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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
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…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

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…

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lilac-moogle:

My second commission! My good friend pepperminterasers made these amazing Journey sprites, and asked me to make them into perlers, so I did. :3

Want a commission of your own? Check out my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LilacMoogle !

OH NO THESE ARE PERFECT THANK YOU SO MUCH AAAH

Seriously everyone check this girl out she is a peach and makes adorable things.

artaeopteryx:


VIII. STRENGTH is often associated with self-control, patience, composure, stability, perseverance, moderation, serenity, comprehension, discipline, and inner strength. The arcana is routinely illustrated with a young woman and a lion, with the woman having control over the lion.

See also: The Fool, The Magician

I love this set that you’re doing so much

artaeopteryx:

VIII. STRENGTH is often associated with self-control, patience, composure, stability, perseverance, moderation, serenity, comprehension, discipline, and inner strength. The arcana is routinely illustrated with a young woman and a lion, with the woman having control over the lion.

See also: The Fool, The Magician

I love this set that you’re doing so much

illustrates:

make a little birdhouse in your soul

Cleaning out my folders and reminding myself to post things.  Before I go back to posting too much anime, some old old old Final Fantasy doodles I’ve finally admitted to myself that I’m not going to finish.

Scrolling through the FF6 tag and I’m like “oh hey that looks familiar.” Augh you already know I adore your art but these ones are super great.

rynnae:

Just close your eyes
You’ll be alright

!! 500+ followers already, thanks for your support! im…. doki.. _(://3

The struggles of an artist feat. Jean Kirschstein

charmwitch:

Hello!! My name is Angelica and I’m taking character commissions! 

I was recently let go of my day job and want to try to pay off some bills in the meanwhile, so if you need any character work I’d be more than happy to do some!  I’m offering rough sketches, refined sketches, rough+color, and full-finished full body commissions!

I’m also offering storytelling sketches if you’d like to provide a scene and one character you’ll get a refined sketch like the examples above! 

I would really appreciate if if you had a reference. If not, I have to charge more. Extra characters are roughly 10~15USD more depending on complexity. I also reserve the right to decline commissions. I’m pretty open, but please shoot me an email!

Paypal only! I’m sorry!

Please shoot me an email at mikosama@gmail.com

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Hey folks, go get some amazing commissions!

<Now, this is an interesting human concept,< Ax said approvingly. <This hologram makes it almost appear that we are under the water.>
“Ax? It’s not a hologram,” Rachel said.
<Then…we are underwater? Protected only by badly made human plastic?>
“Yeah.”
<Why do you humans do things like this?>
Book #15: The Escape, pg. 80 (by K.A. Applegate)

amayaokami:

This chapters golden. 

This is beautiful.

01d55 said: I have been keeping this open in a tab for months specifically because I wanted to remember to show it to you thegamedesignforum.com/…

I’m super late responding but ahh thank you! I think I’ve seen that link before but I was looking for it since it’s a really interesting read. Anyone who is interested in FF6 should give it a look.