What is Democratic Socialism?What is Democratic Socialism?4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democraticallyto meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives. Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as welleverywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US. With this pamphlet, we hope to answer some of your questions about socialism.
Doesn't socialism mean that the government will own and run everything?
Democratic socialists do not want to create an all-powerful government bureaucracy. But we do not want big corporate bureaucracies to control
Die dinosaurs dieDie dinosaurs die4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Dinosaurs ruled the earth for a period of 134 million years. They appeared in the Triassic, but their pseudosuchian cousins, as well as the remaining therapsids, were the dominant animals across the planet. Dinosaurs did expand into large herbivore niches in the form of sauropodomorphs, but only in the Jurassic did they became the dominant fauna, as their competitors were decimated. Thus, we can outright disprove the notion that dinosaurs were special above all other animal clades, that they too were lucky underdogs rather than a superior race.
Most shockingly, however, is that their reign was not as secure as previously thought. No matter how much we worship dinosaurs, the fact is that, by the late Cretaceous, most of their original diversity was lost. Ornithopods, while represented as the widely successful hadrosaurs, were otherwise represented by thescelosaurid relics and one or two iguanodontish clades, also with only localised success. Sauropods were cosmopolitian, but only the sp
Cold War with the NewtsRiffin' on Karl Capek's "The War with the Newts"Cold War with the Newts4 years ago in Settings More Like This
By the year 2010 the Newt War has begun to recede into memory: it having essentially dragged to a stalemate in the late 1980s, a new generation has grown up neither knowing the Newts as the implacable enemy of their parents or the troubling slave-species of their grandparents. They are an Enemy, but the horror and revulsion of their parents towards Newts and anything "Newtish" somewhat disturbs young people.
But then, among the older generations, the old terror that the Newts might succeed in sinking the continents still lingers, in spite of Professor Appfelbanger of Ulm's calculation that the razing of Europe, the lowest-lying of the continents (which would require the removal of 735,000 cubic miles of rock and earth) would take a full billion Newts with the best equipment a nation that size could afford some 1,146.21 years (and of course, after the destruction of such traitorous (AKA "starving", "blockaded") nations as Japan and the UK
Aren Bestiary: Of Goblins and OrcsAren Bestiary: Of Goblins and Orcs4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Although often separated into two races, goblins and orcs, also known as huorcs or hijashi, belong to the same race, and are so close they can't even be considered subraces. Urusean orcs are considerably more robust, somewhat taller and appear to be more intelligent than their Thalannean and Ordosian relatives, known as goblins, but most differences are negligible and seem to be due to culture, lifestyle and diet. Common to them all is a varying level of animosity towards human races, which they simultaneously fear and consider inferior.
At least on the surface goblin culture reveres raw physical strength above other qualities, although it is rarely those merely strongest in body that end up having most influence in the goblin tribe. Similarily the goblins may dismiss the use of magic as something for the weak and lame, but at the same time fear and revere the powers of their shamans, who tend to be among the most intelligent of goblinkind.
Ever since the appearance of humans in northe
Neocene idea 1Gar Monitor (Lepisosteusaurus giganteus)Neocene idea 15 years ago in Settings More Like This
Range: Four Seas
Through most of the Cenozoic, crocodiles were the dominant large aquatic predators, having only to compete with their crocodillian cousins, the alligatorids and gavialids. However, as the Holocene saw its dusk, crocodiles, much like phytosaurs and champsosaurs before them, saw an ugly fate, and declined; by the present date in the Neocene, over 20 million years after Man and God saw their deaths, the last crocodiles are specialised marine forms, descended from australasian stock, with a few secondarily freshwater species in some rivers (their alligatorid relatives, however, are still somewhat diverse in South America). The disappearence of crocodiles from freshwater ecosystems opened new possibilities for many species; both North America and the Nile river both have a huge predatory turtle, and a few large fish have evolved in South America, Asia and Meganesia.
