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This study, by Gilens and Page, has been cited as proof that the US is an oligarchy, not a democracy. This is not precisely the case. 

Here's the actual conclusion: between the years of 1982 and 2002, policy models incorporating popular opinion have only slightly more predictive power than models incorporating only elite opinion. Every part of that conclusion is subtly different than "America is an oligarchy."

First, look at the time range. Politically, the years 1982 to 2002 are an anomaly: due to the permanent realignment of the Democratic South, the only years of undivided government were 1993 and 1994 -- and even during those years, the Democratic majority was constrained by its reliance on conservative Senators. During the entire period of the survey, it has been unusually difficult to get anything passed at all.

Second, look at the power actually ascribed to elites. The authors note an asymmetry between elites' ability to pass their agenda and their ability to block initiatives with mass support. Vetoes, unsurprisingly, are easier than ramrodding unpopular initiatives through Congress. But this is exactly what we ought to predict from the division of government! Considering the conditions that existed through the entire period, discussed here, the power to sway just a few officials becomes a de facto but not de jure, veto.

With that in mind, is it possible that the divided government was engineered by elites to block popular initiatives?

No. Not really. Elites differ from popular opinion on a number of economic issues, but their partisan distribution (and their opinion distribution on most issues) closely tracks that of the 40-60th quintile. They are slightly more likely to be Republican, and slightly more likely to be liberal or very liberal, but their opinion spread does not differ deeply from that of other Americans. 

The right conclusion from this survey (if there is a right conclusion at all -- check the scary-low model fit!) is not that we have drifted into oligarchy, but rather that (a) there is a strong status quo bias in the United States, (b) that the status quo benefits the powerful (and that those whom the status quo benefits will become the powerful), and that divided government can inadvertently turn influence into a veto.
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The helium balloon in a minivan video. http://io9.com/prepare-to-have-your-mind-blown-by-a-balloon-and-a-mini-1565303363 This is completely worth watching.
If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it.
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"I'm a [such-and-such] - if that bothers you, perhaps you should uncircle me"
(or perhaps you shouldn't)

Now and again I see these posts, where a person announces to all and sundry that they are [something that they expect some people to have a problem with] and that if you have a problem with that, perhaps you should uncircle them. Now before I go on I want to make it very clear that I'm not here to take issue with those who post that sort of stuff - I totally understand where they're coming from. In fact, I have the feeling I've done similar myself when sharing about a particular view I hold which is highly controversial. And I'm pretty sure I said something like that way back in the Nymwar days when I came out as a pseudonym user. I'm not here to have a go at those who post this sort of stuff - I'm here to talk about our reactions when we read it, or, more generally, when we discover that there is something that bothers us about a person. It could be an opinion, a religious belief, or something about the way they live - stuff that you feel strongly about, or else it wouldn't be an issue. I'm here to suggest that when someone says "if that bothers you, perhaps you should uncircle me", perhaps you shouldn't.

I have two specific examples in my mind. One was pretty recent and the issue was about the person's sexuality; another was a long time ago and it was to do with the person's strongly held views on abortion, to which I remember responding with something along the lines of: I get the impression we disagree on this, but I'm cool with disagreeing and staying friends. I have never regretted that, not for a minute. And not because either of us have changed our minds as a result - we haven't. But because there's more to this person than their views on abortion, just as there's more to me than mine; and I'd miss out on so much if I uncircled everyone who strongly disagreed with me about abortion, or about God, or about creation, or about sexuality, or about, I don't know, bacon.

I think it's really healthy to have people in your life who are a something-or-other-that-bothers-you. I started looking through my circles to see who might qualify for that, who posts stuff that bugs me, but I quickly stopped because, well, most people sometimes will, and if they don't it's probably because they just don't post much or because they keep to safe topics, which I think is kind of sad. I'd much rather get to know the whole person as they are than be shown some kind of airbrushed version.

When it comes to different points of view, I think it's healthy to be exposed to different ones - it can sharpen your thinking, it can give you insights into why people see things differently so you can understand them better, and it's a lot more interesting than just nodding with a bunch of people who agree with you.

When it comes to issues of how we live our lives, whether it's sexuality or food or recycling or whatever, I think it's really helpful to get to know people who do stuff that bothers you because it's in those personal connections that we can break the destructive power of prejudice and we can all see that we're each of us a human being who is sincerely trying to live as best we can. Sure, we're going to disagree about some of this stuff, and sometimes disagree very strongly. But let's disagree from a place of love and compassion and understanding, and not from a place of standing at a distance and throwing stones (or holding up placards).

