“ A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy. ”

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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archiemcphee:

"She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid."

Star Wars fan Bill Deacon transformed his 1974 Chevy Malibu into a street-legal replica of the Millennium Falcon. The road vehicle-turned-spacecraft features all sorts of great details, including HANCHWY vanity plates and a field of streaking stars around the ship’s bow on the hood and front bumper. But our favorite feature is the cockpit mounted in place of the right starboard side-view mirror that contains Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures.

[via Geekologie]

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atlantahistorycenter:

Agnes Scott College appointed student firefighters to protect their dormitories. In this 1913 photo, students are practicing how to put out a fire at Rebekah Scott Hall. 

atlantahistorycenter:

Agnes Scott College appointed student firefighters to protect their dormitories. In this 1913 photo, students are practicing how to put out a fire at Rebekah Scott Hall. 

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“ The myth that “beauty is power” is actually super destructive because it tricks young women into thinking that if men want them, they will be empowered, which is, alas, not true. Because the kind of “power” that comes from having men lust after you is fleeting and holds no real weight in the grand scheme of things. It might make you feel good momentarily, until you realize that men don’t respect you because they like your boobs, nor will your fuckability bring things like political power and freedom from male violence. As long as women are seen as (and see themselves as) pretty, sexy objects, they will continue to to be viewed and treated, primarily, as sex-holes for men (i.e. not full human beings but the kind of beings who were invented for men to use and abuse and play with and then discard when they get bored). ”

Everyone is an idiot: A brief tirade regarding Robyn Doolittle’s ‘sexiness’ (via ab-sentia) (via bocks)

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don’t bring anything to a knife fight

betheboy:

grimelords:

don’t even go everyone there has knives

Bring a cake to a knife fight. Then everyone will forget their troubles and cut the cake for you.

nprfreshair:

Tomorrow we talk to Director Wes Anderson about his newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

(And he tells us why he loves using miniatures)

kateoplis:

It’s a small world after all.

funnyordie:

The World’s Wealthiest People: When They Were Young
Use the sliders embedded here to watch the world’s most powerful celebrities morph back into their younger selves.

funnyordie:

The World’s Wealthiest People: When They Were Young

Use the sliders embedded here to watch the world’s most powerful celebrities morph back into their younger selves.

Edward Gorey was born in Chicago on this day in 1925.

thetinhouse:

“My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” 
― Edward Gorey


Photo: My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like.  ― Edward Gorey  Edward Gorey was born in Chicago on this day in 1925.

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laughingsquid:

Miche Braden and Postmodern Jukebox Perform a 1920s New Orleans Version of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

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