1. 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?

    (via wilwheaton)

  2. 2 April 2014

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    hilker

    hilker:

    (via I Couldn’t Believe This Staircase Actually Exists…Even Now, I’m Still Stumped. | Slightly Viral)

    I just…

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/escherian.asp

  3. abloodymess:

    endling81:

    brandybonin:

    Mission of Burma - All World Cowboy Romance (1981)

    I’ve received two separate speeding tickets while rockin’ out to this track. One in ‘07 and one around nine o’clock this morning. Cheers my dears. <3

    The only speeding ticket I’ve ever gotten was about ten years ago, on my way home from seeing Mission of Burma. Conspiracy?

    The Horrible Truth About Burma

    It’s just an endless G chord.

    and also their 5th best song.

  4. abloodymess:

doyourwardance:

musucks:

anon goes clubbing

I WANNA DO THIS SO BAD!

Not as good, but I played Marquee Moon 5 times back to back to back…at a bro bar I was stuck in.

There&#8217;s a bar in Pittsburgh that has Marquee Moon crossed off of the jukebox and is unplayable. 

    abloodymess:

    doyourwardance:

    musucks:

    anon goes clubbing

    I WANNA DO THIS SO BAD!

    Not as good, but I played Marquee Moon 5 times back to back to back…at a bro bar I was stuck in.

    There’s a bar in Pittsburgh that has Marquee Moon crossed off of the jukebox and is unplayable. 

  5. (Source: citizendev)

  6. morale-support:

B52’s over Iraq 1991

Rock Lobster!

    morale-support:

    B52’s over Iraq 1991

    Rock Lobster!

  7. theinternetaccordingtoadrian:

Ladoux is a brony

    theinternetaccordingtoadrian:

    Ladoux is a brony

  8. oldtobegin:

paulliveshere:

Some asshole brought a gigantic tin of these into the office on Friday and needless to say I think I’ve eaten about 1/4 of them on my own.
Stupid delicious butter cookies.
Stupid exquisite coffee companions.
Stupid cookies in my stupid face.

made a sex noise

ditto

    oldtobegin:

    paulliveshere:

    Some asshole brought a gigantic tin of these into the office on Friday and needless to say I think I’ve eaten about 1/4 of them on my own.

    Stupid delicious butter cookies.

    Stupid exquisite coffee companions.

    Stupid cookies in my stupid face.

    made a sex noise

    ditto