Archive for June 30, 2011
In Chile, students protesting cuts to education funding took a unique tack, staging a public performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. They say they are protesting the “zombie-like state” of public education funding in Chile.
There are no reports on whether Ola Ray was in attendance, although I’m pretty certain Michael Jackson was not there. Or maybe…
Texas Governor Rick Perry is apparently considering a run for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.
The speculation regarding the Perry campaign was fueled, in large part, by the implosion of the Newt Gingrich campaign on June 9. The advisers who left suddenly all had close ties to Gov. Perry. At this writing, he is in second place on Intrade with 16% probability of garnering the nomination, according to traders. On the graph, you can see the “bump” in Perry’s numbers on June 10: both the price of a Perry contract (line) and the trading volume (green bars) spiked after the defections from Gingrich’s campaign.
Nate Silver has written favorable blog posts assessing Perry’s chances on May 18, June 9, June 14, (and, just in case you missed his point, June 15). Silver’s assessment is that Perry is a strong contender for the nomination, and has put Perry in his “top tier” of candidates with a 1-in-8 chance of winning the nomination.
Who is Rick Perry? (more…)