Friday, April 22, 2011

Naked Pictures of Snopes

So according to Snopes.com, the self-anointed arbiter of internet truth, two of these photos show the same woman. See if you can tell which two:

If you said the two photos on the right are the same woman, then you are....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Atlas Shrugged Part I

So I saw the movie on Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and left the theatre wanting more and hoping that the next two parts make their way in to film. Anyone who believes in the ideals of the American Revolution or who otherwise identifies with libertarian thinking should not hesitate to see the film.

However, it's also clear that this film isn't going to be a popular watershed. This isn't going to be the work that finally brings Rand to a larger audience and exposes the craven nature of our modern democratic fascist state or the film that converts the hordes of Twitter and Facebook Obama-bots into Randian Tea Party activists.
I think P.J summarized it best in his WSJ article (http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/04/06/atlas-shrugged-and-so-did-i/). He seems less than thrilled with the film.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Epic Budget Battle of 2011

The groundswell that swept the Republicans into control of the house provided three and only three silver bullets for stopping the massive new governmental beast that has spent the last two years on a multi-trillion dollar spending binge.

Those three bullets are:
  • The 2011 budget
  • The debt limit
  • The 2012 budget
That's it until the 2012 election season. The task ahead seemed daunting but Republicans were on a roll. As described on Red State, the teary-eyed Boehner proclaimed;
“We are going to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending next week. Write it down. $100 billion in discretionary spending. And we aren’t going to stop there.”
That seemed like a tepid opening against a deficit that has grown by $100 billion times 10 over the last two years, but hey, like he said it's just a start.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Picken's Snake Oil

Forbes columnist Rich Karlgaard doesn't normally normally seem like a gullible dupe, but he sure snaps up the bait for Picken's latest scheme to divert billions of taxpayer dollars into his own pocket.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Analysis of Terman Sample

There is a new paper out on the Terman sample of high-IQ individuals (IQ > 135).
The study finds that earning correlation with IQ accrues later in life and therefore was not available to be found in previous studies that missed out on full extent of the positive correlation between IQ and income even within this sample.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Food Stamp Crisis

Zero Hedge and Red State have both posted the following graph depicting the 60% increase in Food Stamp payments over the last 3 years:

So, 60% is a pretty large increase, but THAT graph doesn't really tell us much more than "it went up". On the off chance that you don't want to make the data seem any worse than it is, I offer the following graph of the same data: