Internal numbers from Romney campaign reveal only symptoms

New Republic has a fascinating look at Romney’s internal polling numbers, or rather how wrong they were. For example, the internal polls showed Romney tied in Iowa and ahead by several points in Colorado and New Hampshire. Romney ended up losing all three states by a little over five points. Almost ten points off for CO and NH, that’s a huge miss. [Read more…]

Post em if you got em

No way to know if the lady in the video is legit or part of a marketing scheme. But I want to see the movie anyway. Until then, I’m looking for cool science articles to link tomorrow on the Daily Kos science thread. Post em in comments with a brief description if you got em!

Some rare insight into the minds of the super greedy

Before digging into the main course I want to make a point that gets easily lost these days: self-made zillionaires are not all greedy devious bastards looking to pocket granny’s hard earned pension and healthcare. This is a fact, I’ve personally interviewed a few people who handily qualify as self made zillionaires, where I occasionally talked to them at length about their progressive ideology and generous personal philosophy off the record. But there definitely are some zillionaires who could be described that way, especially around Wall Street. Courtesy of Ezra Klein’s interview with Chrysta Freeland, author of The Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, here’s a look into their self entitled, insular world: [Read more…]

Must see Daily Show video hilarity

More than once I’ve been struck how effectively and quickly the Stewart or Colbert shows can educate a political newcomer. I’ll have a friend or girlfriend, and get on a rant reeling off dates and context, but within a couple of minutes their eyes will glaze over and they’ll tell me to shut up. But when that same person watches these two fake news shows, they’ll sit there laughing and leaning far more than my methods could ever get across. This clip is a great example, it lays bare the stunning hypocrisy of McCain and Graham — and indicts the traditional media as a bonus — in five hilarious minutes flat. Bravo ladies and gentlemen, bravo!

ODS vs BDS and Benghazi

Back in the darkest days of the Bush administration a meme arose on the right that liberals held an irrational hatred for W called Bush Derangement Syndrome. It was based on real anger, some of it irrational, some of it deserved, so let’s unpack it for a second. Newsflash: I don’t think Bush was intentionally rotten or a psychopath. In fact only a handful of my progressive peers did think that, and we pushed backed on them with reason and common sense until they mostly gave it up. [Read more…]

Ultra massive black hole not easy to explain

Hubble catches a large and small spiral galaxy similar to the respective dimensions of NGC 1277 and our Milky Way.

Sometimes I dream that, one day, we’ll be studying what we think is a natural object or event in the universe of incomprehensible scope, only to eventually learn it’s a manufactured item. That didn’t happen today! But it is a nice segue to this interesting cosmic tidbit: astronomers have clocked stars in the nucleus of a small, relatively nearby galaxy and come up with an astonishing discovery: it harbors the largest black-hole in the known universe. And I mean freakishly large! [Read more…]