Grace Hauck, a reporter for USA Today, put together an interesting story that looked at 20 predictions that were supposed to have taken place by 2020. I won't go over each one since you can read the full article for that. I thought I'd just take a look at a few of the more interesting … Continue reading So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?
Sayre's Law states: "In any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." By way of corollary, it adds: "That is why academic politics are so bitter." Sayre's law is named after Wallace Stanley Sayre (1905–1972), U.S. political scientist and professor at Columbia University. The quote is often attributed to … Continue reading Who Knew There Was a Law to Explain My Obsession with WordPress Stats
Reporters Suzanne Kapner and Dante Chinni had a fascinating story in this week's Wall Street Journal that looked at the consumer behavior patterns of Republicans vs. Democrats, and how those patterns have changed over the years. The Journal analyzed 15 years of consumer surveys conducted by MRI-Simmons, a research firm. The research, which studied 2,528 … Continue reading Here’s How to Show Support for Your Favorite Political Party
These twelve traits are in no particular order, although I would probably say the first one is the most important one for me: kindness wisdom humility collaborative fairness compassion honesty sense of humor enthusiasm creative peaceful sense of gratitude To me, character matters, a lot, in our leaders. I think it would be impossible to … Continue reading Twelve Traits I Look for in a President
It's one of the all-time great songs of summer, "Under the Boardwalk". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKmKezVBdOQ Now I have never personally experienced the romantic overtones suggested by the lyrics, but nonetheless, it's still one of my favorites because of all the other wonderful imagery contained in the lyrics. The song came back to me as I reading a … Continue reading Would You Rather Be Thrown “Under the Boardwalk” or “Under the Bus”?
This week, the U.S. House voted to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Not surprisingly, the vote was nearly unanimously along party lines. All 194 Republicans voted NO and 232 out of 234 Democrats voted YES. I decided to try and calculate the probability of such a vote happening if every Representative voted the … Continue reading Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, tweeted the following message earlier today: We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵 — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 30, 2019 Jack then went on to offer several reasons for the decision, … Continue reading Three Cheers for Twitter
After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen
A recent study published in PLOS One reports the results of a survey designed to measure the many personal costs of political engagement. The results are sobering, to say the least: Physical Health 38% say politics has caused them to be stressed 26.4% say they have become depressed when a preferred candidate lost. 18.3% say … Continue reading The Social, Psychological, Emotional and Physical Health Costs of Politics
“Harry. Stay awake.” That was the note Justice Antonin Scalia slipped to Justice Harry Blackmun during the final argument of the 1990-91 term, on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act allowed town supervisors to restrict aerial spraying over a rural Wisconsin tree farm. (It did.) Passing such notes is apparently not that unusual, … Continue reading Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny