#but teen wolf vampire au though#lydia is an old vampire that sires stiles in the late 1800s#they travel around the world and become stuff of legends#in 2012 they return to beacon hills to hunt and settle for a while#only they find that they have a werewolf infestation#this is lydia hyping him for their attack on the pack’s den#blood lust is strong in these two#[but obvs it doesn’t work out that way and ends in interspecies love and friendship lol i’m trash] (via nerdderek)
#no man i’m all for this#and when stiles is like ”come on scott let’s go find a body”#blood and death and shit is no big deal to him#and he’s head over heels in friendship with scott#in fact he’s been talking to lydia about a brother for the last like six decades she owes him#and then lydia sees allison and is like#”what about a sister??” and he’s like ”NO SCOTT” and she’s like ”chill babe” and then scott ends up being a werewolf and stiles hates his afterlife (via osointricate)
I’d like five please
sometimes i think that i am not so stereotypical of an american
and then i remember that i consider the coke freestyle machine one of the greatest modern inventions
i mean look at this thing
over 100 choices, computerized mixing, one spout, touch screen, ice dispenser
i’ve never felt more proud to be an american
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…I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.