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Old June 20th, 2008, 05:00 PM
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I didn't mean to insult you, foodstamp. I guess I just wanted to start my diatribe with a bold statement to capture attention; "lying with statistics" was what came to mind.
I don't see it as an insult. I think that the term "lying with statistics" was coined long ago and used so many times that it is just a common well-known saying. I think that some people even wrote books about it with that exact title. All that it means is that statistics can be misinterpreted and easily represented in a misleading way to imply a wrong meaning.
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Eh, but what the West has done for decades has been to go to "third world" countries, provide made up statistics about how their economy would "grow" and prosper if they had a modern Western infrastructure, "loaned" them a huge amount of money (which all gets paid to Western corporations) to build that infrastructure, resulting in a huge national debt, which the Western economists forecast would be easily paid off by the "economic growth" which doesn't happen, resulting in a perpetual "obligation" to the West.
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