Posted 17 hours ago

berenzero:

socimages:

How to lie with statistics: The relationship between Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and gun deaths.

At Junk Charts, Kaiser Fung drew my attention to a graph released by Reuters.  It is so deeply misleading that I loathe to expose your eyeballs to it.  So, I offer you the mishmash above.

The original figure is on the left.  It counts the number of gun deaths in Florida.  A line rises, bounces a little, reaches a 2nd highest peak labeled “2005, Florida enacted its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” and falls precipitously.

What do you see?

Most people see a huge fall-off in the number of gun deaths after Stand Your Ground was passed.  But that’s not what the graph shows.  A quick look at the vertical axis reveals that the gun deaths are counted from top (0) to bottom (800).  The highest peaks are the fewest gun deaths and the lowest ones are the most.  A rise in the line, in other words, reveals a reduction in gun deaths.  The graph on the right — flipped both horizontally and vertically — is more intuitive to most: a rising line reflects a rise in the number of gun deaths and a dropping a drop.

The proper conclusion, then, is that gun deaths skyrocketed after Stand Your Ground was enacted.

This example is a great reminder that we bring our own assumptions to our reading of any illustration of data.  The original graph may have broken convention, making the intuitive read of the image incorrect, but the data is, presumably, sound.  It’s our responsibility, then, to always do our due diligence in absorbing information.  The alternative is to be duped.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

What the fuck, people…

Posted 1 day ago

weirdgirlsseries:

All-girl barber shop quartet nails it!

Posted 2 days ago

tzikeh:

p1013:

sauntering-down:

apollosflamingchariot:

luciferspersephone:

This is the best explanation I could come up with for why it takes me so long to do updates sometimes when, at other times, I’m typing them up like clockwork.

also this:

facts.

I’m like this with my original fiction, too.

You guys forgot this one:

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Posted 3 days ago

tristianmakhai:

Ming-Na is quite easily one of the BEST FUCKING THINGS EVER to happen to Agents of Shield, and for god’s sake, can they please realise this already?

Please?

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Posted 3 days ago

cartoonpolitics:

"Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities." ~ Pope Francis

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gregrutter:

Somehow this film from atencio works better as GIFs

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Posted 4 days ago

thebigblackwolfe:

ru-debega:

Why does everyone post the boring version with lil choirboys when THIS exists

I’M DYING Y’ALL

Posted 5 days ago

howlsmoving-asshole:

howllor:

oh my godddddd there is a new swedish reality tv show where they are tracking down internet trolls and confronting them about the death threats they’ve sent to people, since it’s actually illegal.

watching them try to explain how it’s not them is the best entertainment i’ve ever seen.

this episode ended with them fining him 5000 SEK to be paid to the victim!

guess what America should do