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  • Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,”

    Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,” which invites us to take a critical view of statistical correlations. Just because the divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine does not mean that we should cut back!
  • GOP Leader: ‘This Is 2nd Most Effective Republican-Majority Congress in Modern History” (McCarthy)

    07/29/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “As we finish up the first seven months of this New American Congress, the statistics are in: This Congress is more accountable, more open, more productive and more effective,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a news conference on Wednesday. He called it the “second most effective Republican-majority Congress in modern history,” and he used numbers to make his point. McCarthy said he judges accountability by the work that’s been done in committee: “The 30-year average is 7.4 percent of the bills get out of committee; this Congress is at 10.1,” he said. …
  • U.S. household net worth posts biggest gain in a year

    03/12/2015 11:47:17 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-12-2015
    Rising stock prices and home values pushed the net worth of U.S. households higher in the fourth quarter, a reassuring sign for the outlook for consumer spending. The increase added $1.52 trillion to the total wealth of American families, putting it at $82.91 trillion, a report by the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday. The increase in net wealth was the largest since the fourth quarter of 2013. While U.S. consumers have appeared somewhat shy in their spending habits in recent months, Thursday's data suggests their strengthening financial footing could help convince them to open their wallets more.
  • Protest Site Near Bush Ranch Draws Few

    08/15/2007 6:40:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies · 730+ views
    AFP via Turkish Press ^ | Wednesday, August 15, 2007
    While US public has heavily turned against the Iraq war, the protest site near President George W. Bush's Texas ranch had just one permanent demonstrator Wednesday -- two if you count the dog. "She's full time, and I'm full time," Carl Rising-Moore, 61, said cheerfully of "Sunny," a frisky stray dog bounding around the arid grounds of the camp that anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan set up in tribute to her slain Iraq soldier son. Rising-Moore, a Canadian-born naturalized US citizen, said he runs workshops on how to hold non-violent protests and that the goal is to "create a movement here"...
  • "Missing Soldier's Uncle Criticizes U.S."-(Libs gain another infallibility shill)

    06/20/2006 12:21:40 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 55 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Missing Soldier's Uncle Criticizes U.S. Tuesday June 20, 2006 1:31 PM
    ``The news is going to be heartbreaking for my family,'' Ken MacKenzie, uncle of Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, told NBC's ``Today'' show. ``Because the U.S. government did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid for it with his life,'' he said..."
  • Statistics, Lies and Damned Lies on Military Recruitment

    12/18/2005 11:16:10 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 15 replies · 2,429+ views
    Special to Free Republoic ^ | 18 December, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    What follows is the lede from a Baltimore Sun article today (Sunday) about Army recruitment as reprinted in The Day in New London, Connecticut. It demonstrates, again, the truth of Mark Twain’s dictum, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” "Washington — The Army met its recruiting goal for November by again accepting a high percentage of recruits who scored in the lowest category on the military's aptitude tests, Pentagon officials said Thursday, raising renewed concerns that the quality of the all-volunteer force will suffer. "The Army exceeded its 5,600 recruit goal by 256 for November, while the Army Reserve...
  • Study Finds 29-Week Fetuses Probably Feel No Pain and Need No Abortion Anesthesia

    08/24/2005 2:35:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 101 replies · 2,341+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2005 | DENISE GRADY
    Taking on one of the most highly charged questions in the abortion debate, a team of doctors has concluded that fetuses probably cannot feel pain in the first six months of gestation and therefore do not need anesthesia during abortions. Their report, being published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is based on a review of several hundred scientific papers, and it says that nerve connections in the brain are unlikely to have developed enough for the fetus to feel pain before 29 weeks. The finding poses a direct challenge to proposed federal and state laws that...
  • Cuomo warns against filibuster changes

    05/03/2005 1:15:23 AM PDT · by Frank T · 33 replies · 653+ views
    AP ^ | May 1, 2005
    NEW YORK (AP) -- If Republicans rewrite Senate rules to more easily end filibusters, the country will experience "exactly the kind of `tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind," former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Saturday. Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies." "How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a...
  • STATE OF THE UNION -- 2005 [Live Thread]

    02/02/2005 3:43:44 PM PST · by Timeout · 4,591 replies · 146,613+ views
    The pre-spin: Bush will spend about 1/2 the speech on foreign policy, 1/2 on domestic, with heavy emphasis on Social Security reform. It's said he will provide a detailed tutorial on the SS system and its problems with a few details on his personal accounts proposal. Laura's guests are said to be an Afghan voter and an Iraqi voter (too bad there's no Ukrainian wearing an orange hat!). Should we start a drinking game on how many times the pool camera swings to Hillary? Hmmm. Probably would likely hamper out typing ability. Word on the blogs has it that...
  • The Fake Crisis (Rolling Stone mag interviews Paul Krugman)

