Episode 69 – Bonus Book Review: Weer’d reviews Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

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EP069 GunBlog VarietyCast

  • Blue Collar Prepping – Managing Stress with Controlled Breathing
  • Foreign Policy for Grownups – Terrorism in the United States
  • Book Review – Weer’d reviews Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken
  • This Week in Anti-Gun Nuttery – Obama and his Staff React to the Shootings at Planned Parenthood and San Bernardino

 

 

Blue Collar Prepping – Managing Stress with Controlled Breathing

 

Felons Behaving Badly

 

Foreign Policy for Grownups – Terrorism in the United States

 

Plug of the Week

 

Book Review – Weer’d reviews Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

 

Fun With Headlines

 

 

 

The J Block

 

This Week in Anti-Gun Nuttery –

Obama and his Staff React to the Shootings at Planned Parenthood and San Bernardino

2 thoughts on “Episode 69 – Bonus Book Review: Weer’d reviews Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

  1. Alpheus

    I just wanted to point out something about statistics. When the politicians say “2 deaths” makes Tennessee as bad as California and Texas combined, they are naturally talking about numbers relative to population. I’m sure that California and Texas combined have something like 127 3/4s deaths in the same time period, but because they have such large populations, this averages out to something less that Tennessee’s two deaths.

    This reminds me of another statistic: A while ago, a sleepy little town in Utah called Payson became the 5th deadliest city in Utah. Why? Because a couple of years ago, some guy and his girlfriend decided to murder his uncle and steal his guns. Because Payson is such a small town, however, this instantly skyrocketed its “murder rate”, this “murder rate” will likely “haunt” Payson for years to come.

    If you look at raw numbers for murders, you’ll find things like this: Vermont had only 10 murders in 2014. I’m not going to look it up, but California will likely have had something like 1500 murders that same year. Sure, when we adjust for population, California will still come out worse…but out of a State with something like 34 million people, is 1500 really so bad, that you have to pass stringent gun control to stop?

    Particularly in the smaller States, these numbers are so small, that they can jump around quite a bit, for random reasons…and, oddly enough, a single mass murder would be a blip in some places (like California) but double the murder rate for others (like Vermont).

    It’s really funny, how we fret over what turns out to be such small numbers! (And by “we”, I actually mean “those of us who want to pass laws until no one ever dies of anything, ever”)

  2. Sean D Sorrentino Post author

    Actually, I found out where they got their numbers, and it was raw data. And it was the “National SAFETY Council, not the National SECURITY Council. Which makes a whole lot more sense.

    http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/priorities-cell-phone-crash-data.aspx

    (Scroll down to the map)

    Its reported data from 2011. Tennessee reported 93 vs. California reported 22 and Texas reported 38. They freely admit that the data is totally useless because it is incomplete and poorly reported.

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