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June 24, 2013

Interesting ATF Firearms Trace data for 2012

Firearms Trace Data 2012

All reports are in pdf format. I took a couple screenshots from the MA report.

Interesting that more traces were done because of possession charges than all other causes combined.
Most weapons that were traced were originally sold over three years before being used in a crime.
As I would expect, a lot firearms that were initially sold in NH and Maine. People move here or sell firearms to people who live here (in MA). What I wouldn't expect is the high rate of recovery of firearms initially sold in Florida and ermmm Georgia. And Vermont, with arguably the laxest firearms laws in the nation has a relatively low recovery rate - but they do make the top 15.

May 19, 2013

PEW Research Global IQ Quiz

To test how much you know about the worldwide image of the United States, we invite you to take our short 10-question quiz. Then see how you did and browse our reports and interactive database to learn more about how people around the world view the U.S. and President Barack Obama, as well as their opinions on globalization, democracy, extremism and other important issues. The quiz is based on key findings from the Spring 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, conducted in 21 countries among 26,210 respondents from March 17 to April 20. The countries surveyed were Brazil, Britain, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States.

Take the quiz

Read the report:Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted
(No peeking! If you are going to take the quiz, do it first before reading the analysis.)

How did it go? I did horrible - three correct (7,8 and 9)
April 25, 2013

Take the science quiz!

Got this from the Pew Research Center.

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

It's very basic stuff but a fun thing to do if you have any interest in science - or not.

How did you score?

April 23, 2013

"Lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA"

I know, I know - it's the "n" word (NRA). Apologies to the delicate ones, but it is in the title of the piece.

The article presents interesting correlations of violence with various environmental factors and proposes some things that can be done to reduce violent behavior.

Not surprisingly many of these proposals are social (gasp) policies including mental and physical health, alcohol use and parenting and school programs. It goes without saying that any program must be funded. But I hear that weapons manufacturers are raking it right now, and that corporate entities in general are sitting on billions if not trillions in cash and have nothing to spend it on.

Lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA

Lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA

Here are a dozen policies that would cut assault and homicide rates — but that have nothing to do with guns. That said, while they won't annoy the NRA, they often have their own set of powerful lobbies to confront.

A lot of theories have been posed for explaining the fall in crime rates, and in particular violent crime rates, since the 1990s. Did "broken windows" policing work? What about data-driven approaches like CompStat? Was it that legal abortion allowed unprepared mothers to delay parenthood, and spare their kids childhood environments that might encourage criminality later on? Or does the falling price of cocaine explain it?
None of the above. The real answer, it's now becoming clear, is lead. In the 1970s, the environmental movement succeeded in getting lead out of gasoline and household paint, and the result has been smarter, less violent kids. Economist Rick Nevin has found that, if you add a 23-year lag, variations in lead exposure explain 90 percent of the variation in crime rates in the United States.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out that a lot of violent youth just need a good therapist.

Multi-systemic therapy (MST), for instance, intensively targets juvenile offenders with four months of therapy, occurring multiple times a week with therapists with very small caseloads. Three randomized trials have found positive effects. Around 14 years on, one study found youth participating had spent 57 percent fewer days incarcerated than the control group. Another found that arrest rates for aggressive crimes were 75 percent lower in the treatment group four years on than in the control group. The third found 39 percent fewer arrests in the treatment group after only two years.

Lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA

Oddly I do not see anything related to smoking - one of my personal pet peeves. There are an estimated 46,000 deaths per year that are related to second hand smoke. Not to mention a laundry list associated health issues.

Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts

In children, secondhand smoke causes the following:

  • Ear infections

  • More frequent and severe asthma attacks

  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)

  • Respiratory infections (i.e., bronchitis, pneumonia)

  • A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

In children aged 18 months or younger, secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for—

  • an estimated 150,000–300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia annually, and

  • approximately 7,500–15,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States.

Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts

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