So, my reaction when someone says "I'm a such-and-such and if that bothers you, perhaps you should uncircle me" is to say: whether that bothers me or not, that's not grounds for uncircling.

And perhaps this is the point where I should list some stuff about me that might bother you, in case you do want to uncircle me. I had someone recently walk off in a huff after discovering to his shock that he'd accidentally circled a Christian... so here, in case you haven't figured this out yet, is a list of some things about me that might bother you:

I'm a born-again evangelical Christian.
I'm a Messianic Jew.
I'm a creationist.
I'm a complementarian.
I'm pro-life.
I'm a Zionist Israeli.
I'm a car driver.
I'm a meat eater.
I sometimes post cat pics.
I don't eat bacon.
I do eat lasagna.

There's probably more. I'm sure someone might believe in uncircling people who share good night posts, or who have a virtual penguin. Or people who post long ramblings. Or people who post short bits of silliness. Or those whose first name ends with a V :)

anyway, my bottom line is really: don't uncircle people just because there's stuff about them that bothers you. you'll have a much more boring life if you do, and you'll never find out what fabulous people they are and how much you have in common, nor will you learn to understand where they're coming from. in fact, they'll remain "they" - forever distant, other, weird, people you "just don't understand". here's a tip: if you don't take the trouble to get to know someone, you won't be able to understand them.

#thisishowiplus   #gplusmusings   #uncircling  
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thank you for the reshare, +Jordan Henderson, it's been amazing to see the positive reactions to this one!
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There're really are those who want to pollute and destroy the online interaction with their "contributions".

Sometimes, you might mistake an honest person who has unpopular and extreme views as a troll and not give them the time they deserve.  But, that's rare. 

Don't hesitate to ignore/mute/uncircle/block obvious trolls.  You make the net better for everyone.
 
Good read: don't feed the trolls, confessions of a former troll.

http://99u.com/articles/25151/dont-feed-the-haters-the-confessions-of-a-former-troll
To defeat the troll we must understand the troll. Lesson one: never feed a troll.
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Check out the troll/haters series on zenpencils.com
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I don't know if these ads are statewide, but we get them in Dayton and I would assume the Cincinnati area.

If find them creepy, to say the least.  It's like our manufacturing shop floors have been turned into places for a couple of functionaries to polish "lucky" buckeyes.  Note that there's this big shop floor with just two men "working".  One guy managing and the other polishing lucky buckeyes.
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This ad is for Miami Valley Gaming. They are trying to promote the racino in Monroe. 
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Happy Earth Day! nom nom nom 
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Dj on the radio said he is celebrating earth day by worshiping the creator and not the creation. He also pointed out that we have responsibilities as stewards of His creation.

I for one celebrate earth day by turning on more electricity so that I keep people employed. And all this turning power off. People don't realize that after the token hour and they turn it all on at once. Great way to pop the grid and actually uses far more electricity then what was saved. 
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$1s only. Well, ok, $1 and $5. What's that, a $10? Ok, just this once...
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+John C. Reid That's fine, but if 1's and 5's can go on the right side, why have the left side?
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Certainly.  On average, the courts wouldn't dare, so we must.
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Data quality may be swamped by other factors.
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I am currently tasked with using our dashboard to find out why the customer survey scores for our 2 agencies are different despite having th same staff
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Catholic, husband, father of a young man with Autism and a wonderful daughter who is a recent graduate from Miami University (Ohio, Miami was a University before Florida was a state) not sure what I do for a living but I think it has something to do with computers.

I think there's enough information below to figure out if you know me or not.  One thing I'm not is this guy.  I'm 32 years older than that guy!

I thought I was probably the oldest Jordan Henderson in the world, because the name Jordan wasn't popular as a first name in 1959, when I was born, but then I got some email that was supposed to go to a Doctor Jordan Henderson at a DoD Hospital in Texas.  I corresponded with him, determining I was certainly older than him, but he was Jordan Henderson the third, both his Father and Grandfather were named Jordan Henderson, so there is at least one and probably more than one older Jordan Henderson.

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My High School chess club came in Second in the state in Indiana many years ago. I placed Second in the Utah Open Chess tournament once and I placed Second in the Salt Lake City Chess Club Championship once.
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