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
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
“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.
Compare and contrast (Presidential voting results 2012, from Wikipedia Commons):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Vox.com, Matthew Yglesias takes two minutes or less to demonstrate that interpreting graphics is not his strong suit.*
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: