Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Speaking of professional ethics, Landsburg points us to the following evidence used by the AFL-CIO to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. After all, just look at the plummeting gray line showing the ratio of women's wages to men's! I think I feel a parody coming on....

“Hello, ladies, Look at the graph. Now look back to me. Look at the graph again. Now look at the scale on the right hand axis. It's upside down. Sadly, these are the right numbers, but if we stopped thinking that numbers climb as you go up a graph and switched to AFL-CIO spin-mode, your statistics could smell like this horse's dinner rejects. Anything is possible when your statistician drinks the Enron Kool-Aid. I’m on prescription medication!"

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