The media bring an academic speculating that that is the result of spending so much time together. I think that’s silly pop-psychology.
Rather, divorce is generally not decided on on a whim. It’s most of the time, years in the making. So, the peaks in divorce requests, I suspect, are mostly coming from deciding to improve one’s life. And that’s the purpose of Pesach in springtime and the Holiday cluster in the fall.
I bet you that she never investigated the cause of these statistics.
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This is too silly to even count as bad news. Nothing can kill the festive mood from Seder Evening — are you kidding? And then: rain. We won’t ask for rain anymore, but we are still grateful for every drop. (We’re not in England, Washington or the Netherlands, where rain is of every day and people long for the sun in vain, year-round daily.)
(That now asking for rain invalidates our prayers after the first morning of Pesach is doubtful. The land is still thirsty for every drop of her heavenly blessing. If we receive this kind of rain also next year, and can start selling water to Turkey, maybe rain will be a curse at Pesach. We’ll talk.)
What’s bad [weather] in general can be good [news] in specific cases.
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Again, no details are provided why statistics should prove this. But most likely, traditional parents have more kids, on average, and so, more kids are conservative, in the statistics, because most follow their parents.
The change that never was, I betcha. But that won’t stop people from philosophizing why Israeli youth is more conservative than older folks.
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The clean-shaven radiologist Dr. Andreas Gutzeit has told the Daily Mirror that men’s beards are fuller of dangerous bacteria than dogs’ facial hair. “The study” was not published in any medical publication, checked by a statistician or by a bacteriologist, as far as I could find. Which did not prevent the Internet from buzzing about it.
Of course, bacteriologically, human beards must be compared to men’s shaved faces, not to dogs’ hair.
Further, the whole piece is based on the nonsense that washed means fewer bacteria and healthier. The skin must be populated by bacteria. Only human pathogens are bad and they are held back by a steady flora. But dogs do not have human flora. Dogs cleaner? Not a dog’s chance.
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Is this because Israel has so much influence or because so many still believe that the Jews run the media, de banks and world affairs? Is this the opinion of politicians or trolls on the Internet? Neither.
This ranking is based on a survey among “more than 11,000 informed elites.” In other words, the world’s rich think that Israel is so powerful.
This means absolutely nothing about our real power. Especially because anti-Semitism seems the strongest among the rich. (Proof on request.)
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There seems no end to bad statistics in the news today. This “study” is six years old. Totally meaningless about the situation now.
Not to say that the situation has improved any. Just the figures here can’t tell you. A total mystery why this is published now.
Recently, I was in a hospital, visiting. The cleaners cleaned as if tuberculosis is endemic still, cleaning the floors ferociously. But the really dangerous places, door knobs and faucet tabs, were ignored. Sigh.
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In general, don’t believe everything in the news that statistics “prove.”
First of all, most journalists chose a career in writing because they were bad at the simplest math. Any amount in the media is suspect of being off.
On top of this, statisticians (and physicians) like/need publicity. Some almost dead media also need the hype, so no wonder I found most of these reports (4 out of 7, margin of error 0) in the Jerusalem Post.
And here you have a perfect recipe for fake news. Bon appetit.
PS, My previous post on shoddy statistics was friendly rebutted by someone who really knows statistics. He almost convinced me — just kidding. But it’s nice to see how he tries to defend his colleagues and field of work. Though he cherry-picked Feiglin’s party as example and cherry-picking is the worst sin in statistics. Still, his care for the well-being of statistics and statisticians is palpable and worthy too.