From an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com.

From an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com.

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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beingliberal:

Senator Ted Cruz asked - 60,000 people answeredI bet that the Social Media manager of Senator Ted Cruz FB page is now fighting the urge to delete this “Quick Poll” … The damage can’t be undone - the best collection of pro-Obamacare comments online!

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Line art from an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com

Line art from an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com

monkeybraincomics:

We’re delighted to announce that HIGH CRIMES has been nominated for TWO Eisner Awards this year, Best New Series and Best Digital/Webcomic. We couldn’t be prouder of the work that Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa have done on the series, and we think the nominations are richly deserved.

HIGH CRIMES is just plain awesome, y’all. It’s not quite like anything else out there, in the best way possible. But you don’t have to take OUR word for it. Throughout the voting period, we’re making the first issue available for free on ComiXogy. If you haven’t yet checked out HIGH CRIMES, go read the first issue and see what all the fuss is about. And when you’re finished reading that one, issues 2 through 6 are still on sale for the low, low price of 99 cents per issue! And if you HAVE already read the series, then go tell all of your friends to check it out.

Otherwise, what kind of friend are you?
Seriously.


Confetti and Unicorns!
<3
Us

monkeybraincomics:

We’re delighted to announce that HIGH CRIMES has been nominated for TWO Eisner Awards this year, Best New Series and Best Digital/Webcomic. We couldn’t be prouder of the work that Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa have done on the series, and we think the nominations are richly deserved.
HIGH CRIMES is just plain awesome, y’all. It’s not quite like anything else out there, in the best way possible. But you don’t have to take OUR word for it. Throughout the voting period, we’re making the first issue available for free on ComiXogy. If you haven’t yet checked out HIGH CRIMES, go read the first issue and see what all the fuss is about. And when you’re finished reading that one, issues 2 through 6 are still on sale for the low, low price of 99 cents per issue! And if you HAVE already read the series, then go tell all of your friends to check it out.
Otherwise, what kind of friend are you?
Seriously.
Confetti and Unicorns!
<3
Us

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sandandglass:

Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ and white-collar criminals. 

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Here is that same scene, completed. For #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com.

Here is that same scene, completed. For #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com.

Double screen spread. Work in progress. For an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com

Double screen spread. Work in progress. For an upcoming #INSUFFERABLE at thrillbent.com

A tumblr by illustrator Peter Krause

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