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PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 11/14/2013 2:31:23 PM

“Using statistics,” my teacher used to say, “is like driving a car down a road with the windshield blacked out, guided only by your rear-view mirror.” The notion of the future as a probability is at the heart of the Washington Post‘s survey of natural disasters. Typhoon Haiyan was not unique. It was individually unpredictable, but it was statistically just what one would have expected: “33 of the 35 deadliest tropical cyclones on record have occurred in southern or southeastern Asia – due to a confluence of meteorology, geography, population density, poverty and government. The deadliest tropical cyclone in recorded

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When run in reverse, climatologists´ computer models cannot even "predict" measured, observed, and known weather history, which should clue in the "scientific" and political communities, which keep insisting they´re right when they´re totally wrong. As for Obamacare, it´s abundantly clear that Obama and the Democrats will keep tinkering and doubling down (as Wretchard says) until there´s nothing else left of our private medical delivery system. Then we´re onto single payer, which was, of course, the tacit objective all along.

      


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