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Tidbits #60

Scientists may have found a new blood test was able to detect some cancers up to four years before patients had symptoms.

Do you agree on the position that a state’s sovereignty extends beyond its physical territory into cyberspace, and that countries, in turn, shouldn’t interfere with how others regulate the internet?

In 2018 , European model for internet economy stated the privacy rules known as GDPR fragmented the internet in their own way, with the aim of protecting user data from the prying eyes of US tech giants and government surveillance.

It means “Doing politics“: Faire la greve, les marches et les mobilisations pour pouvoir vivre avec les mêmes droits que tout le monde s’appelle “faire de la politique”

The only time Lebanon had a census was in 1932 during French mandate, and Lebanon is less than 5 million. Bangladesh of 100 million and one of the poorest country had a census recently. From election campaigns, statisticians figured out that the Maronite sect increased 1.6 time, the Muslim Sunni 7 times, the Muslim Chiaa 10 times, and the Druze 3 times. These rates are Not to change for the 5 million Lebanese. Pragmatically, the Chiaa sect is already demographically the majority and increasing steadily.

The customs and traditions of the Land in the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine…) were practiced thousands of years before Judaism came to be. The Jewish religion, written in around 200 BC in Alexandria, adopted the customs of the Land and wrote in the same style of imagery, maxims, and aphorism.

The “Whites” believed that all humanity was also White in the last 4 centuries, in moral standards, taste, fashion, standard of living, culture…. And still behave accordingly.

When I hear that consumption increased, I know that nature and earth are getting sicker

We like to think we’re special, but the truth is that humans ain’t nothing but mammals. This is particularly true when it comes to sex, and Not that good at it.

Stay clear from your God. Refrain from mentioning His name, pray for Him, communicate with Him or get familiar with His company. Have you associated with a powerful person and didn’t experience frequent Loyalty tests? Your life will be reduced to constant stress and total unhappiness.

La Majorité Silencieuse s’adapte aux crimes, les violences, la peur…: Je ne voit pas un future sain à l’humanité’

It is a bad Sign: A colonial citizens visiting an isolated location overseas.

When a country is reduced to but a Land for sectarian martyrs (shouhadaa2), and nothing else to celebrate but the sectarian religious events, then who is willing to take over (mandated power) this totally bankrupt people, politically, economically and financially?

Wisdom is earned, Not given or shared. Especially wisdom coming from older people: Each generation doesn’t lend an ear but to itself. When other people give us the answer, it belongs to them and not us.

While we might achieve the outcome we desire, it comes from dependence on others that we refuse to recognize, and Not from insight.

“J’étais toujours frappé’ quand je voyais les cheikhs tomber a genoux au milieu du désert, se tournant vers l’Orient et toucher le sable du front. Qu’était ce que cette chose inconnue qu’ils adoraient vers l’Orient?’ (Napoleon Bonaparte).

En fait, Mohamad avait ordonné’ de se tourner vers Jerusaleme avant de changer d’avis 13 ans après, et de se tourner vers la Mecque. Mohamad ne voulait plus une religion de “continuit锑 mais une religion à Soi. Une religion pour les peuple des déserts. Les peuples qui n’avaient cure des dogmes abstraits. “Si une idole ne satisfait pas mes desires, je la détruis et je la remplace par une autre”

Tidbits and Notes. Part 408

In eighth-century Egypt and Syria, for example, Christians wore blue turbans, Jews yellow and Samaritans red, while Muslims generally sported white ones (the Sunnis). Currently, the Muslim Shi3a clergymen wear black turban, particularly those designated as descendant from the Prophet’s House

Germany extend its prohibition for another 6 months its exporting weapons to Saudi Kingdom. However, Germany biggest weapon manufacturer RheineMetal still export to Saudi Kingdom through third parties.

Is the census more than a count: it’s civilization? It’s one of the first steps for a new country. It taught us how to quantify society. It reflects how economies and people change. (Many states dread census because if demonstrate the demographic expansion of the minorities)

Lebanon has never conducted a census since 1932, during the French mandated power. The government claim the population is 5 million and just give percentage of increased demographics for each of the 18 religious sect.

2.3 million: Census workers used to count India’s population in 2010

80,000: Census workers used to count Beijing’s population in 2010

58 million: Population of China in the year 2 AD, according to the Han Dynasty’s census

A two-week civil disobedience campaign in dozens of cities around the world kicks off as climate activists demand urgent government action. I am curious the kinds of disobedience the campaign will select.

Strange. States buy gold and reserve them in the USA volts? Germany was Not able to retrieve but a small portion. Are the gold robbed from the central banks in Baghdad and Libya, just on reserve or they already constitute USA war chest?

The center of our galaxy exploded 3.5 million years ago. The energy flare started near the Milky Way’s massive black hole, and spread 200,000 light-years away. (Not sure how to take in these information: will not call them facts anyway)

Des symbols incompatibles? Alors, on brule des voitures et des roues. La misère et le chomages ne sont que des corollaires a une identite brumeuse, voire obscure.  On vit avec des croyamces magiques qu’on ne peut pas assumer.

So the only thing that holds me back is people’s negative stereotypes and assuming what I am, or can or can’t do, or [how I] feel about things. The whole point about hijab is it was meant to facilitate mobility in society.”

Le problem de differencier entre une reponse fausse et l’absurde cher l’eleve est de le faire resonner, patiemment.
Une tentative après une autre, a la raison, en refusant de leguer un zero, peut aboutir a une percee. On ne repond pas pour repondre a une question

The People’s Republic of China turns 70. The celebrations include a grand military parade—15,000 troops, 160 warplanes, 580 tanks—and a massive fireworks display.

