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Art is a powerful form of expression, not just of beauty and aesthetic quality, but of ideas and protest as well. Cuban artist Angel Boligán is a master of this, delivering incredibly insightful critiques on the ills of the modern world within the confines of a single, beautifully drawn cartoon.

Boligán, who now lives in Mexico City after being invited to work at El Universal, one of the country's major newspapers, has received countless international awards and worldwide recognition for the way he highlights the rampant consumerism, loneliness, addiction and over-reliance on technology in Western society. "I am a social caricaturist, a graphic chronicler of the era in which we live," he told Bored Panda. "My drawings are usually conceptual, I like to provoke a smile accompanied by some reflection."

In his 38 years of working as a cartoonist Boligán's work has changed graphically, but he sees issues that have been recurrent in his work and are still very much relevant today. "Satire is a whip against these extreme leaders of our days," he explains. "It is a pity that humans do not learn from our history and our mistakes and we are again invaded by extremism, selfishness, blindness and mediocrity."

"The caricature does not kill anyone but it can stir the conscience. Intelligent, committed and honest humor connects with people, and I believe that we are each a very valuable grain of sand in the construction of a better world."

Boligán is inspired by life and society, and is a "hunter of ideas, emotions and the absurdities that are happening between us." He takes slices of humor, graphics, metaphors and a little poetry, and serves them up in ink with a touch of watercolor. And while he is happy in Mexico, Cuba is most definitely in his heart. "Of Cuba it is true, I left," he told us. "But I never abandoned!"

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of our favorite examples of Boligán's work, cartoons that will make you stop, think and perhaps realize the absurdity of our selfish and wasteful capitalist culture, which is slowly killing our relationships, our mental health and the planet we all call home.

Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Life's Labyrinth

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Playing Outside

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Friendship Request

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athornedrose
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i have never met a pet owner that cared more about tech than their pet. ever.

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Genders

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is really sad. I don't say that EVERY man thinks he is better than women. I know many men who are really reasonable and supporting. But it is true that even really smart and understanding ones sometimes find it hard to accept that a woman (especially young or attractive) can be as intelligent as them.

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Job Interview

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A B C
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now come on, that one's a bit unrealistic... [...] have you seen her neck? Nobody has such a neck!

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#11

Family Portrait With A Macho

Family Portrait With A Macho

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Turnip and a Frog
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one’s is so true. Feeding on devotion, care and life force of the other. Wearing a mask of a “real man”, protective and strong on the outside, but just a simple bully to his family. Very clever representation.

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The Sweetest Kiss

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This doesn't fit the title. This illustration is really heartwarming, it shows rather the good side of society than bad. Also, maybe it's just me but I really like to look at elder couples - these people are often so in love in each other, even after so many years...

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Neighbours And Borders

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Katie and Jared Coates
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this one. Basically all the resources come from one side while the other gets exclusively the profit. (And the s**t, but I still haven't got that metaphor!)

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Love And Generations

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diane a
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

a genuine real-life "like" is worth any number of imaginary "likes" by strangers

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#17

Parenting

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Jaguarundi
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Conveys the emotion as intended, as all art should evoke an emotional response. Beautiful and touching. I love this.

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#18

Grandfather

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Freya the Wanderer
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a good idea to befriend people who are at least a generation older than you are. I lived with my grandmother for a number of years, and she was a walking history lesson.

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#19

Divorce

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< My parents divorced when I was only 5, too young to understand and too old to forget. Obviously it hurt, and still does, and I cried many tears, but I will always say I am happy they got divorced. By saying they should have stayed together to spare your feeling is cruel and selfish. If you care more about your own happiness then the happiness of people who love and do everything for you, then you need to rethink your values.

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Abortion, Women And Politics

Abortion, Women And Politics

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Christina Sersif
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a woman does with her body is her business and her business only. If we have the baby we don't want we're shamed for being a welfare rat. If we have an abortion we're shamed for being a baby killer. If we say no to sex we're a stuck up prude. Nothing we do is right.

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Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

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diane a
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Little good has ever been done by carrying a gun - other than shooting the bad guy who also has a gun. Take guns out of the equation Trump - dont just suggest teachers carry them or that there need to be armed guards at religious services just in case a nutcase who has LEGALLY bought weapons decides to use them

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Shepherd

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Freya the Wanderer
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't have a Facebook account, and I never will. The drawbacks and risks far outweigh the advantages.

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Alleged Offenders

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athornedrose
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why alleged? there's proof of actual abuse. just cause it's not all of them, doesnt make it untrue.

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Walls And Liberties

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Bastien Mahoux
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Funny, I saw this more like a mortgage that anchor you at one place and does not allow you to go live wherever you want.

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Migrant's Destination

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Le Petit Prince" he tried to find a better world, and found his own land was still better than others.

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Soul

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Migrant Family Portrait

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Duel In The Hospital

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can see the patient's hand pressing the doctor's, trying to make Death win. He doesn't want his life prolonged.

