Princeton study concludes: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

April 18, 2014 at 20:44

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In a recent report from the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, the United States is not a democracy, but is instead, an oligarchy. For those who aren’t up with fancy words, this means that the US government is very, very corrupt.

The news: new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

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What’s the Story Behind This Mysterious American Jet Spotted in Iran?

[TheBlaze.com]

And Who’s the ‘VIP’ Passenger?

A private jet bearing the American flag was spotted this week at an airport in Tehran, an oddity considering the fact that the U.S. is not currently doing business with Iran.

suspicious-US-jet_in-IRAN-550The reason for the plane’s visit: Unknown. The plane’s passenger: Also unknown.

The plane, which was seen Tuesday at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, according to the New York Times, is owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that operates 13 branches across the state.

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[Stuck on STUPID]: CNN National Security Analyst: Right More Deadly Than Al Qaeda

[Breitbart.com]

15 April 2014


Without mentioning reports that the man accused of shooting up a Jewish Community Center over the weekend was apparently a fan of the left’s Max Blumenthal, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen exploited the murders to claim the American Right is more deadly than jihadists.

In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime).

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Rancher’s son says force was necessary to stop cattle seizure

[MSN News]

April 16, 2014
By Jennifer Dobner of Reuters

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Nevada ranch showdown: A protester waves the U.S. flag near the Bureau of Land Management’s base camp where seized cattle that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy were being held. Reuters

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) – A show of force was necessary to stop the government seizure and sale of embattled cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s cows, his son said on Sunday, a day after an armed standoff between federal agents and hundreds of Bundy’s supporters.

“We were dedicated to opening those gates and peacefully walking through to retrieve those cattle,” Ammon Bundy said in an interview. “The presence of weapons was needed in order to intimidate them.”

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White House-Directed Change In Census Survey Guarantees Skewed Obamacare Data

[Personal Liberty Digest]

April 16, 2014 by

obama-cash-laughThe Census Bureau has been directed to change the wording of questions concerning Americans’ health coverage so that it will be impossible to compare the answers with those provided by takers of the bureau’s interim annual surveys in previous years.

First reported Tuesday in The New York Times, the change drew criticism not only from conservatives — who have smelled some kind of agenda-driven motive from the Administration of President Barack Obama ever since oversight of the Census Bureau was taken out from under the Commerce Department and placed under the control of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — but also from mainstream media, including Times reporter Josh Barro:

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Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for ‘offending’ Obama

[DailyCaller.com]

Alex Pappas, Political Reporter

File: WASHINGTON – JUNE 19: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. M.D (L), for his work withneurological disorders during an East Room ceremony June 19, 2008 at the White House in Washington, DC. “The medal is the nation”

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.

Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20.

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There’s Been a Change of Plans for Those Iranian Warships Sailing Toward U.S. Borders

[TheBlaze.com]

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House Conservatives Want to Oust Boehner

[Newsmax.com]

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 06:30 AM
By Cathy Burke

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Conservative lawmakers are plotting to dump House Speaker John Boehner as soon as November, the National Journal reported Thursday.

The National Journal said 40 to 50 House conservatives are behind a scheme to infiltrate the GOP leadership in 2015, and pushing the Ohio Republican aside would be the first step.

The conservative disapproval with Boehner has been widely reported.

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House panel votes to hold ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt of Congress

[FoxNews.com]

Published April 10, 2014

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FILE – In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A House committee is voting whether to hold the former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. Lerner previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

A House committee voted Thursday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, as Republicans escalated their bid to “get to the bottom” of the former IRS official’s role in the political targeting scandal.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt. The party-line vote followed hours of heated debate on the committee.

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Manufacturing surveys show mixed outlook for UK and eurozone

[TheGuardian.com]

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Published:  Tuesday 1 April 2014 06.34 EDT | Posted: April 09, 2014

Growth for French and Spanish manufacturers tempered by weaker-than-expected UK data and slowdowns in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria

George Osborne speaks with with works manager Richard O'Neil (R) on a visit to Tata Steel in Wales

Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne peaks with with works manager Richard O’Neil (R) during a visit to Tata Steel in Port Talbot, Wales. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/AFP/Getty Images


There are renewed hopes that the eurozone economy picked up steam as it entered 2014 after a return to growth for France’s manufacturers and a surge in activity at Spanish and Italian factories.

The news from a batch of closely watched manufacturing surveys by data specialists Markit was less upbeat for the UK, however, with growth there slowing to an eight-month low and missing forecasts in the City.

For the eurozone as a whole there was a slight loss of momentum for manufacturing last month. The headline measure on the Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI eased to a three-month low of 53.0 from 53.2 in February, confirming an earlier “flash” estimate in a shorter release. But over the first quarter of the year, growth was the fastest for almost three years.

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Survey: US sees sharpest health insurance premium increases in years

[DailyCaller.com]

9:47 PM 04/07/2014

President Barack Obama listens to remarks during an event at the White House in Washington April 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)  

Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years, according to a Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers.

The investment bank’s April survey of 148 brokers found that this quarter, the average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market, according to Forbes’ Scott Gottlieb.

The hikes — the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley’s quarterly reports — are “largely due to changes under the [Affordable Care Act],” analysts concluded. Rates have been growing increasingly fast throughout all of 2013, after a period of drops in 2012.

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