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(XKCD)   Xkcd takes a look at Congressional make-up over the years   (xkcd.com) divider line 152
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2012-10-29 05:28:39 PM  
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-10-29 05:32:26 PM  
Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.
 
2012-10-29 05:42:50 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.


Looks like Dr Seuss hair drawings.
 
2012-10-29 05:54:32 PM  
Congressional make-up?

www.westernjournalism.com
 
2012-10-29 06:08:34 PM  
Why am I reminded of those red vine things fromWar of the Worlds?

www.pooh.cz
 
2012-10-29 06:32:03 PM  
That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.
 
2012-10-29 06:32:41 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.


Click on it to see a full size version
 
2012-10-29 06:33:20 PM  

the_sidewinder: Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.

Click on it to see a full size version


I just reread what you wrote, I am le stupid
 
2012-10-29 06:33:33 PM  
tl;dr
 
2012-10-29 06:34:03 PM  
I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.
 
2012-10-29 06:34:41 PM  
Doesn't make much sense to me...why does it show the total Right and Left as being larger than 100 some times for the Senate?
 
2012-10-29 06:34:47 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.


It still isn't big enough honestly.
 
2012-10-29 06:35:43 PM  

Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.


Left and Right political leanings can't even be meaningfully defined over the course of 230 years.

I'm really not even sure they can be meaningfully defined at any given instant. They're ultimately just shorthand for the issue positions of the two major parties.
 
2012-10-29 06:36:12 PM  

fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.


Somebody please send a police unit to fracas's house, there is an armed gunman pointing a rifle at his head, forcing him to read xkcd strips.
 
2012-10-29 06:36:23 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.


I just lined up one of the columns and read everything while scrolling all the way down, then went over to the other column and read everything scrolling all the way back. Each one fit quite nicely on my screen, actually.

/thought it was awesome
 
2012-10-29 06:36:27 PM  

GAT_00: Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.

It still isn't big enough honestly.


That's what she said.

Wait...
 
2012-10-29 06:36:51 PM  
This is probably the worst thing I have ever seen on XKCD. Left, Right, Conservative, Liberal, the bare minimum of what it takes to organize politics boiled down to lines that have very little real meaning. It looks fancy but it doesn't explain much.

I would rather have gotten a graph or chart showing the ethnicity, the religion, or previous employment of Congressmen and Senators over this.
 
2012-10-29 06:37:24 PM  

Heamer: fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.

Somebody please send a police unit to fracas's house, there is an armed gunman pointing a rifle at his head, forcing him to read xkcd strips.


Actually ever since his girlfriend got cancer his comics went way downhill, unfortunately for everybody involved.
 
2012-10-29 06:38:55 PM  

Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.


That's the problem I had with it too. There was a time where the Republican party was the liberal one.
 
2012-10-29 06:39:20 PM  
XKCD frequently knocks it outta the park in creating large graphical representations of relations between things.

This isn't one of those things.
 
2012-10-29 06:39:22 PM  

rockforever: I would rather have gotten a graph or chart showing the ethnicity, the religion, or previous employment of Congressmen and Senators over this.


That would be awesome. Are you planning on making one?
 
2012-10-29 06:39:53 PM  

fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.


This thread is now about posting xkcd strips.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-10-29 06:40:09 PM  
WHAR STIK FIGURRES WHAR?
 
2012-10-29 06:41:36 PM  
I wanna be a sperglord.
And you can be my sperglass.
I wanna be a sperglord.
And you can be my sperglass.
I wanna be a sperglord.
 
2012-10-29 06:41:45 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Congressional make-up?

[www.westernjournalism.com image 500x333]


LOL!

just so happens that i have you farkied and colored Boehner Orange. who knew?

/so you show up orange & the Boehner in the pic is orange....never mind.
//it was funny.
 
2012-10-29 06:42:19 PM  

Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.


Do yourself a favor, read a history book, and be grateful we haven't had a "left leaning party in this country in decades".
 
2012-10-29 06:42:41 PM  
Wait. Is it not cool to like XKCD anymore?
 
