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finalmix:

I picked you these flowers!

finalmix:

I picked you these flowers!
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kingdomsanctuary:

"Get up on the hydra's back!"
Anonymous asked:
What should we do about Isis
8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire

thefreelioness:

1 — Staggering Increase in the Cost of Elections, with Dubious Campaign Funding Sources: Our 2012 election reportedly cost $3 billion. All of it was raised from private sources – often creating the appearance, or the reality, that our leaders are beholden to special interest groups. During the late Roman Republic, elections became staggeringly expensive, with equally deplorable results. Caesar reportedly borrowed so heavily for one political campaign, he feared he would be ruined, if not elected.

2 — Politics as the Road to Personal Wealth: During the late Roman Republic period, one of the main roads to wealth was holding public office, and exploiting such positions to accumulate personal wealth. As Lessig notes: Congressman, Senators and their staffs leverage their government service to move to private sector positions – that pay three to ten times their government compensation. Given this financial arrangement, “Their focus is therefore not so much on the people who sent them to Washington. Their focus is instead on those who will make them rich.” (Republic Lost)

3 — Continuous War: A national state of security arises, distracting attention from domestic challenges with foreign wars. Similar to the late Roman Republic, the US – for the past 100 years — has either been fighting a war, recovering from a war, or preparing for a new war: WW I (1917-18), WW II (1941-1945), Cold War (1947-1991), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam (1953-1975), Gulf War (1990-1991), Afghanistan (2001-ongoing), and Iraq (2003-2011). And, this list is far from complete.

4 — Foreign Powers Lavish Money/Attention on the Republic’s Leaders: Foreign wars lead to growing influence, by foreign powers and interests, on the Republic’s political leaders — true for Rome and true for us. In the past century, foreign embassies, agents and lobbyists have proliferated in our nation’s capital. As one specific example: A foreign businessman donated $100 million to Bill Clinton‘s various activities. Clinton “opened doors” for him, and sometimes acted in ways contrary to stated American interests and foreign policy.

5 — Profits Made Overseas Shape the Republic’s Internal Policies: As the fortunes of Rome’s aristocracy increasingly derived from foreign lands, Roman policy was shaped to facilitate these fortunes. American billionaires and corporations increasingly influence our elections. In many cases, they are only nominally American – with interests not aligned with those of the American public. For example, Fox News is part of international media group News Corp., with over $30 billion in revenues worldwide. Is Fox News’ jingoism a product of News Corp.’s non-U.S. interests?

6 — Collapse of the Middle Class: In the period just before the Roman Republic’s fall, the Roman middle class was crushed — destroyed by cheap overseas slave labor. In our own day, we’ve witnessed rising income inequality, a stagnating middle class, and the loss of American jobs to overseas workers who are paid less and have fewer rights.

7 — Gerrymandering: Rome’s late Republic used various methods to reduce the power of common citizens. The GOP has so effectively gerrymandered Congressional districts that, even though House Republican candidates received only about 48 percent of the popular vote in the 2012 election — they ended up with the majority (53 percent) of the seats.

8 — Loss of the Spirit of Compromise: The Roman Republic, like ours, relied on a system of checks and balances. Compromise is needed for this type of system to function. In the end, the Roman Republic lost that spirit of compromise, with politics increasingly polarized between Optimates (the rich, entrenched elites) and Populares (the common people). Sound familiar? Compromise is in noticeably short supply in our own time also. For example, “There were more filibusters between 2009 and 2010 than there were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s combined.”

“There is no heaven or hell. No matter what you do while you’re alive. Everybody goes to the same place once you die. Death is Equal”

design-is-fine:

Rapier, 1604. A wedding gift among brothers. Steel, gold, Bohemian diamonds, pearl embroidery. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 📷 Jürgen Karpinski. 

The splendour of these weapons befitted their use in court festivities and ceremonial and their status as diplomatic gifts. The knight‘s sword, modified in the form of a rapier or dress sword, had become a prestigious fashion accessory in keeping with the increasingly luxurious clothing that was worn.

Exhibition Precious Ceremonial Weapons from the Rüstkammer of August the Strong, until Oct 04, 2014, Dresden.

"I lay there beside you and the tears rolled down the sides of my face and onto the pillow. I loved you then and I love you now and I have loved you every second in between."
Stephen King, Lisey’s Story (via mylifethroughaplasticlens)
rtamerica:

‘Soul of the sun’ detected for the first time by scientists
Scientists have for the first time detected the solar neutrino particles forged in the sun’s heart that are eventually emitted into the galaxy as light.
More than 100 international scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst worked together using the Borexino detector in Italy to make the discovery, which provides humans with a peak into the process of nuclear fusion that is responsible for bathing the Earth with light. The findings were first reported in the latest issue of the Nature journal.
Although it only takes eight minutes for light from the sun to hit Earth, there is a substantially longer process that takes place before that can happen. After the solar neutrinos are formed in the sun’s core, another 100,000 years must pass before they make their way to the star’s surface and shoot out at the speed of light.
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rtamerica:

‘Soul of the sun’ detected for the first time by scientists

Scientists have for the first time detected the solar neutrino particles forged in the sun’s heart that are eventually emitted into the galaxy as light.

More than 100 international scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst worked together using the Borexino detector in Italy to make the discovery, which provides humans with a peak into the process of nuclear fusion that is responsible for bathing the Earth with light. The findings were first reported in the latest issue of the Nature journal.

Although it only takes eight minutes for light from the sun to hit Earth, there is a substantially longer process that takes place before that can happen. After the solar neutrinos are formed in the sun’s core, another 100,000 years must pass before they make their way to the star’s surface and shoot out at the speed of light.

Dear TSA, didn’t shower today.

freexcitizen:

That smell isn’t my nuts, that’s what liberty smells like.

leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas:

leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas:

So it’s officially been a year since Mari and I made these blogs. We got to talking and have both been meaning to celebrate reaching follower milestones (30k and 3k!) But considering it’s our anniversary, we decided to celebrate with what brought us closer together: Legolas and Aragorn! And to do that, we’re hosting a joint giveaway!

The prizes are as follows:

  • Both Legolas and Aragorn T-Shirts (Winner chooses size!)
  • United Cutlery Fighting Knives of Legolas
  • Sterling Silver Ring of Barahir
  • 20” NECA Legolas Figure
  • 20” NECA Aragorn Figure
  • Sterling Silver Elven Brooch
  • Prancing Pony and Green Dragon stein glasses

So here’s how it’s gonna be (AKA The Rules!):

  • Since this is a follower appreciation giveaway of sorts, you must be following me and Aragorn
  • No giveaway blogs! (We will check!)
  • Reblog to your heart’s content! (Just be polite and try not to spam.)
  • Likes count!
  • Keep your ask box open so we can contact you with the good news!
  • Any questions regarding the giveaway are to be sent to me (Legolas).

The giveaway ends August 31st, 2014! We will select ONE lucky winner via random number generator.

We are willing to ship anywhere in the world!

Thanks for following, and good luck!

Last day is tomorrow!!!

simplyfx:

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