouse. Seems kinda boring until about 5 minutes in. I suggest skipping to around there.
Real or not, it’s hella creepy.
I hate to end the fun here but this is NOT a Mickey Mouse cartoon, as Walter Disney’s art style was very different than this and his early Mickey looked very different from the Mickey within this video.
Though I can tell you what this animation is! After reading many Disney Biographies I have learned many things about Walt and his life one of the most interesting things that occurred in his early days were what this video animation actually is.
After the first Mickey Mouse cartoon came out in 1928 many rivals who did not get along with Disney began creating ‘Evil Mickey’ film, passing them off as Walt’s in attempt to destroy Disneys’ reputation. The ‘Evil Mickey’ films all depict morbid and disturbing actions within them, some of these actions include animations of the mouse groping woman, committing homicide, robbing stores, and as in the video above, videos also depicted the phony-famous mouse attempting and/or committing suicide.
I hate to be that kid that puts an end to fun. But this is not an animation by Walt Disney, although it is still part of his history, this video was not his work.
Actually, this correction just makes it more awesome. Didn’t know that. Thank you
i —— foreword
Fairly recently I realized that a lot of writers and US citizens alike don’t really know and fully understand their rights when being arrested/interrogated. This is mostly a writing guide but if you’re a US citizen this stuff is just useful to know. Basically, the police won’t tell you most of your rights aside from what you know — but they don’t even explain those. I hope this helps.
ii —— being arrested
If you are not served with a warrant, the police can not arrest you. They can say they have one, but unless they show it to you, you don’t have to cooperate with them. Upon being arrested, you will be read your rights.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say
or do can be held against you in the court of law. You
have the right to an attorney, if you can not afford one
you will be provided one without any cost to you.”
Every so often the police officers fail to say this to the suspect before the questioning session and usually that results in negative consequences for the officers involved. What they don’t tell you is that you are allowed to have an attorney present before and during your questioning. They also don’t tell you that what you don’t say and do can be held against you. An example of this is, say you’re being accused of murder. If you sit there expressionless and stoic while they’re telling you that you killed your mother its gonna seem suspicious and they can use that in their favor. Now, in that same respect if you sit there sweating and vehemently denying it — they can use that against you as well.
Alright, they also don’t tell you that you can accidentally forfeit your ‘right to remain silent’ (fifth amendment right). If you say “I didn’t kill my mother.” you just gave up your right to remain silent. They will likely try to provoke you to say something like this that will make you give up this right. That’s why you want a lawyer present during and before your questioning.
iii —— interrogation techniques
There are a lot so I’ll only be outlining a few major things. Additionally, this guide is only applicable to lawful interrogations of arrested individuals that are US citizens and do not fall under the “terrorist" category, because military interrogations are quite a bit different. I might touch on that later.
The room is set up strategically. In almost every interrogation room, there is a table, two chairs, and a mirror/one way glass. The suspect sits on one side of the table, a police officer on the other, and the interrogator stands. The sitting police officer serves to corroborate and support the other police officer, or participate in the good cop/bad cop facade. The one sitting will usually pretend to be more friendly and try to feed you the age old lie “if you just tell the truth it won’t be as bad”.
The sitting cop will also look for microexpressions and pay attention to body language while the standing cop will generally pace around and give off aggressive vibes to intimidate you, the suspect.
On rare occasions, you can be questioned without being served a warrant. During these times, you have not been read your rights most likely and you do not have to cooperate. Sometimes its in your best interest, other times its not. Either way you don’t have to stay. On other occasions they are allowed to detain you for up to 12 hours but that is exceptionally rare.
The police officers questioning you will try to make you trip up on your own story. They do this mainly by trying to speed up the process so you have less time to think and process — the aggressive body language comes into play here. If you feel threatened you’re more likely to stutter and stumble around than if you have a clear mind.
If they’re having a difficult time getting you to start talking, they’ll ask you harmless questions — questions usually about your family members, your birthday, etc. These are always things they know already but it gets the metaphorical ball rolling. Along with that, they can establish a baseline of what your body language is when you’re telling the truth so they know when you’re lying.
iv —— "enhanced interrogation" techniques
As far as the less lawful interrogations go, just keep in mind that all pain would have to start at a minimal level and incrementally increase in intensity to be effective. You also have to factor in disorientation due to pain and possibly blood loss. At a certain point in time, your subject will realize they are going to die and there is no going back and they will stop caring. If they think it could possibly stop, you can get information out of them. There always has to be the possibility of getting out of it alive. Or you could also kidnap someone close to them and hurt them in front of your subject if that works.
The most commonly known about method is waterboarding, but its not the most widely used. The mechanics are basic, actually. Some sort of material is wrapped over the subject’s head — like a thick canvas material, or plastic — and water is poured over it. Essentially they feel like their drowning but you are just asphyxiating them. Its more mental torture than anything else.
Sometimes hypothermia is used, and that is basically just taking the subject’s clothing and putting them in a room about 50* F. Then every couple of minutes the subject is doused in cold water.
A very common technique is to shake the subject and that is fairly self explanatory, I believe. Not enough to hurt them, just enough to instill fear that you will. An open handed slap to the face or abdomen is also used. Punching is usually not employed by the government because it harms the prisoner, but if you’re talking about another country or a rogue operative, maybe a drug dealer — who knows.
Sometimes it is as simple as making the subject stand in one place in the same position for hours. It causes intense strain on the muscles and is usually quite effective.
v —— end thoughts
I could have gotten a lot more in depth on a lot of this but I felt I covered it enough to give a general idea. I do hope this helps people write these sort of things more accurately, or maybe even if they get into a scuttle with law enforcement (which I hope does not happen). If you have any questions, comments, or anything additional that I should add, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Today I found out about “Spotted Pied BP’s” and I have never wanted a snake more.
Pics are the same animal, currently owned by Matthew Marculis, produced by Marc Bailey (If sources don’t fail me.)
If anyone has more details on this thing I’d love to know, because up until today I had never seen such a neat pattern.