Analysis of Washington Post police-shootings data reveals surprising result – nearly 2x more whites than blacks shot by police

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Note: While not the usual fare of WUWT, after some discussion with Mr. Eschenbach, I decided that this was an impartial data analysis, and that publishing it would be a public service that may be helpful in these troubled times. However, given the sensitive and inflammatory nature of the subject matter in the context of today’s events, I’ve decided not to allow comments on this article. The data speaks for itself, and the goal here is to present the data analysis minus the rhetoric the topic will generate. I take no position on the topic, but I do feel that better data presentation leads to better understanding of problems, and this data presentation may be helpful to many. There are other forums where I’m certain this data and the results will be discussed. – Anthony Watts (updated, headline was extended at 2PM PST)

When Arrests Go Bad

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Thank you, America!

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By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley 

head for the brexit

For my final broadcast to the nation on the eve of Britain’s Independence Day, the BBC asked me to imagine myself as one of the courtiers to whom Her Majesty had recently asked the question, “In one minute, give three reasons for your opinion on whether my United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union.”

My three reasons for departure, in strict order of precedence, were Democracy, Democracy, and Democracy. For the so-called “European Parliament” is no Parliament. It is a mere duma. It lacks even the power to bring forward a bill, and the 28 faceless, unelected, omnipotent Kommissars – the official German name for the shadowy Commissioners who exercise the supreme lawmaking power that was once vested in our elected Parliament – have the power, under the Treaty of Maastricht, to meet behind closed doors to override in secret any decision…

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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 1: The Salt Wars

Watts Up With That?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

Prologue:  This is the first in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the Salt Wars1.  The purpose of the series to illuminate the similarities and differences involved in each.

Warning:  This is not a short essay.  Dig in when you have time to read a longer piece.

From the New York Times, Wednesday, June 1 2016,   “F.D.A. Proposes Guidelines for Salt Added to Food”:

The Food and Drug Administration proposed voluntary guidelines for the food industry to reduce salt on Wednesday [1 June 2016], a move long sought by consumer and public health advocates who said the standards could eventually help save thousands of American lives.”


“Americans eat almost 50 percent…

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Memorial Day

Dear Friends,

I appreciate your sentiments thanking me today, Memorial Day, for my service. I also recognize your genuine expression of gladness wishing me “Happy Memorial Day.”

However, if my somber response is not what you expect, here’s why: Memorial Day is a solemn, if not sad, day for me. It’s a day for me to remember those whose blank checks–made out to Uncle Sam for the amount up to including one’s life–were cashed in full.

The photo capturing GIs storming the beaches of Normandy epitomizes my feelings regarding the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands that day.

Normandy beach coming off boat

The photo and the accompanying poem, The Fallen Soldier Table, depict the impact on those back home.

Memorial Day Cover

The Fallen Soldier Table

The Fallen Soldier Table

The rose stands for the family with faith and love for those who serve,
They’re held with the highest respect for that’s what they deserve.

A yellow ribbon is for the loyalty waiting for those serving abroad,
As we pray that they’re watched over and kept close to God.

An inverted glass represents that the fallen can no longer toast,
They cannot be an honored guest or such a gracious host.

A lemon wedge represents the bitter loss of the fallen soldier’s life,
That causes so much pain like the sharp edge of a knife.

The salt is put in place for all the loved ones’ shedding tears,
For the soldier is no longer present to help calm our fears.

The candle stands tall for the blood that the soldier shed,
It holds a place of honor and represented in red.

The empty chair symbolizes the missing comrade who isn’t here,
Now it stands alone for the voice that we can’t here.
Jon M. Nelson


Indeed I am thankful that the blank check I wrote to Uncle Sam in 1982 was never cashed. Perhaps I am gripped by survivor’s guilt, but regardless, the focus of my attention today is on the supreme sacrifices made by those both unknown and known to me.

Today I remember and honor 1Lt Patrick Olson. In his A-10, he was assisting me and the US First Armored Division on 27 Feb 1991 in our attack on the Iraqi Republican Guard. His jet was hit by a surface to air missile. As he left Iraqi airspace headed to Saudi, my last words to him over the radio were, “I owe you a beer.” I owe him more than that. He died trying to land the crippled aircraft.

So, if I am a bit flat today, now you know. RIP Oly.

Patrick Olson

Who bought Hillary & what they paid

Sierra Foothill Commentary

Here’s a list of the 92 “conversations” that Clinton has had in just the past three years. The total: $21.7 million.

Hillary Money

What did Hillary promise in all these speeches? What was her advice to Deutche Bank, Cisco and the Council of Insurance Agents? What did she tell eBay? Or the “American Camping Association” and why on earth would the American Camping Association pay $260,000 to hear from Hillary? Has she ever been camping?

We may never know because she refuses to tell us. What Hillary discloses to us peasants is on a “need to know” basis only.  Let’s hope that Trump asks her for the transcripts.

H/T to the reader who tossed this over the  email transom.  

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Liberal Professors Outnumber Conservative Faculty 5 to 1.


By Paul Homewood


Universities have for a number of years been hotbeds of left wing agitation, but a survey finds that left wing bias has grown even worse in recent years, as the Daily Signal reveals:

Professors in higher education have become notably more liberal during the past 25 years, according to a recent study, and academics predict that the trend isn’t likely to slow any time soon.

During the past quarter-century, academia has seen a nearly 20-percent jump in the number of professors who identify as liberal. That increase has created a lopsided ideological spread in higher education, with liberal professors now outpacing their conservative counterparts by a ratio of roughly 5 to 1.

In 2014, 60 percent of professors identified as “liberal” or “far left,” according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, as reported by The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog.”

Compare that with 1990 survey data…

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