One particular group that benefited from the extinction of cr
Choristodera updatedChoristodera is an unusual linage of diapsid sauropsids. Having evolved in the late Triassic, at the very end of the reptilian radiation that preceeded the reign of the dinosaurs, these animals diversified as aquatic animals. Their relationships with other reptiles aren't well known; some have related them to lepidosaurs, alongside sphenodontians and squamates. Others classified them as part of the archosauromorph radiation. Evidence doesn't seem to favor one group over the other in this, sharing features with both.Choristodera updated5 years ago in Settings More Like This
After their appearence in the Triassic, through most of the Mesozoic these aquatic reptiles were generally restricted to relative small, lizard like forms, occupying an ecological niche roughly similar to that of the modern Chinese Crocodile Lizard (Shinisaurus crocodylurus),whose evolution in our world occured after the extinction of small choristoderes in Asia; a linage of choristoderes, Hyphalosauridae, managed to go further, elongating their necks, becomin
Wolves are inferior toDolphinsWolves are inferior to6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Yes, I don't like dolphins either, but compared to wolves the reasons of anyone liking them are far more understandable. They rely on sonar to search for prey, not needing vision in areas where it is difficult to use, whereas the wolf sense of smell is most inferior. They hunt in packs far more organised than wolf packs, and they show a wider variety of social behaviours. They are more intelligent than wolves, and some species are very adaptable in terms of ecosystems they can occur on. Several species can hold their breath for long periods of time and dive to depths that humans could only dream of. While the idiotic bottlenose dolphin is common, many species are endangered and deserve more protection than both wolves and bottlenose dolphins.
Birds of prey
To begin with, they can fly, something wolves obviously are incapable of. Their sight is far superior to that of wolves, many species being able to see something kilometers away from them in detail. Eagles are powerful enoug
Neocene Rodent IdeasRodents:Neocene Rodent Ideas3 years ago in Settings More Like This
A stone-piling mouse/rat, similar to the modern "pebble mound mouse", which makes piles of pebbles around its burrow/lair. In addition to fortification of the nest, the rodent may be like a small rat in size, having some way of throwing pebbles to confuse or deter predators. I'm not sure how a rodent would do this, backward kicking of the feet, or picking up with the mouth, and tossing might be easier than throwing with the hands.
Insectivorous/carnivorous or worm-eating rodents, specialists, need a better representation in the Neocene. Seeing as such things exist today, surely they would exist in the Neocene, probably in the absence of shrews. One modern example is the grasshopper mouse, which actively hunts large insects and small vertebrates. I am aware of the carnivorous dormice, but more "typical", rather small rodents I was thinking, tackling bugs and/or vertebrates, even sometimes killing ones as large or larger than themselves.
In south-east asia, there is a worm-eatin
Neocene idea 2Giant Sawshark (Pristiocephalus vermitops)Neocene idea 25 years ago in Settings More Like This
Range: Caribbean; occurs both in fresh and salt water habitats on the sea itself, on the islands and on the north american and south american coasts
Sawfish were a linage of basal rays that developed their unique saw like rostrums as a way to kill prey. After an entire period of glory that lasted since the Cretaceous, the Holocene brought them to the shores of death as humans killed them off. The ending result is that the Neocene only saw the survival of one species, whose descendents now occur in Meganesia's rivers. In the mean time, some other animals evolved to fill the sawfish niche. Crocodiles, for instance, developed their own saw snouted forms. But not all replacements are totally new lifeforms; some have just been waiting for many million years for an opportuinity like this.
The zone of the Caribbean, once again now connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, is the home for a curious critter. At the first sight, the Giant Sawshark resembl
Mike's Guide to Making LanguagesPhonemesMike's Guide to Making Languages4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Phonemes are the most basic units of language, the individual sounds that make up words. Each letter in the alphabet represents an array of phonemes, and depending on your dialect, you may utilize anywhere from 30 to 50 in everyday speech. If you're designing a language for an alien, then chances are they'll have a different mouth structure than humans. Hence, their phonemes won't be exactly the same as ours, but there will be similarities, so it's still important to understand how our phonemes work so you can infer how your alien's phonemes will work.
Firstly, you can divide phonemes into two clades, consonants and vowels. Consonants are usually defined by three parameters: voice (whether the vocal chords vibrate during articulation), point of articulation (where the tongue is articulating), and manner of articulation (how is it articulating). For example, the phoneme [t] is a voiceless alveolar plosive, meaning the vocal chords aren't vibrating, the tongue is pressed against
Terra Alternativa 1Terra Alternativa is a speculative evolution project, focusing on the result of Cenozoic where many taxa of the late Cretaceous and Paleogene survived and prospered instead of dying out as in our world. Not exactly a "what if dinosaurs didn't died out" scenario, as most non-avian dinosaurs died anyway; its things like notosuchians, pterosaurs, choristoderes, sparassodonts and multituberculates that really matter; notably are the forms that are restricted to a few scarce forms in our world and that thrive in TA, such as tuataras and gingkos. Watch this alternate present day, where the world is at the same time familiar and very alien.Terra Alternativa 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode 1: The mighty river Tagus
River Tagus is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, being born in the eastern highlands and making its way all across the middle of the subcontinent to end at the Atlantic. It runs along a faultline, and in our world the majority of iberian earthquakes have occured along its shores. In our world, t
Ecce Homo Acadiensis - PrologueThe world of great empires has long since passed away. None now live that remember the world of our ancient ancestors. Some say that they were as gods, with great power. They believe that these people had the ability to destroy the entire world with their weapons of war, and could release diseases that would wipe out all of humanity. Maybe that's how it started.Ecce Homo Acadiensis - Prologue3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It began with Pandora. Most historians believe that it was released from the jungles of Vietnam as its cities grew. Some even say that the reason the cities were forced to grow outward was because the seas rose and drowned the ancient coasts. Many are skeptical that this is possible, but more and more evidence mounts that shows this may actually have happened.
