Today on MPB they had an interview with one of the players on the MS State basketball team that snuck out of the State to play against a mostly black team back in 1963. (Look it up, it’s an interesting story.) The guy they interviewed was my Dad’s second cousin. I had no idea a family member was a part of that particular piece of Mississippi college/racial history.
What I really found cool about finding this out was the fact that my Dad was a freshman member of the Ole Miss football team the year James Meredith started there. So apparently my family was present for two of the bigger college/racial historical events in the state. NEAT!
I’ve voted. Have you? If you haven’t get out there and vote slacker!
My voting precinct’s voting machines should NEVER have been purchased or allowed as a voting device ANYWHERE. Not because they are hard to use, they aren’t. Not because they confuse users, they don’t. No, they should NEVER have been even considered as a voting machine for one SIMPLE reason. YOU HAVE NO WAY OF ASSURING A PERSONS VOTE!
They have no paper receipt. If someone has set up the machine to flip every 3rd vote for one candidate or another THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL! If the machine display shows you voted for Candidate X, it could have recorded a vote for Candidate Y AND YOU’D NEVER KNOW! Without paper receipts to act as a permanent record to be compared by the voter to their selection and that can be used in the event of a recount the machine is BOGUS!
This is NOT ACCEPTABLE!
I’m surprised this hasn’t been taken to court yet. For a voting machine to even be considered it must at minimum have some way to keep a PAPER TRAIL of votes, otherwise it’s nothing. You might as well ‘trust’ your local snakeoil salesman to pick the winner.
1) Florida goes Democrat, they’ll win.
2) Florida goes Republican, as goes Ohio so goes the country.
Put your predictions here!
EDIT: It’s Thursday November the 8th and no-one has called Florida either way yet. In the end it didn’t matter and my #2 ended up being close enough.
I understand that partisans will argue about things. I understand that partisans need to spin things so that their ‘side’ looks better. But what I don’t understand is partisans jumping on someone for using math.
I know a lot of Democrats are going to be very sad, angry or confused if Nate Silver ends up getting his predictions totally wrong. And I know a lot of Republicans are sad, angry or confused at his predictions, period. But when you look at how Silver has been doing his blog, it’s not a partisan site. It’s a statistical site. Math.
I can understand how pundits (on both sides) would hate the 538 blog. It takes their “I know what I’m talking about, because I know people you don’t” position and basically makes it irrelevant. What high priest wouldn’t hate seeing their basic job being done away by someone with a calculator, instead of with their inside knowledge and goat entrails. Silver already did this whole song and dance with baseball. The smarter baseball reporters figured out they needed to understand stats a bit better, while the ones that refused to adapt were slowly phased out. I’m HOPING this happens for our political reporters as well.
If you don’t like the results of the 538 blog, PLEASE use math to tell people why. Otherwise your argument just sounds hollow. Hell, I’d bet Nate would love to find holes in his algorithms, so he can fix it. He ‘missed’ a bit on the 2010 elections and adjusted accordingly. He’s interested in statistically forecasting national elections accurately. The fact that those forecasts look good for a Democratic president is just a result of these particular elections and not a partisan move on Silver’s part.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by all the attacks on Silver. After all, the mainstream news NEEDS the presidential race to be a horse-race to keep viewership up. But some of the attacks have been downright stupid.
Because I haven’t done one in awhile. Found a website that claims to be non-partisan, that gives you info on how the Presidential candidates policies would affect the nation, your locality and you personally. Seeing the maps, I can easily believe the ‘non-partisan’ claim but I have a feeling that others won’t so easily accept that. Check out Politify and make up your own mind.
PS: I have decided to cut back on the political posting, mostly because it doesn’t do anyone any good.
Must remember to keep an eye on this court case. According to ‘The Tech Report’, Redigi is a company that makes money as a middleman re-selling iTunes music and Capitol records is suing them for it. I’m hoping ReDigi wins this case. Honest question, why should Artists or record companies make money of the re-sale of music? You don’t give Ford a cut when you sell your old car, why should artists or record companies get payed twice or even more?
Copyright NEEDS to change.