Ever wonder “How to get my book reviewed”?

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So you’ve published your book. Its been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get to your potential readers. While starting your marketing campaign usually happens well before your book is completed, getting your first reviews can’t begin until your book is done or in a final draft status.

Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from a recognizable publishing. So how do you get someone to pay attention to your book among all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions they see every month?

City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids BookBuzz is only for kids, tweens and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s stories).

So how do you get your book reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review?

If your book is within 90 days of the publications date, you can submit it for general review (at no cost). The closer you are to the 90 days, the less of a chance it will have to be reviewed, but you can still start there. The SFBR gets more than 1000 submissions a month, and only reviews 300 or less, so your opportunities of getting your book reviewed in this way is less than 33%. But you can give it a try and see if it gets reviewed.

General Submission Guidelineshttp://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/general-submission/

If your book is more than 90 days past its publication date, or you really want to have it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some controversy about paying for a review, SFBR is a respected publication like Kirkus or Foreward Reviews and doesn’t offer vanity reviews for payment. You can expect the same level of professionalism from their standard reviews. And they don’t mark sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Reviewhttp://sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/sponsored-review/

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Review

There are a lot of different options for getting your book reviewed, mostly around how long it takes to get your review back, and if you want more than one or an interview as well.

  • Standard Reviews Take 8-10 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Expedited Reviews Take 3-5 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Get more than one review for the same book you’ll get a discount on the normal cost of 2 or 3 reviews. Reviews range in price from $150 to $299.
  • Getting a podcast interview for Audible Authors to promote yourself and your book, and you can add an interview to a review package at a discount.

And if you really like your review, you can have it posted on the other publication’s website for $99, or get a new review from a different reviewer. Both can help with your marketing and search engine optimization.

So how do you get your book reviewed by the Manhattan Book Review?

The Manhattan Book Review uses the same format for the San Francisco Book Review. Different audience, so if you’re an East Coast writer, you might be more interested in having the credit from MBR over SFBR. Personal taste is the only difference between the two for reviews. If you are a local SF or Manhattan writer, they will also flag that in your review.

General Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Reviewhttp://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Reviewhttp://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/sponsored-reviews/

So how do you get your book reviewed by Kids’ BookBuzz?

First thing, all of the reviews for Kids’ BookBuzz are done by kids. They are assigned age appropriate books, but the kids read them and write the reviews themselves. The younger kids have some help from their parents, but the words are all theirs. Don’t expect any easy reviews either. These kids see a lot of stories, so they know good books when they read them.

General Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzz http://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/sponsored-reviews/

Harry Potter and the crowded glen

Image caption Potter enthusiasts at Glenfinnan

Harry Potter fans are arriving in their hundreds at a Highlands location for two of the films adapted from JK Rowling’s books about the boy wizard.

Filming of 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004, took place at Glenfinnan.

Here, fans gather on a hillside near the Glenfinnan Viaduct to catch a glimpse of the “Hogwarts Express”.

In real-life, the Express is the Jacobite steam train.

The steam train crosses the railway viaduct on its journeys along the West Highland Line.

Hundreds of railway enthusiasts and tourists on holiday in the Highlands also visit the site each year to witness the spectacle.

Image copyright BBC/Tom Hayward
Image caption JK Rolwing’s creation continues to draw large crowds to Glenfinnan
Image caption Some fans are prepared to wait hours for the “Hogwarts Express”
Image caption The viaduct is a hotspot for the taking of selfies and group photographs

The train and the viaduct appear in a famous scene featuring Harry Potter, friend Ron Weasley and a flying car.

So many Potter enthusiasts are now turning up in Glenfinnan, home to a village of the same name, that the local community is seeking funding for a new car park to cater for the visitors.

There are just 50 parking spaces available at the moment, and people are parking on side roads and along the verges of the busy A830.

Image caption Hundreds of people gather almost daily in the glen
Image caption Excitement mounts as the steam train comes into view

Some of the many visitors have been arriving to wait four hours to catch a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express.

Fiona Gibson, of Glenfinnan Community Council, told BBC Scotland: “It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.

“Kids are walking on the road and, because people are on their holidays, they are not really thinking about which side of the road they should be walking on.”

