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  • Sowell: Football and Fallacies

    11/23/2016 2:43:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 23, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    This is a football story with both political and legal implications. It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt was black. "Fake!" one of the defenders cried out. That cry was immediately echoed by others, and the defending team changed their formation, to guard against the kicker either running with the ball or throwing it. But in fact he punted. Why did anyone think he was not...
  • Hillary’s forgotten foreign aid fiascos

    10/13/2016 12:16:39 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 2 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | October 12, 2016 | James Bovard
    The biggest program she oversaw there was foreign aid, which spent roughly $50 billion a year between 2009 and 2012. Mrs. Clinton stated in 2009 that “a lot of these aid programs don’t work,” lamented their “heartbreaking” failures, and promised fundamental reform at the Agency for International Development (AID). But “see no evil” was often the Clinton State Department motto regarding U.S. aid. The Ethiopian government received more than $3 billion in U.S. aid while Mrs. Clinton was secretary. ... Corruption has long plagued foreign aid and Mrs. Clinton claimed to be spearheading a global crusade against graft. But when...
  • Matt Drudge Suggests Government May Be Lying About Hurricane Matthew

    10/07/2016 9:45:21 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 93 replies
    Matt Drudge, author of the conservative media site DrudgeReport.com, is being ridiculed over his tweets in advance of Hurricane Matthew's arrival in Florida. Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning, the conservative firebrand took to Twitter to imply that the storm might not be as powerful as government officials say it is. First he tweeted: "The deplorables are starting to wonder if govt has been lying to them about Hurricane Matthew intensity to make exaggerated point on climate."
  • Rethinking Polls. Whistling Past the Graveyard – The Threat of Low Response Rates in Political Polls

    10/03/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Media File ^ | October 3, 2016 | John Newhagen
    “Rip” Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, solved the problem of getting respondents to take part in a telephone poll in the 1947 film Magic Town. He found the perfectly representative Midwestern city and simply asked a few folks around town how they felt about the day’s burning issues. Stewart’s character, just back from the war, had his work cut out for him. He wanted to break into the then new science of public opinion polling. But he was broke and his competition, George Stringer, was well established. Then he discovered Grandview, which was perfectly representative of the county as a...
  • Income Was Too Good To Be True

    09/28/2016 6:45:46 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | September 28, 2016 | Rodney Johnson
    The Census Bureau reported that median income jumped 5.2% last year. As I pointed out last week, that's a solid increase, but still leaves us short of the record in 1999. Still, something about the gains struck me as wrong. Even with cities, states and some businesses bumping up their minimum wage, 5.2% seemed like a lot. So I went digging. And the more I dug, the more disappointed and frustrated I became. As usual, the source of my angst was the federal government. Long-time readers know my ongoing annoyance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) when it comes...
  • "Peacetime" in the Communist States: Atrocities against Civilians

    --No victims in any category below have been double-counted. --Outside Peru, no war-related deaths or imprisonments have been included.
  • Sowell: Misleading Statistics

    09/05/2016 2:28:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 6, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — "lies, damned lies, and statistics." Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds. Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be grossly misleading. Household income statistics are an obvious example. When we hear about how much more income the top 20 percent of households make, compared to the bottom 20 percent of households, one key fact is usually left out. There are millions more people in the top 20 percent...
  • Nate Silver: Trump Improving In Ohio, Hillary Slipping

    09/05/2016 4:35:16 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sep 5 16 | Daily Caller
    Statistics site 538 adjusted its swing state forecast for Ohio Monday, and the results are looking better for Republican nominee Donald Trump. Trump overcame a 5 point deficit mid-August to lead Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by three points in the state, according to the latest Ipsos poll published in September. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/05/nate-silver-trump-improving-in-ohio-hillary-slipping/#ixzz4JQZrW0e1
  • Black Lives Matter To Everyone But Blacks

