Archive | November 2012

A Brief Post-Sandy Interview with John Stossel

John Stossel is adamant that the free market will sort everything out in post-Sandy disaster zones, such as New Jersey. In a painfully predictable Fox News op-ed, he criticized Governor Chris Christie for enforcing New Jersey’s law that restricts price increases above 10% during times of emergency. According to Stossel, the libertarian patron saint of the Mustachioed Month of  Mouvember, people in Jersey would not be suffering the long lines at the pump if they would simply be willing to suffer price gouging and, uh, not having fuel at all.

The Indelible caught up with John Stossel and asked him to illustrate the government’s duty to citizens in times of emergency.

His response:

h/t @ Wonkette 


we shall overcome

On the day after human beings first set foot on the moon in that hot summer of 1969, I celebrated the event with my class. They were very excited. Thomas, one of the young adolescents who had been blind and retarded since birth but who could hear, had taught himself to play the piano. Another hearing student — a young lady who had been brain-damaged as a result of extreme abuse as an infant — suggested that we end the celebration of the lunar landing by having Thomas play our national anthem.

He did.

He played “We Shall Overcome.”

Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons, 1990

This anecdote, about the author’s time as a teacher’s aide at Upsal Day School for the Blind in 1969, appears in the author’s foreword for the short story “Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams”, part of the Prayers to Broken Stones anthology.

nate silver sticks to his guns

It is incredibly refreshing to see somebody not only provide a solid methodology for aggregating various state and national polls, but also offer something besides a constant stream of equivocation. There’s been quite a bit of backlash from the Romney camp against FiveThirtyEight‘s election projections, which currently forecasts a 79% chance for a President Obama re-election. Either way, Silver seems to be one of the few making strong, credible, and data-driven (read: beyond ‘a gut feeling’) assertions in the news cycle.

If Nate Silver is correct once again this time around, I have to wonder how it might actually change the game of punditry and set off a chain of events that eventually renders his current methodology in need of heavy modifications.