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Tabulating DNC’s Vote on God and Jerusalem

I’m a geek, so I imported the audio from the third platform-amendment vote at the DNC (the one which the chairman finally accepted as a two-third majority) into Audacity and “measured” the ayes and nays. Here’s the visual representation of the vote, with the nays at the top, and the ayes on the bottom:

These things being an inexact science, it’s hard to tell if one should measure the maximum volume produced or the sustained sound over time when determining a two-thirds vote. I chose the latter, since I felt it was more accurate. The light blue band is the average root mean square (RMS) over the sampled data. I very carefully and scientifically then copied those big, beautiful, blue pixels from Audacity into Photoshop and counted the number of pixels of RMS sound that was produced. The verdict?

Ayes: 11,250 (52 percent)

Nays: 10,316 (48 percent)

And there you have it! It passed, but not by a two-thirds margin. According to me, and science.

Nathan GouldingNathan Goulding is the Chief Technology Officer of National Review. He often goes by “Chaka” in NRO’s popular blog The Corner. While having never attended a class in computer science, ...


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