July 29, 2014
blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

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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I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.

blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

america-wakiewakie:

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…

(Read Full Text)

I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.

(via theselittleinfinities)

July 29, 2014
ihugpugs:

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ihugpugs:

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July 29, 2014

blk24ga:

STOP KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE

July 29, 2014

amiretfilistine:

Park massacre west of Gaza in israeli airstrike on Eid al-Fitr.

July 29, 2014

theselittleinfinities:

nebulasnovasandnightsky:

look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to

Its easy to say “money can’t buy happiness” when you’ve always been able to pay your rent and bills without worry.

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July 29, 2014
mensrightsactivism:

Example #240239 why the men’s rights movement is also known as the “abuser’s lobby”:



My boxing class is mixed, i genuinely love seeing new women join up thinking they are tough and a force to be reckoned with, and the look on their face once they get hit is hilarious.
most women have never actually been hit, and they are still only getting hit lightly by us in sparring, but still the tears and shock is beautiful to see.
also enjoy it when karate types who have never been hit properly think they are hot shit, and their face after taking a pretty decent power punch for the first time.
i always cherish those moments





…Huh. That totally sounds like a well adjusted member of a human rights movement.
Don’t forget everyone, women have never actually been hit. You know it’s true because it got upvoted by the men’s rights community.
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mensrightsactivism:

Example #240239 why the men’s rights movement is also known as the “abuser’s lobby”:

My boxing class is mixed, i genuinely love seeing new women join up thinking they are tough and a force to be reckoned with, and the look on their face once they get hit is hilarious.

most women have never actually been hit, and they are still only getting hit lightly by us in sparring, but still the tears and shock is beautiful to see.

also enjoy it when karate types who have never been hit properly think they are hot shit, and their face after taking a pretty decent power punch for the first time.

i always cherish those moments

…Huh. That totally sounds like a well adjusted member of a human rights movement.

Don’t forget everyone, women have never actually been hit. You know it’s true because it got upvoted by the men’s rights community.

Source (Via)

(via theselittleinfinities)

July 29, 2014

artandsciencejournal:

Home Sweet Home

Usually plastic and the environment do not go hand in hand, but artist Aki Inomata uses plastic to create an environment for her little pet hermit crabs in “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” (2009, 2010-2013).

With the help of CT scanning to render a three-dimensional model of an empty shell, Inomata creates her base and then builds houses atop these shell renderings. These architectural wonders mimic the style of popular dwellings, from Tokyo house-style to Paris apartments. 

With these plastic hermit crab habitats, Inomata wanted to explore not only the hermit crab’s adaptability to new surroundings, but how we adapt as well. Immigration, relocation, even acquiring a new identity or nationality is more or less the human version of growing out of a shell, and finding a new one to call ‘home’.

Not only is this series an amazing symbolic representation of our will to adapt, but also a fun way to learn more about the life and physiology of the hermit crab, as the dwellings are completely see-through. Have you ever wondered what a hermit crab’s body looks like inside its shell?

A video of both the hermit crabs in action and how the artist came about designing the shells can be found here.

-Anna Paluch

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July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014

tuscanystuff:

I actually really like this ad campaign.

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July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014
psych2go:

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psych2go:

For more posts like these, go visit psych2go

Psych2go features various psychological findings and myths. In the future, psych2go attempts to include sources to posts for the purpose of generating discussions and commentaries. This will give readers a chance to critically examine psychology.

Fact submitted by: bonjourtammy

July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014
ourtimeorg:

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ourtimeorg:

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July 29, 2014

2014 San Diego Comic Con - Avengers Cast Highlights

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