I still don’t understand the perspective that’s going on here.
It`s a railing.
This fucked with my head so hard.
WAIT I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND
ITS ON TOP OF A WALL NOT GRASS
oh my god it’s the edge of a cement wall jesus christ that fucked me up so bad it took so long for me to understand
I STILL DONT GET IT
hence why his arm has a shadow under it
Thank you for the tiny drawing omg my brain
That fucking drawin fixed it omg thank you
HEY YOU TOO
So which Brand New song do you cry yourself to sleep with?
Sometimes I miss you guys.
Tonight was fun.
All clothing is gender neutral
fuck macho bull-shit forever patch for 5 dollars.
Played 6089 times.
Streetlight Manifesto - Punk Rock Girl
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.