What is Democratic Socialism?What is Democratic Socialism?3 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
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
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
Worms and Massage ChairsA few months ago I had some time off work, and a friend of mine suggested I visit 32314. I spent the following 3 weeks there, which proved to be a very interesting experience.Worms and Massage Chairs4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Somewhere between the bridge house and the hotel, a child leaped upon my back and started pummeling my shoulders violently. Fearing for my life and wallet, I tossed the parasite against a wall, much to the disgust of the passers-by. The child then flared his teeth in a way which my translator interpreted as "biscuits", though I'm sure he meant something more profane. Needless to say, it wasn't the best start to a holiday.
Upon entering the hotel I was greeted by another of the large worms, who extended a tendril in some sort of gestural greeting. He kept his tendril extended for quite some time, after which I realized I was probably meant to reciprocate the gesture, so I stuck my hand out too. He then grasped my wrist and started caressing my hand with his tendrils for another extended period of time, after which
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
Phantasma #6Phantasma #63 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Sir, I'm afraid my Master is currently ill and unable to attend your scheduled meeting" Sebastian explained to the well-groomed man. The man scoffed, a lit cigar sending twisting spirals of smoke above him.
"And WHY wasn't I informed of this?" His eyebrow arched. Sebastian took in a breath. His whole body itched to race back to Ciels side. He was struggling to hold the urge.
"I'm sorry Sir" Sebastian placed a hand over his heart, bowing "I was preoccupied with my ill Master, I had instructed the maid to send a message" The man got up, squaring up to Sebastian. Taking in a puff of the deadly smoke, he blew out in Sebastian face. The smoke coiled around Sebastians pale face.
"Honestly, this place lacks discipline" He took in another puff "It's obvious that a child runs this place"
Sebastian was now fighting himself to punch the twit full on in the face. How DARE he insult his son! The man pushed past, walking out the door.
"Young Master, please wake up" May-Rins scared voice carrie
Odds and Ends: HaikuOdds and Ends: Haiku4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Shepard flipped her terminal's screen the bird. The damn thing just would not work right. Plus she had no idea who might be reading her messages and she hated that she could never respond. There was really no point to reading them, in fact she had stopped. The only ones she bothered to glance at now were the encrypted orders from TIM, and that was only because Kelly wouldn't leave her the fuck alone until she did.
Sighing heavily she glared at her fish, realizing she hadn't fed them. Standing, she stretched before punching the feed button and stepped down the stairs towards the living area.
She stripped and dressed for sleep. Instead of her normal sleep wear she slid into a pair of cotton shorts and a ratty old t-shirt that was five times too large. She was recovering from an intense fight with her ex and she wanted to be comfy damn it.
Glancing around the room she found she felt strange, kinda empty, and it was then the commander realized she was lonely. It was a strange emotion, one
Phantasma #5Phantasma #53 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The dark mist of night wrapped around the Phantomhive manor, suffocating it. The moon cast a ghostly light upon the house, making the old walls glow. White roses slept in the gardens. Their petals shining in the brightness. But there was something wrong with this picture. The radiant light shot looming shadows that twisted on the springy grass. The towering gates that stood at the end of the driveway swung slightly. The atmosphere was tense. Darkness was growing inside the Phantomhive mansion.
"Se-Sebastian!" Ciel struggled in his sweat-ridden bed, beads dripping from his forehead, his eyes tightly squeezed shut in pain. The candle light glowed on his bedside, highlighting his paling skin. Sebastian leaned over, gently rubbing the cool, wet cloth across Ciels face.
"Shh" He cooed "It's OK Ciel" The boy thrashed about. Sebastian caught a flying wrist "Shh, Ciel, please. Your going to make your fever worse"
Ciel didn't seem to hear him.
"Se-" His breath hitched.
"Calm down Ciel" Sebastia
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
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
Aren Bestiary: Goblin Races - An IntroductionAren Bestiary: Goblin Races - An Introduction4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"To the northwest of Sal-Asrin, it is told, dwells a race of savage beast-men. They grow not larger than children but have the fierce strength of grown men. Their skin is a shade of grey with a hint of yellow or even a sickly green. Terrible fangs or tusks like those of a boar grow out their mouth, and they feed on all kinds of flesh, eating it raw like beasts of prey. Their ways are uncivilized and crude, and their tools and weapons are made of stone or wood. Their stench is said to be nigh unbearable."
