Let's start with 5 slots, and expand it if there's enough interest.
1 person set off a bomb.
Dozens of hotel staff took in separated children.
Dozens of taxi drivers offered rides to the stranded.
Hundreds of police and medics helped and are still helping the shocked and wounded.
Thousands have donated money to help victims.
Millions - too far removed to do anything directly - will be sending their thoughts and prayers.
When one person shows humanity at its worst, remember the nearly innumerable people showing humanity at its best.
Friend: It's a shame that it take an act of cruelty for humanity to show kindness.
Me: A candle shines its brightest when the lights are out. Doesn't mean it hasn't been lit the whole time.
The Ice Age Giants That Never Were, GLEWhenever one thinks “ice age”, we usually think of the great beasts who ruled the world during the Pleistocene—hairy elephants, cats with teeth like daggers, armadillos the size of cars, horned turtles, giant waterfowl, deer with antlers bigger than a moose’s, bears larger than the largest brown bear and sloths so big that they could not live on trees. Indeed, that was the case back home.
But not on Great Lakes Earth.
Before we answer as to why not, let us rewind back to the beginning of these megafauna. Meiolaniidae, the horned turtle family (though doubt exists on how closely related they are to other turtles), first appeared 58 million years ago, two million years after Terra Australis (Sahul and Antarctica) split off from Africa. Back then, Sahul was full of reptiles. But between 45 and five million years ago, the Icing of Antarctica forced the decline of Sahul’s reptiles until the horned turtles were left. T
Temperate Forests of Great Lakes EarthLike the tropical rainforests, Great Lakes Earth’s forests in the temperate zones are products of multiple mass extinctions. 444.4 million years ago, all waterlogged spore-bearing plants became extinct. 250 million years ago, the plants that transdimensional botanists labeled as “Pandoran”, after their resemblance to the flora of the James Cameon film Avatar, were unable to deal with the Permian’s cooling, drying climate, making ample room for the conifers, ginkgoes and cycads that had been ecologically rare for less than 100 million years. 144 million years ago, sudden, dramatic global warming drove the ginkgoes into extinction, making room for the angiosperms, or flowering plants. 65 million years ago, a series of lava eruptions made the planet even hotter in a duration of ten to twelve thousand years, too fast for 100% of the cycads and 75% of the conifers.
Five million years ago, after many millions of years of warmth an
South America, Great Lakes EarthFor :iconInkGink:’s May contest in :iconSpec-Evo-Club:. Theme: TROPCIAL
The jungles of Great Lakes Earth boast quite a history. Since 444.4 million years ago, all plants on Great Lakes Earth were vascular seed-bearers. Even though rainforests had been around for longer than that, modern rainforests would not make their debut until the Cretaceous Thermal Maximum 144 million years ago, when a dramatic increase in carbon dioxide raised the global temperature by nine to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This resulted in the extinction of the ginkgophytes (ginkgoes) and the gnetophytes (gnetums and ephedras). The conifers remained untouched, consisting of araucarians, plums (“fruits” belonging to Cephalotaxaceae, not Amygdaloideae like back home), podocarps, cypresses, redwoods, umbrella pines and “China-firs”, but now spreading to include true pines. The cycads, which had been in decline since the Perm
So something I’ve been fairly quiet about on most of my online presences is the fact that I’ve been helping organise the Halifax March for Science. I started an initial Facebook group to try and gauge interest back in February, and - seeing as how I started the group - everyone just kind of assumed I was in charge. The heavy lifting’s being done by city councillor Richard Zurawski, but me and the core group of 4ish people I’ve been talking to have been e-mailing scientists, researchers, professors, teachers, and anyone else who has a relevant interest in the goals of the march, as well as commissioning posters and managing the social media accounts and promotion.
Part of that is reaching out to media, so I’ve written a piece for Science Node as part of their series on the different marches. My impostor syndrome shows through in it, but I’m hoping that helps make the point that this march isn’t just for scientists - it’s for everyone who cares about their countries, and indeed the world, being run on the basis of solid science and fact.
Climate change is real and man-made. There are no credible scientists left who are still refuting that. (Hint: If they're willing to go on a show that usually promotes ghosts, aliens, and tinfoil conspiracy theories as real, they're probably not credible.) If we remain on our current course, it will won't lead to anything good. We have to listen to the scientific consensus, and we have to let our governments at every level know that we want change.
That’s why I’m trying to make this happen where I am. I highly recommend you see where the nearest one near you is and join it to make the whole “don’t disregard science” message as loud as possible.
So today, the Tories (who promised to be the party of financial security while plunging the NHS into dangerous levels of debt and increasing the national debt more in 3 years than Labour did in 13, and who promised to "make work pay" while overseeing the creation of millions of insecure low-paid jobs that aren't enough to live on) are implementing the first steps of the Brexit campaign (which promised we'd stay in the single market and have more money for the health service and ended up admitting neither was possible as soon as they won), on the basis that we'll bring decisions about British law back to British courts (unless those courts say things Brexiters don't like, in which case they're "enemies of the people"), and take back control of the country (and then promptly give up that control by selling and contracting vital public assets to private companies as they've been doing for the last 7 years).
Those worried about immigrants bringing in backwards and dangerous philosophies will have their fears soothed by a clampdown on immigration and refugees from Europe and the Middle East (though the EU has already ruled out a full stop on freedom of movement so any clampdown would have to take place over a period of at least 3 years, and the long-term damage to the economy will leave us more dependant on investment from the kinds of tyrannical gulf states that help fund terrorist groups abroad and use slaves to build their FIFA World Cup stadiums at home), but don't worry we'll connect with commonwealth countries to make up for the economic loss for the most part (although Australia has said their top priority is talking to Ireland to get a deal there to stay connected to Europe, and India has stated that a free trade deal with the UK is conditional on Indian citizens being given the right to live and work in the UK - there goes the immigration gains). Even if that falls through, we'll always have America (who've said they're excited to try and snap up businesses and jobs moving out of the UK due to Brexit).
But all of that will be worth it because we'll finally take back control of the UK (except that Northern Ireland doesn't currently have a government and restoring a hard border there would likely restart the violence there, and Scotland just voted to move to hold another independence referendum, so maybe both of those will end up not under the Westminster control).