Models: If they predict, they are useful
Regarding the earlier post on soccer and national personalities.....
An acquaintance of an acquaintance who used to work for the...well...call it the "Foreign Service" sends this followup:
"Did I ever tell you that we used to measure the mood of Croatians toward their government through their behavior at soccer matches? That is one of the few places they had the en masse courage to chant anti-government slogans. We also counted the number of cops beat up after the game."
A perfect new variable, though hard to collect, in predicting revolutions: The number of cops with bloody noses after soccer matches.