A United Front Against the RIAA and MPAAWhen I had first drawn breath as I was released from my mother's womb I was completely oblivious to the oppression that the community of the World Wide Web has suffered. I actually never had a computer until my mother had started going to college at the University of Tennessee. After my first click I was introduced into a cybernetic world full of wonder and valuable knowledge. Although the web is full of wonders, it has a darker side as internet pornography is explicitly exposed and users who desire to harass and abuse others who dwell within this global network. The abusers are called Trolls as they feed off of the hated thrown towards them by the web's casual users.A United Front Against the RIAA and MPAA3 years ago in Letters More Like This
But now the music and movie industry lobbyists are trying to destroy the free world wide web and internet created by Tim Berners-Lee. The RIAA and the MPAA are determined to convert the world wide web in to a corporate shopping network where they would employ their diabolical corporatist ways. The creation of congressiona
Climate Change Resource PageClimate Change Resource Page - (updated as recently as 17 Dec 2012, with 16 new sites linked)Climate Change Resource Page4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've wrestled with an opening to this piece for the last week, and I've finally decided to just go ahead and lay it all out for those who wish to make use of it.
Knowledge is power, and knowledge of climate-change science is serious lacking for a lot of reasons. Those reasons, however, are NOT what the True Believers in 'man-made' global warming would have you believe.
A lot of people on this site believe that things are not as dire as the heavily politicized IPCC and those governments which back it, would have us believe. Most of you do not really have the time to find the information you need to counter the often scientifically illiterate responses you get from those who would blame the human race, and more specifically the Right / Conservatives / Christians / the US / White people, for what we believe is just another phase in half a billion years of climate change.
They are the ones who, fo
War Torn Heart"What a long horrible day." Ivan sighed as he sat down on a bench. He leaned back and looked up at the warm sun then closed his eyes. "I wish it is always this warm." He muttered to himself. As he leaned back forward he heard a familiar plop sound. "Not again." He sighed. He looked down and sitting in his lap was his heart. As he was about to put his heart back he stopped for a moment to look at it. He never noticed how beat up it was. Some parts of it where scarred and bruised and it seemed to be struggling to keep going. "Is it really beaten up this bad?" he wondered "I remember it was in a lot better shape, but that was a long time ago when I opened my heart to everyone. Before they betrayed me." His face saddened at these thoughts. He continued to stare at it thinking it could stop any second now.War Torn Heart5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey what are you looking at Ivan?" "I know that voice." Ivan thought as he looked up. Alfred was standing right in front of him. As
The death of DioDio died while killing the dragon named Lady Evil. He was on a quest with his legion of Neon Knights. They were known as the Children Of The Sea. But when he arrived, the dragon looked at him with her evil eyes. They lined up to fight the dragon; he was the last in line. The sight of the evil beast left him completely breathless. He instantly fired a rainbow in the dark. It struck the dragon straight through the heart, but by some mystery, the dragon lived. Then, the dragon attacked, and brave Dio was caught in the middle. He wanted to walk away or turn invisible, but all he could do was stand up and shout. The dragon smote down our hero, but the man on the silver mountain could not be defeated, for the Wild One was born on the sun, and he would not let the dragon triumph. And in his dying breath, Dio screamed, "Shame on the night!" as he sunk his mighty blade into the cold dragon's scales. He rid the world of a terrible beast, but the cost was his mortal form. He died that night, andThe death of Dio2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their wealth as much as possible so they can hire more people, thus growing the economy.Why Free Market Capitalism Fails3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
These concepts look good on paper, but the best way to evaluate any idea is to see how it works in practice. Let's start by analyzing nationa
Save Games Collide: The Fanfiction Part 1When Save Games Collide: The Fanfiction Part 1Save Games Collide: The Fanfiction Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a cold, dark night out in Skyrim, which was normal for the Northern Province. However, this particular night was even darker, and colder than the others, because Winter was fast approaching. However, it also provided for a wonderful ominous setting for what was about to occur. In Skryim, the winters were some of the coldest, given its northern location in the continent. Despite everything about the place practically shouting "COLD", an Argonian man wearing Dragonscale armor, a sign of having slain several dragons, was seen walking through the roads, with a woman of Nordic descent trailing closely behind. The Argonian had dark red war paint over his eyes, and dark green scales all over his body. Two horns sprouted out from the back of his head, and smaller horns lined his eye brows. His golden eyes looked along the wild scenery, taking in the still-breathtaking sights of Skyrim. Now, just because the Argonian man h
How I Became an AtheistHow I became and AtheistHow I Became an Atheist3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
In my life I've been asked many questions on how I became an Atheist. They were more or less the same. They asked "are you angry at God", "did something happen","have you read the Bible","how is it possible not to believe" and other similar to these. If you're an Atheist you know what I'm talking about. These are pretty common. Also, these questions remind me the same questions asked to the gay people when the gay rights movement first started. The people behind these questions? More or less the same. These questions will be asked by your average theist person that has no idea what an Atheist is and most possibly is scared to ask questions and doubt his own faith.
