Paul Krugman: Liberals, Conservatives, and Jobs (NY Times)
If creating "millions" of jobs means adding 2 million or more in a given year, then we did that in three of Jimmy Carter's four years in office, and 13 times since Reagan left the White House - 8 times under Bill Clinton, twice under George W. Bush, and three times so far under Barack Obama. Actually, the only times we haven't added millions of jobs under Democrats have been in the aftermath of severe shocks - the oil shock of 1979 and the financial crisis of 2008.
Paul Krugman: Charlatans, Cranks, and Cooling (NY Times)
Now, all of this raises some interesting problems for the assessment of economic policy. Because they're politically conservative, hot states tend to have low minimum wages and low taxes on rich people. And someone who is careless, cynical, or both, could easily take the faster growth of these states as evidence that conservative economic policies work. That is, charlatans and cranks can, all too easily, end up claiming credit for economic and demographic trends that are actually the result of air conditioning.
Gonna declare this one a can o'worms - more than one viable answer (but, fwiw, was going for 'rabbit test').
The rabbit test, or "Friedman test", was an early pregnancy test developed in 1931 by Maurice Harold Friedman and Maxwell Edward Lapham at the University of Pennsylvania as an improvement on the 1927 test developed by Bernhard Zondek and Selmar Aschheim. The original test actually used mice, and was based upon the observation that when urine from a woman in the early months of pregnancy is injected into immature female mice, the ovaries of the mice enlarge and show follicular maturation. The test was considered reliable, with an error rate of less than 2%. The rabbit test became a widely used bioassay (animal-based test) to test for pregnancy. The term "rabbit test" was first recorded in 1949 but became a common phrase in the English language.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
I think you want "rabbit test", but note that there are other "Friedman tests", most notably a test from non-parametric statistics developed early in his career by the crank economist Milton Friedman.
First, I found this: The Friedman test is used for one-way repeated measures analysis of variance by ranks. In its use of ranks it is similar to the Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance by ranks.
I kept reading and found that the Friedman test for pregnancy is AKA the Rabbit Test.
Which was the answer to Monday's Trivia Question, IIRC. Clever.
MAM, I've never seen a collection of evaporated milk cans quite like the one you shared. Wow.
Happier than a Bactrian on - well, you know.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
The Rabbit Test. Not fucking Milton Friedman's Statistical Anals. Hated the two quarters of Statistics I had to take for Upper Division GE credits! Only classes that I ever took Pass/Fail. Awe…Poor bunny rabbits! Just think…..most of us have killed a hare at one time in your life! Rabbit stew.
That's all Folks
Alan J answered:
DJ Useo responded:
I never heard'a it, but I've been doing your trivia contest a while now,
& I think I perceive a pattern here. My guess is "rabbit test".
Yesterday's subject was milk, & that reminded me of a fun, true story.
I use'ta work in East Lansing, Michigan at a 7/11 type store that we
commonly referred to as "Miserable Dairy".
Their specialty was selling milk in a plastic bag. Sure, it cost less,
but those bags were problematic.
During an especially hectic shift, the delivery of new bagged milk arrived as normal.
After a few minutes, while I was running a cash register, we all heard a "river-like" noise, & a lot of loud cursing.
Next thing I knew there was about 4-6 inches of milk flooding towards the front of the store from the stockroom in the back.
The bags of milk were not sealed properly, & they all burst, flooding the place with white, cold milk! Rofl.
It took over a week to clean the place, & get rid of the smell of spoilt milk. What a mistake to make! Hahaha!
MAM , returning, wrote:
Kappa test ~ Determines the degree of agreement between two variables. It's most common use is to compare the scores of two raters. Test designed by Milton Friedman.
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CBS fills the night with LIVE'NCAA March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNDave (from 3/13/15) are Kevin Bacon, Jimmie Walker, and the Airborne Toxic Event.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE it's TBA (there's only 3 to pick from).
NBC begins the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'The Slap'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Alan Cumming, Carey Mulligan, Ludacris.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are The Count, Paula Pell.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Elisha Cuthbert, Gap Dream, Etan Cohen.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Zooey Deschanel, Guillermo Diaz, Charlie Wilson.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a RERUN'The Flash'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Backstrom'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
AMC offers the movie 'Under Siege', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', then the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Eleventh Hour
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Beast Below
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Victory of the Daleks
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Finn McCool's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
[8:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
[9:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
[10:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Hannah & Mason's
[11:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
[12:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
[1:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 1
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 2
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 3
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 4 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL', 'Workaholics', followed by 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is John Hargrove.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Tiana.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man', followed by the movie 'The Other Guys', then a FRESH'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Vikings'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-WAYNE COYNE WEARS A HALLOWEEN COSTUME
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DANE COOK WEARS A BLACK BLAZER & TAILORED PANTS
[7:00AM] WASSUP ROCKERS
[9:15AM] THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
[11:15AM] THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
[1:30PM] WASSUP ROCKERS
[3:45PM] THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
[5:45PM] BURN AFTER READING
[8:00PM] JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
[10:15PM] CLERKS II
[12:30AM] JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
[2:45AM] CLERKS II
[5:00AM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[5:30AM] PORTLANDIA-FASHION (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
[6:15AM] Law & Order-Life Choice
[7:15AM] Out of Sight
[10:00AM] The Natural
[3:15PM] The Ledge
[10:00PM] Panic Room
[12:30AM] Panic Room
[3:00AM] Blue Valentine
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-New Girl (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Predator 2', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then the movie 'The Punisher'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Will Ferrell, Ellie Kemper, and Andy Woodhull.
After weeks of speculation, Jeremy Clarkson was officially fired by the BBC on Wednesday.
