15 February 2004
The vertical fudge factor
Figures lie, and liars figure, and sometimes you get the worst of both worlds: take a look at this graph of US casualties in Iraq.
I haven't checked the actual numbers, but even if they're absolutely correct, there's a blatant bias in the way the graph is designed: unless some of these deaths are somehow reversed something not seen in the Middle East for around 1,970 years, and then only once the curve can never go down. At best, there will be some sort of plateau of finite duration; otherwise, it keeps going up and up.
Which, of course, is what the designer intended, with the hope that you will assume from the shape of the curve that things are getting worse and worse in Iraq.
Ten years from now, we'll probably see this guy day-trading in the bond market.Posted at 1:22 PM to Political Science Fiction