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November 04, 2012

Overnight Open Thread (11-4-2012)

I have very limited bandwidth where I am  so tonight's little shindig will mostly DIY.

Why Wordsmiths Fell For Obama

Here Neo-neocon examines why supposedly conservative writers fell so hard for Obama in 2008 and stayed enamored for so long. It's also a good argument for why we should enjoy speechwriters' work but never trust them politically.

A Bet Is a Tax on Bullshit

After taking a lot of criticism over his model Nate Silver has made a bet on the outcome of his model. But the public editor at the NYT is not happy about this and had a severe case of the tut-tuts. However Alex Tabarok at Marginal Revolution points out that  putting your money where your model is actually results in better predictions. Even the most partisan still don't like losing money or a public wager.

The Long Road to the Majors

One of the good things about professional baseball is that its open to anyone with the skills regardless of background. The downside is that it's a long hard rad to make it to the show.


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