Friday, February 15, 2013

Via Dancing Moccasins / FB:

Via JMG: HomoQuotable - Nate Silver

"The polls can certainly affect elections at times. I hope people don’t take the forecasts too seriously. You’d rather have an experiment where you record it off from the actual voters, in a sense, but we’ll see. If it gets really weird in 2014, in 2016, then maybe I’ll stop doing it. I don’t want to influence the democratic process in a negative way. I’m [hoping to make] people more informed, I don’t want to affect their motive because they trust the forecasters." - Nate Silver, speaking to students at Washington University.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Via JMG: Gallup Poll: Religiosity By State

Gallup recaps their findings:
Overall, 40% of Americans nationwide were classified as very religious in 2012 -- based on saying religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week. Thirty-one percent of Americans were nonreligious, saying religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services. The remaining 29% of Americans were moderately religious, saying religion is important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services.
The Friendly Atheist observes: "Incidentally (and also according to Gallup), Mississippi ranked at the top or near the top of the list of states when it came to obesity, inability to afford food, and least livable place. When people don’t have a lot going for them, it’s understandable they would turn to religion. If only they would realize God isn’t helping their situation."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

JMG Photo Of The Day

This photo of Downton Abbey cast members has gone viral on Facebook today. Is that the evil O'Brien in the middle?  UPDATE: The chorus has spoken. It's Daisy.

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