Archive for April 11, 2011
Japan’s nuclear power agency has raised the threat level from the Fukushima disaster to level 7, the highest possible level and tied with Chernobyl.
The amount of iodine-131 released is about 10% of that released in the Chernobyl disaster, according to authorities.
About two years ago, during the non-stop silliness of the GOP reaction to Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination, Nate Silver published what he called a “thought experiment” in which he addressed whether Republicans could win the White House while continuing to lose ground nationally among Hispanics. Nate went on to postulate a rather tortured scenario in which this feat might be statistically possible, provided the GOP managed to “thread the needle perfectly,” picking up key swing states to offset losses in heavily Hispanic areas. If they failed to do that, Nate felt their task would become “nearly impossible.”