She added: “We’ve had bumps and scrapes, but fortunately no fatalities.”

The community hopes its planned new car park will be a wizard solution to the current parking problems.

Image caption The “Hogwarts Express” in all its glory

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45359275

7 Baby Shower Gifts Your Pregnant Friends Will Love Betches

Blessed be the fruit. Honestly, we’re a little shocked that we’re having to put up posts about baby gifts, but here we are. Unfortunately for all of us, at some point we’ll have to attend a baby shower and watch a v pregnant almost-mom open gift after gift of everything from oversized stuffed animals to nipple balm. It’s a thing, and it’s terrifying.

Anyway, if you want to be the real VIP MVP of the baby shower circuit, make sure your gifts are on point. Whether you shower the parents-to-be with amazingly hilar onesies or gift cards to the best area restaurants ensuring them a night out, don’t fall into the trap of getting boring, loud, or weird baby gifts.

Hilarious Onesies From Shop Betches

Shop Betches Cool Mom Baby Onesie 

I’m not going to NOT plug our own merch, which is like, rly cute. You may as well buy about 100 onesies for any new child, since they’re likely to go through anywhere from five to 500 in any given day. They may as well look cute while they throw up on themselves. Babies, they’re just like us.

Something For Mama

Nektek Foot Massager Kneading Siatsu Therapy Plantar Massage

Mama is going to get a sh*tload of stuff for baby, i.e. toys, diapers, more diapers, onesies, baby food puree systems, tiny shoes and socks, etc. Get something for the new mom to enjoy, like, a day trip to a really nice spa complete with an offer of babysitting (I KNOW), several bottles of wine that age well considering she won’t be able to drink it until she’s done breastfeeding (unless she pumps and dumps), or a foot massage system that she can sit in while ordering her SO to actually change a diaper for once.

Baby Food Puree Systems

BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender

If mom is already the owner of something like a Vitamix or Ninja blender system, she’s probably going to love the Baby Bullet (kinda off on the name, there, marketing people) or a similar product. It allows mom to make her own concoctions of baby food. That means she doesn’t have to run to the store and buy 1,000 glass jars.

Quiet Distractions For Bae

Melissa & Doug Soft Activity Baby Book

You know what new parents don’t want? Any kind of toy/distraction device that sings a song or makes any kind of sound. They’re getting enough sounds every three hours, morning, noon, and night. Find a toy that makes no noise but will keep bae distracted so mom can, like, pour a glass of wine for herself. Try items made from fabric, like soft baby books, foam blocks, and other soft, soothing, items.

Tiffany’s Things

Love Feeding Spoon by Tiffany’s 

Call it bougie, and it is, but if this is mama’s first baby, you can’t go wrong by buying the classic silver baby spoon from Tiffany’s. This isn’t really something that serves a true purpose–it’s a keepsake. Tiffany’s also has baby brushes, rattles, and other silver things that, at the price of around $300+, will definitely get you into the good graces of the parents … hopefully, so much so, that they’ll never ask you to babysit. It’s a win-win for everyone, fam.

Diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry Disposable Diapers

This is neither classy nor cute, but the parents-to-be will be singing your praises. If there’s one thing that babies go through a lot of, it’s diapers. Duh. Build a diaper pyramid with about 15 packages of Pampers or Huggies or whatever, and the parents will be forever grateful. You’re essentially saving them a screaming argument at 3am about whose turn it is to do a diaper run. Praise be.

Baby Monitor

Babysense Video Baby Monitor 

Hey, you know what’s awesome? Being able to tune into baby in the crib without leaving the comfort of the couch. These days, there are tons of systems that include full sound AND video, so mom or dad can watch bae sleep (not in a creepy way) and decide whether or not the fussing is worth getting up for.

Images: Nynne Schrøder /Unsplash; Amazon; Shop Betches; Tiffany’s

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Meet Vinni Pukh, Soviet Russias Bizarre Take on Winnie the Pooh

This week, everyones favorite cartoon bear goes full Ted with a live action Disney movie starring Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin, all boring and unimaginative now that hes grown up. If the movie, creatively titled Christopher Robin, feels a little like Winnie the Pooh deja vu, youre not totally wrong; Hollywood last borrowed from the beloved story less than a year ago with Goodbye Christopher Robin, the Domhnall Gleeson-starring biopic of tortured storybook author A. A. Milne. Its safe to say Winnies having a moment.

