heyo, so im putting together one last beg post for posterity
(who would want a poster of a beg post i ask you)
between everything and everyone top surgery is nearly in the bag! and i want to thank everyone who donated last time, you all really knocked a huge chunk out of the cost and made it way more feasible, you are all wonderful
the only thing is, there’s one last hospital fee that i’ve gotten mostly covered, but i’m still $300 short, so if anyone chooses to donate, my paypal button is still stationed at the bottom of my blog
most of the donations last time were in $5 to $20 increments, so even if you only feel able to donate a buck or so, it still helps and last time it added up to a really nice sized chunk of change, so don’t worry if you want to donate but can only throw a dollar or so my way, it’s greatly appreciated no matter what
i’m not twisting any arms, if you don’t want to donate or don’t feel you can donate, that’s a-ok, just reblogging helps
any extra that gets raised will go towards gas and food costs for the trip down (or to help pay for ongoing medications that keep me breathing and my brain working), so don’t worry about anything being squandered, it all pretty much goes towards shit i need
again, paypal at the bottom of my page, don’t feel you’re being forced to donate, just give if you’re down with giving and reblog if you’re down with reblogging, and have the raddest of days!
so wizards announced that there will be multiple cards in this year’s core set designed by people who don’t work for wizards and at first i thought it was really cool. the first two cards revealed look interesting (and one of them was designed by the community). but then i got to the full list of designers and
im going to fucking cry
i cant believe richard garriot still exists
oh my god
idk why the op is singling out notch since mojang actually has a card game that they’re making
Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. 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 organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
While this may be a big “duh” to a lot of U.S. citizens, a recent study which has been made open for public viewing concludes that the United States’ system of government is closer to that of a (corporate) oligarchy than it is a democracy. That is to say that power is vested within a small group of people, as opposed to the majority.
Historically speaking, oligarchies generally devolve into tyrannical states due to the concentration of power (usually based on class) with a smaller group of people who generally do not agree with the interests or preferences of the majority; these types of frictions lead to oppression by making some people more “equal” than others, as demonstrated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, essentially giving people certain rights, but allowing those rights more freely to certain groups.
I remember in the 6th grade when we were learning about different types of governments and we got to oligarchy I said to the teacher “Oh so that’s what America is right?” and he looked at me like i was crazy and said “No Elijah, America is a democracy because the citizens also have power” and I said “what power?” and he said “We can vote” and I was kind of quite for a little bit because i thought he was gonna say something else and I was like “Is that it?” and he just went on to the next lesson