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What Does ‘Black On Black’ Crime Have To Do With It?

• Question Why do conservatives insist on mentioning “black on black crime” in the context of discussions about police brutality and systemic racism?   • My Best Guess They heard/saw someone else say it, and neglected to examine whether it was a great argument. It fit their preexisting notion that black people are inherently more[…]

Thank You, Readers, For Keeping This Interesting

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2017.02.01

Monthly statistics for this blog   As shown in the screenshot above, January 2017 is my top month for views on this blog, which I’ve been running for nearly 12 years. (My first entry was this one, back when this blog was hosted on Blogspot.) More important to me, however, is the statistic at lower[…]

Which State Is Most Representative Of The U.S.?

NPR recently published a nice breakdown of state-by-state demographics, with the intent to show which of the U.S.’s 50 states most represents the nation as a whole. The whole purpose of the story was to see which state’s presidential primaries should be first. (Of course, that’s silly; no state should go first.) Based on their[…]

25 Most Rewatchable Movies

Statistics site FiveThirtyEight recently reported the results of a survey about which movies people consider “the most rewatchable”. (Follow the link to see their full results.) They didn’t qualify the word “rewatchable”, and neither did the respondents, so I don’t know whether they meant “I could watch this one again” or the more forceful “I[…]

Once More, Thank You All

Showing the days of the year on which I published blog entries   Despite this blog not being about you, the fact that you’re here makes it more interesting for me. According to statistics provided by JetPack, this blog was viewed nearly 9,000 times this year — nearly 10% of those on one day in[…]

Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported

In an undated article on Christianity Today, writer Carey Lodge lists “six facts about atheism in the U.S.”, citing a recent Pew Research report. I noted some interesting twists and omissions in Lodge’s article. Note: The Pew report contains “7 Facts”, and lists them in a different order than Lodge did. I will use Lodge’s[…]

14 Years Later

Fourteen years ago, today, was the horrific and senseless attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Around 2,955 people died in the attacks (including the 19 hijackers and the passengers of the four planes). As of today, 6,855 U.S. soldiers have died in the two wars that directly resulted from 9/11.[…]

Solving Moral / Ethical Dilemmas

A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]

Why Are ‘Nones’ On The Rise In The U.S.?

Empty church pews (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Results of a new major study from Pew have been much-reported lately. The massive-in-scope survey shows that Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., while the unaffiliated (“nones”) have grown by leaps and bounds. Some publications tried to interpret the findings, some lamenting the[…]

Thanks, All Of You

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2014.12.30

I appreciate everyone who reads this blog, whether just once, occasionally, or regularly. A handful of you have been my nearly constant companions that past couple of years.   I’m not sure why my Stats bot listed Richard Barron twice. Maybe because Richard Barron is just that awesome.   For those of you who don’t[…]

Web Statistics, 2014

I think the last time I checked my website’s statistics was more than a year ago. Since I switched hosts last night, I thought I’d take a look at the statistics my old host had compiled for 2014, for the entire domain of — not just this blog.

5 ‘Feminist’ Myths?

Categories: Fact Check, InTheNews, Sexism
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Published on: 2014.09.02

Time — which insists on using all caps to spell its name despite not being an acronym — recently ran an opinion piece called “5 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die”, asserting: “If we’re genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight.” I’ll agree with that assertion, but[…]

Once (4.5 Million) Bitten, Twice Shy

Categories: Human Behavior, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.06.06

Though this AP story doesn’t list a specific source for some of its figures, they sound about right: 4.5 million U.S. residents bitten by dogs in 2013 over 2 million were children 5,581 mail carriers were bitten two-thirds of child victims are bitten in the head or neck 26,935 reconstructive procedures to repair injuries from[…]

For The Record: Website Statistics

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2013.11.05

I don’t check my website statistics terribly often — not like when I first began blogging and was curious about the magic of such tools. But I looked in this morning and found these tidbits, which you may or may not find interesting:

Some Things I Considered When Forming My Opinion on Gun Control

Following are some of the facts, opinions, and viewpoints I considered when forming my current opinion on gun control. Much In Common Ironically, both sides (conservative and liberal) are driven to some degree by fear. One side fears the loss of freedom in general, the loss of protection from home invasion or attack, loss of[…]

ITN: Data vs. Experience

Categories: Human Behavior, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.07

(This post isn’t about politics; it’s about statistics versus hunches.) Do you tend to trust the math whiz who’s crunched the numbers, or the guy who shrugs off the number because of a gut feeling? In the News: Big Data Spells Death-Knell For Pundits (Guardian) In the News: Data Geeks vs. Political Pundits (ComputerWorld) (Note:[…]

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