Author Archive: statswithcats

What’s Found by Science

I wrote this in anticipation of the April 22, 2017 March for Science. It turns out there are quite a few protest songs being written about the Trump Administration. It reminds me of the 1960s, and those politicians weren’t nearly so bad. Sing this to the tune of “The Sound Of Silence” by Simon & …

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SNAP: Critical Prop

Food stamps make life a little more livable for many people. Here are some facts about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants. Participants Nearly two-thirds percent of SNAP participants were children, elderly, or had disabilities. 44% of participants were under age 18, 10% were age 60 or older, and 10% were disabled nonelderly adults. Just …

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A Lie by Any Other Name

Charles M. Blow wrote an opinion article in the New York Times on January 26, 2017 about lies told by members of the Trump administration and characterized as “alternative facts.” It reminded me of a sarcastic blog with the same title that I wrote over a decade ago about the kind of lies told by the …

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Hit the Road, Trump

Hit the Road, Trump (sing to the tune of Hit the Road, Jack) Hit the road, Trump, and don’t you come back No more. No more. No more. No more. Hit the road, Trump, and don’t you come back no more Donald, oh, Donald don’t you treat us so mean You’re the meanest old prez that we’ve …

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The Only Constant in Life is Change

The Times They Are A-Changin’ Come gather ’round people wherever you roam And admit that the waters around you have grown And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’. Bob …

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Writing Blogs

If you’ve never written a blog before, you might wonder how the process works. It’s a bit different depending on the length. Blogs less than 400 words (about four or five paragraphs) are essentially thought missiles launched from a keyboard into cyberspace. They usually convey a single idea or experience from the blogger’s consciousness rather …

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Recount Anxiety

There’s going to be a recount of votes in the presidential election in Wisconsin, and probably Michigan and Pennsylvania too. I think there are at least seven possible outcomes. The counts are about the same. There’s no verification of election fraud. Trump stills wins. Life goes on the way it’s going. The counts are significantly …

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TEN THINGS PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN DO TO WIN THE HEARTS OF AMERICANS

Dear President-Elect Trump, You astounded almost everyone by winning the 2016 U.S. election for President even though you narrowly lost the popular vote. But, half of all eligible voters in the country didn’t even bother to go to the polls. That means only about a quarter of the U.S. population really wanted you as their …

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What I Think about Hillary Clinton

She’s not a criminal. Her worst opponents, mainly Republicans, have spent half a billion dollars of taxpayer money over twenty years trying to prove she did something criminal. All they revealed was that they themselves tried to set her up to fail, established an unethical precedent which she followed, tried to frame her by leaking …

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Ten Ideas for Fixing the Federal Government

In just the past year, the country has gone through a series of divisive political debates over the economy, tax cuts, unemployment, job creation, health care, bank regulation, the budget deficit, and the debt ceiling. The only thing the two major political parties can agree on is fighting wars, enforcing pernicious drug laws, kowtowing to …

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