I was brought up in a Christian Greek Orthodox household but my parents didn't have strict control over my beliefs. That was step one. We were a family that liked to travel abroad a lot, specialy in Europe and because one of my aunts is married to a Turkish person (surprise!), I
TTNG2: Alliance Chpt 4Trees all around, drenched from the pouring rain. Darkness consuming the area, not showing a sense of happiness of some sort.TTNG2: Alliance Chpt 45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The green pyromencer was on his hands and knees, tears streaming down while the rain drops were mixed in.
" I can't take this anymore, everything that I've done 'till now....shit."
He clenches the ground and the mud pools in his hands while he clenched his eyes so tight, they could rip.
"...all because that I couldn't control myself and now look what that's brought meh...maybe I deserved this, all of the pain I've caused."
Out of the shadows, a figure wearing a light blue 2 piece dress walks towards him carrying an umbrella. She pauses infront of Ferio, cocks her head to the side, and then kneels down in front of him.
"Something troubling you?"
"Heh...you can say that." He replied while not looking up as he closed in eyes in shame.
The mysterious woman made a puzzled look on her face but then sets her umbrella down, covering the both of them, and sits next to
'Give up' on the Constitution?!'Give up' on the Constitution?!2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The New York Times just ran an editorial, "Let's Give Up On The Constitution." I don't think this effort can be considered some kind of anomaly. Virtually all of the media campaign for gun restrictions is based on precisely the idea that the Constitution has no relevance for public policy. So I see this article written by the professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, Louis Michael Seidman, as simply cover for what is already going on.
"Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the offici
Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 1Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Una navidad con Naruto.
Jamás pensé que desde que lo conocí me haría su amiga, una de sus mejores amigas, aunque quisiera que fuera más que eso. A veces pienso que quizás no sea la persona que él está esperando, pero al menos lo intentaré, pero el problema es ése. Nunca tuve la demasiada confianza en mi misma para darle la cara a mis sentimientos hacia él, y mucho menos para que lo supiera, soy muy tímida y una tonta que no sabe aprovecharlo.
El día en que lo conocí lo recuerdo como si hubiera sido ayer, la lluvia caía intensamente como si una terrible guerra se desatara desde el cielo, y aunque eso era cierto yo era la que peor la estaba pasando. El diluvio había inundado todas las calles de tierra y era casi imposible pasar entre ellas, si pisaba algo mal o algo por el estilo era más que seguro que me caería me embarraría y mi ropa se ensuciaría, deb
Uzumaki Life: Hinata HelpUzumaki Life: Hinata Help3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The time was around two o'clock in the morning and the home of Naruto and Hinata Uzumaki, and their two children, was peaceful and quiet; but, not for long. Right when the time changed to 2:01 a.m. a loud, high pitch cry played out a baby monitor that was sitting on Naruto's nightstand. Naruto's eyes twitched as the noise began to wake him up. Naruto then tiredly opened his eyes. He then rolled over from his side, onto his back and wiped his whole face and groaned. When Naruto finally sat up on the queen sized bed that him and his wife, Hinata shared, he saw his wife roll over and rub one of her eyes.
