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If Meth Use is Really an Epidemic, it’s a Pretty Lame One

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 [...]

Salt Water Superheroes

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 [...]

Automatic License Plate Readers: Persistent Privacy Invaders with a 0.0047% Hit Rate that Don’t Stop Crime

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 [...]

Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

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 [...]

Neuro Bliss Correlated With Psychological Stress

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 [...]

Has Global Warming Slowed Down? Not According To The Facts.

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. [...]

Failed Breatharian Naveena Shine shoves Standards down the Memory Hole

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 [...]

Is Chief Justice John Roberts Right? Is Pervasive Racial Discrimination in the USA Really a thing of the Past?

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 [...]

Naveena Shine attracts attention with "Proof" of Breatharian claim. Does the "Proof" exist?

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 [...]

3 Years Later, "Scientist" Still Hasn’t Released Data on "Breatharian" Prahlad Jani

Travel back with me to 2010, when American journalists breathlessly spread the story of Prahlad Jani, an Indian mystic who claimed to have gone seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting only on the air he breathed and an alleged mysterious elixir he said was produced by the hole in his palate. News reports around [...]

Mammologists Slam Obama For Rush To Create Nationwide Wolf Hunts

Mammologists conduct actual scientific studies of animal populations and their behaviors. They don’t just rely on anecdotal evidence, as the pro-hunting lobby does. Here’s what mammologists have observed about wolves in the United States… [...]