Posted On: Friday - March 6th 2020 1:01PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  TV, aka Gov't Media  Humor  Media Stupidity
As promised just earlier today, we will present some stupidity that is SO stupid, that we're just gonna have to start over and re-calculate that best fit curve up top*. Sure, there are outliers, but the people in the video below are not out there lying - they are all just extremely stupid.
This is not your ordinary moved-the-decimal-point-wrong error or even ordinary innumeracy. This is an error of 6 orders of magnitude! Now, that can be done, if you try to do a quick calculation in your head and are dealing with large numbers such as the US national debt in dollars or the size of our galaxy in miles. However, these people are on TV - do they not have ANYBODY to check their work? (That's the even scarier part - perhaps they do.)
Wait, wait, ... "Don't tell us if you're ahead of us on the math." - TV Newsman Brian Williams.
See, now even if you're not good with numbers, results of calculations or even just qualitative results should be checked with DIMS - Does It Make Sense? That helps - a lot! In this case, could Mara Gay, member of the NY Times Editorial Board, no less, and the Newsman Mr. Williams have not thought just a bit, even as they were saying this (though better yet, when they first read the tweet)?:
"Hmmm, that's not all of Mr. Bloomberg's money, even..." I mean he's not sitting under a piece of newspaper on a grate outside the Bloomberg building or anything. "... so, that means any of these rich guys could give away just some of their money and make all Americans millionaires. But, wait, some of these guys ARE philanthropists and give away 1/2 of their money, but we're still NOT all millionaires or even close." Does it make sense that we have Socialist politicians wanting to tax the rich a whole lot, but even Mr. Yang never gave a number over $1,000 a month? I mean he's Chinese, so you know HE can do math right...?
Could you not check a division calculation with a multiplication? When you hear "327 million Americans" and then "500 million dollars" then doesn't it just scream out "oh, over a buck but not 2 bucks"? Oh, or break out a calculator or something.
Well, as both these elite Media folks at MSNBC put it, regarding this math tweet by Mekita Rivas: "It's an incredible way of putting it." These people are the elites and they have deigned to tell Americans what's good for us for years, yet they are complete idiots. Please remember this video when you want to believe one of these people on ANYTHING. If they are right, it's just by accident.
Oh, and yes, I would like my $1.53 in the form of a cashier's check please. Thanks, Mike!
PS: From the little bit I've read, Mr. (I guess, I dunno, WTF kind of name is Mekita?) Rivas was not serious. If this was indeed a trolling effort, it was spectacular, and it does motivate me to write a quick post about trolling.
* I noticed a while back that we need to redo that graphic at the top sometime, as we have very obviously not observed the peak as predicted on the x-axis.