Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has once again blocked all computers from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to stop malicious edits to popular pages on the site.
According to The Hill, Wikipedia instituted the ban on Wednesday night after users operating from the House IP address made a series of anti-trans edits to the page for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Anonymous users operating from the Republican-led House were persistently re-editing the page to slur trans actress Laverne Cox by mis-gendering her mentions on the show’s page. For instance, they changed Cox’s description from “real transgender woman” to “real man pretending to be a woman.”
One user in particular went on an anti-trans editing spree this week, changing entries on multiple pages related to transgenderism until Wikipedia administrators were forced to step in.
“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” the Hill quoted one Wikipedia user as saying.
“I have no problem with Congressional staffers editing Wikipedia,” said another user to the anti-trans editor. “I have a problem only with YOU vandalizing Wikipedia.”
The person using the IP address responded — without revealing their identity — that the malicious edits were in fact “official business” endorsed by a member of the House. Their changes, they said, were intended to bring “fairness” to the discussion.
Some interesting advice from a hunter written in 1888;
"Shooting is cruel; so are many other things in this world. Don’t make it more cruel than necessary. Shoot humanely. How? First of all learn to shoot. Practice at projected plates, bottles, glass- balls, turnips, or any inanimate thing that moves, before you shoot at living creatures. And then, I implore you, shoot before, not at the latter, unless sitting. Never mind if you miss, don’t wound. By shooting before the object (and you will soon learn how much or how little before it you ought to aim), you will, when you hit It, kill it dead, and so spare suffering to the animal and your own feelings, if you have any. Don’t shoot very long shots at any game; and never, pray never! at hares going straight away from you, unless very close to you, and you can aim at the back of their heads. Broadside, if you shoot well before them you can kill them dead a good way off, but going straight away you are certain only to wound them.
Avoid, humane reader, any cold-blooded experiments, and when there is much doubt, give the poor animal the benefit of it, and forbear to press the torture-dealing trigger.”
Hey guys, I need some help ID’ing this adorable little guy! A coworker’s friend ordered some produce from California and this dude arrived in his shipment.
My guesses so far are some sort of kingsnake, eastern milk snake, or corn snake. She thinks it might be a long nosed snake, but the bands don’t look quite right to me.
Not a corn snake for sure! It looks like… it’s either a king or a milk, I’m really not sure which species actually! But it’s for sure not an eastern milksnake. For reference, this is a rather grey eastern milk (natural variation means they can be much redder)
And this is a corn snake
I am having a reeeeeeally really hard time but I’m going to throw my money on some locality of California Kingsnake. But I can’t find any that match that exactly.
Yeah, I was having the same problem! The variations of king I was finding were similar, but not quite the same. The only reason I thought maybe corn was if it were a morph, but if it were wild I highly highly doubt that possibility.
I understand! Interestingly, about 10% of wild corn snakes are anerythristic. But they still lack those bands.
This kind of looks like one of the more monochrome phases of a long nosed snake but the banding isn’t quite right. Long nosed snakes tend to have more of a checkerboard gradient than a smooth gradient like this. The banding reminds me of a milk snake, but I can’t find any similar to this guy. I’m an east coast herper so I can’t offer much help- sorry! ;;