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Comment Re:I know it's crazy but... (Score 1) 424

Where I live that wouldn't even cover rent for a modest dwelling in a suburban satellite town.

And that's why your views of social policy are completely out of touch with reality.

Perhaps. I looked up the local figures for last year, apparently the poverty line is considered to be $12174 for a single person.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 2) 667

In related news, Scotland's parliament has just "approved plans to request a referendum on independence that could take place just before Britain completes its withdrawal from the European Union". Ireland may not be far behind in making its own bid for independence. Would it still be "Great" Britain if it was just England and Wales?

The country called Ireland is independent. You are referring to Northern Ireland, which is a contituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 373

Much like the rest of the world Antarctica has winters and summers and ice increases in the winter and decreases in the summer. The winter limits of Antarctic sea ice (ice floating on the ocean which contributes nothing to sea level in either melted or frozen state) are increasing and the summer limits are ever smaller every year with some of the largest calving off of major floating glaciers ever seen in recorded history.

Yes, yes. We have summer and winter in both hemispheres. If you want me to elaborate on the point I made in response to the comment I was replying to, the growth of annual maximum antarctic sea ice volume is far smaller than the shrinkage in the annual minimum arctic ice volume. Happy now?

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 373

OH fucking bullshit. No, the skeptics aren't just asking for evidence, they spend pretty much the entirety of any diatribe attacking scientists, denying evidence, and promoting completely ludicrous an unscientific claims

I'm sorry, that just is not true. The people who claim to be skeptics, on the other hand...

Comment Re: SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 1) 209

OK, at this point I know I'm being trolled so this will be my final post on the subject. What I have stated is exactly how statistics work, and the the figures bear me out. What you are calculating with the figures from here, are not the probabilities of being a cross-race murder victim, but that of being a cross-race murderer. In that respect, a black person is 10.37 times as likely to kill a white person as a white person is to kill a black person, and that is a fairly dismal statistic. But that was not the claim that was made in the post I responded to.

Comment Re: SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 2) 209

Hmm, OK, I guess I see what you were saying now, not that the other guy was wrong, he is 100% right, I crunched the numbers and a white person is statistically like 11X more likely to be shot by a black person (1/93,000) than a black person is to be shot by a white person (1/1,000,000). So you were wrong and he was not lying.

Lets re-visit the numbers that you listed above. 189 black people murdered by whites out of 37.7M is 1 in 199471. 409 white people murdered by blacks out of 197.7M is 1 in 483374. So, by the statistics that YOU provided, a black person is 2.4 times more likely to be murdered by a white person than a white person is to be murdered by a black person. I was not wrong, and he was lying.

Further, your assertion that "a larger percentage of the total black male population will be shot by a white man than the percentage of the white male population that will be shot by a black man" is meaningless for the purposes of this discussion

No, it is not. This discussion is about the words I was replying to: "By the way, a white man is several times more likely to be shot by a black man, than the other way around".

Comment Re: SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 1) 209

Playing with percentages can get easily confused and obfuscate the underlying issue. They are handy for comparison, but can be easily misconstrued or used to conflate facts (see my reply to AC above). The best place to go for the raw facts is here:

From 2013:

Out of 197.7M whites, 189 murdered a black person, 2509 murdered a white person

Out of 37.7M blacks, 409 murdered a white person, 2245 murdered a black person

All well and good, and I believe I qualified what I said with a disclaimer that agrees with the point you are making. It does not make me any less correct when I point out that the person I was replying to is a liar.

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