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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Planned Parenthood. Some math observations.

Updated July 2018 for new numbers. Scroll to bottom.

If you don't have a little bit of a grasp on strange statistical anomalies, and picking out a different story from Planned Parenthood's own figures than they might intend, you won't find this interesting.

If you might think: "Gee, why would they present the numbers like they do?" then read on.

This sort of analyzation is useful for all statistics. As the saying goes: there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

So, let's compute.

All numbers are from PP's own material in the 2013-2014 Annual Report:

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/6714/1996/2641/2013-2014_Annual_Report_FINAL_WEB_VERSION.pdf

Planned Parenthood's own 2013-2014 numbers say 3% (actually 3.09 so I'd round that to 3.1) of their *services* are abortions. Which is true. 

But if you divide number of abortions by number of PATIENTS, then it's 12.1% So they're off by a factor of 4 if you look at it that way.

Yes this has been noticed and reported on elsewhere.

Planned Parenthood likes to say 3%, but they really should say 12% since we're talking about people here, and not services.

Read on though because it's even higher than 12%. They left out a potentially big detail.

And I couldn't find that number ANYWHERE.

They count things like UTIs and referrals as services, so one patient could have several services performed along with their abortion.

Like a pregnancy test. So a pregnancy test and an abortion doubles the number of services without changing the number of patients.

Convenient if you are trying to downplay abortion rates.

So out of every 8 people in the waiting room, one is there for an abortion.

If you like, they abort the entire city of Santa Ana, CA every year.

But here's something I haven't seen mentioned in as many places: We didn't take out the services performed for men.

They don't have abortions of course.

They get treated for UTIs, STDs, etc. All this: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/men

And the number of male patients doubled between 2003 and 2013. How many is that? Don't know.

I could not find out how many patients were men, or how many were women. From the listing of all the men's services, you'd think it might be a lot but who knows. Maybe not even Planned Parenthood.

Other notable numbers: Pap smears were done only SLIGHTLY more than abortions. It's almost one for one.

1.2 Pap smears for every abortion. I would have thought if we're emphasizing women's health, that number would be a lot higher.

Breast exams? About 1.5 for every abortion.

Pregnancy tests: for every woman who had one done, 1 in 3 got an abortion. There's also no figures on how many were positive vs negative. So that 33% figure could be even higher.

Prenatal services: 17.5 abortions for every prenatal service. So care for the unborn baby seems underemphasized.

Another interesting number: Vasectomies numbered 4166. Women sterilizations number only 822.

So men are 5x as likely to get sterilized at PP as women.

In summary, there is no way to tell the true rate of abortions (i.e. what percentage of women are there for abortions) because you can't take the men's services out of the total number of services.

And also: if you're doing 327,000 abortions which is 150% of the population of Shreveport, La (third largest city in Louisiana) then maybe the vasectomy/sterilization options need to be discussed more.

1 vasectomy for every 75 abortions seems low.

At the very least, I find this interesting and my 'spin' detector reading is elevated.

Update for 2016-2017 Annual Report
You can check the numbers here: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/facts-figures/annual-report




About the same.

Practically no one gets a vasectomy or a form of sterilization. Just over 1 in 8 patients gets an abortion. For every 3 pregnancy tests done, there's one abortion. For every TWO Breast exams/Pap smear/HPV vaccination (combined total), there's one abortion.

Issues of note with this report:
Still no breakdown of men vs. women, so you can't see what percentage of women patients get an abortion. Close to 10 times as many men get sterilized here vs. women. Yes, I know it's an easier procedure.














Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fiat 500e Lease Returns are CHEAP on Ebay

Under $10,000 in almost all cases. I think at this price, you can justify it as an 'extra' vehicle based on the gas savings alone.

I think the prices will increase somewhat over time.

Benefits:
-recharges twice as fast as Nissan Leaf early models (6.6KWHR charger)
-cooled and heated battery pack: should last a lot longer
-many were fairly loaded with leather and nav

There are TONS on Ebay: 500e 'Buy it Now' Listings.

As I write this, I see one for $6988 with 42,000 miles on it. Not much wears on an electric car but tires and brakes. This is nothing.

My Leaf has almost 90,000 and I've done nothing but tires and windshield wiper blades.

Friday, February 02, 2018

What is cryptocurrency? And how can you earn money on it vs using an ad on your site?



This is an alternate way for people to support websites.

It uses a small amount of your computers power to do the math required to 'mine' Monero, which is a form of cryptocurrency like the more well-known bitcoin.

For those who don't know what a cryptocurrency is, it's a big math problem. The computer tries tons and tons of calculations to discover 'keys' that have value, due to their rarity.

Like gold or diamonds are rare, so they have value usually beyond the intrinsic value. Or, further, as paper money has value beyond the paper and ink it's made of.

Cryptocurrency isn't controlled by any government and can be pretty much untraceable and is sort of a worldwide currency.

That's the basics.

You can play with it here:




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You can control how much CPU it uses by adjusting the Speed option.

I find the best result is using the same thread count as the number of virtual processors you have or on simpler devices, the number of CPU cores.

Another way is to make shortlinks that direct to valuable content, but the link computes a small number of 'hashes' or work units before the visitor is shown the webpage.

You can click -=> HERE <=- to see how that looks.

What speed do you get and on what device? Post in the comments section below.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bissell Model 1719 Charger: Get it here. It's the right one. And: Why you can't find Yours.

I found my charger after I moved and after ordering this one.

I thought I'd lost it because I did not think about the charger having to be a little higher voltage than the battery.

The machine says 9.6V on it but the charger says 12V. So I presume I set the charger aside because the voltages didn't match and weren't really that close.

I.e. I hadn't lost it at all!

9.6V is common among R/C cars so it makes sense that is the battery voltage.

When I looked closer, the one I found and the new one both say they are for the 1719 on them.

Same label, same brand, same charger shape, etc. So to sum, I'm 99.9% sure this is the correct charger.

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