Scientific American goes full retard…Citing Wikipedia as a data source

The title might be a little harsh. What I meant to say was they went…No, no. Full retard is the right phrase now that I think about it.  Most teachers worth their salt will issue zero credit to a student who writes a paper and cites Wikipedia as an information source as surely most people now realize that ANYONE can edit a Wikipedia entry. I realize this is the pot calling the kettle black but, may be this whole blogging as news concept isn’t such a good idea.

-GM

When I heard, “New York and Los Angeles combined,” I intuitively thought of combining the populations of New York and Los Angeles and their murders to get the murder rate of some bicoastal megalopolis. Of course, instead of adding the two murder rates together, this equivalent to taking a weighted average of the rates, yielding a number somewhere in between New York’s 5.1 murders per 100,000 people and Los Angeles’s 7.8 murders per 100,000 people. (Chicago’s murder rate in 2012, the year whose data is in this table I’m using from Wikipedia, was 18.5 per 100,000 people.)

via A Higher Murder Rate than New York and Los Angeles Combined | Roots of Unity, Scientific American Blog Network.

Gun homicides down dramatically, Americans unaware – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

What if I told you that everything you see in the news about a gun crime epidemic was a lie? I only ask because, there’s a good chance that between the news media and the way news feeds and search engines work these days, you’re getting a feed back loop that is specifically designed to bolster your opinion on almost everything. And it looks like some in the media are recognizing the problem.

-GM

Assaults, robberies, and sex crimes also went down by 75 percent in 2011. Perhaps images from shooting crime scenes seem all too familiar, but perhaps the attention to gun violence in recent months has caused more Americans to be unaware that gun crimes are actually markedly lower than they were two decades ago.

via Gun homicides down dramatically, Americans unaware – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News.