Today, TOF presents for your delight a Quote of the Day, a Science! Marches On!, and a Statistical Puzzle for you to solve, among the usual sundry miscellany.
Quote of the Day
"An enemy is just a friend who wants to kill you." – Doug TenNapel
Elephant in the Room
"Boko Haram has been carrying out atrocities for years. The group has murdered thousands and caused thousands more to flee. It has burned churches with people inside them; it has massacred people in the streets. But until now, the Western media has paid little attention. Why the change?The term "boko" is derived from the English word "book." "Haram" means "unclean."
Here’s a possible explanation: the majority of Boko Haram’s targets and victims have been Christians—according to one estimate, something like 60%. In fact, 60% may understate things. Boko Haram considers schools and places of entertainment “Christian” institutions, so one should see attacks on those places as part of an anti-Christian campaign as well. In fact, although it hasn’t been widely reported, Chibok is a predominantly Christian city, and most of the kidnapped schoolgirls are Christians. That was the point."
-- Mark Movsesian, "Choose Your Victims Well"
Revenge of the Scotsman
A: “All fish breathe through gills rather than lungs.”
B: “But whales are fish, and they breathe through their lungs.”
A: “Whales may look and seem like fish, but they aren’t truly fish because they breathe through their lungs.”
-- Amod Lele, "The No True Fish Fallacy"
Think about this one the next time someone tries to pull the "No True Scotsman Fallacy" fallacy. There are formal fallacies and material fallacies, and the latter are only fallacies depending on the matter of the proposition, not the form.
We Were Expecting an Auto Race"Cycling Event Kicks Off Bike Month in Toronto"--headline, CityNews.ca, May 26
Despite"Despite Enrollment Success, Healthcare Law Still Unpopular"--headline, Gallup.com, May 29
What if They Gave a Winter Olympics and Nobody Came Because They Had No Place to Go"No Countries Want to Host the 2022 Olympics"--headline, ABCNews.com, May 28
Science!™ Makes Astonishing Breakthrough"Tired All the Time? Maybe You Need More Sleep"--headline, Philly.com, May 29
A New Concept of Bipartisanship
h/t Mark SheaAt a recent commencement speech at West Point, President Obama called for closing Gitmo and blasted the U.S. for spying on innocent civilians. We need to find out who's been president all that time.
"U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025"--headline, Inter Press Service, May 28They're going to... "eliminate" it...
Science Marches On!
"Does Porn Affect the Brain? Scientists Urge More Study"--headline, Agence France-Presse, May 29
Computers Are Taking Over!
"New 'Electric Brain' Records Store Sales, Gives Receipts"
--headline, Reading (Pa.) Eagle, Jan. 24, 1938
Solve the Statistics Puzzle! It's Fun, Boys and Girls!
"More than half of the world's 671 million obese people live in the U.S., China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia."