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  • State of the Bible [survey excerpts]

    09/22/2017 1:25:03 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    American Bible Society ^ | September 22, 2017, 04:14:22 PM | American Bible Society
    American Bible Society State of the Bible Research conducted among U.S. adults February 2017 Practicing Protestant, practicing Catholic: practicing Christians are those who identify as either Protestant or Catholic , who at tend a religious service at least once a month and who say their faith is very important in their lives. [See note on first comment.] Adults who read the Bible daily account for 16% of the total adult population, followed by 14% who read several times a week, 7% do so once a week, 7% about once a month, and 6% read it three to four times a...
  • Communism at "Peace"

    --No victims in any category below have been double-counted. --Outside Peru, no war-related deaths or imprisonments have been included.
  • America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t.

    06/13/2017 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Fhios · 57 replies
    WP ^ | 6/13/2017 | William Wan
    " ... The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger. ..." "... Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40 percent ..."
  • Apple’s market cap has eclipsed the city of Chicago’s real GDP

    05/23/2017 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 23, 2017 | By Ryan Vlastelica
    AAPL, -0.08% market capitalization of about $803 billion is 38% larger than the real GDP of Chicago, $581 billion in 2016. Apple isn’t the only Silicon Valley notable to top Chicago (and all other U.S. cities save two), either. Google parent Alphabet GOOGL, +0.62% has a market capitalization of $657.9 billion, making its pockets about 13% deeper than the GDP of the home of deep-dish pizza.
  • Proof That Those International Health Care Comparisons Are Bogus

    05/10/2017 4:51:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/9/2017 | John Merline
    Life expectancy can vary widely in the United States, depending on where you live. That's the finding of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study also shows something else that wasn't necessarily intended by the authors — namely, that all those claims about how the U.S. spends more money on health care and gets worse outcomes than any other industrialized nation are nonsense. Overall, the life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 79.1 years (76.7 for men and 81.5 years for women), the JAMA study says. That's the number that countless reports about...
  • Intercept Co-Founder Goes Off the Rails, Compares Dick Cheney to ‘Butcher’ Assad

    04/09/2017 6:20:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 9, 2017 | Nicholas Fondaro
    A simple news segment about the media coverage of Syria spun wildly out of control during Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN. It started with Foreign Correspondent Lara Setrakian noting how little coverage the Syrian civil war received in the early years. But it ending with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, going off the rails and declaring that “We need to understand the historical context of how a butcher like Assad actually has more in common with someone like Dick Cheney than he does with the average Syrian…” Scahill’s inane tirade derailed the whole segment from the moment he opened...
  • Which State Are The Biggest "Moochers"?

    03/14/2017 7:39:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/14/2017 | Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,
    Since Donald Trump's election, some leftists have been trotting out analyses showing that many states that voted for Trump are also states where federal spending plays a disproportionately large role in the statewide economy. In other words, many of those states that talk a lot about states rights and less federal government - it is pointed out - also receive an especially large amount of federal spending in that state. In many cases, this claim is correct. As this mises.org analysis shows, many states within the Trump heartland are what many might call "moocher states" because the residents there - taken...
  • A Census That Divides and ‘Nudges’ (Trump should reject proposal)

    03/13/2017 11:13:47 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 12 2017 | Mike Gonzalez‏
    In its waning days the Obama administration proposed two new wrinkles for the 2020 census: creating a brand new pan-ethnic category for people of Middle Eastern heritage and classifying Hispanics as a race.
  • Greenfield: How To Fake An Islamophobia Crisis

    03/04/2017 9:12:57 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 4 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Friday, March 03, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Friday, March 03, 2017 How to Fake an Islamophobia Crisis Posted by Daniel Greenfield 0 Comments Look out! It’s another fake Islamophobia crisis. “Huge Growth in Anti-Muslim Hate Groups During 2016: SPLC Report,” wails NBC News. “Watchdog: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups tripled since 2015,” FOX News bleats. ABC News vomits up this word salad. “Trump cited in report finding increase in US hate groups for 2nd year in a row.” The SPLC stands for the Southern Poverty Law Center: an organization with slightly less credibility than Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and without the academic degree...
  • Algorithms' Dark Side: Embedding Bias into Code

    02/22/2017 4:38:20 PM PST · by spintreebob · 14 replies
    All Analytics ^ | 2/22/2017 | Ariella Brown
    Does the shift toward more data and algorithmic direction for our business decisions assure us that organizations and businesses are operating to everyone's advantage? There are a number of issues involved that some people feel need to be addressed going forward. Numbers don't lie, or do they? Perhaps the fact that they are perceived to be absolutely objective is what makes us accept the determinations of algorithms without questioning what factors could have shaped the outcome. That's the argument Cathy O'Neil makes in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. While we tend to think...
  • How White Liberals Enable Crime in Black Communities

    02/15/2017 6:35:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 15, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims.Let’s look at what works and what doesn’t work.In 1990, New York City adopted the practice in which its police officers might stop and question a pedestrian. If there was suspicion, they would frisk the person for weapons and other contraband. This practice, well within the law, is known as a “Terry stop.”After two decades of this proactive police program, New York City’s homicides fell from over 2,200 per year to about 300. Blacks were...
  • Obama's Fake Legacy: Progress in the Black Community

    01/16/2017 2:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2017 | Katie Kieffer
    “Snake-oil salesman” is the stinging label Princeton’s African-American studies chair, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.—who happens to be black—gives President Obama as he leaves the White House. Because Obama betrayed blacks. Millions of white men and women voted for Barack Obama, a biracial president, in hopes that he would unite our country. Millions of black men and women voted for Obama hoping he would help them forsake disparate levels of poverty; teen pregnancy; single motherhood; absent fatherhood; and violent crime. Whites’ and blacks’ hopes were historic. Turns out Obama’s dual presidency was historic. Historically bad. Only wealthy whites and Asians notably...
  • Abortion in America

    12/11/2016 2:10:43 PM PST · by Jerrybob · 7 replies
    Breakpoint.org ^ | 12/11/16 | self
    One statistic says 45 million abortions (babies killed) since 1973. Not a pleasant subject. What can one do? Here's one thing -- possibly the most important of all: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30200
  • 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...