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Friday, July 30, 2004

Politics of the Day (2)

I don't normally write tracts like this, but this colossally tremendous stupidity from Michelle Malkin brought my fingers to the keyboard almost at the speed of thought:

"...Kerry is peddling junk science at the behest of his meddling wife. As science journalist Mike Fumento has noted,

In terms of air quality, they have only been measured since 1998 but by 2003 had dropped eight percent...even as dirty air levels plummeted, asthma incidence from 1980 to 1999 increased by 83 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

OK. My kid sister could probably tell you that this sentence is absolutely meaningless, a lack of anecdotal correlation is idiotic, and - I'm gonna go all the way back to stats 101 - correlation != causation. Please, if you're an editor syndicating her column, fire Michelle Malkin and hire someone who actually earned one degree at one point in their lifetime requiring at least one statistics course.

-- umair // 10:25 PM // 0 comments


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