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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, […]

Death Is The Ultimate Conformity

Finally, you’re willing to settle down and fit in, with a sarcastically smiling skull announcing that you are eventually going to be like everyone else… when you die. […]

Is Occupy Bigger Than Jesus?

Judging by global search trends, the Occupy Movement is not bigger than Jesus, but for a time it was bigger than Lady Gaga:

But in the news Occupy was definitely bigger than Jesus this summer and fall, at least until Jesus’ birthday came around:

Looking for something that is consistently bigger than Jesus? […]

Memes We Have Known

The latest meme is that memes are dead. […]

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Less Ice Than 2008, Far Below 1979-2000 Average

Don’t fear the data.

The latest data on sea ice extent — updated on Thursday October 29, 2009 to reflect the most recently available data, up through Tuesday October 27, 2009 — in the arctic from the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

This updated data shows that as of October 27 2009, there’s […]

Where Is Trend Leadership in Religion-Free USA?

Those same illegal immigrants that right wingers love to complain about seem to be slowing down the erosion of religion in California. I wonder if the Religious Right will adjust its rhetoric, and shift toward support of liberalized immigration. […]