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By How Much Does Mass Incarceration Reduce Violent Crime, and Should It Be Barred as Public Policy?

Originally posted on February 16, 2015 Violent crime levels are at their lowest in nearly four decades, which is celebratory indeed. The question of why the rates have been on the decline is a more complicated debate. Part of it is because…

0 Comments / 26 View / April 23, 2015

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Why I’m Really Not Worried About a Growing Chinese Military Presence

Originally posted on February 19, 2015 I don’t write about subject matter related to the military all that often. Aside from how the military affects fiscal issues and has macro-effects on society, it really doesn’t pique my interest. However, I came across…

4 Comments / 24 View / April 22, 2015

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Data Misrepresentation: The Area Principle

The Area Principle: “The area occupied by a part of the graph should correspond to the magnitude of the value it represents.” We are going back to Stat 101 here. You can find this rule in the first or second chapter of…

0 Comments / 578 View / April 19, 2015

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PACKAGE DEAL

PACKAGE DEAL – Assuming that properties which are traditionally or usually related must necessarily be grouped together and cannot be separated. The Package Deal fallacy is common in several types of informal arguments. It can be seen in politics as…

0 Comments / 32 View / April 17, 2015

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BE CAREFUL WITH THE GOVERNMENT

0 Comments / 21 View / April 17, 2015

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Can You Name America’s Worst Tax Break?

A couple of days ago was Tax Day. While it can be emotionally taxing to think that 31 percent of the average American’s paycheck goes to taxes or that Americans spend more on taxes than food, housing, and clothing combined, my mind…

0 Comments / 29 View / April 17, 2015

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ELECTIONS SHOULD BE HELD ON APRIL 16TH

0 Comments / 18 View / April 16, 2015

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BEING MODERATE IN AN EXTREMIST WORLD

Being moderate is an increasingly novel idea in our current extremist political landscape. What exactly does it mean to be moderate? We can view politics as ranging across several spectrums, and a middle ground within these spectrums as being moderate….

5 Comments / 161 View / April 15, 2015

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Are Women Really Paid Less Than Men?: Demystifying the Gender Wage Gap

Originally posted on April 9, 2013 Lies, damned lies, and statistics. What a great Mark Twain phrase. I love how he points out how trying to impress people with numbers, especially those yanked from their context, can give a false sense…

0 Comments / 16 View / April 14, 2015

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Debunking Ed Schultz on Inequality – Have Wages Stagnated?

In 2011 on his MSNBC show, Ed Schultz begged for any Republican to come on his show and explain how the chart pictured above from Mother Jones is “good for America.” He offered to pay for their plane ticket and…

1 Comment / 76 View / April 13, 2015