Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Right Stuff

I was going to write something about Churchmouse’s very interesting piece about an encounter with an antismoking activist, but I’m far too sleepy to do that tonight. Instead I’ll write about spaceship interior design. I first started thinking about this … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking

I’ve received permission from Professor Peter Diggle, the President of the Royal Statistical Society, to publish our recent correspondence. So here it is, minus the start and end felicitations. Here’s what I sent him: I write to you in your … Continue reading

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Repeat Something Enough And Everyone Will Believe It

H/T Jonathan Bagley for the following video of Professor David Spiegelhalter, the next President of the Royal Statistical Society, and a couple of blog posts by him. It’s a nice little video, making a simple point, and without using any … Continue reading

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A Statistical Investigation

On the WHO-says-bacon-as-bad-as-cigarettes business: Experts attack claims that bacon is ‘as big a cancer threat as smoking’ Dr Ian Johnson, Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Food Research, said: “Although there is epidemiological evidence for a statistically significant association between processed meat consumption … Continue reading

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They Jus’ Keep On Keepin’ Smokin’

NOLA: On April 22, when the clock struck midnight at Parkview Tavern, the bartender herded smokers outside, leaving only a few patrons inside as most of the crowd headed for the patio. It was a strange scene, the large crowd … Continue reading

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Empire

With Tony Blair semi-apologising today for the Iraq war, in an unusual excursion, I’ve spent much of today thinking about the rise and fall of empires. Why do empires get built? They’re built to make the empire builders rich. Let’s … Continue reading

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Daily Caller: Bacon To Be Classified As Dangerous As Cigarettes By World Health Organization The World Health Organization (WHO) will soon warn that some of America’s favorite meats are as dangerous a cigarettes. WHO will target processed meats such as … Continue reading

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