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Ferret mom shows her babies to giant human

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Here, you look like you could use a ferret video.


Theories for this adorable and mystifying behavior, a ferret that seems to be introducing her caretaker to her newborn ferret babies:

• “She wants you to babysit so she can go out with her friends”

• "Feast, my children! Feast upon the delicious handmeats I have provided!"

• “Pay attention children, this is the hand that feeds you”

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This carved silver dollar has a surprise

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The face of this 1921 silver dollar has been carved to depict some kind of scene (not sure what it is) and it includes an ingenious mechanical surprise. It brings to mind one of my favorite podcasts episodes of all time, The Mystery Show's "Belt Buckle."

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White Family Calls The Cops On Whales… In The Ocean

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Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has my favorite all-time didactic about sharks.

There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack. I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.
We’re humans. We live on land.

Sharks live in water.

So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack. A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”

No lies detected.

So before we get to the racism doppelganger that is beyond obvious in this video, it’s important to remember the greater crime against nature here. The people in this boat are trespassing. They are invading the whales’ space, at the moment they call the cops.

I feel sorry for the Dad. Like, I’m a Dad. I know the pain of trying to get your family to like something that’s amazing, only for them to not appreciate the moment. There’s something peak Dad about the Dad saying “OMG, you’ll never see this again in your lives,” and the children saying, “Let’s get out of here.” I bet that man got home and read Clark Griswold quotes all night.

In any event, white people seem to have a really complicated relationship with whales. Like, really complicated. It starts in childhood, I think.

But they have a fairly straight-forward relationship with the cops. It would appear that most white people, most of the time, think that they cops are at their beck and call, to serve them and protect them or something. It’s very weird to me. Like, if you are in danger or even just mildly annoyed at somebody — whether it’s a whale in the ocean or a little girl selling water — that there is an entire force of men and women with guns who you can literally call and expect them to assist you get through your day. They think cops are like the Butterball Hotline, but for worries as opposed to turkey.

It’s weird because when non-whites are worried about our safety, we don’t call the police. We phone friends. Didn’t this white family have any friends?

“Hey Jerome, all these white people are marching around and stopping traffic. Have they finally decided to exterminate us?”
“Nah, brother. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll be cool. Just don’t respond to anybody who says ‘Kiss me I’m Irish.’ They be trying to trap you.”

“Yo. Sharonda. There are three white girls outside my door. You seen this s**t.”
“Yeah, they’re selling cookies. Don’t buy it from them, I’ve got a coupon for the same s**t down at the Publix.”

“It’s hot out here. I’m going to get in the water, Gilbert.”
“I wouldn’t do that. Don’t come running to me if you get your leg bit off.”

Kidding aside: STOP CALLING THE GODDAMNED COPS ON THINGS THAT ARE JUST LIVING OUT THEIR LIVES, WHITE PEOPLE! You are not the masters of the entire goddamn universe. All that you survey is not yours to arrest. Live, and for the LOVE OF CHRIST, let live.


Elie Mystal is the Executive Editor of Above the Law and the Legal Editor for More Perfect. He can be reached @ElieNYC on Twitter, or at elie@abovethelaw.com. He will resist.

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Law Says Scotland Can No Longer Put the Shetland Islands in a Box

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Private citizens can box the Shetland Islands all they want, and of course the law doesn’t apply outside Scotland. But as of October 4, 2018, it is illegal for any public authority in Scotland to publish a map on which the Shetland Islands appear anywhere other than their correct geographical location in relation to the rest of Scotland.

Here’s the problem:

Shetlands in a Box (lonelyplanet.com)

The Shetland Islands aren’t east of Aberdeen. They also aren’t north of Lewis or in the Moray Firth, which are other places they apparently get stuck a lot. This is because they are so far north that including them in a map with the rest of Scotland means there’s gonna be a whole lot of blue on that map:

Hence, the Shetlands generally are rudely uprooted from their natural habitat, crammed into a box, and depicted somewhere they are not.

