“lies, damned lies, and statistics”

-by Nerdface-

Stuff like this makes me absolutely batty. Right wing/left wing? Love Reagan/hate Reagan? Love Obama/hate Obama? You pays your money and you takes your choice.

It’s all the same—impossible to find out the truth, because no one cares about the truth. We just want to be right. We need to be right. We’re sure we’re right. OF COURSE we’re right. How could we possibly be wrong? OTHER PEOPLE are the wrong ones.

We cherry-pick. We believe the articles that agree with us, we repeat/repost/regurgitate the data that fits our particular worldview, we surround ourselves with media that tell us only what we want to hear. And all the while we spiral more and more into our own crazy.

Both these images came to my attention as recent Facebook shares. Beautiful, isn’t it, how Reagan increased debt by a whopping 189% compared to Obama’s paltry 16%, while simultaneously Obama doubled the overall debt of all previous presidents before him? Impressive, to say the least!

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” -Mark Twain

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7 thoughts on ““lies, damned lies, and statistics”

  1. dcjulesdoesla says:

    Love the Twain quote…and the blog. Consider me your fifth devoted reader 🙂

  2. nerdface says:

    Twain is awesome…. and so are you!

  3. Frances says:

    True story… I am so disgusted by all of this nonsense.

  4. squelsch says:

    i really need to read your stuff more often

  5. Devin Ford says:

    nerdface, i love you!

  6. Big Awesome Bulldozer says:

    Case in point, albeit with more words and explainy stuff.

  7. Elaine Schmid says:

    You’re amazing!

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