Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Reads

Dangerous vs. Rude

". . . they are obsessed with hate . . .can see only conspiracy . . ."

Volume 1504 Number 3 Book: Some Cowards are Dangerous “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott (a Progressive novelist) “Attention seeking, grandiosity, entitlement, and rejection are often linked . . . Imagine Al Sharpton or Rush Limbaugh unable to garner attention ... Read More »

Probably not representative

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Volume 1501, Number 9 Confused about the sample “If you survey 10,000 of your customers by email and 200 reply, what will you learn from the responses? You will probably not get a statistically accurate presentation of how your customers feel. What you will get is an accurate understanding of how customers who answer email surveys feel. Two different things. ... Read More »

PD Unions: don’t attack, educate

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Volume 1501, Number 6 Hey! Look at ME! Cop commentary about multi-millionaire athletes wearing “I can’t breathe” sweat shirts. What these guys are doing is using their star power to call attention to themselves and to jump on the bandwagon of being cool and ignoring facts. Will wearing a polarizing shirt help? I don’t think so. I wonder if this ... Read More »

Global freezing

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Volume 1501, Number 3 Another “Year Without a Summer”  The year 1816 is known as the Year Without a Summer because of severe summer climate abnormalities that caused average global temperatures to decrease by 0.4–0.7 °C (0.7–1.3 °F). This resulted in major food shortages.  Evidence suggests the anomaly was caused by a combination of a historic low in solar activity with a volcanic event.  (Here) An essayist ... Read More »

Bad Press or Bad Cops

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Volume 1501, Number 1 Cops get bad press Good discussion of LEOs in the current controversies. Lt Glennon asserts that the majority of LEOs are dedicated and honest and adhere to their oaths of office. Two incidents that are causing outrage at this moment have many things in common, but neither involved blatant racism nor evil cops looking for the ... Read More »

Past PD Privatization Studies

Mossy Phone

Volume 1412, Number 16 Old Private PD References  One solution to PD union corruption is replacing the entire police department. This seems to be “throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” though. Transferring CMPD to the Sheriff’s Department and contracting with the OCSD for service doesn’t address the issues very well. And, the examples of present-day OC deputies texting their ... Read More »

Accidental synecdoche

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Volume 1412,  Number 15  Liars destroy credibility of all . . . A story meant to demonstrate the seriousness of the campus rape problem has become an accidental narrative about lying (a synecdoche*). Breitbart News published an investigation casting serious doubt on Lena Dunham’s tale of sexual assault in her memoir the same week driving the same message home. On ... Read More »

Odds and ends

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Volume 1412, Number 12 Potpourri Desalination This is an excerpt (seen here and here ) from a piece by someone who should be a strong environmentalist: Desalination, along with conservation and water recycling, can substantially begin to address the state’s water shortages. Fortunately, advancements in technology have greatly reduced the cost of desalination, as well as the energy consumption and ... Read More »

Business Godfather’s Advice

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Volume 1412, Number 6 Crush Your Enemies — or else  From an interesting website – it’s supposedly Mafioso advice to businessmen.  First off, as much as you think you’re a great guy and that everyone loves you, I’m telling you that you have enemies. Everyone has enemies. Enemies, my friends, are much like a fire that hasn’t been fully extinguished ... Read More »

Body Cams

Police Officer Carrying Nightstick

Volume 1412 Number 5 10 limitations of body cams This is taken from an article by an organization that does Police Science research (as opposed to speculation and pontificating). The idea is building that once every cop is equipped with a body camera, the controversy will be taken out of police shootings because “what really happened” will be captured on video for ... Read More »