    08/02/2016 4:46:32 PM PDT · by bogusname · 2 replies
    YouTube Channel (AtheistSpanker) ^ | July 13, 2016 | AtheistSpanker
    The honest statistics show that the only injustice being perpetrated against blacks is by other blacks. https://youtu.be/2mrWN40u2Zc
  • Sowell:The War on Cops: Part II

    07/12/2016 9:10:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 12, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called "The War on Cops," the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald. Few, if any, of the most fashionable notions about the police, minorities and the criminal justice system can withstand an examination of hard facts. Yet those fashionable notions continue to dominate discussions in the media, in politics and in academia. But Ms. Mac Donald's book of documented facts demolishes many fashionable notions....
  • Obama Hides Rising Murder Rates, and Hundreds of Dead Americans, in Criminal Statistics

    07/12/2016 7:22:24 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Jul 2016 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is claiming that murder rates are declining in Dallas, Los Angeles and nationwide, even though numerous sources of data shows a nationwide spike in murder since he launched his 2014 stigmatize-and-federalize campaign for the nation’s state and local police forces. “Over the last four or five years during the course of my presidency, violent crime in the United States is the lowest it’s been since probably the 1960’s … in places like New York or Los Angeles or Dallas, you have seen huge drops in the murder rates,” Obama claimed at a July 9 press conference held...
  • Black Harvard economist finds no racial bias in officer-involved shootings

    07/11/2016 4:44:04 PM PDT · by Hube · 16 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 7/11/2016 | College Fix Staff
    The youngest black professor ever to receive tenure at Harvard and recipient of an economics prize for “most promising American economist under 40” has just upended the conventional wisdom on police shootings. There is no racial bias when officers fire on suspects, according to a new study by Prof. Roland Fryer – black suspects are actually less likely to be shot than other suspects.The study looked at more than a thousand shootings in 10 major police departments, The New York Times reports. Fryer and student researchers spent 3,000 hours putting together data from police reports in Houston, Austin, Dallas and...
  • VANITY: MY DAUGHTER WAS A THIEF

    07/09/2016 9:08:41 PM PDT · by MFOSGO · 116 replies
    My daughter was a thief. And what she stole was cold, hard cash. It began with money from a parent’s wallet. Then, from another parent’s wallet. It moved on to a twenty from her big brother’s desk drawer. And then singles from the babysitter’s purse. This happened a dozen times over. It was a pattern. It was serious, not incidental or of opportunity. The piece de resistance was pinching thirty dollars from a school mate’s back pack – she got wind that the wad was in there for a donation. Oh, and my daughter is seven. I freaked out. Explained...
  • Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage

    07/09/2016 3:17:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Analysis contradicts widespread views about racial targetsNobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison says she wants to see an officer shoot an unarmed white teenager in the back before agreeing that the “conversation about race” is over, but she almost certainly already has received her wish. An analysis released last week shows that more white people died at the hands of law enforcement than those of any other race in the last two years, even as the Justice Department, social-justice groups and media coverage focus on black victims of police force. As researchers are quick to point out, FBI data on police...
  • #BlackLivesMatter, White Guilt and the Marketing of Racism

    07/09/2016 7:04:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/8/2016 | Ryan Bomberger
    I can’t breathe. I’m literally fighting back tears as I write, again, about this prevalent injustice. They don’t see us as individual human beings, but a group to be exploited, separated, and judged based on our pigmentation. I’m talking about mainstream media and their manipulation of all Americans, corralling us into our respective color zones. They have a narrative to peddle. And we see it with every tragic account of black Americans killed by those tasked with the extremely dangerous job of serving and protecting. I’m repulsed by a news media that is hell-bent on fomenting a racial war. Whites...
  • Quick Followup: Autism and Vaccines

    04/21/2016 11:33:41 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 26 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 21, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Folks, let's be clear: Autism is almost-certainly not caused by vaccines. Let's remember the first rule of observational studies, which incidentally I was surprised to find a few years ago in my daughter's High School intro-to-stats class: Observational studies can only show correlation and correlation cannot prove causation. However, the absence of correlation is damn near bomb-proof evidence that the alleged cause you believe exists is false. Measles vaccination in the US began in 1963 following approval in 1962. Within five years near-complete compliance was obtained within the US. MMR, the combined vaccine that people like to blame autism on,...
  • Study: humans have caused all the global warming since 1950

