I played chess when I was a teenager although it would be more accurate to say that I occasionally sat in front of a chessboard and pushed pieces around. I knew the moves and a couple of strategic sayings (castle as soon as possible, don’t move the queen too early, move each piece only once during the opening . . .) but I never had a sense of the game. Continue reading Chess in 2018
When I was in grad school, any argument whose support included the phrase ‘Studies show …’ was immediately suspect. That phrase was a red flag, indicating either that the speaker was trying to pass off weak data as stronger than it actually was or he hadn’t done his research and was trying to throw a fast one by his audience. Continue reading Studies show . . .
I love statistics problems even though they frustrate me more often they entertain me; perhaps the elation from my rare successes overwhelms the despair from my myriad failures. In any case, the Monty Hall problem is my favourite statistical frustration! Continue reading The Monty Hall Problem
I have always been interested in numbers, and the numbers generated by elections in particular. I have written about the numbers of the 2015 Canadian federal election (link), the 1984 Canadian federal election (link), and now the 2018 Ontario election. I have already written briefly about 2018 Ontario election, where I used the Globe and Mail’s coverage of it as evidence that the Globe and Mail is a left-leaning rag (link).
Spoiler: Votes matter. The difference between a majority and a minority status for the Progressive Conservatives was only 19,000 votes. The Liberals missed official party status by 81 votes. Continue reading Crunching the numbers of the 2018 Ontario Election
The story of Justin Trudeau’s ‘handling’ of a female reporter eighteen years ago fascinates me. Not the events of eighteen years ago, but rather how it is unfolding, and how it will end. We’re in the middle of it right now, which gives me the opportunity to foolhardily offer predictions of the future. Continue reading Trudeau and #MeToo
. . . that Doug Ford will be the next Premier of Ontario.
For years I have had the impression that the Globe and Mail leans to the left. If challenged I couldn’t have supported that position. Until now. Last Saturday (June 9 2018) I was reading the Globe and Mail at the local library, and was struck by the unrelenting anti-Ford bias in its pages. So much so that I spent $5.25 at the local pharmacy to purchase Saturday’s edition. No price is too much to pay for the raw material for a blog article!
. . . have been on my mind recently:
- The Liberal Party weirdly insists that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs grants must attest that they support reproductive rights (link).
- I happened to be downtown on the second Thursday of this month and saw the annual pro-life march.
Digression: The protest march was all that I thought it should be; thousands of people, diverse crowd, focused on one issue. Not like the Islamophobia protest that I attended a couple of months ago (Rally Against Islamophobia).
And since I know nothing about reproductive rights, I thought that I should look into it. Continue reading Reproductive Rights . . .