I want to paint but I also want to nap. I think I’ll get off tumblr and look at reference photos while laying down. Good comprimise.
if you think women with penises and men with vaginas are a joke unfollow me and never speak to me again and go roll around in garbage and swim in an active volcano
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.
I highkey was saying this all along
fanfiction is less “new ideas using the established rules of the universe of said peice of work and expand upon it” and more of “coffee shop AU”
Attack on Titan fandom in particular does a lot of coffee shop AU stuff but not once have I seen anyone draw a titan coming in every day hanging around for hours, using up one of the few good outlets, visibly working on his shitty novel about doing drugs and talking about Bukowski, and hoping somebody will notice and ask him about it.
We are not even using the coffee shop AUs to their full potential.people.
Immersing myself in art
In honor of the two conflicting holidays
AARON PAUL JUST POSTED THIS ON TWITTER AND I’M SHITTING
Some character responses for a side project i’m working on btwn commissions and work. More news later- but previews for now!
Story teller I think, sets up universes.
Natural History of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Marine Life, Insects ; By Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675 Bayer, Frederick M., Burndy Library, Godman, Frederick Du Cane, 1834-1919 Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675 on Flickr.
Publication info Francofurti ad Moenum: Impensis haeredum Type: Meriani, MDCL-MDCLIII [1650-1653]