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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Broad Stripes & Bright Stars

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Broad Stripes & Bright Stars

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Synesthesia: The Smell of a Sound, The Taste of a Color

I found out that I am a synesthete when I realized that not everyone views the calendar year internally within their mind the same way that I do so. #synesthesia

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Latest tracks by Hexnilium

I "heart" showers

I "heart" showers by Cast a Line
I "heart" showers, a photo by Cast a Line on Flickr.

Beautiful Water

because I can #1 by Cast a Line
because I can #1, a photo by Cast a Line on Flickr.

Stunning Water

because I can #2 by Cast a Line
because I can #2, a photo by Cast a Line on Flickr.

Water Stalactites

because I can #3 by Cast a Line
because I can #3, a photo by Cast a Line on Flickr.

Thorns & Drops

thorns by Cast a Line
thorns, a photo by Cast a Line on Flickr.

Forget Me Not

Fuzzy Fern Macro at the coil...

Wildfire Burns Across Central Texas

Wildfire Burns Across Central Texas

John Underkoffler points to the future of UI

East Africa Crisis

Horn of Africa crisis - SomaliaPHOTO OF THE WEEK: 25 July 2011African Union Brings Assistance to Drought-Stricken SomalisMoving day at Somali refugee campPHOTO OF THE WEEK: 8 August 2011UNHCR News Story: As Somalis stream into Kenya, UNHCR races to fill a new refugee camp
UNHCR News Story: Famine forces Somali granny and her children on a long trek for foodA mass grave for children in DadaabSomalia Suffers from Severe DroughtA family gathers sticks and branches for firewoodUNHCR News Story: Q&A: Doctor alarmed by death, malnutrition among Somali refugeesSomalia Emergency: Refugees move into Ifo Extension
Somalia Emergency: Refugees move into Ifo ExtensionSomali refugee girl cooks in Kenya campLuli looks after her severely malnourished child AdenReception center at burgeoning African refugee campFood distribution at Mogadishu SomaliaBoy gets photo taken in Kenya refugee camp
East Africa Crisis, a gallery by U.S. Yahoo! Editorial on Flickr.

The Water Cycle

IMG_4992 by michael_trautner2005
IMG_4992, a photo by michael_trautner2005 on Flickr.


Weevil by Rundstedt B. Rovillos
Weevil, a photo by Rundstedt B. Rovillos on Flickr.

Glorious Morning

Glorious Morning by Jason A. Samfield
Glorious Morning, a photo by Jason A. Samfield on Flickr.

Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain by b@ndy
Behind the Curtain, a photo by b@ndy on Flickr.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Box (Parody) - The Button

Outstanding Realistic Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

Outstanding Realistic Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji:

I'm not greatest fan of the sculpting art, I always though the results a bit boring and too much time-consuming. But when comes to Yong Ho Ji, I can't say the same. Come on people, this guy makes realistic tire sculptures?! That's just unbelievable! Just take a look at level of detail on each one of these pieces. Also, he did not one, but dozens of them, that's impressive!

So, there were a lot of tire sculptures, so I had to choose only a few to feature here, but with you want to get more information about Yong by accessing his Official Website.










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My name is Marcos Torres, I'm Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.

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