Steven E 
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Updated on September 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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Re: “Another week done. Open line, news and comment.

Psychotic much, oh Harried Hollywood Harridan?

Slow day on the couch?

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Posted by Steven E on 06/23/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Megyn vs. Alex

Well, Oaf, you say the same shit over and over again, too. Like Trump is any better or worse than Trump...

Then again, all investigator did was show the hypocrisy of party affiliations, and how they throw bombs at each other, instead of trying to actually solve something.

Here is a blast from our past, where three members of this blog took the line that Trump was doing coke.…

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Posted by Steven E on 06/23/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Resistance continues in Arkansas

Sure, Max, those three million from two states. This election, more than any other, shows why having the electoral college is vital to a democratic republic.

Remembers, boys and girls and Max, Democracy has also ruined empires. Democracy is nothing better than mob rule. The destruction of Athens proved that.

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Posted by Steven E on 06/23/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Do concealed weapons make us safer? Stanford study suggests otherwise

Oh please, Sin, calm down, take another hit on the joint.

One woman on the West coast had tried to change the training of police to deescalate situations, instead of seeing weapons or force as the easy answer.

I have posted the story several times. Many agencies scoff at her, but the few depts that use her style, find they have fewer shootings, and better relations with their citizen population.

The other thing was the use of combat vets for police agencies. I also linked those stories some time back. Vets have an insight into what demands lethal force, and what demands patience.

As you stated, though, too many police agencies prefer to have the weapons, the equipment without the training for how to wisely use their hardware.

Too much focus on hardware, not enough on the software.

Posted by Steven E on 06/23/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Tuesday's open line and the daily headlines

Good Grief! Oaf, but you can be a condescending prig.

First off, you ignore most of what I say, including not even being able to correctly discuss the sources I used in a running thread, then you want to tell me that some astrophysicist may know enough about history, ecology, agriculture, climate, politics and sociology to be an expert in that field, too. An unchallenged expert, in your naive opinion.

I have stated, several times, his prowess in his field of expertise is formidable, and many of us don't know a single person in our social circles who could have a hope to intelligently discuss that expertise with him.

Astrophysics is his expertise. I won't mince words with Hawking on that matter.

Still, nothing I have said ridicules his monumental achievements in physics.

You also make the ridiculous assumption that I deligitimize formal education, which is false. I do say it isn't the Be All/End All. I was brought up short on that count in my callow youth, when I judged a grubby biker by his grubby demeanor and his Harley, only to learn his intellect and education were far superior to anything I had, at that time. It was humbling, and illuminating.

You really, REALLY need to get out more, Oaf.

Posted by Steven E on 06/23/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Do concealed weapons make us safer? Stanford study suggests otherwise

Little wonder this is only a Working Paper, and not a peer reviewed study.

Comparisons of 'Synthetic States can be worrying, especially since the FBI deals in real states, not lab created states.

Even more so when confidence in the study by the researcher is pretty low.

This from his previous study in 2004....

"Across the basic seven Index I crime categories, the strongest evidence of a statistically significant effect would be for aggravated assault, with 11 of 28 estimates suggesting that RTC laws increase this crime at the .10 confidence level. An omitted variable bias test on our preferred Table 8a results suggests that our estimated 8 percent increase in aggravated assaults from RTC laws may understate the true harmful impact of RTC laws on aggravated assault, which may explain why this finding is only significant at the .10 level in many of our models."

Considering they are using the same model, 3 years later, one might see some stark differences in states, that hold consistent.

They mention the differences between Texas and California. I went to the FBI crime report and got some interesting numbers.

As I explained to dearest Oaf, folks will use numbers to try and mystify an issue, rather than illuminate. I am always skeptical of any report trying to sell me on some notion.

So, from 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2015...

crimes rate rape murder

Texas 2005 529.7 37.2 6.2
2010 450.9
2014 405.9 30.6 4.4
2015 412.2 32.5 4.8

Cali 2005 526.3 26.0 6.9
2010 440.6
2014 396.1 21.6 4.4
2015 426.3 24.0 4.8

Both states show the national trend of crime dropping steadily throughout the last decade. When you look at the FBI charts, the drop is dramatic.

Of note is how Texas was able to beat Cali in 2015, and how Cali's crime rate took that giant jump from 2014-2015.

Even with more stringent gun control, that spike is very interesting.

Anyway, there is no real increase, just a diversity, and even that is open ot the whom of the moment, and changing yearly, as displayed by the spike for Cali from 2014 to 2015.

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Posted by Steven E on 06/22/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Tuesday's open line and the daily headlines

Didn't say I was expert, just said I could figure enough of it out to know it is bullshit.

You cannot even get the links correct in a running thread, and all you had to do was scroll up the page.

If you cannot even do that much research, Oaf, little wonder you blindly trust 'expert', despite the clear fact they may not be expert in that particular field.

Just because YOU cannot understand much of that field doesn't mean some little brown dude from L.A. cannot understand a set of fields of study.

You have a remarkable streak of elitism running in your veins.


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Posted by Steven E on 06/22/2017 at 11:07 AM

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