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The more I look at the utter disaster that is Obamacare, the more I am grateful for the NHS here in the UK and the way it is funded (through the general tax system). It seems to me that to

Posted in US Politics

Modelling Elector Behaviour

A fascinating interview with Jim Messina who has been hired by the Conservatives in the UK to help them at the next General Election. Amazing stuff. They basically modelled elector behaviour and worked out what things made people more likely

Posted in Statistics, UK Politics, US Politics Tagged with: , , , , ,

Guns Don’t Kill People, Statisticians Do

Last week the US Senate failed to enact the proposed gun reform laws that Obama and others were pressing to get through Congress. The response to this from some in the United States was of horror and disbelief, but sometimes

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Predicting the USA

Last Update – 0900 GMT 6th November What’s that I hear you say? You want me to put my statistical analytical skills to work to predict the outcome of the Presidential Election in the USA on Tuesday? Why certainly! I’m

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The Religious Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

Fascinating developments in the USA where, as North Carolina comes out and votes yes on Amendment One (banning the recognition not just of gay marriage but Civil Unions in the State), President Obama comes out and declares his support for

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Interesting Marriage Equality Case in the US

A very interesting test case is coming up in the USA around the recognition of same-sex marriage. As you might recall, two weeks ago a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, killing a number of people. An awful moment

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Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ and brought his brother with him: call us by your holy word, and give us grace to follow you without delay and to tell the good news of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
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No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
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