September 16, 2014
So FOX doesn’t think 160 airstrikes constitute military action against ISIS. Just FYI.
ht: AM

So FOX doesn’t think 160 airstrikes constitute military action against ISIS. Just FYI.

ht: AM

September 16, 2014

guardian:

Watch one man’s attempt to beat the tube between two stations of the London underground - on his own two feet

Politicalprof: Try it between Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road. You can totally do it. I can’t … but you can!

(Source: theguardian.com)

September 15, 2014
Identity politics

squashed:

politicalprof:

So in response to my post how dominant white males are as elected
Republican members of Congress, I got this reply:

"Only 2% of black people are republican so this makes sense right? Try to turn this into a racist thing?"

Because white people can’t vote for black candidates? Or, let’s say, men can’t vote for women?

#How to not use statistics intelligently

I don’t want to reflexively back your probably-dumb interlocutor—but the statement can’t be dismissed quite that easily. Before candidates can be elected you’ve got to recruit them. If your political party is mostly white men, that’s your candidate pool.

Then you have the problem that basically all politics are identity politics. White people can vote for black candidates. But … for some reason a party disproportionately composed of white dudes elects an awful lot of white dudes.

I don’t think there’s any need to “try to turn this into a racist thing.” Maybe the disproportionate racial makeup of the Republican Party is a coincidence?

Politicalprof: ehh. I think you have perhaps conflated the broader membership of the Republican Party among voters with the membership of the Republican Party serving in Congress. There is no way the demographics of the Republican Party are 98% white males among Republican voters even as it is mostly white males in Congress.

It is certainly the case the Republicans skew white and male even among voters. But that’s not all there is.

Plus, the Democrats used to have the same problem, with the additional fact that they were pretty much a Southern-only party. Then, with some remarkable policy changes, their demographic makeup shifted in turn.

In 2012 Lindsay Graham noted that Republicans aren’t producing enough “angry white guys” to survive in the long term. The scary part for them is that little appears to be changing in 2014.

September 15, 2014
Wow … Stupid people edition

So in response to my post how dominant white males are as elected
Republican members of Congress, I got this reply:

"Only 2% of black people are republican so this makes sense right? Try to turn this into a racist thing?"

Because white people can’t vote for black candidates? Or, let’s say, men can’t vote for women?

#How to not use statistics intelligently

September 15, 2014
This is not a surprise. But it is interesting nonetheless.
ht: 538

This is not a surprise. But it is interesting nonetheless.

ht: 538

September 14, 2014
Random thought #482

If Apple had not called their device an “iPhone,” we’d probably not call these bricks in our hands “phones” at all. Indeed, if we had kept the flip phone, we could call our hand held information exchange boxes … “communicators.” Wouldn’t that just roll off the tongue?

September 14, 2014
Utah teacher shoots herself in the leg at elementary school

kohenari:

About a week ago, an Idaho professor shot himself in the foot when his gun accidentally discharged during class. Now, an elementary school teacher has shot herself in the leg while using the restroom:

The 6th-grade teacher, Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, was in a faculty restroom at Westbrook Elementary School (3451 W. 6200 South) on Thursday morning when her handgun went off, said Ben Horsley, spokesman of Granite School District….

Classes proceeded fairly normally, Horsley said, but a handful of parents pulled their children out of school, following the incident, Horsley added.

The teacher — a concealed carry permit holder — was allowed to have the weapon on campus per state law, Horsley said.

Utah is among the few states that allow people with concealed weapon permits to carry guns in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Is it a good idea to let teachers bring their guns to school? The NRA thinks so and, after Sandy Hook, a bunch of people agreed. But we can probably agree that the armed teachers ought to be careful with the loaded weapons they’re carrying near our children day in and day out. And we should probably make sure the administration at least knows who has a gun at school.

Or not:

Utah teachers are allowed to carry guns, but the weapons must be completely concealed and kept with the teacher at all times, including inside a bathroom stall, according to the state office of education. However, teachers are not required to tell the school that they have a gun.

"This would clearly violate the intent and the strategic advantage of the ‘concealed’ weapon," the district’s statement reads. "If a permit holder had disclosed to faculty or staff that they were carrying a weapon, this could make them a target in an active shooter situation."

Better to find out who’s got a gun when they accidentally shoot themselves at school.

HT: Michael Jerris.

Politicalprof: because freedom.

September 13, 2014
An image of Neptune. Because I decided I wanted to post an image of Neptune. So I did.

An image of Neptune. Because I decided I wanted to post an image of Neptune. So I did.

September 13, 2014
I wondered why this chair felt like it was going to break in half when I sat in it. Now I know: because it was.

I wondered why this chair felt like it was going to break in half when I sat in it. Now I know: because it was.

September 13, 2014
Hilariously annoyed professor tears a student's email apart word by word | 22 Words

Don’t send this email. Don’t send this email. Don’t send this email.

And yes: I have received this email. More times than you want to know.