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swan2swan·3 hours agoPhoto

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This.

AND I CAN”T WAIT TO DO IT!!!

My arms are READY and WAITING for that sweet sweet vaccine shot!

you see. 

im dubious about this.

a vaccine HAS THE VIRUS IN IT.

with my luck, i will contract the virus after getting the shot. 

and with my health the way it is, im much more vulnerable to that.

please, I beg of you, do a minute’s worth of research on the covid vaccine. it will not have the virus in it. it will contain antibodies that fight the virus. which is exactly why people need to wait and get a booster shot and wait some more, to give those antibodies time to build up in the body.

also, vaccines that *do* contain a tiny amount of a virus in them contain a *weakened* virus, in such a *miniscule* amount that it triggers the body to create antibodies, without making the person sick with that virus (unless that person has an autoimmune disease that would compromise the process, or is an infant whose body can’t do that yet, or a very old person whose body can’t do it anymore. the reason it’s so important for as many people as possible to get vaccinated is to protect exactly those people who *can’t* get vaccinated).

that is how vaccines work. that is why you don’t have measles, mumps, or rubella. this is why polio stopped being a thing. please. do your research. this is very easily accessible information.

UNLESS YOU HAVE A DAMAGED OR COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEM, YOU CANNOT GET A DISEASE FROM A VACCINE. FULL STOP.

It’s not just “weakened” in inactivated vaccines, (flu shots, polio, hep a, rabies etc) it’s essentially dead. As in It Can Not Get You Sick.

“Live” vaccines or attenuated vaccines (yellow fever, mumps, rubella) have attenuated viruses (hence the name) which means the viruses are COMPLETELY incapacitated. If your immune system functions, you will not get the virus from the vaccine. It’s not a matter of “amount” it’s a matter of functionality.

None of the covid vaccines being developed in the US are using attenuated viruses.

This is a good thing! We want people with immune issues to be able to get them! When the vaccine comes out, unless your doctor has specifically told you that you cannot get it (if you’re unsure, fkin ask) GET THE VACCINE.

All of this info is avalible on the CDC and WHO websites. I’d put a link here but tmblr hates that apparently.

Technically speaking - again, which this NOT the kind of vaccine they’re using with the COVID vaccines - some attenuated vaccines do mutate back. With polio, for example, it’s something like 1 out of 2,400,000 people. And you know, I agree, that sounds scary. (For comparison: The risk of being struck by lightning in your lifetime is about 1 in 3000.)

You know what has a WAY higher risk of causing polio? Not being vaccinated and being exposed to polio.

My maternal grandmother and her younger sister got polio within two weeks of each other during an outbreak in Detroit in the 1940s, when they were teenagers.

It ruined their lives.

Grandma Mary and Great-Aunt Cecilia both had severe paralysis, and both spent over a year in an iron lung.

They both married men who were just utter garbage because - especially at the time - they didn’t think anyone else would want them.

It was all incredibly traumatic. They both developed alcoholism, in large part because being disabled in the US, with no legal protections and with no access to mental health treatment really sucked, as did being married to the aforementioned awful men.

My great-aunt died of cirrhosis - because of the aforementioned alcoholism - before she turned 50.

My grandma developed Post-Polio syndrome  c. 1980, where the polio virus comes back decades later and causes more paralysis (and sometimes death).  She was on a ventilator for more than a year, and while she did eventually get off of it, it was with even further reduced lung capacity, and she went from being able to walk short distances to being unable to walk at all.

When I was a little girl, my grandma developed a form of cancer that was VERY TREATABLE… . in otherwise fairly healthy people.

The heart and lung damage she had from the aforementioned polio - fifty years earlier - meant instead she died when I was 8.

So yes, some vaccines do carry a SMALL risk. (And, again, I want to re-iterate that the attenuated polio vaccine isn’t used in the US anymore.)

You are weighing the risks of the vaccine against the risks of actually getting the virus.

Please get ALL of your vaccinations unless your doctor tells you you can’t do so safely.

We don’t know what longterm health effects COVID will cause in a few decades, but with all the people suffering from longhaul COVID, it looks bad. Is it worth the risk of permanent organ damage?

Please talk to your doctor about it if you have health concerns, instead of just panicking and reading scare-mongering stuff on the internet.

