the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.
not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.
dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation (which was featured in these two posts).
Seems to me that should classify as a mass extinction event. I wonder what the cockroach scientists will determine to have caused it?
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Severely mutated human? Failed interspecies hybrid? Tiny little alien? What do YOU think?
When you finish a jar of pickles, you can save the juice and add it to your Bloody Mary mix, or use it as a marinade. Source
Anonymous said: I'd just like to thank you for explaining depression. It has provided me with such knowledge on the subject that I now feel like I can better understand depression as a whole.
If anything I have posted helps even one person, my heart is filled with gratitude!
Christ a crisis in the life of god was a book I read when I was eighteen years old and living in California, it introduced an idea that I had never heard from christians before or since (I don’t know if Jack Miles, the man who wrote the book was christian or not) and it gave me a viewpoint about the religion that I had never seen or thought about before
It was a revolution in consciousness for me to read the book, because I had grown up hearing how God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, the idea that God was perfect and without flaw or blemish but that his creation deserved to burn in unending pain was one that was taught to me since birth, and is another reason I commonly repudiate the religion to the degree that I do
However, Miles begins the book in his prologue by declaring outright at least twice, once as the first sentence and again towards the end, that God or The Lord, the two titles are interchangeable referring commonly to the same belief, relationship or religion, must die
God (or the lord) must die
But why? for what?
The crux of the argument and the reason I love the book and the ideas that it presents as much as I do, is that the reason god must die, is because it is his fault that death and suffering exist
That sin came into the world, not through man or the Devil, but through God himself
And in order for God to achieve at-one-ment with his creation he must suffer and die as they do
This was a powerful idea to me, one that seemed to displace judgement with forgiveness, and one that seemed to place God on a more equal footing with man
One that took the virtue of obedience and displaced it, perhaps replacing it with solidarity with regards to all that suffer
The reason this idea is likely to be considered blasphemous by mainstream normative christian thought, is because it takes the blame off of mankind and places it on God and perhaps also because it hints at the idea that God can change and grow
That he is not a perfect being, even if he is all powerful, but that he is a creature that while being all powerful is not all knowing, that because of power that he had, he created the world and punished it with very little restraint
And that he came to understand that what he had wrecked upon the world was out of proportion and so, he decided to die, to pay for his crime of bringing death into the world, and perhaps to also show solidarity with those that suffer
An interesting and powerful idea, that if I had grown up hearing, I don’t believe I would have been so quick to walk away from, an interesting book, well worth the read
Reposting this for damiancarpathia ;)
Too late at night for a four hour video, but posting this so I will hopefully remember to watch it later,
Do You Love Someone With Depression?
If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.
Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.
1. Help them keep clutter at bay.
When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)
2. Fix them a healthy meal.
Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.
3.Get them outside.
The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here. For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.
4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.
If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.
5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.
Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.
6. Hug them.
Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.
7. Laugh with them.
Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.
8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.
Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.
9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.
A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”
10.Remind them why you love them.
Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.
(via The Darling Bakers)
More people need to know this.This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.
Could bacteria from honeybees replace antibiotics?
Bacteria discovered in the honey stomachs of bees can heal persistent wounds and beat antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs,’ a new study shows, generating buzz about their potential use in medicine.
Don’t you think they do more than enough for humanity already? Fucking hell!
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