Does a human aesthetic exist?

If so, what are its contours?

What is the utility of thinking this way?

Is it beautiful? (or is this tautological)

natelife:

Remember that time Vanmarcke motioned Fabian through, and Fabian attacked around road furniture. Oh Spartacus! | Nate ★ Life GIF!  

natelife:

Remember that time Vanmarcke motioned Fabian through, and Fabian attacked around road furniture. Oh Spartacus! Nate ★ Life GIF!  

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scuderia-f1:

Lewis Hamilton

Thank you Top Gear producers, thank you!

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rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report
The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.
The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.
"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,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.

rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.

"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,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.

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wired:

Part of the mystery and terror of the Chernobyl disaster is the invisibility of the threat. The explosion at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin nuclear power plant released more radiation than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and one might never know they were being poisoned until months, even years later. Veteran photographer Gerd Ludwig’s spent 20 years photographing the area, chronicling the ongoing consequences of the radioactive release.

[MORE: 30 Years After Chernobyl’s Meltdown, Gripping Photos Expose the Human Fallout]

(Source: Wired)

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it."

— Bill Cosby (1937- )

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