Lies, damn lies and statistics

Lies, damn lies and statistics

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The famous quote, credited to former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli by Mark Twain, classifies in those three categories the different kinds of lies. In Spain we know a lot about the misguided use of statistics, as our national newspapers –this morning’s example– tend to use quotes generally attributed to a high percentage of Spaniards, or voters of this or that political party. Usually, a political party which happens to have said a few days ago exactly the opposite of what its own voters apparently believe, and the Editorial Board thinks. Continúa leyendo “Lies, damn lies and statistics”

How did we get here?

How did we get here?

Yesterday’s debate will get into the literature about Presidential campaigning as the weirdest, dirtiest, and dishonest discussion ever held by two candidates to the White House. Yet Hillary Clinton remained as presidential as she could, Donald Trump’s provocations made it quite hard for her to hold it together. The GOP candidate threatened, no less, with a special prosecutor over the email issue, and stated that if he would have been President, Clinton would be in jail. He also said that if he would have held the Oval Office, Captain Kahn –the Muslim soldier who died in Iraq and whose parents were insulted by Trump– would still be alive, meaning that President Obama is unable or unwilling to avoid military casualties, which is one of the worst assumptions ever made by a nominee for President. Continúa leyendo “How did we get here?”