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Terrorism and Human Rights (30): “The U.S. Coming Home!” (Commemorative 9-11 Repost)

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aid / international relations / intervention / terror / war

(On this 9th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, here is a repost of a mock OpEd I wrote some years ago. It’s mocking only in its form, not in its intentions. I guess one day it will become prophetic, I’ll just have to repost it often enough. Warning: none of the opinions expressed here should be mistaken for my own). (source) “The date is October the 1st, 2011, exactly 20 days after the worst terrorist […]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (28): Push Polls

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democracy / lies and statistics / statistics

Push polls are used in election campaigns, not to gather information about public opinion, but to modify public opinion in favor of a certain candidate, or – more commonly – against a certain candidate. They are called “push” polls because they intend to “push” the people polled towards a certain point of view. Push polls are not cases of “lying with statistics” as we usually understand them in this blog series, but it’s appropriate to […]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (27): Jumping to Conclusions, Ctd.

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health / lies and statistics / statistics

(source, cartoon by Eric Allie) In a previous post in this series, I already mentioned the temptation to see things in data that just aren’t there, or to make data say things they don’t really say. I focused on the correlation-causation problem, a typical case of “jumping to conclusions”. Elsewhere I gave the following example: there are data doing the rounds claiming that Republicans follow political news more closely than Democrats, which has some people saying […]

Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Finance Restrictions

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democracy / freedom / law

This is a headline on the Huffington Post today. The commentator says By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday rolled back restrictions on corporate spending on federal campaigns. The decision could unleash a torrent of corporate-funded attack ads in upcoming elections. “Because speech is an essential mechanism of democracy — it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people — political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it by […]

Female Animalization, A Collection of Images

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discrimination and hate / equality / human rights images

Female animalization is the depiction of women as animals, or as hybrid human-animals. It’s in fact a subgenre of female objectification, which is itself a subgenre of dehumanization (see also here). Depicting a woman as an animal means taking away her human characteristics and can lead to gender discrimination. It’s easier to deny the rights of an animal than the rights of an individual human being. (source) (source) (source) (source) (source) (source) (source) (source) And […]