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The Narrative and Political Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Narrative and Political Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Electoralism, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Prediction, Psychology, Spin, The Media

You can get lost in the narrative. Politics may be especially susceptible to poor predictions precisely because of its human elements: a good election engages our dramatic sensibilities.

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Tetlock’s Study of Expert Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tetlock’s Study of Expert Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Data, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media

A long-term study by Philip E. Tetlock of the University of Pennsylvania found that when political scientists claimed that a political outcome had absolutely no chance of occurring, it nevertheless happened about 15 percent of the time. (The political scientists are probably better than television pundits, however.)

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Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Politics, Power, Social Psychology, Sociology

That a tenant leader—one who was respected by politicians, shop owners, the police, and others—would praise a crack gang and work so closely with its leader made me realize just how desperate people could become in the projects. But I was learning that Ms. Bailey’s compromising position also arose out of her own personal ambitions: […]

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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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Washington’s All Abstraction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Washington’s All Abstraction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Politics, Quotes

But at least this is an actual place. Washington’s all abstraction. It’s about access to power and nothing else.

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Loyalty – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Loyalty – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Politics, Quotes

(Dorothy was big on loyalty—it lent meaning to her not so pleasant life)

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We Will Select a Labor Man – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on We Will Select a Labor Man – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Conservative Politics, Politics, Queensland

The tragedy for Labor was that the ensuing Field affair and its consequences would never have occurred had three names been put up in Queensland by the ALP on the death of Senator Milliner. A smart move would have been to put up two communists and Colston. But Labor overlooked the consequences and as the […]

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One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Elitism, Politics, Queensland

During the Parliamentary Debate in which Tom Burns nominated Mal Colston for the 1975 Queensland casual Senate vacancy: This anti-intellectual attitude was summed up by Tom Aikens (independent, Townsville South) who told the House he was not going to make any personal attack on Dr. Colston: “I will put it mildly. Colston is one of […]

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National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Queensland

For its part, the National Party – fighting its first state election under a new name – approached the election with patriotic fervour. So much so that in the campaign the party put “freedom bonds” up for sale at $10 to $100, making them, intentionally, like war bonds. The party justified this by saying the […]

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A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

Joh set such a campaign pace in 1974 that he made it difficult for his ALP opponent Tucker to keep up. Tucker’s chartered plane got lost in a storm while flying to Quilpie in the West. The plane was half an hour overdue when Tucker himself used a road map to help the pilot establish […]

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