America: You’re A Warmonger
Come and bake it.
Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator. Under “cottage food” laws, people can sell food baked or cooked at home, like cookies, cakes and jams, if it’s deemed to have a very low chance of causing foodborne illnesses. Crucially, cottage food laws exempt home bakers from having to…
Zerohedge included the map below is a great article about Qatar’s hand in the US gun-running operation in Syria on behalf of those “moderate” rebels. Now what ever could Qatar’s rich oil families gain from a Assad-less Syria?
The picture above is a proposed pipeline project by the oil-rich Middle East nation of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and most importantly, The United States and its European allies.…
Great news! Good way to cap off the day!
Ron Paul Legacy Lives on as House Passes Fed Audit Bill
The House has approved a bill that would open the Federal Reserve’s activities, including its deliberations on interest rate policy, to increased congressional scrutiny.
The legislation would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a “full audit” of the Fed’s operations and report back…
I’ve talked about the natural gas reserves under Eastern Ukraine and how this conflict begins and ends with the control of resources.
Well now ZeroHedge is reporting on another type of energy resource may also be at play. Coal.
Linking to Reuters, Zerohedge has the story, along with a map that makes it pretty clear why people seem to any give a shit about the “rebel” area of Ukraine:
Gun ownership vs gun deaths in developed countries
A real comparison would murders and violent crime vs gun ownership
As always, graphs are easily manipulated to make things seem better/worse than they really are.
The vertical axis shows gun related deaths per 100,000 people on a scale from 2 to 10.
The X-axis shows guns per 100 people, on a scale from 0 to 100.
While it looks like the US is a horrible, death ridden, gun saturated dystopia, it actually simply follows the pattern that is prevalent in the data.
It looks like, on average, that for every 1 gun per 100 people increase, there are .1 deaths per 100,000 people. (This would technically be a 45 degree line shooting from the origin, but we can see that the line starts a bit to the right of the origin - since I do not have the equation for the line, I am just looking at what the data approximately tells me).
Approximately, the America data point has 90 guns per 100 people and 9.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
In other words, it fits basically into the data we see in other countries. Scale up guns per 100 people and you scale up gun deaths per 100,000. So the other countries have very similar ratios of guns per 100 and gun deaths.
This doesn’t make them better than us, this makes them exactly the same.
In fact, some countries are worse than us. Take Israel, for example. For every 1 gun per 100 people, they have .2 gun deaths. If we use my approximation of 9.5 deaths and 90 guns in America, we have a better ratio than they do (.1055). Same with Canada - it looks like 5 deaths per 100,000 and 35 guns per 100. That’s a ratio of .142.
Of course, it would be better if America was below the line of best fit, instead of above it, as that would indicate an even lower ratio of guns:gun deaths. But at the same time, we’re talking about guns per 100 people as opposed to gun deaths per 100,000. The effect on gun deaths by guns per 100 people are marginal.
Now, some might say that we could be like Japan where they have 0 and 0 - and that would be the conclusion of this data. But owning guns does confer various benefits to owners - utility from target shooting, hunting and self-defense are the three biggest things. So it is not readily apparent from this data that we should just ban guns in America.
Furthermore, this data (as far as I can tell with what little information is given with this graph) doesn’t control for types of gun death. Unjustified gun deaths (ie murders or manslaughters) are combined with justified deaths (self-defense) as well as suicides and accidents (perhaps considered manslaughters, but an accidental self-inflicted wound that was fatal would probably fall under this category). Controlling for these types of deaths would be much better.
This still doesn’t capture cultural effects. Why does Qatar have such a low death:gun ownership ratio but Israel have such a high one? It would be a pretty strong (that is, bad) assumption to say that the cultures are exactly the same.
Still, this graph honestly shows that America is basically the same as other countries as far as gun ownership:gun death ratios goes. I don’t see how you can put a snide gif of “Americans” here when we’re just as “bad” as other countries.
damn yeah they did move the margins out.
From The Guardian:
The Pentagon leadership suggested to a Senate panel on Tuesday that US ground troops may directly join Iraqi forces in combat against the Islamic State (Isis), despite US president Barack Obama’s repeated public assurances against US ground combat in the latest Middle Eastern war.
A day after US warplanes expanded the war south-west of Baghdad, Army General Martin Dempsey, the…
Best post on @RonPaulForums today:
"I just don’t know how Hillary can win… Only way she can win is if they go for "OMG OMG OMG are you excited for potentially the first female president in the USA??! OMFG YOLO SWAG”.”
But that’s it.
That is literally how Hillary Clinton is going to win in 2016.
Sad and true. That should just be fucking campaign sign so it makes it easier for me to rationalize killing myself.
No NSA I don’t really want to kill myself.