KISS KISS DROP THE VASE AND FALL IN DEBT
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.
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?
Fuckin made my night.
this ship is bananas
i spent 5 minutes straight laughing about this without breathing and this has 9 notes
so in Half-Life the game is programmed to play the music of whatever is in the CD drive of your computer at random moments in the game
and when I first started playing Half-Life I had the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack in my CD drive for some reason, so the game would randomly play these blurbs of jovial music from the movie (which I initially thought was an actual and absolutely hilarious feature of the game) at completely inappropriate moments
and so at one point in the game you come to this room
and as you step in the room this scientist just lets out this BLOODCURDLING SHRIEK OF PAIN AND TERROR as this Ichthyosaur lunges out of the water and gobbles him up
and at THAT EXACT MOMENT THIS SONG BEGINS PLAYING
You know how to fix it. This is your chance.
CAN I DO THAT??
I want to see The Slo Mo Guys do this
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright
Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.
how the hell do you bend and braid a tree
Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together.
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together.
You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.
As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.
On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.
But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:
These people at MassMOCA just wanted to see what upside down trees would do.
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