November 9th, 2016

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Poop

I just bought a box of poobags online (I am picky about clearing up after my dogs, what can I say?)

The acknowledgement email came from 'poop' and the email address is poop@theirdomain.com.  Somehow that seemed oddly appropriate today but I wonder how many of their emails fall into spam filters...
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Polls: I wonder if they can break things...?

Was listening to pollsters being quizzed on BBC Radio 2 about Why They Got It Wrong at lunchtime. Much talk of percentages of variation and people not wanting to give socially unacceptable answers in telephone polls.

But I wondered, as I did with Brexit, if it is possible that the emphatic reporting of polls itself changes peoples voting intentions?

If the candidate/option you prefer appears to be winning, does that decrease the likelihood that less enthused voters who prefer that option but aren't wild about it, would turn out?

Did it increase the likelihood that Trump voters vote, seeing Clinton in the lead and reported as a probable winner?

I'm just wondering if 'Hell no!' is a more effective voting motivator than 'let's just make sure about this'.