jim and jamie dutcher, determined to show “the hidden life of wolves”, lived for six years with a pack of wolves in the idaho wilderness of yellowstone. a constant but unobtrusive presence, the dutchers earned the unshakable trust of the wolves, and came to know them as complex, highly intelligent animals with distinct individual personalities, who are caring, playful and above all devoted to family.

"only a select few other species exhibit these same traits so clearly," they note. "they are capable of not only emotion but also real compassion. this is the view of the wolf that we want to share. …it is an animal that cares for its sick and desperately needs to be part of something bigger than itself - the pack. the bond a wolf has to its pack is certainly as strong as the bond a human being has to his or her family."

they add, “rarely did two wolves pass each other without playfully rubbing shoulders together or exchanging a brief lick. so often we would see two wolves relaxing together, curled up beside each other.” the dutchers also recount wolf behavior rarely documented: grief at the death of a pack mate; excitement over the birth of pups; and the shared role of raising young pack members.

but as the wolves struggle to reestablish their foothold in the american west, their public demonization continues.  say the dutchers, “as we see wolves, once again, being shot, trapped and poisoned, we recognize that our unique experience, living with wolves, is unlikely to ever happen again, and for that reason we feel that we have an obligation to share the lives of these wolves we with the widest audience possible.”

it’s not just the wolves at stake, but the entire yellowstone ecosystem. wolves keep the elk gene pool strong (no other predator does this); they redistribute elk herds, allowing vegetation to recover along rivers and streams, which provides food for beavers; and they keep the number of coyotes in check, which helps to maintain populations of rodents, antelopes and birds of prey. 

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my kitten says hello

The little noooooiiissse ;__;

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Sad, uncomfortable night. The kitty is gone and it’s beyond my control. I can’t remember if I posted about what happened with her. But I don’t think her owners are going to let me keep her and short of reporting them (which wouldn’t affect them anyways), I can’t do much.

I’m overly tired and didn’t eat well today so my stomach feels horrible. Also been putting off certain responsibilities for WEEKS, and it’s super fucking important and the more I wait the shittier of a person I am but for some reason I just can’t do it.
No. I could do it. I just don’t want to. And that’s what makes it horrible. I need to grow the fuck up.

I should sleep right now, but the past few days I’ve had horrific nightmares so I guess I’m putting it off. Idk what’s up with me lately.

I’m going to sign up for Bikram again. I get a great student discount and I think that’s the kind of exercise that’s going to benefit me most right now, physically and mentally.

I hate complaining on here but I just needed a place to put this.
One thing that made me happy today was seeing this absolutely HUGE man, I mean HUGE, tattooed man, tough looking in a tank, walking around campus with I’m assuming his daughter, who is the smallest girl I’ve ever seen. Like not just in comparison to him, just in general she was exceptionally tiny for her age. She was maybe three. Wearing all pink, stumble running around, giggling and looking back at him. It was such a cute contrast. It made me really happy.

The end. Goodnight


We’re not people really.  Our concerns are not America’s concerns.  We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.

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To be a happy person, one has to drop all comparison. Drop all these stupid ideas of being superior and inferior. You are neither superior nor inferior. You are simply yourself! There exists no one like you, no one with whom you can be compared. Then, suddenly, you are at home.

Osho (via cyberwave)

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Charlie Sheen smokes crack live in a web-chat and they make him the highest paid actor on television.

An 18-year-old black person smokes a blunt and he is unfit to live.

I see you white power.

Comedian Greg Blackshear (via sonofbaldwin)

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This is a Scottish anti-rape PSA that is a direct response to blaming a rape victim for dressing like a slut. What do you think? Is it effective?

Never have I seen such an effective video in my life… and it’s only 30 seconds long. Definitely, 100% watch and reblog this.

this is really good (but scottish accents are just so FUNNY i LAUGHED a LOT o K)


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