Last week, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report on safety in U.S. schools, bringing our knowledge of school killings up to date for the 2011-2012 school year. Our mass media worries incessantly about the murder of children in the United States, but
With 139 Americans dying of Ebola in just one day, can our nation possibly sustain this death toll in the future? … oh, wait. No, no, never mind. Those are the daily deaths in the United States from influenza and pneumonia, not Ebola. Oops. My
You know, at some point after careful empirical review you might want to recognize that your Morgellons is the fuzzies from your coat. Or not. Citizens for Legitimate Government has the right to dissociate itself from the Reality-Based Community… but I don’t have to read
The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people —
When anti-gay forces organize to stop gay and lesbian Americans from getting married to one another, they give their groups names like “the National Organization for Marriage” and talk about the “destruction of marriage.” They say that if you let same-sex marriages happen, it will
Last week, I pointed out that according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the divorce rate in Massachusetts has dropped since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the spring of 2004: Since then, I’ve found that preliminary divorce data and population data for
We all get infected with viruses every now and then, feel rotten for a little bit, and then get better and move on with our lives. However, on this matter, I agree with the CDC.
The five states that have legalized same sex marriage are: Iowa, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. They have a divorce rate that is almost 20 percent lower than the rest of the states for which the latest divorce statistics are available.