just another flower growing in a concrete jungle.
Things I Should Be Doing
- so many
Things I Am Not Currently Doing
- any of that
Face Swap Of The Week: Up.
Kim Jong Il and Bill Clinton going on an adventure.
Forgot to show my finished product from the other night. It’s big, bold and dramatic like most of my accessories! 😆😆 the lace hangs down and can flow freely or you can braid it in your hair. I’m sure I’ll post a pic of me wearing it when I have the appropriate look going on. I also fixed a few old pieces of jewelry that day. #accessory #fashion #style #diy #flowers #flowercrown #bold #dramatic #crafts #hotglueeverything #pastel #lolita #lace #floral #design
Love “Da Man Wit the Chips” but Jameila White is the new “Protest MVP.” #staywoke #trill
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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this thing w ferguson is making me wonder how many of the historical riots that happened in the 20th century they teach you about in school were actually ‘riots’ ??