    01/27/2005 8:40:16 AM PST · by t_skoz · 51 replies · 1,302+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | ERIC BATES
    The Fake Crisis Economist Paul Krugman explains Bush's latest con -- social security By ERIC BATES To hear George Bush tell it, Social Security is about to go broke. Since his re-election, the president has launched a full-scale campaign to convince the public that the retirement system will run out of money starting in 2018. "The system goes into the red," Bush told reporters on December 20th at a rare press conference. "Many times, legislative bodies will not react unless the crisis is apparent, crisis is upon them. I believe that crisis is." Social Security, he concluded, "can't sustain that...
  • Inauguration: Lifestyles of the Rich and Heartless

    01/20/2005 12:30:49 PM PST · by WisGod · 143 replies · 4,712+ views
    American Progress Action Fund ^ | 1/20/05 | Christy Harvey, Judd Legum and Jonathan Baskinwith Nico Pitney and Mipe Okunseinde
    Due to $17 million worth of inaugural security – paid for by the city of Washington, D.C. – the Progress Report is unable to access its office. Never fear – it takes a lot more than that to keep us down. We put this list together for you ahead of time. Your regularly scheduled Progress Report returns tomorrow. A look at this week's festivities by the numbers: $40 million: Cost of Bush inaugural ball festivities, not counting security costs. $2,000: Amount FDR spent on the inaugural in 1945…about $20,000 in today's dollars. $20,000: Cost of yellow roses purchased for inaugural festivities...
  • VANITY - Help needed with bogus stats from "Kidz-IDz"

    01/14/2005 9:42:59 AM PST · by OKSooner · 3 replies · 1,197+ views
    Kidz-IDz ^ | 1-14-05 | some quoter of statistics
    I have need to "verify" some statistics. A friend has forwarded me this quote from this outfit: "Just last year alone the Department of Justice reported that more than 1 million children were reported missing. In addition to this, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that 8.6 million children are reported chronically ill or seriously injured annually. Injury unfortunately is the leading cause of death amongst school-age children."
  • Anti-Bush Ad Overstates Case Against Halliburton

    06/21/2004 7:57:01 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Fast Check - Annenberg Political Fast Check ^ | June 18, 2002 | Annenberg Staff writer
    Moveon Pac ad says administration gave contracts "on a silver platter," but government investigators say otherwise.Summary: An ad that began airing June 15 portrays a white-coated White House waiter serving contracts and wads of cash, while an announcer says the Bush administration gave Halliburton no-bid contracts "on a silver platter" and that the company was "caught" overcharging by tens of millions of dollars. But in fact, investigators from the General Accounting Office (GAO) found Halliburton's no-bid contracts to be legal and probably justified by the Pentagon's wartime needs. Furthermore, Pentagon auditors have yet to make any final determination of whether...
  • First Person: Looking for liberals? Follow brains

    08/29/2003 6:44:18 PM PDT · by Recourse · 121 replies · 348+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 29, 2003 | GREG JAMES
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER First Person: Looking for liberals? Follow brainsMonday, August 25, 2003By GREG JAMESGUEST COLUMNISTFor several years I've been listening to folks of the conservative persuasion going on about the liberal bias in the media, in Hollywood and among elites on the West and East coasts. There's no denying that liberals outnumber conservatives on the two coasts. It is also apparent if you work in certain fields like education, the arts, or high tech that liberals also greatly outnumber conservatives there, too. Is this some kind of conspiracy or is it just a fact that you get many more liberals...
  • Bill Clinton - Our Greatest Con Artist

    01/29/2003 1:36:08 PM PST · by Jack T · 151 replies · 516+ views
  • Who actually received the most votes in Florida's 2000 presidential election?

    09/04/2002 5:43:28 AM PDT · by do not delete · 99 replies · 2,336+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | Lance deHaven-Smith
    Al Gore. State election officials ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner by a margin of 537 votes, but during and after the election dispute, questions remained about the uncounted ballots of 175,010 voters, ballots that had been rejected by error-prone tabulating machines employed in many Florida counties. Confusion and conflict, much of it generated by partisan intrigue, prevented these ballots from being counted during the election controversy. However, in 2001 every uncounted ballot was carefully examined in a scientific study by the University of Chicago, which concluded that when all the votes were counted, more votes had been cast...
  • Liberals Get Labeled More Often - NPR Disputes Conservatives' Argument (NPR Lies With Statistics!)

    03/25/2002 9:49:31 AM PST · by Timesink · 109 replies · 253+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 25, 2002 | Greg Mitchell
    MARCH 25, 2002 Liberals Get Labeled More OftenNPR Disputes Conservatives' Argument By Greg Mitchell NEW YORK -- In his current best seller, Bias, Bernard Goldberg is the latest critic to charge that the media repeatedly identifies politicians and writers as "conservative" while failing to properly label their liberal counterparts. Such critics usually make the charge without backing it up with hard facts. Geoffrey Nunberg, a commentator on the popular National Public Radio show, "Fresh Air," actually took the trouble to find out if it was really true. Using a major online database he searched for articles about 10 well-known...