The plague of Pandora ravaged the world. The year 1 BF became known as the Great Dying to our ancestors. Within seven days, the disease had reached all seven continents. Within one year, one in four people on the planet were left alive. But that was just the beginning of
kangaroo opossumKangaroo opossum (Neodelphis aquapodae)kangaroo opossum4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Family: opossums (Didelphidae)
Habitat: North America
The history of North American marsupials like the other descendants from the South America in the time period of the Pliocene is sufficiently simple: they reached a certain success, but with the offense of the Ice Age they survived, in contrast to such placental beasts as the glyptodont and the jaguar. This success was based on the fact that the American marsupial animals (the opossums) are the ecological analogs of the placental rats and are also just as unpretentious in regards to their environment. Therefore, the main (and only) representative of the North American marsupials, the Virginian opossum (Didelphis virginiana), had wonderfully survived the epoch of man, and the beginning of the Neocene, and even occupied several new ecological niches, after evolving into several new species.
However, the kangaroo opossum is one of the most unusual descendants of
A Fish in The NoseMy dear friends, as you know, I've been to Mars on business and onlyA Fish in The Nose4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
recently I've returned from my stay. By now you've probably received several
letters detailing my experiences, so I won't trouble you with redundancy
by retelling these stories. The ship I took home took six and a half weeks to
traverse the void, during which time I made several acquaintances. None were so
interesting as a man who never told me his name, as he was troubled by a most
logical paranoia. I kept a record of our conversations, as the tale he told me truly
"Before I begin, I shall warn you that what I say is to be trusted.
This is no mere campfire story. I am a respected scientist in my field, which I
shall not reveal to you due to my current situation. A man is looking for me, if
you could call him a man. Beware those who breathe deeply and stare with
empty eyes. That is the best advice anyone could give. A few months ago I was
part of a team exploring Arsia Mons, we were told there were seve
Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa 13Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa 134 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa
Zeitrekruten ,mein schlimmster Feind oder Wer zum Teufel ist dieser Jack Sparrow??
Oder auch Pintel und Ragetti,Idioten oder Mächte?Dass ist hier die Frage....Dritter Teil
~Aus Ragettis und Pintel Erzählungen der damaligen wahren Begebenheiten~
Also, Kaptain Barbossa,dann fahr ich fort mit unserer Geschichte:
Mannomann,da waren wir also beide tot.
Die Sonne brutzelte unerbittlich auf uns herum und wir starben.
Als wir da so lagen in unser schwankenden Barke,geschah nun folgendes..
EWIGKEIT bzw euch auch besser als TOD bekannt erschien,mit ihm im Handgepäck seine große Sense.Und Ritschratsch*schnitt er den Lebens -Faden durch und die wahren Seelen von Rene Ragetti und Enrico Pintel wurden seufzend fortgeführt von Mortimer bzw.TOD mit den Worten:
Hmmm,schade,aber ich muss tun was ich tun muss.Erhebt euch, Enrico Pintel und Rene Regetti und folgt mir.Es tut mir leid ."
Tja,und da gingen sie nun ins Licht und waren ziemlich
Neocene Bat IdeasBat ideas for Neocene-Neocene Bat Ideas3 years ago in Settings More Like This
By Tim Morris and Paul Volkov
- Solitary fruit bat, eating poisonous fruits. Flesh is poisonous, and fur and wings are brightly colored. Perhaps, striped fur, black and white/cream, with reddish chest and head, and white facial "mask". The idea came from some islanders in the pacific suffering from severe illness from eating fruit bats, due to chemicals in the meat, from the fruit the bats ate. Such a bat would most likely exist in continental tropical rainforest, where a bat may pass to such a diet including only afew poisonous fruits, poisonous fruit being abundant in such forests (eg- today's amazonia).
