Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers.

Peter Matthiessen (via ashramof1)

woodsback:

study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is: 

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …" and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, "America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened" by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled "Testing Theories of American Politics." The authors clarify that the data available are probably under-representing the actual extent of control of the U.S. by the super-rich:

Economic Elite Domination theories do rather well in our analysis, even though our findings probably understate the political influence of elites. Our measure of the preferences of wealthy or elite Americans – though useful, and the best we could generate for a large set of policy cases – is probably less consistent with the relevant preferences than are our measures of the views of ordinary citizens or the alignments of engaged interest groups. Yet we found substantial estimated effects even when using this imperfect measure. The real-world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater.

Nonetheless, this is the first-ever scientific study of the question of whether the U.S. is a democracy.
[more @ link]

theuppitynegras:

Alabama

1. Pinson: International Keystone Knights of the KKK

2. Birmingham: Loyal White Knights of the KKK

3. Ashland: United Klans of America 

4. Red Bay: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Arkansas

5. Concord: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

6. Harrison: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

7. Little Rock: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

8. Vanndale: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

9. Harrison: Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute; Knights Party Veterans League

Colorado

10. Eckert: Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

Florida

11. Fort Myers: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

12. Live Oak: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

13. Cape Coral: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

14. New Smyrna Beach: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

15. Christmas: Fort Christmas Knights Ku Klux Klan

Georgia

16. Rockledge: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

17. Brunswick: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

18. Rochelle: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

19. Byron: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

20. Ellijay: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

21. Blairsville: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

22. Young Harris: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

23. Newnan: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Iowa

24. Ames: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Illinois

25. Chicago: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

26. Eldorado: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

27. Lemont: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

28. Bloomington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Indiana

29. West College Corner: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

30. Elwood: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

31. Monroe City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

32. Kokomo: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

33. Scottsburg: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Kentucky

34. Munfordville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

35. Glens Fork: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

36. Corbin: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Louisiana

37. Slaughter: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

38. Walker: Dixie Rangers Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

39. Converse: Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Maryland

40. Baltimore: Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Michigan

41. Fraser: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

42. Beal City: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

43. Gladwin: Invisible Knights of the Fiery Cross

Missouri 

44. Potosi: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

45. Branson: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Mississippi

46. Petal: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

47. Brookhaven: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

48. Star: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

49: Jackson: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

50. Pearl: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

51. Meridian: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

52. Philadelphia: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

53. Bruce: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

54. Shannon: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

55. Lucedale: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

56. Dumas: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Montana

57. Great Falls: United Klans of America

North Carolina

58. Lenoir: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

59. Benson: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

60. Burlington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

61. Roanoke Rapids: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

62. Pelham: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

63. Eden: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

64. Charlotte: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

65. Durham: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

66. Kings Mountain: Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Mexico

67. Silver City: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New York

68. Plattsburgh: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ohio

69. Amelia: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

70. Cleveland: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

71. Dayton: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Mystic Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Oklahoma

72. Shawnee: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

73. Oklahoma City: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

74: Tulsa: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Pennsylvania

75. Beaver Falls: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

76. Oil City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

77. Friedens: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

78. Girardville: East Coast Knights Of The True Invisible Empire

South Carolina

79. Spartanburg: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

80. Abbeville: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Tennessee

81. Woodbury: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

82. Nashville: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

83. Shady Valley: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

84. Memphis: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

85. Johnson City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Texas

89. Pasadena: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

90. Cleveland: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

91. Dallas: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

92. New Braunfels: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

93. Beaumont: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

94. Abilene: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

95. Omaha: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

96. Houston: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

97. Bryan: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

98. Waco: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

99. Lone Oak: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

100. Greensville: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

101. Mt. Pleasant: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

102. Gatesville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

103. Livingston: Lone Wolf Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

104. Longview: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

105. Dallas: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

106. Dekalb: Crusader Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Virginia

107. Abingdon: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

108. Portsmouth: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

109. Staunton: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

West Virginia

110. Hurricane: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Whoa whoa whoa! Why the duck is Cleveland on this list what the fuck?!

rollership:

3D printers are not worth it,  until they can print from your recycled waste plastic packaging! 3d printers are basically useless until the material you print from is free.

  • plastic filament is Making more plastic, that will become trash
  • it is expensive 30-50 dollars a spool
  • Does not recycle and reduce your waste stream
  • filabot is a separate machine costing $1600-$900
  • recycler should be all included with the printer.
  • then you could make house sized things out of blocks.

here is something or here