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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.
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Anthony Mackie photographed by Gregg Delman

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Rage and tenderness

hobbitkaiju:

"I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe.” - Mary Shelley, line spoken by Frankenstein’s monster

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The more I think about it, the more I see rage and tenderness as two parts of the same thing. The more tenderly you hold and love someone, the more natural is the rage you feel when they are abused and mistreated. (Even when that person is you!) 

I get asked a lot by strangers online (and by colleagues offline) why I’m so angry all the time. I often say I love people, and I mean it—people are beautiful, inventive, ingenious, adaptive, silly, and miraculous. If I love them so much, if I believe that compassion is important and nonviolence is preferable where possible, then why am I so angry? 

I am angry because tenderness is abused, exploited, and mocked. I am angry because vulnerability and deep connection are a basic human need, and yet despite this, people work very hard to convince us that we can’t have, don’t deserve, or shouldn’t need vulnerability or connection. I am angry because I love so deeply and so tenderly. My anger is an intrinsic and inseparable part of my compassion and love. I am angry because we can do better than to endlessly replicate cycles of abuse and yet people keep telling me that abuse is natural, inevitable, and unavoidable. 

It is my honest belief that one of the appropriate responses to exploitation and abuse is rage. Anger is often what motivates us to protect others and ourselves. For many, fighting has been necessary in order to survive. If life is nothing but rage then it’s not worth living—tenderness, love, and compassion are what make survival worth the effort. But anger is necessary to keep many of us alive so that we can feel other things. 

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tvgropes:

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(⊙︿⊙✿) WAIT I HAD HOMEWORK

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mizufae:

girlslovegamestoo:

Women of Steel

cripes, yes.

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turkey-imported-from-maine:

firelorcl:

meladoodle:

i wanna be a reverse tooth fairy where i rob people and then scatter human teeth on their bed

a dentist

i dont know what your dentist is doing to you but i think you need to go to the police

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tanaquil:

MINOR AND/OR EXTINCT HOUSES IN A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
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meeko-fitz:

pomme-poire-peche:

useyourwordsasher:

cmtothemc:

theancientcistern:

omegaqueer:

thatlupa:

All it does is show me you have a superiority complex and deep rooted classist tendencies. I’ve been a waitress, a barista and a sales associate, so your talking down to others just tells me at one point you would’ve talked down to me. This guy in the queue tried to buy me a coffee today, after ripping into the guy behind the counter about his skills and his job. Don’t care what people do for a living, if you don’t treat ‘em like (very important) people when you deal with them, we can’t be friends.

"A person who is nice to you but cruel to the waiter isn’t a nice person."

I don’t understand how people don’t get this

It is terrifying. It means if you don’t adhere to their demands or if you make on little mistake, they can turn on you. I don’t deal with people who are nasty to others.

Fucking *this*.

http://notalwaysright.com/tip-of-the-entree-iceberg/27669

(It is a busy Saturday night. During the dinner rush, I have been dealing with a table of two 20-something year old men. The blonde one has found something to complain about every time I’ve walked by while the brown-haired one just blushes and stays quiet. They’ve finished their meal.)

Blonde Man: “Are you new here?”

Me: “No, sir. I’ve been a waitress here for two years and three years at [other restaurant] prior.”

Blonde Man: “Then you have no excuse for how terrible this service was. The salad was wilty, and the entree was way too cold, and you were nowhere to be found. Plus, this place is far too noisy; I could barely hear myself speak! Honestly, I get better service at a fast food place.”

Me: “I’m sorry you feel that way. While there isn’t much I can do about the noise, I did offer to bring you different food before, but you said no.”

Blonde Man: *waves me off* “Just bring me the check, and try not to be so slow about it for once.”

(I go and get the check, but when I return, the brown-haired man stands up and hands me a $20 bill.)

Brown-haired Man: “Here, this is your tip. He wasn’t going to give you one. As a former waiter myself, I thought you were doing a perfectly fine job. My food was great, and the service was fast even though you’re so busy right now.”

(He turns to his blonde companion.)

Brown-haired Man: “People like you made my job so much worse, especially for making us work that much harder for no tip. So thanks for the meal, but you can go ahead and delete my number because there will be no second date. And by the way,potjevleesch is supposed to be served cold, you idiot.”

(With that, he left the restaurant without his date. It made the whole night worth it, to see that blonde man speechless for once.)

Oh my goodness this a beautiful story

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Track: Lugia's Song
Artist: Pokémon
Album: Pokémon
Plays: 5297

wolfwithatophat:

I adore this music peice!

Lugia’s Song - Pokemon 2000!

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artbymegs:

I feel like this should be pretty self-explanatory. I’m drawing these for a zine at my college (and they have a tumblr! lips-appstate.tumblr.com!), but submissions are due today, so they’re a bit more rushed than I would have liked.

I tried to be inclusive and not-shitty. Hopefully I succeeded at that. There are more of these I’d like to draw, but like I said, time limitations :P