"What's going on," she asked tiredly.
"I think Songo woke up," Naruto said as he tiredly scratched his head. "Don't worry I'll handle it. You go back to sleep." Naruto then leaned down and gave his wife a kiss on the forehead before getting up from then bed. While he was walking out of the master bedroom, Hinata rolled back over on her side and fell back asleep.
Naruto walked into the bed
Naruko uzumaki - Chapter 5Naruko uzumaki - Chapter 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After 2 hours of waiting I had this bad feeling like Naruko is not going to wake up
I wanted to hear her voice at least one more time ...
"Kakashi-sensei Naruko is going to wake up right?" Said Naruto
"Don't worry Naruto, just be patient" Kakashi Answered
(Come on Naruko wake up I can't stand seeing you like this) In Sasuke's Thoughts
Then I saw Naruko's peaceful face
"Naruko .." Said Naruto
(I can't move .. what is this sound, I'ts like the hospital ..) In Naruko Thoughts
Then I opened my eyes and look at my right side when I saw Naruto, Sasuke and a white haired man
"NARUKO yay!! you finally woke up" Said Naruto while hugging me
"Naruto I can't breath .." Said Naruko
"You idiot!! let her, you are hurting her" Sasuke yelled at Naruto
"Sorry Naruko but I was happy hehe" Naruto Replied
"So you guys are ok?" I Asked
"They are fine Naruko" The white haired man Replied
"And who are you?"
"Naruko he helped us" Said Sasuke
"Yes he is Kakashi-sensei" Said Naruto
You Can't Get MarriedYou can't get married. No, I'm talking to you. And if you are married, it's going to be annulled. You may only live with your "spouse" as a citizen of the United States. You may not be carried on your co-habitant's insurance. You may not inherit any of your cohab's property when they die. You may not be allowed into the hospital room with them because you are not family. Any children you have go to your cohab's parents because they are their relatives, not you. And if you decide to go live somewhere else, you get what you came into the house with. You're a roommate. You're a booty call. And if you're being supported by your roommate and have sex with them you are trading sex for goods and services. In other words, you are a whore.You Can't Get Married3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
If all marriage laws were dissolved tomorrow, this is what would happen to families. And without those laws, our married citizens would h
I Am the 99 PercentI was a near 4.0 student in high school.I Am the 99 Percent3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.
Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.
So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.
I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.
My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.
I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.
My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.
When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of
Uzumaki Life: She's EvilUzumaki Life: She's Evil3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a bright and quiet day at the Uzumaki home. In the kitchen, twelve year old Ichigo Uzumaki was looking around for something to eat. He then walked over to the kitchen counter and opened out of the cabinets. He then pulled out an instant ramen cup and closed the cabinet door. Ichigo then walked over to the trash can to go through away the lid that he tore off the cup and then made a u-turn toward the sink.
Behind Ichigo, his little sister Kiki came walking into the kitchen with a stool that she used in a bathroom that her and her siblings shared. Kiki walked over to the same kitchen counter that her brother was at moments before and placed the stool down, making sure it was in a good spot. She then jumped onto the stool and then looked around the counter when she was eye level with it. Kiki then jumped up and pushed herself up on the counter and stood up straight. She looked back to see if her brother noticed her, he was too concerned with putting the instant ramen cup in the mic
SOPA 2014: Voluntary Agreements, TPP, and StaydownEDIT 3/22: Added some links, some additional notes, and some credit. (Also added some of the same on 3/17)SOPA 2014: Voluntary Agreements, TPP, and Staydown11 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A few days ago, I started seeing journals once again ranting about how SOPA is going to take away our fandom, or even our original content, in my feed here on deviantART. I did a search for reputable sources talking about it, and found just enough to be worth discussing, but not enough to justify the panic that's happened. I vowed I would do a journal about it come the weekend.
