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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Statistics Source

A response to this blog provides an interesting chain of links in the area of statistics, use of statistics, visual images for statistics and data resources. I am not endorsing this site, but it appears to be useful and the links may lead you to sources and information you may need for this or future course work.
CrisisMaven said...
As I see you are mentioning statistical research: I have put one of the most comprehensive link lists for hundreds of thousands of statistical sources and indicators (economics, demographics, health etc.) on my blog: Statistics Reference List. And what I find most fascinating is how data can be visualised nowadays with the graphical computing power of modern PCs, as in many of the dozens of examples in these Data Visualisation References. If you miss anything that I might be able to find for you or if you yourself want to share a resource, please leave a comment. See also Pew TrustsUS Census, other government data bases, university data bases, public data bases, military data bases, CIA World Fact Book, state and local government sites, and various on-line research data bases (ask a librarian for help). If you come across any that you feel other students may benefit from or find interesting, please let us know.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Students

Undergraduates increasingly seem to choose self-indulgence and
self-esteem over self-denial and self-questioning
Chronicle of Higher Education

I've been teaching for about 10 years now, and, of course, I was a
student for 20 years before that. So I have some experience observing my
students' sins, and perhaps even more experience committing them.

The sins that I see in the everyday life of the typical college student
are not great ones. Most of the time, they don't seem like "sins" at
all, even if one accepts the religious significance of the term. But
they spring from thoughts and behaviors that, over time, become habits.

Enabled by institutions, students repeatedly take the path of least
resistance, imagining they are making creative compromises with duty
that express their unique talents. So they choose self-indulgence
instead of self-denial, and self-esteem instead of self-questioning.

They do not understand that those choices will eventually cause more
unhappiness than the more difficult paths they chose not to walk.

The traditional model of the "Seven Deadly Sins" provides a helpful
means of categorizing — and perhaps simplifying — the complicated and
cumulative experience I am trying to describe:

(click "more" or the title at top to read about the 7 sins and students)

Fix Your Fear of Public Speaking

"These extraordinarily high rates of labor underutilization is symbolic of a True Great Depression."

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"Every Morning, Every Evening, ain't we got fun"....

"The rich get richer and the poor get poorer"

"We have to make cuts in education...prisons...mental health..."

"No recession for the rich, 

while poor and middle class 

hit depression level underemployment"

 "One in three Americans earns less than they need to pay their bills. One in two low income Americans are underemployed or unemployed."

 "No new not tax the rich..."

"85% of the American wealth is in the hands of 10% of the population."

"America's class system is becoming as rigid as any nation in the world, with the bootstraps and every child can grow up to be president increasingly fanticies and fairy tales of the American Mythos." 

"The folks in the upper-income group are not suffering much, if at all, from the profound reversals in employment brought about by the Great Recession. Those in the middle have been hit hard. The job losses there have been severe and long-lasting. But for those in the lower-income groups, the scale of the employment crisis has been mind-boggling.

Excerpt from the Huffington Post   | by  Ryan McCarthy First Posted: 02-10-10 01:00 PM   |   Updated: 02-10-10 01:0

