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Flawed Statistics

Statistics and I don't always get along well. I'm getting better at detecting fishy conclusions drawn from statistics, though. Take this article about abortion among Catholic women for instance. Almost half of the clinic's 6000 patients last year identified their religion and of this group almost 40% said they were Catholic. A further 23% identified …

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Hidden Impact?

Perhaps the impact of The Passion of the Christ was bigger than I was initially led to believe. The Mighty Barrister seems to think the survey results are biased. “Despite marketing campaigns labeling the movie the ‘greatest evangelistic tool’ of our era, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of those who saw the film stated …

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Bias in the Media? Nahhh….

Hear that one about Kerry winning by 7 points from the LA Times? Yeah, so did I. Now have a look at what at what Mr. Drudge has to say. He’s not alone, either. [No survey is perfectly representative of the entire population, but this is unacceptable. – Funky Dung]

Myth or Propaganda?

This site sheds some light on the popular idea that before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, 10,000 women died each year from botched illegal abortions. Before Roe v. Wade, did 10,000 women a year die from illegal abortions? 28-May-2004 Dear Cecil: Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman recently wrote, “After all, those of us who …

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The Crystal Ball Mystery REVEALED!

For those who may or may not have seen Magic Crystal Ball of Quasi-Astrological Mystique, here is the solution:

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