Sunday, February 12, 2017

KAKISTOCRACY

kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Origin of kakistocracy. Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco– + –cracy.

This is a new word for me, to be added to other -cracies such as the diametric meritocracy, and unacceptable -cracies such as plutocracy and theocracy.  Most troubling about the current US kakistocracy is its fundamental practice of passing off lies as alternative facts.  Indeed, such alternative facts can lead to completely misguided policies that unfortunately resonate with a certain portion of the population.  The list of such prevarications is too long to even summarize here, and grows daily.  However, I would like to examine the executive order on banning certain immigrants.

The President's pretense for the EO is to "make America safe."  Although I realize that many Trump supporters are immune to facts, let's just have a look at some data.  First, let's review the number of terrorist killings in the US since the 9/11 attacks - in the fifteen years after 9/11, jihadists have killed 94 people inside the United States, right wing extremists have killed 50 and left wing extremists, 5. 

Next, here are data that summarize the foreign born terrorists by country of origin, total number of terrorists and total number of deaths from 1975 to 2015.  Note that to date, in 2017, not a single Syrian has killed anyone in the US via a terrorist attack.  The nations on the President's banned list have produced zero terrorist killings in the last decade or so.  Even Obama critic-in-chief Charles Krauthammer believes that the EO immigration ban is "stupid." 

Terrorists
Murders
Saudi Arabia
19
2,369
United Arab Emirates
2
314
Egypt
11
162
Lebanon
4
159
Kuwait
2
6
Cuba
11
3
Kyrgyzstan
2
3
Pakistan
14
3
Palestine
5
2
Armenia
6
1
Croatia
9
1
Taiwan
1
1
Trinidad and Tobago
2
1
Afghanistan
3
0
Algeria
4
0
Australia
1
0
Bangladesh
2
0
Bosnia
1
0
Dominican Republic
1
0
Ethiopia
1
0
France
1
0
Ghana
1
0
Guyana
2
0
Haiti
3
0
India
2
0
Iran
6
0
Iraq
2
0
Japan
1
0
Jordan
4
0
Kazakhstan
1
0
Kosovo
2
0
Libya
0
0
Macedonia
3
0
Mexico
1
0
Morocco
3
0
Nigeria
1
0
Serbia
2
0
Somalia
2
0
South Korea
1
0
Sudan
6
0
Syria
0
0
Turkey
1
0
United Kingdom
3
0
Uzbekistan
3
0
Vietnam
1
0
Yemen
1
0

And if it's the safety of Americans that is a Presidential priority, here are some interesting data of one's probability of succumbing to a terrorist attack versus other ways of buying the farm:


BI Graphics_Odds of Dying

And here are the actual US mortality numbers for 2014: 

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_death_age_group_2014_1050w760h.gif

So, given the data, what would a rational proposal to "keep Americans safe" look like? Since suicide is the 10th leading cause of American deaths, and homicides are right up there as well, it would seem worthwhile to implement policies that would lower such deaths.  This of course would require a serious discussion about controlling the possession of guns, and we all know that that won't happen in the near future.  Indeed, this administration wants to, among other things, loosen any requirements for gun purchases by the mentally ill, and lower the restrictions on silencers and imported weapons.  That should really help solidify these data!!!

 http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/15BEB/production/_85876098_us_gun_terrorism_624_v4.png

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - ALL VERSES

Some folks believe that Lady Gaga's Super Bowl half-time show included a veiled political statement in her singing a bit of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land.  I did not quite follow that, thinking like most people, that it is a feel-good, kumbya camp fire song.  Then I read more about the two missing verses that are nearly always left out of recordings, and of Guthrie's penning the song in a fierce rebuttal to the anthem of his day, America the Beautiful.  Here are all six verses, and you can likely figure out which two are usually deleted:

1940 Lyrics with Edits

This land is your land, this land is my land
From the California to the Staten New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
And saw above me that endless skyway,
And saw below me the golden valley, I said:
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
And all around me, a voice was sounding:
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing —
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
When the sun come shining, then I was strolling
In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling;
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting:
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people —
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
God blessed America for me.
[This land was made for you and me.]
 
 
 

Monday, February 06, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

DOW JONES CLIMBING EVEREST

Here is a visual of the highest peaks on each of Earth's continents


Here is a graph of the Down Jones Industrial Average for the past year


Here is a graph of the DJIA over the decades - note interesting Y-axis

As the Dow currently hovers close to the 20,000 mark, it struck me that the DJIA is on track to surpass the heights [in feet] of all of the tallest peaks on this planet.  The Dow recently passed Kilimanjaro and is heading toward Aconcagua.  You may venture your guess in the comments section of when it will pass Everest - or crash!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

POTUS HAIR

Much has been said about Trump's hair, but pictures are worth a thousand words!!  Since I am an old corn farmer, I particularly like the first one.  More can be found here.

http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/donald-trump-funny-look-alike-20__700.jpg

http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/donald-trump-funny-look-alike-21__700.jpg

http://linkbeef.com/wp-content/uploads/15-things-that-look-just-like-donald-trump25.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/01/29/00/3099561800000578-0-image-a-4_1454027343758.jpg

http://cdn.smosh.com/sites/default/files/2015/08/donald-trump-looks-like-cat.jpg