It's no secret that Will Ferrell is a Democrat, so the fact that he's starring in a political ad that's supportive of President Barack Obama isn't that surprising. What is genuinely surprising, however, is the fact that the majority of the video is actually focused on getting folks to vote in general. Mr. Ron Burgundy himself promises to do anything to get you to vote, like giving you a tattoo or dancing for your pleasure. Granted, he probably actually won't do these things, but a little comedy never hurt.
Hurricane Sandy's left a mess in its path across the East Coast. Much of the public transit system in New York and New Jersey, for example, is still cobbling itself back together. Even so, the show must go on, and the election will still be happening as planned this coming Tuesday. Given the difficulties that voters might find in reaching their polling location, New Jersey has announced that folks will be able to vote by email or fax this year. Cue the cries of electronic tampering.
Having a black or female (or black female) president is a pretty established trope in the world of near-future fiction. That said, having elected a black president doesn't mean we're living in an episode of 24 and it doesn't mean that racism is over. Historically, pollsters have tried to gauge the effect of racism in political campaigns through, what else, the use of polls. Now, a new study uses Google to try and tease out a greater level of accuracy polls could never achieve.