David Sparks, a PhD candidate in political science at Duke University, has produced a fascinating video that details the shifting two-party vote over the last century, in isarithmic form. As he explains, isarithmic maps "are essentially topographic or contour maps, wherein a third variable is represented in two dimensions by color, or by contour lines, indicating gradations." The results vividly illustrate well-known -- but key -- developments in presidential politics since 1920:
If there's anything funny about modern video games, and especially war-themed "first person shooters," it's that they vastly overstate the amount of action that any given soldier experiences. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" takes place in Afghanistan and has U.S. soldiers in constant combat with their Taliban foes. But as The New York Timesnotes today, war is a lot more boring in real life:
For G.I.’s, life on the front lines has two sides. There are, of course, the adrenaline-fueled moments of fighting, when soldiers try to forget their fear, remember their training and watch one another’s backs.
This isn't as surprising as The Washington Post thinks:
An unusual split has opened between conservative Republicans and the American military leadership over the U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty, with current and former generals urging swift passage but politicians expressing far more skepticism. [...]
The most recent poll from Quinnipiac University is silly, but that won't stop everybody from quoting it:
Forty-nine percent say he doesn't deserve re-election, 43 percent say he does deserve a second term, and 9 percent are undecided. Independents say he doesn't deserve another term by 51 percent to 35 percent, with 14 percent undecided. [...]