Since then, it's blown up. I've had numerous new faves on my old write-up of SOPA 201, despite it having "2013" in the title. I wish I could be happy as well as flattered, but the piece of potential legislation I wrote about then isn't the one people are talking about now. People have been calling for me to explain the "New" SOPA, but research to cite has been scant and so has my time. I have many more obligations now than I did then, and I wrote the last article at a much less busy time
A Canterlot Wedding - Missing ScenesThe ponies were all hard at work. Pegasi went about repairing roofs and ceiling ornaments, unicorns spent their time seeing to the restoration of the more complicated features of the palace, and all others busied themselves with the myriad other tasks that needed to be done to get everything back in top condition.A Canterlot Wedding - Missing Scenes3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The recent attack brought about by the unexpected and hitherto unknown changelings and their Queen, Chrysalis, had left much of the city damaged. By some miracle there had been no casualties, only a few injuries here and there. Of course it made sense. The changelings were, after all, using the ponies as a food source. It made no sense that they'd want them harmed.
Ponies all about the capital were grateful that the attack had left only structural damage. Damage which was easily rectified. But for one lone unicorns, the damage was far deeper.
Walking along the red carpet of the main hall of the Canterlot royal palace, Captain Shining Armour was looking uncharacteristically fo
TTNG: Alliance chpt 5.2TTNG: Alliance chpt 5.25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Following Ferio's call, all the titans plus Tito attacked head on. The girls reacted by dodging their attacks but barely.
"Quick give the baby to me!" Boulder instructed Violet Ray as she quickly carefully handed in the baby into Boulder's arms. "You and Hammer just try to hold them off while I'll stash him somewhere!"
"Got it!" Violet replied as she stopped the attacks by creating tentacle-like rope of her energy source where her arms are and dismantled them.
Meanwhile, Boulder made a dash for it carrying the baby while turning herself into her metal form to pick up a faster pace. Ferio notices her running down to another area of the factory and motions Tito to come with him as they both flew off to follow her track.
Violet Ray managed to disable Team B's attacks a few times but immediately was caught off guard as one of Sparrow's gadgets hit Violet, setting them off and causing a minor explosion which had Violet being thrown off from the ground. She lands on her back with a gasp rupt
Naruko Uzumaki - Chapter 1Naruko Uzumaki - Chapter 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So it was a normal day in Konoha's academy
When Iruka sensei was questioning the class as usual the classroom door was opened by someone … A girl came out and I was shocked when I saw her , the reason is that she looked like me .. She had blue eyes and long blond hair, she put her hair in two ponytails which looks cute on her.
"Is this um... Iruka's class?" The Blond Girl Asked
"Yes … so you are the new girl aren't you?" Said Iruka
"Yes I am" The Blond Girl replied
"Then please come in and introduce yourself" Said Iruka
"Okay, My name is Naruko Uzumaki and I'm 13 years old" Said Naruko
Then all the class looked at me and then back to Naruko .. I can understand why
"Wait how she can be an Uzumaki?! I'm the only Uzumaki here Believe it!!" Said Naruto
"I think you should calm down a little bit Naruto" Said …
"Hmm? Oh hey old man" Said Naruto
"Welcome Mr. Hokage, is there something wrong?" Said Iruka
"The new student .." Said The Hokage
"What about her?"
Una navidad con Naruto. Capitulo finalUna navidad con Naruto. Capitulo final3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Capítulo V (Final)
Las luces de navidad titilaban pausadamente adornando el gran árbol de navidad que se encontraba en la plaza central de Konoha. La verdadera navidad estaba a la vuelta de la esquina, faltaban tan solo una hora para que las agujas del reloj marcaran las doce de la noche. Habíamos finalizado la hora de la cena, cuando ambas parejas salimos del restaurante donde habíamos ingresado una hora y media atrás, nos habíamos quedado un buen tiempo, ya que luego de comer pedimos el postre y comenzamos a hablar de diversas anécdotas, vivencias etcétera, hasta que finalmente concluimos con una pequeña taza de café.