This, apparently, could no longer be tolerated.

“My contention is the islands should be in the right place on the map,” Shetland MP Tavish Scott said in March. And that isn’t the Moray Firth, the big dent northeast of Inverness where the islands often are put.

“If [the Shetlands were] closer to the Moray Firth,” Scott was quoted as saying, “or indeed in the Moray Firth, I wouldn’t need to spend 12 hours going home on the boat from Aberdeen overnight.” (In fact it takes 12 ½.) But rather than take the practical approach of moving the islands closer, Scott’s proposal would make the maps bigger. The point, he said, “is simply to ensure that in future that government publications and documents do reflect the reality of Scotland in terms of its geography, and not something that fits neatly on an A4 sheet of paper.” This is important, he insisted, because of the misconception that the islands are nearer to the mainland than they actually are.

They are further away, and not surrounded by an actual box, you see.

I was a little skeptical about this one, so I did some checking. And unless I’m missing something, section 17 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 does indeed contain a “Shetland mapping requirement”:

(1) There is to be a Shetland mapping requirement.

(2) When publishing in any form a document that includes a map of Scotland, the Scottish Ministers, a local authority and any other Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions must—

     (a) comply with the Shetland mapping requirement, or

     (b) where Ministers or, as the case may be, the authority consider that there are reasons not to comply, provide in such manner as they consider appropriate, information about those reasons.

(3) The Shetland mapping requirement is that, in any map of Scotland, the Shetland Islands must be displayed in a manner that accurately and proportionately represents their geographical location in relation to the rest of Scotland.

So this is not actually the flat prohibition it first appeared to be. If the listed authorities wish to publish a map of Scotland, they must either (1) make that map sufficiently ginormous to include the Shetlands without the need for a box, or (2) explain why they don’t want to.

There don’t appear to be any penalties for failing to do these things, nor are there any standards for how the explanation is to be provided—it can be “in such manner as they consider appropriate,” which could be anything from a speech in Parliament to a rude little message written on the next map they publish. The Act generally requires the government to do more to consult with island communities before making changes that affect them significantly, though, so it’s probably understood that this would entail some sort of notice-and-comment procedure.

The measure appears to have passed despite opposition from conservatives, or at least one conservative, who said “map specialists” (which might mean “cartographers”) had told him that upsizing a map for this reason would necessarily reduce the scale by about 40 percent. Losing that detail only to gain “a whole chunk of sea” would be counterproductive, he said.

The measure was supported, however, by ministers from the Orkney Islands, which are much closer to the mainland but apparently still sometimes relegated to second-class map treatment. “There have been a number of occasions that we have found ourselves bundled in a box and stuck in the Moray Firth,” an Orkney MP said. (I don’t think these people really have anything against the Moray Firth in particular, they just don’t want to be misplaced.)

Possibly the most helpful aspect of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, however, is its definition of “island.” An “island,” it turns out, is “a naturally formed area of land which is (a) surrounded on all sides by the sea (ignoring artificial structures such as bridges), and (b) above water at high tide.” So if you were planning on creating your own island in order to get special treatment, forget it.

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To Infinity And Beyond!: Space Capsule Inspired Cat Beds

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space-capsule-cat-beds-1.jpg This is the line of 'classic spacecraft' inspired cat beds made and sold by design company MyZoo Studio. Prices start at $97 and the beds are available in three styles: Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Alpha (vertically oriented tube) and Beta (horizontally oriented tube) models sit in the floor, and the Gamma model can be wall-mounted FOR A VIEW FROM ABOVE. Cats like it up high. Me? I don't feel safe on any floor above the second, but that's just me and I know from a lot of past experiences I can jump from a second story balcony without breaking my legs. I also know from a single past experience that a jump from a third story balcony can break my legs, and make it really painful to pee for what I can only assume will be the rest of my life. Keep going for a bunch more shots and a couple videos.
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