The Impeded Stream

kohenari:

A shocking piece at the Washington Post's Wonkblog notes that research suggests that a whole bunch of random people carrying guns around doesn't, in fact, make us safer.

But, but, but … all the responsible gun owners keep saying that the concealed carry movement definitely makes us all much, much safer. Here’s why:

The theory has largely been fueled by a deeply contested 1997 paper by economists John Lott and David Mustard, who concluded that “concealed handguns are the most cost-effective method of reducing crime thus far analyzed by economists.” If states without concealed-carry laws had them back in 1992, Lott and Mustard calculated, they could have avoided that year hundreds of murders, thousands of rapes and tens of thousands of assaults.

"John Lott’s research was in my opinion very instrumental over decades in having more states pass laws to make it easier to get permits to carry concealed loaded guns, and to lessen the barriers for those permit holders to take guns in ever more places, whether it’s bars, or places of worship, or schools," says Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. “It’s all based upon Lott’s scholarship that has been completely discredited.”

Hmmm. That last sentence there seems like bad news, given that every single state now has a right-to-carry law on the books.

So what does the new research tell us? Oh, this:

more recent paper (“the best study on the topic” by Webster’s account), written by Stanford’s Abhay Aneja and John J. Donohue and Hopkins’ Alexandria Zhang, goes one step further. It methodically picks apart the existing literature — including Lott’s — and reaches a dramatically different conclusion:

Overall, the most consistent, albeit not uniform, finding to emerge from both the state and the county panel data models conducted over the entire 1977–2006 period with and without state trends and using three different models is that aggravated assault rises when [right-to-carry] laws are adopted.

In other words, let more people carry concealed guns, and assaults go up (Aneja et al. found no consistent impact on other kinds of crime).

I’m really looking forward to hearing what all the pro gun guys have to say about this latest study and the debunking of the shoddy research on which all their hopes and dreams rest. If I had to take one guess, they’ll completely ignore it.

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amnhnyc:

The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expedition Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.

In this episode, curator emeritus Norman Platnick discusses his trek through the highly diverse habitats of Chile in search of spider species found nowhere else in the world.

Learn more on the Museum website

For Seb.  Because sometimes I’m kind of an asshole for my own amusement. 

skooth:

this is important and more people need to understand this

A new poll found that most Americans have a higher opinion of Darth Vader than of any potential 2016 candidate. In fact, things are looking so good for Vader that he’s decided to run for president. He’s even released a few campaign slogans.
pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 26, 1948: President Harry Truman Signs Executive Order 9981
On this day in 1948, President Truman issued an executive order abolishing racial segregation in all branches of the armed forces and establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. This major piece of legislation was a welcome victory for the African American soldiers’ “Double V” campaign, in which they fought both WWII abroad and racism at home.
Learn more about the importance of Truman’s order with a featured video from Tavis Smiley.
Photo: The Chicago Defender announces Executive Order 9981. Library of Congress Exhibition

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 26, 1948: President Harry Truman Signs Executive Order 9981

On this day in 1948, President Truman issued an executive order abolishing racial segregation in all branches of the armed forces and establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. This major piece of legislation was a welcome victory for the African American soldiers’ “Double V” campaign, in which they fought both WWII abroad and racism at home.

Learn more about the importance of Truman’s order with a featured video from Tavis Smiley.

Photo: The Chicago Defender announces Executive Order 9981. Library of Congress Exhibition

dudes: "all men watch porn just get used to it"
dudes: "men just have stronger sex drives than women, its just biology"
dudes: "we can't help objectifying women, its in our dna"
feminists: "rape happens a lot in our society and most are perpetrated by men, towards women, and i can't tell the difference between safe men and dangerous men just by looking so i tend to be wary of men sometimes"
dudes: "NOW WAIT JUST A FUCKIN SECOND HOW CAN YOU GENERALIZE ALL MEN THATS SO UNFAIR"
sharkchunks:

fennecwolfox:

oeste:

misterhippity:

I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.
So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.

i tried using paper, but the edges crumpled
so now i just chisel my commandments into stone, like old testament god

I tried using stone, but it cracked and broke.
Now I just scream everything at passersby, hoping they’ll remember what I said so I can ask them about it when I need it.

I tried shouting things at passersby but they ignored me.
Now I emit allohormones in a gypsobelum that bonds selectively with the recipient’s hemolymph to reconfigure their bursa copulax into a copulatory canal. I can only say one thing, “I want to mate with you,” but really, what else ever needs to be said?

sharkchunks:

fennecwolfox:

oeste:

misterhippity:

I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.

So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.

i tried using paper, but the edges crumpled

so now i just chisel my commandments into stone, like old testament god

I tried using stone, but it cracked and broke.

Now I just scream everything at passersby, hoping they’ll remember what I said so I can ask them about it when I need it.

I tried shouting things at passersby but they ignored me.

Now I emit allohormones in a gypsobelum that bonds selectively with the recipient’s hemolymph to reconfigure their bursa copulax into a copulatory canal. I can only say one thing, “I want to mate with you,” but really, what else ever needs to be said?

Train and mega block time with Emmett.

Train and mega block time with Emmett.

sebsational:

sebsational:

How I almost signed over my entire life to Applebee’s for a gift card of an indeterminate amount.

Also their last tweet. Who do they think I am? I went to COLLEGE.

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We kept going.

thisismyfavoritesong and I just couldn’t stop the beat yesterday. ARV left shortly after this tweet. I hope we didn’t get ARV fired.

uncannybrettwhite:

sebsational:

How I almost signed over my entire life to Applebee’s for a gift card of an indeterminate amount.

Also their last tweet. Who do they think I am? I went to COLLEGE.

This is NUTS. 

What kind of scam is Applebee’s running, y’all?! There’s something rotten in the usually otherwise delicious Brew Pub Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip.