Today has given me an opportunity to revisit Amazon’s infamous 55-gallon drum of lube, so at least there’s that.
Our control system has an automatic error log. I swear I just saw an error message scroll past to the effect that a VMS (!) print queue is stalled. I have no idea why this is being monitored in our control system.
I also came in this morning to find this at a co-worker’s desk:
I really have no idea what’s going on here.
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…
You don’t say.
I am shocked. SHOCKED.
Shocked that it took Princeton researchers more than 200 years to figure out that a government founded by rich, white, slave-owning men is an oligarchy and not a democracy.
(via missmikailifyourenasty)Source: america-wakiewakie
'Cause you can't, and you won't, and you don't stop…
I really wish Tumblr would let us choose our own thumbnails (or at least disable them) when linking to things.
Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.
Source: lnthefadeRoxane Gay: There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of nude celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other
I’ll let Roxane Gay have my last word on this issue.