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April 01, 2010

Nate Silver brutally debunks testimony of statistician who claims that Democratic districts received majority of stimulus funding

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Study Claiming Link Between Stimulus Funding and Partisanship is Manifestly Flawed
A study purporting to find a connection between stimulus spending and the partisanship of a district suffers from an obvious flaw. But in so doing, it provides an example of why it's important to retain some common sense -- and some sense of context -- when conducting a statistical analysis. The study, by Veronique de Rugy of George Mason University and the National Review, claims that congressional districts which elected a Democrat to the Congress received a larger amount of stimulus finds by a margin which is statistically significant even after controlling for certain other effects like the unemployment rate. However, the study does not control for at least one other variable that is overwhelmingly important in determining the dispensation of stimulus funds. . . . At this point, it ought to be pretty obvious what is going on. The three districts receiving the largest amount of stimulus funds are home to the capitals of the three largest states -- New York, California, and Texas. Let's pause for a moment and make a bold prediction. I'll bet you that the district that ranks 4th on the list will contain the capital of the 4th largest state, Florida. . . . This, of course, makes perfect sense. A lot of stimulus funds are distributed to state agencies, which are then responsible for allocating and administering the funds to the presumed benefit of citizens throughout the state. These state agencies, of course, are usually located in or near the state capital. . . .

March 25, 2010

Ford Saves One Million Dollars...By Shutting Off Computers

Ford Saves One Million Dollars...By Shutting Off Computers | Sustainability | Fast Company
Talk about low-hanging fruit. Ford estimates that it will save $1.2 million and reduce its carbon footprint by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually--just by shutting off computers when they aren't in use. The secret to getting employees to shut down is a program called PC Power Management that centrally controls laptops and desktops to power down overnight and on weekends. At the same time, the program makes sure that computers connected to the Ford Intranet are able to receive software deliveries during off hours, decreasing downtime during working hours due to excess software loads.

March 23, 2010

What the Hell is Happening in Monterrey, Mexico?

Gunmen Block Roads In Mexico's Drug - Plagued North -...

March 18, 2010

How the Hell Did We Fail to Post this Sooner?

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March 17, 2010

Christ, Nature! Why you gotta be so *freaky*: Fish With Transparent Head!

YouTube- Fish With Transparent Head Filmed...

March 10, 2010

Things Corey Haim Will Never Have

Refurbished iPod touch, 8GB (2nd generation) - Apple Store (U.S.)...

Corey Haim Dead at 38

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March 08, 2010

You'd Think It'd Be Really Easy to Come Up with a Pithy Title for this One . . .

But I've got nuthin: Agatha Christie Fortune 'Sold By Accident'...

March 07, 2010

Flow Chart: The plot of 95% of all films ever

Describes 95% of films, 40% of BP nominees. From great flickr... on Twitpic

March 04, 2010

Graph: Three years of job losses

Organizing for America | BarackObama.com | Road to Recovery

February 28, 2010

Chile earthquake: Photos

Chile earthquake: Photos - Special Coverage on CNN.com gal.quake2b.jpg
Flipped and mangled cars are strewn on the highway after a bridge collapsed in Santiago. Hundreds of people were killed in the quake.

February 25, 2010

I Haven't Seen Avatar, but this Dog Kid's Review is Pretty Good

YouTube - Blue hippy cats my avatar review (via sci-fi...