links for 2010-05-22

  • "Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a 20-year child pornography sentence by ruling that the sentencing guidelines for such cases, “unless applied with great care, can lead to unreasonable sentences.” The decision noted that the recommended sentences for looking at pictures of children being sexually abused sometimes eclipse those for actually sexually abusing a child". You also get mobs with flaming torches waving pitchforks outside your house. It's an thought-provoking piece..
  • The real "meat" in this piece is the explanation about how so many news scare stories give absolute risk percentages instead of putting them into context with the baseline risk. Worth a read if health statistics scare you 🙂
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~ by Lynn Duffy on May 22, 2010.

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