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The ode originated in Greek drama when the chorus divided into two groups and danced across the stage singing a hymn of praise for a god or a king. Centuries later, two Roman poets, Pindar and Horace, gave it different stylistic twists: the Horatian ode maintained the Greek emphasis on structure and rhythm, but the Pindaric ode was less formal, and in some ways anticipated the modern free verse ode. Today, the ode is typically a three or four part, fairly long poem written in praise or criticism, concluding with a moral.  It may be rhymed and metrical, or it may be in free verse as in “Ode to my Socks” which was written by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the Chilean Nobel Prize winner,

Uncomfortably tucked away
in the land of milk and honey,
with a temperate Mediterranean climate
just south of Lebanon’s troubled Cedars
and north of the Bedouin’s desolate Negev desert,
remaining cut across various human fault lines.
But safe from the chaotic monsoons that it’s distant cousins:
the Indian subcontinental mango and jackfruit must face.
Yet left unsafe from the upheavals,
driven by zealousness in it’s own land.

A seemingly ubiquitous citrus fruit
leaving it’s mark on medieval and colonial supply chains,
starting from Levantine orchards,
and criss-crossing throughout the Old World,
Once a  prideful symbolic reference to days past,
now a symbol of  seemingly eternal contention,
standing in direct contrast to the olive branch,
in the middle of an orphaned and elusive peace.

The result of a fateful genetic mutation,
with probability as destiny.
The Jaffa Orange, an almost seedless variety of fruit,
sharing autumn’s color and luminous contrast.
It’s sweet flesh loaded with Vitamin C and citric acid.
Spherical oval shaped fruits,
almost like they fell from a distant galaxy
many light-years away…
When cut in half
their pale hemispheres
forming an obvious symmetry,
covered by a thick skin that peels right off.

The bustling commercial streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,
but also those of Beirut and Istanbul,
filled with oranges
on a bright sunny midday in spring,
picked with the back-breaking labor of rural peasants
situated in kibbutzims and rocky hamlets.
Some to be eaten locally,
but many ready to export, probably to Europe
where they give their name to Jaffa cakes,
and also now grown elsewhere.
A reminder to never let your treasures go.

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1.) All data are from the American Time Use Survey.

2.) All data for Table 1, Chart 1, Chart 2 reflect the amount of hours per week that the average high school student puts in to various activities.  Chart 1 and Chart 2 are visualizations of Table 1.

3.) Data for Table 2 and Chart 3 reflect the average number of hours that mothers spend with their children on educational activities and all other activities.

4.) These averages control for differences across groups in the number and age of children, education of the mother and marital status.

5.) . This U.S. government survey measures the time use of thousands of individuals from 2003 to 2009 based on time diaries, which are considered the most accurate way to measure time use. It includes data on individuals ages 15 and older.

A few findings:

  • Not all Asian mom’s are hardcore tiger mom’s.
  • White students spend time doing a diverse array of activities.
  • Not many differences in terms of mother’s spending time with their kids with regards to educational activities. Though 0.6 hours in the large scheme of things may mean a lot.
  • More or less, it’s fairly concrete, you can infer your own conclusions.

Table 1

Chart 1Chart 2

Table 2

Chart 3

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I noticed I had a plethora of data regarding fertility and female illiteracy. These two variables are highly correlated with one another. In fact female literacy correlates more strongly than general literacy. The issue here is that men’s literacy starts to go up at an earlier date than female literacy.

As you poke around the data, the interesting thing you notice that the numbers go all over the map for female literacy, the Muslims/Hindus don’t consistently top one another. But outside of Madhya Pradesh, Muslims have consistently higher TFR’s than the Hindus do.

Sources: International Institute for Population Sciences, National Family Health Survey 1998-1999, ORC, Macro, WorldBank Dataset


The table appears small, here is a link to the table.

These next two tables show rank differences by state.

I subtracted (Muslim – Hindu) for both variables.

The higher the number, the greater the disparity is in the Hindu’s favor for the first chart, it is measuring illiteracy. A lower number indicates a Muslim edge.

This is literally measuring how many more kids Muslims have than Hindus. Ranging from as high as 3.2 to zero.

Islam tends to have a pro-natalist effect, even in that states where Muslim women have lower illteracy rates, they have higher fertility rates than Hindu women.

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From the GSS, tracking turnout in the 2008 election by educational attainment. The overall partisan affect of this turnout pattern hurts the Democrats.

The partisan makeup of “partisan” Democrats and “partisan” Republicans as based on GSS data and defined as people who self-identified as “strong” in their leanings. I also restricted it to solely White voters just in case of race skewing or biasing the data.

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If you can’t see just click the images.

First is a search trend for the query “Who is running for President?” restricted to the United States for the past 12 months, November 2011 through November 2012.

Second shows geographic concentrations of the search query.

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