*not* enough already: updated electoral analysis

Over a month ago, I published a piece in response to a CNN article speculating that votes for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein cost Hillary Clinton the election. My earlier analysis showed that CNN’s hypothesis was badly flawed; since that time, however, the election cycle got even crazier as Jill Stein – yes, JILL STEIN – raised sufficient funds for recounts in multiple states!

With many more votes now in and the recounts essentially done, I decided to repeat my analysis with the updated numbers. Has anything changed?

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enough already

Here we are, five days removed from an election that shocked many people. Whereas many cats expected a Hillary Clinton landslide (and indeed, she won the popular vote), instead they got a decisive Trump electoral victory; by the time the smoke settles, the final electoral score will be Trump 306 – Clinton 232.

Predictably, the Clinton Cable News Network published a piece a few days back suggesting that votes for the Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, the major 3rd party candidates, likely helped Trump win. On my social media feeds, there was some anger directed at both.

In this post, I will show why that supposition is false – ’cause honestly, I’ve had enough.

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on the next generation of wireless

From the IEEE:

Hype surrounding 5G wireless networks may be more pervasive than the networks themselves, but new research is suggesting practical ways to overcome issues brought on by the very methods of expanding these networks.

If the research—which addresses two of the most prominent wireless expansion methods, mass femtocells and millimeter-wavelength (mmW) antennas—hold true, wireless developers and carriers may have some valuable tools at their disposals to make 5G more of a widespread reality.

(Emphasis mine.)

New research into femtocells and millimeter waves is stoking excitement about the future of wireless systems; for me they stoke excitement and something else – nostalgia.

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hbd: on puerto ricans and their heritage, part I: before the taíno

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[Fig. 1] Pre-colonial map of Puerto Rico Borikén.

My next two Hispanic HBD posts focus on Puerto Rico – though I’ll refer to the island by its Taíno name Borikén throughout. To better understand Puerto Ricans and their heritage, we must look at Borikén’s pre-colonial and post-colonial history.

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the jakiyah mckoy case: a testament to ignorance of hispanic (bio)diversity

From NBCLatino:

Jakiyah McKoy, 7, was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware on August 31, but last week had been stripped of her title and crown because pageant officials could not prove her Latina heritage, according to reports from Latino Rebels and Buzzfeed.

According to El Tiempo Hispano, McKoy was born in Brooklyn, NY and her grandmother was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic. However, Latino Rebels spoke to Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raíces Delaware (the pageant sponsor [hereafter NRD]). She said pageant regulations state participants need to be of 25 percent Latino heritage.  “Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there was nothing that confirmed Dominican heritage,” Perez said.

(Emphasis mine.)

Now, I’m no pageant fan; however, this story interests me for several reasons.
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hispanic genomic diversity, part I: european, african, and amerindian admixtures and the taíno “extinction” controversy

N.B.: This post deals with the variance in European, African, and Amerindian/Taíno admixture in five of the twenty Hispanic subgroups, as well as the Taíno “extinction” controversy.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an interesting article on Hispanic genomic structure and admixture; the paper focused on several Hispanic subgroups – namely, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and Mexicans.

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