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After Presidential Draft Candidate System Debuts, Who’s Talking About Americans Elect and How?

On the last day of January 2012, Americans Elect rolled out its online voting system by which identity-verified delegates could draft candidates to appear on the ballot for the Americans Elect presidential nomination. Americans Elect has indirectly referred to the number of people participating in the new candidate-drafting system…

“The Americans Elect Candidates page has [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Extent, October 27 2009: 6 Standard Deviations Below the 1979-2000 Mean

The latest data on sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean includes information up through October 27, 2009:

Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center’s standard for measuring a notable deviation from the 1979-2000 sea ice average is two standard deviations, which is a reasonably strong standard, [...]

National Security Letters: On the Rise and Used Against Americans

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy described warrant-free National Security Letters in committee proceedings this morning:

They don’t require approval by a court, a grand jury or even a prosecutor. They are issued in secret, with a recipient’s silence under penalty of law. But they allow the government to collect sensitive information such as personal financial [...]

Frequency Distribution of Cosponsorship in the House through 2/8/09

For some time now, the writers of Irregular Times have been following the doings in the United States Congress with the kind of fascination that one sees in the occasional rubbernecker on the highway who actually stops to get a closer look at the carnage. We’re obsessed enough that we’ve branched out, in a manner [...]

Palinism of the Day: What's Going On in Alaska

“There’s something going on in Alaska where, you know, we get calls in our office all the time from national media outlets and international media outlets just wondering what’s going on in Alaska. And I think there’s something going on here with where you all are going as Master’s Commission students and now graduates and [...]