But amid this mini-renaissance, theres one rendering thatat least among Americanshas been largely forgotten: the adventures of Vinni Pukh, the peculiar Pooh of Soviet Russia.

A simpler, stranger, funnier take on the childrens story, the three animated shorts that make up Vinni Pukhs brief run were released between 1969 and 1972 by a Moscow-based studio called Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Fyodor Khitruk, the series presents Vinni as a deadpan oddball bopping about his 2-D world with a pared-down crew of the usual suspects: Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore. (Christopher Robin and Tigger are missing, but who needs them.)

Where Winnie is dopey and cozy, Vinni is droll and crafty, dunking himself in a pond to disguise himself as a raincloud (hes hiding from bees) or paying a visit to Rabbit to score a free snack (When we enter, the main thing is to pretend that we dont want anything, he instructs Piglet). Like the natural-born comedian that he is, Vinni will often break the fourth wall to shoot the audience a look with wide, mock-innocent eyes whenever he screws up or is hit with something unexpected. By comparison, Winnies reaction in such cases is simply, Oh, bother.

The animation itself is cruder than the American cartoon, set in a two-dimensional world of muted color and fuzzy shapeslike a George Braque painting or a first-graders refrigerator art. Unlike the yellow, crop top-wearing American teddy bear, Vinni is brown and rotund, with wide raccoon eyes and black paws that tend to detach from his body as he plods along. While Winnie seems like a fully-grown bear with a belly, Vinni looks more like a chubby cub. Russian Piglet is even more adorable than his American counterpart, blue-eyed and petite with plaid pants hiked up to his armpits.

Like the Disney version, the Russian storylines are drawn from A. A. Milnes celebrated books, including classic scenarios like Vinnis efforts to cheer Eeyore up on his birthday, or Vinni getting himself stuck in a hole and needing his friends help to dislodge. The three films' combined runtimes only total around 40 minutes, but even in that brief span, Vinni comes to life vividly.

Perhaps the weirdest (and most hilarious) part of the series are the songs. Pairing basic xylophone melodies with loud, atonal chants, the Russian tunes tie the episodes together with a sporadic, dissonant soundscape and absurdist bent. The lyrics have that rare quality of being so frenzied and bizarre as to feel almost profound: If Im scratching my head it doesnt matter / There is sawdust in my head, yes, yes, yes, Vinni chants in the opening lines of the first short. In another, he belts tunelessly, Heres an empty jar, its a simple object / It wont get anywhere / and thats why empty jar is much more valuable. Making it even weirder is Vinnis inexplicable vocal fry, as if hes been ripping Soviet cigs for the extent of his short life.

According to The Moscow Times, director Khitruk had never seen the Disney cartoon version when he set out to adapt Milnes story. Maybe, if Id seen it, I wouldnt have done my own. Whats the point in doing it over? he said in 2005. But I should tell you that Im not really satisfied with the Disney version. And now, in hindsight, I can tell you what the director of the second American film, Wolfgang Reitherman, told me. He also wasnt happy with his version. In the interview, Khitruk also addressed the absence of Christopher Robin, explaining that, by leaving the boy out, Khitruk sought to dispel the notion that Vinni, Piglet, and the rest of the gang were toys brought to life by a humans imagination. For us, it was all one world, he said.

Its a nice sentiment, elevating Vinni and those in his orbit out of the realm of the make-believe and into something much more real. And they deserve it: Vinni and his crew are a straight-up joy, and its truly a crime that his series hasnt yet reached cult-level popularity in the West. We can only hope that, as Winnie the Pooh fans gear up to watch Christopher Robin all grown up in London, some of them will stumble onand precede to immediately fall in love witha bizarre, early 70s Russian cartoon in the meantime.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-vinni-pukh-soviet-russias-bizarre-take-on-winnie-the-pooh

Better Versions Of Your Favorite Entertainment Juggernauts

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There’s a glut of incredibly popular entertainment out there. The thing is, a thing isn’t necessarily popular because it’s good. We asked our readers to come up with better, lesser-known versions of popular games, music, books, and other pop culture staples.

