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Imagine

Favorite Line(s):
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not
The only
One
I hope some day
You’ll join us
And the world
Will be as one
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On This Day In:
2019 Even When We Have A Criminal / Dangerous / Incompetent President
2018 But It Keeps Trying
Blue Wave, But Not Blue Tsunami
2017 The Promise At Risk
2016 Or As Will Come In Time
2015 It Is Another Beautiful Day At The Red Pony Bar And Continual Soiree…
2014 Days And Years
2013 Currency And Transport
2012 Something Which Did Not Exist Before
2011 True Magic

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Statistics began life as a tool through which the state could view society, but gradually developed into something that academics, civic reformers and businesses had a stake in.  But for many data analytics firms, secrecy surrounding methods and sources of data is a competitive advantage that they will not give up voluntarily.
A post-statistical society is a potentially frightening proposition, not because it would lack any forms of truth or expertise altogether, but because it would drastically privatise them.  Statistics are one of many pillars of liberalism, indeed of Enlightenment.  The experts who produce and use them have become painted as arrogant and oblivious to the emotional and local dimensions of politics.  No doubt there are ways in which data collection could be adapted to reflect lived experiences better.  But the battle that will need to be waged in the long term is not between an elite-led politics of facts versus a populist politics of feeling.  It is between those still committed to public knowledge and public argument and those who profit from the ongoing disintegration of those things.
   —    William Davies
From his article: “How Statistics Lost Their Power
Appearing in:  “The Guardian“, dtd: January 19, 2017
I found it at:  https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-statistics-lost-their-power-and-why-we-should-fear-what-comes-next
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On This Day In:
2019 Even When We Have A Criminal / Dangerous / Incompetent President
2018 But It Keeps Trying
Blue Wave, But Not Blue Tsunami
2017 The Promise At Risk
2016 Or As Will Come In Time
2015 It Is Another Beautiful Day At The Red Pony Bar And Continual Soiree…
2014 Days And Years
2013 Currency And Transport
2012 Something Which Did Not Exist Before
2011 True Magic

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