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Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history

President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, edging out the 1984 election when Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide.
Reagan won both men and women in that election, but carried men by 28 points and women by only 10 – a disparity of 18 points.

2012 was the fifth straight election to feature a double-digit gender gap.

Still, Romney performed better among women than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did in 2008. Obama had a 14-point advantage among female voters over his GOP counterpart that year. Romney also outperformed McCain among men in this election – in 2008 Obama and McCain split the male vote.

The politics of gender played a significant role throughout the 2012 election, as Romney looked to cut into Obama’s advantage among female voters by framing the economy as a women’s issue.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:23 AM (9 replies)

Three somewhat similar maps

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:19 AM (16 replies)

Lockheed Martin, Home Of Today’s Second Ethics-Driven Resignation

Move over, David Petraeus. You’re not the only leading member of the defense establishment to be in hot water over your personal life this afternoon.

Christopher E. Kubasik, the vice-chairman, president and COO of defense giant Lockheed Martin LMT +0.07%, who was scheduled to become the company’s CEO in January, resigned today after it was confirmed he had a “close personal relationship with a subordinate employee.”

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 9, 2012 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] announced today that its board of directors asked for and received the resignation of Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. The board also elected Marillyn A. Hewson, 58, president and COO, and a director effective immediately, and chief executive officer (CEO) and president effective January 1, 2013. Hewson will also retain her role as executive vice president of Electronic Systems business area until the end of this year.

Kubasik, previously slated to become CEO in January, resigned after an ethics investigation confirmed that he had a close personal relationship with a subordinate employee. His actions violated the company’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, but did not affect the company’s operational or financial performance.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:24 AM (2 replies)

Real Fox Headline:Republican Soul Searching Probably Mostly Pointless

I was just surfing to see what Fox was up to ...... I really didn't need to read the article but the headline wrote itself.....LOL

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:41 PM (10 replies)

Mapping Racist Tweets after the election

Mapping Racist Tweets in Response to President Obama's Re-election
During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama's re-election, as chronicled by Jezebel (thanks to Chris Van Dyke for bringing this our attention). It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad. Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extends into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours; and in turn, data from the geoweb can be used to reflect the geographies of racist practice back onto the places from which they emerged.

Using DOLLY we collected all the geocoded tweets from the last week (beginning November 1) with racist terms that also reference the election in order to understand how these everyday acts of explicit racism are spatially distributed. Given the nature of these search terms, we've buried the details at the bottom of this post in a footnote [1].

Given our interest in the geography of information we wanted to see how this type of hate speech overlaid on physical space. To do this we aggregated the 395 hate tweets to the state level and then normalized them by comparing them to the total number of geocoded tweets coming out of that state in the same time period [2]. We used a location quotient inspired measure (LQ) that indicates each state's share of election hate speech tweet relative to its total number of tweets.[3] A score of 1.0 indicates that a state has relatively the same number of hate speech tweets as its total number of tweets. Scores above 1.0 indicate that hate speech is more prevalent than all tweets, suggesting that the state's "twitterspace" contains more racists post-election tweets than the norm.

So, are these tweets relatively evenly distributed? Or do some states have higher specializations in racist tweets? The answer is shown in the map below (also available here in an interactive version) in which the location of individual tweets (indicated by red dots)[4] are overlaid on color coded states. Yellow shading indicates states that have a relatively lower amount of post-election hate tweets (compared to their overall tweeting patterns) and all states shaded in green have a higher amount. The darker the green color the higher the location quotient measure for hate tweets.

The map is larger and more interactive at the link.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:10 AM (0 replies)

GOP Girl learning of the defeat

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:13 AM (65 replies)

Hacked Nissan EVs power homes after Hurricane Sandy

As millions of people fired up generators and burned candles in the wake of superstorm Sandy, some EV owners hacked their cars to keep their lights on and refrigerators humming.

For Virginia resident Scott Wilson, that involved nothing more than making sure his Nissan Leaf's battery pack was topped up the night before, along with having a ProWatt 1000 DC-to-AC converter and a pair of $25 (£15) cables at the ready. And it's something that EV owners along the east coast can do as they prepare for the latest nor'easter front.

After a derecho storm hit the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest in June of this year and Wilson lost power for a few days, he wanted a sure-fire plan to keep the juice flowing during Sandy. That involved ordering the ProWatt from an online marine store (for $270 (£170), which could use the electricity from his Leaf's 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to power his refrigerator, microwave and even his coffee maker -- although not all at once.

"I had the inverter hooked up and ready earlier in the day," Wilson told Wired.com, explaining that the modification had been done by many members on the MyNissanLeaf enthusiast site, and others involved in the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC.

The Leaf's DC-DC converter can supply up to 1.7kW of electricity, but keeping the draw between 1.0 and 1.5 kW is the safer bet, according to members of the EVADC website. And the real key is making sure not to plug the converter's terminals to the negative post on the Leaf's 12V auxiliary battery -- it's equipped with sensors and could have implications for the charging system.



Now that's pretty smart.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:31 AM (1 replies)

Obama v Romney – Social Media Election 2012 [Infographic]

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:34 AM (3 replies)

HSBC investigation: Drug dealers, gun runners and Britain’s biggest bank

9:52PM GMT 08 Nov 2012
The tax authorities have obtained details of every British client of HSBC in Jersey after a whistleblower secretly provided a detailed list of names, addresses and account balances earlier this week.
The Telegraph understands that among those identified on the list are Daniel Bayes, a drug dealer who is now in Venezuela; Michael Lee, who was convicted of possessing more than 300 weapons at his house in Devon; three bankers facing major fraud allegations and a man once dubbed London’s “number two computer crook”. A series of other accounts containing six-figure deposits are also registered to modest addresses in relatively poor parts of the country.

The disclosures raise serious questions about HSBC’s procedures in Jersey, with the bank already preparing to pay fines of around $1.5 billion in America for breaking money laundering rules.

The bank is legally obliged to report to the authorities any suspicions about the source of money deposited in its accounts.

Many in the US have HSBC as their mortgage holder.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:28 AM (1 replies)

Zogby went ballistic on Nate Silver... tweets

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:21 AM (2 replies)
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