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swan2swan·6 hours agoText

An underdiscussed measure of adulthood is your interest in new things.


Immature (objective) folks will chase every new show or fandom they see. “Ooh, everyone is talking about ______, I should check it out so I am In the Know.” Maybe there is drama and you want to know what side to take. Maybe you saw six cosplayers standing in line at a con all dressed as the same thing. Maybe all the commercials are yelling at you, or the awards are being talked about. So you, in your youth, go running after it.

Adulthood is when you’ve curated your diet. Maybe work schedules keep you from watching new things on their air nights, maybe you don’t have energy to binge, maybe there are kids in the house so you have to adjust to them. But probably, you just know what you want, and you’ve seen the drama before and know it’s just children playing games.

Such is adulthood…

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swan2swan·9 hours agoText

The way I need to take breaks watching videos of COVID reactions because of Stupid Takes

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swan2swan·10 hours agoPhoto

osteobones:

This magnificent beast is Inostrancevia, the last and largest of the gorgonopsids. Inostrancevia was indeed very large, the skeleton shown here is about the size of bear, with a skull of close to 60cm. I don’t think any weight estimates for Inostrancevia have been published in the last 20 years but if I had to put my money down, I would say that it is somewhere over 300kg. This is a very rough estimate so don’t take it too seriously. Inostrancevia was discovered in Russia back in 1922. Like the rest of gorgonopsia, which are a basal group of therapsids, it lived in the Permian, near the end around 260-254mya. Researching for this post I found that there was very little information on Inostrancevia, and what little there was, was written in Russian. Being as forthcoming as they are I couldn’t get too much info on this beast despite it being known from two complete skeletons. So much of what I write will be general and applies to most of gorgonopsia and I shall throw my own observations in as well.

Okay let’s start with the exciting stuff, that amazing looking head of his. Although Inostrancevia was a more derived “mammal like reptile” than dimetrodon, it still had not developed a truly mammalian jaw musculature.  The jaw was closed by three main abductor muscles. Two acted much as our temporalis muscle does today. One attached at the temporal fenestra to the posterior of the lower jaw, it pulled straight upwards. The other of these two proto temporalis muscles attached to the squamosal at the posterior part of the cranium to the coronoid process. This muscle pulled the lower jaw upwards and backwards. Interestingly the gorgonopsids are some of the earliest annimals to possess a coronoid process (the process sticking out dorsally of the dentaries in mammals), which allowed for a faster jaw closing movement by acting as a lever arm. The third muscle acted as a proto massiter muscle, attaching from the interior of the zygomatic arch to the posterior of the mandible. It helped add power and stability to the bite. One interesting feature in the gorgonopsid skull is a moveable quadrate. The quadrate is a smallish bone at the posterior of the skull that is part of the jaw joint. In gorgonopsids the quadrate was not fixed, and is able to slide and rotate to allow the lower jaw to open wider, which is almost certainly and adaptation to having enlarged canine teeth. So now let’s talk about those teeth, I will start with the stars of Inostrancevia’s dentition the enlarged canines. These huge teeth, for obvious reasons, have drawn comparisons to saber-toothed cats like smilodon. While understandable, there is one feature that separates them,  gorgonopsian canines are quite thick and robust while smilodon’s are laterally compressed and more blade like. While this might not seem like a big difference it has large behavioural implications, in particular Inostrancevia would have been able to better hold on to prey with its mouth as its teeth were less likely to break from lateral stress. This idea of holding on to prey with its jaws is supported by its very robust mandible, in contrast smilodon actually has a fairly thin mandible. Inostrancevia and other gorgonopsians also had quite pronounced incisors. All the incisors are large, pointed, and serrated making them ideal for griping and tearing.

