Correlation is not causation

Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:


I found this when I came across the Spurious Correlations web site.

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Violent Night In New York City After 4 Shot In 3 Incidents

The Grey Enigma:

NYC should pass some gun control laws to stop this sort of thing

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At least four people were shot in New York City Saturday morning.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, one of the shootings happened around 12:30 a.m. in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

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The gunman walked up to the front of an apartment building at 250 Clarkson Ave. and shot two men, Stern reported.

The victims — a 21-year-old who was shot in the chest and a 34-year-old who was shot in the leg — were rushed to Kings County Hospital Center. The 21-year-old was listed in critical condition. The 34-year-old was listed as stable.

Isaiah was playing Dominos nearby and told Stern he saw one of the victims get hit.

“We heard gunshots and everybody ran into the building,” he said. “The…

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Bill O’Reilly Cuts Vacation Short to Deliver What May Be the Most Passionate Evaluation of Ferguson

Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:

This is from the Independent Journal Review.

I stopped watching The Factor because Bill has slipped off the deep end.

However, he is spot on in his observations about Ferguson.

Bill O’Reilly opened his show last night with a direct and fiery indictment of the mainstream press coverage of the Ferguson shooting and subsequent reactions to the protests and riots.

After summarizing the main points of the situation, with which he is clearly frustrated, O’Reilly concluded with this statement:

“What happened to Michael Brown should never happen to any American. What happened after his death should never happen in this country. But it is happening, and only the truth will overcome the chaos.”

Most Americans, regardless of what side of the aisle they stand on, would agree that what happened and is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, is tragic. But responding with more violence and divisiveness and force does nothing but make the situation worse.

Our legal system…

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Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

Originally posted on True Discernment:

“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

from CNS News:

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospitaland its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

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NC Sheriff Maintains Illegal Gun Registry – GRNC Mailing

Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:


Most people expect the sheriff to uphold the law. It’s part of the oath of office that they take. Apparently, Durham County sheriff Michael Andrews apparently feels otherwise.

Despite the repeal of the law allowing Durham County to maintain a handgun registry, the county has continued to do exactly that—maintain a firearms registry. Several concerned citizens report to us that they have gone into the Sheriff’s office to view these records. They were told in no uncertain terms that they could not have physical access to the records, but that a staff member would make a copy of a record being requested.

North Carolina § 14-409.40(b) clearly states that “Unless otherwise permitted by statute, no county or municipality, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall regulate in any manner the possession, ownership, storage, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms, firearms ammunition, components of firearms…

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NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule The Nazis Issued In 1933

Smart Meter Companies Admit: We’re Spying On You

Originally posted on a12iggymom's Blog:


Smart meters are spying devices. Not breaking news? Likely not for those of us who have researched the issue for quite a long while, but an admission by those who make the devices is rather shocking.

That is exactly what has happened, as SmartGridNews, a website supported by the high-tech meter industry, acknowledged that smart meters are gathering private information on homeowners.

Smart meters utilize wireless technology and instantly tell power companies how much electricity a home is using, and even can report on the power usage by individual appliances, as Smart Grid News said. Smart meters also can literally control newer household appliances that have the capability to communicate with the device.

“One of the next areas of value comes from taking smart meter data and ‘disaggregating’ it to tell us exactly how customers are using electricity,” reads a new story on the website. “Do external devices already do…

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