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Office of Reassuring Statistics

Useful for fake news syndication and productive propaganda
 
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Full of things like: "Scientific research shows that heating your house in the winter only has a 1.4% effect on your total energy bills, compared to the summer".

Or: "Although 97% of the world's population can trace their ancestry back to Iraq, 93% of Iraq's population can trace their ancestry back to Mongolia".

Or: "In fifteen years thanks to renewed investment in space exploration, more than three thirds of our chickens will be supplied from orbital farms, where they will have as much space as they need".

Of course, although almost everything produced from this resource seems fake on the surface, there'll be, for each entry, one or two authoritative 'rebutting accusations of fake' get-out support statements that go along the lines of "Ah, yes but if you look at this whole concept in a certain way, like this… " or "Indeed, but if you take into account x and y, and put that into the context of the mid- 15th century movement of elephantine castles, then you can recontextualise this to… " etc.

Ian Tindale, Feb 10 2017

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       You have a real knack for this kind of thing..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 10 2017
  

       If I can find the guy that published the article about lobsters being at risk by global warming, I'd pass this on, he could use some reassurance
theircompetitor, Feb 10 2017
  

       How about the article where it's been record temps every year for the past half-dozen or so?   

       They have this office in Russia. Used to be called the Agitprop. I'm sure tc remembers it well.   

       Does the current administration seem at all familiar, tc?
RayfordSteele, Feb 10 2017
  

       //been record temps every year   

       Erm, if it was hotter in each successive year, then it is the truth..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 11 2017
  

       Yes, that would have been my point.
RayfordSteele, Feb 11 2017
  

       //How about the article where it's been record temps every year for the past half-dozen or so? //   

       So, a warm spell?   

       The other thing I don't understand is why, whenever we get an unusually hot/cold/wet/dry/windy/calm day (all of which are apparently the result of global warming), they say something like "It's the wettest October 8th for 94 years". Why don't they simply say "October 8th was actually wetter 95 years ago"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017
  

       More importantly, why don't they simply say "October was rainy, but our rainfall data set is too small a sample for any meaningful climatological analysis, and human timescales are irrelevant." ?
8th of 7, Feb 11 2017
  

       Perhaps because it's not as snappy as "October 8th was actually wetter 95 years ago".
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017
  

       [Ray], surely you would agree that the "pro" Climate Change crowd engages in propaganda. How else would one classify the story that global warming threatens lobsters, which evolved in the Cambrian and live in the ocean? Note I didn't argue that both sides don't engage in it, clearly they do.   

       As to Trump, he has a ways to go to match the most dictatorial acts of American presidents (from the Alien & Sedition Act through the shoving through of the Income Tax through Roosevelt's running four times, the White House being run by Eleanor, and threatening to stuff the Supreme Court to get unconstitutional (at the time) entitlements through. Oh yeah, and that minor Japanese thing)   

       As to comparing him to someone like Putin, much less the Soviet Butchers who slaughtered more than 60 million people and kept half the globe in misery for 75 years, I think he is still quite the pale orange
theircompetitor, Feb 11 2017
  

       //As to Trump, he has a ways to go to match the most dictatorial acts of American presidents // But you have to admit, he's made a promising and flying start.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017
  

       [MB] you mean he has a pen, and he has a phone?   

       He who lives by the pen, dies by the pen   

       I'm not a supporter by any stretch, but I'm not quite on the barricades yet either. To me, he seems like The Banality of Banality, not The Banality of Evil. But I'm watching
theircompetitor, Feb 11 2017
  

       If he had a watch-mounted phone, trump could discreetly call the Russian leader any time he wanted in between tweets. Putin on the wrist.
Ian Tindale, Feb 11 2017
  

       nice
theircompetitor, Feb 11 2017
  

       // [MB] you mean he has a pen, and he has a phone? //   

       Many people have pens. Many people have phones. Many people have both. But Trump, as the person chosen out of 319,000,000 Americans to lead that once-proud nation, appears to have some options open to him that are closed to the average man in the street.   

       Incidentally, I think we ought to offer the Dump a free gold membership to the HB. Discussions with him would be interesting, and he's clearly already tech savvy.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017
  

       And maybe, just maybe, he's already here ....
8th of 7, Feb 11 2017
  

       I'm confident he's not. Sad.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017
  

       beanangel, you've been outed...   

       tc, there is such a thing as rate of change issue. I'm sure lobsters can deal with temps rising slowly on a evolutionary timeframe. But the hockey stick may represent a new challenge.
RayfordSteele, Feb 11 2017
  
      
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