So I've been a bit busy this last week, and I haven't really been keeping up with blogs. I understand there are a couple stories right now that are mildly interesting, but I've just been doing other things. One of those things is reviewing a database of ~1,150 people supposedly killed by police officers in the United States for examples like the one I recently highlighted, where police trying to save a man who was trying to commit suicide were labeled the man's killers. I've also been doing some examination of the data as a whole, throwing together some simple charts like this one:
As a preliminary way of examining things. That chart only shows three of the ethnic categories of the database (excluding ones like Native Americans), but those three categories make up the vast majority of the data. If you add the amounts shown for each group, you'll get about the total amount shown. You'll also see there are some staggering differences between the ethnic groups. While many people using databases like this have discussed the narrative of black people being killed at higher rates, especially with black youths, the disparity in killings at higher ages is quite massive and in the other direction.
I'm posting this as an update mostly so people know what I'm up to while I'm quiet. I'm also kind of annoyed with the people managing this database for their apparent lack of concern regarding problems in their database, and writing little updates like these help make this feel like it's not a complete waste of my time.
That all said, I just started a post on a more regular subject matter of this blog - adjustments to the surface temperature record, and how they apply to the global warming debate. What fun.