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"We don't know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we'd be bored, wouldn't we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge" -- pioneering TV workout guru Jack LaLanne.

* This list has a bunch of conventional-myth-challenging stuff, but let's focus on No. 5 -- police car chases aren't great at keeping the law-abiding safe:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19937_the-6-most-popular-crime-fighting-tactics-that-dont-work.html

* Richard Florida at Atlantic Cities does some charting and analysis of gun deaths in the U.S. One interesting finding: "Images of drug-crazed gunmen are a commonplace: Guns and drug abuse are presumed to go together. But, again, that was not the case in our state-level analysis. We found no association between illegal drug use and death from gun violence at the state level." Michigan, by the way, is somewhere in the middle on firearm death rates:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/01/the-geography-of-gun-deaths/69354/

* Let's aside the terms "climate change" and "global warming" for a moment and consider more prosaic questions: Is it a good thing for Michigan's weather patterns to be hotter and drier than what was the average in the 20th century? Why or why not?:

http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105172/petermann-glacier-iceberg-greenland-warming-climate-change

* Of course, if this study has relevance, it's now impossible for us to actually view even the weather outside of an ideological/partisan lens:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/07/ideology-clouds-how-we-perceive-the-temperatures/

* "The case against cooling, like certain other pillars of hipster sanctimony, stands on a foundation of half-formed ideas and intuitions.":

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/08/air_conditioning_haters_it_s_not_as_bad_for_the_environment_as_heating_.html

* "There's been a growing body of research that suggests that urban farming and greening not only strengthen community bonds but also reduce violence." Bridge has covered movements in Detroit to reclaim land and farm it.: 

http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/07/chicago-food-desert-urban-farming

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William C. Plumpe
Thu, 08/02/2012 - 9:04am
In regards to guns particularly after the Colorado movie theater tragedy---there is no sane reason at all or under any circumstances whatsoever for a private citizen who is not a police officer or active duty military to have access to automatic weapons, kits to convert semi-automatic to full auto or high impact ammo clips. Please don't give me the typical 2 nd Amendment rights argument about "The sacred right to bear arms". If you can read bother to read the entire 2 nd Amendment that also talks about "a well regulated militia". Assault weapons and high impact ammo clips have only one purpose---that is to kill people. These weapons are right now NOT being well regulated---so we are not properly following the entire 2 nd Amendment. Sometimes police officers and active duty military have to kill people as part of their job. They don't like it but it's what they unfortunately must do sometimes to protect themselves and others and do their job. But private citizens have no business owning or being able to buy assault weapons, kits to convert to full auto or high impact ammo clips---no sane reason at all. Enough said.