The best one is below, but first, the runners-up:

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Hawaii fishermen reel in 1,073-pound blue marlin after hour-long struggle: It’s like a ‘sea monster’

A construction crew hoping to catch some fish during a team building outing Saturday off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, reeled in an unforgettable sea creature — a record-breaking, 1,073-pound blue marlin. 

It was a quiet day for the group as they waited for fish to bite a few miles from Nawiliwili Harbor. But after several hours passed, they felt something strong take the bait.

They struggled for an hour and a half with the large fish, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Together, they worked to haul the fish closer to their 50-foot boat. The fish briefly escaped — “at one point going airborne,” the newspaper described — but eventually they were able to bring the more than 1,000-pound blue marlin on deck.

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“The Kauai Region crew set sail on a team building event and never thought they would end up reeling in a blue marlin weighing in at 1,073 lbs, now known as the ‘Yamasaki Grander’ named after boat captain Steven Yamasaki,” Goodfellow Bros., Inc., the company that organized the group activity, posted on Twitter Thursday. “It was a team effort they will never forget!”

Tristan Gonzales, who helped with the monster catch, said it was the biggest fish he’d ever seen in person.

“It looked like a sea monster!” Gonzales told Hawaii News Now. “I was just hoping the hook sank to give us a fighting chance to land this fish.”

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Fortunately, they did — and they were able to bring it back to shore, too. The group watched as the fished got weighed and posed for pictures with it on the dock.

“This is one fishing trip that will live on in the record books and more so, in the memories of the crew,” Goodfellow Bros. told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a statement. “No fishing tales here…only the real thing…the unbelievable catch that did not get away! The Yamasaki Grander!”

It’s the second-largest blue marlin ever caught in Kauai behind a 1,148-pounder caught in Port Allen in November 1998, according to Hawaii Fishing News.

“The largest blue marlin ever caught on a rod and reel was caught by Capt. Cornelius Choy and his daughter Gail on the COREENE-C in 1971. The fish weighed an astonishing 1,805 lbs,” the fishing site states on its website.

Blue marlins can grow up to 12 feet long and weigh up to 2,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Females, which are typically the larger gender, can live up to 20 years — 10 years longer than males.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2018/07/19/hawaii-fishermen-reel-in-1073-pound-blue-marlin-after-hour-long-struggle-its-like-sea-monster.html

20 Things Every Person Has Thought in an Ikea

Oh, Ikea. How we love you. And yet, with any great love, comes complications.

Whether you’re obsessed with Ikea or can’t stand to be inside of one, chances are that you have some feelings about it. And most likely, others have felt the same exact way.

Here are some thoughts that everyone has inside of an Ikea.

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Archbishop: I don’t pray for my daughter’s disability

Image caption Katharine, Ellie and the Most Reverend Justin Welby

The Church needs to do more to embrace disability and mental health, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says, drawing on the experience of two of his daughters.

Justin – he insists we use his first name – reveals that Katharine’s mental health difficulties and Ellie’s learning disabilities, had “really brought it to the front of [his] mind”.

He was speaking to the BBC Ouch podcast, made by the BBC’s disability team.

Sitting beside his daughters, Ellie, 24, and Katharine, 32, Justin encourages them to speak openly, even if it is difficult for him to hear.

He begins by taking Ellie’s hand – this is the first time she has spoken publicly.

Taking part in a discussion about exclusion with other disabled studio guests, Ellie says: “The church I go to now, I sit at the back because I don’t really feel comfortable.

“They’re very friendly in my church, but sometimes I can feel a bit out of place there.”

Ellie also has dyspraxia, which impacts co-ordination, but can be confused with clumsiness.

Her disability, not being an obvious physical impairment, is often referred to as invisible. Because of this, she feels her needs are often misunderstood or overlooked.

