Fandom News: Wait, what? Edition

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I probably should not find it amusing, but I find it rather amusing that Sarah J. Maas’ work has finally been decisively and meaningfully placed in it’s rightful category: “shameful,” “morbid,” “patently offensive,” and “[…]taken as a whole, [b] lacks serious [c] literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

That being said, banning books is rarely a good idea. Almost the entirety of my preferred genres (scifi and fantasy) were barred from my mother’s house during my youth. The only thing this accomplished was make me and the siblings get very, very good at smuggling and hiding them. A sufficiently determined kid will be able to read whatever he or she wants, and if they want to read (honestly) a badly-written YA fantasy romance novel, then fine.

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Apparently, and unless this trailer is fake, some absolute moron has decided to remake that timeless and much-…..liked…classic of 80s fantasy cinema, Willow

I SPY: NO Madmartigan, NO Sorsha, NO Eborsisk, and one elderly woman with a sword. UGH. OH AND NO PICTSIES.

the invisible hand is making a significant gesture

The pet business has been booming for the last year. More people have been buying pets, particularly dogs (at hugely inflated prices….seriously, I paid less for my car than some people are charging for certain brachycephalic, crop-tailed, wheezy, snotty, bowlegged, cherry-eye and skin-infection-prone breeds which shall remain, nonetheless, nameless. I don’t care if they’ve allegedly got tons of personality, they suck as dogs.), more people have been adopting dogs, and more people have been entering the pet business.

Intelligent people knew that the market was going to balance out again eventually, and, sure enough, The Hill reports that the process is now starting. First-time pet owners are starting to return animals to shelters….at an impressively high rate.

Owners returning their pets has risen 82.6 percent since 2020, though it has dropped 12.5 percent compared to 2019, which may reflect the coinciding adoption surge, according to Best Friends Animal Society.

The surrendering of these dogs coincides with cities and states easing and lifting coronavirus restrictions as more and more of the population becomes vaccinated, allowing these owners to return to work, go out to socialize more often and even take trips.

Personally, I think we’re spaying and neutering the majority of healthy individuals of the wrong species. 

There are more tigers in Texas

–than there are in the wild. There’s approximately 4,800 tigers in the wild–in the entire world. There are approximately 5,000 in the state of Texas alone.

In some ways, this is a good thing. The amount of habitat available for tigers–and most other large wild animals–is limited. Preserving the species, even if it’s in captivity, is a worthwhile endeavor. Because a world without tigers, or elephants, or moose, or penguins, or hell, even Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, is a world that is that much less worth living in as a human.

However, there are a lot of people who just do not know how or what is necessary to take care of giant, obligate carnivore, apex predators. 

THIS FUCKING FALLS UNDER YOU DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE FACILITIES TO CONTAIN THAT ANIMAL and I fucking guarantee you that it isn’t being fed or treated right.

Somebody here deserves to get shot, and it’s not the stripey one.