Stuff I wouldn’t usually blog

1. **x in Chile (but safe for work and wife)
2. Is this how they built Stonehenge?
3. Does Obama’s popular vote advantage come so much from Cook County?
4. Seth Roberts visits and explains what is unique about blogging

5. More on Bear Stearns

6. Anatol Lieven on John McCain


I call shenanigans on the orgy-loving Chilean teens. There's no evidence in that article of a widespread trend, unless you count a vague reference to a "national debate in the media" about them. It looks like the author just interviewed a few friends in a park one day and blew it up into a typical sensationalist trend piece.

I call BS on the Cook County thing as well. Obama had a 470,000 vote advantage in Georgia, which is more than the advantage he got from Cook County. And Hillary won CA by over 400K votes. What's the big deal? Any idiot with a lot of free time can make pointless arguments like that.

Of Sen. Obama's 711,000 popular-vote lead, 650,000 -- or more than 90% of the total margin -- comes from Sen. Obama's home state of Illinois, with 429,000 of that lead coming from his home base of Cook County.

This is a misuse of percentages. If you add the margins in all the the states Obama won, they will come to more than 100% of his nationwide margin, since there are offsetting negative margins in Clinton's states. That 90% is not as large as it sounds.

Obama's margins in Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland account for 50%, 40%, and 30% of his nationwide lead.

Along with Illinois, these four states account for a whopping 210% of Obama's margin in the popular vote!

Not only was Obama's winning percentage large in IL and GA, but the turnout was huge. 10% of the total votes cast so far were in IL, and GA had the same the number of voters as NY.

Wallyhenge was fun. Now if he can work out how they moved the stones from South Wales, he'll be due an honorary doctorate from Oxford.

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