Inostrancevia had very robust fore limbs, as can be seen in the above pictures. Its humerus in particular is very large with very well developed muscle attachment sites. Both radius and ulna are well developed indicating large lower arm muscles. The scapula is well developed for a therapsid although lacks some of the more advanced features that mammals have such as divisions made by a spine. The femur is long and thick, although somewhat flattened (note the extreme flatness of the limb elements in the photos are likely due to taphonomic reasons and they would not have been so thin in life). The tibia and fibula are both well developed and about equal in size indicating strong lower leg muscles. The long upper limb elements as well as the well-developed fibula and radius indicate that Inostrancevia was not a particularly efficient runner and could probably only run in short bursts. The stance of gorgonopsids is an interesting topic; while they most likely walked with their legs sprawled out like a lizard they had the ability to sustain a more erect stance, much like a crocodile’s “high walk”. This stance would require less lateral body movement, and rely more on limb based propulsion. This would have been a much more energy efficient method of obtaining higher speeds, and this idea would be carried on to their relatives the mammals, which have a completely erect posture. Another feature of the skeleton supporting this more erect running stance is the relatively inflexible spine, which would have limited the side to side movement lizards require for movement. Interestingly, as can be seen in the pictures, synapsid dorsal vertebrae started to differentiate into thoracic and lumbar sections towards the end of the Permian.

The skeletal features of Inostrancevia paint a picture of a powerful carnivore. How gorgonopsids hunted and used those huge canines is still somewhat of a mystery. Their large, powerful forelimbs suggest gorgonopsids could have possibly subdued prey with them, much like modern cats. The large canines were obviously a key part in killing their prey, as through time the canines got proportionately larger. Perhaps they were the ecological equivalent of cats, stalking and ambushing prey, subduing them with powerful forelimbs and then finishing it off with a bite to the throat. Although the robust nature of the canines as well as the large incisors could indicate that gorgonopsids used their mouth and dentition to subdue prey. I think much more research into the biology and functional morphology of these creatures need to be done as there is shockingly little information out there.

References

Ivakhnenko, M. F. (2001). “Tetrapods from the East European Placket-Late Paleozoic Natural Territorial Complex”. Proceedings of the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in Russian) 283: 1–200

Gebauer, E.V.I. (2007 Phylogeny and evolution of the Gorgonopsia with a special reference to the skull and skeleton of GPIT/RE/7113 (‘Aelurognathus?’ parringtoni) (Ph.D. thesis). Tübingen: Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. pp. 1–316.

Kemp, T. (1969). On the Functional Morphology of the Gorgonopsid Skull. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences (1934-1990), (801), 1-83.

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swan2swan·11 hours agoText

hadesisqueer:

May: We gotta get through this locked door! Schnee, quick, give me your credit card!

Weiss, giving her the card: Okay.

May: Cool. Now Nora, break the door with your hammer.

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swan2swan·20 hours agoText

An hour twenty ago I was all set for sleep. I was happy because I was going to go to sleep.

But nooooo, Deep Blue Sea is on, and I think, “Well maybe I’ll just watch this one scene”, but as soon as it starts, the movie delivers one memorable scene after another.

What are you gonna do?

Not watch “You ate my bird”?

And when you watch “You ate my bird”, are you not going to stick around another five minutes for Jackson’s speech?

I suppose you could call it then, but…nah.

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swan2swan·a day agoText

elodieunderglass:

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me continuing to make terrible posts about my extremely niche interests instead of anything people actually followed me for:

Note: this is not ferret abuse, they really do enjoy being carried like sacks of potatos.

As a ferret owner I can confirm that my three ferrets do not give a single fuck about being held like that. A ferret WILL let you know if it doesn’t like how you’re holding it. But they like being turned into potato sacks for some reason.

Yeah ferrets get super limp sometimes when you hold them, plus they have a flexible spine and ribs, it doesn’t bother them a bit. They are just loose sacks of meat and kleptomania. 

Me continuing to make my extremely niche posts while gesturing with a consenting ferret

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swan2swan·a day agoText

swan2swan:

Me: “Wow, I sure loved [VA] in [Kid’s Show], ooh, they’re in this other show, let’s see them there!”

[VA]: “Go jerk off in a back alley, you worthless virgin.”

Me: 

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swan2swan·a day agoText

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still contemplating how donald trump didn’t die from covid this is so narratively unsatisfying

maybe he did in the Spanish dub?

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swan2swan·a day agoAnswer

Why don’t you like Ahsoka in The Mandalorian ?

Do I know Ahsoka in the Mandalorian?

Don’t think I’ve seen her in it…don’t know if she was actually in it…she wasn’t in any episodes I’ve watched, so I don’t know if she’s really there.

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