Dr. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan calculates ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day‘ each year. Yesterday was the latest release of the next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’. Perry summarizes his data in the chart to the left (note: click twice to enlarge) from his blog and his commentary follows.

Every year the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) publicizes its “Equal Pay Day” to bring public attention to the gender pay gap. “Equal Pay Day” this year fell on April 17, and represents how far into 2012 the average woman had to continue working to earn the same income that the average man earned last year.  Inspired by Equal Pay Day, I introduced “Equal Occupational Fatality Day” in 2010 to bring public attention to the huge gender disparity in work-related deaths every year in the United States.  “Equal Occupational Fatality Day” tells us how many years into the future women would have to work before they would experience the same number of occupational fatalities that occurred in the previous year for men.

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That first video is reminiscent of these people standing in line of “Obama Money” from “his stash” back in 2009:
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With President Obama consistently showing a lead in most polls, including recent swing state polling, Politico calls next week’s first Presidential debate in Denver ‘Do or Die‘ for Mitt Romney. As a reminder, we will have a debate open thread for each of the three presidential debates.

The Washington Post details how ‘excitement over [the] presidential race wanes on college campuses,’ which could effect President Obama as the 18-29 year old demographic typically votes heavily for Democrats. The Post reports a Gallup poll showing 63% of registered voters between 18-29 ‘definitely plan to vote’, down from the 79% in 2008, which is a factor in the potential poll bias discussed yesterday on Political Derby.

Gary Johnson is suing to get into the presidential debates.

More ‘tolerance’ is on display in US politics as black Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love was sent an envelope with a “photo showing Love, her husband, a hooded Klu Klux Klan member as well as pictures of aborted fetuses.”

US economic growth was even more sluggish in Q2 than Q1, dropping from 2.0% to 1.3%.

Finally, John Stossel calls the effects of unions on workers: “Strangulation by union.”

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Polls and their methodology have become an interesting topic over the last few days, as we had one PD reader ask us how the heck does the “average Joe” understand what’s going on?

The main argument is that many of the media polls are oversampling Democrats in their polls, and that this methodology is skewing the polls towards the President. One site, unskewedpoll.com, goes as far as giving Mitt Romney a seven to eight point lead in the national polling.

This skewing is being addressed by both pundits and the Romney campaign.

Here’s a clearer explaination of how the polling data seems to skew towards a more Democratic voting base.

Is the nation trending towards more registerted Dems, or are the polls being manipulated?

Since there was so much interest in yesterday’s post quoting Professor Don Boudreaux, here are Milton Friedman’s comments on the issue including: ‘The actual effect of requiring equal pay for equal work will harm women.’

HT: Raúl Ramírez for digging this up and posting in the comments yesterday.

A question was posed to an economist at George Mason University by an 11th grader who was being challenged by her teacher to provide “one good reason why the law should not require that women be paid the same as men for the same work.” Here is his response:

I’m happy to oblige. There are many good reasons, but I’ll here stick to one.

That one reason is that it’s practically impossible for government officials to determine when two jobs involve “the same work.” What might look like the same work to outside observers – to government officials, lawyers, or even the workers themselves – might well be very different work.

Is the worker Mr. Smith more experienced than the worker Ms. Jones? Is Mr. Smith less likely than is Ms. Jones to take time off of work to care for children or sick parents? Is Mr. Smith less likely than is Ms. Jones to quit in order to move with a spouse to another city? Is Mr. Smith a bit more helpful than is Ms. Jones with customers? Is Mr. Smith slightly more willing than is Ms. Jones to stay on the job a few extra minutes after the workday officially ends in order to help with important unfinished business?

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Obviously this is done to be funny and the clips are cherry picked, but if these people are actually voting, it’s no wonder we keep electing buffoons from both parties.

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She’s German. He’s Greek. There is a fantastic amount of symbolism in this short video. See what you can find.

President Obama leads the major polls, though his lead in most is within the margin of error, which is considered a statistical tie. In this close of a race, with a slight advantage held by the incumbent, will the upcoming three debates (the first of which is only two weeks away) have a significant impact on the outcome? Will other events or issues change the vote? Or have people already made up their minds at this point?

Another US Embassy is under attack. This time it is Pakistan.

Rand Paul says Mitt Romney isn’t doing enough to gain the support Ron Paul followers but is this really an important demographic for Romney to spend resources on?

It is well acknowledged that Romney has a significant campaign war chest, believed to be much larger that Obama’s, with estimates has high as $180 million. With early voting starting tomorrow in two states, when can we expect his campaign to open the floodgates of these substantial funds and what is the most effective way for them to be used?

Depending on who you ask, Romney’s “47%” comment either “hits the nail on the head” and shows that he’s is taking a “bold approach” to the election, or he’s “100% wrong” and that the statement potentially marked “the end of Mitt Romney.”

All it did for me was magnify the level at which the press is biased, one way or the other, in this country today. Makes me happy that I chose not to pursue a career in news after college like I had originally planned. Shame on those who call themselves journalists and shill opinion over fact and party over principle.

It is a joke.

Mitt Romney is under fire for comments he made at a fundraiser in May that were released in the form of a secret recording. The most criticized comment:

In one clip, Mr. Romney describes how his campaign would not try to appeal to “47 percent of the people” who will vote for Mr. Obama “no matter what.” They are, he says, “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”

He says those people “pay no income tax,” and “so our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.” Mr. Romney adds: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Romney defended his comments in a press conference last night.

On the international front, Romney weighed in on some of the issues that have flared in the Middle East lately, including his opinions on Israel, Palestinians, and Iran.

And finally the teacher strike in Chicago has all the appearances of getting real ugly, after a near deal unraveled over the weekend and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threatened legal action with harsh criticism of the strike:

“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union,” Emanuel said in a released statement.

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Last night I watched this anti-Muslim anti-Muhammad video on You Tube that is being talked about and must say, it is the most vile, disgusting, hate-filled thing I have watched in a long, long time. I will not link to it because it was so awful, but you can find it if you really want to. My religion at times has also been defamed similarly and I couldn’t stop thinking of it in that context. There are good people and bad people in every religion, culture, and way of life. However, to mock the core beliefs of a religion and claim it is to stop “the killing” (as the “producer” of this thing did) that is perpetuated by a small group of bad people is the most ridiculous excuse I have ever heard. A vast majority of Muslims are very good people, and I stand by them in abhorrence over this video.

At the same time, people are responsible for their own actions and those claiming they attacked our embassy over this piece of trash on the internet are also moronic. They attacked the embassy because they chose to, not because a ridiculous video forced them to.

Now add the US Embassy in Yemen to the list of those attacked, along with Egypt and Libya. Additionally there are protests in Baghdad and threats being made by an Iraqi militia.

On another note, is this hot microphone video of CBS’s Jan Crawford and NPR’s Ari Shapiro strategizing what questions to ask Mitt Romney, including the statement “no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question,” proof of media bias against conservatives, or is this the normal course of action of the national media?