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We Do It Anyway

As you’re probably aware, Republican Party governors across the United States are declaring that they don’t want any Syrian refugees coming into their states because there might be a secret terrorist sneaking in among them, posing as a refugee.

It’s tempting to try to find empirical evidence to the contrary, to consult profiles of refugees […]

Is Violence on the Rise or Fall in the United States? The Answer Depends on How Much You Squint.

Last week, a comment left here by Ella reacted to Peregrin Wood’s characterization of Radical Islamic Instant Internet Brainwashing Hypnowave stories as an unfounded social panic. Ella claimed that it is right to be afraid, since here in the United States we have become so much more violent over the years:

“Violence, for whatever reason, […]

U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing Negligence In Commercial Space Travel

the SPACE Act of 2015, H.R. 2262, would make it a legal requirement for travelers on commercial space flights to sign legal waivers of all rights to compensation for themselves or their families in case of an accident. […]

Have St. Cloud Crime Rates Doubled Since Somalis Came to Town? The Answer Rhymes with Heck, Snow.

Steve Platy writes in response to an article showing that crime hasn’t worsened in Minneapolis since Somalis’ arrival:

“What you would find is that Minneapolis did indeed, still experience a moderate drop in crime between 200 and 2012.

But that is only half-relevant to this article because they primary Somali refugee community is in St […]

Islamic Journalist Calls for the Killing of all Fundamentalist Christians (With Correction)

On the Saudi television network Al Nas two nights ago, commentator Aadam Alam declared boldly of western Christians, “we need to kill them, we need to kill them“:

“We need to kill them. We need to kill them, the fundamentalist Christian terrorists hell-bent on killing us. You’re in danger. I’m in danger. We’re at war […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]

Fact Check Update: is Lewiston, Maine Crime-Ridden since the 2001 arrival of Somali Immigrants?

Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]

My $1000 Bet: No Teacher is Going to Be Shot at Holding a Bulletproof Whiteboard in 2014

As I noted yesterday, the latest report on school violence from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been released. As the data in that report show, the in-school homicide rate in 2010-2011 was 0.00002%; in other words, a child’s chance of being killed in school during that year was 1 in 4.5 million.

To […]

Danger! Asteroids Are Not Blowing Up Like Nuclear Bombs!

Alert! Alert! A new scientific study has found that big space rocks, with enough mass to create an explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb, strike our planet about once every month!

Danger! Why, just imagine looking up in the sky and seeing a nuclear explosion once per month… and then keep on imagining. […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture? See Something, Say Something

What’s wrong with this picture?

1. Storytelling inconsistency: figure in the foreground has rolled-up sleeves and is sweating, but figure in the background is wearing a warm hoodie.

2. Safety risk: figure in the foreground is wearing a loose bracelet that could catch on a railing.

3. Public infrastructure underfunding: figure in the background […]

With Crime on the Decline, FBI Goes Red

From 2010 to 2011, the FBI Crime Clock shows a decline in the rate of crime in the United States:

So what’s the FBI to do? How about turn its statistics fiery red?

At some point over the next few months, the FBI will release another year of crime statistics and sum it […]