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Of electoral votes and doppelganger strippers

August 24, 2012

During Thursday’s lecture, I mentioned Nate Silver’s blog, which focuses on polling and forecasting the vote of the Electoral College. Silver has proved so astute that the New York Times bought his blog, and he’s part of that news organization now. His blog is worth checking out.

I also alluded to news media reports about the sex industry’s interest in the upcoming RNC in Tampa. Although some Tampa Bay Times journalists have chided the visiting media’s seeming obsession with this tawdry aspect of political culture — surely, there must be more pressing issues we need to know about — and where it intersects with tawdry aspects of Tampa culture, sure enough, the Times fell into step by publishing a Q&A with Lisa Ann, the porn actor who has played Sarah Palin and who incorporates that characterization into her club act.  Judge for yourself, but educate yourself first.

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