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Blog #7

November 17, 2015 Leave a comment

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Prostate Screening Drops Sharply, And So Do Cancer Cases <a href=”″></a></p>&mdash; NPR Health News (@NPRHealth) <a href=”″>November 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

1. This article talks about new data that supports not only a large drop in prostate cancer screenings, but also a large drop in prostate cancer cases. I chose this article because I wanted to investigate whether the drop was simply caused by the lack of people screening.

3. The tweet is from NPR Health.The researchers found that the rate at which men were diagnosed with prostate cancer fell from 505 per 100,000 in 2010 to 416 in 2012.  The study was published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

4. Other than telling us who conducted the study, the article does not tell us how specifically the data was collected. I am wondering how it was collected, and how the sample was created, how large and why.

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Blog #6

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment



  1. This article from the Kansas City Star explores the new “Clean Power Plan” introduced in Missouri., and polled residents of the state to get a feel for whether they supported this bill to lower the states’ carbon footprint. The results show that over half, 62%, do support this bill.
  2. Because the article doesn’t state how the data was collected, it makes one wonder how they ‘randomly’ collected a sample that is supposed to reflect the attitudes of the entire state.
  3. As stated, I wonder how accurately that sample reflects the state’s actual opinion on the bill, or if the KC Star was lazy with their sampling and simply asked people close to them. Because this bill has the potential to heavily change Missouri’s coal industry (which it relies heavily on), it is receiving a lot of backlash.
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Blog #5

October 20, 2015 1 comment



  1. This graphed data illustrates to the reader that, due to a new “baby boom” that happened 18 years prior, the class of 2025 is on track to be the biggest, and most diverse class of students the country has ever seen. This would not be the first time colleges have seen an “enrollment bubble”, but this is supposed to be the biggest one recorded, the previous being in 2009 when the bulk of the original “Baby Boomers” children enrolled in college.
  2. The information in this article was retrieved by Pew researchers from The National Center for Health Statistics, and the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.
  3. These claims are obviously projections, however well-backed and qualified they may be. This leads the reader to wonder the obvious question of whether the actual data for the class of 2025 will reflect these projections; given changing college enrollment rates, dropout rates, a large potential change in the economy, etc.
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Blog Post 4

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment


1. This tweet paints a nice picture of just how effective video marketing can be, by providing several statistics explaining the effectiveness of different video marketing strategies, and statistics revealing how people respond to particular videos in certain situations. I chose this tweet because it not only relates to what I am interested in doing for a career, it provides information that can help me do my job better in the future.

2. The information in the article came from, a popular type of consulting website that aids companies in training, marketing and sales tactics. does not reveal where they found this data.

3.My only question is, of course, how did Brainshark collect their data. what methods, studies, or experiments did they use? Brainshark seems like a reliable source for information, but one can never be too sure if the study isn’t transparent, and repeatable.

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Blog 3

September 28, 2015 1 comment

1. This article talks about the tense but necessary relations that are attempting to be built between the U.S., Russia, and Iran. To nobody’s surprise, the U.S. is leading the talks to try and build these relations, which is why i chose this article, because these talks are crucial in the attempt to end the Syrian civil war.

2. The research in this article about the war and its effects comes from Jeff Mason and Michelle Nichols of Reuters’ research team.

3. I wonder what these talks will mean for the talks Putin, Obama and the U.N. have planned for today, Monday night.

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Blog 2: Euro/refugee crisis

September 14, 2015 1 comment

  1. This article is about the influx of refugees in Erope, and the creation of the Euro, and the similarities between the two situations; such as they’re both caused by Europe’s lack of preparedness before embarking on both endeavors, and that they’re both being pushed back by mainly eastern block countries such as Hungary.
  2. The article is written by Reuters’ Hugo Dixon, but there are no sources for information stated in the article, which leaves the reader to speculate how accurate or biased the info may be.
  3. According to the article, European governments were supposed to “limit their debts” to 60% of GDP; however last year the zone’s debt averaged 92%. How exactly were these countries supposed to “limit their debts”, especially at a time like this in Europe?
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BLOG 1: Oil Futures

August 31, 2015 1 comment

  1. This article is about the issue of gas prices, their inflation, crude oil levels, and OPEC’s losing battle against the U.S. and their low oil prices. I chose it because it was by far the most relevant and important information to me on twitter right now.
  2. The information in the tweet comes from a news source called “Market Watch”, and was written by Myra Saefong with direct quotes and responses from OPEC members and other oil industry big-wigs.
  3. My question is how will OPEC respond to their need for higher oil prices when the U.S. continues to keep their prices so low?
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