What Sonny and Cher Can Tell Us About Relative Inequality

Isn’t the Internet wondrous? I mean, finally, a tool to aid in communication by providing an almost friction-free forum for exchanging ideas and working towards the  truth. (Let’s leave the arguments about truth aside for today, please.) Nowadays magazines all seem to have blogs and posts all have nifty discussion or comment boxes at the bottom like the one shown at right. Continue reading

Corroboration: An OWS Follow-Up

A quick follow-up to last month’s OWS post. You may recall I speculated the 99% might be a little bit short when it comes to including the lower half of the income distribution. Well, over at The Atlantic Megan McArdle has a post about a neat little bit of data sleuthing done by the Daily Caller.

Using reasoning that any marketer would be proud of  (in its simplest form the same logic provides the basis for every clustering and profiling scheme I’ve ever seen),  DC looked up the addresses of the folks arrested at the orignal, New York outpost. And surprise, the median value of the homes at those addresses is about 2/3 higher than the national figure. Not surprising.

The whole post is worth a read because it takes on a lot of shibboleths about modern urban living. I just enjoy when the data backs up intuition.

A word of praise (second in a series)

Yes, we’re at it again. As a reminder, at AHC we do critical thinking and critical thinking involves being, well, critical. They do cheerleading elsewhere (maybe everywhereelsewhere) on the net. So we have a special responsibility to offer the occasional word of praise for worthy things we stumble across.

Way back on Monday the 14th, Megan McCardle posted a follow-up to an earlier piece on liberals in academia in which Continue reading