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Posted on 19th Apr at 11:51 AM, with 2,325 notes
dappledwithshadow:

Rene Magritte, Architecture au Clair de Lune

dappledwithshadow:

Rene Magritte, Architecture au Clair de Lune

Posted on 19th Apr at 11:08 AM, with 642 notes

red-lipstick:

Lynn Skordal aka Paperworker - 1: Open Water (Suspended), 2014  2: Open Water (Afloat), 2014  3: Open Water (Adrift)  4: High Rise, 2014  5: Looking for Water on Mars, 2014  6: 12-Foot Spruce, 2013  7: Leaning Up, 2013    Handmade Collages: Cut + Paste

Posted on 19th Apr at 9:43 AM, with 9,870 notes
who-:

How the gravity of nature and the silence startle you, when you stand face to face with her, undistracted, before a barren ridge or in the desolation of ancient hills
 guy sargent

who-:

How the gravity of nature and the silence startle you, when you stand face to face with her, undistracted, before a barren ridge or in the desolation of ancient hills

 guy sargent

Posted on 19th Apr at 1:51 AM, with 35,099 notes

jaclcfrost:

"i’m not bitter" i say, bitterly, with a bitter expression

Posted on 18th Apr at 1:27 PM, with 10,420 notes
blackamazon:

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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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This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

Alright, Alright. I have some stuff to say and I never really express my opinion on here, but here I go. 
One: The United States is not, never was, and was never meant to be a democracy. If you told any of the founding fathers that the United States is a democracy, they would laugh in your face. A democracy is when all the people vote on everything. A democracy is the polar opposite of an oligarchy, and, politically, they are equally unwanted. The United States is supposed to be a republic. 
Two: No one had to do a study to see that we live in an oligarchy. It’s not only PoC who can see this; anyone with a sense of what’s happening in this country should know. This country was set up from the beginning to favor the wealthy. And this isn’t going to change. There will be no revolution. Not enough citizens care about this, at all. It’s nice to think it could change, but it won’t. 

blackamazon:

masteradept:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

science-sexual:

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…

(Read Full Text)

This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

Alright, Alright. I have some stuff to say and I never really express my opinion on here, but here I go. 

One: The United States is not, never was, and was never meant to be a democracy. If you told any of the founding fathers that the United States is a democracy, they would laugh in your face. A democracy is when all the people vote on everythingA democracy is the polar opposite of an oligarchy, and, politically, they are equally unwanted. The United States is supposed to be a republic. 

Two: No one had to do a study to see that we live in an oligarchy. It’s not only PoC who can see this; anyone with a sense of what’s happening in this country should know. This country was set up from the beginning to favor the wealthy. And this isn’t going to change. There will be no revolution. Not enough citizens care about this, at all. It’s nice to think it could change, but it won’t. 

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