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The Fear Machine at Work, Summer 2015

Number of distinct stories in American newspapers speculating about a July 4 terrorist attack on American soil, June 1 – July 4, 2015: 136 Number of actual terrorist attacks on American soil, July 4 2015: 0 Source: Proquest Newsstand

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School Shootings, Through a Media Filter

Two years ago, I looked at school homicide statistics. Those statistics revealed that despite media hyping of school shootings as some kind of “epidemic,” school shootings were actually both rare and on the decline. What’s more, those same statistics showed, the vast majority of shootings

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Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype: 1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that: 6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults

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What Can You Do 24/7?

If you’ve watched more than an hour of television since 1980, you’ll have encountered at least one politician, business leader, sports coach or motivational speaker declaring that the secret of success is to “give 110%” — 10% more than it’s possible to give. It used

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?