« …every Obama supporter believes deep down, or sometimes right on the surface, that the furious opposition marshaled against the first black president is a reaction to his race. Likewise, every Obama opponent believes with equal fervor that this is not only false but a smear concocted willfully to silence them. »
« Drawing on the same extensive evidence employed by Gilens in his landmark book “Affluence and Influence,” Gilens and Page analyze 1,779 policy outcomes over a period of more than 20 years. They conclude that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.” »
Richard Wright decided to brighten up people’s lives by handing out $50 and $100 bills. Police detained him for psychiatric evaluation.
Via bleep.com, learned about an amazing ambient shoegazey electronica album by Italian artist Donato Dozzy. But it was CD only, limited release, import, $30, etc. So, went looking, and behold, it’s on his label’s bandcamp site for $10 in 24-bit FLAC. Recommended for fans of Ulrich Schnauss.