Potpourri

Potpourri

Oct 14 '10

* “Truthy”:http://truthy.indiana.edu/. More “here”:http://www.miller-mccune.com/politics/how-truthy-is-the-twitter-torrent-23716/.

* “The decline of final exams”:http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/10/03/the_test_has_been_canceled/?page=full.

* “A model of White House Chief of Staff departures”:http://rule22.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/explaining-white-house-chief-of-staff-departures/. The main finding confirms some conventional wisdom: departure is more likely when the president is unpopular.

* “Political dynasties”:http://www.econ.brown.edu/faculty/Pedro_Dal_Bo/pd.pdf (pdf). “We show that dynastic prevalence in the Congress of the United States is high compared to other occupations…we find that political power is self-perpetuating: legislators who hold power for longer become more likely to have relatives entering Congress in the future. Thus, in politics, power begets power.” [Via Brendan Nyhan]

* “Study”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/13/AR2010101303634.html of signage at 9/12 Tea Party rally finds few examples of “racially charged anti-Obama messages.”

* “Teens text every 10 minutes”:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/10/teens_texting_every_ten_minute.html?nav=rss_email/components, on average. Yikes yikes yikes.

* Annals of attack ads: “my opponent kicks children in the face”:http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/You_thought_dogkilling_charges_were_bad.html?showall.