Five years ago at the blog: there are things I’d change if I were writing this today, but the title wouldn’t be one of them
This post is by Unknown from West Coast Stat Views (on Observational Epidemiology and more)
I'd definitely address gerrymandering if I were writing this today. I don't have a good answer for why I didn't back then.
Of course, the crazies have grown in number and in lunacy and have grown more dangerous. Now a plurality and possibly a plurality of one of the two major parties holds demonstrable delusions among their core political beliefs.
If the crazies leave, the Republicans cease to have a viable party.
The GOP needs the crazies more than the crazies need the GOP.
Now let's generalize the idea somewhat. Let's say you have N shareholders whom you have brought together to form a majority. Some of the members of your alliance have a large number of shares, some have very few, but even the one with the smallest stake has enough that if he or she drops out, you will be below 50%. In this scenario, every member of the alliance has equal veto power.
I apologize for the really, really basic fun-with-math explanation, but this principle has become increasingly fundamental in 21st-century (Read more...)