It’s been a good week for psephologists. Across the Pacific, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com took my evil twin John to pieces. John Ziegler, a former talk radio host who has put together a web site, documentary and polling data to support his argument that Barack Obama was elected through the ignorance of Americans, spoke to Nate in an interview that ended like this:
NS: Thank you, have a good day.
JZ: Go fuck yourself.
Why is teh Right so angry?
Meanwhile on the home front, Possum has injected himself into Andrew Bolt’s tussle with “gossip site” Crikey. Following on from a dispute between Bolt and Jonathan Green over what Victoria’s crime statistics actually show about crime by African refugees, Possum has presented the evidence against Bolt’s assertions that (i) the rate of crime committed by African refugees is higher than among the general population of Victoria and that (ii) statements to the contrary by Christine Nixon helped to turn the electorate against Team Howard.
Both analyses are well worth reading – there’s nothing like watching the weight of evidence fall on clowns from a great height.
UPDATE: I would imagine most of my regular readers also follow TBBWP but, for those who don’t, here is my effort to get Andrew to take a serious look at what appear to be some shifty moderation practices on his site. So far, his only real response has been to label me a troll and suggest I pal around with racists.