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My sister now communicates with me exclusively through snapchats of our dog

proctalgia:

i love when dogs sigh. its like, hey bud, long day at the office?

fabulips:

American woodcock struttin’ and shakin’ his stuff with bonus rump shake loop.

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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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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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sempiternallywewillsink:

iamacat-meow:

cantpickbetweenfandoms:

nottonight-imonfire:

collide-with-my-heart:

tylerchokely:

IS THIS A JOKE

It’s like an infomercial

It’s like an infomercial

Do you ever feel like walking on a table but the surface is too smooth?



Kmn….

sempiternallywewillsink:

iamacat-meow:

cantpickbetweenfandoms:

nottonight-imonfire:

collide-with-my-heart:

tylerchokely:

IS THIS A JOKE

It’s like an infomercial

It’s like an infomercial

Do you ever feel like walking on a table but the surface is too smooth?

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Kmn….

estratonautico:

Madoka Magika: Sayaka Miki

ollivander:

hey kids wanna buy some drugs

ollivander:

hey kids wanna buy some drugs

kurokoshirai:

oreo:

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kurokoshirai:

oreo:

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Her: How do you know so many communists?
Me: tumblr
Her: ah of course

Harry’s arguing with the prospies about communism again

howtoenjoytheweb:

dumb ass fucking horses

howtoenjoytheweb:

dumb ass fucking horses

groans:

me and my long term boyfriend, the video game lizard

groans:

me and my long term boyfriend, the video game lizard