“I have struggled a lot. People have looked at me and basically – I know the look now – it’s literally like, ‘You’re not disabled, why are you sitting there?’ Or, ‘Why can’t you do this?’.

“I’ve been discriminated against quite a few times because they don’t understand it.”

Justin gives Ellie – who confesses she is a “Daddy’s girl” – a friendly punch on the shoulder to acknowledge that she’s made a good point.

He, himself, has struggled at times with what he calls “the black dog” – a phrase Winston Churchill used to describe episodes of depression.

In 1983, the Welbys lost a seven-month-old baby, Johanna, in a car crash. Twelve months later another of his children was critically ill. It has often led him to question his faith.

“There have been moments where it’s been a huge test,” he says. “You read the Bible and life’s not simple.”

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Religion hasn’t always been so important to him.

At boarding school he used chapel time to finish homework, hidden behind the hymn books. The only interesting thing that ever happened, he says, was the “headmaster falling out of the pulpit”.

It was years later, when he worked in Kenya as an oil investor, that he met people with a great connection to God. It was the first step on the path to being ordained in 1989.

Katharine has spoken openly about her mental health struggle, suicidal thoughts, and of not being able to confide in her parents about them.

She says the Church does not always know how to respond to these struggles.

She says people offer to pray for her, but feels this masks important conversations and opportunities to help.

“If your first response is, ‘Can I pray for your healing?’, then you’re not listening,” she says.

“Because actually – A, you don’t need to say to someone you’re praying for their healing for God to be able to work, God’s bigger than that. And B, it really shuts down the conversation.

“I now actually only let a very few people pray for my healing, because I’ve had so many really awful experiences.”

The most hurtful thing, she says, was when someone prayed for her “addiction to negative thinking”.

“I’m not addicted to negative thinking, I’m depressed and anxious medically,” she says.

“It’s a chemical thing going on with me, it’s not an addiction. And that was really unhelpful. I felt very unsettled by that.

“They’re trying to be helpful, but they’re not listening. And inclusion and welcome in Church is about so much more than accessibility physically.”

Many disabled people experience unwanted prayers, often in the street or on public transport. Even the Archbishop has been offered prayers.

“I’ve had times when people have said, ‘Could we pray for you?’ And if I wasn’t the Archbishop I’d have actually said, ‘I’d really prefer that you didn’t’.

“But I feel that I can’t always say that.”

But does he include his own children’s disabilities in his prayers?

He says he prays for Katharine and her mental health on a daily basis, but for Ellie it is more nuanced.

“I haven’t prayed for Ellie,” he says.

“I haven’t talked to Ellie about this [but] we had this discussion once around the [family] table when Ellie wasn’t there, because someone had asked me the question.”

He asked the family what they thought about praying for Ellie.

Turning to Ellie, he says: “Your younger sister said, ‘If God changed Ellie she wouldn’t be Ellie, and we love Ellie’. So there’s that thing that Ellie’s Ellie, she’s precious.”

He sees Katharine’s mental illness as something she’s not always had, but Ellie has always had the disability and it’s part of her.

Ellie, herself, is ambivalent about disability and prayer.

“I have felt a bit like, well if God heals why am I still dyspraxic? Why do I still find it really difficult to do things? But at the same time it doesn’t change the way I trust God.”

Justin reveals that he needs to compile a list of “awkward questions” to ask God “when I meet Him”.

And while he’s at it, perhaps he might try to persuade God to watch the sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which the Archbishop says he watches and is a “good way of unwinding”.

Justin is conscious the Church needs to be aware of, and embrace, people’s differences and needs.

Katharine, who also has chronic fatigue syndrome, says she has felt embarrassed at times when she has been unable to stand during services.

“You can feel quite uncomfortable, like people are looking at you, like you’re not paying attention or not engaging properly.”

She says more flexibility and acceptance is needed. “If someone goes in and the first week they’re there they get tutted at, then they’re not going to come back.”

More parishes have started to use the phrase “stand if it’s convenient”, Justin says, because, when it comes down to it, “it doesn’t matter tuppence” how someone worships.

“You do have to go through a process of educating people,” he says. “Get rid of the frowns and the tuts.”

