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links for 2010-07-05

  • Quote:"The new study looked at elections for president, governor and senate between 1964 and 2008 and compared them to football results for 62 major college teams. The researchers found that wins in the two weeks before an election boosted the vote share of incumbents in the county where a school is located by 1.05 to 1.47 percentage points — enough to make a difference in a close race.

    And for teams they termed "powerhouses" the impact was even greater, giving the incumbents between 2.30 and 2.42 percentage points more than in years when the local team lost. Powerhouses were defined as teams that had won a national football championship since 1964, or were among the teams with average attendance of 70,000 or more from 1998 to 2008.

    // That's insane. Democracy is insane.

  • // Article details how suburban activists are pushing against the Hollywood stereotypes and how the view of suburbia is changing. Personally, this is a silly reaction to a silly stereotype.
  • Quote:"The problem is that those with the genetic gift of “morning-ness” tend to be more highly rewarded. Morning-ness is perceived as a sign of activity and zest, whereas evening-ness implies laziness and loafing. How often did we have to see David Cameron on one of his early-morning runs to get the idea that here was a leader of potency and vigour? How different would it have been if he slunk out of bed to work, then exercised at around 8pm? Could a Prime Minister be elected today who worked like Churchill, reading, writing and thinking in bed before getting out of it at noon?

    // Awesome article.

  • Why is Obama still blaming Bush? Because it works:

    Though the Democrats controlled Congress in the last two years of the Bush administration and have controlled both the White House and Congress for a year and a half — 41 percent of people surveyed in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said Republicans are responsible for the current economic problems. Twenty-eight percent blamed Democrats, and 26 percent said both parties share responsibility.

    According to a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted in April, 59 percent blamed Bush for the economy, compared with 25 percent who said Obama is at fault.

  • Quote:"Germany’s cabinet is poised this week to approve a 2011 budget as part of a four-year programme of public spending cuts meant to serve as an example to other European governments without jeopardising the country’s increasingly robust economic recovery.

    Briefing papers for Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, released by Berlin on Sunday, argue that by curbing spending – rather than increasing taxes – the €80bn ($100.3bn, £66bn) savings programme would differ “fundamentally” from previous fiscal squeezes and offer “noticeable, better growth possibilities”.

    Germany’s economy is enjoying an industry-led growth spurt, with engineers rehiring workers and returning production almost to pre-crisis levels.

    // European style socialism.

  • // Not that I disagree with the premise, but I find stock market charting as being akin to astrology.
  • Quote:"Bottom line
    Independent retailers, Abt Electronics, and Pacific Sales in California received top marks for having salespeople knowledgeable in major appliances. The trio also stood out for service rendered; Best Buy scored below average for its staff. For staff expertise and service in small appliances, independent local retailers scored best. Among major retailers, only Lowe's staff stood out, and for service, Sears scored above average.

    // Chesterton, right again.

  • Quote:"Most experts say it's not a question of whether taxes will go up in the United States, it's more a question of when. The Bush tax cuts will expire at the end of the year. If they lapse, taxes will go up. Research has shown that there is a 3 to 1 ratio that can be applied to how tax hikes affect GDP growth, according to Arnott. For instance, if taxes go up by 1 percent of GDP, then GDP will fall by 3 percent. When the tax cuts expire, Arnott says, that will be equivalent to a 2 percent jump in taxes as a percentage of GDP. That means GDP growth next year should be 6 percent lower than it would be without the tax hike. "So that is really the big issue that we think creates a catalyst which can make a second dip pretty high odds and reasonably imminent," he says.

    // Article lists spending cuts as one of the risk factors. BS. There's an assumption money spent by government wouldn't be spent otherwise. It would be used, by those who had it taken from them in the first place.

  • // At the price of a dollar a year, I'd support a monarchy.
    (tags: monarchism)
  • Quote:"We're talking about pancreatic cancer. The good news? Scientists have pinpointed five key ways to reduce risk.

    The list contains some of the usual good choices: Exercise, lose the spare tire, and ditch the booze and the cigarettes. But here's the twist: Eat like a Greek. Adding a Mediterranean-style diet to the lineup cuts the risk of pancreatic cancer by more than half.

    // My grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. So I'm clearly at risk.

  • Quote:"Turns out that lightly steaming at least some of your favorite edibles may be one of the best ways to keep your insulin working well.

    How Do I Cook Thee?

    In a study, steaming seemed to beat frying, grilling, and roasting when it came to maintaining insulin responsiveness. The study participants who ate foods cooked at high heat had poorer insulin sensitivity compared with the folks who often ate lightly steamed foods. The high-heat cookers also experienced a drop in their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E. All bad news if you're hoping to dodge diabetes or heart disease.

    // And yes, you can steam a hamburger. There's a restaurant that does it in Connecticut.

  • (tags: home howto)
  • Quote:"The tedious task of examining the wrecks for damage is beginning, though it's uncertain whether BP will be held responsible for ruining underwater sites.

    // Holding BP responsible for shipwrecks is unfair…because they're already wrecked.

  • // Too bad this author doesn't know how to write. But he makes a strong case that Omar Infante is a terrible AS pick.
    (tags: Baseball)
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