Novak Djokovic has become the greatest tennis player of all times by not playing… My respects.
The leaders of the Australian government “consider that his presence may be a risk to the health of the Australian community” and that he could provoke “civil unrest” because he is “a person of influence and status” and, finally, Djokovic deportation “will keep Australians safe”.
Djokovic “risky”, “unresting” and “unsafe” opinion is that everyone should freely decide whether to vaccinate or not based on their best judgement. How he dare! Well, now Australians can feel safe again thanks to their thought police and enjoy their Australian “Closed” 2022.
Remember, we used democracies to do this for The Greater Good… When are we going to learn?
Oh! If somebody mentions about saving lives with vaccination passes… In some European countries like, I don’t know, Germany, you can use public transportation if you are vaccinated but you cannot if you only have a test proving you are not infected. Since vaccinated people can be infected -specially now with new virus variants- this means German authorities are allowing infected people to use public transportation while preventing those with scientific prove they are not infected from doing so. Unvaccinated only choice is to have a walk if they cannot afford private transportation… Stupid? Yeah, but so much more… ins’t right Herr Kanzler and sympathizers? So. much. more.
Some of our “beloved” leaders in the European Union (Hallo Kameraden) have decided that the forced vaccination of adult human beings is an excellent idea that serves “The Greater Good”. They don’t call it “forced vaccination” though since they claim that we are not being physically forced into it and we have a choice; pay huge financial penalties that, if not fulfilled, land us in prison or, alternatively, lose our jobs and become homeless… I guess now rapists in these countries can claim they didn’t physically forced their victims since victims had “the choice” to die at gun point instead having “voluntary” sex with them. Inst’ it great how our “beloved” leaders play with words?
I find exceedingly interesting though that the first countries in Europe to legislate the forced vaccination of adult human beings to prevent COVID-19 were Austria, followed closely by Germany and preceded by Italy with a general mandate for all workers and then, out of jealousy for the Supreme decisions taken in the German speaking world, with force vaccination of adults of 50 years old or older. Austria, Germany and Italy;the countries that triggered World War II in 1939. What are the chances? No, really, let’s calculate those chances:
Not that I know anything about the GOP debates or candidates, but I casually saw in a CNN post this nice visualization of verbal attacks during the RL GOP Debate, and I thought that I would do a little SNA and try to draw conclusions on the debate WITHOUT actually having seen it…
let’s see how it goes and, please, if you’ve seen the debate and know better than me, let me know if I am very wrong 🙂
I know, I know, the numbers are pretty crazy, but they are based on data fetched from official sources and, before going into the details, let me play sociologist. Although homosexuals, as a group, molest children at higher rates than heterosexuals it is very important to realize that this does not necessarily mean homosexuals are more prone towards this behavior, assuming this might constitute an ecological fallacy, in this case it makes more sense that this outcome obeys to the fact that young boys are way less protected by parents than young girls and predators take advantage of this.
To estimate the rate of homosexuals among catholic priests we will first estimate how much more likely are male homosexuals to engage in pederasty compared to male heterosexuals, then we will use this result join with the by gender percentage of children abused by catholic priests (81 percent of the victims were males in the USA) to calculate the final figure.
French psychologist Michel Gauquelin gained notoriety in the 50’s after publishing data showing that sportsmen were born in a non random fashion when considering the movement of planet Mars, the nicknamed Mars Effect has been the core of passionate discussions over its statistical validity since then but, beyond whether this effect truly holds or not, there are many reasons why genuine statistically significant data can be found in the astrology world, so we’d do better not to ignore planets and stars entirely.
We humans develop efficient strategies in our daily life that are useful for most situations, for example, if we see dark clouds and a few moments later it rains we associate dark clouds with rain and, voilà, next time we see dark clouds we take measures. The problem begins when we break a leg right after seeing a black cat, our association machine, a.k.a brain, does its magic and next time we see a black cat we take measures too. But you know what? The brain is right!
What is not so right is human difficulties to removed associations once they are set in our brains, a.k.a stubbornness. We humans develop all sort of strategies too keep our associations alive and demand extraordinary amounts of evidences to break them yet, even when those evidences are presented, we keep fighting them by doubting the methodology or the honesty of the persons bringing them up. There might be evolutionary advantages explaining why we create associations so easily but cannot break them with the same ease, but whatever the reasons are the problem only worsens when in some cases our stubbornness makes the associations come true! And that is what astrology is all about. These are a few examples of how astrology makes spurious associations come true: Continue reading →
You are a policeman in a car chase of a criminal wearing globes and a mask, the most likely scenario according to statistics is that the criminal is a white person. Then the car stops in front of a bar and the criminal rushes in getting rid of the globes, mask and changing his clothing. You enter the bar and you see a white guy and a non-white guy. Who should you question first? The non-white guy. Racism? No, Bayes’ Theorem.
Any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than the behavior of an individual or information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity.
A key part in this definition is where it justifies the police-initiated action when there is information that leads to a particular individual. In other words, if there are witnesses saying that the thief was a barefooted blond white little girl wearing a green blouse and a red tutu then going after girls looking like that would not be considered racial profiling but simply checking on the description of the suspect.
But how about if the police-initiated action is not based on information coming from witnesses but in information coming from statistics? Is information coming from statistics still information according to the definition of the US Department? Continue reading →