Gun talk

Mass shootings tend to produce a lot of writing, but in the United States they also tend to produce a rise in stock prices for gun manufacturers who anticipate an increase in sales in response to discussions about tightening gun control. [Read more]

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Plane crashes, probability, and fear

Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)Let’s start with the most recent downed commercial flights first: on July 24th, an Air Algerie flight out of Burkina Faso bound for Algiers crashed during a rainstorm, killing 116 passengers and crew. On July 22nd, the crash of a TransAsia flight in Taiwan killed 48 people. On July 17th a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.[More….]