My name is David, and I revel in sincerity. I'm a reforming prescriptivist whose humor nestles between the straight line and subsuming wit.

 

A wet day means letting sleeping dogs lie and grading papers.

A wet day means letting sleeping dogs lie and grading papers.

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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This.

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…

(Read Full Text)

This.

You know it’s spring when you can get back on the bike and enjoy a little ride. (at City Cycle)

You know it’s spring when you can get back on the bike and enjoy a little ride. (at City Cycle)

mister-riverside:

theatlantic:

Before You Watch the New House of Cards, Do Yourself a Favor and See the Original

I’ll watch anything Kevin Spacey is in, so I’ll be among the early downloaders of the second installment of House of Cards, which will be out via Netflix touchingly on Valentine’s Day. 
But now I’ve done something I should have done earlier, and that will put Spacey-style House of Cards 2, 3, any others in a completely different light. Recently I watched the four-episode original BBC House of Cards series from 1990. It’s on Netflix too, and, seriously, if you are interested in either  politics or satire, this is not to be missed.
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See, even the Atlantic is finally listening to me.

I’ve said it before and I’ll repost this idea again: Tremendous mini-series very much worth your time. And chances are it’s cold outside wherever you are, so just stay in and watch it.

mister-riverside:

theatlantic:

Before You Watch the New House of Cards, Do Yourself a Favor and See the Original

I’ll watch anything Kevin Spacey is in, so I’ll be among the early downloaders of the second installment of House of Cards, which will be out via Netflix touchingly on Valentine’s Day. 

But now I’ve done something I should have done earlier, and that will put Spacey-style House of Cards 2, 3, any others in a completely different light. Recently I watched the four-episode original BBC House of Cards series from 1990. It’s on Netflix too, and, seriously, if you are interested in either  politics or satire, this is not to be missed.

Read more. [Image From British Cinema Greats]

See, even the Atlantic is finally listening to me.

I’ve said it before and I’ll repost this idea again: Tremendous mini-series very much worth your time. And chances are it’s cold outside wherever you are, so just stay in and watch it.

Helen Mirren twerks as she receives Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

The coffee is that good at Cool Moose.

The coffee is that good at Cool Moose.

New year, new me? No, just new camera. And pockets of spare time here and there.
Let’s have our best in 2014.

New year, new me? No, just new camera. And pockets of spare time here and there.

Let’s have our best in 2014.

Anonymous asked
yo, i think your door is famous

Thanks, Ann Sarah!

Let’s have three, City! On the ball!

Let’s have three, City! On the ball!

At the symphony for Beethoven’s “Eroica” with  @onyourtoesss

At the symphony for Beethoven’s “Eroica” with @onyourtoesss

Happy birthday to me, à la @onyourtoesss . And the TARDIS is full of candy, if you’re wondering.

Happy birthday to me, à la @onyourtoesss . And the TARDIS is full of candy, if you’re wondering.

Doing yoga > cleaning house. I’m on to your tricks, @onyourtoesss.

Doing yoga > cleaning house. I’m on to your tricks, @onyourtoesss.

UNF at night, outside the English Graduate conference. #swoop (at Student Union)

UNF at night, outside the English Graduate conference. #swoop (at Student Union)

The absence of team colors. I hope to go unnoticed downtown today.

The absence of team colors. I hope to go unnoticed downtown today.

Who would’ve thought 11 is taller than 10?

Who would’ve thought 11 is taller than 10?