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Nov 28 robotslave commented on The Morning News: Seattle Mexican Consul to Help WA Latinxs Prepare for Trump Presidency, An Interfaith Meeting at UW.
Using the word "Latin" or its contrived variants is problematic when you're referring to a group of people which includes many whose first language was not Latinate (Mayan derivatives live on; just ask the Zapatistas).

When talking about the descendants of the original inhabitants of Central and South America, the more accurate term would be "Native Americans," but it seems that's taken already.
Nov 2 robotslave commented on Nate Silver Is Here To Ruin Your Morning.
@24

Thanks, I hadn't seen that.

So it looks like Nate's outlier prediction is about equally due to 1) when determining uncertainty, assigning a much greater weight to the proportion of undecided voters, and 2) when calibrating the model, refusing to throw out pre-2000 polling data that is known to be bad.

Good to know!
Nov 2 robotslave commented on The Agony and Ecstasy of Big Star's Complete Third, the Ultimate Broken Masterpiece.
This is why The Stranger doesn't have a music section anymore.

The audience for music journalism is young, and always has been. You're not going to reach them with reviews of records released 40 years ago, written by men released 50 years ago.

The audience for The Stranger, however, is aging just as fast as its senior staff-- and while that's a demographic that does absolutely love to be reminded that it was once young, it's not a demo that can stay awake while you express your enthusiasm for a new musical troupe.

Ergo, this bit of pandering to the audience that will cherish recognizing the once-obscure music playing at a discrete volume while they eat their 45-dollar steaks in the city's best new restaurants.
Nov 2 robotslave commented on Nate Silver Is Here To Ruin Your Morning.
@7, @9

You seem to have missed the point.

All three of the sources I cited are poll aggregators. It is "the math talking" for all of them, and has been all along. The differences between the probabilities they each produce come from their methodologies-- the particular math that each one uses to make predictions based on the same third-party poll results they all start with.

Nate's methodology is producing an outlier result when you do a meta aggregation-- an aggregate of aggregators. And Nate has given us no justification for that outlier result-- or conversely, no reason to doubt the methodology of his competitors.
Nov 2 robotslave commented on The Morning News: State Senator Andy Hill Dies, AG Finds Flaws in Washington Gun Laws.
@11

Oh no, a reading comprehension insult!

Man, that is a real stinger. I can never come up with a good reply when internet commenters bring out the big guns like that.

Look, you're right, I can't understand all these difficult words and sentences and things, so since you're so good at it, why don't you read through the court filing and tell us which paragraphs cover Whitlatch's firing and/or potential re-hiring?
Nov 2 robotslave commented on The Morning News: State Senator Andy Hill Dies, AG Finds Flaws in Washington Gun Laws.
@7

Sean's op-ed does nothing but exacerbate the problem he describes.

It's yet another instance of a writer at The Stranger completely failing to realize that he is very much part of "The Media" and assume the responsibility that goes along with the privilege.

Sean's refusal to let the little people attach their dirty little thoughts and criticisms to his pure and truly heartfelt proclamations is part of the problem, of course, but I doubt he'll ever let himself look at it that way.
Nov 2 robotslave commented on The Morning News: State Senator Andy Hill Dies, AG Finds Flaws in Washington Gun Laws.
@4

Whitlatch was fired over a year ago. This lawsuit has nothing to do with continuing her career as a police officer, which was over well before the suit was filed.
Nov 2 robotslave commented on Nate Silver Is Here To Ruin Your Morning.
I have to wonder why Nate Silver is doing this when there are other poll aggregators in the game.

He lost his marbles at the end of September, too, insisting Trump had an even shot when all the other aggregators had him at 20% tops. Nate never explained his reasons for doubting other aggregation methodologies then, and he doesn't explain anything this time around, either.

Here are the electoral college based win probabilities from the three most popular aggregators as of Nov 2:

Princeton Election Consortium: Clinton 97%

NY Times Upshot: Clinton 87%, Trump 13%

Nate "Please somebody pay attention to m… Clinton 70%, Trump 30%
Nov 2 robotslave commented on The Morning News: State Senator Andy Hill Dies, AG Finds Flaws in Washington Gun Laws.
I find it weird that that long Seattle Bike Blog post doesn't have a single sentence in it about the proposed waterfront plan's impact on cyclists.

Maybe this has something to do with all the noise I hear about some activists being more anti-car than pro-bike?