Justin hopes to find more solutions to these problems when he hosts a conference in July at Lambeth Palace on disability and inclusion.

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One question he really wants to address is the physical accessibility of churches.

Many of the Church of England’s 9,000 buildings are ill-equipped and inaccessible, but heritage protection currently trumps accessibility law.

“I find it absolutely extraordinary that disability access comes second to heritage,” he says. “I really find that bizarre. Well, that’s one way of saying we don’t care about you, isn’t it?”

Ahead of the conference he has another important event – the christening of Prince Louis on 9 July, which he says is “very nerve wracking” but “a great privilege”.

“You know, if you’re at the wedding don’t drop the rings and if you’re at the baptism don’t drop the baby. They’re a wonderful family, there’s lots of love and it’ll be a great occasion.”

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-44688094

Nazi Childrens Books, KKK Onesies Are for Sale on Amazon

Despite its own policies against hateful content, Amazon still sells racist productssome of them marketed at children, a new study finds.

Baby onesies featuring a burning cross, swastika necklaces, and costumes depicting a black man being lynched have all found a recent home on Amazon, according to a new study by the Action Center on Race and the Economy and the Partnership for Working Families. The study also found a trove of white supremacist literature that has been created on Amazons publishing platform. Those products lingered on the site despite Amazons policy prohibiting products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views, the company states on its website.

Amazon, which takes a cut of sales, often doesnt take action against the products unless facing public backlash, the study found. While some of the products cited in the study have since been removed from Amazon, others remain for sale on the site.

Third party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines and those who dont are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account, an Amazon spokesperson told The Daily Beast of the study.

Retailers arent exactly hiding their Nazi products. A leather WWII German Waffen SS replica hat was allowed on the site, despite it being modeled after Nazi uniforms, the study found. The same goes for a swastika necklace, Nazi swords, and paraphernalia with the Totenkopf, a Nazi skull logo that has since been adopted by violent neo-Nazi groups.

A number of those products were marketed at children, including a series of custom Legos modified to look like Nazi troops, and a for girls backpack featuring Pepe, a cartoon frog that has become a symbol of the far right. The Pepe on the girls backpack is wearing a Nazi SS cap. Other Pepe products flagged in the study include a Pepe-fied Donald Trump childrens backpack and a baby romper featuring Pepe in a turban and thick beard for an anti-Muslim variant on the meme. Baby rompers featuring burning crosses, images often associated with the Ku Klux Klan, were also available.

Amazon also hosts neo-Nazi childrens literature. The study found Amazon selling physical and Kindle versions of The Fable of the Ducks and the Hens, a childrens book by George Lincoln Rockwell, the late founder of the American Nazi Party.

The description on Amazons site makes no mention of Rockwells background or the racist propaganda in the book, the study reads. Parents considering the book would see it described as a witty, colorfully illustrated story about ducks whose lives are ruined by an influx of pushy, scheming hens. Those taking a closer look might notice a user review approvingly describing the book as a Great National Socialist Kids book that teaches our children to be careful and dont let refugees into your country and illustrates how we are screwed by the colored birds!

Rockwells name should, in theory, be easy to screen for. One of Americas most prominent Nazis, Rockwell is frequently name-checked by prominent racists including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. His childrens book even appears in full on the American Nazi Partys website.

Amazon isnt just selling white supremacist literature. Its also giving racists the tools to create those texts through CreateSpace, a self-publishing platform.

At least seven SPLC-identified hate groups are publishing materials in Amazon Kindle format as of June 2018, per a review of Amazons site, the study found, referring to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The white nationalist publishing house Counter-Currents has 50 titles available in Kindle format.

Other white supremacist books include a bloodthirsty white nationalist fantasy novel from Kyle Bristow, a lawyer who previously represented white nationalist Richard Spencer, and 18 books by the neo-Nazi Billy Roper. One of his books advertises tips on how to become an influential figure in the white supremacist movement.

Amazons music-streaming services also host white power or hatecore bands. Although some of those bands have slightly modified their song titles to appear more Amazon-friendly (one song title cited in the study was modified from Die Jew Die to Die Die), the artists go under their real band names, which are known for hatecore music. A hatecore record label that owns the website whitepower.com maintain[s] an entire storefront on Amazon up for sale.

