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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 31 2012

Some employers coercing employees to vote for Romney

Stephen Colbert points out how the oligarchy seems to be pulling out all stops in their effort to get Mitt Romney elected by threatening their employees with dire consequences if Barack Obama should win, and are even forcing them to take part in his campaign. And it is all legal, apparently.

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Oct 31 2012

The psychology of voting

Those of you who follow politics closely may have noticed a curious feature about the current state of discussion about the presidential election. One is that the national polls and the so-called objective fundamentals models favored by political scientists show a close race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as to who will get the …

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Oct 31 2012

They’ll have to pry this pineapple from their cold, dead hands

In England, the Reading University Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Society (RAHS) was kicked out of a fair aimed at first-year students when they tried to advertise a forthcoming debate on the topic “Should we respect religion?” Their offense? As part of their display, they had in their stall a pineapple with the label Mohammed.

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Oct 31 2012

A lose-lose strategy on Iran

In my post on the Cuban missile crisis, I spoke about how the myths that were perpetuated in dealing with that crisis, of America being successful because it was rigid and unyielding and forced the other side to back down, has cast a long shadow over how to deal with future crises.

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Oct 30 2012

Stephen Colbert on the foreign policy debate

Among other things, he points out that when it comes to foreign policy, there is only one country that matters, and that is Israel.

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Oct 30 2012

The power of scary urban myths

As Halloween approaches, parents will take the usual precautions to prevent their children from being harmed by dangerous psychopaths who they fear will try to use the treats as vehicles for their attacks. But all that fear is based on myths.

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Oct 30 2012

Hurricane Sandy effects in Cleveland

I woke up this morning to see that a huge pine tree that was right next to our house in the backyard had toppled over. Fortunately it missed our house and the garage and the power line. It did knock out our telephone line so now I have no landline phone and hence no internet …

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Oct 30 2012

More on polls

In an earlier post yesterday, I mentioned the ‘house effect’ of polls. These are the size of the effects that a given polling outfit produces in favor of one or the other party. They are not necessarily biases in the sense of the polling firm deliberately distorting the results. It is often the result of …

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Oct 29 2012

Aasif Mandvi channels Mitt Romney

I have to say that he really nails Romney’s smarmy phoniness.

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Oct 29 2012

Who’ll be the first?

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the US. Apart from Virginia (which is a toss-up), all the other states in its path vote reliably Democratic. If Sandy does wreak a large amount of damage, I wonder who will be the first crazy preacher to suggest that this is god’s punishment for …

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