Thou Shalt Think for Yourselves

I'm not Jesus Christ, but I can turn water into Kool-Aid

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Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups , and Average Citizens

Each of four theoretical traditions in the study of American politics – which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic Elite Domination, and two types of interest group pluralism, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism – offers different predictions about which sets of actors have how much influence over public policy: average citizens; economic elites; and organized interest groups, mass-based or business-oriented.

A great deal of empirical research speaks to the policy influence of one or another set of actors, but until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions against each other within a single statistical model. Th is paper reports on an effort to do so, using a unique data set that includes measure of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

Pets ruin cars and houses

Tonight in space: a lunar eclipse, rocket launch, and Mars gets close to Earth

Time to get excited for science again

Watching the first episode of Silicon Valley and Spoon starts playing. This is destiny.

Edit: So it was only the intro to Small Stakes but holy cow I was shocked and excited

Is Atheism a Belief? by ArguingFromIgnorance

My perspective on the existence of gods.

"Agnosticism is not a god hypothesis. It is just an observation on the possible limits of knowledge."

I can’t wait for the reasonable discussion that will occur in these comments.
A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science
A government is a body of people, usually, notably ungoverned.
— Shepherd Book

i’m going to name my firstborn /b/

Forest of Friendship, Baggage Carousel of Jerks by Veritasium

A forest is like a meadow on useless stilts.

Car Theft - Ten Great Benefits of Having Your Car Stolen by Engineering Explained

Having your car stolen is awesome. There are so many benefits to car theft. So maybe your car insurance will go up, or maybe your vehicle will be completely destroyed. Look on the bright side, at all of the real benefits of this scenario! This list is only ten of some of the most common benefits of having your car stolen, there are certainly many more possibilities.

For the record, my car really was stolen, and the condition of the vehicle which was returned to me is exactly what you see in this video. Stealing a car is a crime, be smart folks. Happy April.

One of my favourite youtubers had his car stolen