the-wistful-collectivist:

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.

'Conspiracy theorist' is nothing more than a derogatory title to dismiss a critical thinker.
- Immortal Technique

the-wistful-collectivist:

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.

'Conspiracy theorist' is nothing more than a derogatory title to dismiss a critical thinker.

- Immortal Technique

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You are a
hurricane of
a girl;

remember
to breathe
every once

in a while,
do not drown
within your
own storm.


champagne-diamondsz:

New Life Motto.

champagne-diamondsz:

New Life Motto.

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weasleywasborninabin:

I think you’ll find that my mum is probably the coolest mum ever for making me this cake for my 20th

oh. my. god. my intense jealousy and best wishes for this lady are sooooooo high. her mom really is awesome!!!

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asbehsam:

asbehsam:

SIGNAL BOOST, EVERYONE:
Save Satinah Ahmad from execution in Saudi Arabia
When Satinah’s employer tried to smash her head into a wall after months of alleged abuse, Satinah defended herself with a rolling pin.
The 41 year-old foreign domestic worker now faces execution in Saudi Arabia as early as tomorrow.
Call on the King of Saudi Arabia to spare Satinah’s life> http://ow.ly/vjJvQ
It takes one minute guys. JUST ONE MINUTE.

ONLY 1.510 OUT OF 50.000 IS LEFT, COME ON GUYS!

asbehsam:

asbehsam:

SIGNAL BOOST, EVERYONE:

Save Satinah Ahmad from execution in Saudi Arabia

When Satinah’s employer tried to smash her head into a wall after months of alleged abuse, Satinah defended herself with a rolling pin.

The 41 year-old foreign domestic worker now faces execution in Saudi Arabia as early as tomorrow.

Call on the King of Saudi Arabia to spare Satinah’s life> http://ow.ly/vjJvQ

It takes one minute guys. JUST ONE MINUTE.

ONLY 1.510 OUT OF 50.000 IS LEFT, COME ON GUYS!

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The Late Dr. Edward Said recounts his family’s expulsion from historic Palestine.
My own immediate family was spared the catastrophes of what we call the Nakba of 1948. We had a house and a business in Cairo even though we spent most of the year in Palestine.
Two thirds of the Palestinian population was literally driven out of the country approximately one million people by the Zionist forces.
I was twelve at the time, but I do recall certain things with distinct lucidity. Every member of my family became a refugee during that period—no one remained!
Our part of Palestine, west Jerusalem, controlled by the British mandate belonged to Israel now. People who lived there were suddenly made homeless and in many instances penniless, disoriented and scarred forever.
I saw most of my family after the fall of Palestine, but all were greatly reduced to circumstances, their faces stark with worry, ill health and despair. My extended family lost all of its property and residence. The faces that I once remembered beaming with glee now were lined with the cares of exile and homelessness.
Serial dislocation became the predicament of many Palestinians. One of my uncles went from Palestine to Cairo to Alexandria to Bagdad to Beirut and now in his eighties lives a sad silent man in Seattle wearing the key to his home in Palestine around his neck hoping to return someday.

The Late Dr. Edward Said recounts his family’s expulsion from historic Palestine.

My own immediate family was spared the catastrophes of what we call the Nakba of 1948. We had a house and a business in Cairo even though we spent most of the year in Palestine.

Two thirds of the Palestinian population was literally driven out of the country approximately one million people by the Zionist forces.

I was twelve at the time, but I do recall certain things with distinct lucidity. Every member of my family became a refugee during that period—no one remained!

Our part of Palestine, west Jerusalem, controlled by the British mandate belonged to Israel now. People who lived there were suddenly made homeless and in many instances penniless, disoriented and scarred forever.

I saw most of my family after the fall of Palestine, but all were greatly reduced to circumstances, their faces stark with worry, ill health and despair. My extended family lost all of its property and residence. The faces that I once remembered beaming with glee now were lined with the cares of exile and homelessness.

Serial dislocation became the predicament of many Palestinians. One of my uncles went from Palestine to Cairo to Alexandria to Bagdad to Beirut and now in his eighties lives a sad silent man in Seattle wearing the key to his home in Palestine around his neck hoping to return someday.

(Source: paxmachina, via paxmachina)


"فَقَتَل َجَمالُها الوَحْشَةَ في قَلْبِهْ"“So her beauty killed the agony in his heart”

"فَقَتَل َجَمالُها الوَحْشَةَ في قَلْبِهْ"
“So her beauty killed the agony in his heart”

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“As for self-restraint, from it branches out satisfaction, resignation, good fortune, comfort, a sense of evaluation, humbleness, a sense of remembrance, contemplation, magnanimity and generosity. These are the many ramifications for the intelligent man who practices self-restraint and is satisfied with Allah and with his share.”

Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Reference: Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 17. (via athankfulblessing)

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stalinwasabasicbitch:

wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Rappers x Pre-16th Century Art

Meet your new favorite Tumblr! B4XVI is gathering a collection of comparisons between pre-16th century art and famous rappers.

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Haha this is sweet!