- Solitary moth-eating bat living in forest, medium size, not roosting in caves or ledges, but clinging to the surface of trees. Coloration is cryptic, finely mottled markings, and "fringe" of fur, mimicking bark or lichen. Possible name - "shy bat". It spends the day on tree bark, and its long ears are folded forward and enclose its head almost entirely (hence
Harmageddon: Earth on HellHarmageddon: Earth on Hell4 years ago in Settings More Like This
At the very height of their power, the Atlantean civilization discovered the fallen City of the Heavens buried deep within the bedrock. Within it awaited its mystical source of power, the iridiscent element orichalcum. Stretching their ingenuity to its limits the Altanteans rebuilt many of the strange structures of the City of the Heavens, including a great gate to another word, an uninhabited realm with its sky clouded by ash and ground streaked with rivers of molten rock, which they named after the netherworld of their beliefs. Discovering many valuable ores, some of which did not seem to follow the laws of nature as they knew them, the Atlanteans began to settle the nether realm to mine its riches.
What they knew not was that this place was in fact a pocket universe created to serve as a prison for an immense ancient entity, the great sleeping dragon known as the Six-Horned One. For each of his horns he had a name: Leviathan, Ahriman, Tiamat, Yaldabaoth, Apep and Shemyazaz. Once thi
The islandI swim through theThe island6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Cold oceanic water,
An aquatic motion
On my hind limbs;
Happen to dive,
And my wings are
In this cold,
The echoes of my
Screams go without
My avian self of no
Importance to man.
To matter not.
The dolphins that
Swim beneath me
Or the wolf that goes
On american shore
Matter more than I
Ever will to man,
For I have nothing
Wrong and yet
Humans hate me
Or ignore me like
Just any bird,
Except sparrows for
Humans enjoy any
Animal that murders
For no reason.
Beneath me swims
The basking shark;
I feel sorry for it
Because humans hate
It even more than me,
Even if it harms no
Why are these rabid
Servants of cruel God
So obsessed with evil?
They sure love killing
Each other for not being
Christian or muslim or
Scientologist or mormon,
They sure love murdering
People who can't help
Who they love,
And in the end the only
Animals they love are those
Who murder for reas
Flying Velociraptors: take 2Previously, I have ventured into the possibility that deinonychosaurs in general might had been far more volant than previously thought. The key points of the previous article:Flying Velociraptors: take 24 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
1- Deinonychosaurs, much like megapodes and pterosaurs, had slow growth rates, and might had demonstrated superprecocial behaviour, implying that not only were the young independent, but also volant. By consequence, most if not all of Deinonychosauria engaged in aerial behaviour at least during the earliest part of their lives.
2- The widespread distribution of deinonychosaurs suggests that, much like the contemporary birds and pterosaurs, flight allowed them to colonise areas other theropods couldn't.
3- The absence of a well developed sternal keel, capacity of raising their forelimbs much above the back and of (in some cases), asymmetrical feathers does not mean flightlessness because several species developed what appear to have been cheap replacements.
4- Both Microraptor and Rahonavis demonstr
Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa 16Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa 164 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Die Memoiren von Hector Barbossa
~Meine drei Tage auf der Black Pearl oder Oh ,Lord meine drei Tage auf der Black Pearl mit Jack Sparrow!!!~
Wir schreiben nun wieder das 1726 und ich bin entzückt,entrückt,beglückt.Denn vor mir steht wie ein Weihnachtsgeschenk ,meine Pearl und es ist so als ob man eine gute alte Freundin wiedersieht.Unglaublich..
Und wenn jetzt in diesen Augenblick hundert Omegas ihren ~Spezialbewedelungstrick~ abgezogen hätten,es war mir sowas von Schei ...öh... Latte.
Aber wie eben erzählt,die beiden liessen mich voll in mein weiteres
Schicksal bzw Los hineinrennen.
Denn Omega hatte schon im ersten Blick erkannt,wer da vor mir saß und seine Heuerbriefe an den Mann brachte und liess es gewähren.Während also meine beiden Sklaven,Pintel und Ragetti zur Isla del Muerta zurückrudern und dort der Ankunft der Black Pearl mit neuen Chaosrekruten erwarten werden,stand ich begeistert an der Pearl und vor mir
an einen Tis
Swift the Beach BullySwift the Beach Bully4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The Gorgeous Beach
A fine pleasant day at the beach occured when Swift in her blue bikini is laying out in the sun getting sunbathing to get tan. Everyone besides her are playing in the ocean water, building sandcastles and making sand bodies on one person to make them look like they are mermaids or mermans.
"Nothing beats a fine beach relaxation," Swift sighed peacefully as she muffled through her light blue and yellow striped beach towel.
Suddenly out of the blue, a round inflated red and white peppermint colored beach ball thwacked Swift on the back of her head really hard causing her head to get stuck and buried deep into the sand. She tried to pull her out of the sand and finally plucked her head free, shook her head, spat sand out of her mouth and pushed her right ear to get the last part of sand out from her ears.
Swift clenched her fists, turned her face into an insane serial look, and immediately yelled, "Who's responsible for thwacking this stupid beach ball o