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Map1 - Teen Pregnancy
Map2 - Incarceration
Map3 - Homicide Rates
Map4 - Drop-out Rates
Map5 - Bankruptcy Rates
Map6 - Driving Distances
Map7 - Energy Use
Map8 - Gonorrhea!
Map9 - Tax Burden
Map10 - State GDP
Map11 - DHS funding
Map12 - Adult Illiteracy.
Map13 - Abortion Bans:
Map14 - ER Quality
Map15 - Hospital Quality
Map16 - Coal Burners
Map 17 - Infant Mortality
Map 18 - Toxic Waste
Map 19 - Obesity
Map 20 - Poverty
Map 21 - Occupational safety
Map 22 - Traffic deaths
Map 23 - Divorce
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Figure 2 - Unemployment vs Right to work
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Gore smear falling apart
Here's the story.

A fake policy group, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research publishes Al Gore's Personal Energy Use Is His Own "Inconvenient Truth", an article alleging that Al Gore, because of the amount of money he spends on power is a hypocrite.

Within hours, the story travels to the wingnutosphere via Drudge. Interesting how a fake group with a website with no traffic is immediately picked up by Drudge and then Fox news?

After this legitimate (ha ha) news agencies like ABC and CNN pick up the story. Because, you know, it's true if the story is propagated by a fake policy group and a right wing nut like Drudge. No one bothers, you know, fact checking to see if this group is real (Huffington Post shows that they actually have no traffic on their site, it's clearly a set up).

Finally, someone bother to ask Al Gore about all this. What's the real story? He buys all his power from green/renewable sources and offsets his carbon footprint with carbon credits. He's also apparently installing solar panels and taking other steps to decrease power usage.

So, power usage != huge carbon footprint. But are the conservatives and libertarians satisfied? You think they'd approve of a market solution to a pollution problem? Nope, they're just hacks. So when AEI and CEI and all those other BS denialist groups say they're "non-partisan" or when Reason says it's guided by libertarian principles, you know they're full of shit. Their guiding principle is they hate Al Gore, they hate environmentalism, and they're only interested in the "freedom" of their corporate financiers.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Hey, anyone else think that people who make these rational actor economics arguments are totally full of shit?

This diary at Kos extensively documents the proof that they are. I'm glad someone got around to damning these arguments for me. I simply don't have the time. But every time I do see research on consumer behavior or economic decision making the exact opposite of what the economists claim seems to be true. The consumer tends to make exactly the opposite of the right decision when faced with a choice. Consumers rely on information from misleading advertisements, poorly-written and researched news articles, pretty labels, etc., to dissuade them from doing things like buying generics, purchasing efficient vehicles, or avoiding fraudulent or worthless products.

This, more than anything, is why I think the Milton Friedman/libertarian types are full of shit. Whenever their arguments are studied scientifically, they're proven wrong.

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