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Officer-Involved Deaths in Arizona, 2010–2019

-Yearly deaths by race
-Proportions of yearly deaths by race
-State racial demographics


Favorite Media

I made a list of most of my favorite movies and TV shows. I thought I’d share in case it helps anybody pass the time. No particular order.


– Separation, A
– The Fly (1986)
– Cinema Paradiso
– Downsizing
– Two Family House
– Moonstruck
– Being John Malkovich
– Amélie
– Elephant Man, The
– Network
– Straight Story, The
– Inherit the Wind
– People vs Larry Flynt, The
– Adaptation
– Elmer Gantry
– Dark City
– Like Water for Chocolate
– City of God
– Ikiru
– 12 Angry Men
– Pianist, The
– Mad Max: Fury Road
– Contact
– My Fair Lady
– Jules and Jim
– 12 Years a Slave
– Kinsey
– Vicky Cristina Barcelona
– Lust/Caution
– Moonrise Kingdom
– Before Sunrise
– Truman Show, The
– Bernie
– Do the Right Thing
– Arrival
– Royal Tenenbaums, The
– Ex Machina
– Jackie Brown
– Casablanca
– Total Recall
– Fargo
– All About My Mother
– Edge of Tomorrow
– Groundhog Day
– Three Kings
– Mud
– Miller’s Crossing
– Tampopo
– Take This Waltz
– Pan’s Labyrinth
– Baadasssss!
– Starship Troopers
– Solaris (2002)
– Her
– Black Book
– Princess Bride
– Cyrano de Bergerac (Depardieu)
– Liberty Heights
– District 9
– Truly, Madly, Deeply
– Punch Drunk Love
– Inception
– RoboCop
– Lives of Others, The
– Beautiful Mind, A
– Goodfellas
– Master and Commander
– Amadeus

Movies with Caveats

The caveat here is that most of these movies I would recommend to people only after I know a bit more about their tastes. In some cases — as with Thor: Ragnarok — it’s because it’s more of an escapist experience for me.
– Zed and Two Naughts, A
– Synecdoche, NY
– Sorry to Bother You
– Lighthouse, The
– Romance & Cigarettes
– Thor: Ragnarok
– Lobster, The
– Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A
– First Reformed
– Experimenter
– Prometheus
– Scenes from a Marriage
– Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (original)
– Blue is the Warmest Color
– Witches of Eastwick
– Sweeney Todd
– Dangerous Method, A
– Ed Wood
– Nightcrawler
– Departed, The
– The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
– My Left Foot
– Marjoe
– Let the Right One In (original)

TV Shows

The Good Place
The Wire
The Office
Altered Carbon
Parks and Recreation
Brooklyn 99
Black Mirror
Star Trek: TNG

The US Southern Border Immigrant “Crisis”

I thought it might be useful to have a visualization of the terrifying undocumented immigrant crisis we’re currently facing, so I made the following chart.

The little blue sliver at the bottom represents the number of undocumented immigrants in the country from 1969 to 2016.


Well, so what? Even a small number of people can really hurt the country, right? So, here’s a study about whether undocumented people increase rates of violent crime:

“[W]e combine newly developed estimates of the unauthorized population with multiple data sources to capture the criminal, socioeconomic, and demographic context of all 50 states and Washington, DC, from 1990 to 2014 to provide the first longitudinal analysis of the macro‐level relationship between undocumented immigration and violence. The results from fixed‐effects regression models reveal that undocumented immigration does not increase violence. Rather, the relationship between undocumented immigration and violent crime is generally negative….”


Why Vote for Democrats?


Social Security Act
-Passed the House 372-33
-Passed the Senate 77-6
-Signed into law by FDR

-Dem: Yes — 284 of 319 (89%)
-Rep: Yes — 81 of 102 (79%)

-Dem: Yes — 60 of 69 (87%)
-Rep: Yes — 16 of 25 (64%)


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Fair Labor Standards Act
-Established minimum wage, 40-hour workweek, and restrictions on child labor
-Passed the House 291-89
-Passed the Senate by voice vote
-Signed into law by FDR

-Dem: Yes — 252 of 293 (86%)
-Rep: Yes — 30 of 78 (38%)

Passed the Senate by voice vote.


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Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry
-Executive Order 8802
-Banned discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work
-Established the Fair Employment Practices Commission to enforce the new policy
-Signed by FDR


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Desegregation of Armed Forces
-Executive Order 9981
-Established the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military
-Signed by Truman


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Clean Air Act
-Passed the House 276 to 112
-Passed the Senate by voice vote
-Signed into law by LBJ

-Dem: Yes — 204 of 256 (80%)
-Rep: Yes — 69 of 178 (39%)

Passed the Senate by voice vote.


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Civil Rights Act
-Passed the House 290-130
-Passed the Senate 73-27
-Signed into law by LBJ

-Dem: Yes — 152 of 248 (61%)
-Rep: Yes — 138 of 172 (80%)

-Dem: Yes — 46 of 67 (69%)
-Rep: Yes — 27 of 33 (82%)


Note: This vote was an important moment in the history of the Republican and Democratic parties and was the major catalyst leading to the transition of Southern Democrats to the Republican Party.*

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Medicare (Social Security Act Amendments)
-Passed the House 307-116
-Passed the Senate 70-24
-Signed into law by LBJ

-Dem: Yes — 237 of 293 (81%)
-Rep: Yes — 70 of 140 (50%)*

-Dem: Yes — 57 of 67 (85%)
-Rep: Yes — 13 of 32 (41%)*

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Clean Water Act
-Passed the House 366-11
-Passed the Senate 74-0
-Vetoed by Nixon
-Nixon’s veto was overridden by Congress

House Override
-Dem: Yes — 151 of 161 (94%) (92 abstained)
-Rep: Yes — 96 of 109 (88%) (68 abstained)*

Senate Override
-Dem: Yes — 34 of 37 (92%) (17 abstained)
-Rep: Yes — 17 of 25 (68%) (19 abstained)*

The Economy

Most economists lean Democratic:

From a 2003 survey of 264 economists

From a 2010 survey of 299 economists

Climate Change

The earth’s climate is extremely important, both economically and biologically. Most Democrats agree with the vast majority of climate scientists that humans have caused all or nearly all of earth’s rapid warming over the past 5-6 decades.* As of 2017, 78% of Democrats agreed that human activity is causing the warming while only 24% of Republicans agree* with the extremely strong scientific consensus.

But, isn’t there still a lot of uncertainty about what’s causing global warming? No. Climate scientists are roughly as certain that humans are causing the rapid warming of the earth’s atmosphere as they are in the basic science of plate tectonics.*

But, is scientific consensus really important? Maybe. One way to look at it is to consider artificial intelligence. Imagine if we looked at research papers of artificial intelligence researchers and polled them and found that 5% of them are warning that there is a high probability of robots taking over the world in the near future. That might be slightly alarming, right? However, if we look at that same information and talk to the same people and find that 97% of those papers and scientists are warning of a robot takeover, governments all over the world would be acting immediately to prevent this.