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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.

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.

Found out the hard way that the “energy” provided by my drink mix last night was in the form of caffeine, not B vitamins like I thought.

I am dragging my ass on the ground behind me today, let me tell you.

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hipsterinatardis:

Fun fact: Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins decided secretly that they’d play Hook and Smee as a gay couple. When Spielberg, the director, found out, he was furious.

I just think it’s hilarious.

what living with me looks like

Need to rewatch this as a grownup.

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dennys:

Hey guys, Denny’s Tumbler Dad here,
Now that you’ve finished your homework and studying for the evening, I know you kids are out there cruising on the net like Sandra Bullocks hahaha. Anyway, I just wanted to drop in here like it’s hot and Wrap real quick about Net Safety.
Recently the moon had Heartbleed which puts us all in danger from internet scammers, meme-minions, and just all around no good probably e-magical creatures, according to online. So remember to change your passwords because safety is number one! It really is. I can’t stress it enough. So put down the kik chat for five minutes, pull those pants up, and change it up! We’re all amigas here so let’s be safe amigas!
Alright, I have to go iron my jeans, but thanks for listening Tumbler!
~Marty

dennys:

Hey guys, Denny’s Tumbler Dad here,

Now that you’ve finished your homework and studying for the evening, I know you kids are out there cruising on the net like Sandra Bullocks hahaha. Anyway, I just wanted to drop in here like it’s hot and Wrap real quick about Net Safety.

Recently the moon had Heartbleed which puts us all in danger from internet scammers, meme-minions, and just all around no good probably e-magical creatures, according to online. So remember to change your passwords because safety is number one! It really is. I can’t stress it enough. So put down the kik chat for five minutes, pull those pants up, and change it up! We’re all amigas here so let’s be safe amigas!

Alright, I have to go iron my jeans, but thanks for listening Tumbler!

~Marty

cracked:

[Winston Rowntree]

Oh hai, creative process!

cracked:

[Winston Rowntree]

Oh hai, creative process!

  • Me: *hands in Easter small pet package with the headline "The Dos and Don'ts of Picking up Chicks (and bunnies)*
  • Senior designer: Oh, COME ON!
  • Me: YOLO

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dennys:

Summer is just around the corner! Which means you’re probably fervently preparing for ~bikini season~, trying to get back into that beach bod! Well here are some dieting tips from Denny’s Diner to help you feel a little more comfortable this year:

  • Bikini season? Shmikini shmeason.
  • You look wonderful already.
  • Whatever makes you feel best is best.
  • There is no “right” way to look.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Build a sandcastle. 
  • Seriously, you look wonderful.
  • Denny’s loves you.

Surf’s up!

Legitimate hat tip to Denny’s!

OH in the newsroom, kids and baby animals edition

We’re running a story about the trend/perils of adopting baby chicks and bunnies around Easter. The art is, needless to say, adorable.

News editor and reporter: “Awwwww!”

Me: “We’re trying to discourage this behavior, right?”

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bewareofmpreg:

1118181:

cute

unreal

need!

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