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Posted in: Shootings prompt Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan to warn about travel to U.S. See in context

Some scary stats:

2019 US Mass Shooting Statistics By Month

Number of Mass Shootings Total number killed Total number wounded Occurred at a school Occurred at a place of worship

January 28 48 86 0 0

February 22 38 68 0 0

March 21 13 89 0 0

April 34 23 136 1 1

May 43 40 181 1 0

June 48 34 217 0 0

July 52 50 202 0 0

August (so far) 11 40 87 0 0

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Posted in: Shootings prompt Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan to warn about travel to U.S. See in context


I'm sorry, how often do mass shootings occur in Norway, again? Just curious. Wait, let me Google that:

The example of Norway gives a good illustration of just how absurd this use of statistics is. In 2009 and 2010, according to Lott’s data, there were zero mass shooting deaths in Norway. In 2011, far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people in a series of bombings in Oslo, then shot dead 69 more in a massacre at a Labor Party summer camp on Utoya island. 

In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there was not a single death from a mass shooting in Norway.

If we compare the number of mass shooting deaths each year to the population of Norway each year, using the same method we did for the United States, we get an average annual death rate of 2 per million, more than 20 times higher than the rate in the United States (0.09 per million), even though we know there were zero mass shooting deaths in six out of those seven years, in Norway.

If this strikes you as ridiculous, you’re on to something. 

In his analysis, Lott used the mean to calculate the average annual death rate from mass shootings, which is calculated by adding all the numbers in a set divided by the amount of numbers in the set. This is a problem in situations such as these, as it assigns equal value to all numbers. (The mean of a set of numbers is also referred to as its average.) 

The median, which is the middle point in a list of values in which half the numbers are above and half are below, can give a far better sense of what is typical. 

If we apply the median to Norway’s annual death rate from mass shootings between 2009 and 2015, we mitigate against the enormous skewing effect of one of those years (2011), and get a much more realistic statistical picture of mass shootings in Norway. The median, in this case, is ZERO. That means that in a typical year between 2009 and 2015, nobody in Norway was killed in a mass shooting.

(emphasis added)

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Posted in: Japan may send ships to patrol off Yemen instead of Strait of Hormuz See in context

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reluctant to send the Maritime Self-Defense Force to the strait, a key sea lane through which around a fifth of the world's oil passes, out of concern that doing so could hurt Tokyo's friendly ties with Tehran.

But not out of concern that it violates the constitution.

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' showrunners sign massive Netflix deal See in context

The two should be banned for life from producing any form of entertainment.

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Posted in: S Korean imports of Japanese beer nearly halve in July See in context

Brilliantly argued, I agree too! Japanese beer, especially Asahi "Super Dry", is probably the best beer in the world.

This certainly says something about your taste in and knowledge of beer.

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Posted in: Shootings prompt Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan to warn about travel to U.S. See in context

Maduro's just mad that even after mass shootings, it's still safer in the US than in his own country...

Is it?

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Posted in: Syrian government gains ground from rebels in northwest See in context

Excellent news! Time to wipe out all the Al Qaeda scum from Idlib.

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Posted in: Trump imposes total U.S. freeze on Venezuelan government assets See in context

This latest round of economic terrorism should come as no surprise: the U.S. is a bully, thief and mass murderer. The facts speak for themselves.

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Posted in: 57 dead, 18,000 taken to hospitals in Japan due to heatwave since July 29 See in context

I wonder if a lot of these folks go to hospitals just for the free air conditioning.

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Posted in: Japan protests Russia's planned live-fire drills off disputed island See in context

Japan seems to be a protest country.

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Posted in: Decline in number of felines on ‘Cat Island’ may be due to poisoning See in context

I like cats but not outside homes. They are especially devastating to bird populations. Good riddance to these cats.

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Posted in: At least 20 dead, 26 wounded after shooting at Walmart store in Texas See in context

I'm not sure which scares me more: mass shootings becoming so commonplace in the U.S. or city police who are indistinguishable from the troops in Iraq.

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Posted in: Russian police detain over 800 in opposition crackdown in Moscow See in context


Also, what level of involvement does this opposition have with the NED?

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

Combine the lack of trash cans in Japan with the tendency for yenny pinching among its citizens and this absurd rule, you're going to get even more garbage thrown on the street.

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Posted in: Britain begins escorting all UK vessels through Hormuz Strait See in context

Tensions have spiked between Iran and Britain since last Friday when Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the world's most important waterway for oil shipments. That came two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

Why don't the Brits get to be commandos?

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Posted in: Rice world See in context

Right here if you care to visit:

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Posted in: Japan, South Korea clash at WTO over trade dispute See in context

Good work there with the seating arrangement.

abc.....i J K lmno...

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Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

The Koreans probably fired on the Russians not to warn them away, but to demonstrate that Dokdo is THEIR territory. I wouldn't be surprised if the Koreans gave advanced warning to the Russians that they were going to "fire" on them.

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Posted in: Campaign encourages commuters to stand still in two lines on escalators See in context

Yeah, I'll be ignoring this.

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Posted in: S Korean jets fire 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane See in context

Testing/collecting info on the THAAD system?

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Posted in: Talent agency Johnny & Associates warned by regulator over ex-SMAP members See in context

Having started his career " teaching" orphans (HUGE red flag)

Huh? Why is teaching orphans--something tons of admirable volunteers do daily--a "HUGE" red flag?

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Posted in: Japan Post unit admits to mismanaging 90,000 insurance policies See in context


LOL. This euphemism gives me a chuckle. More like conning and swindling customers.

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Posted in: Pokemon Go developer releases new Harry Potter mobile game in Japan See in context


LOL. Now, in Japan, taxis will have to add the bumper sticker "No! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" to their bumpers. A little wordy. Maybe Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can be shortened to ハポウィ.

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

"Unfortunately, the Japanese law is flawed in its attempt to artificially control the ticket marketplace, and fans will likely be negatively impacted," Jill Krimmel, general manager for sports for StubHub, told the AP. "Instead, StubHub believes that a safe, transparent, and competitive marketplace best serves fans and the games."

I really, really loathe people like Krimmel: a poster child for predatory capitalism. It warms my heart that the lottery and anti-scalping measures greatly reduced StubHub's ability to bilk fans. These folks at StubHub and the like are plainly just government authorized thieves.

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Posted in: Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space See in context


Ideas + inaction = irrelevance=more time to drink beer=more ideas

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Posted in: Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space See in context

Innovative idea?

I had this idea 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December See in context

So, apparently, the seats have different colors scatters throughout the stadium in order to mask empty seats.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

Smart decision. Why did the TOEIC have to be part of the two days they give all the exams? Just have the students take the test on their own before the Center Test and forward the scores to their uni of choice.

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Posted in: England looks to overcome 'ruthless' U.S. in Women's World Cup semis See in context

Great game. Crongrats USA!

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Posted in: Dutch advance to Women's World Cup quarterfinals with 2-1 win over Japan See in context

Read the rules, watch the replay. It was clearly a penalty. Kumagai's outstretched left arm blocked the shot. They weren't completely outstretched, but they were out and she wasn't protecting herself. Case closed. Don't like it, call FIFA and get the rules changed.

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