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bite sized thought: Trump-Clinton symmetry

Is a vote for Trump in the primary really a vote for Clinton, because so many people are terrified that he might actually be president, that she will get a free pass to basically do whatever she wants?

Or is a vote for Clinton in the primary really a vote for Trump, because so many people think she is a sell-out (on the left) or just hate her in general (on the right).

quickthang: cartograms

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I thought this was cool, and maybe relevant to the presentation of demographic election data.

cartogram is a type of map, where you divide up a geographic area into regions which have numerical data associated with them (like what GIS is used for), but then you distort — stretch or shrink — the shape of the subdivisions to reflect one of the data dimensions, like population or GDP. You then use color as normal to show other data dimensions.

Examples:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012/

http://www.nr.com/whp/notes/USdistortedMaps.pdf

(via the somewhat hostile but at times insightful folks at SST)

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Republican Primary Warmup: New Hampshire “Voters First” Forum [c-span]

disclosure: I typically vote Independent or sometimes Democrat, and I feel more and more let down by the Democratic party as time goes by…

I’m sure I’ve watched at least a few minutes of the Republican Primary debates pretty much every election since there’s been one and I’ve been old enough to vote —  but I can’t say I’ve ever been even remotely excited about this. Rather it was like this ugly ordeal you have to stomach out of necessity, if you want be informed.

Not this year — that’s the power of The Donald. It’s gonna be the reality-TV event of the year!

So as a warm-up, here is a 2-hour c-span question and answer session with 14 of the 17 Repub. candidates. (Warning: It’s all polite. No Donald. No fun.)

PS- check out Rick Perry’s awesome tie!

For Every One, A Basic Income?

Originally posted on WORDVIRUS:

 Yes! Radical Ideas About Fixing Inequality

Tony Atkinson’s new book points the way forward.

British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality — the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom — for nearly half a century. Now that the dogma of trickle-down has been exposed as myth, he sees economists, policy-makers and the public finally waking up to the seriousness of the problem. But how to fix it? In his new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done?Atkinson focuses on ambitious proposals that could shift the distribution of income in developed countries. This post was originally published on the blog of theInstitute for New Economic Thinking.

Lynn Parramore: When did you become interested in the topic of economic inequality? What sparked your work?

Tony Atkinson: My interest in the topic actually led…

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US needs investment in infrastructure [Dambisa Moyo / proj-syn]

Former World Bank and Goldman Sachs economist, Dambisa Moyo, makes the case for infrastructure investment in the US.

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/us-infrastructure-problems-california-bridge-collapse-by-dambisa-moyo-2015-08

Pro’s: Creates rather than destroys. Employs workers displaced by changes in technology and globalization. Builds foundation for future economic development.

Con’s: Boring. No politician will ever make the news advocating repair of highways, railroads, bridges, schools, drinking water, electric power systems, health facilities etc.

Greek Tragedy – by Christos Tsiolkas (in conversation with Yanis Varoufakis), MONTHLY magazine

Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:

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Novelist Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Baraccuda etc.) wrote this piece (for the Australian magazine MONTHLY) from a Greek-Australian perspective (after the two of us had talked extensively over the telephone). Click on the photo above or…

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