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rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report
The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.
The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.
"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.
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rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.

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We also need to create alternative narratives about what the promise of democracy might be for our children and ourselves. This demands a break from established political parties, the creation of alternative public spheres in which to produce democratic narratives and visions, and a notion of politics that is educative, one that takes seriously how people interpret and mediate the world, how they see themselves in relation to others, and what it might mean to imagine otherwise in order to act otherwise.
Henry A. Giroux at TruthOut. Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability (via protoslacker)
04/16/1419 notes • Reblogged from protoslacker



Frank Chimero, frankchimero.com

A personal view on generalists and trans-media design .  It’s a beauty.



Independent commissions now handle the redistricting in every province. Today, most Canadian ridings [districts] are simple and uncontroversial, chunky and geometric, and usually conform to the vague borders of some existing geographic / civic region knowable to the average citizen who lives there.




The Blood Moon

Spring arrived here on Monday covered in mud and spreading wild aromas in the air. Winter threw her to the ground and slashed her throat.

She will survive.



torfalcon:

Spring arrived here on a  Monday morning with the first blackcaps. She actually walked past me on a carpet of dogs mercury with plum blossom twisted through her hair. Chiffchaff’s sang and balsam poplars scented the air. Hawthorn broke into leaf and apple blossom buds, blushed.
She is a hundred miles north by now but her magic is still strong. It’s in every oak tree flower and in each pair of tiny hazel leaves. Bumble bees now have dandelions and dandelions have bumblebees. And then yesterday, a swallow. Welcome home beloved slicer through the air.
Tor Falcon
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torfalcon:

Spring arrived here on a  Monday morning with the first blackcaps. She actually walked past me on a carpet of dogs mercury with plum blossom twisted through her hair. Chiffchaff’s sang and balsam poplars scented the air. Hawthorn broke into leaf and apple blossom buds, blushed.

She is a hundred miles north by now but her magic is still strong. It’s in every oak tree flower and in each pair of tiny hazel leaves. Bumble bees now have dandelions and dandelions have bumblebees. And then yesterday, a swallow. Welcome home beloved slicer through the air.

Tor Falcon

04/15/1433 notes • Reblogged from torfalcon


torfalcon:

Spring arrived here on a  Monday morning with the first blackcaps. She actually walked past me on a carpet of dogs mercury with plum blossom twisted through her hair. Chiffchaff’s sang and balsam poplars scented the air. Hawthorn broke into leaf and apple blossom buds, blushed.
She is a hundred miles north by now but her magic is still strong. It’s in every oak tree flower and in each pair of tiny hazel leaves. Bumble bees now have dandelions and dandelions have bumblebees. And then yesterday, a swallow. Welcome home beloved slicer through the air.
Tor Falcon
high-res photo

torfalcon:

Spring arrived here on a  Monday morning with the first blackcaps. She actually walked past me on a carpet of dogs mercury with plum blossom twisted through her hair. Chiffchaff’s sang and balsam poplars scented the air. Hawthorn broke into leaf and apple blossom buds, blushed.

She is a hundred miles north by now but her magic is still strong. It’s in every oak tree flower and in each pair of tiny hazel leaves. Bumble bees now have dandelions and dandelions have bumblebees. And then yesterday, a swallow. Welcome home beloved slicer through the air.

Tor Falcon

04/15/1433 notes • Reblogged from torfalcon


bandygrass:

Little Dark Souls tribute. Artorias the Abysswalker - The first of the Four Knights of Gwynn.

bettyann:

Whoa. Destroyer of Obstacles.

bandygrass:

Little Dark Souls tribute. 
Artorias the Abysswalker - The first of the Four Knights of Gwynn.

bettyann:

Whoa. Destroyer of Obstacles.

04/15/143,439 notes • Reblogged from bucellarius


I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. That’s how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.
Bruce Sterling (via longboardsandsoftails)
04/15/1416 notes • Reblogged from notational


(Source: musick-magick-maryjane)

04/15/14111 notes • Reblogged from bucellarius