Friday, September 11, 2009

HOT5 Daily 9/11/09

1. "Obama's Lies Matter, Too" Some useful perspective.

Representative Sample: If calling out lies and misrepresentations about a significant policy proposal is such pressing journalistic business—and it should be!—you'd think the watchdogs might start with the guy doing the proposing.

2. "Blaming the Free Market for Government Actions" A standard tactic of the left.

Representative Sample: 1. Regulate something
2. Blame the free market for inevitable disruptions caused by the regulation

3. "Aircraft Carriers: Lessons of the Past" Are large carriers sacred cows, relics of the past whose time has passed?.

Representative Sample: the admirals and some politicians have elevated the status of large carrier platforms in importance above its primary reason for existence, the naval fighter/bomber. This is why you hear in the US of a naval “fighter gap”

4. "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (9): Too Small Sample Sizes in Surveys" I probably disagree with this guy on most political issues, but he has many useful articles.

Representative Sample: the smaller the sample, the greater the influence of luck on the results we get. Asking the opinion of 100 people, and taking this as representative of millions of citizens, is like throwing a coin 10 times and assuming – after having 3 heads and 7 tails – that the probability of throwing heads is 30%.

5. "*New* 100 Questions for Christians" Actually 66 questions, but still entertaining.

Representative Sample:  33. If Jesus said you could move a mountain with faith as small as a mustard seed, why do faith healers wear glasses?

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