Fact-Checking PolitiFact

Earlier this evening, I surfed to PolitiFact to ascertain the truthfulness of a comment made by a well-known politician. Along the way, I decided to make a submission of my own. I so doing, I recognized a number of biases at play in the way PolitiFact solicits inputs. Even if all three editors are die-hard, […]

Statistics: Neither “lies” nor “damned lies”

Encountered yet another “lies, damned lies, and statistics” adherent this morning. My response: When you adhere to the rules of statistics, there are no “lies” or “damned lies.” There’s only statistics, which is neither. It’s a mathematical science, similar to the science of calculus, originally called infinitesimal calculus or “the calculus of infinitesimals”, which is […]

ResistBot, Tallies, and other forms of Congressional Bias

To the Honorable Congressman X:   Please be aware that much of the anti-Trump sentiment you may be receiving these days is fake, auto-generated babble produced by a program called, “ResistBot.” When someone wants to send you their negative comment or position about President Trump, but are either too lazy to or incapable of sitting […]