Regulatory capture is a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of specialinterest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. When regulatory capture occurs the interests of firms or political groups are prioritised over the interests of the public, leading to a net loss to society as a whole. Government agencies suffering regulatory capture are called “captured agencies”.
Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’
- The Princeton article in question: https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf
- Same story by The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/08/rich-people-rule/
- . . . and Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/major-study-finds-that-the-us-is-an-oligarchy-2014-4
I thought I would treat myself to a fun movie at the end of a down day so I bought a ticket for Pacific Rim Uprising.
It’s not really a full-on, all-out, soup-to-nuts, a-to-z, review. The movie was so, SO horrible. JUST SO BAD. SO bad. . . .
I’m feeling very bad about the film industry. I’m hoping Brad Bird will rescue me. 😐
Pete Hoekstra, the man chosen by President Donald Trump to be America’s ambassador to the Netherlands, was busted blatantly lying about his past statements by a Dutch journalist this week. During an interview with Dutch reporter Wouter Zwart, Hoekstra was asked about past statements he’d made in 2015 about Muslims in the Netherlands setting fire to politicians and creating “no-go zones” within cities where Dutch police are too frightened to enter. Hoekstra initially tried to deny ever making…
Buffoonery abounds in the modern Republican fantasy land! 🙂
Check out @TheHumaneLeague’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheHumaneLeague/status/940797707702165504?s=09
Welcome to better late than never, idiots! I love and hate you! Finally gave in, huh?!
To people who speak loudly, recognizing capitals and this and that is just fine, mere words. But for people there, on the ground, where the rubber meets the road, there is blood, there is death, there are smells and noise. It’s so easy to simply, casually remark that “the US will now treat this issue this way” and walk away from it. A big, fat bully, knocking things over and instantly forgetting about it.
There is certainly a wonderful metaphor for this but it escapes me at the moment. So I will have to spell it out, painfully.
We’ve been talking about Net Neutrality for a long, long time. But it isn’t just Net Neutrality. It is the principles that are behind Net Neutrality. But that doesn’t matter right now. Right now let’s just use Net Neutrality as an example of something that needs to be championed. Net Neutrality is this fragile thing that has been thrown around and threatened for a long time. And who is in the White House shouldn’t determine whether or not we have Net Neutrality or not. So it should be clear that there is a much larger problem than Net Neutrality.
As long as our *wholly arbitrary*, capitalist, racist, sexist, white supremacist, commercial economic system that benefits only the top 1% keeps running as it has been then we will be forever crying and complaining about Net Neutrality being threatened.
From: Holmes at FFTF <team>
Date: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:02 PM
Subject: This could be it for net neutrality
Net neutrality could be gone by the end of this year.