Charles Manning writes yesterday:
Overall violent crime is down in the U.S., notwithstanding the steady procession of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment fanatics believe being armed accounts for a major part, if not all, of the decline. They think would-be criminals are scared of being shot by armed “law-abiding citizens.” Citizens, that is, who believe the [...]
The Darwin Day resolution withered and died without ever having the opportunity to conduct the equivalent of a mating ritual. [...]
Look through local news outlets around the country and you’ll find local police departments with anecdotal reports heralding the explosion of a “meth epidemic.”
But is the country really being struck by a meth epidemic? Not according to national statistics (click images to visit source data, provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University [...]
Exploding squid?!? Lobsters freezing everything in their paths? What can be done? Call in the Great Whites, the bomb squad of the seas…
… it’s fun to willfully misinterpret headlines. It’s more fun to read Wanda Curtis’ article about Great White sharks in northern waters. I had no idea that most humans survive the [...]
The American Civil Liberties Union has recently released a report showing that license plate readers, mounted on police cars and designed to automatically scan plates and pull up associated driver information:
Are present in all 50 states of the USA; Add information to identify where cars are located and when they were located there; Are [...]
Which will you believe?
Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:
Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events [...]
On the way to the train station this afternoon, I passed by this street advertisement for a drink called Neuro Bliss. Neuro Bliss is manufactured and marketed by NeuroDrinks, a company with an entire line of liquid products that promise, rather vaguely, to promote health.
Neuro Bliss is promised to reduce stress, but not one [...]
According to the latest report from the World Meterological Organization, the per-decade rate of global temperature increase from the last decade of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century was the fastest on record, far above the average decadal rate of temperature change since 1880. [...]
When Naveena Shine started out her highly publicized “experiment” to stop eating and live on light alone, she set the standards for herself. In a press release she spoke of herself in the third person, promising to release video of her every move:
On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began [...]
Writing the 5-4 majority opinion of the Supreme Court on June 25, 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts declares that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary to prevent voting discrimination on the basis of race in the United States because times have changed and racial discrimination is no longer the problem [...]
Woman hasn’t eaten since May 3, plans to go on
So reads the breathless headline of a United Press International story published on June 10, 2013. Is it true?
Naveena Shine of Seattle declares in a press release and a website that:
On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began an [...]