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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

George HW Bush a Paragon of Virtue?



1988 was the first year I voted.  The candidates the major parties for President that year were George HW Bush and Michael Dukakis.  I was a freshman at IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania).  It was my first lesson in how ugly politics can be. 

Bush won that year by falsely claiming that Dukakis was against reciting the pledge of allegiance in schools, by insinuating that African-American criminals would attack you with the Willie Horton ads, and by falsely claiming that he would not raise taxes.  As President he launched military excursions in three out of the four of the years that he was President in Panama, Iraq, and Somalia.  Bush may have been a nice man if you meet him in person but his bite was far worse than his bark.



People now blame Trump and Palin for promoting stupidity in politics but it began long before anyone took them seriously.  Bush appointed Dan Quayle as his Vice President who made gaffes that would foreshadow Trump and Palin.  He blamed the riots that happened in Los Angeles after the policeman who beat Rodney King were acquitted on the TV show Murphy Brown.  Qualye was picked to placate the Christian right who had doubts on Bush's past support for abortion rights.

Bush's military attacks in Iraq and Panama killed hundreds of thousands of people and sowed the seeds of resentment against the US in Central America and the Muslim world.  Some may have thought his attack on Iraq was justified because of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait but he had no interested in diplomacy working.  Osama bin Laden, who first cut his teeth as a fighter against the Soviets in the 1980's with US funding, turned on the US when US troops were stationed in Saudi Arabia.  Another future terrorist, Timothy McVeigh, fought in the Gulf War where he learned his munition skills and later bombed the Federal building in Oklahoma City five years later in response to the botched Federal assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco.  

Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992 with 38% of the vote as the economy soured.  He made one last military excursion into Somalia which led to the deaths of 18 US soldiers and the growth of an al Qaida affiliate there.  Clinton later became chummy with Bush and mostly continued his policies.

In 2001 his son George W Bush became President in a disputed election and soon faced the 9/11 attacks and sent troops into Iraq and Afghanistan.  His son blamed his father's loss on breaking his no new taxes pledge and not finishing off Saddam Hussein and took an even more aggressive stance on those issues.  He won reelection by using the Swift Boat Veterans to sow doubt about his opponent and had blanket positive coverage from Fox News. This lead to the growth of ISIS and the Great Recession.  

Trump dropped all pretenses of niceties and the Republican base loved it.  He trounced son Jeb Bush in the primaries but now must play nice with the Bushes on the senior Bush's funeral after losing the House in the midterms.  Bush was cloak and dagger.  Trump is all dagger.  It's a sad commentary of how far our politics have sunken that Bush is now a paragon of political virtue.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The 5th Anniversary of CSI wo DB: Top 25 All Time Posts

The fifth anniversary of this blog coincides with the end of the series that inspired it's name. Because of this momentous event, instead of a top 10 all time post list I thought I would do a top 25 list out of 250 posts so lets get started.  This should give a good sampling of the posts on the blog.

25. Pennsylvania Medicaid Expansion and Legislature Polarization


Pennsylvania's last Governor dragged his feet on expanding medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  The new governor has reversed himself but a lot of other governors haven't.
24.  Titanic Perspective

The 100th anniversary of that cursed ships sinking made me think of other disasters that have been forgotten. 

23. Morality as a Mathematical Equation

The earliest post on this list was on a discussion of how morality can be evaluated like a mathematical equation.
22. Habemus Resegnum - We have a resignation

Pope Francis became the 266th successor of St. Peter after Benedict XVI abdicated.  Here is a look at the Papacy.
21.  The David Roberts Family Fund

Last year my friend from Hartford died from brain cancer.  A site was set up for his family to cover medical expenses.  I talked about how they shouldn't have to be begging for money for this purpose.  You can still donate to their paypal account here.


20.  An In Depth Look at a Mindfulness and Stress Study

An old classmate of mine from Hartford had an article in the Huffington post on how mindfulness can reduce stress.  I discussed her study here.

19. Season's Shootings

A response to the terrible shootings that occurred about the same time as the Newtown Shootings.
18. Olympic Medal Counts Still Reflect National Power (or the Need for it) 

As the title of this post says, a look at how Olympic medal counts reflect a nations power.
17.  Ruth Institute - Making Marriage Cool (In the US but not Scandinavia)

A response to a question I asked about the effect of Scandinavian social programs on marriage.
16. A Statistical Profile of the Uninsured in Washington, DC, New Mexico, and Texas

How do uninsured rates relate to health outcomes for these three outlier states?
15. A Geographical Representation of the Mode and Ethnicity

A look at methods of displaying descriptive statistics in geographic form.

