1. 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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    Not exactly an exact “science”, but definitely an interesting viewpoint.
     
  2. nevver:

    Collect them all, Twin Peaks

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  7. asylum-art:

    Papercut Installation by UfoCinque

    on Flickr

    Matteo Capobianco, aka Ufo5, was born in Novara in 1981. Originally an active member of the Italian writing scene, he gradually began to embrace a more extensive definition of street art while completing his design studies at the Politecnico of Milan.

    As a firm believer in the endless possibilities of the mural as a communication tool, Matteo began to experiment with different techniques beyond the restrictions that writing as a codified subculture was putting in place.

    Central to Ufocinque’s vision is his layering tehcnique: each element blending traditional painting techniques with a project-oriented attitude in which multiple levels of interpretation are intertwined together. Form is never detached from function as they are sustaining each other to create an effortlessly beautiful world.

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  8. davidcrake:

    Last night Kasey asked me when to use were versus was and I was almost totally wrong.

    Long story short: Use were if the statement is “contrary to fact, presupposed to be false, or wishful.” For example, “If I were rich I’d come into work in my pajamas and smoke at my desk until they fired me.” If you are talking about something that is or might be true, use was: “If he was asleep when you texted he wouldn’t have known about the fire.”


    Ahh this is exactly what I was thinking of! I knew there was another rule about using “were” that a lot of people get wrong.
     
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  10. ph: Michael Muller
    ph: Michael Muller

    nevver:

    The industrial aesthetic, David Lynch

     
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  12. welcome2creepshow:

    Art by Justin White aka jublin

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  13. vladrodriguez:

    Celebrate 20 years of the iconic vampire thriller. 'Interview with the vampire' Print’s will be Available Here

     
  14. arjeanjones:

    (c)Frank W. Ockenfels 3

    iggy pop / PJ Harvey / Tom Waits / David Bowie

    http://fwo3.com/

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