Con el estómago lleno nos dirigimos hacia la plaza central, donde una hora después debíamos encontrarnos con las demás parejas, caminamos juntos, Sasuke tomando de la mano a Sakura, y yo a la par de Naruto, mientras que él intentaba tímidamente tomarme de la mano, como lo hacia fácil
My Rejected Creepypasta Entry of The Angry BeaversThe Nickelodeon cartoon show, The Angry Beavers, which aired from 1997-2001, had an episode that was unfinished and was never to be aired or seen in public resulting the show to be cancelled, and that, in question, was "Bye Bye Beavers."My Rejected Creepypasta Entry of The Angry Beavers2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
However, that episode didn't cause the series to be cancelled. In early-2004, as I was recording the Nickelodeon sister channel, Nicktoons on my VCR, they aired an episode, that was made by Genndy Tartakovsky, the person behind Dexter's Laboratory, Hotel Transylvania, and Samurai Jack. It was entitled, "Death of the Beavers."
In 2001, when Genndy Tartakovsky left Cartoon Network, the creator of The Angry Beavers, Mitch Scaurer, met with him and said if he could make the episode, "Death of the Beavers." This resulting a cancellation for the show on Nickelodeon.
I browsed through my VHS collection, and what I had was an unaired episode of The Angry Beavers as we know it. I looked at the sticker label of the tape, it was scribble writing done in black sha
BullyWhen I was a minor, I was heavily bullied throughout my public schooling life. That is preschool all the way to senior year. I was bullied for various reasons; for being too smart, for having crooked teeth, for liking cats, for "being too manly", for being friendly... and it destroyed me. I have attempted suicide twice in my life and have permanently been inflicted with depression. I also have an extremely hard time socializing and standing up for myself, because any time I had tried to do so in my past, only made things worse for me...Bully3 years ago in Letters More Like This
I got it not only from other students, but also from teachers and school boards, who discriminated against me in various ways. What was I to do? No adult would help me, in fact they told me it was all my fault and I deserved it, they told me to stop standing up and to stop being who I am. It made me for the longest time a walking zombie, unable to express myself and my desires, because I had lost hope.
And this is by no means a unique case whatsoever fo
00 - Prologue00 - Prologue2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
…In the era before the rise of humanity… Before the foundations of the universe were laid… Far before the legendary “Hero of Time” first drew his blade… There was an everlasting darkness. A monstrous shadow that was everything and nothing, where only calamity thrived…and life never took its foothold. But as all seemed bleak, cold and empty, the Golden Goddesses of Old emerged from the unseen heavens and thrust back the darkness to the farthest reaches of space, so that their work could be accomplished. Din, the Goddess of Power, wielded her arms across the reaches of the Universe as her powers heaved forth red, red earth to form the basis of every planet in the cosmos. Din called this “The Maternal Realm”. Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom, used her cool intellect to give all worlds a sense of balance and mutual peace. Nayru call this “The Basis of Law and Order”. Farore, the Goddess of Courage, gave her bountiful blessing up
Essay: Why Creating Jobs is the Wrong GoalEssay: Why Creating Jobs is the Wrong Goal3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
We're all job creators
I recently saw a clip of Peter Schiff interviewing an Occupy Wall Street protester. Schiff asked him how many jobs he creates, and unfortunately, the protester wasn't prepared for this question. (Although it was being filmed by Drew Carey's libertarian group called Reason TV, so if anybody did raise good points against him, we'd never see it anyway.)
Contrary to Schiff's shortsighted view of the economy, common people do create jobs. We hire orthodontists, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, exterminators, and many other professionals. Their careers directly depend on enough working class people being able to afford to hire them.
Less directly but just as importantly, we hire businesses (and the factories and transportation companies which supply those businesses) whenever we patronize them. If they lose consumer demand (like they would if their