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A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
“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. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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Comics FAQ Part II! Part III will come out sometime mid-next week.

Part I Here. Note on part I: YES I SCREWED UP DDXX Ults is 1610, not 1616. By the time my screw up was pointed out to me, the post had already been reblogged to death, so there was little I could do about it Dx

See? COMICS IZ HARD. Do not be ashamed if you do not know the things, because even total amaze-balls experts (*snort*) like myself screw up xD


Jackie Chan vs. Benny “The Jet” Urquidez - final fight from Wheels on Meals

Wheels on Meals is not a great movie, but does feature one of Jackie Chan’s best movie fight scenes vs. kickboxing champ Benny “The Jet” Urquidez. Watch it before it is pulled off youtube again.

Attention filmmakers: THIS is how you film a fight scene: no insanely fast cuts, no shaky camera, everything looks painful.

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