A Forest of Stars

Augustine, usually Gus. 23. I have Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and German. This blog contains cars, politics, science, music, and whatever I'm thinking.



Yesterday was great because I got a job offer and a house

Then scary because my grandmother went to the hospital

Then better because she’s stable and doing well again

Today is highly annoying because my driver’s side window won’t roll back up, and my headlights are dead (been driving with my brights on because my brights look like most people’s headlights), and I have a leaky tire but Discount Tire is closed for Good Friday

I mean I’m still in a great mood because yesterday was awesome, but its a bit of downer

My grandmother is okay. She’s stable and they’re running tests to determine if she needs to have a Pacemaker implanted within the next few days. Thank you for the well-wishes! tehjeff aaronj inacognito theofficiallyadrian

My grandmother had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance about an hour ago. So far that’s all I know. My mom is flying to Buffalo in the morning. I’m trying really hard not to freak out because my mom needs someone to hold it together.

While riding the Gibbs Quadski across Lake Cuomo

Jeremy Clarkson: Hang on a minute. I'm wearing a white shirt, and I'm in a lake. ... I'M MR. DARCY!

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

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.

Gilens and Page’s findings provide support for two theories of governance: economic elite dominationandbiased pluralism. The first is pretty straightforward and states that the ultra-wealthy wield all the power in a given system, though some argue that this system still allows elites in corporations and the government to become powerful as well. Here, power does not necessarily derive from wealth, but those in power almost invariably come from the upper class. Biased pluralism on the other hand argues that the entire system is a mess and interest groups ruled by elites are fighting for dominance of the political process. Also, because of their vast wealth of resources, interest groups of large business tend to dominate a lot of the discourse. America, the findings indicate, tends towards either of these much more than anything close to what we call “democracy.”

In either case, the result is the same: Big corporations, the ultra-wealthy and special interests with a lot of money and power essentially make all of the decisions. Citizens wield little to no political power. America, the findings indicate, tends towards either of these much more than anything close to what we call “democracy” — systems such as majoritarian electoral democracy or majoritarian pluralism, under which the policy choices pursued by the government would reflect the opinions of the governed.


"Perhaps economic elites and interest group leaders enjoy greater policy expertise than the average citizen does," Gilens and Page write. "Perhaps they know better which policies will benefit everyone, and perhaps they seek the common good, rather than selfish ends, when deciding which policies to support.

"But we tend to doubt it."

This shouldn’t really be news to anyone who’s been paying attention to our government, but it should still be very, very upsetting.

So they passed me over for the $40k job in favor of someone with more experience (makes total sense), buuuuut they did offer me a full time job that pays $18 an hour!

I start in 2 weeks heheheh

Things are coming up, Millhouse

We’re just waiting for the landlord to officially approve our application (which the realtor is confident will happen)

It’s like a 90% done deal that we got this house

And it’s GORGEOUS inside