I’ve been out of the shower for over an hour now……. should probs put on some clothes.

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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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This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

^^^^DINGDINGDINGDINGDING.

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“I dunno, just laying face down on the couch and waiting for some baby boomers to die, I guess”
— Millennials, when asked about plans for the future (via alwaysfaithfulterriblelizard)

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lovelylonelydani:

Well here we go again
You’ve found yourself a friend that knows you well
But no matter what you do
You’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell

So steady as she goes
Steady as she goes

Steady As She Goes- The Raconteurs

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Paul Fryer
Lucifer (Morning star), 2008
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wax work figure, feathers, concrete Paul Fryer
Lucifer (Morning star), 2008
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wax work figure, feathers, concrete Paul Fryer
Lucifer (Morning star), 2008
Anodized aluminum, silicon rubber cord,
wax work figure, feathers, concrete Paul Fryer
Lucifer (Morning star), 2008
Anodized aluminum, silicon rubber cord,
wax work figure, feathers, concrete

Paul Fryer

Lucifer (Morning star), 2008

Anodized aluminum, silicon rubber cord,

wax work figure, feathers, concrete

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TLC - Waterfalls

NOTE: This is not a song about a man named Jason Waterfalls….

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I have this friend. Over the past 4 months I have tried to get dinner with her 5 times. Every time she has cancelled.

Usually, I am a very patient person. 

But I am starting to get pissed off.

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via heylauren)

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