Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)
(Source: alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand, via randycwhite)
We are all paying for George Bush. And will be for a long time.
Science always has its skeptics. Unfortunately, Republicans elect them
"Although the shooting suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, was a known racist and anti-Semite with ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the victims who were gunned down on Sunday were all Christians, devoted to their families, to their churches and to serving their Kansas City communities.”
- Ian Lovett of the New York Times
When you don’t know how much you’re paying for health care, it’s hard to tell if you’re getting good value. And if Americans are not making health care decisions based on value, doctors and hospitals don’t have incentive to provide it. — Opinion: I envy my dog’s health care: Why vets offer a good deal (via aljazeeraamerica)
If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention. — A new ad from J.D. Winteregg (R), who is challenging Speaker John Boehner in next month’s Ohio congressional primary.
Well, the average person is constantly being bombarded by propaganda crafted by the elites. Why do poor people with missing teeth and high blood pressure get foaming at the mouth mad at the thought of “socialized” medicine? Why do working class people have such negative views of unions? Why do they think bombing random countries is about protecting America’s freedom? Because they’re told to feel and think that way every single day. —
The oligarchs and elites control the airwaves. They craft the narratives. That is why we need campaign finance reform to keep big money out. That is why we need to crush all voter suppression. And most of all, we need to elect principled politicians and get rid of the misanthropes on the Right.
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…:
"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.
The opinion of average citizens on a policy is mostly uncorrelated with the probability that that policy will be adopted. The opinion of economic elites has a much stronger correlation.
In other words: unless you have money, you don’t matter.
AND the Conservative Justices just pumped up the oligarchs will unlimited campaign contributions.