'No Labor Market Recession For America's Affluent,' Low-Wage Workers Hit Hardest

Though the national unemployment rate dipped slightly in January to 9.7 percent, a new study suggests that not only have low-income workers been the hardest hit by the jobs crisis -- but, shockingly, there has been "no labor market recession for America's affluent."
The study from Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada and Sheila Palma at Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies suggests that the unemployment problem is largely a problem for low-wage workers (hat tip to the Curious Capitalist, chart of unemployment by financial status and pdf of study included at this Time-CNN site).
From the study:
At the end of calendar year 2009, as the national economy was recovering from the recession of 2007-2009, workers in different segments of the income distribution clearly found themselves in radically different labor market conditions. A true labor market depression faced those in the bottom two deciles of the income distribution, a deep labor market recession prevailed among those in the middle of the distribution, and close to a full employment environment prevailed at the top. There was no labor market recession for America's affluent.
At the New York Times, Bob Herbert delved into the study and noted, "The point here is that those in the lower-income groups are in a much, much deeper hole than the general commentary on the recession would lead people to believe." Here's more from Herbert:
The highest group, with household incomes of $150,000 or more, had an unemployment rate during that quarter of 3.2 percent. The next highest, with incomes of $100,000 to 149,999, had an unemployment rate of 4 percent.
Contrast those figures with the unemployment rate of the lowest group, which had annual household incomes of $12,499 or less. The unemployment rate of that group during the fourth quarter of last year was a staggering 30.8 percent. That's more than five points higher than the overall jobless rate at the height of the Depression.
According to the study, approximately 50 percent of households in the bottom decile of American income distribution are underemployed; in the second lowest decile, 37 percent of households can't find enough work. The authors write: "These extraordinarily high rates of labor underutilization among these two income groups would have to be classified as symbolic of a True Great Depression."

For pdf of actual study contact Communication Prof News and Views, Art Lynch.

Sources: Huffington PostTime-CNN, New York Times,

First Posted 2-9-2010

Could this be the same story?

As an example of why you should not judge an article by its cover and you why you need to consult multiple conflicting sources before you make a judgement, please consider the headlines in the New York Times and the Las Vegas Review Journal concerning reactions to President Obama's speech on Tuesday night calling for 30,000 additional troops to go to Afghanistan and laying out terms for withdrawal.

The Reveiw Journal's Page one headline read "Critics target Afghan strategy".

The New York Times headline read "Obama's war speech wins over skeptics."

Both are true, yet both have definate leans on how the story is progressing.

Immediate headlines during the actual speech (and before due to advance copy provided to the media) read "30 billion dollars to be spent on Afghanistan" for the RJ and "30,000 troop temporary increase in troop levels" in the New York Times.

Again, both are true.

You do not need to compare Fox News with MS NBC to find paralyzing polar interpretations of the same events, views, legislation or statements.


My thought is that consumers now want to hear extreme views that support or reinforce what they feel fits into their own vision of the truth. Assimilation, in the communication definition of the word, is becoming the rule not the exception. In the need for readers, viewers, listeners and advertiser attracting numbers, the media is not providing what the consumer wants rather than truth.

If you think about it, in most but not all things, the truth is often in the middle, with leaning one way or another based on perception, on the noise/screens/filters of those involved.

Four people see a car accident from four different locations. They are all in different states of mind. Will more than two ever see the accident anywhere near the same way? Ask any police officer.

First published 12/3/09

SpongeBob impairs little kids' thinking

spongebob squarepantsWatching a few minutes of a show about an "animated sponge that lives under the sea" impaired 4-year-olds' executive function, University of Virgina researchers found. (Nickelodeon)To read the full story and other news, click here to go to the Los Angeles Times.

Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show"SpongeBob SquarePants" has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers' brain power.

Television's negative effect on executive function over the long term has been established, the researchers wrote Monday in the journal Pediatrics, but less is known about its immediate effects.

Keep in mind that the study was small and inconclusive due to small sample, and the show was designed for 4 to 10 year olds not children under 4, according to the shows producers.

To read the full story and other news, click here to go to the Los Angeles Times.

First studied 9-12-2011

Violence against women increases

Fox television allows violence against women to be trivialized into jokes and comedy.

Programs geared toward children or in hours children watch increase in violence.

Volence against teenage girls has increased 400% in five years.

These  are some of the findings in a Parent's Television Council covered in the Hollywood Reporter, a daily entertainment industry news publication based in Los Angeles.

First published 10/30/09

Muse - Resistance (1984)

'The Godfather' Returning to Theaters For a One-Day Engagment March 1 or 22nd

The Godfather
© Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

Paramount has restored the best picture Oscar winner, which will play 55 Cinemark XD theaters nationwide.