    04/19/2016 10:26:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 19, 2016 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    A new study published in Climate Dynamics has found that humans are responsible for virtually all of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century. It's not a novel result - in fact, most global warming attribution studies have arrived at the same general result - but this study uses a new approach. Studies attempting to figure out the global warming contributions of various human and natural sources usually use a statistical approach known as 'linear regression'. This approach assumes we know the pattern of warming that each source (forcing) will cause, but we don't know how big the resulting...
  • Is algebra an unnecessary stumbling block in US schools?

    03/28/2016 5:07:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 232 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 27, 2016 1:06 PM EDT | Karen Matthews
    Who needs algebra? That question muttered by many a frustrated student over the years has become a vigorous debate among American educators, sparked by a provocative new book that argues required algebra has become an unnecessary stumbling block that forces millions to drop out of high school or college. “One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school. This is one of the worst records in the developed world. Why? The chief academic reason is they failed ninth-grade algebra,” said political scientist Andrew Hacker, author of “The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions.” Hacker, a professor emeritus...
  • Clinging to Questionable Statistics

    03/24/2016 6:38:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 22, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academia is supposed to be a place in which scholars pursue inquiries. Perhaps more academics should have inquiring minds. "One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, according to the National Sexual Violence Center," Ingrid Sturgis, an associate professor at Howard University, writes in a special supplement to The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article which appeared on March 18, 2016. Actually, that ratio was rebutted widely and vigorously two years ago. Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute summed up the case in a column which appeared...
  • STUNNING: New statistics about Ted Cruz NOBODY will talk about

    02/05/2016 11:38:17 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 87 replies
    Allen West ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Michele Hickford
    I was listening to Mark Levin’s radio show last night during which he expressed his frustration with how the GOP has allowed itself to be mired in meaningless “scandals” at the expense of making a clear case for conservatism and addressing policy. I agree with him. It is absolutely unbelievable to me that despite having a very strong lineup of candidates, on tp of 8 years of disastrous progressive liberalism, we could be in danger of losing this nation to a SOCIALIST? While the media (even on our side) obsesses over tweets, there are critical issues we should be discussing....
  • Can anyone solve a statistical probability problem for me?

    02/02/2016 1:35:32 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 70 replies
    N/A | Feb 2, 2016 | vanity
    I am completing my family tree which goes back 39 generations on one branch and 14 on another. I would like to explain to my grandchildren how unique the DNA combination they have is. We have roots to a canonized saint in our bloodline as well as an American Revolutionary War solider and a famous Irish revolutionary hero too. I just need to show the children how small the odds are of duplicating our family tree. Anyone that can help please Freepmail me, Thanks much
  • Vanity: What is the significance of the 42% threshold?

    01/20/2016 11:37:16 PM PST · by Suz in AZ · 12 replies
    Vanity
    I believe I've read that there is something magical about a 42% threshold in an election/poll. Can someone clarify why that number is so important? Does or have to do with inevitability?
  • Mother Jones Editor: That '355 Mass Shootings' Statistic Is Really Wrong

    12/05/2015 4:47:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Shortly after news broke of a shooting in San Bernardino (which we now know was a terrorist attack), Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit were abuzz that the events of December 2, 2015 were the "355th mass shooting" of 2015. Obviously, this was a concerning statistic--if it were actually true.It turns out it wasn't, and even figures on the left agree. There's been nowhere near 355 mass shootings in 2015, and according to Mother Jones editor Mark Folman, there have been exactly four. At Mother Jones, where I work as an editor, we have compiled an in-depth, open-source database covering more than...
  • America's Massive Decline in Gun Violence

    12/04/2015 10:38:24 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 6 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | December 4, 2015 | James Joyner
    This week's mass shooting in San Bernandino, which killed 14 innocents and wounded another 21, seems sadly routine. We've had so many of these incidents in recent years that they flow together. And yet, as Max Ehrenfreund notes at the Washington Post, we've actually had a "massive decline" in gun violence over the last two decades. (snip) Regardless, the difference between perception and reality here is stark. Mass shootings of strangers are, quite naturally, scarier and more attention-grabbing than ordinary homicides involving people known to the shooter. They make national news and spark debates over the state of our society...
  • Is Your Gay Neighbor A Serial Killer?

