Just as Benjamin Disraeli classified lies as lies, damned lies, and statistics, I have decided today to classify the lies from the Right as BS, Total BS and BS to the max. You have my permission to use my classification system when replying to the lies from the Right.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
Statistics have certainly gotten a bad reputation. I think that it is because they are used by scoundrels to win arguments that can’t be won any other way.
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Lies, damned lies, and statistics. The three kinds of lies in order of wickedness according to former prime minister of England, Benjamin Disraeli. Statistics are the last refuge of a scoundrel. According to a recent survey of scoundrels, of those responding, 78% admitted to using statistics to prove a point within the past 30 days.
Is that really true? No, it is not. I made up that survey and its results to prove a point. Statistics can be used to “prove” just about anything. And some of the unscrupulous will just make up the numbers. Because numbers are authoritative and some of us will accept them uncritically. In these times of stress and distress, what is needed is thought and discussion, not numbers (statistics) used to prove one side or the other is correct.
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