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God Sucks At Bowling

weather: light rain
outside: 14°C
mood: amused
This God vs. Bush thing that's been going around, is pretty funny. But I had to see the raw data for myself.

I looked up the Jefferson County, FL, election results for November 7, 2000 and verified that they voted Gore/Lieberman. I'm Canadian, I wouldn't know...

Then I looked up geographical data to find the latitude and longitude. Latitude: 30 Deg 32 Min N; Longitude: 83 Deg 55 Min W (it says "N" on that page, but I think they meant "W").

And then matched that with the Lat/Long of the path of Hurricane Frances (Aug. 25 - Sep. 10, 2004). The segment that we're interested in is the second green "Tropical Storm" section.

15 GMT 09/06/04  29.5N 84.0W  65  980  Tropical Storm
21 GMT 09/06/04  30.6N 84.3W  45  982  Tropical Storm
03 GMT 09/07/04  31.3N 84.6W  35  985  Tropical Depression

Nope. Frances just about blew right through Jefferson County exactly.

At that point, I didn't bother to look any further. Your god still sucks at bowling. Q.E.D.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 22nd, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)
So, that one piece of information, and you discard the findings? You're obviously not a scientist, as they're happy with as much as double digit errors in many cases. QA people and their obsession with zarro boogs.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
All I have to do is disprove by counterexample. =D
Sep. 22nd, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
I wonder how much room for error there is in that, though, and how accurate as a whole it is.

I suspected it might be doctored a bit, but if it's mostly accurate, it'd still be funny. Now you need to plot the course of the hurricanes yourself and put up your own version of the pic! ;)
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
how accurate as a whole it is.

"Not very", from what I've been seeing. =) Snopes has recently posted a new article about it. And axiem posted some more stuff about it below.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 07:31 am (UTC)
I did a bit of research into it myself. Ivan's course is totally off, for one. I found less info on the other two storms, but I came across a site or two noting other inconsistencies in it.

While it's kind of funny, it's also propoganda, and rather false. It would have been nice if he had cited his sources. I trust the election results. Not the hurricane paths.

http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/at2004.asp shows it rather well, if you can discern Florida well enough. The paths are just that far off, I think. Yes, there's some error. But no hurricane is that good at avoiding Gore counties (see Frances on the map).
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's a Snopes article about it now =)
Sep. 24th, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
oh, you know about it. oops :)
Sep. 24th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I follow snopes_dot_com =)
Sep. 24th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's how I heard about it, too ^^
Sep. 24th, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
Snopes's take on this
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