A collection of things. Thoughts, images, and everything else. Serious or comedic, intellectual or trivial.

Likely to be mostly history, Russian literature, stuff about Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, various fandoms as they happen to strike me (Les Mis, Tolkien, Doctor Who, at this point a bit of Supernatural, too...), dogs (behavior, training, genetics), nature, cool buildings, animal behavior, and... anything else that happens to appeal to me.

About me... I'm 22. I have a degree in Russian studies. I work as a book scanner--a vast improvement over cashiering in a hardware store! I'm from Michigan. I'm studying for a masters in historic preservation. I identify as a Polish-American. I have a slight love affair with the city of Kiev after spending a summer there. I had a Finnish Lapphund for 12 years. Someday I will have a Kai Ken. This seems to cover most of what I've been asked, but feel free to ask me anything else you want to know!

 

I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.

Kuba Wojewodzki, Polish journalist and comedian (via spookymoonparty)

(Source: ughbenedict)

We received the following message tied to a stone from the opposite German trenches. —-We’re going to open fire with artillery. We don’t want to do this but we’ve been ordered to. It will come this evening, and we’ll blow a whistle first so you’ll have time to take cover.

Regimental War Diary, 5th Leicester Regiment, World War I. (via peashooter85)

I just renewed a library book I already finished, purely so I can return it on my way home from work tomorrow instead of going out again tonight.

No regrets.

histoireinsolite said: Isn’t that illegal discrimination? It sounds like she can be reasonably accommodated :(

I think it likely is, but their defense would be that they did nothing to force her to quit. They just suggested that she should, and made the job sound intimidating enough that ultimately she did.

Then they shrug it off with “It’s just not for everyone.”

humanoidhistory:

Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory, also known as the Dengfeng Observatory, located near Dengfeng in Henan Province, China. It was built between 1267 to 1269 during the Yuan Dynasty.

coelasquid:

poupon:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

that doesn’t sound like the best combination of breed temperaments i’ve ever heard of

Maybe you could make something like it with a malamute instead of a husky? They’re supposed to be friendlier towards people.

Huskies are also quite friendly. The issue would be less friendliness (though Chows aren’t the friendliest of dogs—they’re usually attached to one specific person and not so into strangers) than it would be sheer stubbornness. Almost all spitz-type dogs are going to be pretty damn stubborn. Keep in mind, the images above are also of a puppy. It won’t look quite the same as an adult.
A Finnish Lapphund with domino coloring would look similar, though, and they’re herding dogs with spitzlike characteristics. They can still be stubborn, but usually not to Chow or Siberian Husky levels, and for the most part are very biddable and people-oriented (though some are a little shy, they should generally be friendly). They can be a little barky, though, but are very trainable with positive reinforcement. Very likable temperaments, immensely trainable, like people—and they’re usually quite healthy and long-lived, close relatives are very rarely bred (sometimes unusual in the dog world in some other breeds!), and not as much of a gamble on health, temperament, and breed type as crossing two breeds in the hopes of producing a puppy that looks like the images above would be.
Here are some domino Finnish Lapphunds:


Domino is actually one of the rarer colors (but not any more valuable because of it, it’s just one of many), but they come in every dog color except merle. Brindle, saddle markings, and piebald patterns are discouraged in the show ring, however they do exist in some bloodlines. Merle does not.

coelasquid:

poupon:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

that doesn’t sound like the best combination of breed temperaments i’ve ever heard of

Maybe you could make something like it with a malamute instead of a husky? They’re supposed to be friendlier towards people.

Huskies are also quite friendly. The issue would be less friendliness (though Chows aren’t the friendliest of dogs—they’re usually attached to one specific person and not so into strangers) than it would be sheer stubbornness. Almost all spitz-type dogs are going to be pretty damn stubborn. Keep in mind, the images above are also of a puppy. It won’t look quite the same as an adult.

A Finnish Lapphund with domino coloring would look similar, though, and they’re herding dogs with spitzlike characteristics. They can still be stubborn, but usually not to Chow or Siberian Husky levels, and for the most part are very biddable and people-oriented (though some are a little shy, they should generally be friendly). They can be a little barky, though, but are very trainable with positive reinforcement. Very likable temperaments, immensely trainable, like people—and they’re usually quite healthy and long-lived, close relatives are very rarely bred (sometimes unusual in the dog world in some other breeds!), and not as much of a gamble on health, temperament, and breed type as crossing two breeds in the hopes of producing a puppy that looks like the images above would be.

Here are some domino Finnish Lapphunds:

Domino is actually one of the rarer colors (but not any more valuable because of it, it’s just one of many), but they come in every dog color except merle. Brindle, saddle markings, and piebald patterns are discouraged in the show ring, however they do exist in some bloodlines. Merle does not.

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage
A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.
Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.
It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:
This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).
Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.
Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.
The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage

A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.

It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.

Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.

The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.