one of my favorite simpsons quotes
Remember that study that was released this past week about how the US government is more influenced by certain elites than by voters? The study that wilwheaton and others were convinced would never show up in mainstream media?
Here it is on the BBC.
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 we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
Both the article and the study are worth a read.
On the other hand, this is a British outlet, and I don’t suppose many US’ians read the BBC.
And I fear that a similar assessment could be made of the EU institutions, though I suppose the member states are in a slightly better shape.
"Of Wolves and Men", Barry Lopez, 1978 (via wolveswolves)
This is one of my favorite books, and if you’re interested at all in the place of wolves in the human consciousness, in our folklore and culture, and how our history with them shapes our current policies toward them, you should read this book. It’s fascinating from beginning to end.
I also love this because it reflects something I’ve been thinking about a lot in terms of Teen Wolf and other werewolf-centric media and the way we characterize and view characters who are in some ways more bestial than we think of your average human being, just by virtue of what they are. There’s a lot of fiction — both published stuff and fan fiction — where we explore some of the more visceral drives and emotions, where werewolf characters are aggressive, jealous, possessive, forceful, animalistic in so many ways. We give them strictly regimented hierarchies (like Alpha, Beta, and Omega, and the way they’re almost treated like military ranks, complete with meaningful eye colors). We portray them having bloody, vicious struggles for power with one another. Some of that is based off of old, faulty science (in this video L. David Mech talks about why the alpha/beta/omega structure we think of is incorrect), and some of it’s down to a long human history of having a very adversarial opinion of animals, especially large predators with whom we’ve directly competed for resources. Some of it’s just because we like exploring those parts of ourselves as reflected in our own folk stories. (And I hope we’ll keep exploring it all because this entire concept comes with some great tropes.) But when you look at the behavior of actual wolves, and our current understanding of things like their pack dynamics, their actual courtship behaviors, their social behaviors, you start to understand that all the traits we think of as making our werewolf characters very animalistic are actually not very wolf-like at all. Like maybe if you’ve got human impulses and wolf impulses all wrapped into a single package, maybe they amplify each other, but all those traits we call the wolf’s are instead very human, after all. (via agentotter)
imagine if instead of guns niggas truly carried swords imagine chicago and every 2 corners niggas is having battles and runnin wit they arms out behind they back… niggas come out the corner store like “thats that nigga nico? someone hand me that excalibur”
"Have at thee my nigga!"