Video of the day

Yeah, I’ve become a sucker for time-lapse videos.  This one is really, really cool:

Photo of the day

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of unrelated doppelgangers.  I really didn’t like Tale of Two Cities (then again, it’s unfair to judge a novel I read when I was 15– I should probably try again), but I really did like how that was a key plot point.  Anyway, here’s a cool Buzzfeed set of unrelated people who look amazingly alike.  For my money, this is the best one:

François Brunelle

The inmates running the asylum

Suprisingly good Thomas Friedman column well worth your time:

WHEN thinking about the state of the Republican Party, I defer to a point that the Democratic consultant James Carville made the other day: “When I hear people talking about the troubled state of today’s Republican Party, it calls to mind something Lester Maddox said one time back when he was governor of Georgia. He said the problem with Georgia prisons was ‘the quality of the inmates.’ The problem with the Republican Party is the quality of the people who vote in their primaries and caucuses. Everybody says they need a better candidate, or they need a better message but — in my opinion — the Republicans have an inmate problem.” The political obsessions of the Republican base — from denying global warming to defending assault weapons to opposing any tax increases under any conditions, to resisting any immigration reform — are making it impossible to be a Republican moderate, said Carville…

But if Republicans continue to be led around by, and live in fear of, a base that denies global warming after Hurricane Sandy and refuses to ban assault weapons after Sandy Hook — a base that would rather see every American’s taxes rise rather than increase taxes on millionaires — the party has no future. It can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics and common-sense gun laws all at the same time.

Young people are turning away from guns

Well, I am on Christmas vacation, so how better to spend my time than  running GSS data on gun ownership.  (You can do it too, here!  The key variable is “owngun” — I do love the GSS variable names).   So, I realized after that last post it shouldn’t be hard to find the actual data.  First, here are the rates of gun ownership between 1972-2010:


And this chart below is gun ownership among those 18-29.  You should be able to tell just by eyeballing it that through the 1970’s young ownership was at very similar rates whereas in recent years, young adult ownership runs 10-15 points lower most years.



Not sure if there’s a way to make a more obvious comparison at the website, but this is surely good enough for a blog post :-).


Short version: young Americans are turning away from guns.  Though I’m pretty pessimistic at genuinely meaningful policy improvement in the near future, this bodes well for the long run.

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