1. wobblydash:



    Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

    The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

    An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

    For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

    It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

    That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

    This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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    grass is basically green, study finds

    In other news, top physicists at MIT have confirmed that water is indeed wet and that the sky is indeed blue. More on the story as we gain more info. Our reporters are currently awaiting confirmation on another study that has revealed the shocking conclusion that roses are red and violets are blue.

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  2. ereboreanbadger:

    Ravenclaw: Do it once you’ve gathered enough relevant information.
    Hufflepuff: Do it with integrity.
    Slytherin: Do it on your own terms.

    Gryffindor: Do it for the vine.

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  3. snarliekelly:



    i can only handle so much socializing until i get tired and start getting irritated towards everyone and want to go home and sleep or lock myself in my room and go on the computer

    This is what it means to be an introvert. Not being shy. This.

    (Source: pinkmanjesse, via daddysvapidprincess)

  4. nuuro:

    Kneeling Man Embracing a Standing Woman, Gustav Vigeland

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  5. genderoftheday:

    Today’s Gender of the day is: Ancient Mew Pokemon Card

    (via tylerthelatteboy)

  6. cosplayinamerica:

    La Muerte from Book of Life - movie isn’t even out yet ! #DragonCon ( source : http://ow.ly/ATEVw )

    (via tanakaryuus)


  7. The Golden Rule in Anime:

    If he has white hair

    He gon die

    (Source: jibblyuniverse, via alexusl0l)


  8. leth-allan:

    "There are too many female and LGBT characters in dragon age, now i’m not going to buy it :("


    (via daddysvapidprincess)


  10. graveyard-whimsy:

    Sometimes when I’ve had a bad day I like to don my fangs and sip red wine and convince myself I’m a vampire, because even pretending that I could easily tear apart all the people who are mean to me makes me feel a little better.

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