Can’t tell which European country is in which trans-national agency?  There’s one simple solution.  A Venn diagram.  From http://www.boingboing.net/2011/03/12/venn-diagram-illustr.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29

Can’t tell which European country is in which trans-national agency?  There’s one simple solution.  A Venn diagram.  From http://www.boingboing.net/2011/03/12/venn-diagram-illustr.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29

A plurality of Americans support same sex marriage, at least according to the 2010 edition of the General Social Survey.  More striking is the trend, which shows strong increases in support in recent years.  
It is quite clear where this is going, to stronger levels of support for gay marriage. When public will respond to public opinion is another question.

A plurality of Americans support same sex marriage, at least according to the 2010 edition of the General Social Survey.  More striking is the trend, which shows strong increases in support in recent years.  

It is quite clear where this is going, to stronger levels of support for gay marriage. When public will respond to public opinion is another question.

Support for marijuana legalization is up strongly over time. Pew finds that support and opposition is nearly evenly split (45% in favor; 46% opposed). This represents a long term trend toward legalization.
Will support continue over time? The answer is likely yes. “Young people under the age of 30 favor legalizing the use of marijuana by a  54%-42% margin. Opinion is divided among those in middle age groups. Those 65  and older are broadly opposed to legalization (66% illegal, 30% legal).”
If generational replacement leads to the replacement of the most ardent opponents in the electorate with more supporters, legalization will become the majority position.  
Of course, what will be most interesting to see at what point a mainstream politicians will support legalization, since there is nearly universal opposition to legalization among politicians. 

Support for marijuana legalization is up strongly over time. Pew finds that support and opposition is nearly evenly split (45% in favor; 46% opposed). This represents a long term trend toward legalization.

Will support continue over time? The answer is likely yes. “Young people under the age of 30 favor legalizing the use of marijuana by a 54%-42% margin. Opinion is divided among those in middle age groups. Those 65 and older are broadly opposed to legalization (66% illegal, 30% legal).”

If generational replacement leads to the replacement of the most ardent opponents in the electorate with more supporters, legalization will become the majority position.  

Of course, what will be most interesting to see at what point a mainstream politicians will support legalization, since there is nearly universal opposition to legalization among politicians. 

"Yet the Tea Party, despite the media sensation it has generated, does not  seem to have boosted the vote of candidates it supported. In the 2010 midterm,  the Tea Party…endorsed Republicans in  Republican districts, and those Republicans performed about as expected. These  factors, largely missed in commentaries on the movement and its implications for  2012, suggest that the Tea Party may not have much traction, at least in future  general elections."
—Steven Ansolabehere and James Snyder in the Boston Review

"Yet the Tea Party, despite the media sensation it has generated, does not seem to have boosted the vote of candidates it supported. In the 2010 midterm, the Tea Party…endorsed Republicans in Republican districts, and those Republicans performed about as expected. These factors, largely missed in commentaries on the movement and its implications for 2012, suggest that the Tea Party may not have much traction, at least in future general elections."

—Steven Ansolabehere and James Snyder in the Boston Review

From the just for fun file, a graphic attempt to classify the “unclassifiable” music of Radiohead. I’m as much intrigued by the creation of the graph (with folk and jazz at opposite ends of the x-axis, and alt-rock and electronic at the end of the y-axis as the coding of Radiohead songs. 

From the just for fun file, a graphic attempt to classify the “unclassifiable” music of Radiohead. I’m as much intrigued by the creation of the graph (with folk and jazz at opposite ends of the x-axis, and alt-rock and electronic at the end of the y-axis as the coding of Radiohead songs. 

Precinct-by-Precinct results of Tuesday’s Chicago mayoral election, via the indispensable SwingStateProject.com
Their description: “Blue for Rahm Emanuel (who won 2,087 precincts), red for Gery Chico (410), orange for Miguel del Valle (47). Oh, and green for Carol Moseley Braun, but you can’t tell with her, since she won exactly one precinct. There were also 11 ties. (The dashed line toward the top represents Rahm’s old congressional district, IL-05, now held by Dem Mike Quigley.)”
I have a rudimentary understanding of Chicago geography, but my quick read is that Emanuel combined strength in the “Gold Coast” North Shore region with victories in the African-American southside, while the Hispanic Chico did best in the Hispanic areas of the city.  Some Swing State commenters find Chico doing well in more conservative suburbs.  

http://swingstateproject.com/diary/8414/chicago-mayor-election-results-by-precinct 

Precinct-by-Precinct results of Tuesday’s Chicago mayoral election, via the indispensable SwingStateProject.com

Their description: “Blue for Rahm Emanuel (who won 2,087 precincts), red for Gery Chico (410), orange for Miguel del Valle (47). Oh, and green for Carol Moseley Braun, but you can’t tell with her, since she won exactly one precinct. There were also 11 ties. (The dashed line toward the top represents Rahm’s old congressional district, IL-05, now held by Dem Mike Quigley.)”

I have a rudimentary understanding of Chicago geography, but my quick read is that Emanuel combined strength in the “Gold Coast” North Shore region with victories in the African-American southside, while the Hispanic Chico did best in the Hispanic areas of the city.  Some Swing State commenters find Chico doing well in more conservative suburbs.  

http://swingstateproject.com/diary/8414/chicago-mayor-election-results-by-precinct 

The video is from Chris Hayes, substitute hosting for Rachel Maddow last night on MSNBC.  He does something that seems pretty radical for cable news—he presents a scatterplot, and then explains what it means to viewers.  

The scatterplot is from a Monkey Cage post from John Sides, comparing Union Membership and State Budget Deficits. He finds almost no relationship.

As Sides says, “I can only hope for a recurring scatterplot feature on cable news.”

P.S. Sides updated the post here with more detailed data.