-- Izmar Ban-Sadarin on goblins in Of People and Beasts of the Land.
Goblins are species of primitive sapients counted among the human genus, although they were originally thought more close to the wudas. Cases of interbreeding between human and goblin races prove the validity of this classification beyond any doubt, even though such "goblin-men" are always sterile. The history of goblins is poorly known and sketchy at best. The earliest accounts of goblins come from Velaneic ch
The decline of the pronghornThe decline of the pronghorn5 years ago in Emotional More Like This
People whine endlessly on how the grey wolf supposedly is endangered and call on their preservation. Said people are immensely stupid, because the grey wolf not only is not endangered, its populations are very, very stable.
Many other similar sized mammals, however, suffer due to human activities, and one of the lesser known affected species is the pronghorn, the "american antilope", which isn't an antilope at all but the last surviver of an once diverse clade.
At the beggining of the 20th century, populations of this mammal were of about 50 to 60 million individuals occuring all across North America's grasslands, deserts and scrublands. However, extensive hunting led to a massive decline in the populations, to the point that only 13000 animals existed at 1920. Since then, the population has only increased to somewhere between half a million and 1 million animals. That means a microscopic fraction of the original population exists today. This is far less than the number of grey
A Lutheran's PraiseI'm weak and broken.A Lutheran's Praise8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm frailer than you.
Strong as the strongest.
I'm stronger than you.
I'm strong because He is strong.
I'm strong because I love Him.
I'm strong because I fear His wrath.
You are weak,
Weaker than me.
You are weak because you do not know Him.
You are lost and cannot be found.
He finds you.
He knows you.
You are found because He loves you.
We are strong because He knows us.
He is kind,
Kinder than me.
He is strong,
Stronger than me.
He knows all.
He saves all who save themselves.
Salvation! Salvation! Salvation!
All hail to Him who saved the weak!
Wolves are inferior toDolphinsWolves are inferior to5 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
Meganesean sawfishMeganesian sawfish (Pristis meganesianus)Meganesean sawfish5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Order: Sawfishes (Pristiformes)
Family: Sawfishes (Pristidae)
Habitat: rivers of Meganesia.
During Holocene sea ecosystems had suffered not less than land ones, because people polluted ocean and caught many species of food fishes and invertebrates, not reflecting about the future. Besides "planktonic accident" had caused destruction of great number of species of pelagic animals. Species had not died out during the reorganization of ecosystems, should adapt to existing is sharply changed conditions of Neocene. Bentic communities of coastal waters had suffered lesser; more kinds inhabited such areas had kept. Dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata) was among ones managed to survive in epoch of anthropogenous pressure and biological crisis. Having managed to go through threat from the side of people in Holocene, in Neocene it was compelled to adapt to new neighbours: Neocene saw-nosed crocodile (Pristisuchus serratorostris) had occupied the ecological nic
Korsun Backstory: the SoldiensSocieties: SoldienKorsun Backstory: the Soldiens3 months ago in Profiles More Like This
The Soldiens are best described as authoritative, stalwart, and occupied with order and law; they are the wolf race, one of the major powers and possess more planets and systems than any other galactic power. The Soldiens primary engage in large-scale industrial activity such as production and logistics, their main goal is to bring every society into a just and balanced order under the law.
The Soldiens are one of the physically larger races, with statures and weight averages greater than most other races. Their home planet is Soldien Prime, a large terrestrial planet featuring vast conifer forests, rugged mountains, and cold climates with harsh storms.
The Soldien government is a one party system that oversees the creation and enforcement of laws, the maintenance of large-scale public works, and the training, maintenance, and command of its sizable armed forces. Most of these functions are overseen by “Party government” cooperatives that function very si
Portal 2 Ch.1 Say 'Apple'Portal 2 Ch.1 Say 'Apple'3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Good morning, you have been in suspension FIFTY- days. In compliance with state and federal regulations, all candidates in the Aperture Science Extended Relaxation Center must be revived periodically for a mandatory physical and mental wellness exercise." The Announcer stated as young woman sat up and rubbed her head, feeling slightly annoyed. She stood up after a few seconds.
