A Passing Fancy

“A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.”

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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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becausebirds:

Have you seen a Toco Toucan hop down stairs lately? Or a Keel-billed Toucan bathe with a glass of restaurant water?

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mrockefeller:

Here are all 9 pieces from my first thesis project!

At the beginning of the semester, I read folktales from around the world and sought out interesting imagery and characters to develop into 9 full page illustrations. As I made each illustration, I did a ton of research into the clothing, symbols, patterns, and other related imagery from the each story’s culture.

I am fascinated by old stories and how they have been passed down and shaped future stories. I learned a lot from this project, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! There is so much more to these unique cultures, and I’ll continue to draw inspiration from them.

For each individually, and some process sketches see the links below:

The Fisherman and the Gruagach of Tricks (Ireland)

The Giant Who Had no Heart In His Body (Norway)

The Firebird and the Horse of Power (Russia)

Sinbad and the Seven Voyages (Middle East)

The Magic Brocade (China)

Urashima (Japan)

Hats to Disappear With (Korea)

The Search for the Magic Lake ( Ecuador)

Oni and the Great Bird (West Africa, Yoruba Tribe)

All are available as prints on my inprnt!

Thank you everyone for your support over the past year! Here’s to a great 2014!

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bestpal:

IM LAUGHING SO FUCKING HARD

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Part 2 of “Something Beautiful” (continuation of this)

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baelor:

i saw this

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so i made this

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splendiforouslove:

charamath:

And here is the first compilation of my ‘Yzma is Best Princess’ series.  I meant to do it when I completed 10, but people wanted a compilation, apparently.  So here is the first 8.  It’s been a wild ride so far and I’ve still got several more to go >.>

Watercolors, ink and digital outline.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS THE BEST

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thetrickstergoddess:

noone-wouldriotforless:

mainframe110:

The new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer looks spectacular

thetrickstergoddess
I know you have a thing about raccoons so I felt that this should be brought to your attention

ACTUAL FAVOURITE GIF EVER

thetrickstergoddess:

noone-wouldriotforless:

mainframe110:

The new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer looks spectacular

thetrickstergoddess
I know you have a thing about raccoons so I felt that this should be brought to your attention

ACTUAL FAVOURITE GIF EVER

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knightscrest:

“here’s my series of books written in sparkly gel pen. i call it…glitterature”

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officialnatasharomanoff:

chivalrousgambler:

sabrinagrimm:

sabrinagrimm:

me huntin for the pussy

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SSTOP REBLOGGING THIS I’M A STRAIGHT 14 YEAR OLD WHITE GIRL

Not anymore now you’re an adult-sized gynephiliac skeleton creeping eternally in a white expanse hunting for some choice vaginas.

You made your bed now lie in it.

this is my favorite post in the entire world

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jack-atlas-booty:

walk up in the club like exODIA THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE NO ONES EVER BEEN ABLE TO SUMMON HIMimage

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ambiguously:

i am too gay and beautiful to do math

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http://postpunktonyabbott.tumblr.com/post/82115290042/goatcorporation-all-bugs-can-be-organized-into

goatcorporation:

all bugs can be organized into one of three categories: homies, chillers, and haters. hornets and wasps are haters. mosquitos are haters. most spiders are homies cuz they eat shitty bugs, some spiders are chillers cuz they dont really do anything, but also some spiders are…

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