Amazon sometimes removes content that violates its hateful product policies. But often the company only does so after facing serious backlash, the study found. In 2015, following a Washington Post expos, Amazon booted a hate group off an Amazon-run fundraising service. The SPLC later noted that it had been trying to oust that same group from the service for years, but that it had no luck until the Post went public with the story.

Amazon has been reactive, not proactive, in its response to use of its site by peddlers of hate, the study found. Amazon has a history of responding slowlyor not at allto public pressure on this front rather than effectively preventing hate groups from using its platforms in the first place.

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Vet Reveals The Craziest Things Pet Owners Have Done, And Its Hard To Believe They Have Actually Happened

Visits to the vet can be scary and stressful for the animals, often leaving them drugged and confused. And while we might think that they look quite funny afterward, narrow-eyed expressions aren’t the only humorous things to come out of vet visits. There’s another side of the story, and Imgur user Ali is here to share it.

The 26-year-old woman has been working as a veterinary technician for 3 years and has seen plenty of animals, collecting various stories and incidents through the years. The woman says she enjoys her work, including the surprises and hardships that come with it. “I do enjoy the challenges, just so happened that I had to trap a feral cat that escaped from its cage first thing when I walked in this morning. Took about 45 minutes” Ali told Bored Panda. With plenty of funny and strange stories under her belt, yesterday Ali decided to share a few of them with the world. So scroll down below to read those stories and don’t forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

Young woman books an emergency appointment for a cat. We ask why she’s here, she tells us that she recently adopted this cat from a shelter a few days ago with all his paperwork, showing that he’s clean as a whistle. Fine, so what’s the problem? “Well, I think he may have a lung infection, he sometimes makes a funny sound and it’s happening more often. Usually it’s triggered when…

Young woman books an emergency appointment for a cat. We ask why she’s here, she tells us that she recently adopted this cat from a shelter a few days ago with all his paperwork, showing that he’s clean as a whistle. Fine, so what’s the problem? “Well, I think he may have a lung infection, he sometimes makes a funny sound and it’s happening more often. Usually it’s triggered when he’s near me or when I touch him, but he’ll sometimes just do it around the house”. While the vet is checking out the cat’s lungs I’m holding the cat and gently scratching behind the ears. He starts to purr. A deep loud hearty sound that fills the room. “THAT’S IT THAT’S THE SOUND!” We’re momentarily stunned, eventually the vet manages to reply “Wut? Uhhh….seriously? That’s a purr. He’s happy, if that’s it you can go home.” She’s still confused, but relieved and I give her a bunch of cat pamphlets and stuff and send her on her way. She was sweet as pie and about as smart as one too. That’s okay, she thought something was wrong and came rushing in.

Love them dearly, but dogs can be morons sometimes. So a Golden Retriever (shocking) came in with symptoms like lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting, not eating (uh oh, it’s a Golden, something up here), and distended belly. We x-ray the patient and his stomach and part of his intestines are completely distended, like balloon huge, and filled with we’re not sure yet. Table time. These surgeries are generally not short, but…

Love them dearly, but dogs can be morons sometimes. So a Golden Retriever (shocking) came in with symptoms like lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting, not eating (uh oh, it’s a Golden, something up here), and distended belly. We x-ray the patient and his stomach and part of his intestines are completely distended, like balloon huge, and filled with we’re not sure yet. Table time. These surgeries are generally not short, but this guy took the prize. 4 hours later, we removed 6 and a half socks and 3 large dishtowels. The surgery looked more like the magic trick with the scarves up the sleeves than the trick itself. It never ended. We were dying of laughter, but holy shit. The dog is fine now. Hopefully no longer scarfing laundry. Sorry not sorry.