Her small crappy room was filled with a mini bar, table, bed, plant and a TV. But it's not like she had ever watched any, "You will hear a buzzer, when you hear the buzzer look up at the ceiling." The Announcer instructed just before a loud buzzer went off.
The woman startled looked directly at the ceiling, now fully awake. "Good. When you hear a buzzer, look down at the floor." The Announcer said once again a buzzer went off and she followed its straight instructions, her toes felt prickly on the material of the carpet.
Again, the Announcer praised her before directing her to a painting on the wall. "This
History of Cybertron (part 1)History of Cybertron (part 1)3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
The Advent of the Quintessons
Millions of star-orbits ago, the Quintessons came to a small unnamed planet to start a mining operation. They weren't called Quintessons back then, but they don't want to use their old name anymore or even admit to once having had it, because back then they were still organic. And because they were frail organic beings, they could not mine the resources of the new planet themselves. They could not even survive upon it without building cumbersome suits to move in, and great big artificial habitats to live in.
In order to harvest the resources of that planet effectively the Quintessons built the first servibots. They were originally rigidly programmed and mass produced in a central facility, but in the harsh environment of the desolate planet even the servibots were struggling to remain online. So the Quintessons they gave them self-repair abilities and cleverly enough had them make copies of themselves, mixing together the slightly differen
Flying VelociraptorsDeinonychosauria is one of the most apreciated dinosaur clades, but more often than not for quite erroneous reasons. The classical perception of predatory, super-intelligent giant "lizards" has not died yet, depicting creatures that are less real and more twisted fantasies of delluded minds. Instead of yet another breed of mythological dragon, dromaeosaurs and troodontids were normal animals, but yet quite unique in that they represent the avian prototype, the type of animal from which modern birds emerged. And like their surviving cousins, they too had an advantage over other dinosaurs: the air.Flying Velociraptors4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The close relationship between deinonychosaurs and Aves/Avialae has led since very early to the speculation that troodontids, dromaeosaurs and birds share a common, flying ancestor. Indeed, the famous generic basal avian, Archeopteryx, is very similar to basal troodontids, and the earliest troondontids and one entire linage of dromaeosaurids, Microraptorinae, as well as Rahonavis
The bird of peaceThe vulture, for some reason, is evil to the eyes of this christian derived culture. Just because it feeds on the dead, just because it soars before those who died.The bird of peace5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It is rather unfair to show such a magnificent, noble bird as evil. The vulture does not kill for food, the vulture cleans the Earth from the illness of death, of the carcasses that lie on the mountain, savanna, desert, scrub. On Eurasia, Africa and the Americas, two families of unrelated birds called vultures do this job of purifying the world of diseases, and yet people wish them nothing but harm.
The vulture was recognised as the bird of peace by many cultures, as it never kills. On North America, it was considered holier than the wolf or the eagle, animals seen as the favoured totems; on Ancient Egypt it was Mut, the mother goddess and the "chicken of the pharoh", considered an all female species and sacred to the gods, so none could hunt them. Many were the gods associated with the vulture; in Greek Mythology the great
SharksSharks5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Many people go around defending cetaceans and wolves, saying they are misunderstood and endangered. While some cetacean and wolf subspecies/species are in fact endangered, people only focus on the american grey wolf and iconic cetaceans like the bottlenose dolphin and the humpback whale. Considering how none of said animals is in fact endangered, said people are mentally ill and delusioned if they insist on that.
On the other hand, there's a far more decent, intelligent predator that is largely ignored: the shark. Sharks are about as intelligent as mammals and birds, and are very far from the antisocial, mindless machines they are portrayed in media as. Sharks show complex behaviours like playing and are generally quite curious by nature. Some species can even form attachments with zookeepers, not to mention that the vast majority of sharks are harmless. Less people die each year by shark attacks than people killed by horses or cows, not to mention that most attacks are not even fatal.
Gossiplet names pass across the worldGossip4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
something that every boy and girl
has once succumbed to
Saying something that aint true
Let gossip remain untrue
and you say it aint you
Yet ppl believe all that is a lie
Maybe it is time for it to die
For LIES to end
For us not to pretend
That we dont know what is right
And lets stop adding to someone else's plight