Your tax dollars at work

From The Washington Post:

Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds
By Jason Samenow | June 2 at 3:05 pm

People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.

Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning  1950 and 2012.  Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the female-named hurricanes produced an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named storms, or almost double the number of fatalities.  (The study excluded Katrina and Audrey, outlier storms that would skew the model).

The difference in death rates between genders was even more pronounced when comparing strongly masculine names versus strongly feminine ones.

“[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study says.

Sharon Shavitt, study co-author and professor of marketing at the University of Illinois, says the results imply an “implicit sexism”; that is, we make decisions about storms based on the gender of their name without even knowing it.

More at the link.

I was slightly amused by this story when I saw it, and then it occurred to me: in a time when we are borrowing half a trillion dollars to fund the government, we spent some of that money for a kook study like this.

5 Comments

  1. “[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study says.

    They’re joking, right? Or is there no stupid theory, idea or propaganda left these leftist morons won’t buy into? Does this mean if we rename Katrina to George 1000 people will spring back to life? And as the Editor points out, in a country with Obama induced joblessness, 48 million on food stamps, 50 million without health insurance because of Obamacare, 110 million without jobs because of Obamapolicies we have taxpayer money to blow on this shit?

    How about Obama concentrate on helping the vets like he promised, stop swapping terrorists for traitors and get our Marine back from Mexico instead of this nonsense. Everything this man touches he fucks up.

  2. If we apply the same methodology as the subject study employed, is it fair to say this is the sort of idiot malarkey that passes for scientific inquiry when there’s a black man in the White House? Or, are such mocking observations just too touchy to mention in our race and gender obsessed society, no matter how apropos?

  3. “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” – G.K. Chesterton

    From globall warming to social justice, from income inequality to white privilege. Once they stopped believing in the Love of God ideologues from Obummer to Perry began the long and fateful plunge into the abyss of falling for every dumbass idea that comes down the pike. The sad thing is they are all determined not only to drag the rest of us down with them but to force us to go with them and to finance their stupidity too. They travelled from the Love of God to the despotic tyranny of forcing their fellow citizens to support their foolishness and even to the point of being forced to accept it, approve it and celebrate it or be “punished”. Seems the trip from agnosticism to Nazism is a very short drive indeed. Once they took God out of the equation government swooped in to fill the vacuum. Unfortunately where God grants one Free Will, government has no such predilection.

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