Nipples baffle the sh*t out of pet owner’s new and old alike. It happens so frequently that it’s a joke now. “Oh my god I found some lumps on their belly!” So for everyone’s awareness cats and dogs alike have six to eight nips along their belly and it’s okay guys. Sometimes the boys flash them too. Sometimes girls and boys alike don’t. The best was the big burly guy…

Nipples baffle the sh*t out of pet owner’s new and old alike. It happens so frequently that it’s a joke now. “Oh my god I found some lumps on their belly!” So for everyone’s awareness cats and dogs alike have six to eight nips along their belly and it’s okay guys. Sometimes the boys flash them too. Sometimes girls and boys alike don’t. The best was the big burly guy and his Mastiff and he would simply not accept that his MALE dog had nipples. Wanted to get them removed under anesthesia even after explaining to him that they’re normal. It was funny, but he was a bit intense. Nice dog though.

This one has happened twice now, and holy sh*t is it funny. Usually it happens while their grooming or if they’re horny and decide to hump a blanket or something, and anyway their little red rocket makes a surprise appearance. Apparently if you do not know this, it’s f**king shocking and terrifying. “What is that”, “It doesn’t look normal” “HIS PENIS IS BLEEDING WHAT IS HAPPENING” “But I thought you…

This one has happened twice now, and holy sh*t is it funny. Usually it happens while their grooming or if they’re horny and decide to hump a blanket or something, and anyway their little red rocket makes a surprise appearance. Apparently if you do not know this, it’s f**king shocking and terrifying. “What is that”, “It doesn’t look normal” “HIS PENIS IS BLEEDING WHAT IS HAPPENING” “But I thought you cut it off when he got fixed”. For real though.

This one is kind of sad and weird. One of our clients is losing their mind a little bit, and they have a small dog. Well she brings the dog in all the time because the owner is convinced that her neighbors (shadowy figures with no face) are futzing around with her dog’s penis while she’s gone and that the dog has severe anxiety from it. The dog is fine…

This one is kind of sad and weird. One of our clients is losing their mind a little bit, and they have a small dog. Well she brings the dog in all the time because the owner is convinced that her neighbors (shadowy figures with no face) are futzing around with her dog’s penis while she’s gone and that the dog has severe anxiety from it. The dog is fine and is really sweet, but oh my god.

Kids mean well, but goddammit guys where are you grabbing them? I understand when they have broken wings and sh*t but the number of times they just walk in with a bird and are like “Hey look what I got, do something with it” and just leave is weird. The notable and exciting day for everyone was when some kids nabbed a bird, brought it to us and it happened…

Kids mean well, but goddammit guys where are you grabbing them? I understand when they have broken wings and sh*t but the number of times they just walk in with a bird and are like “Hey look what I got, do something with it” and just leave is weird. The notable and exciting day for everyone was when some kids nabbed a bird, brought it to us and it happened to be tagged by a local pigeon racing group (they exist?). Some old dudes in a truck showed up about 4 hours later all excited like little girls. It’s apparently the farthest one of their birds has been tracked flying. There was also a budgie once brought in by the bird children, it got adopted.

Bless them, there are these rescue organizations that either seize or purchase food market dogs and get them adopted out overseas to live out “normal lives”. Now don’t get me wrong they do A LOT of good work and many of the animals are genuinely saved. Some are so deeply broken that they cannot function as a pet in any sense. This dog HATEd to get touched by literally anybody,…

Bless them, there are these rescue organizations that either seize or purchase food market dogs and get them adopted out overseas to live out “normal lives”. Now don’t get me wrong they do A LOT of good work and many of the animals are genuinely saved. Some are so deeply broken that they cannot function as a pet in any sense. This dog HATEd to get touched by literally anybody, it was extremely flighty and bitey, genuinely aggressive towards most people, and it came in to get vaccinated. That’s it. Okay…fine. So we hand the owner a muzzle and that’s when the guy goes “Oh no, I can’t put that on her”. She’s a snarling drooling mess the entire time we’re in there, positioned in way that she’s ready to lunge at us at a moments notice. She’s the size of a Shepherd, probably somekind of Akita mix thing, whatever. Anyway that’s when the guy tells us that “he’s scared to” because she once bit him so in the face that he had a hole in his palate into his f**king sinuses. He had to have reconstructive surgery. Dumbfounded it took a moment to tell the guy that he needs to go home, there was no f**king way. It’s the only time we’ve ever done that.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/stories-of-veterinary-technician-animals-tankgirl215/