Monday, 12 November 2012

Simply Observations

It's not spoken much on CNN or the big-name networks, but the guy who did Elmo (the puppet) for Sesame Street....apparently did some lusty stuff to a younger guy who was sixteen about seven years ago.  There's some court action going on, but I'm guessing some folks are going to start asking if Elmo is clean or a problem for Christmas gift this year.  Sadly, we probably will start to get into sex puppets who do things that's best left for cable TV after 10PM.

Some jihad guy stood up and says there needs to be some massive destruction around Egypt....to include destroying the Sphinx  and the Pyramids.  When you consider that all of the tourism bucks that flow into Egypt is because of the various things that were built three thousand years ago....and you'd destroy every single avenue of cash flow into the country....it just doesn't make sense.  This is why....most folks start to ask stupid questions of these Mullahs.

In business news....Wal-Mart came out with a shocker for its employees.  Depending on what health insurance policy you have for 2012....for 2013, it's going up.  Some of the policy's will be running around eight percent more, but some will go up by thirty-six percent.  This shocker got folks around to discussing how they'd survive with the increases, and some hinted that they will be dropping their health insurance.  It'd be deserving of discussing at length how health insurance got cheaper in America after Obama Care was implemented, but it's a dead topic as far as I see it.

Finally, it's a radical fall.  Over the past year, most of the TV networks are all reporting a decrease in viewers....near ten percent.  Course, you have to explain this over to the guys who buy ads and it's not an easy thing.  There's roughly seventy dollars that normally runs via the networks for their nightly TV operations.  What are people doing?  Downloading shows at other times of the day.  Naturally, it's a bit difficult to explain this to the guys with money and how they ought to still be paid at the same rate.

Statistics Are Odd Things

How hard would it be....to take a voting precinct ....and have a 99 percent vote go to one single candidate (out of two possible candidates)?  It's possible to imagine one precint having a vote of 499 for one guy, and one vote for another.  Statistically, it'd be one in a billion.

In Ohio, there are sixteen precincts which had every single vote cast.....going to President Obama.

0154 CLEVELAND -02-Q: 542 - 0
0192 CLEVELAND -04-L: 388 - 0
0204 CLEVELAND -05-E: 597 - 0
0205 CLEVELAND -05-F: 483 - 0
0206 CLEVELAND -05-G: 257 - 0
0219 CLEVELAND -05-T: 386 - 0
0228 CLEVELAND -06-H: 405 - 0
0232 CLEVELAND -06-L: 70 - 0
0233 CLEVELAND -06-M: 419 - 0
0241 CLEVELAND -06-U: 118 - 0
0248 CLEVELAND -07-F: 361 - 0 
0273 CLEVELAND -08-J: 472 - 0
0280 CLEVELAND -08-Q: 49 - 0
0285 CLEVELAND -09-B: 414 - 0
0288 CLEVELAND -09-E: 478 - 0
0523 EAST CLEVELAND -04-C: 486 - 0

The odds?  It can't happen.  But then, it gets better. This is a list of Ohio precincts which cast one and only one vote for Romney:

0118 CLEVELAND -01-A: 438 - 1
0144 CLEVELAND -02-G: 532 - 1
0183 CLEVELAND -04-C: 548 - 1
0185 CLEVELAND -04-E: 522 - 1
0190 CLEVELAND -04-J: 434 - 1
0200 CLEVELAND -05-A: 364 - 1
0217 CLEVELAND -05-R: 357 - 1
0240 CLEVELAND -06-T: 148 - 1
0272 CLEVELAND -08-I: 473 - 1
0274 CLEVELAND -08-K: 382 - 1
0276 CLEVELAND -08-M: 492 - 1
0279 CLEVELAND -08-P: 378 - 1
0284 CLEVELAND -09-A: 320 - 1
0287 CLEVELAND -09-D: 394 - 1
0289 CLEVELAND -09-F: 468 - 1
0290 CLEVELAND -09-G: 400 - 1
0303 CLEVELAND -10-C: 471 - 1
0312 CLEVELAND -10-L: 363 - 1
0314 CLEVELAND -10-N: 340 - 1
0315 CLEVELAND -10-O: 473 - 1
0512 EAST CLEVELAND -02-D: 437 - 1
0513 EAST CLEVELAND -02-E: 359 - 1
1040 WARRENSVILLE HTS -02-A: 523 - 1
1041 WARRENSVILLE HTS -02-B: 514 - 1

In a suburb area of 493 folks voting....you'd suggest that it'd be 492 vote for Obama and only one vote for Romney?

No one is going to buy this.  As the news media in Ohio publishes this....it's going to ruffle up some folks in these voting precincts who voted.  Twenty-five folks will meet at some pub and compare their notes....they all know that they voted for Romney at the local precinct but there's only one vote showing. Anger and hostility is going to brew locally about this.  Their vote didn't get counted.

Some Studies Don't Mean Much

Some folks went and did a big study of drinking out in Finland.  Around 55k folks were surveyed for a fair amount of time, and the study came to this conclusion for Finnish drinkers....if you lived within walking distance of a pub or drinking establishment....you tended to drink excessively.

Some folks in the US took this study and hinted very strongly that the same could be said of American drinkers....if you lived near a pub, bar or establishment....you probably were capable of excessive drinking.

I paused and pondered over this.  Finland is an odd area to conduct a drinking survey.  Most Europeans would suggest that Finns tend to drink whether the bar is half a mile away or six miles away.  Finns drink daily.  Finns tend to drink when they are happy, or sad.  In general....Finns just drink.

Here's the deal about drinking in a pub around the corner from your house or apartment.  If you want to drink and avoid a DWI....the best deal is to drink near your home and then just walk home.  It doesn't matter if you live in Miami, London, or Rome....it makes sense to have your drinks nearby and then walk home.

My guess is that the survey folks wanted to demonstrate something or make a commentary.  But the truth is.....you picked an odd topic that has other factors tied to it.  They just couldn't tie those factors into their statistics though.  So you end up with a long report....with limited end-results.

My Neighborhood

For most folks, there's a big bold world in DC that you don't normally hear about.  In recent months, there's a topic which has become discussed widely....the height of buildings.  You see...back in the 1910 period, the political folks of DC sat around and got the idea that there ought to be a limit to the height of buildings in DC.  So it came down to ten stories or 130 feet.  That was the magic number.

For one hundred years, this law sat there.  Over the last decade....DC politicians have gotten to the point of thinking about real estate and where they could be....if the 130-ft rule didn't exist.  So they'd like to change it.  But because this is a district administrated by Congress....DC local politicians can't do much of anything except ask for a change.

The reason for the limit?  Most folks in 1910 felt that the Capital building and the Washington Monument....were the outstanding "markers" of DC (at least of that time).  They didn't want a thirty-story building out in the background.  So before this got to be an issue....they established the DC height rules.

You can this little issue brewing.  There are probably forty properties around the city of DC today....that would like to expand and put up fairly tall buildings.  Some might be office buildings....some might be apartment buildings.  There's dozens of folks out there with options on property who could clear millions, if the height rule would just shift....even if it went to 260 ft or twenty stories, they'd be happy.

With all the weird stuff, shootings, corruption, murders, and robberies going on....this is probably the only positive episode that you can find on the DC priority list.