A new study questions preconceived notions about politics and income equality.
The Democratic party might be know for promoting income equality, but according to a new study, its rich elites don’t care about it any more than Republicans.
Professors from U.C. Berkeley,Boston University, Yale Law School, and University of Maryland-College Park recentlyset up an experiment to test how groups with varying levels of “elite” status in society would distribute wealth. There were three different groups involved in the study—one representing average Americans (roughly 50/50 Republicans and Democrats), a group of “intermediate elite” University of California-Berkeley undergrads, and a group of Yale Law students, assumed to be in particularly high positions of wealth and influence in the future.
The results of the study were summed up by two of its authors in a Slatepost, when they wrote:
Regardless of party, the elite donors whose money dominates politics, and the elite officeholders whose decisions set policy, don’t value economic equality.
The researchers came to this conclusion after a series of experiments in which participants were asked to divide money between themselves and an anonymous person in order to gauge selfishness. A second element to the study was added due to the fact that it wasn’t always free to give money. In some cases, giving was cheap — for every $1 sacrificed, $10 went to the anonymous beneficiary. In other cases, it was expensive to give. Giving away $1 only meant that the other person received a measly 10 cents. To make the experiments more realistic, the wealth redistribution was real, and participants were paid out at the end of the study based on their decisions.
The findings were very clear: The two pools representing the elite groups — who identified 10 to 1 as Democrats — strongly stood together as twice as likely to be selfish in comparison to the pool representing the bipartisan majority of the American public. Additionally, they favored efficiency over equality significantly, meaning that they gave significantly more when doing so benefited the anonymous other person more greatly, and their generosity shrunk when giving meant little benefit for the other person.
“The American elite overwhelmingly dominates both campaign finance and political lobbying, and American policymakers themselves come overwhelmingly from elite circles,” two of the professors involved in the study wrote in Slate. And what do these findings mean for politics and the likelihood of legislation to tackle income inequality in America? “[The results] suggest that the policy response to rising economic inequality lags so far behind the preferences of ordinary Americans for the simple reason that the elites who make policy—regardless of political party—just don’t care much about equality.”
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In recent years, many scientific studies have gone unnoticed by the general public — studies proving that time doesn’t exist.
One study shows that “time” is perceived differently by size.
Smaller species including insects live in a slow-motion world where everything is slowed down – which explains how flying bugs are able to easily dodge an object coming at them such as a newspaper.
The study was led by scientists from Ireland who found that size affected how one perceived time and it involved more than 30 different species, including lizards, cats, dogs, birds, and mice.
The research is based off of animals’ ability to detect separate flashes of fast-flickering light. Scientists found that “Critical flicker fusion frequency” is the point where the flashes seem to merge together and that light appears constant. Then, comparing the phenomenon in different animals revealed size relates to the perception of how one experiences “time.”
“The smaller an animal is and the faster its metabolic rate the slower time passes.” “The bigger an animal is and the slower its metabolic rate the faster time passes.”
So next time you play fetch with your dog (or your cat if your cat thinks its a dog), remember that smaller animals are seeing things move in slow motion and bigger animals are seeing things in hyper speed rapid mode.
That’s not all though — scientists also believe that we ourselves are affected by this phenomenon. When we are younger, we experience time faster because we too are smaller in size, and when we grow up time seems to fly by.
“It’s tempting to think that for children time moves more slowly than it does for grownups, and there is some evidence that it might,” said the study.
“Our results lend support to the importance of time perception in animals where the ability to perceive time on very small scales may be the difference between life and death for fast-moving organisms.”
Further following up with the research of size and time perception, earthquakes, can also influence and shorten our day by shifting and altering the Earth’s Axis.
This happened when an Earthquake 8.8 hit Chile in 2010. Although not by a significant amount – 1.26 micro-seconds – the day got shorter, slowing the earth down.
Dr. Michio Kaku explains “that the Earth shifted three inches off its axis, several hundreds miles of plate shifted 6 feet in the earth and that increased the earth’s rotational speed. It’s a very tiny effect but it builds up over time.”
So time as we know it, seconds, minutes and hours do not exist – the only thing that exists is day, night and the current now.
Human beings created time, with the invention of the clock. Time is an illusion that is experienced differently based off a person or animal’s size. So next “time” you are late for an appointment, tell the person time doesn’t exist and my perception is different then yours.
On second thought, best to keep in mind that most people live in the matrix of time – for now.
Luke Rudkowski is an extreme lightweight when it comes to drinking, so we decided to test his drinking ability against the knowledge of American citizens. After 6 tequila shots (a personal record), Luke had to throw in the towel as he couldn’t stand the ignorance and his own weight.
Thank you to all participants for having a good time and not punching Luke in the face. Our main objective was to raise awareness about the existence of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which as we documented, many Americans do not know about.
The atmosphere at wall street is very tense with a lot of hostility towards banksters, wall street and police officers. Our mission in this video was to brighten the mood a little bit and bring humor to lighten the situation.
Now of course many of the people in this video did not benefit off the bailouts or are very powerful so we apologize for taking it out on them.
Personally I express some of the feelings of the angry man in this video, about this being worthless or a waste of our time but if this video made you laugh it was worth it. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
I want to thank everyone who is in this video with a good sense of humor and of course did not punch us in the face, like we were threatened with. Special thanks to Eugene Vernikov, Robbie Mann, Matthew Lepacek and DD for filming and participating in “Operation Get Back at Bankster$”
Thomas Kean: “aftershocks” from planes caused collapse of WTC Building 7
On September 13th, 2011, Thomas Kean, Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Former Governor of N.J., gave a lecture for the The Drew Forum, a series of public lectures at Drew University located in Madison, New jersey. We Are Change was tipped off to the event by http://www.youtube.com/FreedumbFighter28 and attended. After the lecture, a question and answer session was opened up to the audience. When We Are Change asked Thomas Kean to address the collapse of WTC Building 7, which was not hit by a plane, and was not mentioned once in the 9/11 Commission Report, his answer was simply shocking.
Kean claims the Bureau of Standards Final Report on the collapse WTC Building 7 found that “aftershocks” from the planes hitting the twin towers caused the foundation of Building 7 to weaken and collapse. First, it is important to note that the National Bureau of Standards changed its name back in 1988 to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. Second, no where in NIST’s Final Report does it say that aftershocks from the impact of the planes into the Twin Towers caused or even had a factor in the collapse of Building 7. In fact, NIST claims Building 7 was brought down by fire.
However, NIST’s Final Report has come under harsh criticism from highly reputable sources. A recent documentary released by Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, which you can watch for free right now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw-jzCfa4eQ), details meticulously the flaws and illogical conclusions brought forward by NIST.
How is it that the Chair of the most important criminal investigation of our lives doesn’t even know the official government story behind the collapse of Building 7? Furthermore, why does he make up a theory that is more illogical and more preposterous than the official version released by NIST, essentially baking a layer cake of lies? I think it’s time for a REAL 9/11 investigation.