    10/08/2015 5:33:52 PM PDT · by GraceG · 44 replies
    Liberty News Now ^ | 9/1/2015 | Chuck Hoster
    The definition of a serial killer is, “A person who murders three or more people, usually due to abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break (a “cooling off period”) between them.” Serial killers may be overwhelmingly male and most likely to be either black or white, but is there a connection for these men between their tendencies and their sexual behavior? Most serial killers are seeking out a thrill. But from where does their blood lust stem? Radford University keeps a database of statistics surrounding serial killers; age, race,...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep

    10/05/2015 2:20:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme "What's Holding Women Back in the Workplace?" Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes. This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything...
  • Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,”

    Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,” which invites us to take a critical view of statistical correlations. Just because the divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine does not mean that we should cut back!
  • LLEGAL ALIEN CRIME ACCOUNTS FOR OVER 30% OF MURDERS IN MANY STATES

    08/08/2015 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 8, 2015 | TOM TANCREDO
    Let’s look at a few numbers. You haven’t seen them in the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, or the Miami Herald, nor have they been featured on NBC Nightly news or CNN. So, the average American is blissfully unaware of them. Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%. During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those...
  • Illegal Alien Crime Accounts for over 30% of Murders in Many States

    08/08/2015 4:47:57 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/08/2015 | by Tom Tancredo
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deserves credit for forcing all 17 Republican candidates to talk about the social costs of illegal immigration, but it is not “Trump’s issue.” We will be making a fatal mistake if we let the media discuss it that way. Think of illegal immigration this way: If the liberal media can keep illegal alien crime out of the “kitchen table debate,” they can keep any issue out of the debate. And they will if they can get away with it. For those reasons, illegal immigration is much more than an issue of public policy; it is...
  • Wisconsin records fewest July traffic deaths in 72 years

    08/06/2015 5:05:17 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-6-15 | Rodnesha Johes
    Wisconsin last month recorded the second lowest number of traffic deaths in July since the 1930s.
  • A Harvard Ph.D. Totally Misses the Point About 'Red State Blues'

    06/10/2015 6:10:07 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/9/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1490" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image source: Stanford University[/caption] I was recently chided by an editor when he asked me my opinion on one of my stories.  I told him how The Washington Post reported it: “WaPo went with ‘shocking’,” I emailed. My phone immediately rang. “I don’t care what WaPo went with,” he said in an animated voice. “Listen, those people are just the same as you and me. “I’ve been in those newsrooms.  Do you think they’re any better because they work at the New York Times or The Washington Post?” he drilled into me. It was a good...
  • If Your BS Detector Isn't Shrieking, It's Broken

    06/09/2015 6:50:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 06/09/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    Wishing it was true doesn't make it true--it makes you a chump who fell for the con. Once upon a time in America, no adult could survive without possessing a finely tuned BS detector. Herman Melville masterfully captured America's fascination with cons and con artists in his 1857 classic The Confidence-Man, which I discussed in The Con in Confidence (October 4, 2006). An essential component of the American ethos is: don't be a chump. Don't fall for the con. And if you do, it's your own fault. The Wild West wasn't just thieves shooting people in the back (your classic "gunfight" in the real West)--it...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    04/17/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 113 replies
    WP ^ | August 5, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. ...]
  • Federal crime statistics are a rebuttal to the race-grievance industry lies.

