Nate Silver proves Hillary Clinton is Republican

In between making NFL predictions, Nate Silver over at has been busy with some political statistics and predictions. The latest one involves Hillary and Bill Clinton.

While the Clintons are a powerful political couple among influential Democrats, there are plenty of average citizens that no longer call themselves Democrats solely because of the Clintons. In fact, many call Mrs. Clinton a Republican:

To provide more insight into this paradox, Mr. Silver decided to create a statistical analysis that shows whether a candidate is more Democrat or Republican.

With lots of pretty, colorful charts, Mr. Silver tracks Mrs. Clinton’s progression throughout the years from a moderate Democrat to a moderate Republican, partially viewed through the same transformation seen in her husband. His analysis also shows how the two major parties have changed their ideologies throughout history, arriving at the current day, when it can be difficult to tell the difference between a Republican and a Democrat.

Mr. Silver took the analysis one step further, predicting that plenty of moderate Republicans will vote for Mrs. Clinton, since in reality, she is the only moderate Republican running for President in 2016.

He also predicts that this will mean more votes for Bernie Sanders, as Mr. Sanders is the only true Democrat running in next year’s presidential election.


Hey WordPress, why are you messing with my theme?

Since I started my blog a year ago, I’ve had the same theme. Even though there are a few things I don’t like about it, the theme is easy to use. So, why has WordPress made changes to it now? After all this time? Why fix something that ain’t broke?

If some of my posts look funky, it’s because WordPress changed the editing feature for my posts. It looks different, there are more clicks involved, and as you can see, I’m not happy about it.

I need fudge…

Researchers call for next chapter in improving patient safety by reducing misdiagnosis

“The committee concluded that diagnostic errors are common,” Graber said. “Each of us is likely to experience one or more diagnostic errors in our lifetime, some of which could have very serious consequences. Many of these errors could be prevented. Both unusual and very common diseases are being missed, including heart disease, cancer and infections.”

Diagnostic errors involve several types of missed opportunities to make a correct and timely diagnosis; a diagnosis may be missed completely, the wrong one may be provided, or diagnosis may be delayed, all of which can lead to harm from delayed or inappropriate treatments and tests…

I’d say that the chronic pain patient population has a very high rate of misdiagnosis. But, while these reports from the Institute of Medicine are interesting, do they really make a difference? Has there been a difference since the IOM report from 1999, which indicated that up to 400,000 patients die every year from medical error?