From the Hollywood Reporter (click here)

A restored version of Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning The Godfather is returning to theaters for one day  through a partnership between Paramount Pictures and the Cinemark theater chain.
The film, which is marking its 40th anniversary will play 55 Cinemark XD auditioriums across the country on March 1. Archivist Robert Harris and Gordon Willis, the film’s original cinematographer, have overseen the restoration of the best picture-winner, which has been re-mastered with 5.1 digital surround sound.
Cinemark also plans to screen The Godfather Part II on its XD screens on April 19. A full list of participating locations can be found at

Gay Marriage

To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:gay marrage

CSN Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon

Com 101 CSN Quiz # 2

Name: ______________________ Class: _________________ Date: _________ ID: A
Quiz # 2 Lynch Spring 2010 Com 101 CSN
Indicate whether the statement is true or false.Select the best answer.
____ 1. The body of a speech includes the introduction, main points, and the conclusion.
____ 2. A good attention getter does not need to be related to you topic to be effective.
____ 3. Audience members recall what the speaker presents last better than they recall the information presented
in the body of the speech. This is called the primacy effect.
____ 4. Slang is technical language associated with a specific profession or subject.
____ 5. The meaning of words does not change over time.
____ 6. "Delivery" in public speaking refers to the oral component of a speech.
____ 7. The extemporaneous delivery method is the most common one.
____ 8. One way speakers can involve the audience is asking for volunteers to do something.

Click on "read more" below to continue

Multiple Choice
Questions by the authors of the text or from repeated lecture and should use the textbook and lecturs as a basis for
determining the best possible answer. Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question as
would be interpirted by the authors of the text book. There may be more than one correct answer, so you must select
the one that is the one inferred in the text and lecture. Reread other questions if needed to assist in your thought process.

____ 9. Structures for ordering the main points of your speech that help audience members understand the
relationships among your ideas are called ____.
a. patterns of coherence
b. patterns of organization
c. complete-sentence outlines
d. sequential patterns
____ 10. Which of the following is a true statement about how many main points you should include in your
a. The number will depend on how much information you must cover to achieve you
specific purpose.
b. There is no "correct" number.
c. The number depends on how much time you have to present your speech.
d. All of these answers are correct.
Name: ______________________ ID: A
____ 11. When developing an outline for your speech, there are four items which should be at the top. Which of
the following is not one of them?
a. general purpose
b. references
c. topic
d. thesis
____ 12. When developing your complete sentence outline, each main point or sub-point should express
a. several ideas so you have options during your speech.
b. your views about your topic.
c. only one idea.
d. None of these answers are correct.
____ 13. An effective attention getter should
a. take some time to present.
b. include several jokes.
c. entice the audience to want to hear more.
d. review the main points of your speech.
____ 14. You need an effective attention getter in your speech's introduction in order to
a. make a good first impression.
b. create interest in you speech.
c. encourage the audience to listen to you.
d. All of these answers are correct.
____ 15. A speech's introduction can be enhanced by
a. a timely and appropriate joke.
b. presentation media.
c. visual aids.
d. All of these answers are correct.
____ 16. Ending your speech with a dramatic statement is one technique for
a. impressing your listeners.
b. achieving balance.
c. making a transition.
d. providing closure.
____ 17. The presentation outline is used for
a. initial topic development.
b. guiding research.
c. developing the preparation outline.
d. practicing a speech.
____ 18. When practicing a speech for extemporaneous delivery, speakers should practice
a. in stages.
b. until they can give a perfect speech.
c. so thoroughly they memorize the entire speech.
d. after writing out the speech word for word.
Name: ______________________ ID: A
____ 19. One strategy for managing your body when giving a speech is:
a. look at your note cards, glance up at the audience.
b. move around the room at a frantic pace.
c. radiate a positive attitude.
d. use pre-planned or staged gestures.
____ 20. On advantage of the ____ delivery method is the speaker can present without any notes.
a. impromptu
b. memorized
c. extemporaneous
d. manuscript

Quiz # 2 Lynch Spring 2010 Com 101 CSN

Support CSN Funding Tomorrow Before Legislature Hearing

Here is specific information about the meeting tomorrow morning. I hope to see many of you there.
This is an amazing opportunity to ask the State committee to abandon the old, complex, and unfair funding formula in favor of starting over with something modern and equitable. The new formula is by no means finished and I look forward to fighting for the best possible outcome for CSN, but the first battle is permission  for “out with the old, in with the new”. The battle(s) after that will focus on formula specificity.  For now, we should comment about the flaws in the old system, then we can focus our comments about the new potential formula to the “developers” while it is still in its infancy.

