Hi, I’m Jude, and I stole sixteen bags of tea from a hotel’s free breakfast thing this morning.
Today’s Gender of the day is: Dancing Cactus
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…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.
and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy
get to know me meme: 3/10 favorite movies.
↳Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)
this whole exchange was golden
wearing an outfit you like can make a day 10x better
imagine an alternate timeline where guns were never invented and swords just kept getting cooler
Leslie Hall: No Pants Policy
In case you all forgot about one of the most important vidjas on the internetmachine.
In other news, Leslie Hall continues to be perfect
I want prints of all of these on my walls
"why do you like floral prints so much" because i’m not a person. secretly i’m just a mass of bees. trying to blend in with humans. unable to let go of my love of flowers
- there is nothing wrong with going through phases while you try and figure out who you are
- there is nothing wrong with being confused about who you are. at any point in your life
- there is nothing wrong with saying you were x identity a year ago and today saying you are something else.
it does not mean you lied
it does not mean you were doing it to be trendy
it means you changed
thats what people do over time: they change
and that’s ok
i’m happy i saw this
I have been watching Lord of the Rings since 6:30am. I don’t know what year it is. I have forgotten the taste of bread, the sound of trees, the softness of the wind. I’ve even forgotten my own name
Are you Non-Binary and/or Intersex?
Are you tired of having to choose between hiding your secondary sex characteristics and being misgendered by strangers?
Well no more!
With this handy informative message, they’ll get the hint and think twice before calling you “Ma’am” or “Sir”
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none evans with left boob