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Emma Collecting Unwary Gnomes by swim2birds Emma Collecting Unwary Gnomes :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 1 2 Emma Driving off Evil Spirits by swim2birds Emma Driving off Evil Spirits :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 1 0 Brigid Manifesting by swim2birds Brigid Manifesting :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 2 0 Tropical Milkweed - Red by swim2birds Tropical Milkweed - Red :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 6 0 Tropical Milkweed - Yellow by swim2birds Tropical Milkweed - Yellow :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 1 1 Napoleon's Hobby Horse by swim2birds Napoleon's Hobby Horse :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 2 1 Rufus the Border Collie by swim2birds Rufus the Border Collie :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 13 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by swim2birds Eastern Tiger Swallowtail :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 2 0 Prehistoric Fish - Xiphactinus by swim2birds Prehistoric Fish - Xiphactinus :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 0 0 'Indian Steps' Entrance by swim2birds 'Indian Steps' Entrance :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 0 0 Fiona at Saint Johns by swim2birds Fiona at Saint Johns :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 1 1 Amber Eyed Cheetah by swim2birds Amber Eyed Cheetah :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 4 0 Stumbled on a Fawn by swim2birds Stumbled on a Fawn :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 7 1 Mary Ann Pyle Bridge by swim2birds Mary Ann Pyle Bridge :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 3 1 White Tailed Deer Skull by swim2birds White Tailed Deer Skull :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 14 1 Amazing Rock Art by swim2birds Amazing Rock Art :iconswim2birds:swim2birds 4 0


Crypt by SonicSyndrome Crypt :iconsonicsyndrome:SonicSyndrome 40 6 Forest by BigFace Forest :iconbigface:BigFace 397 52 Forest of Faces by Culpeo-Fox Forest of Faces :iconculpeo-fox:Culpeo-Fox 1,569 149
Why the FUCK is it snowing in October. I mean, sure a little snow around Christmas is nice but its not supposed to snow before Halloween.
Halloween is my favorite holiday and this snow is gonna ruin it...
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methane leak. by Camiloo methane leak. :iconcamiloo:Camiloo 384 28 Avalokitesvara  GuanYin by kokawa Avalokitesvara GuanYin :iconkokawa:kokawa 6 6 Belonging by Culpeo-Fox Belonging :iconculpeo-fox:Culpeo-Fox 2,523 144 Pet Fox of Doom by Culpeo-Fox Pet Fox of Doom :iconculpeo-fox:Culpeo-Fox 3,303 292 Pet v.2011 by diegoidef Pet v.2011 :icondiegoidef:diegoidef 1,986 188 Queen Octopus by psychiatrique Queen Octopus :iconpsychiatrique:psychiatrique 1,593 98 The Journey by zemotion The Journey :iconzemotion:zemotion 6,719 349 ...i lead by oprisco ...i lead :iconoprisco:oprisco 8,279 497 Walk With Kate IX by coolcooldeath Walk With Kate IX :iconcoolcooldeath:coolcooldeath 11 1 Magic Wood III by coolcooldeath Magic Wood III :iconcoolcooldeath:coolcooldeath 1,653 80 Tic-tac... by Samantha-meglioli Tic-tac... :iconsamantha-meglioli:Samantha-meglioli 653 33 Long Exposure of Fireworks by Stormie-Heather Long Exposure of Fireworks :iconstormie-heather:Stormie-Heather 82 11



Dr. Flann O'Brien
United States
I am new to Deviant Art, but am enjoying myself!

Current Residence: Pennsylvania, USA
Favourite genre of music: punk/alternative
Favourite photographer: Julia Cameron
Favourite style of art: Expressionism
Operating System: Mac iPad
MP3 player of choice: iPad
Favourite cartoon character: Muttley from The Wacky Racers
While I feel drawn to traditional anarchism in most of its forms, I find "primitivist" anarchism really disturbing.  I suppose the strangest manifestation of primitivist anarchism was the infamous unibomber.  First of all, for me,  it seems that there is a important line between the destruction of property owned by the oppressive ruling class, and what looks more like ideologically indefensible murder/attempted murder.  Property is one thing, human life is something very different.  

The annoying thing is that John Zerzan (who gets practically mushy about the Unibomber!) and his followers weaken the anarchist impulse (rather than the "movement"),  but adopting an almost comically extreme pose which I doubt even they entirely support.  It is one thing to be opposed to oppression and state-sponsored enslavement,  but something completely different when that opposition seeks to dismantle all sophisticated material human connections.   Primitivists see themselves as "anti-civilization" because the can visualize the oppressive machinery that exists below the suface of present (and historical) "civilizations."  However,  these folks don't really seem to be able to seperate the forest from the trees.  

Certainly, most civilizations have been (and are) oppressive on some level.  Traditional anarchist have always argued that a massive, totalizing state is a terrible thing.   However, "civilization"  has also produced some terribly important results for humankind: sanitation, antibiotics, refrigerated food storage.   Sure, this progress has often been at the expense of the natural world;  however,  the power (and technology) that comes with our current phase of civilization could do far more (if used differently than it is now!) to undo the damage humankind has unleashed on the environment, than encouraging people to smash their laptops and live in a ramshackle cabin in the woods.



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SILLY-BILLY-J3SSIC4 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Hello, I am trying really hard turn my group #Calling-All-Poetry into a supergroup. And with the sale going on I only need to gather 800 more points. Please help me do this for my members by donating even just a few points. Thank you for your consideration. :)
swim2birds Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Thank you!
Bloody-Ninja-Xenon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Happy B-day
swim2birds Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Thanks for the b-day wishes!
JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sorry for the delay in this - DA only let us make 20-100 comments/day, depending on the speed of one's posting, then one gets a message "DA server think this is spam", we have to log off DA, wait a few hours, log back in, can then send more messages - until the "spam" message AGAIN! Ugh!

Thanks for the fav of my photo "Old Man Walking"! [link]

Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your support for Wild-Fingers :D
FantasticGirl3119 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank you for Llama
Luthiae Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the llama!
SpiritRavenGirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
thanks for the fav and llama :3
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thanks for the llama XD
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