On Sept. 27, China information-technology ministry announced that telecom carriers, from December, must scan the face of anyone applying for mobile and internet service. Using facial-recognition technology, the companies will verify that the applicant is indeed the owner of a valid ID. (Now that an achievement for this technology do differentiate among the 1.3 billion Chinese)


What does the poll say?

Not initially targeting the latest US Presidency surprise

It says that people don’t understand polls. Even smart marketers get it wrong.

What do people think? There’s a lot of confusion, much of it intentional, some spawned by a presumed fear of simple math, all of it worth clearing up.

A survey is not a poll is not a census. A census is what you get if you ask every single person what they think or who they are. There are only two reasons to have a census. Either you want each person to feel personally involved (hence an election) or you are keeping track of each person’s answer. For example, if you’re printing up t-shirts for the Frisbee team, you ought to do a census of the team to find out what size each person wants, then deliver each person the size they seek.

You could do a survey, which is merely a collection of answers from whomever cares enough to answer the survey. A survey is a useful tool for brainstorming, but it shouldn’t be confused with what the group actually feels. Your lack of rigor in setting it up is repaid in a lack of precision in the data.

And a poll? A poll is a smart shortcut, a statistical method for replacing a census (asking everyone) with a very close approximation achieved by asking the minimum number of people required to get a useful answer. A properly done poll will get you an answer nearly as useful as an accurate census will, without the expense or the time.

It rarely makes sense to ask all of your customers about how they feel. You’re wasting their time (and yours) by adding more entries into the database without those entries actually making the database any more accurate—part of the problem is that the only people who answer surveys are annoyed or have nothing better to do, and simply making a poll bigger doesn’t make it better.

When big companies ask you to fill out a quick survey after talking to a customer service rep, they’re not actually doing a survey. What they’re doing is snooping on their customer service people, and your answers are directly connected back to each rep, so that person can be scolded (or worse) if they do a bad job.

A poll doesn’t predict the future. The media has completely missed this point, again and again. If, on the day the iPhone was announced, you had done a well-designed poll of adults and asked, “Do you intend to ever buy a smartphone?” the yesses would have certainly been less than 5% of the result.

Of course, a decade later, that’s turned out to be completely wrong. Was the poll in error?


An accurate poll is a snapshot of right now, based on what’s happening today. That’s all. If outcomes end up being different a week or a year later, that’s not the poll’s fault, it’s our mistaken belief that the future can be predicted.

To go one step further, the question that gets asked is as important as the answer. Try this at home: When you ask people a question, they rarely give you the straight up truth in their answer, especially when there are social factors at play. The very best polls combine not only the right math, but more important, the right question structure.

The magic of sample size. Let’s say you had a bag of M&Ms. You know they come in six colors and you want to figure out the percentage of each that’s in the bag. As long as the candies are distributed within the bag, it turns out that no matter how many are in the bag, whether it’s a 2 pound bag or a 2,000 pound bag, all you need to do is randomly pull out 300 to 400 M&Ms. That’s plenty. More samples won’t dramatically increase the quality of this poll.

The purpose of the sample is to pick a random selection from a coherent group.

The key to this is understanding that sample size is relevant for any sized group that’s consistent in its makeup. As soon as you can divide the group into buckets, you benefit by doing multiple samples.

Most of the well-done polls you hear about in public do not have a sample size problem. It’s a red herring.

The power of bucketing. But what happens if you realize that there are more than one kind of M&Ms, and that different kinds have different color distributions? (This, it turns out, for mysterious reasons, is true. Almond M&Ms only come in five colors).

Well, you could take this into account and run much bigger sample groups, or you could get smart about sample size.

It turns out, for example, that women who ride Harley Davidson motorcycles want different things from them than men do. It also turns out that (I’m guessing about all the Harley stats here) perhaps 10% of the people who buy a Harley are women.

Given that, you could poll 300 women (the easy minimum) and then 2700 men (so you get the balance right). OR, you could get smart, and poll 300 women and 300 men (because every time you add a new person, it’s really expensive). “But wait,” you might say, “that’s not right, because women are overrepresented.”

So far, that’s true. But after you figure out how women think, and then figure out how men think, you can weight the men’s results in your final tally. If, for example, you discovered that women intend to buy a new Harley every two years, but men intend to buy one every six years, you could then report back that the average customer intends to buy a new Harley every five and a half years or so.  (Said with full knowledge that it’s dangerous to average averages, but in this case, it’s correct.)

Confusion about polls is easy. And the more we try to make decisions using polls, the more careful we need to be about the structure and motivation of the poll itself.

But finding an accurate poll is pretty easy as well. Most pollsters (in private and in public work) are transparent about their methods, and the magic of statistics is that the math of how the poll is structured can be checked by others.

Too often, marketers do surveys, not polls, or bother everyone with a census, poorly done. Worse, they then use these results as an accurate prediction of the future, instead of a reliable snapshot of now.

It’s the surveys that are so often wrong, deceptive and confusing. It’s surveys (“no one I know believes that”) that feel like they’re accurate but rarely are.

And if we’re going to challenge a poll, far smarter to challenge the questions (“that’s designed to get the respondent to lie”) or the flaws in sampling (“this requires all polled individuals to have a home phone, but of course, an entire generation of young people don’t have one.”)

But it makes no sense at all to throw out the results of polls we disagree with. The quality of the cars we drive, the efficacy of the medicines we take are all directly related to the very same statistical techniques that we use to run a poll. Ask the right questions to the right people and your snapshot is going to be helpful.

If you want to, be wary of polls. But be wary for the right reasons.




March 2021

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