So Says SALVATORE
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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bradleywarshauer:

proud-atheist:

Beaver a fish!!!http://proud-atheist.tumblr.com

This was an expression of cultural sensitivity. Beavers were a Canadian staple food at the time, especially among Native Americans who had converted to Catholicism. The latter needed to clarify whether they could eat beaver, this staple food, on no-meat days (in the 17th Century, there were plenty more no-meat days than just Lenten Fridays). And, yeah, the Church classified beaver as, basically, not being meat. Because it made life easier for a lot of people.
See also: alligator and turtle in South Louisiana.

Exactly - the church changed its rules about meat to make life easier and to welcome more believers into the fold. It changed the services from Latin to welcome more believers into the fold. It didn’t change rules about birth control or homosexuality. When it comes to silly dietary restrictions or actually understanding the scripture, the rules are the bendable creations of mortal men, but when it comes to equality between genders and sex these are the infallible instructions of a divine creator?

bradleywarshauer:

proud-atheist:

Beaver a fish!!!
http://proud-atheist.tumblr.com

This was an expression of cultural sensitivity. Beavers were a Canadian staple food at the time, especially among Native Americans who had converted to Catholicism. The latter needed to clarify whether they could eat beaver, this staple food, on no-meat days (in the 17th Century, there were plenty more no-meat days than just Lenten Fridays). And, yeah, the Church classified beaver as, basically, not being meat. Because it made life easier for a lot of people.

See also: alligator and turtle in South Louisiana.

Exactly - the church changed its rules about meat to make life easier and to welcome more believers into the fold. It changed the services from Latin to welcome more believers into the fold. It didn’t change rules about birth control or homosexuality. When it comes to silly dietary restrictions or actually understanding the scripture, the rules are the bendable creations of mortal men, but when it comes to equality between genders and sex these are the infallible instructions of a divine creator?

cartoonpolitics:

"I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough." ~ Christopher Hitchens

cartoonpolitics:

"I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough." ~ Christopher Hitchens

upworthy:

Just Made A Rape Joke? Think It’s Edgy? Well Here’s A Truth Bomb.
Comedian Jamie Kilstein thinks we shouldn’t joke about violence against women. That view got him notably shunned from the comedy community; other famous comedians weighed in, called him names, it was a whole thing. As a result, he lost a TV deal, promotional gigs, and friends — all because he said rape jokes are bad.

upworthy:

Just Made A Rape Joke? Think It’s Edgy? Well Here’s A Truth Bomb.

Comedian Jamie Kilstein thinks we shouldn’t joke about violence against women. That view got him notably shunned from the comedy community; other famous comedians weighed in, called him names, it was a whole thing. As a result, he lost a TV deal, promotional gigs, and friends — all because he said rape jokes are bad.

nevver:

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paintvrlife:


Artist Rob Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Canada in 1959. During his childhood, he developed an interest in drawing from imagination using various media.  By age twelve, his awareness of architecture grew as he learned perspective techniques and began to do his first paintings and renderings of imagined buildings.

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joehillsthrills:

This from Steve Niles:

Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn’t much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil. It was waist deep almost…