The ruling came after the "Top Gear" host was the subject of an internal investigation following an assault earlier this month when he got into a fracas with one of the show's producers over the lack of hot food after filming.
"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," BBC Director-General Tony Hall said in a statement. "It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon."
Clarkson, who is infamous for his politically incorrect remarks, spent 20 minutes verbally abusing producer Oisin Tymon, before launching a 30 second physical assault on him, reported the Telegraph.
The outburst occurred when Clarkson, 54, demanded steak and fries after a day of filming, but was told that the hotel in North Yorkshire, England, where the crew was staying, was no longer serving hot food.
An eaglet hatched in the Pennsylvania wild was seen for the first time on Wednesday by thousands who watched live footage of the fuzzy fledgling from a camera monitoring a resurgence of bald eagles in the northeastern United States.
After launching bald eagle restoration projects in recent decades, which involved transporting hundreds of the birds from Canada, northeastern U.S. states have begun to see a significant increase in the bird's populations, according to government data from multiple states.
Footage early on Wednesday showed an adult eagle landing on a large nest secured atop a leafless tree, the sun just peaking up over the horizon in the background.
One eagle parent could be seen quickly standing up and revealing two gray squirming eaglets, the first born a day earlier, before it flew off. The other cautiously approached its offspring, slowly positioning its feet on either side of them in order to settle on top.
Jacques Pepin, the French chef who helped introduce generations of Americans to refined cuisine, is recovering after suffering a minor stroke.
Pepin, 79, was at his Connecticut home with friends Sunday evening when he began displaying symptoms of a stroke. He received prompt treatment and was released from the hospital Tuesday, his daughter, Claudine Pepin, told The Associated Press. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Pepin cancelled an appearance this Friday at the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in Washington, D.C. He'd planned to attend a party in honour of his upcoming 80th birthday, but instead will make a statement via video conference. His daughter says Pepin otherwise is committed to returning to his normal schedule.
"Oh my god, he made soup this morning," she said. "I will do my best to lighten the load, but he's not of the mind to cancel anything. Honestly, he wanted to go to IACP. He's like, 'I'm talking. I can walk. Let's go.'"
A woman displays a 100.20-carat diamond ring at a pre-auction viewing at Sotheby's in Los Angeles, California March 25, 2015. Sotheby's says the ring is expected to sell for US $19-25 million.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson
Recordings that cost Donald Sterling ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers could cost the woman he was dating the fortune he lavished on her in gifts.
A lawyer for Sterling's estranged wife played snippets of the conversations recorded by V. Stiviano as he laid out his case Wednesday on why she should return more than $3.6 million the billionaire gave her in gifts that included a duplex, Ferrari, jewelry and designer clothes.
Attorney Pierce O'Donnell said in Los Angeles Superior Court that Stiviano manipulated and deceived the 80-year-old to give away community property that also belonged to Shelly Sterling, his wife of 60 years.
As both women looked on in court, defense lawyer Mac Nehoray said Donald Sterling gave the gifts when he was separated from his wife and that no real community property was transferred to his client. Further, he said the law does not allow a spouse to seek that money from a third party.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-Useless) said on Wednesday he will declare a public health disaster in a small southern Indiana county that has seen a drastic increase in HIV cases tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse since December.
Pence spoke to reporters after meeting with county officials and representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Since December, Scott County has had 72 confirmed HIV cases and seven preliminary ones. Officials fear potentially up to 100 cases could be identified.
In past years, Scott County reported less than five new HIV cases each year and had just 21 residents with HIV in 2014, according to state statistics.
While HIV is considered a sexually transmitted virus, the Indiana epidemic is unique because officials say all cases have been tied to intravenous drug use.
Millions of yellow daffodil tops sway in a light spring breeze at the annual "unofficial" La Conner Daffodil Festival, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, near La Conner, Washington. Daffodil crops are rotated every 3 years, versus a yearly rotation for tulips. Fields that are 3 years old this year will be a solid wash of bright yellow. The blooming concludes by early April.
Photo by Jordan Stead
The remains of Richard III may be locked away in a coffin to be reburied this week, but the 15th-century king's genome is still offering scientists a chance to unravel royal mysteries.
After scientists uncovered evidence of infidelity in Richard's family tree last year, they announced today (March 25) they have discovered more hints of daddy drama in the historical family.
They found a match between Richard's mitochondrial DNA (which is passed down only through the mother) and the mitochondrial DNA from two living female-line descendants of Richard's sister Anne of York: Michael Ibsen and Wendy Duldig.
But King's team didn't find a match between Richard's Y chromosome (which is passed down only through the father) and the Y chromosomes from a group of five of his living male-line relatives, who all shared a common 18th-century ancestor, Henry Somerset, fifth duke of Beaufort.
This means there was at least one "break" in the genetic line somewhere between Richard's great-great-grandfather Edward III and Henry Somerset. In other words, at some point between the 14th and 18th centuries, there was at least one case of a child whose biological father was not his recorded father.
A plume of ash and steam rises from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the town of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico, early Wednesday, March 25, 2015. During the last 24 hours, activity at the volcano has increased moderately but the alert level remains unchanged.
Photo by Dario Lopez-Mills
Authorities in North Carolina are looking at ways to take action against a Charlotte man who stands at his front door naked.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that, while the man may be annoying his neighbours, he hasn't been charged because what he's done isn't illegal. State law says someone can't expose himself in a place where the public has access.
At a meeting Monday night, homeowners said the man stands naked at his door several times a week and has been doing so for years.
The man told WBTV-TV he's only been inside his home naked and that his privacy has been violated.
A newborn giraffe baby stands next to its mother Sandra in the Savannah House of the Budapest Zoo in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The sex of the calf could not have been determined yet.
Photo by Attila Kovacs
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