Vox.com’s Ezra Klein Stumbles Bass-Ackward Into a Cogent Point

From Ezra Klein of Vox.com (“Everything you need to know in two minutes, using two brain cells”) comes an analytically-challenged piece with an awkward title:

A stunning graph on how money polarizes politics

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Now, I suppose that what young Ezra is getting at is that there is a large moderate slice of the population that doesn’t donate much money to political causes (as shown in the graph on the left), so that the extreme believers (especially the donors of more than $200) on both the Left and the Right ends of the spectrum dominate the discussion. That’s the banal, self-evident point that Ezra thinks his “graph is on.”

Unwittingly, though, Ezra has provided us with an insight. Continue reading

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“Studies Show” Five Louisiana Cities are the Nation’s Happiest #rsrh

“The happiest five cities are all in Louisiana, with Lafayette taking the crown (Louisiana is also the happiest state). The unhappiest cities, after New York City, are St. Joseph, Mo.; South Bend, Ind.; Erie, Penn.; and the Evansville, Ind.-Henderson, Ky. area.”

The five happiest cities are, in order, Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier, Baton Rouge and Alexandria. Lake Charles is #8 and Monroe is #17. New Orleans is #57, if I counted correctly.

Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2014/07/18/new-york-city-is-the-most-unhappy-city-in-america/

Compare and contrast (Presidential voting results 2012, from Wikipedia Commons):

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Peak Petroleum Engineer?

http://www.rigzone.com/iPhone/news.asp#NewsArticle134074

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Green Energy Hypocrisy: Do As I Say, Not As I Do. #rsrh

A U.K. government commissioned study found that people who claim to be concerned with global warming actually use more electricity than those who do not.

The Telegraph reported:

Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found.

That is in part due to age, as people over 65 are more frugal with electricity but much less concerned about global warming.

However, even when pensioners are discounted, there is only a “weak trend” to show that people who profess to care about climate change do much to cut their energy use.

[…]

A disconnect between climate change enthusiasts and their own carbon footprints has been noted before. Former Vice President Al Gore drew headlines in 2007 when it was revealed he had a $30,000 utility bill. President Obama, who has made acting on climate change a major issue during his second term, burned 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/science-people-claiming-to-worry-about-climate-change-use-more-electricity/

One more piece of evidence that Climate Change is a new religion: AGW adherents profess their faith and act pious while doing little to modify their behavior.

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The stark reality of green tech’s solar and wind contribution to world energy

Steve Maley:

I would need to check the numbers to make sure they properly accounted for the use of cow dung in Africa, but this is consistent with what I’ve been saying for the last 10 years. We have yet to address whether these technologies are truly cost-effective, and whether we really want to deal with the impact of scaling them up to handle a meaningful %-age of our energy demand.

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Summed in in one graph that says it all.

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The Real Shale Revolution #rsrh

Fracking has captured the imagination because it is controversial, sounds sinister and like an expletive, makes for good headlines .

But that has obscured the far more important role played by horizontal drilling in enabling oil and gas to be produced from previously inaccessible rock formations, revolutionising energy output and even international relations.

http://www.rigzone.com/iPhone/article.asp?a_id=134019

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The Craigslist Restaurant Letter is Bullshit

http://bostonherald.com/entertainment/food_dining/fork_lift/2014/07/nyc_restaurant_claims_cell_phone_fixation_ruins_dining

Are you telling me a Manhattan restaurant figures out that its table turns are cut in half, but the first clue they have of it is when they start getting roasted on Yelp for slow service?

And they can’t diagnose the problem without looking a 10 year old videos? Videos that just happened to be left in the machines?

We eat out at restaurants. A lot. If you told me that an average visit increased by five or ten minutes, well, maybe so. But double? No way.

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Ray Nagin gets 10-year sentence. #rsrh

http://www.wwltv.com/video/featured-videos/Nagin-sentence-handed-down-266311411.html

Prosecutors asked the court to send Nagin to prison for a long time. They argued that he was found guilty of 20 of 21 counts in the indictment and that he participated in and orchestrated a years-long conspiracy to enrich himself and his family.

The government also argued that Nagin spent years covering up his crimes and that his testimony during the two-week trial showed an “astounding unwillingness to accept any responsibility for his actions.”

[Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew] Coman compared Nagin’s crimes with those of other public officials who drew stiff sentences, including former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (28 years), former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (14 years) and former Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Larry Langford (15 years).

[OK, boys and girls, it's time to play ... Name! That! Party! -- Ed.]

“Nagin’s widespread and corrosive breach of the public trust – lasting through much of his tenure in office – equals even the worst of these state and local corruption cases,” Coman wrote.

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Note that Matt Yglesias can’t count. #rsrh @voxdotcom

At Vox.com, Matthew Yglesias takes two minutes or less to demonstrate that interpreting graphics is not his strong suit.*

Map: The 25 cities nobody wants to live in

Note that six of the unlucky 25 are in Michigan …

Note that the map shows 8, not 6, of the 25 cities are in Michigan.

Note that Matt is numerically challenged.

*Speaking of Matt’s “strong suit”, a suit doesn’t get much stronger than this:

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A Government [in Contempt] of the People #rsrh

Thanks to 100+ years of Progressivism, our Government (you know, the one designed to be of the people, by the people and for the people) has morphed into one that is upon the people, between the people and in contempt of the people.

From the shores of Tripoli ("First to fight for right and freedom!") it’s an incredibly short haul to the rooftops of Benghazi — "What difference does it make?"

This is the answer a free people deserves from its political class?

Our Veterans Administration allows extraneous goals like green energy to detract from its central mission of caring for those who have served and sacrificed. Oh, but the bonuses kept on coming.

But the IRS email scandal takes the prize for chutzpah. No artistry or subterfuge went into the "crashed hard drive" excuse. Somewhere, somebody said, "Let’s just go with the lie." That the lie is so obviously and patently untrue is the measure for the contempt this crowd has for the people, for justice and for the truth.

The same administration that holds the truth in contempt cannot tolerate diversity of opinion when it comes to climate change.

The American Dream has not died, but it is on life support.

Paul Cella has an excellent essay on the same topic:

We are fast becoming, not a nation ruled by law, not even a nation ruled by men, but a nation ruled by whim. Whim of social media fashion, whim of bureaucratic caprice, whim of officious grandstanding, whim of judicial hauteur, whim of meddlesome gossip, whim of puritanical licentiousness. At last we might find that the whim of a despot ain’t so bad compared to this. After all, a single despot must sleep.

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