2PP004 – April 8, 2009

Image EDITEpisode 4 continues our regular schedule of podcasting every other week (the next episode will be the week of April 20). After special news, we talk about President Obama’s trip to Europe. That leads to a wide-ranging discussion of international relations before we move on to talk about the auto industry. That leads to a concrete example of why it’s so important to the world that the US fixes its economy and gets credit flowing again. Comments on a variety of topics round out this episode. Back in 2 weeks!

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5 Responses to 2PP004 – April 8, 2009

  1. Roger Green says:

    Re: Census Bureau’s estimations. For the 2010 Census, they try to get 100% on a handful of questions, optimally on the mail-in form, so that they don’t have to bear the expense of sending out enumerators. Obviously, they don’t get 100%, & they send out enumerators to do follow up. It’s not up to enumerators to do estimates, though, but the Census Bureau, based on verifiable housing stock, occupancy rates in similar neighborhoods and other factors. Yes, it is controversial and is perceived as too political, though it’s not the intent.
    BTW, the Census is out NOW verifying addresses: as noted here.
    BTW deuce- I was an enumerator in the 1990 Census. I was GOOD!
    BTW trey – Arthur, do you get counted in the Census, & if so, how? Where are you allocated – the last address in Illinois?

  2. Roger Green says:

    I know it’ll never happen, but I’d sure love Census to challenge the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional because it prevents them from getting an accurate count, for the reasons you two laid out.

  3. I don’t get counted in the US Census which, like most national censuses, only counts people who are in the country. In New Zealand—where I am counted—they count every person in the country on Census Night, including tourists.

    So, the 1990 US Census was actually the last one in which I was counted.

    Unlike some people, I think the Census Bureau is trying to do the right thing within the limits of budget and law, and tries to be sort of apolitical. Which is part of the reason why they won’t challenge DOMA, leaving it up to the politicians to sort out. I just hope they repeal it sooner rather than later.

  4. epilonious says:

    I enjoyed a lot of the car talk this episode, but I was screaming into the iPod a couple of times because I knew a lot of the answers to some of the questions you were asking. I’ll go into one now

    Why did Daimler/Chrysler not work out? It is my not so humble opinion that it was because Daimler was a lux brand interested in raping Jeep of most of it’s technology so it could make bigger CUV’s and SUV’s that were more reliable and appealing. They gave Chrysler the old E-series which became the basis of the 300/Charger/Magnum, and later the Challenger… but as that chassis became long in the tooth, Daimler bailed, and the only cars that Chrysler still had were the Nice Jeeps, the nice-but-old large RWD cars, and a bunch of crap for smaller cars (the avenger and the caliber are really quite awful)

    The reason I think FIAT will work and I really hope the merger works out, is that FIAT makes a lot of small, cheap, adorable cars. The 500, the panda, all small, all efficient, all beautiful. Chrysler/Dodge already has a thorough dealer network, so training the mechanics to work on small Italian engines and adding “FIAT” to the name on the dealership should be relatively easy… and the sheer adorableness of the 500 and it’s ilk will send people thundering to the showroom especially since it’s cheaper and arguably better (at least newer) than the mini and smart fortwo that it would be pegged against.

    Meanwhile, Fiat will get to sell jeeps in all it’s euro dealerships and be able to benefit from a lot of truck and minivan technology.

    I would also go into how I emphatically disagree with Arthur over the plight of the the GM line worker… but I want to do that in person when he can stop my ranting.

    Cheers, had fun listening!

  5. Tim Corrimal says:

    I would love to hear you guys talk about the pirate problem and the National Organization for Marriage drama on your next episode. Arthur and Jason Rock! As soon as I see a new episode posted, I go right for it on my iPhone. Thanks for keeping us entertained with your views on all of this. You rock.

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