Taking The Handcuffs Off

cuffs Taking The Handcuffs Off

Being handcuffed in life can be a frustrating experience.   And I don’t mean sitting curbside with metal around your wrists.

It could be a relationship, job, family members, or even fear.  The great thing about these metaphorical restraints is that you have the ability to take them off if you so choose to.   Battling fear or a toxic relationship can be extremely difficult in the short term but you’ll get through life much more efficiently.  Cutting ties with a friend or just ‘putting yourself out there’ in order to get your career off the ground isn’t often pretty.  But as they say, freedom isn’t free.

There’s nothing like living without the handcuffs of life… but being free comes at a cost.

Whenever I feel that I’m encountering self inflicted wounds I do my best to change course.

Having the ability to self evaluate and also to surround yourself with people whom can help sharpen your weaknesses is Paramount.

-DKH

The United States of Democracy?

Democracy For Sale 1024x740 The United States of Democracy?

The organization Think Progress publishing an eye popping piece about campaign financing and how wealth impacts policy in the US.  Here’s a little teaser but definitely check out the full article below:

When organized interest groups or economic elites want a particular policy passed, there’s a strongly likelihood their wishes will come true. But when average citizens support something, they have next to no influence.

That’s according to a forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University. The two looked at a data set of 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002 and matched them up against surveys of public opinion broken down by income as well as support from interest groups.

They estimate that the impact of what an average citizen prefers put up against what the elites and interest groups want is next to nothing, or “a non-significant, near-zero level.” They note that their findings show “ordinary citizens…have little or no independent influence on policy at all.” The affluent, on the other hand, have “a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy,” they find, “more so than any other set of actors” that they studied. Organized interest groups similarly fare well, with “a large, positive, highly significant impact on public policy.”

Continue reading HERE.

-DKH

The not so Morning Person

A quick little exercise I did while riding on the train.  My version of a sketch.  Hope you enjoy.

-DKH

6:30am

Lauren woke up minutes before her nagging cell phone alarm went off.  This meant she had ample time to stumble across the room to her dresser, stepping on top of a crusted plate coated with lasagna remnants along the way.  The cold sticky red paste on the bottom of her foot coupled with a garlic stench did very little to wake her up.  She snatched her iPhone off of the dresser, brought it back to bed and shut the alarm off.

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