thjis is still one of my favorite smash videos
please enjoy this video of an action packed, high speed fight between two cats.
there’s a rip off of bee movie called plan bee and this is what the characters look like and I am no longer afraid to die
i have a new hobby and its going through used dvds at second hand stores and picking up the most impossibly awful looking thing they have
'from the creator of the snurfs'
Apologies to Koneko, but this was too intriguing to pass up. Join us tonight, we’ll have it as well as those horrible, horrible puppets.
How cute is he?
Malcolm was a prophet.
"We’re being robbed. By bards. I’m as surprised as you are."
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…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.
its kind of obvious when you have shit like gerrymandering and the electoral college and rampant lobbying and a super narrow two-party system that forces out any political beliefs that dont range from moderately conservative to outright reactionary
Oh my sweet blathering fuck you guys I found something for tomorrow that is completely deranged in the most beautiful way I can’t even describe it hold on I’m gonna stick the theme song on Grey Blue because it BELONGS THERE.