“Something like 8 out of 10 people just make up statistics on the spot!”
Here’s a textbook example of what that looks and sounds like:
Source: Source: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Season 18. Episode 91; Aired: Apr 24, 2013;
Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$ is a factual, fully researched, sometimes humorous look at current topics that often come up in our everyday conversations; topics about which people have the most--often emotional--opinions, but often the least facts and knowledge! It contains over 134 pages of fully-researched, simply-presented facts and information (from well respected and sometimes obscure sources) on a wide range of topics including immigration, unemployment, religion, crime, welfare, racism, gun ownership, politics, science, religion, terrorism and even ebola, that dispel the myths and reveal the truth behind "conventional wisdom" so you'll never have to suffer through anyone pulling numbers out of their (or somebody else's) a$$es again!
How this book came to be
“Something like 8 out of 10 people make up statistics on the spot! ”
— Random Guy
I sometimes like to read the comments on articles on Huffington Post, USA Today and New York Times' websites. There are always some gems! Recently, in a long series of back and forth responses between Democrats and Republicans on one such site, people were quoting all sorts of facts and opinions to support their position on a recent article about Paul Ryan.
One commentor added his own take on all the facts people were spewing, and wrote, "Something like 8 out of every 10 people make up statistics on the spot." I thought that was hilarious! It reminded me of what Author Rex Stout famously said: "There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."--Rex Stout
And it's so true. Whether it's immigration, unemployment, welfare or war, there are statistics making the rounds through the media, at the water cooler, and around the dinner table that are, quite simply, not true--the kind of "alternative facts" people are simply making up! This book is my attempt to help set the record straight in some small way!
Why you need it
Isn't it frustrating to listen to someone pulling numbers out of his or her a$$ to back up a point that's obviously based on pure conjecture, speculation and emotion? Pundits, politicans, pollsters, private citizens and even presidents do it! Well suffer no more! And while you may not get the chance to challenge your local politician with the truth and the facts of the matter, you can use it to have some impact on the people in your immediate circles! Carry it around with you, and when the next dinner party, family gathering or water cooler conversation comes around, you'll have the real numbers and facts to stop the madness and win every argument
What you get
From immigration and welfare to extinctions of endangered species on earth, these sorts of topics come up in conversation every day!
• What's the truth and actual numbers for immigration?
• Who's really committing the crimes?
• What are the real unemployment figures?
• Have there been previous ebola outbreaks in the US?
• What Americans believe about gay marriage?
• How much are we spending on veteran care? ...just the facts of the matter! PLUS:
• How the US compares with developed nations!
• How the US compares with 3rd world nations!
• "Hot topic" poll numbers
• Plus a few predictions based on the trends
Here's a partial list of the major topics of conversation
World Society Comparisons
Health & Survival
Sports & Entertainment
Changing the Numbers
Sources include: US Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Amnesty International, USCIS, Department of Justice, NIH, CIA, The White House, Pew Research and dozens more! Note: We don't simply list the sources, we provide links to the actual websites, reports, studies, surveys so you can see for yourself, and show others that you know what you're talking about!"
Check it out
And to Eric Bolling’s point, he did begin his a$$-number pulling with the correct amount of Muslims…See?
Of course, Santorum's statements were later proven to be pulled directly out of his, well, you get the picture!