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why do economists have so little impact?

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , on December 29, 2021 by xi'an

and it only gets worse…

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2018 by xi'an

“…in less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” Donald T.

“President Trump is building a wall of tariffs around the domestic economy, attempting to protect American jobs by limiting imports. But a tire factory that opened last year in Richburg, S.C., offers a reminder that globalization is hard to stop.”  NYT, Sep 18

“Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a sexual assault allegation”  NYT, Sep 20

 President Trump rejected the official estimate from the Puerto Rico government that nearly 3,000 people died from Hurricane Maria through a series of misleading or false claims: He cited an outdated tally that officials had acknowledged almost immediately was too low, misleadingly suggested that doubt over the tally did not emerge until “a long time later,” accused Democrats, without evidence, of inflating the figures and wrongly described the current official estimate as counting all deaths on the island, regardless of whether they were related to the storm.” NYT, Sep 13

“The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era standards to limit planet-warming methane pollution from oil and gas operations on federal lands (…) In a separate action, the Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized a plan to eliminate the Obama administration’s requirement that oil and gas companies monitor and fix methane leaks for new operations.” The Guardian, Sep 19

bad graph of the day

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by xi'an

In the plane to Trondheim, I spotted this ludicrous graphical representation of the sales of cars in France during the first trimester of 2012. While the ration “diesel”/”essence” is four to one, the areas and scales of both sets are completely disproportionate! And this is reinforced by the representation of the larger set as a one-fourth disk, hinting at a scale four times larger… (I do not know if Le Monde or the ” comité francais des constructeurs d’automobiles” (CCFA) is responsible but I would suspect Le Monde after checking on the CCFA site… It sounds like Le Monde needs a journalist with better statistical skills.)

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