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#38

Modern Times

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rola
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Before smart phones and tablets, couples would read books in bed and not interact. So this is nonsense

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Socialism / Capitalism

Socialism / Capitalism

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Freya the Wanderer
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is plenty of room between the two extremes. Capitalism/libertarianism is too little government regulation, Communism is too much.

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#41

Displaced By The Gods

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Bilateral Relationship

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#43

Anti-Corruption Spray

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#44

Internet

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see why is it wrong. Ok, we DO search informations in internet rather than in books, but - internet is less expensive and gives more data. It's not like people are reading less, they just use another sources. Also, people still love books, they just buy belles-lettres and fiction rather than textbooks and encyclopedies, that's all.

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Republican Inspection

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Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

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Helen Leeds
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the press shining a light on guns, but bringing violence on themselves in doing so.

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Blacksmith

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's really nice. Ppl should have this. Iron will!!! I wish this could be done in real life. Things will be so easier.

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Masculine Conflict

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Jaded Queen
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually the symbol used is the one for the female. The male symbol is different.(at least where I am from)

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Institutional Blindness

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and those they do "see" are black men who are innocently slaughtered in the street like dogs

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Tv Abuse

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tv is a waste of time. You have to see a lot of irrelevant things before they show you a altered fraction the truth

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Reading Lesson

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Vegetarian

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Jaded Queen
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So being vegetarian kills animals and is wrong but being non- vegetarian is what Exactly. I am a veg but I don't go around telling other ppl how non-veg is bad for them(believe me I can, I have the authority). Who gives someone the right to question someone else's choice?

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Access To Politics

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it. Such a simple trick, the high heels at the bottom of the stairs and it speaks so loud and moving.

#56

Power And Censorhip

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Easy Meal

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Petra Christovová
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, we mostly do not have to hunt or trace animals to eat them .. we just go to store.

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Souvenir

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Jerry Lim
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone is wearing and using the cross as a symbol of their faith for Jesus Christ. But in fact, they have it so to show that they have "faith". The cross is only an idol that everyone worships to and God forbids that. Furthermore, if Jesus was crucified on an electric chair for example. I guess everyone would hold an electric chair?

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Freedom Of Speech

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Deividas Aš
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem with freedom os speech is called "political correctness". You cannot say things that are true but are not comfortable. So why then freedom of speech is needed?

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Neoliberal Government

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#62

Food For Kids

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad - that kids cannot imagine a world without mobile phones or the internet

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#64

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

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Consumed Consumer

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The Best Mirror

The Best Mirror

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Party-Liner Media

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Conceiving Day

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Life begins at conception" - Pro-Life. "Life begins when fetus can live outside womb"- Pro-Choice. "Don't provide birth control, or abortion, complain about how many poverty level families are relying on welfare, food stamps, HUD, free clinics, etc." - Politics.

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Roots

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When Parents Have An Argument

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

... it isn't really compatible with his picture about divorce... So, it is bad when parents are arguing but for God sake, don't let them divorce? That doesn't make sense. :/

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Readjustment

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The One In Charge

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Internet And Copyright

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Official Information

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Amanda Raynes
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fyi there are both glasses and contacts that are "smart" and can do augmented reality... Hard pass for me

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Campaign

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Jerry Lim
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Biblically speaking, we are all sheeps. But instead of being led by the true prophet, we are being led astray by the false prophets whom are the ones that only long for what is in this world.

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Migrant's Home

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Jesus Christ Nowadays

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Induced Bribery

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No Like

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This also doesn't show what is WRONG with society - it just shows how life works. You're not obliged to return someone's feelings. It looks like this woman is honest with him, so everything's ok.

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The Risk Of Freedom

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TheBlackPanda
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He should be electrocuted though! Why is he still on his phone?

#85

Plastic Surgery

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Enuya
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5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another one that is rather annoying. I'm not saying that havig too many plastic surgery is a good thing. But if it is one or two and if it improves someone's self-confidence? Why not. Some people hate their bodies - they do not do surgery to please others just to please themselves. After surgery, sometimes they are happier, they have better life. Interference with your own body is not a bad thing, it's just one of the choices you can make. :(

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Smarter Phone

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Nomophobia

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Casting

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Enuya
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not like ONLY women are doing this. -.- Men are just as just as demanding as women, sometimes even more. But, of course, it is women who are materialistic and heartless. I really hate this.

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Where's The Love?

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Enuya
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5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not everyone needs a permanent relationship. As long as both sides are happy, I really do not understand what the problem is.

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Platform For Politicians

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Lumberjack Of Income

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Giving Shape To Thoughts

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Jerry Lim
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Instead of following what is in your mind, people are controlled by what they see (that is the contents fed into the news feed on Facebook).

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Online Campaign

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That Gentleman Bought You A Drink

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Stroll

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't see the thought provoking symbolism here. "Oh no! The street is covered in bacteria! WHO KNEW? Looks like we gotta take our shoes off when we enter the house!" Can someone explain?

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Easter In A Hurry

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Game

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Helen Leeds
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems pretty accurate based on the kids around my neighborhood and my nieces

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Mona Bipolar

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