@3 hours ago with 235 notes
blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

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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I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.
and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy

People actually had to be told this? 

blackfeminism:

idontreallylikecandy:

geekygothgirl:

airyairyquitecontrary:

theuppitynegras:

whitegirlsaintshit:

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)

I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.

and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy

People actually had to be told this? 

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@9 hours ago with 23397 notes

Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter One (Part II) [SPORKERS: GEHAYI, KET MAKURA, and TWO AVENGERS] 

In which the entire post is a flashback (and sometimes a flashback within a flashback) to the wedding, reception and wedding night, Kate Kavanagh covertly threatens Christian Grey, an American considers “pleased to meet you” gushing enthusiasm, a third Avenger sneaks into Shadesverse, Ana admits that Grey is an alien from another universe, and the chapter ends on a note of implicit violence and fear.

@11 hours ago with 3 notes
#50 shades freed #Fifty Shades #sporkings #marriage made in hell #whyarewereadingthis #50 shades of bad sex scenes #50 shades of dull #50 shades of why #THIS BOOK MAN #we hates it #we haaaates it 

stuartsonofgagajefferies:

sunbaths:

woahmrkelley:

fahrlight:

I am not tagging this. you all need to read it.

Just cried reading this

I have no words. No fucking words.

i watched this whole thing on iview a few months back and even though i’ve seen this photo set half a dozen times it still broke me

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@20 hours ago with 329723 notes

linneakou:

chariczard:

folkpunkery:

im gonna fuck plankton

Stop

i am frightened

It looks like the world of Spongebob Squarepants got invaded by an anime boy band.

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@20 hours ago with 220403 notes

Well, if “questionable” is defined as “anti-woman, homophobic bigotry,” then I agree, Earl Bullard. I certainly wouldn’t want my kids around you.

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@1 day ago with 172129 notes
#bigotry #blatant stupidity #homophobia #misogynistic assholes #the daily show 

jon-snow:

god bless sdcc

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@1 day ago with 111543 notes
#sdcc 2014 #women in comics #representation matters 
shredsandpatches:

Even history geeks sometimes can’t resist the urge to make shippy “Share a Coke” tableaux.

shredsandpatches:

Even history geeks sometimes can’t resist the urge to make shippy “Share a Coke” tableaux.

@2 days ago with 17 notes
#tiny plushie richard #tiny plushie anne #they so cute 

melusineloriginale:

eerinaceous:

art history meme • [7/7] sculptures/other medium 

cathedral of sainte chappelle

Always reblog.

(Although not strictly speaking a cathedral. Just the Sainte-Chapelle. The prettiest reliquary ever.)

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@3 hours ago with 68 notes

Babies Are Getting Brain Bleeds—Are Vaccine Fears to Blame? 

rubyvroom:

cognitivedissonance:

Thanks, Jenny McCarthy!

Now thanks to internet fear-mongers people are refusing vitamins for their babies because of “toxins”. That’s right, they are confusing vitamins with toxic chemicals. How???? NOTHING IS MORE NATURAL THAN VITAMINS YOU ABSOLUTE IDIOTS. But some guy on the internet said it, so it must be true!

We gotta start holding people accountable for this shit. Children are dying over this.

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@10 hours ago with 52 notes
#anti-vaccination idiots #anti-vaxxers #vitamin K #vaccinate your kids #and give them vitamins 

thatcadetguy:

Repost this anywhere

I love the fact that this isn’t gender-specific

(Source: wisekelp, via banicaconchitav3)

@19 hours ago with 421899 notes

everybodyilovedies:

Remember that time Jan ran the Avengers back in Vol 1? 

Remember that time Jan ran the Avengers back in Vol 3?

Remember how Jan has run the Avengers nearly as much as Tony or Cap because Jan is a top dog Avenger and a founding member and is a competent and vital member of the team. #JanetVanCrime

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@20 hours ago with 165 notes

ATTENTION LGBTQ YOUTH IN TEXAS:

lezbian-chic:

Governor elections are coming up really soon.

Your main tickets are:

Tx. attorney general Greg Abbott (R)

Senator Wendy Davis (D)


Abbott is for “traditional values” AKA against gay rights.

Davis is all for LGBTQ rights.

IF WENDY DAVIS IS ELECTED TEXAS MAY FINALLY LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE BY NEXT YEAR.

ALL WE NEED TO DO IS VOTE!!!!!


REBLOG TO SAVE LIVES

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@1 day ago with 21116 notes

sschol:

this is from spy kids

It sounds like an adaptation of a Jewish proverb: “If God lived on Earth, people would break his windows.” Different phrasing, but the concept is similar.

(Source: nasturbate, via jennytrout)

@1 day ago with 630048 notes

radicalrebellion:

feministcaptainmorgan:

baronsledjoys:

firecannotkillafitblr:

This drives me mad. I used to work in a bookstore, and was talking to my coworker and he just yelled out “stop flirting with me!” at this ridiculous volume and it was humiliating because
1. I wasn’t
2. I got in trouble for acting unprofessional
3. He embarrassed me in front of a line of people
4. And he only stopped insisting that I was flirting when my boyfriend (who is now my husband) said, “dude, trust me, she’s not flirting with you” to him

That asshole respected my BOYFRIEND saying I wasn’t flirting more than he respected me saying it and I was the one who was talking! The whole scene got me in trouble at work. And the most ridiculous part is we were talking about a fucking book. In a bookstore.

One time, my ex boyfriend had a crush on some girl, and said that he thought he might have “a chance” with her.

When I asked him what made him think that, he said “Well, she talks to me.”

And this is why it is so difficult to be a girl and be friends with men who are attracted to women.

Can we also add that this is why a lot of women do the resting bitch face when out in public. Cause dudes swear a glance or a smile is flirting.

And for some guys, flirting means “wants to fuck me right now.” Just meeting the eyes of some men or glancing at them sideways or even politely smiling when you’d really rather smash their faces in can be dangerous. They will crowd you and try to pin you against a wall or building. If you tell them to back off, they smirk smugly and tell you that they know you don’t really mean it. If you tell them that they’re acting like slime, they’ll tell you proudly that every woman loves bad boys. They will try to grab your arm, your breast, your waist or your butt and push you or pull you in a direction that you weren’t planning on going, because OBVIOUSLY you cannot live for one more second without fucking this asshole in his car or at his apartment, right? If you scream for help—well, I did that once, and the creep informed  my would-be rescuers that he was my boyfriend and that I was just a little emotional lately because we’d just gotten engaged. And it was harder than it should have been to convince my rescuers that he was lying. Even after I did, he swore that I had been coming on to him—and I got lectured by the other two men for “teasing” a strange man like that. I’m an aromantic ace. I don’t know HOW to flirt.

(Source: girlcodeonmtv, via memesu)

@2 days ago with 140269 notes