Monday, October 30, 2006

New Links and Statistics:
I've added a few new links to this blog. Two of them are anarchist blogs, 'Presto's Ramblings' and 'To the Barricades'. Well worth checking out. Also in the 'Other Interesting Links' section is the 'Institute for Local Self Reliance'. This is an organization that, since 1974, has been promoting technologies,economics and political initiatives around the concept of not just "sustainable" but, more importantly, "local" alternatives to the present system. They have a wealth of publications that are well worth looking at.
As to statistics, here are a few quotes from 'The Quote Garden' ( ), soon to be added to the links.
"Torture numbers, and they'll confess to anything"
-Gregg Easterbrook
"98% of statistics are made up"
-Author unknown
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital"
-Aaron Levenstein
"Statistics can be made to prove anything, even the truth"
-Author unknown
"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable"
-Author unknown
"Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches"
-W.I.E. Gates
"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up"
-Rex Stout
"The average human being has one breast and one testicle"
-Des McHale
And then the inevitable political clinchers:
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic"
-Good Ol' Uncle Joe Stalin to Churchill at Potsdam, 1945
Finally, not from 'The Quote Garden', and said by Churchill at a totally different time,
even though it would have stood as the "great rejoiner of history" if it had been said in reply:
"The only statistics you can trust are those you have falsified yourself"
-Winston Churchill
That's it for now. More fun with quotations later.

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