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  • Mike shared from The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns by Sasha Issenberg
    When the results of the experiment came in, the phone calls showed no influence in getting people to vote. The direct-mail program increased turnout a modest but appreciable 0.6 percentage points for each postcard sent. (The experiment sent up to three pieces per household.) But the real revelation was in the group of voters successfully visited by one of the student teams: they turned out at a rate 8.7 percentage points higher than the control sample, an impact larger than the margin in most competitive elections.
    Note: In person GOTV works incredibly well. If you can't canvas in person please make GOTV calls.
  • Mike shared from War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World by Max Boot
    Technological advances will not change the essential nature of war. Fighting will never be an antiseptic engineering exercise. It will always be a bloody business subject to chance and uncertainty in which the will of one nation (or subnational group) will be pitted against another, and the winner will be the one that can inflict more punishment and absorb more punishment than the other side. But the way punishment gets inflicted has been changing for centuries, and it will continue to change in strange and unpredictable ways.
  • Mike shared from Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
    I suspect I have spent just about exactly as much time actually writing as the average person my age has spent watching television, and that, as much as anything, may be the real secret here.
  • Mike shared from In Defense of Flogging by Peter Moskos
    Disenfranchisement—to deprive people of the right to vote—is an essential principle in any apartheid state and was instrumental in codifying the postbellum repression of blacks. The effects of disenfranchisement were especially clear in a town in Wyoming County that had a population of six thousand, just half of whom were free. Unemancipated residents couldn’t vote but nonetheless counted toward their white captors’ political representation. Curiously, this particular community isn’t even in a slave state, and even more disturbing, this situation lasted until 2010. Wyoming County is...
    Note: Wrong, wrong, wrong.
  • Mike shared from In Defense of Flogging by Peter Moskos
    When released, people who go to prison are more likely to commit a crime than similar criminals who don’t go to prison. This should be no surprise considering what happens when you group criminals together with nothing to do and all the time in the world.
    Note: Sorry for the posting spree, but this is important stuff. We have a serious problem when we imprison a larger portion of our population than any other nation in history.
(San Francisco, CA)
Mike Hudack