Statistical journalism

November 24, 2009

Here's some damn good statistical journalism.  I find the second map particularly interesting.  It's almost as if one political party is trying to dissolve the People and elect a new one . . .


McCarthy was wrong

November 23, 2009

Always remember than Senator McCarthy was wrong.  There were no communist spies in the US government.

Fake "science"

November 23, 2009

This is incredible.  I've been a skeptic all along, but I can't believe that they kept these emails around and discussed this stuff openly.  I hope they get what they deserve – they certainly aren't scientists and they should no longer be employed as such.  I'm guessing that the long term consequences of proving that this whole thing was BS will be minimal.  The over-arching narrative won't change much, even though the theory is obviously more fake than most skeptics believed.

Tweed ride

November 23, 2009

I can't believe I missed this.  Hopefully they'll be another one.  Although I would then be required to buy a bike.  Perhaps I'd be asking too much if I asked for a Tweed stroll?

Conquest’s third law

November 16, 2009

Conquest's third law of politics is: "The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies."  Let's assume a bureaucracy is passing a douchey law prohibiting genetic testing for any purpose whatsoever(!).  If such an organization was run by a secret cabal of its enemies, could such a cabal come up with a better name for the law than GINA?  I think not . . .

The decline and fall of the American Empire

November 16, 2009

Judges edition

The decline and fall of the American Empire

November 13, 2009

Tongue-in-cheek edition:

yes, there are those in the United States who continue to believe that they would be pummeled within an inch of their lives were they seen on the street with an ascot – and we honor their concerns