Now if you take a bunch of wolves with zero relation to one another, who don't know each other, and shove them in a little box... THEN you can start getting some weird dynamics.
But as Moriar on SpinDizzy said the other day, "it's like drawing conclusions about human social structures by looking only at a Maximum Security Prison that forgot to have guards."
PSA: All that "alpha" stuff you probably learned about how wolf packs work?
Complete, utter and total BS.
Wolves don't have an "alpha" leading everything and other wolves always vying for position attempting to take the alpha's place. No. Not at all.
Packs are just... families. That's literally /all there is to it/. A mother, a father, some kids. Wolves don't Obey the Leader™, it's just the ones leading the pack are... their parents. Like humans do.
The name of the Sahara comes from an Arabic phrase, aṣ-ṣaḥrāʼ al-kubrá (الصحراء الكبرى) meaning "The Greatest Desert". But it was not always a desert.
The climate of North Africa has a slowly varying cycle, and every 20000 years, the Sahara goes from hot desert to wet grassland and back.
5 or 6 millennia ago, the Sahara was green and full of lakes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cetaceans are u fuckimg kidding me wikipedia
"From context collapse to content collapse" by Nicholas Carr http://www.roughtype.com/?p=8724
Good summary of how social media has homogenized the media landscape, and how people are trying to escape context collapse by seeking more private online spaces.
Nobody: What’s your favorite paradox?
Me: If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie UP, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you up. However, in doing so, he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.
The Security Value of Inefficiency https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/07/the_security_va.html
I think a lot of people get caught up in, "am I a good person?" when the real question should be, "am I making things worse or am I making them better?"
which is ofc a scale, too, but generally we have less impact than we think we do and that's okay. realizing that you're not The Literal Worst or The Literal Best helps a lot.
PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.
They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught
If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.
If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.
Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.
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