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Monday, June 1, 2020

Lying and Statistics

 We estimate an overall mortality rate of about 1.8 per 100,000 for men between the ages of 25 y and 29 y. This ranks police use of force as one of the leading causes of death for young men. Between these ages, police violence trails accidents (which include drug overdoses, motor vehicle traffic deaths, and other accidental fatalities) at 76.6 deaths per 100,000, suicide (26.7 deaths per 100,000), other homicides (22.0 deaths per 100,000), heart disease (7.0 deaths per 100,000), and cancer (6.3 deaths per 100,000) as a leading cause of death.

So what the hell? What does "one of the leading causes" mean here? It is ten times less than "other homicides." More than one third less than heart disease.  Who the hell dies of heart disease before they are 29? If I gave you a chart with these numbers:







What would you think of the most significant numbers here? I would be more worried about the 3 leading causes.

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