The folks at Bloomberg Rankings, drawing on U.S. Census data, have measured the level of inequality—the Gini coefficient—in each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts. It’s a fascinating list (and a map) that reveals all sorts of interesting things. Here’s one: 32 of the 35 districts in which inequality is greatest are represented by Democrats (Republicans represent two; the other is vacant).For more go here
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
...It was an attempted theft that left a nasty taste in the mouth.
Criminals in Australia tried to siphon petrol from the gas tank of a bus — but accidentally tapped into the sewage tank instead.
The bus was found in the Western Australia town of Laverton with a cap on the ground beside it on the ground. Cops say that the unidentified gang got a mouthful of human waste when they tried to siphon fuel from the tank.
“We can infer they beat a very hasty retreat, with a somewhat bitter taste in their mouth,” Laverton Police Sen. Sgt. Heath Soutar told Yahoo News...
Posted by William Occam at 12:35 PM
...conservatives are constantly being blamed for problems in black communities even though there isn’t a single majority black community in America where a conservative can get elected. Even though Detroit hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1962, conservatives were blamed when the city went bankrupt. We constantly hear that conservatives are to blame for income inequality in America; yet 32 out of the 35 districts with the largest amount of income inequality in America are represented by liberal Democrats. Although the only thing I care less about than who wins the Oscars is the health and wellbeing of ISIS members, why is a lack of black Americans winning an award a national crisis when a lack of white players in the NBA is shrugged off? Each seems about as important as the other, which is to say, not very….John Hawkins
Posted by William Occam at 12:18 PM
Why surge pricing is good, via @ryanradia: Lyft does not allow surging [30 min wait]. Uber does [3 min wait] pic.twitter.com/pM7hWwgX8z— Kevin Glass (@KevinWGlass) January 23, 2016
Posted by William Occam at 11:41 AM
Friday, January 22, 2016
On average, an EV's batteries transported drivers 105 miles at 75 degrees F, but only 43 miles at 20 degrees F, AAA reported...
So essentially the best thing for EV's is....global warming.
Posted by William Occam at 6:41 PM
...Mr. Sanders aims his venom at billionaires because he wants to prevent ...“the use of wealth and power to intervene in the political system for one’s own economic self-interest.” This goal is indeed noble. But it is best achieved, not by attempting to ensure that only the ‘right’ people control state power, but by reducing state power itself. Put differently, the fundamental problem is not in the identity of those who wield power but, rather, in the very existence of power.
To suppose that the vast and awesome state power that Mr. Sanders clamors for will not soon be seized by special-interest groups and demagogues who have no qualms about using such power for their “own economic self-interest” at the expense of the populace at large is a fantasy as dangerous as it is naïve and historically unwarranted...Cafe Hayek
Posted by William Occam at 6:00 PM
Billionaire Steve Schwarzman epitomizes how adroitly the average Davos attendee relates to issues facing mere mortals:
...What’s remarkable is the amount of anger, whether it’s on the Republican side or the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders to me is almost more stunning than some of the stuff going on on the Republican side, How is that happening, why is that happening? What is the vein in America that is being tapped into across parties that’s made people so unhappy? That’s something you should spend some time on...
Posted by William Occam at 5:32 PM
Great paragraph from Glenn Reynolds:
So I had ordered a couple of things from Amazon that were supposed to arrive Monday. Just now a Budget rental truck pulled up and a FedEx Ground guy got out and delivered them. They’re “surging” to get ahead of the snow. Meanwhile, even with warning, DC’s government was paralyzed by a half-inch. The world that works, vs. the one that doesn’t.To be fair if Fedex could extort money from taxpayers with the threat of violence they would be "paralyzed" too.
Posted by William Occam at 5:10 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2016
It's sadly ironic that Hollywood, perhaps the most sanctimoniously liberal place in America, is finally being exposed as a hotbed of racism, sexism, and hypocrisy (think millionaire actors bemoaning wealth inequality, private jet flying movie moguls being passionate about global warming, gun-toting action heroes speaking out against gun violence, and billionaire producers demanding taxpayer subsidies to add to their own wealth).
Posted by William Occam at 6:27 PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Posted by William Occam at 6:54 PM
China’s slowing growth has crushed shipping rates to such an extent that hiring a 1,100-foot merchant vessel would set you back less than the price of renting a Ferrari for a day.Rates for Capesize-class ships plummeted 92 percent since August to $1,563 a day amid slowing growth in China. That’s less than a third of the daily rate of 3,950 pounds ($5,597) to rent a Ferrari F40...
Posted by William Occam at 6:39 PM
Monday, January 18, 2016
The album cover of Obama's favorite song of 2015 features a murdered judge. Is he really that tone deaf?
I am not sure if this is what he meant by a new era of civility?
...A few hours before delivering that State of the Union, President Obama met with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Obama announced that Lamar’s hit “How Much a Dollar Cost” was his favorite song of 2015. The song comes from the album the album cover shows a crowd of young African-American men massed in front of the White House. In celebratory fashion, all are gripping champagne bottles and hundred-dollar bills; in front of them lies the corpse of a white judge, with two Xs drawn over his closed eyes. So why wouldn't the president’s advisors at least have advised him that such a gratuitous White House sanction might be incongruous with a visual message of racial hatred? Was Obama seeking cultural authenticity, of the sort he seeks by wearing a T-shirt, with his baseball cap on backwards and thumb up?...PJMedia
Posted by William Occam at 11:38 AM
Saturday, January 16, 2016
ABC reports on the ongoing militarization of government agencies:
A supervisor at the Mojave National Preserve in California violated policy by buying fully automatic assault rifles and dozens of flash-bang grenades, according to a federal study released Thursday.
A supervisory park ranger at the immense desert park northeast of Los Angeles bought nine Colt M-4 fully automatic rifles between 2008 and 2010, and 24 grenades some years later, according to a report from the inspector general's office from the U.S. Department of the Interior...Maybe there is more to the new Leo DeCaprio movie than thought...
Posted by William Occam at 11:54 AM
Friday, January 15, 2016
Market crash robs $2.3 trillion from investors
The stock market rout is starting to get really expensive — destroying $2.3 trillion from the market's top last year and $1.5 trillion in net wealth just this year.
The giant companies that predominantly populate the Standard & Poor's 500 have fallen an average of 8.9% this year — which, when translated into dollars, is real money. Real big money. The S&P 500 is down 8% this year already — including another 2.2% Friday — in what's been one of the worst starts to a year ever. Since the market peak on May 21, 2015, the market has declined 11.7%...
Posted by William Occam at 5:41 PM
In a Slate article subtitled In defense of Hillary Clinton's Male-Gaze-Defying Style the author opines:
...if Clinton were a lesbian, I’d be proud to claim her fashion sense. Clinton embodies something many lesbians accomplish effortlessly: She dresses in a way that does not cater to, or even consider, the male gaze. Clinton has never sought to make herself a sexual object to please straight men...Mission accomplished.
Posted by William Occam at 3:49 PM
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
...Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) has produced a report which may justify the liberals’ refusal to place the blame for terrorism on “radical Muslim.” After all, a grand total of TWO of the 452 suicide attacks world-wide in 2015 (or 0.44%) were conducted by non-Muslims...For more go here (HT Instapundit)
Posted by William Occam at 10:50 AM