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  1. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Darrin Bell about 1 hour ago

    OK, you’re right. I made a mistake in reading that table. But that does not invalidate my objection to your pulling in our population (which is, in fact, only 5 % of the world) to indicate that our murder rate is low. Compared to equivalent nations (eg., not Somalia), it is anything but low.

  2. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Darrin Bell about 6 hours ago

    mike, I can’t believe you made these errors! First, the US murder RATE (per 100,000) puts us at #14 (http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Violent-crime/Murder-rate).
    Second, the total population tells you nothing whatsoever about the rate of any given factor in the population. You know better than to confuse rate and total numbers for any given parameter…

  3. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Darrin Bell about 13 hours ago

    It’s sort of equivalent to the old nature/nurture argument. Both are needed to get the outcome. With only one, much less probably of getting a specific outcome. An operator without an operand does not accomplish the same result as the two together.

  4. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Ted Rall 1 day ago

    I am NOT saying genetics is nonsense. I am saying that you do not understand genetics. The link that Donald Williams gives is a good illustration of what you have misunderstood. There are no persons of “mixed race”, there are only a wide variety of humans in a vast continuum of variables. The idea of race is cultural, not biological. Biology does not see sharp boundaries, culture does.

  5. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Robert Ariail 1 day ago

    I just read recently in an article about the dysfunctional UK gov’t and Brexit that Nicola Sturgeon is the only adult in the group. (Can’t find the article, but remembered the line!)

  6. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Steve Breen 1 day ago

    Your tax dollars at work—$7 million of ’em.

  7. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Robert Ariail 1 day ago

    " Scotland does not have a stand alone economy…"

    If I understand correctly, the point of the EU is that all stand together, is it not? So thus Scotland would not be standing alone, but England/Wales would.

  8. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Ted Rall 1 day ago

    And I bet you believe that nonsense.
    There is no such thing as race in a biological sense. Modern humans are all descended from a small group of about 2000-3000 people living on the east coast of Africa 200,000 years ago with some slight intermixtures of Neanderthal, Denisovan and west African subspecies. Race, as such, is a cultural concept based on the tendency of humans to form social groups.

    About genetics, BTW, are you aware that humans and gorillas have about 98% genomic identity?

  9. martens is REALLY fed up commented on ViewsAfrica 1 day ago

    And the EU officials are (rightly) PO’d that an intra-party maneuver caused this chaos…the Tories should be ashamed of themselves (altho’ I have to admit Labour doesn’t seem any more together).

  10. martens is REALLY fed up commented on Darrin Bell 3 days ago

    And here is Johnson’s column from the Telegraph, thus proving that Darrin Bell’s cartoon is exactly right on:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/26/i-cannot-stress-too-much-that-britain-is-part-of-europe—and-alw/