hyenas, terrifying and excellently organized predators of the savannah
also surprisingly docile and like neck scritches and have a tail chasing compulsion
if you don’t think hyenas are great then you’re objectively wrong
Aaaahhh, I love hyenas. :D
Hyenas: Always getting a bad rap because lions are jerks. Lions actually steal from hyenas most of the time because hyenas are the better predators — but they’re also very skittish when faced with a giant pride of cats. Adorable babies!
Okay, lemme tell you about spotted hyenas, aka the BAMFiest BAMFs in the animal kingdom.
- Their societies are entirely female-dominated. Female hyenas are larger and stronger than males and have higher social status in clan hierarchy - even the lowest-ranking female in a hyena clan is higher up the social ladder than the highest-ranking male. They’re basically the Amazons of the animal world. The females even have false penis-like appendages (which are essentially large clitorises), which led the ancient Greeks to think that hyenas were hermaphrodites. Because fuck your narrow human perceptions of sex and gender roles, that’s why.
- They are considered the dominant predators of the African savannah, despite not being the largest or strongest, because they are the most successful hunters. Their hunting success rate is estimated to be about 70-80%, meaning that they catch about 70-80% of prey they pursue - a freakishly high statistic (to compare, the success rate of lions and wolves is about 20-30%). They also scavenge much less than lions do, as whowasntthere said, and are incredibly adaptable and opportunistic predators, meaning that they are also the most common and widespread of the large African carnivores. That’s not too bad for an animal typecast as a lazy scavenger.
- Their jaws are some of the strongest in the animal kingdom, stronger than those of lions, tigers, wolves or perhaps bears, and can crush elephant and giraffe bones; hyenas are also able to digest all bone matter. Don’t tell me that’s not metal as fuck.
- Despite looking like dogs, they are not part of the dog family and are actually more closely related to cats. Because fuck your logic. Nature does what it wants.
- They are incredibly intelligent. They are easily as intelligent as primates and some scientists claim that their intelligence may even rival that of the great apes, which would make them among the most intelligent animals in the world. Hyenas even outperform chimpanzees on some tests, which is pretty damn awesome, considering that chimpanzees are our closest relatives and all.
So yeah, basically hyenas are awesome and badass as well as truly fascinating animals and if you don’t have at least a bit of respect for them you’re wrong.
Women’s Collective in Mexico Works to Save Bee Species
A group of Indigenous women are challenging ancient social norms in order to preserve an endangered species: the stingless bee known as Melipona Beecheii. Traditionally the prerogative of men in Maya culture, beekeeping is providing this collective with a source of income and a reason to keep the species from going extinct.
Read more about these awesome women maintaing traditional knowledge while creating new businesses in Yucatán: Women Work to Save Native Bees of Mexico [Wired]
Video via Storyhunter
Your Least Surprising News Item of the Day. If he’s not just stupid and misunderstanding the data, then Paul Ryan is deliberately twisting the data to attack poverty programs that he knows work. If you ever needed proof that Ryan’s concern for the poor is as fake as a game show host’s grin, this ought to do the trick.
That doesn’t say good things about Paul Ryan’s moral code or his economic priorities.
To be honest, I think it’s a complicated question — partly because not everything President Obama has or hasn’t done is directly attributed to him (i.e., what could he have accomplished if we hadn’t stupidly given the House back to the Republicans back in 2010?).
Overall, to answer yours question, yes.
It’s not sexy, but President Obama deserves credit for averting a Depression. The stimulus, while not large enough (Congress’ fault, not President Obama’s), stopped us from falling over the proverbial cliff. The Affordable Care Act, while maintaining a private for-profit status quo, is making lives easier.
Month after month of private-sector job growth (partially negated by public-sector job losses — thanks to budget cuts on the state level, mostly attributed to Republican governors and legislatures). A drawdown in Afghanistan, the end of the war in Iraq. Non-violent strategy involving Iran.
For the first time that I can remember, President Obama’s presence has meant an honest, serious discussion about how much money we’re spending on defense. That’s a good thing.
The LGBT community is moving closer to full equality under his administration. That’s a good thing.
Do I wish Gitmo was closed? Yes. Do I wish President Obama wasn’t as conciliatory and reach-across-the-aisle? Of course. His drone policy is all kinds of problematic, and his strategy for dealing with Libya damn near turned into a war in and of itself.
Some of President Obama’s flaws are a by-product of modern-day D.C. Others are a by-product of an obstructionist, petty minority party. Almost every unfulfilled promise thus far is, at least in part, due to Congress — specifically a Republican Party that hates him far more than any professed love for country.
Republicans just tried to repeal Obamacare for the 50th time!
Republicans unlocked the Loser Badge in the game of life.
United States Helps Censor the Internet in Mexico
The Mexican government through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City censored 1dmx.org, a citizen portal denouncing human rights violations, say members of #1DMX.
Activists today launched op1d.mx, a campaign to draw attention to government censorship of democratic protest. Lawyers also informed the public of a lawsuit of the Mexican government during a press conference at the DF Human Rights Commission office on Tuesday.
For more information, follow hashtag #CensuraMEXta.
me, nica, in my A Critique of Mexica Movement: Antiblackness and the Politics of Decolonization. below are the footnotes. but first. i wrote this essay in September. so there are a few things I’d like to edit/comment on:
2. Antiblack genocide is a part of global white supremacy. But it would also be a mistake to not name its specificity as an outcome and logic of global antiblackness.
[vi] Note that there is also no mentioning of cases in which indigenous/native groups/nations in “Cemenahauc” have participated in the enslavement of Afro-descended peoples. See: this post.
[vii] This larger rejection of Afro-mexican, Afro-mestiza & Afro indigenous consciousness ignores how the groups mentioned are indigenous, insofar as groups mixed together to continue communities that were both/and. The need to homogenize indigenous consciousness (i.e. the rejection of Afro-centric consciousness) can be read as an attempt to marginalize blackness through the claim that non-blackness is (or should be) the default or norm of indigeneity.
[viii] For a critique of antiblackness within the literature of mestizaje, specifically Gloria Anzaldua and the genealogy of Mexican thinkers she positions herself within, see Jared Sexton, Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism. See also: "The Consequence of Race Mixture: Racialised Barriers and the Politics of Desire." (Sexton).
Emilio “El Indio” Fernández Movie Posters
The Academy Awards is right around the corner, and so it’s appropriate to pay an early tribute to El Indio Fernández, the real life muse of the Oscar statuette.
Fernández’s storied life is reflected in these posters from a few of his most popular films in the ’40s.