    04/17/2015 9:20:29 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 17 replies
    variouis federal government agencies | April 17, 2015 | WilliamofCarmichael
    The U.S. Department of Justice administers two statistical programs to measure the magnitude, nature, and impact of crime in the nation: the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) -- FBIThe federal crime statistics in a table below are a rebuttal to the race-grievance industry, Obama-Holder demagogues, and MSM employees lies that crime is almost entirely white police, white neighborhood watch, and whites in general violence against Black Americans. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) have long made it publicly known -- if only the lies weren't so...
  • The cold hard politically incorrect facts of crime in NYC

    04/17/2015 2:49:39 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 32 replies
    citycrimestats | April 17, 2015 | Self
  • WSU statistician sues seeking Kansas voting machine paper tapes

    04/07/2015 1:35:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 06 April 2015 | Roxana Hegeman
    A Wichita State University mathematician sued the top Kansas election official Wednesday, seeking paper tapes from electronic voting machines in an effort to explain statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts across the country. Beth Clarkson, chief statistician for the university’s National Institute for Aviation Research, filed the open records lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court as part of her personal quest to find the answer to an unexplained pattern that transcends elections and states. The lawsuit was amended Wednesday to name Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. Clarkson, a certified...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). That’s nearly double the proportion of “virgin unchurched” who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • U.S. household net worth posts biggest gain in a year

    03/12/2015 11:47:17 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-12-2015
    Rising stock prices and home values pushed the net worth of U.S. households higher in the fourth quarter, a reassuring sign for the outlook for consumer spending. The increase added $1.52 trillion to the total wealth of American families, putting it at $82.91 trillion, a report by the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday. The increase in net wealth was the largest since the fourth quarter of 2013. While U.S. consumers have appeared somewhat shy in their spending habits in recent months, Thursday's data suggests their strengthening financial footing could help convince them to open their wallets more.
  • Chart: The United States of Catholics and Protestants

    03/09/2015 12:25:02 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4 | Ana Swanson
    As the chart ... shows, Catholicism is the most common religious tradition in 17 states, while white evangelical Protestants are first in 15 states, mostly in the South. The religiously unaffiliated are the most common religious group in 13 states, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. Three states are outliers: Utah, which is 56 percent Mormon, the largest percentage of one single religious tradition, and Iowa and North Dakota, where white mainline Protestants are the dominant religious tradition.
  • Number of violent crimes involving guns exaggerated by an over-inclusive definition of gun crime

    02/23/2015 10:43:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/15 | GARY MAUSER
    Government was "misrepresenting RCMP firearms statistics by overstating the number of firearms involved in violent crimes." By using an over-inclusive definition, Statistics Canada has exaggerated the number of violent crimes that involve guns. The result is that gun violence appears to be four times more frequent than it really is. In 2013 (the most recent year statistics are available) Statistics Canada reports that there were 5,027 “firearms-related” incidents out of 263,054 violent crimes (i.e., 2% of violent crimes). Clearly, gun violence isn’t prevalent. But even that small share exaggerates the frequency that a gun was actually used to commit a...
  • Smoking cannabis can lead to manic behaviour: Hyperactivity, aggression and delusion are all strongl

    02/12/2015 12:13:17 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 241 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 February 2015 | Madlen Davies
      Smoking cannabis can lead to manic behaviour: Hyperactivity, aggression and delusion are all strongly linked with the drug, researchers warn  
  • Fewer Americans Drinking And Driving; More Using Drugs [Alcohol, Marijuana, Pot]

    02/11/2015 1:56:21 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 25 replies
    RTT News ^ | 2015 February 09 | RTT Staff Writer
    The number of people driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. roads continues to decline, but the number of drivers using marijuana and prescription drugs that can affect road safety is climbing, according to two studies released by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One study found that the number of inebriated drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but that same survey found a large increase in the number of drivers using marijuana or other illegal drugs. In the 2014 survey, nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that...
  • ‘1 in 3 College Men Would Rape a Woman’ Stat is Based On a Survey of 73 Dudes... At a Single School