Won’t it be nice to be appreciated for the amazing contribution we make to Nevada? I am excited about the prospect!
See you soon,

Tracy Sherman, M.Ed., RRT-NPS
CSN Faculty Senate Chair

Inside Apple's Foxcom Internet Story

To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:inside foxconn apples factory

College Newspaper Struggles To Stay Afloat

College newspapers are not immune to the financial struggles faced by media outlets across the country. One student paper, The Daily Illini at the University of Illinois, is trying to stay afloat. The independant from the school newspaper has published since 1871. Alumni and journalist world wide have joined in the fight to save the Illini, among them one time editor in chief, Chicago Sun Times and PBS film reviewer Rodger Ebert.

Paramount to Release 'SpongeBob' Movie in Late 2014

SpongeBob Squarepants
Courtesy of Nickelodeon
"SpongeBob SquarePants"

UPDATED: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman tells a Deutsche Bank investor conference that the film "will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort."

NEW YORK - Viacom's Paramount Pictures will release a SpongeBob SquarePants movie in late 2014 as it looks to kick its animation output into a higher gear, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman said Tuesday.
"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort," he told a Deutsche Bank media and telecom investor conference in Palm Beach, Fla. His appearance was webcast,

Paramount announced the formation of its new animation unit last July with a target of one release starting in 2014. It has previously not mentioned a specific project. However, Paramount picked up rights to Penny Arcade's science fiction comic New Kid in June and is planning an adaptation of it. The studio tapped The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta to pen the script and Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment.

Paramount has distributed animation fare from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, but that deal is coming to an end at the close of this year. Dauman has repeatedly said that his company's studio would be fine without DWA, which has also weighed its options, including self-distributing its movies. But Dauman has not directly ruled out a potential renewal of the DWA deal.

Viacom released a SpongeBob film several years ago, but back then, Nickelodeon did not have as much of a presence around the world, Dauman said Tuesday in touting the outlook for the new feature.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie hit the silver screen late in 2004 and grossed $85.4 million domestically and $54.7 million abroad, according to The film saw SpongeBob take leave from the town of Bikini Bottom to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

Paramount did not provide additional deals on the new SpongeBob film.

Dauman also once again said that the Paramount animation productions will be a new opportunity for his company as they will each cost less than $100 million, and the animation unit will be only 30 to 40 people strong, allowing for good financial returns. Thanks to modern technology, the films still look "great" despite the lower cost, he said. He also lauded his studio team for winning an animation Oscar for Rango, the studio's first fully-owned CGI effort. "We're very proud of that," he said.

David Stainton, the head of Paramount's animation effort, resigned abruptly earlier in February. That has left Paramount Motion Picture Group president Adam Goodman in charge.

Twitter: @GeorgSzalai; @DanielNMiller

Phantom Spooks Glascow Film Fesival on Oscar Night

Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera  
The classic silent movie Phantom of the Opera brought the curtain down on the film festival
It was rather apt on the night The Artist swept the boards at the Oscars, to be in a packed hall in Glasgow, watching the 1925 classic Phantom of the Opera. 

If Lon Chaney alone couldn't raise the hairs on the back of your neck, the resounding Wurtlizer organ accompaniment by David Gray certainly did.

And this was just one of a number of choices for discerning film fans on the closing day of the Glasgow Film Festival.


Snoozin Cop

To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:occupy wall street bust article