Monthly Archives: January 2013

Waiting for Deus ex Machina (updated)

For the Greeks, waiting for a god to show up and save the day was a dramatic device that today would be described as the suspension of disbelief. At least they weren’t looking to Mighty Mouse for rescue which seems … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Crime Stats

From a statistical fellow traveler: Published on Dec 31, 2012 Crime stats they’d rather you not hear. https://www.facebook.com/AmidstTheNoise https://twitter.com/AmidstTheNoise Sources: FBI Uniform Crime Reports Table 1 FBI Uniform Crime Reports Table 16 FBI Uniform Crime Repots Table 8 Crimes Detected … Continue reading

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Murder in the USA: So what’s the problem?

Given below are the stats for “illegal homicides” in the U.S. from 1995 through 2010 taken directly from the 2012 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report. Note that the rate has dropped by 40% over that fifteen … Continue reading

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Getting Murdered: Where in the World? (Updated)

A couple of days ago I received an email from one of my correspondents, Shirley C. to be specific, and therein was a list of countries with murder rates greater than the U.S. Quite a few there were. But my … Continue reading

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Harry Reid Hearts Unanimous Consent

This is probably one of the reasons why Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation: Uploaded to YouTube on May 26, 2010, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) voices concern regarding the fact that the Senate passes over … Continue reading

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Bye, bye Barney — have a nice retirement

I’m really going to miss this guy. He is one-of-a-kind. . .thank God! Compiled during the Summer of 2011 debt ceiling debate, here’s more “Fun with Congressman Barney”

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