14. Controversy over the New Psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

The American Psychiatric Assn caused controversy when they decided to remove Asperger's Syndrome from the DSM-V and place it on the Autism spectrum
13.  The World Wars and Today's Wars

A look at how World Wars I & II relate to the current troubles in the Middle East.
12. Correlation with the Number of Hate Groups per Million, Poor Health Suggests More Hate

In a follow up to the post on the concentration of hate groups (seen further down on this list), I looked at the correlation between the concentration of hate groups in each state and their health outcomes.
11. Bullying & Society

In this post I argue that bullying in schools is merely a reflection of ills in the larger society.
10. Lance Armstrong's Doping Claim: A Probabilistic Calculation

When Lance Armstrong was still claiming innocence of blood doping I thought I would apply probability theory to his claim.  This is the post with the longest average time per view.
9. 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Are Out for School Districts and Counties in PA

A look at local poverty rates in my home state of Pennsylvania.
8. A Kinder, Gentler Looney Tunes

Warner Brothers tried to modernize the Looney Tunes characters.  I thought it had promise but it didn't last.
7. Top 10 Worst Super Bowls of All Time 

We are used to thrilling Super Bowls today but there was a time when the game rarely lived up to the hype.
6. Two Years Ago in Stanton Heights

In 2009, three policemen were killed by a right wing extremist about a mile from where I live.  I gave a profile of the neighborhood where it happened.
5. Hitler, Napoleon, and Stalin: Outsider Despots

Hitler and Napoleon are often compared.  I argue that there is also considerable overlap between those two and Josef Stalin.
4. The Civil War in a Larger International Historical Context

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War these past 4 years I thought it would be helpful looking at in with similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan which would have repercussions for later conflicts..
3. A Wave of Hate Groups in California? No in Washington, DC

A look at the concentration of hate groups in the US (adjusting for population).
2. Global Warming, Wikileaks, and Statistics: What Barry Sanders Can Teach Us


The second most popular post provides a sports metaphor (Barry Sanders' running statistics) for explaining global warming/climate change to denier of this science who also is a sports junkie (ie. Rush Limbaugh, James Inhofe, etc).
1. CSI Without Dead Bodies: Income and Life Expectancy. What does it Tell Us About US? 

Thanks to this post being linked to on the BBC programme (British Spelling) web page for The Joy of Stats, this page has received over 3,000 hits (7% of total traffic). It covers the correlation between life expectancy and income.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Three Years of CSI Without Dead Bodies


The third anniversary of this blog is upon us.  I thought I would take a look back at the top posts according to Google analytics which monitored traffic from March 2011 to the present.  The graph above from Blogger's built in stat counter includes spam traffic.  The graph above from the built in stat counter which has an x axis that is wrong.  The pageviews, the average time on page, and the bounce rate are shown.  The bounce rate is the % of time the viewer leaves the site after viewing the page.  Older posts tend to have higher bounce rates.  The posts are all linked in the table below.

I summarized the top 11 pages in the table below to include the main page and the the top 10 individual posts out of 171 posted.  The number one page is the main page which shows the most recent posts.  The number one individual post is on Income and Life Expectancy largely due to it's being linked to the BBC documentary's page The Joy of Stats (not any more but it had a good run).  My post on using Barry Sanders running statistics to explain global warming is one that I am proud of and has received a steady number of views.  My post on Lance Armstrong's doping claim which was written before he admitted that he was guilty received a large number of hits right away but tapered off later.  The other posts received a steady number of views.  Two posts from the last year, the one on the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and another one on the outbreak of shootings around Christmas time which included Sandy Hook.  

I would always love to have more traffic and to have visitors stay longer.  The table below shows averages which are taken since the pages are posted except the pageviews which are totals.  Here's to the fourth year.

Page Title
Pageviews
Avg. Time on Page
Bounce Rate
1.
6,903
00:00:28
41.20%
2.
3,463
00:00:45
42.03%
3.
1,156
00:00:22
27.07%
4.
731
00:02:25
69.87%
5.
669
00:00:21
29.91%
6.
530
00:00:16
18.75%
7.
514
00:00:26
1.02%
8.
481
00:00:30
27.89%
9.
476
00:00:15
0.00%
10.
467
00:00:27
31.76%
11.
446
00:00:33
35.88%

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Amazon, The Washington Post, and New Media


Jeff Bezos the CEO of Amazon.com has purchased the newspaper The Washington Post.  Above is a discussion of it's impact on journalism and the publishing industry on the show Democracy Now!

This blog has been part of the Amazon Associates program since April 1, 2011. I have posted links to books, movies or other products that they sell when they are relevant to the post. Out of a total of 73,387 ad views according to their site I've had 46 ad clicks (a click through rate of 0.06%) and a total of 3 online sales. 

I am now considering using other advertisers for this purpose. I will leave their links up on old posts but I am looking for new ones for this purpose for future posts as Amazon hurts local retailers as well as larger ones like Barnes and Noble. Although the click through rate is low, there have been many views of the ads on my site and some readers patronize the sites in other ways than purchasing directly online as Dennis Johnson of Mellvile House publishing states above.

The panel discusses how old fashioned journalism personified by the Washington Post of Woodward & Bernstein 40 years ago has long gone.  Bezos buying it puts an exclamation point on this process.  Its now up to independent media, including blogs like this one, to fill the void.  One must be careful to separate the credible ones from the extreme.

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