[lit-ideas] Re: statisticions, anyone?

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 23:07:33 +0900

On 10/12/06, JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx <JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Hmmm.....I copied & pasted the link and it tells me "page not found". I'll try again later....sometimes that changes. Thanks.

Worked for me. Here, anyway, is the text. The Raw Story URL is


President George W. Bush says that a recent report that an estimated 655,000 Iraqis have died since the start of the Iraq war isn't credible. The only thing this demonstrates is that his education either didn't include statistics or he didn't learn what he should have. See this CNN report courtesy of Raw Story. Note that it isn't just John Zogby saying that the methodology was sound and the report 95% likely to be accurate. Note, in particular, this exchange.

ZOGBY:I don't think that there's anybody in my business who
responsibly believes that 30,000 to 40,000 or 45,000 Iraqis have been
killed since March of 2003.

HOLMES: Right. That was always a nonsense figure. I mean, you just
needed to do the math day to day with 100 people being found in the
streets some days.

ZOGBY: Excuse me, Michael. But 100 people found in Baghdad, or Mosul
or Al Ramadi (ph).

HOLMES: Yes, absolutely. Actually normally just in Baghdad. And there
are a couple of areas in Iraq that are far more violent than Baghdad
itself, believe it or not.

Statistics, hell. It looks like George can't even do arithmetic.

John McCreery
The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN

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