2012-10-29 06:45:25 PM  

Sail The Wide Accountancy: Wait. Is it not cool to like XKCD anymore?


No everyone is on The Oatmeal's jock now.
 
2012-10-29 06:45:45 PM  
I really wanted to like this, but just couldn't. Trying to force everything into a left/right dichotomy just doesn't work for many historical parties. Were the Republicans a right or left party when their main plank was opposition to slavery? What about the Whigs? Their main policy was federal support for the economy. Is that left or right? What about their opponents the Democrats. They were definitely populists and wanted to keep the government out of people's personal lives. Is that right or left? It seems like it would depend on what was going on at the time. Right/left just confuses the issue.

Beyond that, the graph, as drawn is virtually indecipherable. I couldn't make heads or tails of what it was supposed to mean.
 
2012-10-29 06:45:49 PM  

Shazam999: Heamer: fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.

Somebody please send a police unit to fracas's house, there is an armed gunman pointing a rifle at his head, forcing him to read xkcd strips.

Actually ever since his girlfriend got cancer his comics went way downhill, unfortunately for everybody involved.


I disagree. Just looking over the last ten posts I like all of them except Law of Drama, and actually think some of them are really good, such as Microsoft, Electoral Precedent, The Universal Label and Objects In Mirror. I thik both The Universal Label and Objects in Mirror are among the best ever. I actually guffawed from Objects in Mirror, which isn't something that happens often. Had to wash my beard and everything x)
 
2012-10-29 06:46:40 PM  

Hunter_Worthington: Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.

Do yourself a favor, read a history book, and be grateful we haven't had a "left leaning party in this country in decades".


Yeah, that FDR guy sure was an asshole...
 
2012-10-29 06:47:15 PM  

RedPhoenix122: fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.

This thread is now about posting xkcd strips.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 459x185]


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-10-29 06:47:57 PM  

Hunter_Worthington: Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.

Do yourself a favor, read a history book, and be grateful we haven't had a "left leaning party in this country in decades".


Let me help you out. "Left leaning" != Stalinism. That should help you keep up with the conversation.
 
2012-10-29 06:48:53 PM  

un4gvn666: Yeah, that FDR guy sure was an asshole...


Yeah, actually he was. I like the court stacking proposals as they show just how slimy he really was.
 
2012-10-29 06:49:38 PM  

pedrop357: un4gvn666: Yeah, that FDR guy sure was an asshole...

Yeah, actually he was. I like the court stacking proposals as they show just how slimy he really was.


*yawn*
 
2012-10-29 06:49:59 PM  
Actually the thing I thought was the most interesting was the huge shift of Democrats from left to center left in 2006-2008, prior to the huge shift to the far right of Republicans in 2008.
 
2012-10-29 06:50:14 PM  

Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.


Its weighted based on how solidly people vote with their party not any particular ideology. Certainly a useful measure, but potentially confusing if the words 'left' and 'right' are still used, yeah.

Hunter_Worthington: Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.

Do yourself a favor, read a history book, and be grateful we haven't had a "left leaning party in this country in decades".


lol. Stay mad cappy.
 
2012-10-29 06:50:51 PM  

RedPhoenix122: GAT_00: Nadie_AZ: Looks like 2 drawings of veins and arteries. The large image is too big. Meh.

It still isn't big enough honestly.

That's what she said.

Wait...


Haha nobody's here to say that to me!

Wait...
 
2012-10-29 06:51:16 PM  
Note the loss of the centrist right. I'm a centrist. On some issues I lean left, on some I lean right. That's pretty much the definition of a centrist. The loss of the centrist-right means the Republicans have lost an important limiting factor. This results in them going even more to the right extreme. The further right they go, the more people will abandon them and join the Democrats or a third party. The republicans are too stupid to realize that by pandering to their extremist, they are losing everything.
 
2012-10-29 06:51:30 PM  

wickedragon: Shazam999: Heamer: fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.

Somebody please send a police unit to fracas's house, there is an armed gunman pointing a rifle at his head, forcing him to read xkcd strips.

