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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Research vs. slogans

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Volume 1501, Number 12 Don’t shoot I’m Black Often what we know “ain’t necessarily so.” Media articles would have us believe that police are anxious to shoot Black subjects. And we might believe that cops carry lots of equipment to help them do a better job. In reality, Cops are more reluctant to shoot Black subjects and more likely to ... Read More »

Slow targets are easier

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Volume 1501, Number 11 Why pick on them? We received a provocative, anonymous question:  “Why don’t you criticize the idiotic comments by pro Mayor “chronic commenters??” We looked back at the posts of eight commenters, tallied as either “pro” or “anti” Mayor. Individually they may not be absolutist in their views. One (pro Mayor) commenter made a lot of well-reasoned ... Read More »

Hyenas and pseudomonas

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Volume 1501, Number 10 Changing our science thinking  Most of us believe that hyenas are pretty well programmed to scavenge carrion. If the environment changes, such as in areas where hunting bans appear, hyenas begin to hunt game and livestock and start ignoring the carrion. (Without hunting in the delineated areas the lion numbers increase, the prey declines, then most ... 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 »

“…in reality, we are very rich.”


Volume 1501, Number 8 Time goes only forward Time won’t reverse for us. And the City won’t either Stephen Hawking notes from the perspective of his brilliance that time, for us, flows in only one direction. His math and reasoning support his premise. Some remember when Costa Mesa had fewer businesses and homes, and kids could ride their bikes out ... Read More »

They can’t believe that


Volume 1501, Number 7 Filling idle time  While cooling our heels we occupied ourselves by dissecting an example of the type of thinking so common in Costa Mesa. We recommend the activity to readers who have idle moments. K. Findley, a “Top Commenter” for the Daily Pilot wrote:  “It doesn’t seem to be effective to attend the meetings. Monahan, Righiemer ... Read More »

Angry, misguided — and wrong again

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Volume, Number 7 Meandering and minutia Some who attend the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are supposedly irate. “The great majority wants a ‘natural’ park and no development but the committee ignores them.” Nonsense. The 24 regular visitors we’ve identified who show up for most or all meetings are not representative of 110,000 Costa Mesans. (More attendees show up ... 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 »

Activists/Terrorists — or just bullies (Amended)

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Volume 1501, Number 5 Al Qaeda tactics  The Fairview Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting illustrated “terrorist tactics” as a preferred approach to problem solving. No dynamite or swords, though, just raucous rudeness and name calling. But the purpose was the same — to intimidate those who disagree by attacking them personally. The specific issue for the committee was requesting more ... Read More »

What are kids learning

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Volume 1501, Number 4 They learn by watching Young people who attended the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday night learned a lot. They learned that the way to deal with those who dare disagree with you and your friends is to groan ostentatiously, catcall, and yell “liar.” And, they found the way to handle a request to refrain ... Read More »