    01/13/2015 7:36:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2015 | By Katherine Timpf
    Headlines citing a study finding one in three college men would rape a women if they could get away with it are splashed all over Feminist Internet — despite the fact that this stat is based on a survey of just 73 guys at the University of North Dakota. These headlines seem like a pretty big jump: “Study: 1 in 3 Men Would Rape if They Wouldn’t Get Caught or Face Consequences” (Cosmopolitan), “Study Finds That a Third of College Men Would Rape if They Could Get Away With It (Feministing), “1 in 3 Male University Students Would Sexually Assault...
  • 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives

    01/13/2015 4:21:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2015 | John Hawkins
    1) P_resident Obama's own Department of Justice completed a six-year study on college rape, and it turns out that instead of 1-in-5 college coeds being raped, the figure is 0.03-in-5. Less than 1 percent of college students are the victim of a sexual assault -- 0.6 percent to be exact -- not to be confused with the 20 percent, or "one in five," claimed by feminists and President Obama. -- Ann Coulter2) In Â’92, the general sense was that New York was rotting from the inside. Now, crime feels like the exception rather than the rule. The city is the...
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning [and much more]

    01/13/2015 1:57:02 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | September 22, 2014 | Pew Research Center
    Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010 to the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade... The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). .. It finds a slight drop in support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry, with 49% of Americans in favor and 41% opposed – a 5-point dip in support from a February...
  • 97 Percent of All Liberal Claims Are Wrong

    12/22/2014 9:50:58 AM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 25 replies
    Powerline ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Steven Hayward
    And I’m not so sure about the other 3 percent, either. It is amazing to behold how liberals will grab hold of the flimsiest statistic so long as it bolsters The Narrative, no matter how easily and convincingly the figure is debunked. These days, the favorite liberal numbers are 1 in 5, 97 percent, and 77 percent. If you keep up, you’ll recognize them immediately, of course: 1 in 5 women are raped in college; 97 percent of all scientists agree about human-caused climate doom, and women only earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men’s earnings. John has...
  • American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011

    12/12/2014 8:26:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    Association of Religion Data Archives ^ | 12-14 | Association of Religion Data Archives
    American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011 Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Members or Leaders > Catholic > Summary SummaryCodebookSearchDownload The American Catholic Laity Poll contains many questions on pressing issues in the Catholic Church--views of the hierarchy, political positions of the church, women's roles in the church, what it takes to be a "good Catholic," how churches can respond to the current shortage of priests, and the effects of sex abuse in the church. Other questions also concern Mass attendance, prayer, Communion, and demographic characteristics. This poll contains respondents from many different generations of Catholics, and it...
  • The U.S. Electorate since 1982 in 12 graphs

    12/02/2014 6:35:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 12-1-14 | David Freddoso
    •The 2014 election and the long-term trends •Whither the Hispanic vote? •Catholics drop out of the Democratic coalition. Amid the tangled lines above,[below] we see the trends of America’s voters over the last 32 years. The chart measures something very specific: How much larger (or smaller) a Democratic margin of victory has grown in each of several different voting groups for U.S. House in the last 17 elections. For example: If Democrats won women by three points in an election Republicans won by six points, women were nine points more Democratic than the average voter in that election. And if...
  • Spontaneous protest erupts after man beaten to death by group of juveniles

    11/30/2014 7:21:02 PM PST · by leapfrog0202 · 123 replies
    KMOV.com ^ | 11/30/2014 | KMOV
    ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The violent death of a 32-year-old man beaten to death with a hammer by a group of teens sparked a spontaneous protest where demonstrators blocked traffic at Gravois and Itaska Sunday night in south St. Louis. Zemir Begic, 32, was found unconscious with apparent injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska at 1:15 a.m. Police say Begic was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. "I want everybody to know I take your safety and everyone in the community's safety very seriously," said St. Louis Police...
  • TALE OF TWO CITIES

    11/19/2014 7:10:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Jon Jay Ray
    Statistics can mean different things to different people.... Pretty similar until you compare the following: Democrat Conclusion: Cold weather from global warming causes murder.