Comments Posted By Gene Callahan
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'i prefer my president to be a “homegrown potato bud”.'

And white like a potato, too, huh?

Comment Posted By Gene Callahan On 25.02.2008 @ 12:29


Terrye wrote:
"For instance, they say that 14% of the 655,000 people who died were killed by suicide bombers. That is over 91,000 people. That is their claim. Not mine. Now have any of the defenders of this survey ever seen anything that would back that up? I would say those victims were buried in Iraq and there would be death certificates for them and they would have families, so where are they? Who are they? Where and when were they killed? The survey offers no such eveidence. This is not science, this is propaganda."

What idiocy. The survey is their evidence! They checked death certificates. All the above amounts to is the demand they do more -- well, of course we would have more confidence in the results if they did even more research, but they did the research they could, and these are the results. Terrye certainly has no better research to point to -- he simply doesn't want to believe these results because they are troubling to his conscience.

Terrye, when someone tells you that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust, do you demand the person digs them up and shows you the remains?

Comment Posted By Gene Callahan On 17.10.2006 @ 08:44

Dr. Steve wrote:
"The rationale is that types of deaths are not spatially independent—finding one increases the probability of finding another next door."

Just as not finding a death decreases the chance of finding one next door. Unless they deliberately started out with a home they knew someone had died in, there is every bit as much chance of this giving too low a result as too high.

Comment Posted By Gene Callahan On 17.10.2006 @ 08:39

Terrye wrote:
"I am simply pointing out that there are morgues in Iraq, there are doctors in Iraq, there are communities in Iraq and no one has come up with any numbers that are even near this. . . I am simply pointing out that if they are going to claim all these people died then it should follow there would be some evidence beyond their pissy little survey. Like dead people. And graves."

This is idiotic. They went over and searched as much as they could in a war zone, used totally sound sampling methods and statistical practice and got these numbers. At this point the crucial thing is not that it would be possible (with more resources) to be more accurate -- of course it would! -- but that this is the best estimate existing, far better than anything the Iraqi government has.

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

Comment Posted By Gene Callahan On 17.10.2006 @ 08:32

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