An old Jewish Joke. Someone asks a Jew who just fled Communist Russia: How was it there? I couldn’t complain. But then, why did you leave? I just told you: I couldn’t complain. This I remembered at the following news.
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) just released its 2019 Quality of Life Index. As usual, the news clippings from it are terrible. No indication what numbers are significant. No indication of what comes from statistics or from interviews. No indication what is judged by the interviewed or by the CBS. Comparing apples and oranges. Adding up apples and oranges.
They spent a whole year compiling this nonsense with a whole team of dedicated number crazies — I can’t correct all the nonsense in one swoop but I’ll just address some major points. Meanwhile, if you have no time to read this, also don’t read the report because in short: it’s all nonsense.
Don’t assume for a moment that this impressive fake report is on an Israeli patent or specialty. Look at the Quality of Life Index by country. How can it be that people in the US score higher than in Canada? In Saudi Arabia higher than in Israel? In Mainland China score higher than in Hong Kong?
That is mainly because the numbers combine fake national pride, snobbism, real freedom, popular naivety, and the luxury to complain.
Another reason is that they ignore differences for special groups. Jews are happier in Israel than in Saudi Arabia. Women too but in Saudi Arabia can only answer with a male in the room so how do you think they answer? The number nuts completely ignore minorities. That a million Muslims in China are persecuted falls away in the statistics. Same for Gays in Russia. Same for the millions of homeless and uninsured in the US. You won’t find their voices represented because all the answers are added up. Same for differences between Gay Jews in Tel Aviv, Orthodox Muslims in Jerusalem, and Orthodox Jews living on the West Bank. In other words: the numbers are meaningless if you don’t believe them and dangerous if you do.
The lunatic pollsters also define and decide what is positive:
The police, courts, and government are corrupt and not to be trusted? That means to them, serious corruption, to the public, a lack of naivety.
So many indignantly run to court all the time. That means to the stat boys, a lack of peace, to the population a peaceful way to settle differences.
No chance to make promotion in the job you have? That is to the snobs, frustration, but to humble people, a chance to be happy with their lot.
No access to the Internet? That means nothing to Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Feeling discriminated against? The number mads think that that’s terrible, but since almost all people are oppressed, exploited, and discriminated in one or more ways, the higher the percentage, the higher the awareness.
Complaining about health, they take as a bad sign. But women complain much more about health and live much longer. Being numb is unhealthy.
Now, you can’t blame the media totally for bad reporting here. The CBS published their ‘findings’ in a totally messy way and without any details.
I can report one statistic that is 100% accurate to detail. They should fire all the people responsible for this chaotic falsehood and pretense.