Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

links for 2008-05-31

Stonehenge Used as Cemetery From the Beginning – NYTimes.com Scientists move a step closer to mind-reading | Science | guardian.co.uk Pictures of the Week – Pictures of the Week – TIME A Communist Party boss in Sichuan province pleads with angry parents whose children were killed in the earthquake to stop their protest march. This […]

links for 2008-05-30

Can Identity Politics Save the Right? | The American Prospect Mark Schmitt is consistently the most insightful writer on American politics today, and this article is no exception.

truth beats fiction

From an article on the real-life Indiana Jones: One day in 1933 he received a mysterious telegram offering him 1,000 reichsmarks a month to write the sequel to Crusade Against the Grail. The telegram was unsigned, but he was instructed to go to an address in Berlin – 7 Prinz Albrechtstrasse. When he arrived, he […]

dartboard analysis

Why polls, and any argument based on polls, are complete rubbish: American polling organisations tend to rely on relatively small samples (certainly judged by British standards) for their results, often somewhere between 500 and 700 likely voters, compared to the more usual 1000-2000-plus for British national polls. The recent New York Times poll that gave […]

links for 2008-05-29

amazing balloon “animals” In Moscow’s Metro, a Stray Dog’s Life Is Pretty Cushy, and Zoologists Notice – WSJ.com “They have developed innovative strategies, zoologists say, such as a come-from-behind ambush technique: A big dog pads up silently behind a man eating on the street and barks. The startled man drops his food. The dog eats […]

lunch for votes

A scene from Indiana: Obama got a bit of a surprise at one table. While talking to a trio of men eating breakfast, one handed him the bill. “This will seal the thing,” he said. Obama accepted it, and later took it to the cashier and paid it. I’m not sure if this guy is […]

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