Monday, February 22, 2010

Cruising the Web

Why did NBC relegate the exciting USA-Canada game to MSNBC while the main channel showed ice dancing and tape-delayed skiing? What type of decision-making was that?

Joe Sestak is saying that the White House offered him an administration job if he'd drop out of the primary against Arlen Specter. If that is indeed true, it's a federal crime. Literally.

The next economic bubble is carbon trading.
And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon credits, or finding carbon reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible.

The states are trying to legislate
their own barrier against Obamacare.

Andrew Coulson shows
how the District of Columbia spent a whopping $28,000 per pupil in the 2008-09 school year. If you take out special education students, they spent an average of $23,000 per pupil. As John Stossel points out,
Oh, and the $7,500 for voucher schools? Turns out that the average voucher school only charges $6,620 (many are catholic schools.) So they cost a quarter of what public schools do, but still they do better!
Yup. And that's the program that the Democrats are ending. Great thinking there.

Another global warming claim that has had to be retracted because of problems with the data.

David Rivkin and Lee Casey explain
again for those who didn't get civics in school that our founding fathers deliberately created a government that would find it very difficult to pass legislation unless there was a general consensus supporting it.

Susan Estrich explains
what went wrong with Obama's agenda.
It's not a communications problem. What's gone wrong is that people see the country swimming in debt, see the jobs recovery lagging, see friends and neighbors who are not even hanging on, and they just don't know how this administration is planning to pay for a massive health care reform effort.
When Estrich understands that undertaking a humongous new program when the country is being buried by debt, you'd think that other Democrats might also be getting that message. And yet the party leaders are quite happy to try to ram through their unpopular program through reconciliation.

Here is a set of very depressing statistics from the New York Times about how many people are among the discouraged unemployed. Just ponder this chart.


Pat Patterson said...

Maybe the nuns, priests and lay teachers in Washington DC should organize a union. Then they could donate money and find Congress has an almost pathological need to save their jobs.

Jeff said...

What made NBC's decision even more absurd was the fact that, three hours after the game was over, they broke into their "live" Sunday night coverage - which of course, the West Coast gets to see on tape delay - to show the last minute of the game and then breathlessly comment about how dramatic it was.

ic said...

NBC: must be the same geniuses who created the Obrien-Leno mess.

LarryD said...

I thought the carbon-credit market had already collapsed, what with the discovery that 90% of the activity in Europe was driven by fraud, and the moribundity of the carbon-tax bill in the Senate.

tfhr said...

Al Gore will be exchanging his Nobel Prize for Ponzi schemes in for a Bernie Madoff Prize soon.

Pat Patterson said...

Back to the Olympic coverage but in the last few years under ABC the broadcasts had begun shifting to more fluffier pieces and much more coverage of sports that would attract a female audience. But under NBC its gotten completely out of hand when the broadcasters noticed that for every male that lost interest, such as myself, more females tuned into the Games.

At least now you can actually see the prelims for the entire event not just as before either with the favorites or just Americans. I still think Avery Brundage, though a bigot and possibly a racist, was right in wanting to drop all judged sports from the Winter and Summer Games.

I've always wondered how spandex, makeup, and choreography fit into the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" or Faster, Higher and Stronger.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

That would be a deal with the devil, if there ever was one.


Is that the theme song for the Exorcist I hear? Hmmmm. "The power of TERM LIMITS compels you. The power of TERM LIMITS compels you."

Priscilla said...

The first question seems to answer itself. MSNBC sure can use a boost to it's ratings. Isn't the hockey fan base a prime demographic?

dhogaza said...

"Another global warming claim that has had to be retracted because of problems with the data."

It was actually a "sea level rise won't be as bad as the consensus says" claim that has had to be retracted because of problems with their computations, not "the data".

Actually the only recent peer-reviewed paper making that claim. Now that it's retracted, the consensus for higher sea level rise by 2100 is *strengthened*.

One of the two scientists responsible for uncovering those errors, and forcing action by the journal that led to the retraction, is Real Climate blogger Stefan Rahmstorf.

It is interesting to see people pick up on this, thinking that it somehow weakens the case for serious sea level rise by the end of the century, when actually, it does THE OPPOSITE.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

not that i'd normally care anything about it, but i stumbled across this item:

The early television ratings from Sunday night are in.

For all those – including me – who lambasted NBC’s decision of putting Sunday night’s thrilling United States victory over Canada on sister station MSNBC, we can eat humble pie. Turns out NBC does actually know what it's doing, after all.

Nationally, an average of 23.3 million viewers tuned in each half-hour from 7:30 pm EST until 10 o’clock pm EST to watch ice dancing and other Olympic highlights on NBC.

Almost 15 million less people (an average of 8.22 million) tuned into MSNBC in the U.S. during that same time period to watch the United States beat Canada to earn the No. 1 seed and cap off their preliminary round schedule.

That sounds like a win-win for NBC.

Let's put those numbers in perspective:

•Sunday night was the most watched hockey game in the U.S. since May 10, 1973 (Chicago vs. Montral, Game 6). Sunday night’s game had more viewers than Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final between Detroit and Pittsburgh.
•It is the second most-watched program in MSNBC history, falling just 8,000 average viewers short of the 2008 Presidential Election coverage.
•MSNBC is available in 78 million households, NBC is available in 112 million households.

wag said...

Wait, so one of the low-end estimates of sea level rise gets retracted, and you say this is evidence... that sea levels won't rise?

When you remove a below-average number from a data set, the average RISES.

Pat Patterson said...

Except those higher estimates were using the same methadology and drawn from the same sources. The joke is trying to compress an event that started over 8,000 years ago into 100 years of industrial activity.

dhogaza said...

"Except those higher estimates were using the same methadology and drawn from the same sources."

No, they aren't using the same methodology. ("methadology" sounds like a technique used to treat heroin addiction...)

People can look up this stuff themselves, you know?

Tacitus Voltaire, remember that far fewer homes receive MSNBC than receive NBC by broadcast signal (like cable-free me) or cable.

That will skew the numbers towards NBC. Others might not have known the hockey game was on MSNBC.

On the other hand, with that big a difference in numbers, among those who could choose between NBC and MSNBC, I don't doubt that most chose the NBC multi-sport program. That's part of the appeal of the olympics, being able to watch a bunch of sports that rarely make it to TV, in a concentrated form.