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2018-09-01 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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NPR -- Yes, NPR -- Destroys Left's Gun Narrative
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So much for the left's narratives on guns and school shootings...

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government's Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.


The rest were unaccounted for because -- wait for it -- the schools refused to respond.

In other words of those more than two thirds were intentionally false and of the remainder only 11 were confirmed -- the rest, given the record and intentional non-response, have to be considered questionable at best.

11 out of 240?!

So you mean these incidents are extremely rare and intentionally over-reported, with one forced to conclude that such was almost-certainly for political purposes?

Uh huh.

It gets better.  FACEBOOK PULLED A POST CITING THIS DATA claiming it didn't comply with "community standards."

This sort of intentional slant and intent to pervert political process must be met with the destruction of the firms involved -- now.

If the government will not do so then we as citizens must -- by boycotting every single firm that advertises on that company's sites and by blackballing everyone employed by them.

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I just hope the left keeps doubling down on their idiocy, like calling for a buy cot of in and out burger because they donated to the GOP. Keep at it, midterms should be fun.

You would think the smart geeks in silicon valley would learn from Canada that when DJT says be careful (on shadowbanning and censorship) its a way more ominous threat.
Kinda like in the movie Casino when Alan King tells Frankie that maybe Ace should "tone it down) he says "Frankie, when Remo says something like that its like a Papal bull"
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The infotainment is pure blatant propaganda at this point. Anyone who hasn't recognized it is either deluded or benefiting from it in some way. It has infested the news, movies, TV, music, art, fashion, education, churches...
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I have to admit I am stunned NPR would report this. Somebody is going to get in trouble at NPR smiley

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I'm surprised there were only 240 reported when we have teachers and administrators that lose their **** over a child playing with a pop-tart "gun".
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I heard part of that story...sounded like part of the issue was coding of the survey....which was apparently too complicated for the staff who filled it out (shocking...I know!!)

Kinda got me thinking...I'm an accountant....and getting good data, even at a small subsidiary of a smallish fortune 500 company takes an army of accountants to correctly code, classify, and review millions of transactions a month....and perfection..forget about it....those 10 Q's may pass audit (big joke by the way)....but making that sausage is not pretty(never trust anything but cash the flow statement imo)

Our government maintains hundreds of thousands of data series...probably millions, and it would now seem that they are all complete garbage. Obviously there is no QC or review at all. If they can't count something as simple as the number of school shootings in a year without missing it by you really think they can count something as mind numbingly complex(from an accounting perspective) as GDP within even +/- 5 Trillion or so? How are you feeling about that temperature data?

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What I find hilarious is that all this fake new BS has driven me to the alternative sources; infowars, drudge, serohedge, reddit, treehouse, etc. and that doesn't even scratch the surface.

A decade ago I thought they were all tin hat. Now they've been proven correct more than wrong.

So slowly the curtain is pulled aside.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"

So exactly what the libtards don't want you to see and are fighting so redonkyoulously to hide, is precisely what they have uncovered and brought to light.
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I'm not convinced that this is an overt attempt by .gov to lie about the gun issue (as opposed to the left's clear willingness to lie about anything that furthers their agenda), but it is certainly consistent with the premise that most gov't employees are, in most matters, completely incompetent and without accountability.

What is clear from the referenced article is that the gov't agency asks for data, collates what is submitted to them, and then publishes it with essentially zero attempt to make sure it is relevant or accurate. And, for doing such a half-assed job, gov't employees "earn" darn good salaries, benefits, and retirement, to say nothing of the almost exorbitant compensation received by more senior-level supervisors and managers, when compared to those working in the private sector. Replacing all of these gov't employees with chimps working for bananas would probably not result in significant diminution in the quality of the output products.

Not only are the taxpaying shlubs required to fund such incompetence, but the entire country must bear the burden of the collateral damage (e.g., idiotic gov't policies/rules based on completely BS data) caused by these incompetent employees/supervisors/senior managers. And, based on what we can see every day, it is probably safe to assume that such incompetence permeates the entire gov't.

A major meteor strike on DC can't come soon enough!

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Anymore, whenever someone brings up school shootings, my reply is that I will start caring once everyone else does. It is clear that these are such statistical anomalies as to be essentially a zero chance occurrence.

When I see metal detectors and armed guards at every school...when I see parents pulling their kids en masse to homeschool, because schools are just too dangerous....when I see teachers demand body guards and self defense training, or school districts offering extra pay for teachers who take on self-defense roles, like they offer teachers who coach track after hours....THEN I will begin to care.

When I see masses of people walking down the street wearing Faraday suits, THEN I will believe that lightning strikes pose a grave danger.

At a family event recently, I said if you really want to deter school shootings, rather than teach kids to hide behind their text books and clear backpacks, give every kid a pair of those old school sharp pointed scissors. Once per term have drills in the gym where all the kids line up on the perimeter, with a martial arts dummy in the center. At the whistle hundreds of little kids charge the dummy and stab it ferociously for 30 seconds, until the next whistle. No gunman could withstand hordes of stabbing 7 year olds, let alone high school aged.

The topic changed when I made it clear I was not joking.
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I'm surprised there were only 240 reported when we have teachers and administrators that lose their **** over a child playing with a pop-tart "gun".

My first thought was, I'll bet the other 229 "reports" (to the extent that any of them actually existed) were brain dead "zero tolerance" fiascos over pictures, drawings, pop-tarts, carrots, fingers, etc.

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I am a CPA and was CFO of a large recreational products manufacturer. Seemed like we got a ****** commerce questionnaire every other week. The best was one that was trying to gauge inflation on our finished products. they wanted current MSRP on the products they chose on the last survey. Problem was we discontinued those models years ago. I ignored the questionnaire until I got a testy phone call from the supervisor from the child who was attempting to collect the info. I explained those models were obsolete. She said, well if you were still making then whats your best estimate of what you would charge? I gave her some bulls**t numbers and she went away. Good inflation data.
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