ISIS

I don’t care that they behead people — I care that they execute people. The beheading part is for shock value, and Americans fall for it every time. Our reaction shouldn’t be any different than it would be if they’d shot James Foley in the head.

What to do about? I don’t have a clue. I’m surprised that even Pope Frank supports the idea of taking these guys out, though.

Bye bye

It was nice while the illusion lasted:

A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.

Asking “Who really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Russell Brand on your librul media

I’d rather listen to Russell Brand than Joe Scarborough any day:

Russell Brand took a break from his own YouTube show Tuesday to join Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks for an extended discussion that touched on the alleged “liberal bias” in American media. According to Brand, the generally left-leaning MSNBC represents “extremely conservative” ideas.

“I think the reason that people say that the media is liberal is to preemptively prevent true liberalism emerging,” Brand told Uygur.

[…] Brand infamously appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last June, during which he openly mocked the show’s hosts, asking, “Is this what you all do for a living?!”

He explained that on MSNBC or any other mainstream media outlet, no one is telling people not to vote for Democrats or Republican and instead “devolve power so ordinary people have power over their own lives.” Brand said we need to be “more ambitious in what our understanding of change is.”

Uygur mused that both he and Dylan Ratigan were advocating the removal of money from politics when they were on MSNBC. “Wait a minute, what happened to both of us?” he asked. “Oh we’re not on MSNBC anymore.”

Aqua girl

Mermaid flippers

I finally started my aqua therapy today, and want to say again how grateful I am to everyone who donated. I can actually feel it pulling the knee adhesions apart as I do the exercises. I have some work ahead of me, but thanks to your generosity, I can do it!

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