Here we are in the 21st Century. We have hoverboards, virtual reality implants, hotels on the Moon… … and still we have some people insisting that tornadoes are an instrument of God’s judgement: If tornadoes really, really are God’s method of judgment, consider the following tornado risk
The extent to which Americans are currently exaggerating the risk of terrorism has been heightened by some other disturbing social factors, among them poor education and racism.
Could it be that a significant number of people participating in the poll indicated that the government isn’t doing well at reducing the threat of terrorism because they know that the threat of terrorism is already so low that reducing it is almost impossible?
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
The time has come to let the Patriot Act die, completely and finally.
While it’s fair to say that more Republicans than Democrats have been caught up in the panic over Ebola in the United States, the Ebola freakout is not an entirely partisan phenomenon. In a recent debate for the Maine 2nd District Congressional race, Democratic candidate
As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had… … recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference. Yes, that’s all. Because the
If We Stop Flights From West Africa In Order To Contain Ebola, What Else Could We Do To Save American Lives?
Fears of the Ebola virus are provoking remarkable displays of xenophobia from right wing Americans. Here at Irregular Times, for example, we’ve seen comments that Ebola has been brought into the USA by people crossing the border with Mexico, though no such thing has ever
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 —
The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this: One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One
Somebody drove an SUV up slightly onto a curb in New York City over the weekend, tried to light it on fire, and failed. Maybe the person doing this was trying to scare people (“terrorism” is our modern word for “trying to scare people”). Maybe