False rape accusations, explained

Reddit user LefthandedLunatic wrote up a long, detailed, and well-sourced post about false rape accusations. It’s excellent in its entirety, but here’s the “too long, didn’t read”:

  • For both genders you are way more likely to be raped then falsely accused of rape.
  • The estimated number of false rape accusations are around 2-10% at the highest.
  • For 216 False Rape Accusations only 39 named suspects, and only 2 got charged. That means that only 18% of False Rape Accusations actually accuse someone and that only 0.9% of false rape accusations ended up on court.

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about your privacy

Be careful:

The private sector is making a calculated move here after reckoning with the fact that there’s popular momentum for federal privacy legislation following revelations of Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data. Companies know that many states have mustered the political will to pass strong privacy protections that address consumer concerns. And they know that Congress is so paralyzed by gridlock that it has been unable to act even where there is overwhelming bipartisan agreement. So many see here an opportunity to try to enact weak federal protections and kneecap state privacy efforts in the process. Continue reading

Be a good sport

Interesting take:

Brett Kavanaugh needed to project a certain type of masculinity on Thursday, so he talked about sports. He was captain of his high school varsity basketball team. He played football too, offense and defense. He lifted weights. He ran track. He supported other women playing sports. He’s coached his daughter’s youth basketball team. He’s even been to one of the most iconic stadiums in the sport that calls itself America’s pastime. For good measure, he even dropped a reference to Title IX, the gender equality law that forced colleges to offer more women’s sports. He was quite the sporting man. Kavanaugh described his high school conversations as something straight out of a movie: “We talked about life, and football, and school, and girls.” Continue reading

He’s not even a good judge

It’s not just that he’s accused of incredibly serious crimes. It’s also that there are serious questions about him as a judge:

But in May 2006, as Republicans hoped to finally push Kavanaugh’s nomination across the finish line, the ABA downgraded its endorsement.

The group’s judicial investigator had recently interviewed dozens of lawyers, judges and others who had worked with Kavanaugh, the ABA announced at the time, and some of them raised red flags about “his professional experience and the question of his freedom from bias and open-mindedness.” Continue reading