Daily Data Dump – October 18th, 2010

By Razib Khan | October 18, 2010 10:41 am

Elitism in the Senate. Harvard Law School:Tokyo University::Congress:Diet. Perusing The Almanac of American Politics makes it pretty clear that Harvard Law is way overrepresented.

Barbara Billingsley Dies. All icons shall pass.

Common variants at TRAF3IP2 are associated with susceptibility to psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Will this pan out in replication?

Am I partly Jewish? Testing ancestry hypotheses with 23andMe data. Jospeh Pickrell confirms that he is 1/4 Italian via genetics (he also confirmed he has blue eyes! Fascinating).

Rand Paul To Jack Conway: ‘You Demean Kentucky’. I still think Rand Paul is going to win, but, if he loses it’s going to be open season on the religious views of American politicians in fine-grained detail and as far back as anyone can document. If you want “out” atheist politicians, at least temporarily before most get voted out, root for a Jack Conway victory.

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Comments (4)

  1. Alex Young

    Harvard law dominates American politics as much as Oxford PPE dominates British politics. I suspect it’s a feedback loop: the course may have had an initial early advantage in producing top politicians, and then once it’s established as the best route to political success, which red-blooded and competitive politician isn’t going to try and go there?

  2. Joe Pickrell

    behold the terrifying power of genetics!

  3. toto

    Note that the “elite school syndrom” follows the locus of actual power. In executive-heavy France, alumni of the ENA are not too numerous in Parliament, but abound in higher government positions.

    Of course, you can’t really compare the ENA with Harvard, since the former was specifically designed to produce top-level civil servants. ENA graduates are automatically assigned to various posts according to their final ranking. When hardcore meritocracy meets reluctance to reform, you end up with very strange results.


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