Actually ever since his girlfriend got cancer his comics went way downhill, unfortunately for everybody involved.

I disagree. Just looking over the last ten posts I like all of them except Law of Drama, and actually think some of them are really good, such as Microsoft, Electoral Precedent, The Universal Label and Objects In Mirror. I thik both The Universal Label and Objects in Mirror are among the best ever. I actually guffawed from Objects in Mirror, which isn't something that happens often. Had to wash my beard and everything x)


They got really, really bad after her diagnosis. I haven't checked back in months because they weren't not just funny, they were pointless. But saying that the last ten are okay doesn't really mean much when the past, oh, two years have been godawful.
 
2012-10-29 06:51:53 PM  
As a high school history/civics teacher all I have to say is "Holy infographics, Batman!" My kids will love this, I need to get a poster made for the classroom.
 
2012-10-29 06:52:48 PM  

Shazam999: Heamer: fracas: I farking hate xkcd. Cheap, trite, pseudo-intellectual tripe. A badly-line-drawn bauble for wannabe sperglords.

Somebody please send a police unit to fracas's house, there is an armed gunman pointing a rifle at his head, forcing him to read xkcd strips.

Actually ever since his girlfriend got cancer his comics went way downhill, unfortunately for everybody involved.


Twaddle. The scrolling world one was great.
 
2012-10-29 06:53:18 PM  
 
2012-10-29 06:53:36 PM  
DW-Nominate says itself that scores from different eras aren't really comparable to each other due to movements of the nation as a whole. Which does reduce the usability a bit, but I did kinda always wonder what all those numbers would look like in one big set.

The era thing is accounted for with noting the different eras, but the thing I don't like is how he veered the lines away from center to note people leaving Congress. It makes it look like people got more extreme right as they were leaving.
 
2012-10-29 06:53:51 PM  

JabberSMN: As a high school history/civics teacher all I have to say is "Holy infographics, Batman!" My kids will love this, I need to get a poster made for the classroom.


Wow, you sound like an awesome teacher. No sarcasm.

/I genuinely enjoyed the graphic, as well
 
2012-10-29 06:54:00 PM  

pedrop357: un4gvn666: Yeah, that FDR guy sure was an asshole...

Yeah, actually he was. I like the court stacking proposals as they show just how slimy he really was.


Geez, I didn't know FDR was a slimy politician. In my mind, that completely de-legitimizes the entire New Deal. Next thing you know you'll tell me that sometimes LBJ wasn't completely honest!
 
2012-10-29 06:54:59 PM  
i lol'd at the absence of the the center right portions of recent House members. said a lot. also made much more sense when i read the legend off to the right of it. i see how they calculated it and it sounded pretty ... sound.
 
2012-10-29 06:58:00 PM  

Hunter_Worthington: Twigz221: That chart is horribly inaccurate. it has left leaning parties represented in modern times. We haven't had a left leaning party in this country in decades. Just right, and really far right.

Do yourself a favor, read a history book, and be grateful we haven't had a "left leaning party in this country in decades".

I think the US could really, really benefit from som modern "leaft leaning politics".
better job security, modern taxation systems, free health care for everyone, free education system. Lifting up the weakest parts of society is cheaper than lifting up the already rich parts of society, and it also lowers crime, creates a feeling safety both for personal economy and physical well being and thusly increases productivity. Which also makes a large portion of society happier.

So, yay scandinavian socialism!
 
2012-10-29 06:59:07 PM  
Anyone else notice just how massive the far-right portion of the House membership is at this point? Nearly as large a proportion as we've had since the time of the Federalists. That certainly puts things in perspective a bit.
 
2012-10-29 06:59:59 PM  

un4gvn666: JabberSMN: As a high school history/civics teacher all I have to say is "Holy infographics, Batman!" My kids will love this, I need to get a poster made for the classroom.

Wow, you sound like an awesome teacher. No sarcasm.

/I genuinely enjoyed the graphic, as well


He's going to be the most popular teacher in his school.......
 
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