Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Plugging Bad Data and Leakers

Maybe we’re not getting the best outcomes from having the products of our warped political system basing life-and-death decisions on charts that some operative’s google results spat out which nobody on that dais understands but is now stuck with. From July 2:
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Today:
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The obvious questions:

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The Room Where It Happened (3)

Here are the rest of the excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.
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Reflecting Pools

Time for reflection on this coronavirus mess including my big five issues that nobody seems to be addressing.

But first, State Senator Declan O’Scanlon summed it up on June 16 this way:
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I agree and anyone wondering whether indoor pools can open must feel the same way since we had this tweet on Thursday:

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The Room Where It Happened (2)

Halfway through and here are more excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.

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The Room Where It Happened (1)

One-third of the way through and here are excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.

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Priorities

Here is a glimpse inside the workings of government in New Jersey from an nj.com story that Murphy was questioned about soon after it appeared:
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Murphy’s non-response is at the bottom:

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Taking the L out of BLS

‘L’ as in legitimate which can’t be applied to the numbers released yesterday at 8:30 am in the unemployment report that started off with this paragraph:

Total nonfarm payrollemployment rose by 2.5 million in May, and the unemployment rate declined to 13.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In May, employment rose sharply in leisure and hospitality, construction, education and health services, and retail trade. By contrast, employment in government continued to decline sharply.

That’s about as far as most media look which allowed for this to go on two hours later:
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Let’s look at page 6 of that 42 page report:

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Protesting Hypocrisy

Back on April 28, 2020:
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This was the risky congregating being done back then:

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Murphy’s Law of Science

insidernj is asking its readers to give a letter grade to the Murphy administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. You can vote here but it is not very scientific as it does not block multiple votes. I gave him four Ds, three from the same computer.

Coincidentally, my main reason for the Ds is the dearth of science in Murphy’s decisions, as echoed by Jeff Edelstein in the Trentonian:

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Covering Your Base

Has the Murphy administration botched their response to this pandemic so badly that a 9/11-style post mortem commission is warranted?
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Now in full CYA mode attempts are being made to mitigate earlier blunders and appease some of their prime constituencies (in this case, the NJEA and the guys who provide those luxury box seats):

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