Archive for January 9th, 2008
Time for some silliness in the form of the “Which Railway Are You”-quiz:
You’re the Eurostar!
While you’ve seen many countries and learned many languages,
most people remember one thing about you. You crossed an area that most
thought was uncrossable. While this used to make you a celebrity amongst
friends and neighbors, it seems many have already forgotten the amazement
they once felt in your presence. You have a bad habit of confusing the
letter T with the letters CH. Your favorite book is A Tale of Two
Take the Trains and Railroads Quiz
at RMI Miniature Railroads.
OK, I have actually travelled with the Eurostar between Paris and London.
Hat tip: Matthew Shugart (who was the Qinghai-Tibet Railway)
Chris Bertram challenged me to write 7000 years of Danish history in 50 words.
Denmark has been inhabited since the last Ice Age. Around 1000 AD Danish kings established a Baltic empire. Denmark’s position began to decline at the end of the Middle Age and after successive losses of territories, Denmark emerged in its present form as a small nation-state during the 19th Century.
Next, I’ll be doing 50 years of Danish history in 7000 words but that’s for a book.
The US primaries aren’t really within my field of expertise but I noted an interesting discussion about religion and politics, or to be more specific Mormonism and Catholicism, which has spread to several blogs.
The problem is this: Does Mitt Romney’s religious background (not his actual positions) limit his appeal to specific groups of voters, in particular Catholics?
The received media wisdom is that Romney’s Mormon background is a problem – even if Southern Baptists seem to have a bigger problem with the Latter Day Saints – and an analysis of the results of the Iowa primaries on the county level would suggest empirical corroboration.
An analysis of exit-poll data on the individual level from the New Hampshire primaries, on the other hand, suggests that Romney does appeal to Catholics as well as Protestants.
So in case you should need a useful case for a discussion of the impact of level of analysis in a methods course, the primaries could be of interest.
PS: And of cause New Hampshire isn’t Iowa and the procedures of the primaries differ.
PPS: Matthew Shugart’s post about Obama and post-partisan mythology is worth reading, if you haven’t already done so.
I want one of these!